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TUNISIA
Terror groups attract university graduates – Study
When analysed by qualification, university graduates make up the largest proportion of local Tunisian terrorists, as ongoing youth unemployment makes them an easy target for extremist groups in the country.
CHILE
Universities pay heavy price for offering free tuition
Twenty-nine Chilean universities offering free tuition for poor students for the first time this year have received US$46 million less in government payments for taking part in the scheme than they would have if they had charged their own tuition fees, according to a new report.
INDIA-UNITED KINGDOM
May fails to placate Modi on UK student visa rules
The thorny issue of Indian student visas to study at universities in Britain overshadowed talks at a meeting between Britain’s Prime Minister Theresa May and her Indian counterpart Narendra Modi – an indication of how international student flows can have an impact on wider relations.
DENMARK
Minister moves to deter EU students who do not stay on
Forty-two per cent of foreign students from the European Union or European Economic Area who receive Danish student financing leave Denmark within the first two years after graduation. Minister of Higher Education and Science Ulla Tørnæs said not enough EU citizens who receive Danish student financing and a free education are staying on to work in Denmark and action is required.
INDONESIA
Government to reform university rector elections
The Indonesian government has set up a team to reform the system for electing university rectors for the country’s public universities after claims surfaced at a number of universities in recent weeks of attempts to use bribery to alter the outcome of the often highly politicised campaigns.
KENYA
Students need alternatives to protest action – Experts
The frequent closure of university campuses owing to student unrest over a range of issues is disrupting the learning process, discouraging the enrolment of future students and harming the reputation of students. Mechanisms for conflict resolution, tolerance and respect for student views are needed to achieve a long-term solution, say experts.
EUROPE
EUA calls for better balance in EU research funding
The European University Association or EUA has called on the European Commission to ensure that the next European Union Framework Programme, FP9, provides long-term policies and funding instruments for research that "support both basic and applied research, promote collaboration among different European regions and stimulate interdisciplinary research".
GHANA
New bill to provide for sustainable research funding
A Tertiary Education Research Fund Bill has been prepared to provide for more sustainable funding of research to drive national growth and development.

GLOBAL
Violent attacks shrink the space for higher education
Attacks on higher education communities are occurring at an alarming rate around the world, threatening the safety and well-being of scholars, students and staff, and closing down the space in which people are free to think, question and share ideas, according to a new report by Scholars at Risk.
EGYPT
State killings, arrests and travel bans on scholars
Thousands of students and hundreds of scholars remain in prison in Egypt, many for peacefully exercising their right to free expression, according to a new report on violent attacks on higher education communities from Scholars at Risk.
TURKEY
Decrees threaten university autonomy, sack 1,267 staff
The Turkish president, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, has taken direct control of the appointment of university rectors and a further 1,267 academics have been dismissed, amid wider moves to clamp down on political opposition and dissent in the wake of the July coup attempt. The European University Association fears that the consequences for universities are "very dire".
ZIMBABWE
Higher education minister and deputy accused of fraud
Zimbabwean police arrested Higher Education, Science and Technology Minister Jonathan Moyo and his deputy, Godfrey Gandawa, on Wednesday for allegedly misappropriating around US$450,000 from a manpower development fund that finances students, among other activities. The politicians were questioned and released.
SOUTH KOREA
University probed over ‘favours’ for president’s friend
University students and professors joined thousands of protestors in Seoul demanding the resignation of the country’s president, Park Geun-hye, over her connections with Choi Soon-sil, a confidante whom many suspect of having undue influence over the way the country is run despite having no official position. Allegations include that she used her influence to get her daughter admitted to Ewha Womans University.
UGANDA
President orders indefinite shutdown of top university
Makerere University, Uganda’s oldest and most prestigious higher education institution and one of the best in Africa, has been closed until further notice following a directive by Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni.
AFRICA
Second African centres of excellence project launched
A second regional centres of excellence project, co-funded by the World Bank and aimed at providing sustainable solutions through science and technology in higher education across East and Southern Africa, was officially unveiled in Kenya’s capital Nairobi on 26 October.
AUSTRALIA-NEW ZEALAND
Strong growth in philanthropic giving to universities
Philanthropy to universities in Australia and New Zealand is gathering momentum, according to a new survey, with significant rises in new funds secured and cash income received. The amount of new funds secured rose by 26% and cash income received rose by 25% in 2015 to record levels.
SWEDEN
Academics resist ‘industrial takeover’ of university
Academics protested against attempts by Carola Lemne, director-general of the Confederation of Swedish Enterprise and head of the board of Uppsala University, to weaken their influence over the choice of rector – and the government appears to have listened to them.
NORWAY
Row over foreign student share of student housing
Claims that Norwegian students can’t get accommodation because all new student rooms are being allocated to international students has stoked a public row with universities. The rector of the University of Oslo has accused the broadcaster of misleading the public.
UNITED STATES
Older scientists offer untapped value, study says
Federal funding agencies have been eager to support younger researchers, reflecting a widespread belief that nurturing the next generation is critical to ensuring the long-term success of the nation’s scientific enterprise. A new analysis, challenging the orthodoxy, found that while a researcher’s productivity generally declines with age, creativity and impact do not.
GLOBAL
US top, China rising in extended global ranking
United States universities again dominate the US News & World Report Rankings, claiming the five top spots for the first time and taking 210 places out of 1,000 research universities evaluated, expanded from 750 last year – from 65 countries.
SOUTH AFRICA
Universities unite in push to complete academic year
Amid ongoing threats to shut down the sector, and in the absence of a long-term plan to fund higher education, vice-chancellors of South Africa's 26 public universities last week issued a public "call to action", imploring all South Africans to work with universities to ensure the successful completion of the academic year.
SRI LANKA
Waves of protests after university students shot dead
A wave of protests, violence and strikes has gripped Sri Lanka in the past week amid national and international condemnation following the deaths of two University of Jaffna students after police shootings.
MALAYSIA
Budget heralds another year of brutal HE cuts
The coming year will see almost 20% slashed from the combined operating budgets of Malaysia’s public universities, according to the 2017 budget announced on Friday 21 October. It will be an even bigger cutback than the 16% drop universities suffered from the 2016 budget, which led to a public outcry.
UNITED KINGDOM
University applications from EU countries fall by 9%
Applications from European Union countries for places on medicine, dentistry and veterinary degrees in the United Kingdom and for all courses at the universities of Oxford and Cambridge have fallen by 9% in a year, ending a trend of annual increases over recent years, according to new figures.
EUROPE-MIDDLE EAST
Support for Syrian students in Turkey and Middle East
The German Academic Exchange Service and the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees have joined forces to support Syrian refugees studying in Turkey and the Middle East.