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MALAYSIA
Universities to vet foreign students for ISIS links
The Malaysian government has told universities in the country – including private universities and foreign branch campuses – to step up monitoring of students to prevent Islamic radicalisation after recent attacks in Malaysia and Bangladesh.
BANGLADESH
Spotlight on private universities after ISIS attack
For a long time, Bangladesh’s religious education system was thought to be a recruiting ground for militant Islamic groups. However, three of the militants actively involved in a horrific attack at an upmarket café in Dhaka this month were students at elite private universities, prompting a major government rethink of its strategy to counter militancy in higher education institutions.
UNITED KINGDOM
Theresa May at No 10 – A new prime minister for the UK
One element of the maelstrom of United Kingdom politics after the historic vote to leave the European Union was crystallised last week as Theresa May replaced David Cameron as the prime minister charged with leading the Brexit negotiations.
GLOBAL
New diversity index helps find multinational campuses
An aid to international students who want to find the most culturally diverse student campuses across some of the main destination nations was launched last week by Hotcourses, the global course search website.
GLOBAL
Accord spreads French higher education influence abroad
Double degrees, joint research and courses, and promoting massive open online courses are among the priorities of a partnership signed last week by Agence Universitaire de la Francophonie – the huge international French language higher education and research association – and the leaders of France’s universities, écoles and engineering schools.
AFRICA
East Africa credit transfers to come on line next year
Ministers of education have agreed on a draft declaration for implementation of a harmonised higher education system for the East African Community. From next year students will be able to transfer credits to higher education institutions in five partner states.
UNITED STATES
Shooting in Dallas turned a college into a crime scene
When shots rang out inside El Centro College’s downtown Dallas campus shortly after 9 pm on Thursday 7 July, the 58 students and employees working there late had no way of knowing just how close the gunman was. It wasn’t until 9:36 pm that students said they received the first alert from the college warning them to take cover.
GREECE
New institute to fund research and innovation
An initial sum of €240 million (US$265 million) will be made available to a newly created national institute that will fund research and innovation in Greece, and will support government efforts to pull the country out of prolonged recession and create new jobs.
NIGERIA
Moves to halt irregular professorial appointments
The Association of Vice-Chancellors of Nigerian Universities has proposed reforms to deal with the increasing number of individuals being promoted to professorships without apparently following due process.
DENMARK
Governance at heart of government’s universities survey
A consulting firm has secured a mandate from the government of Denmark to interview 35 stakeholders as part of a broader investigation into universities’ compliance with government policy frameworks. A researchers’ magazine sees the move as an attempt to exert more control over higher education.
UNITED KINGDOM
New voice for private 'challenger' universities
The United Kingdom’s growing for-profit higher education sector – set to expand as the government encourages so-called 'challenger' institutions to compete with established state universities – has a new voice.
GERMANY
Use social media to recruit refugee students – Experts
German universities should do more advertising on social media to get refugee students to enrol, says the Wissenschaftsrat – German Council of Science and Humanities, the country’s chief science policy advisory body.
EGYPT
Six Islamists suspended amid crackdown on academics
Egypt’s main state-run Cairo University has suspended – for alleged corruption – six professors linked to the now-outlawed Muslim Brotherhood, as a crackdown on Islamist academics persists.
KENYA
US$20 million for university’s Confucius centre upgrade
The government of China is investing a massive US$20 million in the University of Nairobi’s Confucius Institute, one of the big education projects by the Chinese in Africa.
EUROPE
Academics condemn rising xenophobia since Brexit vote
Academics at a number of British universities have reported a rise in xenophobic abuse since the 23 June referendum result in favour of the country leaving the European Union. The pro-Brexit campaign featured widespread anti-European and anti-immigration rhetoric.
EUROPE
Brexit – Maastricht keeps door open for UK students
A leading university in the Netherlands has responded to the United Kingdom’s referendum vote to quit the European Union by encouraging British students to enrol for the new academic year – to cash in on the low fees paid by EU students while they still can.
CHINA
New minister to continue world-class research project
China’s announcement last week of new Education Minister Chen Baosheng, a former Communist Party chief of the Chinese Academy of Governance, has taken many academics by surprise. But analysts said major higher education policies – particularly promoting world-class research – will continue.
INDIA
Controversial education minister ‘demoted’
Smriti Irani, India’s controversial minister of human resource development – which includes responsibility for higher education – was unexpectedly removed from the ministry by Prime Minister Narendra Modi in a cabinet reshuffle last week. Academics and students welcomed her exit.
AFRICA
Universities urged to embrace benefits of space science
For African universities, space science represents an important and as yet underutilised opportunity to develop science and technology capacity geared towards sustainable development. This was one of the key messages of a United Nations conference on space technologies for wildlife management and protecting biodiversity held in Kenya.
MAURITANIA
New council to boost research and innovation
The northwest African nation of Mauritania is to set up a council for scientific research and innovation to strengthen the capacity of universities and research institutions in science, technology and innovation-based development.
UNITED KINGDOM
Unions fear job losses, tuition fee rises post-Brexit
Unions representing academics and students have demanded urgent assurance of government support for higher education following the narrow vote to leave the European Union in the recent referendum, amid fears that loss of EU funding will put staff jobs at risk and lead to students being charged higher tuition fees.
UNITED KINGDOM
Universities face uncertainty until EU talks are held
Universities will remain in the dark on the implications – for students, staff and research – of leaving the European Union until wider discussions on the United Kingdom’s relationship with Europe are held, according to the universities and science minister. Current indications by two prominent contenders for the Tory leadership are that those talks will not begin before the end of the year.
EUROPE
Experts fear damaging impact of Brexit on EU science
The United Kingdom vote to leave the European Union could not only hit British universities and research groups receiving EU funding, but also weaken the ability of the European Research Area to compete globally with the US and other emerging science powers in Asia, experts say.
GERMANY
Brexit a ‘painful turning point’, says rectors’ head
The decision by the United Kingdom to leave the European Union will have impacts throughout European higher education and research, according to Horst Hippler, president of the German Rectors’ Conference. The body has pledged to do all it can to continue German collaboration with the UK.
INDIA
New study abroad regulations to improve HE quality
New regulations to allow Indian universities to collaborate with universities and colleges overseas and enable Indian students to gain credits for study abroad semesters have been announced by India’s Human Resource Development Minister Smriti Irani. The measures are aimed at bringing world-class education to Indian students, as well as improving higher education curricula. Photo: The Economic Times