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NIGERIA-TURKEY
Four Nigerian students remain in detention in Turkey
Four Nigerian students held by Turkish security agents are yet to be released despite diplomatic pressure from Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari.
SWEDEN
Foreign students and graduates thrive in Sweden
A new study by the Swedish Higher Education Authority, or UKÄ, shows that 79% of those with a foreign degree who supplemented their qualifications with additional studies in Sweden were established in the labour force three years after having completed their supplementary studies. Another UKÄ study showed that foreigners perform well at Swedish universities.
TANZANIA
Confusion over loans delays academic year
Fears of a crisis are looming in Tanzania’s higher learning institutions as the government’s failure to timeously disburse student loans has already delayed the start of the 2016-17 academic year.

ALGERIA
Ministry promises improvements to LMD system
Twelve years after its initial adoption in 2004, the licence-master-doctorate, or LMD, degree structure continues to be subjected to criticism from sections of the academic community and parts of society. While it remains in place as a key component of higher education in the country, the government is increasingly focused on improving its quality and implementation.
HUNGARY
Academy of Sciences in revolt over political silence
More than 150 internal members and doctors of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences have signed an open letter voicing concern about the “anti-democratic processes” that have taken place in the country and demanding that the body investigate or initiate debate about them.
EUROPE
Non-European cooperation in Horizon 2020 in decline
The ambition for Horizon 2020 to raise international collaboration in its work programmes from 12% to 27% of the calls for proposals has not been reached and the share of non-European Union or European Economic Area partners in grant agreements for collaborative actions has halved in the first two years of the flagship European research programme.
SINGAPORE
Stricter controls on private institutions offering TNE
New measures to tighten up on the quality, financial viability and information provided by private higher education institutions in Singapore, including foreign branch campuses, that offer external degrees from foreign institutions – also known as transnational education or TNE – have been published by the Singapore government.
ISLAMIC STATES
Academic exchange pilot to boost science and innovation
The Morocco-based Islamic Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation launched the pilot phase of the 'TAFAHUM' project to enhance quality by promoting collaboration between a number of Maghreb universities and the France-based Agence Universitaire de la Francophonie.
UNITED KINGDOM
Zero tolerance to sexual violence required on campus
Universities should embed a zero-tolerance approach to sexual violence, harassment and hate crime, highlighting up-front the behaviours that are expected from all students, as well as ensuring staff understand the importance of fostering a zero-tolerance culture, according to a universities task force. But their report has been criticised for barely addressing staff-to-student harassment.
KENYA
Universities open doors to business opportunities
In what seems to be a growing trend in Kenya, public universities are actively seeking investments in a range of sectors including manufacturing, real estate and agriculture. The latest is Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology, which has announced plans to open an instant noodle-making factory in partnership with a Japanese firm.
AFRICA
African Virtual University to open more centres
The African Virtual University, in partnership with the African Development Bank, has launched phase two of its multinational project aimed at expanding its network of centres of open, distance and e-learning and which will see 27 facilities opened in 21 countries.
UNITED KINGDOM
DFID project attempts to catalyse change in HE systems
A consortium has launched an open call for proposals for a bold initiative funded by the United Kingdom’s Department for International Development, or DFID, aimed at catalysing innovation and reform in higher education systems in developing countries, including fragile and conflict-affected states.
SWEDEN
Minister in storm after overriding university autonomy
Thirty-five university rectors, including the rectors of the major universities – Lund, Stockholm, Gothenburg, Uppsala, Chalmers University of Technology and the Karolinska Institute – as well as the Swedish National Union of Students have criticised the government for a decision which sets aside the principle of autonomy for universities.
UNITED STATES
HE leaders urge voters to back global engagement
An alliance of United States higher education, foreign policy, peace-building and national security leaders last week published an open letter urging America’s next president to pursue policies and practices that it said will make the United States "a more welcoming and globally engaged country".
UNITED STATES
Could Trump really end political correctness on campus?
Speaking to college students in Columbus, Ohio, Donald J Trump told conservative watchers of higher education that political correctness has transformed universities into places of extreme censorship and pledged to end it. But could any president keep that promise?
AUSTRIA
Austrian refugee programme praised as a great help
Austria’s MORE initiative, offering refugees support at the country’s universities, has been given a positive appraisal by Iraqi student Basma al-Robai in an interview with the university magazine UniStandard.
INDIA
IITs plan to lure top foreign academics and students
As part of a plan to internationalise the Indian Institutes of Technology or IITs, the country’s top institutions are stepping up efforts to attract top academics from overseas and have agreed a new programme to open up to foreign students, with the aim of luring an additional 10,000 students.
FRANCE
Deal breaks impasse on masters students' selection
Ministers have secured a landmark compromise agreement with university presidents, students’ organisations, and lecturers’ and researchers’ unions, to settle the thorny issue of selection of students for masters degree courses.
IRELAND
New targets set to expand internationalisation of HE
The Irish government has unveiled a new strategy on international education designed to help the country become recognised for developing global citizens through its internationalised education system and a market leader in attracting international student talent.
CHINA
Rights fears over spread of cameras in lecture halls
The use of surveillance cameras in university classrooms is spreading in China, and although some university officials say they are only being used to monitor teaching quality, students are expressing concerns over lack of privacy, and lawyers say they could violate the constitutional rights of university teachers and fear their purpose is to enforce compliance with official ideology.
DENMARK
Outcry as ministry plans control of university boards
Opposition is mounting to the government’s attempts to take greater political control of universities, reportedly by allowing the minister of higher education and science to decide who should be chair of each university’s board.
UNITED KINGDOM
Case for crackdown on student immigration unravels
The rationale behind the government’s plans to cut back international student numbers as a way to tackle immigration problems has been undermined by a government leak and a new poll showing that the vast majority of people do not want their numbers to be cut.
UNITED KINGDOM
Government issues funding reassurance to EU students
Students applying for places at English universities for the academic year 2017-18 will still be eligible for loans and grants – as they are now – throughout their course even if the United Kingdom exits the European Union, the government has announced.
EGYPT
Criticism as Cairo University blocks religion disclosure
Cairo University, Egypt’s biggest public higher education institution, has removed the category of 'religion' from its documents to prevent discrimination, becoming the mostly-Muslim country’s first education institution to take the controversial step.
UNITED STATES
Donald Trump finally talks about higher education
Donald J Trump did something shocking last week, something he hasn’t done in the entirety of his unusual campaign for United States president: He talked with some substance about his plans for higher education and proposed simplifying income-based repayment plans for student loans.