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GLOBAL How to strengthen internationalisation post-COVID-19 Diversify funding support by dual purposing partnerships John K Hudzik Dual purposing partnerships are the way forward for internationalisation of higher education in a post-COVID-19 world, as they mean partners can leverage each other’s resources into something more than each could do on their own. Developing an institutional culture supporting internationalisation is also key. ASIA Universities across Asia start to reopen bit by bit Shadi Khan Saif, Shuriah Niazi, Mimi Leung and Yojana Sharma The struggle for survival has always been fierce for publications in the internet age but has never been harder for us than it is now due to the disruption caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, which is why we are asking for your help today. Please consider making a donation to help us continue our work. Mimi Leung Universities in China’s Hubei province, including the provincial capital of Wuhan where the COVID-19 virus outbreak first occurred, are to allow students – but not for now international students – to return in limited numbers from 8 June, according to notices issued by several universities. GHANA Universities to reopen in mid-June to final-year students Francis Kokutse Ghana’s universities and schools are to reopen on 15 June to allow for final-year university, senior high and junior high school learners to resume classes which will lead to their respective exit examinations, President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has said. AFRICA-GLOBAL Universities grapple with how to conduct fair admissions Wagdy Sawahel The prolonged closure of African schools, resulting in inevitable ‘learning losses’, combined with the cancellation or postponement of final-year examinations due to the coronavirus pandemic, present major challenges for how universities approach the selection of their new student intake for the 2020-21 academic year. JAPAN Students oppose handouts only for top foreign students Suvendrini Kakuchi Students and academics are calling for immediate reforms to a Japanese government relief plan for university students affected by the COVID-19 downturn because it discriminates against international students by only giving handouts to foreign students with a high grade average and high monthly attendance. Kathy Edersheim As budgets tighten and disruption continues apace due to the impact of the coronavirus pandemic, being able to fully embed alumni in the university experience – from admissions to student support and career guidance – could be one important way forward for universities. Yojana Sharma The heads of the governing councils of Hong Kong’s eight publicly funded universities have backed a plan announced by Beijing last month to impose a national security law on the city, an act that many academics see as ‘doing Beijing’s bidding’ and politicising universities. Andrew Kakabadse Leaders need to be guided, intellectually stretched and coached according to the specific contexts they face, not subjected to online generalised packages. Now is the time to set up more business schools emphasising value-generating leadership rather than greater generalised remote learning. Nico Cloete If the systematic weakening of higher education institutions at the hands of patronage student politics is not countered, South African universities could become little more than undergraduate training grounds for unproductive, competing national political elites.

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