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CHINA
Province appoints Party chiefs in private universities
The ruling Communist Party of China piloted a programme in Shandong Province by sending cadres to occupy senior positions in private universities to overhaul weak Party building and ideological work. Unlike public universities, private institutions generally do not have Party chiefs at the core of management, or any strong Party organisations, reports Xinhua.
BRAZIL
New HE internationalisation scheme unveiled
The Coordination for the Improvement of Higher Education Personnel, the Brazilian federal government higher education funding and assessment body, recently announced the introduction of a new international mobility financing regime to replace the Ciências Sem Fronteiras or Sciences without Borders initiative, writes Justin Axelberg for The PIE News.
IRAQ
Shiite militias prepare for education 'revolution'
Iraqi universities have recently become the scene of military and political manoeuvres by the Popular Mobilization Units, which are attempting to set up separate universities which some see as an attempt to reproduce the Iranian cultural revolution in Iraq, writes Hassan al-Shanoun for Al-Monitor.
MALAYSIA
Minister predicts reduced need to send students abroad
The higher education minister has said the steady improvement of the quality of higher education in Malaysia will soon eliminate the need for the government to send students abroad to pursue their degrees, writes Dawn Chan for New Straits Times.
CHINA
More college graduates are coming home, figures show
Chinese college students studying in the United States are finding it just as interesting these days to return home to the world's number two economy rather than staying a few years in the world's number one, with some 82.23% of students who studied abroad returning to China last year, up from 72.38% in 2012, writes Kenneth Rapoza for Forbes.
RUSSIA
‘We’re in a desperate fight to keep our university open’
On 21 April the European University at St Petersburg was due to have its licence to operate revoked. “When there are 11 state agencies scrutinising you, there might be something political behind it,” Professor Grigorii Golosov told Éanna Kelly from ScienceBusiness.
UNITED KINGDOM
PM forced to soften stance on foreign student numbers
Prime Minister Theresa May has reportedly been forced to soften her long-held stance on foreign students being included in immigration totals, as part of the price for calling the snap general election, reports the Independent.
UNITED STATES
Universities redesign libraries for the 21st century
Libraries are 4,000 years old, but the digital revolution is dramatically changing their use on college campuses. From coast to coast, University of California, Berkeley to Harvard University, libraries are removing rows of steel shelving, stashing the books they held in other campus locations and discarding duplicates to make way for open study spaces. Their budgets are shifting away from print, to digital materials, writes Teresa Watanabe for Los Angeles Times.
VIETNAM
Private universities urged to improve training, brand
Minister of Education and Training Phung Xuan Nha recently instructed universities to develop their brand by improving training programmes that will attract students, reports VietNamNet Bridge.
PHILIPPINES
Senate approves free public universities
The Philippines Senate unanimously passed the Affordable Higher Education for All Act, which will give free tuition to students at all state universities and colleges, writes Alyssa Walker for Masterstudies.com.
TANZANIA
Students could soon get to choose their university
Tanzanian students for eons had no say over one of the most important stages of their lives – choosing a university and a course to pursue, as the final say lay with the Tanzania Commission for Universities. However, this is about to change, writes Hilda Mhagama for Tanzania Daily News.
INDONESIA
Call for stronger education partnerships with Europe
Senior economist Djisman Simandjuntak suggests strengthening educational partnerships between the European Union and Indonesia, particularly in science, technology, engineering and mathematics, to improve the quality of the country's human capital to allow it to better compete in a digitally charged world, reports Jakarta Globe.
SOUTH AFRICA
University law programmes to make changes after review
More than a dozen South African universities will have to make changes to their bachelor of laws, or LLB, programmes following a national review by the Council on Higher Education which started in 2012, writes Monique Mortlock for Eye Witness News.
AUSTRALIA
First-in-family data ‘lacks robustness’
They are the First Fleeters of the university world: household pioneers trailblazing a brave new world of higher education. They wear the ‘first-in-family’ status as a badge of honour, signifying breakthrough and huge personal achievement. But questions are emerging over just what ‘first-in-family’ means, and whether it should be considered a coherent group, writes John Ross for The Australian.
HUNGARY
Students protest university law despite compromise
Thousands of Hungarian students marched on parliament late last Wednesday despite the government suggesting a compromise to keep open a university founded by United States financier George Soros, writes Marton Dunai for Reuters.
UNITED STATES
New York approves tuition-free college for middle class
New York just became the first state in the nation to make tuition free for middle-class students at both two- and four-year public colleges, writes Katie Lobosco for CNN Money.
INDIA
Minister presses for action on university recruitment
Human Resource Development Minister Prakash Javadekar last week said vacancies of faculty members in central universities and Indian Institutes of Technology stood at 40%, reports Daily News and Analysis.
AFRICA
Telecommunication giant promises to connect universities
Nigerian multinational telecommunications company Globacom has promised to use its massive telecommunications infrastructure and international partnerships to deploy internet connectivity to institutions of higher learning in West Africa, writes Anikwe Sylvia for Vanguard.
AUSTRALIA
MOOCs are back and they are threatening universities
Australia’s largest education company, Navitas, says we are now near a tipping point where universities will be vulnerable to new technology because massive open online courses or MOOCs are now offering a more flexible and cheaper way to accumulate career building credentials, writes Tim Dodd for the Australian Financial Review.
CANADA
Universities lease campus land to Chinese schools
Looking to boost revenues and create a pipeline of future international students, some British Columbia universities are turning to a novel – and controversial – idea: letting Chinese companies open private high schools on their campuses, writes Douglas Quan for the Vancouver Sun.
SOUTH AFRICA
Activist students get costs reprieve in highest court
#FeesMustFall students‚ banned from South Africa's top university‚ have been thrown a lifeline by the highest court in the land, writes Aron Hyman for Times Live.
CHINA
Record numbers of graduates, but not all find jobs
A record-breaking 8 million students will graduate from Chinese universities in 2017. This figure is nearly 10 times higher than it was in 1997 and is more than double the number of students who will graduate this year in the United States, writes Katherine Stapleton for The Conversation.
GERMANY
International student numbers increase by nearly 6%
The number of international students in Germany reached 340,305 in 2016, according to recent statistics from the German Academic Exchange Service, up almost 6% from the year before, writes Natalie Marsh for The PIE News.
UGANDA
Universities wary as parastatals start training schools
Universities and other tertiary institutions have warned government against duplicating their roles by establishing training institutions within parastatals to teach similar courses they are mandated to do as it wastes taxpayers' money, writes Patience Ahimbisibwe for The Monitor.
UNITED STATES
Relying on women, not rewarding them
Women shoulder a disproportionately large workload at home in ways that might disadvantage them professionally. But are female professors also “taking care of the academic family” via disproportionate service loads? A new study says yes and adds to a growing body of research suggesting the same, writes Colleen Flaherty for Inside Higher Ed.