Days before the United Kingdom's EU referendum vote, vice-chancellors of 103 universities wrote a joint letter voicing their “grave concern” over the impact of a United Kingdom exit from the European Union on UK universities and students, warning that it would undermine the country’s position as a global leader in science and innovation and “impoverish our campuses”.
The Supreme Court has ruled 4-3 to uphold the University of Texas’ admissions policy that allows consideration of applicants’ race as a factor in deciding which applicants to award places to, as part of an effort to increase the diversity of the student body.
The Agence Universitaire de la Francophonie has launched a virtual repository of educational resources called ‘meta-portal IDNEUF’ to provide free access to Francophone university resources. The global launch was held in Mali – Africa is the continent with the largest number of French speakers, 96.2 million.
Four Turkish academics have been released from jail in Istanbul on the first day of their trial for spreading terrorist propaganda pending a reduction in the charges against them. They were accused of inciting hatred because they signed a petition – backed by 1,400 academics in Turkey and internationally – criticising military operations against Kurdish rebels in civilian areas.
An East African Centre for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency has been launched at Makerere University in Uganda to address energy issues faced by the five East African Community nations of Burundi, Kenya, Rwanda, Tanzania and Uganda. It joins the Global Network of Regional Sustainable Energy Centres, coordinated by the United Nations.
Germany’s federal and state governments have opted to continue the Excellence Initiative funding programme for top-level research. The agreement now reached enables 11 institutions to be funded as 'Universities of Excellence' with a total of €533 million (US$593 million) a year over a seven-year period, starting in 2019.
A new World Bank initiative has been launched to help young Tanzanians improve the quality of their skills and tap into key economic sectors. At least 30,000 people will benefit from training under the US$120 million programme designed to eradicate deficiencies in workforce skills.
Arielle Martinez, The Chronicle of Higher Education
It has been 20 years since Congress effectively barred the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention from funding gun-violence research. Now advocates for such research say a proposed centre in the University of California system will "fill the gap" left by those restrictions.
Jan Petter Myklebust
Denmark is making headway in its efforts to reduce the number of students who do not complete their degree in good time. The average time to degree has fallen significantly in the past 10 years. The sharpest fall came in the number of students delayed by two years or more, which has more than halved from 26.3% in 2000 to 12.4% in 2013.
The Bangladesh government has rowed back on a previous decision to shut down three private medical colleges for their failure to fulfil conditions set for obtaining a licence, following protests by students and guardians.