The devastating earthquake that hit Nepal on Saturday 25 April has caused widespread damage to education buildings, including to the facilities and colleges of Nepal’s main university, and all colleges and schools have closed until mid-May.
The Russian government plans to increase the number of state-funded university places allocated to foreign students from 15,000 to 20,000, a rise of 33%, starting from January next year. The extra places will be set in the Moscow State University, the Saint Petersburg State University, the Higher School of Economics and other top universities.
Japan’s Foreign Affairs Ministry has announced it will extend some US$15 million this fiscal year starting in April to support Japanese studies in nine selected US universities, in a bid to counter the growing cultural influence of China and South Korea internationally.
Almost a month after al-Shabaab Islamist militants stormed Garissa University College and killed 148 people, Kenya’s government has admitted that there was actionable intelligence that the college would be attacked – but security chiefs ignored the threat.
Collaboration between universities in Europe and Asia can help improve quality of education, student mobility and ultimately the employability of graduates, a conference of Asian and European higher education ministers held in Riga, Latvia heard last week.
Jan Petter Myklebust
The Centre for Justice is suing Mälardalen University College on behalf of a US student whose course allegedly did not match the level of quality promised, the first such case since tuition fees were brought in for non-EU foreign students.
Kenyan universities entering into collaborations with foreign higher education institutions without express permission from the country’s university education authority risk severe punishment – including up to two years in jail or a US$11,000 fine, or both.
Beckie Supiano, The Chronicle of Higher Education
The Brookings Institution has released a new ‘value added’ ranking of colleges, which takes into account alumni’s mid-career earnings, student-loan repayment and average salary.
Egypt and the United States have launched a US$250 million, three-year initiative to enhance university partnerships and provide nearly 2,000 scholarships and exchanges for high-achieving Egyptians to study at home and in America.
Members of Nigeria’s Academic Staff Union of Universities are demanding a review of processes used to select vice-chancellors and councils in public universities with a view to enhancing university autonomy.