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January 12, 2022

California Magazine

We’re No. 1!

In September, UC Berkeley was ranked the top American university by Forbes magazine. It was also ranked the No. 1 public school in America, sixth among both public and private schools nationally, and eighth globally, in the Times Higher Education 2022 World University Rankings.

That certainly gives the Cal community plenty to crow about. It also raises a question; the last time Forbes issued its rankings, in 2019, Berkeley came in at 13. Did things change that much in two years?

December 14, 2021

The Daily Cal

The UC Berkeley Center for Studies in Higher Education, or CSHE, published a study Dec. 6 showing that major restriction policies cause racial inequity and resource inefficiency.

The study analyzed major restriction policies at the 25 top public universities in the United States, according to Zachary Bleemer, co-author of the study and research associate at CSHE. The study found that 75% of the five most lucrative majors were restricted, and none or less than 10% of major restrictions were imposed at private and for-profit universities.

December 10, 2021

Times Higher Education

Deep cuts may be reversed, but the Brazilian president’s anti-science rhetoric will do lasting damage, says John Aubrey Douglass

Berkeley Blog

Anti-science rhetoric and policies, and attacks on the scientific community, have been at the center of neo-nationalist movements and their cadre of leaders. Prominently, both Donald Trump and Jair Bolsonaro, Brazil’s right-wing president often referred to as the South American Trump, follow a similar game plan, including denying the reality of climate change, aggressively reducing environmental regulations and enforcement, and initially calling the COVID-19 pandemic a hoax.

December 8, 2021

Center for Studies in Higher Education
University of California, Berkeley

November 4, 2021

The Washington Post

In recent weeks, elite universities announced some of their largest-ever endowment investment returns. In the Ivy League, MIT led with a 56 percent annual return, growing its endowment from $18 billion to $27 billion. Brown University’s returns also topped 50 percent, and Dartmouth, Cornell, University of Pennsylvania and Yale University were all above 40 percent.

November 3, 2021

University World News

These are dark days for universities, and more generally civil liberties, in Hong Kong. In the early 1980s, China’s president Deng Xiaoping outlined the principle of ‘One Country, Two Systems’ for the reunification of Hong Kong with China as part of negotiations with the United Kingdom.

There would be ‘One China’, with distinct Chinese regions such as Hong Kong and Macau, which would retain their own economic and administrative systems. Mainland China would continue to pursue “socialism with Chinese characteristics”.

Berkeley News

It is the sort of activity that U.S. university professors engage in every day: testifying in court about a law or policy that falls within their area of expertise. But when three faculty members at the University of Florida planned critical testimony about a controversial, Republican-backed bill to restrict voting, university leaders barred them from speaking.

October 22, 2021

Higher Education Policy Institute

To varying degrees, universities are feeling the brunt of the rise in neo-nationalist movements and governments, usually led by powerful political demagogues.

October 9, 2021

University World News

Since the late 1970s, when China started re-opening to the West, Chinese universities have made important contributions to the country’s economic development through global engagement: they have increased research productivity, risen in the world rankings and served as the headwaters for downstream commercial development.

In order to achieve these goals, the Chinese state has given universities substantial autonomy when it comes to global engagement and transnational research collaboration.

October 5, 2021

Times Higher Education

From party faithful imposed as leaders to scholars sent into ‘civilian death’, institutions face a range of grave threats, argues editor of new collection. Registration required.

September 25, 2021

University World News

Mustafa Özben, an academic, was walking towards his car in Ankara, the Turkish capital, in broad daylight when he was seized and forced into a black transporter van.

“They pulled me out of the van and stripped my clothes off,” the academic told judges of the Turkey Tribunal, a civil society-led symbolic international tribunal established to adjudicate recent human rights violations in Turkey, on Monday.

Özben was locked up in a small cell with just enough light for the camera inside the room to operate.

September 18, 2021

University World News

In assessing the current and future role of universities in the nation-states in which they are chartered and largely funded, it is useful to ask: When are universities societal leaders, and when are they followers – reinforcing the existing political order?

September 13, 2021

University World News

Neo-nationalism is on the rise–a term that describes the emergence, and in some cases revival, of extreme right-wing movements in key areas of the world, often characterized by anti-immigrant and xenophobic rhetoric; economic protectionism; constraints on civil liberties; attacks on critics, including journalists and academics; denial of science related to climate change, the environment, and even vaccines; and the emergence and empowerment of demagogues and autocrats.

September 11, 2021

University World News

In many parts of the world, neo-nationalism is on the rise – a term that describes the emergence, and in some cases revival, of extreme right-wing movements in key areas of the world, often characterised by anti-immigrant and xenophobic rhetoric; economic protectionism; constraints on civil liberties; attacks on critics, including journalists and academics; denial of science related to climate change and the environment; and the emergence and empowerment of demagogues and autocrats.

September 4, 2021

University World News

Over the past two decades, a wave of nationalism has gripped much of the world. Donald J Trump’s surprising 2016 election as president and calls for ‘America First’ policies; Brexit with its elongated uncertainties; nationalist movements in France, Italy, Germany, Brazil and India; and the rise of illiberal democracies in Hungary, Poland and Turkey.

August 2, 2021

Berkeley Blog

After decades of neglect, the Biden administration appears to be on the verge of developing a coherent federal strategy for promoting the international engagement of American higher education with the larger world.

Thus far, and unlike many of our economic competitors, international engagement has largely been self-funded and pursued by individuals and by universities and colleges, with the exception of what is in reality a small-scale Fulbright program, and vacillating visa policies.

May 1, 2021

University World News

Global university rankings may be distorted by the business activities of the ranker, including selling consulting, analytics and other services to universities, according to a new study from the University of California (UC), Berkeley’s Center for Studies in Higher Education

April 27, 2021

Inside Higher ED

International rankings of universities raise numerous questions. How can you fairly compare universities that operate in different countries, with different sources of funds and different missions? Despite the obstacles, several players do such comparisons: Times Higher Education, U.S. News & World Report and QS are three. And despite the concerns of many educators about rankings, they are very popular with international students (and many host countries).

The Pie News

Research from UC Berkeley’s Center for Studies in Higher Education has claimed that Russian universities that have contracts with rankings creator QS do significantly better in rising up the QS World Rankings than universities that do not work with the group.