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Jobless graduates in gowns protest broken promises
Kudzai Mashininga
Unemployed graduates in Zimbabwe have held protests while wearing graduation gowns, calling on President Robert Mugabe to create the jobs he promised in his election manifesto, as a wave of demonstrations rocked the country.
Africa News
Looming crisis over university student fee hike plan
Gilbert Nganga
Kenya’s university students are facing a defining moment following a stand-off between the government and university administrators over a plan to raise tuition fees from next year.
Call for ‘national consensus’ to grow student housing
Munyaradzi Makoni
South African students, universities and colleges as well as banks and investors have been urged to assist in the search for “smarter solutions” to an ongoing, chronic shortage of student accommodation.
Ministerial plea fails to end strikes at six universities
Esther Nakkazi
Non-teaching staff from Uganda’s six public universities have refused to heed a ministerial call to end their strike over a salary enhancement, thereby delaying the start of university for thousands of new students due to begin their first semester.
Graduate joblessness is a manpower planning problem
Francis Kokutse
The growing number of unemployed graduates in Ghana is not because the country is producing too many graduates but because there is no manpower planning to feed sectors of the economy, says Clement Dzidonu, president of the Accra Institute of Technology.
Law for first national space agency approved
Wagdy Sawahel
Egypt’s cabinet has approved a draft bill to establish a space agency that will promote the development of space technology, science and engineering capacity, and space research and education in universities. It will be Africa’s fourth space agency.
Accusations of state corruption over Chinese computers
Jane Marshall
Students in Cameroon were allegedly bribed to take part in a march to thank President Paul Biya for providing them with 500,000 Chinese laptops – an operation, said critics, that smacked of corruption and for which taxpayers would have to pay FCFA75 billion (US$127.5 million), a sum that could have been better spent.
Africa Briefs
Preparations for a smooth start to new academic year
Algeria’s Higher Education and Scientific Research Minister Tahar Hadjar said his ministry had brought together “all necessary human and material resources” to ensure the enrolment process for new students would run smoothly. Meanwhile, the University of Ouargla has announced 156 new doctoral positions across a range of fields in the new academic year.
Partnership to strengthen regional research, education
A partnership agreement to strengthen research and education has been signed between the regional council of Rabat-Salé-Kénitra, Morocco’s higher education and research ministry and three Rabat universities.
Global News
New minister puts internationalising HE on agenda
Ranjit Devraj
Internationalising higher education curricula is high on the agenda for India’s new Minister for Human Resource Development, Prakash Javadekar, along with the establishment of foreign universities in the country and collaboration between Indian universities and the world’s best.
Experts call for action to combat academic corruption
Mary Beth Marklein
Private universities must set up anti-extremism cells
Mushfique Wadud
Science talent to leave UK post-Brexit, survey warns
Yojana Sharma
Fifteen universities closed in purge after failed coup
Brendan O'Malley
WUS plea to take in Turkey’s ‘persecuted scholars’
Michael Gardner
Government plans to attract world-class researchers
John Gerritsen
World Round-up
Over 5,000 staff members suspended from universities
Hurriyet Daily News
University fined for expelling HIV-positive student
Focus Taiwan
Indian students seek alternatives to post-Brexit UK
The Economic Times
Launch of showpiece BRICS network university delayed
The Hindu
Vice-chancellor slams ‘immoral tax’ on foreign students
Daily Mail
Students don’t understand plagiarism, research suggests
Times Higher Education
New university brings hope to Kurdish region
ARA News
University hiring reforms ‘do not go far enough’
South China Morning Post
Ministry pushes English language in universities
VietNamNet Bridge
More Malaysian students enrol in universities
The Star
Rio’s students struggle as universities shut
Study highlights dangers of university drop-outs
The Washington Post
Most expect to go to university but worry about fees
Global Commentary
Countering extremism through human development
Yossef Ben-Meir, Mouhssine Tadlaoui-Cherki and Kati Roumani
A non-profit organisation is working with young people in Morocco through a range of training and capacity-building programmes that aim both to give them practical skills and improve the lives of their communities.
Barriers to providing HE to refugees must be breached
Bernhard Streitwieser and Simon Morris-Lange
Germany has been shocked by a series of terrorist attacks, but this should galvanise the country’s universities and policy-makers to address the barriers to the successful integration of many thousands of young refugees.
From micromasters to nanodegrees
Sean Gallagher
Universities need to collaborate with employers who are the early adopters and opinion leaders in the world of new alternative credentials.
Can science overcome the Chávez legacy?
Claudio Bifano
The underfunding of science, very low wages for teachers and brain drain are a result of years of politicisation of higher education, under which peer review for financing research projects became no longer important and the award of scholarships and the equipping of research laboratories were subject to politics.
Global Features
Ministers respond to early stage research demands
Jan Petter Myklebust
Would any of our current systems have funded a young Albert Einstein or a Marie Sklodowska-Curie? The question was posed to the informal meeting of the Council of Ministers responsible for Competitiveness (Research) under the incoming Slovak Presidency of the Council of the European Union, last month by excellent young researchers calling for more diverse recruitment and freedom from stifling red tape.
World Blog
Can private education contribute to nation building?
Grace Karram Stephenson
The influx of foreign private higher education providers is creating a new divide, where wealthy minority groups gravitate towards institutions that are linked closely to the business sector, reinforcing their position of relative wealth.

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