Will it be the global equivalent of the Chronicle, Inside Higher Ed and the Times Higher Education Supplement? They at least claim to be ‘the first global window on higher education’ (but of course I‘ve been having a small global window on higher education since 2005;).

What is this about? It’s about a new information resource in higher education: University World News:

With international competition and collaboration between universities growing apace, it has never been more important for higher education managers, researchers, scholars and public officials to keep abreast of developments in their field and in rival and partner institutions worldwide.

University World News is the first high-quality truly international newspaper and website, dedicated to providing such coverage. Supported by some of the world’s most experienced education journalists, and aimed at higher education readers worldwide, it is offering a weekly emailed newspaper plus access to a dedicated news website – free of charge.

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Although the composition of its board is a bit biased towards the Commonwealth (except for one Dane), the articles cover countries from Greece to South Africa and from Germany to India and are provided by correspondents scattered across the globe. It’s still a bit low on content but I think they are only in their first week. I’ll keep an eye on it. Only one small thing. If anyone of UWN reads this: please add an RSS feed.

UPDATE: the online news source has exceeded my expectations. It’s highly recommended! Especially their weekly ‘Special Reports’

This article has 3 comments

  1. Andrew

    Hey Eric, thanks for the alert. I took a look and it seems promising though a few kinks need to be worked out, I think. Thanks again!

  2. Charles Jannuzi

    University World News went into publication without a proper business plan and without sufficient working capital (I should know I was there at the founding and spent huge amounts of time futilely arguing with them, as well as doing many hours of unpaid work). After 6 months, I knew they were not going to make a go of it. It looks to be defunct now–when I do search links to its articles are now blank. Perhaps the Ford-foundation-sponsored African edition is still going–if so, good luck to them.

  3. Keith Nuthall

    Dear Eric,
    With honest respect to Charles, who worked very hard for UWN in its early days, his declaration of doom for the newspaper is not accurate. UWN is thriving, has a large and stable readership of senior higher education readers (see http://www.alexa.com/siteinfo/UNIVERSITYWORLDNEWS.com) and has been going from strength to strength. Just this weekend the Unesco WCHE web site finally went live, with UWN as official media partner.
    http://www.unesco.org/en/wche2009/partners-and-sponsors/
    UWN’s specialist and comprehensive coverage has been increasing an size and scope since our launch.
    We recently published and have been successfully selling an ebook.
    This has been achieved by a publication that was founded by higher education writers from around the world, who have supported and developed a well-regarded publication with their money, time and expertise. It is a publication that we are all very proud to be associated with.
    I recommend that all your readers check out http://www.universityworldnews.com and become registered readers – we’ll send you a weekly email bulletin of the latest publications – and our archive copy is all available (with fully working links!) for free.
    Best wishes to you all.
    Keith Nuthall
    Business editor
    University World News
    http://www.universityworldnews.com

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