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Zimbabwe Designates More GDP to Research and Development
October 11, 2018
Zimbabwe President Emmerson Mnangagwa recently announced his government has committed one percent of gross domestic product (GDP) to research and development (R&D). Here’s a closer look at the announcement and what it means.

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How is Brexit Affecting Higher Education in The UK?
October 5, 2018
Earlier this year, the UK’s Higher Education Statistics Agency (HESA) released data for the 2016-2017 year. While significant in and of itself, the report was particularly significant for one reason: the 2016-2017 academic year was the first to fall entirely post-Brexit. Here’s a closer look at ...

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How One Man's PhD Inspired Improv With a Robot
September 27, 2018
A robot and a scientist walk into a bar... So begins the marriage of comedy and robots. Turns out robots are funny, at least when artificial intelligence, or AI, is involved. Let's take a closer look at how AI led to comedy for a PhD student.

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89-Year-Old Freedom Fighter Completing his PhD
September 20, 2018
For one man, the quest for knowledge is insatiable. This year, the district of Koppal in Karnataka, India, will send its 89-year-old resident to Hampi University in Kannada Sahitya to complete his PhD.

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India’s UGC Relaxes Requirements for Designated M.Phil and PhD Applicants
September 13, 2018
India’s University Grants Commission (UGC) has amended regulations to the qualifying criteria for admission to M.Phil and PhD programs for designated applicants. Here’s a closer look at the changes.

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A Move to Stop PhD Student Exploitation in Australia?
September 6, 2018
Universities Australia has introduced a new framework recommending that universities bar relationships between PhD students and their advisors. Here’s a closer look at the guidelines, along with why insiders say it is necessary.

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Does Google Think You Should Do a PhD?
August 30, 2018
From 'why do dogs wag their tails?' to 'have I been ghosted?' people ask Google millions of questions every day. In its Autocomplete Questions column, The Guardian attempts to tackle some of them. One of the latest topics getting its due is 'Should I do a PhD?'

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An Indian Institute Recruits Hundreds of PhD Students
August 23, 2018
One Indian Institute is bucking the trend of Indian PhDs heading abroad to complete their studies. This year, they have recruited hundreds. Let's take a closer look.

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Why Female Academics Say Using Titles is a Must
August 17, 2018
While male professors with PhDs may have the liberty of using their first names with students in order to promote friendlier interactions, female professors with the same qualifications should not be so quick to do the same, according to recent tweets from female academics. Here’s a closer look at...

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Is Australia Maximizing the Potential of Its PhDs?
July 26, 2018
Thousands of students receive PhDs in Australia every year. And while there is a great need for their talents in the private sector, woefully few of them end up working outside of academe. Here's a closer look at why this matters so much, and what experts say should be done to correct the issue.

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October 8, 2018

When most people think of PhD studies, they think of the academic career track. However, this isn’t the only way to go. In fact, there are many grea...


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October 3, 2018

As more Africans are pursuing Doctorate degrees, their contribution to the development of the continent is proving to be invaluable. While there’s l...


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September 24, 2018

If you are a PhD candidate or a postdoc, you may find yourself in need of a research assistant or two. The perfect candidates? Enterprising undergradu...