Thai student scholarships awarded by Hong Kong

(20 February 2017) The Hong Kong Scholarship for “Belt & Road” Students (Thailand) will launch in the 2017-18 academic year to entice outstanding students to pursue undergraduate studies in Hong Kong. Secretary for Education Eddie Ng announced the scheme after meeting Thai Minister of Education Teerakiat Jareonsettasin in Bangkok today. Mr Ng said the scheme’s […]

February 21, 2017 - 3:18 pm

Thieves steal £2m of rare books by abseiling into warehouse

(12 February 2017) The Guardian reports that antiquarian books worth more than £2m have been stolen by a gang who avoided a security system by abseiling into a west London warehouse. The three thieves made off with more than 160 publications after raiding the storage facility near Heathrow in what has been labelled a Mission: […]

February 17, 2017 - 3:49 pm

Classic library in Shanghai restored to its former glory

(4 February 2017) Restoration of the former Shanghai Library in Yangpu District has been completed. Officials said yesterday that expansion work would continue to realize the original vision of its architect Dong Dayou (1899-1973). The exterior of the 80-year-old library on Heishan Road was damaged by decades of weathering and has now been cleaned and […]

February 12, 2017 - 12:54 pm

EU to let citizens take their digital services across borders

(8 February 2017, Brussels) Negotiations between the EU institutions conclude with agreement that enables consumers to keep access to online content services from home when they travel in the EU. Europeans will soon be able to fully use their online subscriptions to films, sports events, e-books, video games or music services when travelling within the […]

February 12, 2017 - 12:49 pm

The Year of the Rooster, from a Thai perspective

(27 January 2017) According to the Chinese lunisolar calendar, the Year of the Rooster (or chicken) begins on the 28th January 2017. It falls on the day of the new moon halfway between the winter solstice and the spring equinox.  A variety of calendrical systems has traditionally been used in Thailand, one of them being […]

January 27, 2017 - 3:40 pm

Ruth’s Rankings 23: Are Global Higher Education Rankings Flawed or Misunderstood? A Personal Critique

By Ruth A. Pagell* (25 January 2017) Webometrics’ Ranking Web of Universities includes over 26,000 institutions with over 3,200 in the United States alone. How likely is it for new universities, universities in developing countries or your alma mater to reach the top 1,000 let alone the elite top 200?  Ruth’s Rankings have focused on […]

January 26, 2017 - 4:33 pm

Gadget-hungry Asia tops global e-waste generation

(19 January 2017, Manila)  Rising incomes and high demand for electric and electronic equipment (EEE) in East and South-East Asian countries have resulted in e-waste generation increasing by two thirds during 2010—2015, says a new study published by the United Nations University (UNU). The average increase in e-waste across 12 countries analysed — Cambodia, China, […]

January 21, 2017 - 5:59 pm

New teaching approach brings more students into Stanford’s archives

(6 January 2017) Stanford faculty and librarians are working together to modify the curriculum of large undergraduate courses to bring more students to the special collections and archives of the libraries on campus. A new partnership between Stanford faculty and librarians is giving more undergraduate students hands-on opportunities to work with historical documents and artifacts […]

January 15, 2017 - 4:24 pm

Does your place in global university rankings matter?

(9 January 2017) Does your position in global university rankings matter? The Higher Education Policy Institute’s latest report on ranking has further stoked debate about how accurate and how useful international university rankings are. University World News asked its author and ranking experts to share their views. Read what they have to say here.

January 9, 2017 - 3:17 pm

The challenge facing libraries in an era of fake news

(5 January 2017) Thirty or 40 years ago, a student writing a research paper on the topic of acid rain might have needed to decide whether an article from a scientific journal like Nature was a more appropriate source than an article from a popular magazine like Time. Today’s students, however, must know how to […]

January 6, 2017 - 4:02 pm

Ruth’s Rankings 22: Indian University Rankings – The Good the Bad and the Inconsistent

By Ruth A. Pagell* (3 January 2017) The Good:  More Indian universities are appearing in international rankings, as more institutions are ranked. The Bad:  Most ranked Indian universities are in the bottom half of global rankings The Inconsistent: There is a disconnect between India’s internal initiatives and rankings and the global rankings Two current headlines […]

January 3, 2017 - 3:18 pm

‘Global university rankings data are flawed’ – HEPI

(15 December 2016) Governments and institutions should ignore leading international university rankings because they are “unreliable” and “methodologically flawed”, according to a new analysis by the United Kingdom higher education think tank, the Higher Education Policy Institute or HEPI. But ranking organisations say that while they accept their processes can be improved, and they are […]

December 19, 2016 - 11:15 am

People who read books live longer

(29 November 2016) Did you know that  if  you read books for more than three hours per week you will live longer?  Book worms are 17 percent less likely to die than those who did not read books, while those who read most were 23 percent less likely. Book readers averaged a two-year longer lifespan than […]

November 29, 2016 - 2:46 pm

The push for Asian HE internationalisation indicators

(25 November 2016) UNESCO has begun work on drawing up a series of indicators on higher education internationalisation in Asia to help universities and education policy-makers in the region to develop an international outlook and promote international higher education links against a set of solid, accepted, quality benchmarks. In early November UNESCO’s Asia and Pacific […]

November 29, 2016 - 11:58 am

Global patent applications rose to 2.9 Million in 2015 on strong growth from China

(23 November 2016, Geneva) Innovators in China powered global patent applications to a new record in 2015, filing more than a million applications for the first time ever within a single year amid rising worldwide demand for intellectual property rights that undergird economic activity. In total, innovators around the world lodged some 2.9 million patent […]

November 24, 2016 - 4:24 pm