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Past articles by Pola:

Ukrainian staff report high anxiety and little institutional help

Fewer than one in three educators feels they are getting the support they need from their employer, according to survey → Read More

One in four students rejects leading Korean universities’ offers

Pragmatic approach to careers and medical school frenzy behind trend of turning down offers at prestigious ‘SKY’ institutions, academics say → Read More

Deakin and Wollongong are first to open Indian branch campuses

Australian institutions plan outposts in Gujarat International Finance Tec-City → Read More

‘Disillusionment’ driving Hong Kong’s record dropout rate

Administrators unalarmed, noting more applicants could come from mainland China, especially Greater Bay Area → Read More

Students more optimistic even as China battles Covid surge

Cautious optimism for on-campus life and international mobility as China lifts travel restrictions and loosens on-campus pandemic controls → Read More

Korean university admission fee axe ‘may push tuition costs up’

Move to ‘ease burden’ on applicants could leave institutions with ‘no choice’ but to raise other costs, scholar warns → Read More

Reshaping of Hong Kong university council ‘a political takeover’

Move to shrink governing body and reduce internal representation seen as rebuke for president Rocky Tuan → Read More

India axes publication goal for PhDs to tackle predatory journals

Scholars split on whether reforms – part of a wider relaxation of rules on doctorates – will tackle research fraud or whether they aim at the wrong target → Read More

‘Collective crawling’ and cardboard dogs ‘are creative protests’

Bizarre phenomena on Chinese university campuses go beyond manifestations of student boredom, according to academics → Read More

Purdue chancellor who mocked Asian languages faces calls to quit

Incident is ‘shameful and disappointing’ and ‘undermines’ inclusivity on campus, says academic → Read More

NUS president: Singapore universities ‘caught’ between China and US

Tan Eng Chye discusses tense geopolitics, encouraging lifelong learning and getting past the split with Yale → Read More

Taliban’s call for academics to return met with scepticism

Scholars express ‘deep concern’ over recent decrees banning women from public places and reinstating sharia → Read More

Indian court ruling ‘saves university places’ for upper castes

All but tiny minority of population qualify for enrolment under ‘economically weaker’ label → Read More

V-c’s funding plea ‘shows funding struggle’ at Indian universities

While India’s prestigious IITs flex fundraising muscle, others in sector are ‘left in the lurch’ → Read More

Kremlin trails mandatory ‘propaganda’ course for students

Scholar warns that growing influence of ideology over education could be ‘the most dangerous thing’ happening in modern-day Russia → Read More

Test makers hope to open UK to ‘99 per cent’ of Chinese students

Nearly two dozen British institutions now accept a test that allows Chinese high schoolers taking domestic curriculum to apply to universities abroad → Read More

Academics under mounting pressure to join Iranian protests

Pro-regime letter attributed to 10,000 professors condemns ‘aimless riots’ as students across the country call for change → Read More

Iranian protests gain momentum as students demand ‘revolution’

It’s the ‘start of a revolution’, students chant in third week of protests → Read More

Iranian universities brace for ‘purges’ as protests spread

Academics believe regime is ‘unlikely’ to silence ‘spirit of opposition’ gaining momentum across hundreds of campuses → Read More

Beijing ‘could limit student flow’ if Truss labels China a threat

Researchers ‘may avoid’ bilateral projects over scrutiny concerns if PM escalates China’s status, scholars caution → Read More