The University College building at the University of Toronto. Government budget cuts and the race to attract more students are changing the function and purpose of Canadian universities.
Forcing universities to only serve the needs of the labour market undermines their abilities to educate students and conduct research.
A group of recent university graduates in Nigeria.
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Nigeria’s lecturers’ strike raises fundamental questions about how Nigerian universities are run and funded.
A Puerto Rican man passes buildings for lease in San Juan, Puerto Rico, on May 16, 2017.
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Puerto Rico has reached an agreement to partially settle its historic bankruptcy crisis. But public cuts to education and health care are unlikely to ease, creating ongoing challenges for Puerto Ricans
The subsidies for student places up to 2024 fall about $1.1 billion short of the level needed to create the extra places the government promised its Job-ready Graduates policy would deliver.
Graduates owing £60,000 in student loans are right to expect a return on their investment in terms of employability.
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With high fees and COVID restrictions in place, student satisfaction in England is on the downturn. How should they think about the value of their studies?
University of Nairobi medical students protest over a bid to increase tuition fees.
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Universities will need strategies that can defuse constant disruption of learning due to student protest.
The Vigil, as part of Wesley Enoch’s final Sydney Festival as director in 2021.
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The 2021 Federal Budget should be used as an opportunity to invest in ideas: in arts, culture, universities, the ABC, and First Nations Australians.
It’s one of the largest funding cuts to any university course, and will leave Australia ill-equipped to deal with the environmental challenges of the future.
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The pandemic has restricted protests, but more Australians benefit directly from higher education than ever before.
Three decades ago, in another time of upheaval in higher education, 7% of working-age Australians had a degree. Today 33% have one. More people than ever have a stake in what happens to universities.
The implications of the government’s announcement are about more than incentivising the career trajectories of students. They are a direct assault on the premise of universities.
The education minister has outlined reforms to higher education funding aimed at producing ‘job ready graduates’. But his announcements don’t seem completely in line with the data.
Macquarie University is hit harder than others, but domestic enrolments across Australia aren’t increasing like they used to.
In 2018, domestic numbers for undergraduate courses fell for the first time since 2013 – they will remain stagnant for some years. This and other factors put unis at face financial risk.
Culture wars reignited between the government and the university sector in 2018.
Tensions between the government and the university sector ran high in 2018, with the government cutting funding to student places and research and a big push back from universities.
There is also strong public understanding of the benefits that flow from research undertaken in partnership between universities and other organisations.
The freeze on university funding not only limits opportunities for students, it puts limitations on the communities unis serve, the economy, and business interested in forming collaborations.
Universities and other not-for-profit entities typically talk about surpluses, not profits.
The fact that a university has a surplus doesn’t mean it has a profit to be either reinvested or returned to shareholders. Grants, for example, should be spent on the projects they’re intended for.
Protesting students have had enough and their anger is burning hot.
South Africa’s universities have been told to set their own fee increases for 2017. That’s good news for institutions, but it hasn’t been well-received by many students.
A year on from South Africa’s #feesmustfall protests, funding remains a hot issue.
Academia is being asked to do less for more, and universities are at financial breaking point. This has implications for all South Africans.
Capping the number of students at current levels would reduce future participation in tertiary education.
One option could be to cut per-student funding and instead raise the student contribution from an average of about 40% to 50%, by raising HECS caps.
University graduates are vital to creating new jobs, technologies and industries.
Over the next ten years, 40% of jobs are predicted to disappear. Universities will be essential to helping people reskill, upskill and reinvent their jobs.