September 14, 2015

Internationalization of higher education is becoming a new mantra for the Polish government. In June, the Ministry of Science and Higher Education signed an agreement with the UAE to attract more of their students. Poland already has similar agreements with Oman, Malaysia, and China. [...] The point is that there are lots of reasons to internationalize and the rankings are one small part. 

This new article from Laura Southgate is an assessment of Japan’s strategic partnerships, both military and financial, with the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN). 

UNHCR is calling for urgent action before the end of the monsoon season unleashes a new wave of people leaving on boats from the Bay of Bengal. [...] With the next "sailing season" expected to start in the coming weeks, UNHCR is working with agencies and other partners on an information campaign warning potential travelers of the risks of getting on smugglers' boats.

Malaysia's panda gives birth

Step inside the Giant Panda Conservation Center in Kuala Lumpur, not only for a look at the new panda cub, but a take on the benefits of panda diplomacy.

This was clearly what Tourism, Culture and Environment Minister Datuk Masidi Manjun meant when he said the aim of having SIFF was not really to select the best performing country but more towards promoting peace and making new friends. “The Sabah International Folklore Festival is a symbol of peace in the world. The 16 participating countries are symbolically showcasing this message,” he said when launching the event.

To stem vitriolic online displays of hate and prejudice, Universiti Malaya lecturer Lyana Khairuddin called upon fellow social media users to take a step back and propagate kindness, volunteerism and rational discussion.

Soup Weather [313/366] by Tim Sackton via Flickr Creative Commons

Few things bind people more immediately and indelibly than food. Take a look at our list of some of the most active and thoughtful gastrodiplomats around.

Paul Rockower surveys and samples the pavilions in Milan.