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While securing a stable job is essential, dismissing the qualitative experience of learning and its extraordinary benefits is reductive. Shutterstock

Five myths about Australian university graduate outcomes

New analysis reveals surprising insights into five key myths and misconceptions about Australian university student graduate outcomes.
There are claims President Jacob Zuma may push through irresponsible proposals relating to higher education funding. Reuters

What the hijacking of South Africa’s Treasury means for the economy

The imposition of the fee free higher education proposal on South Africa's National Treasury without due consideration represents an escalation of the state capture led by President Jacob Zuma.
For veterans going back to school, student life can involve many stresses. US Department of Education

The emotional challenges of student veterans on campus

Since 2009, nearly one million veterans have benefited from the Post-9/11 GI Bill, which helps them pay for tuition and other expenses. A scholar explains how it's a hard transition.
U.S. President Donald Trump raises his glass in a toast at the start of a dinner in Seoul, South Korea. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

Democracy on life support: Donald Trump’s first anniversary

U.S. President Donald Trump's "scourge of oppressive stupidity" has been in the Oval Office for a year. His assault on higher education is among Trump's more disturbing penchants.
Navdeep Bains, Canada’s innovation, science and economic development minister, takes part in a technology event in Ottawa in May 2017. The Canadian government has started up a $1.26-billion fund to support innovation-related business investments. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick

Is there too much emphasis on STEM fields at universities?

If leaders of educational institutions are concerned about the employability of graduates, they should avoid over-investing in STEM subjects and stop snubbing liberal arts.
New Zealand Prime Minister-designate Jacinda Ardern holds firm on her promise to block Australian students from tertiary education if reforms go through. Reuters

Students will suffer if Australia and New Zealand change tertiary fee agreement

New Zealand's Prime Minister-designate Jacinda Ardern has vowed to take retaliatory action if the Turnbull government changes fee arrangements for New Zealanders studying in Australia.
Getting access to a university doesn’t necessarily mean feeling comfortable in that space. Ian Barbour/Flickr

A South African case study: how to transform student support efforts

Students experience intense feelings of discomfort, confusion and even embarrassment at being classified as “different” and an “anomaly” alongside the norm of white academic success.
One reason universities might not achieve good student outcomes is that they do not spend enough money on teaching. Shutterstock

Performance funding is not the way to improve university teaching

Universities now have the incentive and flexibility to respond to student interests, and we shouldn't distract them with policy changes that could make things worse.
Qian Yingyi, Dean of Tsinghua University School of Economics and Management (left) and Ilian Mihov, Dean of INSEAD (right), celebrated the signing of a partnership between the two institutions on June 14, 2016. Insead/Tsinghua SEM

Political shifts in China raise questions about local development of Western business schools

The education of managers and executives is a growing challenge in 21st-century China, but changes in how the country monitors of universities could threaten recent advances.
At McMaster University, 40 per cent of assistant professors in engineering are now women and the school is working hard to make the profession more equitable for women. (Shutterstock)

Why engineering schools globally need more creative women

Engineering has long been a male-dominated profession. Now engineering schools globally are making extraordinary efforts to attract the creative female talent they really need.

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