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Universities are a juicy prize for cyber criminals. Here are 5 ways to improve their defences

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Universities worldwide are a growing target for hackers. A July 2020 report by cybersecurity company Redscan found more than 50% of UK universities recorded a data breach in the previous 12 months. More recently, a data breach has affected 444,000 users of ProctorU. Universities, including several Australian ones, use this online tool to supervise students sitting exams from home. Personal records from ProctorU …

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Beyond the black hole of global university rankings: rediscovering the true value of knowledge and ideas

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The recent release of global university rankings and the way these are reported raises important questions about the role and reputation of our tertiary institutions. Are universities measured and ranked according to what we really value? Or are they ranked and valued only by what is measured? And are those measures authentic and trusted indicators of quality? There was a time when no one …

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University rankings don’t measure what matters

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GettyImages Sioux McKenna, Rhodes University International rankings of universities are big business and big news. These systems order universities on the basis of a variety of criteria such as student to staff ratio, income from industry, and reputation as captured through public surveys. Universities around the world use their rankings as marketing material and parents and prospective students make life …

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KAUST Research: Rebuilding Marine Life

The ability of the ocean to support human wellbeing is at a crossroads. The ocean currently contributes 2.5% of the global GDP and provides employment to 1.5% of the global workforce, with an estimated output of US $1.5 trillion in 2010, expected to double by 2030. Yet, as attention focuses on the ocean as the last frontier to support further …

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KAUST Research: Improving water security for food crops

KAUST Research: Improving water security for food crops

With groundwater resources depleting, and global food production increasing, KAUST scientists are using remote sensors to measure water use in agriculture. Shoe-box sized satellites called CubeSats capture daily images of agricultural fields in high-resolution detail. Applying advanced machine learning techniques and big-data analysis, the information is used to improve crop management—from water usage to plant and soil conditions. Efficient crop …

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How to narrow the gap between what universities produce and what employers expect

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LumiNola/Getty Images Angelo Fynn, University of South Africa Higher education is usually seen as a way for individuals and families to improve their economic status. Research shows, though, that graduates can remain unemployed for up to a year. In developing countries, in particular, the labour force is often growing faster than the labour market. Graduate unemployment remains a reality for …

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Sending international students home would sap US influence and hurt the economy

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Some colleges may have to scramble to make plans to keep international students enrolled. Boston Globe/Getty Images David L. Di Maria, University of Maryland, Baltimore County Editor’s Note: This story was originally published on July 8 to explain a policy rule issued on July 6. The Trump administration announced on July 14 that the policy rule had been rescinded. U.S. …

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Education, the great forgotten of this pandemic

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La educación, la gran olvidada de esta pandemia Shutterstock / GaudiLab Jesús Rey Rocha, Centro de Ciencias Humanas y Sociales (CCHS – CSIC) y Emilio Muñoz Ruiz, Centro de Ciencias Humanas y Sociales (CCHS – CSIC) Son pocas las familias que no han sufrido los problemas experimentados por alumnos/as y profesores/as para sacar adelante el curso, afectados por la pandemia …

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Academic freedom is sacrosanct. But so is ethical responsibility

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shutterstock. Jimi Adesina, University of South Africa In 1990 CODESRIA, Africa’s premier social science council, organised a conference in Kampala, Uganda, on academic freedom. The conference was against the backdrop of mounting harassment of academics on the continent. They were subjected to travel restrictions in some countries, arrest, detention, and sometimes even assassination. The idea of defence of specific rights …

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