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AUSTRALIA
Senate rejects government’s university spending cuts
The Australian Senate on Thursday rejected federal government plans to slash AU$2.8 billion (US$2.2 billion) from its grants to universities in a decision that knocks a gaping hole in its annual budget. Minor parties in the Senate joined with the Labor opposition to refuse to pass any of the clauses in the government bill and called for an entire review of the higher education sector.
ASIA
Technology universities dominate regional ranking
Asia’s universities of technology are dominating regional Asian rankings, propelled by determined efforts by a number of governments in the region to put universities at the forefront of innovation-driven future economic growth.
GLOBAL
Three new leaders in four regional university rankings
There were three new leaders in the QS annual regional university rankings released last week, covering 1,000 universities in Asia, Latin America, the Arab region, and Eastern Europe and Central Asia. Two of the rankings have new entrants in the top three.
RUSSIA
Threat to cull elite Project 5-100 universities blocked
Deputy Prime Minister Olga Golodets has ruled out any imminent adoption of a proposal by the Minister of Education and Science to remove funding from 15 out of 21 institutions in the Project 5-100 elite universities programme to concentrate on six institutions.
KENYA
Authorities tighten rules for foreign student admissions
Concerned by criminal and terror networks, Kenyan authorities are tightening up regulations relating to the entry of foreign students – all of whom will from January 2018 require police clearance before being considered for admission into a Kenyan higher education institution.
UNITED STATES
Study identifies key challenges for foreign students
Nearly half of international students who return to their home country after graduation cite visa-related and work-related issues as the primary reason for returning, according to a new report on the career prospects and outcomes of international students.
INDIA
Students hit by tax hike on higher education services
India’s new Goods and Services Tax being rolled out throughout the country in a far-reaching tax reform will mean applying to foreign universities will become more expensive, but the main effect will be on students at local universities who will have to pay more for accommodation and other essential campus services.
UNITED KINGDOM
Universities face fines for not protecting free speech
Universities and Science Minister Jo Johnson has called on the new higher education regulator, the Office for Students, to champion free speech – and has warned universities they face fines, suspension or deregistration if they do not protect free speech.
UNITED KINGDOM
Universities generate £100 billion, one million jobs
UK universities generate a knock-on impact of nearly £100 billion (US$131 billion) for the UK economy and support close to a million jobs throughout the United Kingdom – yet receive less than a third of their funding from public sources, according to new figures from Universities UK.
AFRICA
Centres of excellence to bridge university-industry gap
Universities from Southern and Eastern Africa are looking to partnerships between 'African Centres of Excellence' and the private sector to help promote relevant and quality education.
NORWAY
Closure raises doubts over university clinic treatment
The University of Oslo has closed down the outpatient clinic in psychology at its institute of psychology, where patients were treated by psychology students under supervision of their professors, a system that has been functioning well for more than 40 years.
EAST AFRICA-GERMANY
Applied sciences university agreement nears finalisation
The much-awaited bilateral agreement between Kenya and Germany, paving the way for the establishment of the planned Eastern African-German University of Applied Sciences, could be signed in the next month, signalling the possibility of setting up the institution before the end of 2018.
CAMEROON
President cracks down on, shuts Anglophone universities
The two main public universities in Anglophone Cameroon have been shut down by the country’s president. The indefinite closures – after months of partial closures – come amid allegations of unprecedented military force being used to suppress unrest by staff and students who are demanding greater independence for their English-speaking regions.
RUSSIA
Minister aims to refocus elite universities programme
The Russian Minister of Education and Science, Olga Vasilyeva, is proposing to drastically cut the number of participants in the state’s ‘Project 5-100’ aimed at developing world-class universities – in order to improve its chances of achieving its objectives by 2020.
GERMANY
Accommodation crisis forces students to sleep in tents
Many first-year students are having to sleep in cars, tents or party halls due to continuing accommodation shortages, and the German National Association for Student Affairs is calling for more affordable accommodation and more funding to maintain cheap rent levels in its own new student hostels.
UNITED STATES
International students key to US lead in innovation
Many graduate level programmes in science and engineering fields would be unavailable for American students without international students. Maintaining welcoming policies – including a STEM training visa extension reportedly under threat from President Donald Trump – is essential, a new study says.
GLOBAL
How do you prepare students for an unknowable future?
The worldwide debate about the impact of disruptive technologies on jobs and the need to prepare future-ready graduates for a future that is not even clear, was a major topic for university leaders from Europe and Asia meeting in Singapore last week.
GLOBAL
France leads top 25 in science and technology ranking
In U-Multirank’s new universities of science and technology ranking, the top 25 institutions come from 12 countries, with French institutions taking six top spots, compared to five from the United States. But only one had an ‘A’ score on all research indicators and knowledge transfer indicators: the Georgia Institute of Technology.
UNITED KINGDOM
QAA tells universities how to fight contract cheating
The independent quality body for higher education in the United Kingdom, the Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education or QAA, has issued new guidance on how to combat ‘contract cheating’ at universities, where students pay a company or individual to produce work that they then pass off as their own.
AFRICA
Report stresses need for relevant university curricula
Relevance to a modern economy, up-to-date curricula and effective teaching styles are crucial if developing countries are to see their investments in higher education generate positive returns, according to the Global Competitiveness Report 2017-18.
UNITED KINGDOM
Plan to benchmark university-business collaborations
Universities and Science Minister Jo Johnson has announced plans to benchmark the performance of university-business collaborations and knowledge exchange and called on universities to secure higher returns from research conducted by institutions across the United Kingdom.
SINGAPORE
Top university calls time on ‘third-class’ degrees
Singapore’s top-ranked Nanyang Technological University has become the second university in Singapore to ditch British-style honours degree classifications to eliminate ‘third-class’ degrees and "better reflect" their students’ capabilities, the university said. All undergraduate degrees will be given United States-style classifications.
EGYPT
Student hug prompts call for return of campus police
An Egyptian government-run university has requested the reinstatement of police guards on its campus more than six years after a court order paved the way for their removal from the country’s various campuses.
CHINA
Muslim students studying abroad detained, repatriated
Human rights groups are expressing alarm over the fate of hundreds of Chinese students abroad belonging to the Uyghur ethnic minority and other Chinese Muslim students who have fled into hiding, disappeared or been repatriated to China where they have been sent to re-education camps.
UNITED KINGDOM
PM pledges review of university funding, tuition fees
The Prime Minister, Theresa May, has announced a review of the whole system of student finance and has declined to rule out a switch to a graduate tax. In the meantime, she pledged to freeze fee rises and raise the threshold at which student loans will be repaid.