More than two million people have fled Syria since the beginning of the conflict in 2011. Photo by Marc Veraart under Creative Commons licence.

More than two million people have fled Syria since the beginning of the conflict in 2011. Photo by Marc Veraart under Creative Commons licence.

More than two million people have fled Syria since the beginning of the conflict in 2011. Photo by Marc Veraart under Creative Commons licence.

When a country is at war, what happens to its universities? And why does it matter to its young citizens? The British Council's Sally Ward describes the heartbreak facing the young Syrians who wish to educate themselves and rebuild their country.

'Many are familiar with the story of how more Indian and Chinese students came to the UK as their countries’ economies grew.' Still from the British Council's animated infographic on student mobility

'Many are familiar with the story of how more Indian and Chinese students came to the UK as their countries’ economies grew.' Still from the British Council's animated infographic on student mobility

'Many are familiar with the story of how more Indian and Chinese students came to the UK as their countries’ economies grew.' Still from the British Council's animated infographic on student mobility

September is when the UK will be welcoming new and returning students from all over the world, while sending out a few of its own. The British Council's Michael Peak runs us through the trends in recent years (link to data visualisation), as UCAS releases figures

Universities working directly with their communities might be looking into questions such as: 'What are the effects of an ageing population in a particular town?' Photo by Garry Knight on Flickr under Creative Commons licence.

Universities working directly with their communities might be looking into questions such as: 'What are the effects of an ageing population in a particular town?' Photo by Garry Knight on Flickr under Creative Commons licence.

Universities working directly with their communities might be looking into questions such as: 'What are the effects of an ageing population in a particular town?' Photo by Garry Knight on Flickr under Creative Commons licence.

Universities teach and research, but what impact do they have on society? Ahead of a related policy dialogue in Guangzhou, China, on 12 July, the British Council's Caroline Chipperfield explains how more and more higher education institutions are becoming an integral part of their local communities.

India's universities are considering how to climb to the top of the global rankings pyramid (Photo of Khajuraho monuments in India by Paulo under Creative Commons licence)

India's universities are considering how to climb to the top of the global rankings pyramid (Photo of Khajuraho monuments in India by Paulo under Creative Commons licence)

India's universities are considering how to climb to the top of the global rankings pyramid (Photo of Khajuraho monuments in India by Paulo under Creative Commons licence)

Following last week's launch of the Times Higher Education magazine's Asia University Rankings 2014 at a policy dialogue, and ahead of another event on higher education statistics in New Delhi next week, the British Council's Indranil Ghosh explains India's ambitions.

The new government in Ukraine plans to reform the higher education system (Photo of seminary building at Chernivtsi University by Brian Woychuk under Creative Commons licence)

The new government in Ukraine plans to reform the higher education system (Photo of seminary building at Chernivtsi University by Brian Woychuk under Creative Commons licence)

The new government in Ukraine plans to reform the higher education system (Photo of seminary building at Chernivtsi University by Brian Woychuk under Creative Commons licence)

Ukraine is preparing for sweeping changes to its higher education system, largely unreformed since Soviet times. Lyudmila Tatsenko of the British Council in Ukraine surveys the scene, as the Ministry of Education and Science in Ukraine prepares for a UK visit next week.