In at least 20 out of 24 European countries, funding for higher education has either been cut or has not kept pace with increases in student numbers, according to new data published by the 2016 Public Funding Observatory.
In a lawsuit that, if it is successful, could have major implications for the way United States universities teach degrees in overseas branch campuses, three former students of New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts in Singapore are suing NYU, alleging its now defunct branch in Singapore failed to provide the quality of education they expected.
North Korea’s top higher education institution, Kim Il-sung University in the capital Pyongyang, must advance to become a “world-class institution”, North Korean leader Kim Jong-un has said in a letter to students, staff and professors of Pyongyang’s institution.
Algeria has unveiled a new roadmap for higher education and research in efforts to build a knowledge-based economy by raising educational standards, improving the employability of graduates and revitalising research.
Home Secretary Amber Rudd has announced that major new restrictions on overseas students will form a key part of the government’s commitment to reduce immigration. The government will consult on whether to link student visas to the quality of courses and institution with a view to cutting the number of international students at some universities.
LERU, the League of European Research Universities with 21 member universities in Western Europe, and a group of seven research universities in Central and Eastern Europe have agreed to work together on key challenges, including within the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research programme, and improve research conditions across the continent.
A multi-stakeholder forum at which the piloting of a fee-free funding model for students from poor and working-class families was announced has failed to bring an end to ongoing student unrest across the country’s campuses.
Photo Credit: Alon Skuy
Photo Credit: Alon Skuy
A Hong Kong activist who was deported before being due to address the 40th anniversary commemoration of the Thammasat University massacre, in which students were hung from trees, burnt alive or shot by militias, was allowed to address students via Skype on Thursday.
A scarcity of funds for research and lack of academic freedom in universities across Sub-Saharan Africa are key drivers to low academic scholarship, including inequalities research, according to a joint report by UNESCO, the International Social Science Council and the University of Sussex.
A call by a member of the Egyptian parliament to subject female university applicants to virginity tests has outraged academics and women’s advocates in this conservative Middle East country.
Students in Germany are having increasing difficulty in finding accommodation, according to a recent survey covering major university cities. In the majority of the cities examined, the housing situation for students appears to have worsened.
South Africa’s President Jacob Zuma instructed ministers to “deal with the mayhem that is destroying our institutions of higher learning”, as violent student protests closed universities, injured several people and claimed the life of a university cleaner. By Thursday, 17 of the country’s 26 public universities were no longer operating fully.
A dozen United States universities operating in China in partnership with Chinese institutions say they enjoy academic freedom, but the majority face internet censorship and other restrictions, a just-released report by the US Government Accountability Office has found.
Olga Vasilyeva, the recently appointed Minister of Education and Science, has suspended the process of consolidation of domestic universities initiated by her predecessor, and has suggested a rethink of Project 5-100, the drive to get five universities into the top 100 of the world’s leading universities by 2020.
The government has published details of how university teaching will be assessed – with ratings of gold, silver and bronze awarded – in the second year of trials of its Teaching Excellence Framework for universities in England.
In a new set of measures against campus extremism in the wake of recent major terrorist attacks, Bangladesh’s Education Ministry has asked all universities to check the background of teachers and staff they wish to recruit in order to exclude those known to be linked to militant activities or terrorist organisations and to prevent the radicalisation of students.
Amid uncertainty, persistent threats of terrorist attacks and kidnapping, the American University of Afghanistan in Kabul has appointed a new president with expertise in security. The university has yet to reopen since a suicide bomber killed 13 people at the university in August.
The parliamentary Education Committee has launched an inquiry into the impact of Brexit on higher education with the aim of informing the public and influencing the Brexit negotiations.
The discovery that sharks swimming off Greenland may have been alive since before the French Revolution was one example used by Minister of Higher Education and Science Ulla Tørnæs for taking measures to improve the long-stay research mobility and strengthen internationalisation.
Singaporeans graduating from degree programmes at private higher education institutions, including some providing transnational education or TNE degrees from British and Australian universities, are finding it harder to land graduate jobs compared to graduates of Singapore’s high-ranking public institutions, a survey by Singapore’s Council for Private Education has found.
Only one Swedish higher education institution, Jönköping University, has a rector or pro-rector with extensive international experience, according to an annual index of internationalisation announced last week.
The University of Oxford has become the first institution outside the United States to take top spot in the Times Higher Education World University Rankings, but two-thirds of the United Kingdom’s top 200 universities lost ground, and some other European countries also fared badly, as a second ranking in a fortnight shows the continuing rise of Asia at Europe’s expense.
Concerns over Chinese ‘soft power’ influence on Australian universities has led to the resignation of a well-connected Chinese donor as chair of a China-Australia think tank at the University of Technology Sydney.
Several universities in South Africa shut down or faced disruptions as student protests erupted in the wake of last Monday’s long-awaited recommendation by Higher Education and Training Minister Dr Blade Nzimande to allow universities to raise fees for 2017 by up to 8%.
Mark Zuckerberg, the CEO and founder of Facebook, and his wife Priscilla Chan have announced ambitious plans to invest US$3 billion over the next decade in helping scientists build new tools and technologies to “cure, prevent or manage all diseases by the end of the century”.