Recommendations for strengthening African universities were agreed at a high-level event last weekend, held alongside the United Nations General Assembly meeting to adopt the Sustainable Development Goals. The proposals include promoting student mobility, postgraduate research, centres of excellence and partnerships.
A country specific framework for ranking Indian higher education institutions has been rolled out by the government. This initiative is a response to global rankings in which Indian universities and colleges usually do not fare too well.
The new government of Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has backed away from plans to allow universities to set their own tuition fees and announced that funding arrangements for 2016 will not be changed, ruling them out before the next election. The government will hold further consultations with the sector on future reforms.
A decision last week by the University of Hong Kong’s governing council to reject the proposed appointment of a liberal former law faculty dean as pro-vice-chancellor has triggered accusations of external interference in the university’s governance.
Some 77,000 more students from the US will study abroad annually over the next five years as a result of rising support for the Institute of International Education or IIE's Generation Study Abroad initiative. This will bring the total studying abroad each year to 452,000, but more is needed to raise that number to the target of 600,000 a year, the IIE told University World News.
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The research world has reacted angrily to the government’s 2016 budget proposal to cut DKK1.4 billion (US$210 million) off the DKK22 billion research budget. Universities and institute research will be hit the hardest.
As a record number of students start the new university year, the government has announced that higher education and research are priorities and their 2016 budget has been spared from cuts and an extra €100 million (US$113 million) for higher education will be made available.
The Anglican Church in Zimbabwe is to open its first university, in the east of the country – the latest of several church groups to establish a higher education institution. The new university will open next academic year and will specialise in health-related disciplines.
As yet another German politician is facing allegations of lifting material, law experts have started to discuss whether a statute of limitation would make sense for cases of academic plagiarism. Meanwhile, Minister of Defence Ursula von der Leyen has denied the allegations and is taking action to clear her academic reputation.
The Council on International Educational Exchange, Japan chapter, is to offer scholarships for Japanese university students to take up during the summer from 2016. The focus on international study reflects a growing commitment by universities to increased internationalisation under Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.
Reforms aimed at streamlining technical and vocational education and training in Kenya could be fully implemented by the end of this year with the creation of a funding board. The government hopes that revitalising the sector will help tackle a huge unemployment problem – there are an estimated five million youths jobless or under-employed.