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ISRAEL
ISRAEL: University lecturers strike over salary erosion
Five months after Israel’s university and college students’ strike was resolved, the country’s university lecturers launched their own open-ended strike, thereby preventing the start of the academic year last week.
INDIA
INDIA: New Indian institute of technology planned
For the first time, prominent alumni of India’s seven institutes of technology plan to establish a new institute to tackle an overwhelming demand from students.
UNITED STATES
US: Student loan boost the biggest in six decades
President George W Bush recently signed into law a new bill passed by Congress that pumps more money into student loans for the 6.8 million students who need financial assistance.
GERMANY
GERMANY: Heavy cost of student drop-outs
The German government may be wasting up to €8 billion (US$11.5 billion) a year as a result of students quitting university before finishing their courses, according to figures compiled by Stifterverband, an association of German science and higher education donors.
SOUTH AFRICA
SOUTH AFRICA: Student drop-out rates alarming
A shocking 40% of South African students drop-out of university in their first year, a major study has found. Financial difficulties among the country's large pool of poor black students are, unsurprisingly, largely to blame first generation students from low-income, less educated families are the most likely to drop out.
UNITED KINGDOM
UK: One student in three fails to qualify
As many as one in three British students in some universities drop out or fail to qualify, according to the Higher Education Statistics Agency.
GREECE
GREECE: Universities expel drop-outs
Greek students who have dropped out, neglected or abandoned their studies over a long period will be asked to renew their interest otherwise universities, colleges and other higher education institutions will take steps to strike them off the register.
FRANCE
FRANCE: University selection through high failure rate
Nearly half of French university students fail to complete their first year of studies successfully and about 90,000 leave every year without a qualification.
VENEZUELA
VENEZUELA: Chavez scraps university entrance exam
A decision by the socialist government of Venezuelan president Hugo Chavez to scrap the national university examination has raised questions about its effect on academic standards and how precisely to widen access for poorer students.
UNITED STATES
US: American lawmakers promote study abroad
The need for inter-cultural understanding is pressing US higher education lawmakers to seek new ways of increasing the international exposure of the nation’s university students.
OECD 1: US share of foreign students drops
The United States continues to be the top destination for international students seeking a university education, according to the latest report by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD). But America's market share fell significantly - by 4% - between 2000 and 2005.
GERMANY
OECD 2: Germany receives poor report
Only 38% of German school leavers qualify for entry to higher education compared with an OECD average of 49%, the organisation’s latest study shows.
UNITED KINGDOM
UK: Two centuries of honours degrees to disappear
Britain’s 200-year-old system of awarding honours degrees as firsts, upper and lower seconds, and thirds will be superseded by a ‘Higher Education Achievement Report’, or Hear, by 2011.
CANADA
CANADA: Global graduate schools body planned
An area of academe lacking its own international association could soon be corrected with moves to establish a worldwide body for graduate education.
TURKEY
TURKEY: Headscarf issue poses new challenges
Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan has promised to rewrite his country’s constitution to enable women to wear headscarves at state universities.
FRANCE: Higher education escapes budget cuts
Higher education and research were among the few sectors spared in the 2008 budget announced last month. The decision reflects President Nicolas Sarkozy’s election promise to reduce public spending overall but give extra resources to arming France for what he called the “worldwide battle for intelligence”.
SPAIN
SPAIN: Strong take-up for student loans
More than 3,300 graduates have applied for one of Spain’s new student loans, less than a month after the scheme was launched. If successful, the applicants will receive more than half of 6,000 loans the Spanish government is making available for the first year of the scheme – out of a total loans budget of €50 million (US$70.72 million).
SOUTH AFRICA
SOUTH AFRICA: State struggles to resolve fees row
University and student leaders are negotiating over steep fee hikes that sparked protests in Johannesburg in recent weeks. While the campus disruptions are unlikely to spread across South Africa, they have placed pressure on government to resolve a perennial problem.
RUSSIA
RUSSIA: Higher education more costly
Students undertaking degree courses at Russian universities faced a 15% fee increase over the past year, a study has found.
IRELAND
IRELAND: First graduate medical school
Ireland’s first graduate medical school opened last month at the University of Limerick, a 35 year-old institution with no tradition of medical education.
NEW ZEALAND
NEW ZEALAND: Universities face growth restrictions
New Zealand’s eight universities face the prospect of carrying unsubsidised students for the first time in nearly a decade as the government’s tertiary education reforms begin to bite.
INDONESIA
INDONESIA: Research boosted in tsunami-hit Aceh
A consortium of eight Australian and four Indonesian universities is helping rebuild research capacity in the tsunami-devastated Indonesian province of Aceh through the establishment of a research training institute.
FRANCE
FRANCE: Mathematical sciences foundation launched
Six leading research institutions have joined forces to launch the Mathematical Sciences of Paris Foundation, bringing together the expertise of nearly 1,000 researchers.
CANADA
CANADA: Red wine beats food borne bacteria, say scientists
Adding to the list of health benefits ascribed to red wine, researchers at the University of Missouri-Columbia in the United States have found that this alcoholic drink also protects humans from common food-borne diseases.
CHINA
CHINA: Universities face huge debts
Years of booming expansion have left Chinese universities struggling to cope with mounting debts, hampering the operations of some institutions, says a report by China’s National Development and Reform Commission.