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Stipend delays cause hardship for Kenyan students
Kenyan students studying in Germany on government of Kenya scholarships are facing serious difficulties – including losing their accommodation – because of the failure of the Kenyan government to pay its share of their scholarship stipends on time.
Ministry tackles research integrity after NTU scandal
Taiwan’s Ministry of Science and Technology has said it will set up an Office of Research Integrity to hold researchers to ethical academic standards in the wake of a major academic fraud scandal at the country’s top institution, National Taiwan University or NTU, which has severely damaged its research reputation.
Universities fear Trump indirect research payment cuts
The Trump administration’s plan to cut billions of dollars in research spending by eliminating indirect cost reimbursements – costs reflecting the legitimate expenses of providing scientists with labs and of complying with a host of essential services – would devastate university science, especially at public institutions, experts warned.
UN fellowships realigned to building Africa’s capacity
The United Nations Economic Commission for Africa has relaunched its fellowship programme in line with Africa’s transformative agenda to provide a platform for young African graduates to gain professional on-the-job experience in a range of development-related fields.
Controversial German professor ‘hounded by commissars’
The University of Bremen's student union has the right to call Berlin Professor of History Jörg Baberowski a ‘right-wing radical’, according to a ruling by Cologne District Court, but not to take his controversial statements about refugees out of context.
Government recommits to long-term support for science
The Australian government has unveiled its new National Science Statement, which emphasises the long-term importance of science to the nation’s economy and society, and Minister for Industry, Innovation and Science Arthur Sinodinos has reassured universities by pledging that the government will act “strategically and systematically” to support it.
University tuition fees back on the election agenda
With elections ahead in Germany, the issue of tuition fees in higher education has resurfaced. Across the board tuition fees were abolished for public-funded universities in all of Germany’s federal states by 2014, but while Social Democrats reject fees, views are split among, and even within, some of the other parties.
Turkey’s ‘soft power’ reaches North African universities
A recently published higher education cooperation plan with Tunisia represents the latest milestone in Turkey’s plan to set up joint universities with North African Arab states in what is seen as an expression of cultural diplomacy or 'soft power' aimed at building regional alliances and partnerships.
Dozens of academic journals appoint fake editor
Dozens of academic titles have offered a sham scientist a place on their editorial board during a sting operation by researchers investigating exploitation of academics by predatory journals. Their findings were published by Nature, the international weekly journal of science.
Education Department erodes student protections
Betsy DeVos, the new education secretary, hasn’t said much about her plans for higher education. But some observers already see a pattern in the department’s actions, deconstructing Barack Obama’s student loan protections and hiring employees from the profit sector.
Students end 150-day protest over for-profit campus
A five-month student protest over plans for a for-profit branch campus at South Korea’s most prestigious university came to an end after the university administration turned a water hose on the students the day after the country’s president Park Geun-Hye was ousted from office. Credit: Yonhap News
Reinstated student vows to fight draconian powers
The University of Zimbabwe has readmitted two student leaders suspended two years ago on the basis of draconian regulations that students say they will continue to challenge.
Senate passes bill for free public university tuition
The Philippines Senate has approved a landmark bill to provide free tuition for students in all state universities and colleges. Proponents say it is a collective victory for supporters of equitable access. Critics say making only tuition free is problematic because only the richer households have the resources to finance the other costs of higher education, including living expenses.
New ban halted, but foreign student applications fall
Two federal judges last week blocked President Donald Trump’s new executive order temporarily banning entry into the United States from six Muslim countries, while a new survey suggests international student applications are falling as a result of the Trump administration’s anti-immigrant stance and fear of further restrictions being imposed.
Push for foreign students to stay on to work in Japan
Japan is hiring foreign talent and it is now a top priority that international students attending Japanese universities stay on in the country, with the government offering new incentives such as subsidised company internships, help with finding jobs on graduation, stepped-up Japanese language courses and more streamlined processes for work visas after graduation.
World-class universities policy fuels talent poaching
China’s headlong foray into creating world-class universities has caused an internal brain drain of talented academics from China’s poorer central and western regions towards the top-tier universities in the country’s major cities and regions.
Universities must address local and global challenges
Universities face a dual and potentially conflicting responsibility to address both the local demands of society based on the race for global competitiveness and local and global demands to contribute to a more equitable and sustainable society, according to new report by the Global University Network for Innovation.
As strike ends, universities commit to making up lost time
After 54 days of strike action, teaching and learning finally resumed in public universities in Kenya last week Tuesday with university councils being tasked with re-working the semester timetable to make up for lost time.
Appeal heard against international student fee ruling
The university that was successfully sued by an international student over the quality of its provision in a course for which she paid tuition fees, has been to the court of appeal to try to have the verdict of the district court annulled.
Fees for international students put on election agenda
Minister of Education and Research Torbjørn Røe Isaksen said the Conservative Party will include a proposal to introduce “moderate tuition fees” for students from outside the European Economic Area, in its party manifesto for the general election this autumn.
Trump plans deep cuts to higher education spending
President Donald Trump’s spending priorities include a 13% cut for the United States Department of Education and decreases for agencies that provide academic research, prompting claims that this would signal the end of the US’s role as a global innovation leader and would not be supported by Congress.
Power of e-learning for renewable energy sector – Study
At a time when distance education and e-learning are becoming increasingly popular and accessible, there remains insufficient awareness around the use of educational technologies in the field of renewable energy and its benefits in African higher education, according to a recent study.
Universities in US and Europe denounce new travel ban
Universities in the United States and Europe have spoken out against President Donald Trump’s new travel ban issued on 6 March, voicing alarm at the impact it will have on international students but also on the US’s ability to attract the best talent.
QS subject rankings dominated by Harvard and MIT
Among institutions, Harvard University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology dominate the latest subject rankings. Among countries, the United States and the United Kingdom dominate the top echelons. Countries from Africa, Latin America and the Middle East are absent from the top 10 in almost every subject. But China has increased its share of top-50 places.
Science policy foiled by institutional capacity – Report
Despite the fact that two-thirds of African countries have policies and strategies in place for science, technology and innovation, the capacity of the continent’s higher education institutions and associated research centres to implement them remains very low.