As opposition lawmakers in Ukraine continue their purge of government officials, one ouster causing particular glee is that of the minister of education and science, Dmytro Tabachnyk, writes Daisy Sindelar for Radio Free Europe Radio Liberty.
Universities in China are home to a strange mix of political emotions. To the Communist Party’s deep concern, many young lecturers have little enthusiasm for Marx, whose ideas are still officially supposed to ‘guide’ intellectual life on campuses. Many students, by contrast, are desperate to join the Communist Party – recruitment levels are at an all-time high. Ideology plays little part, reports The Economist.
A brochure for the University of Michigan features a vision of multicultural harmony, with a group of students from different racial backgrounds sitting on a verdant lawn, smiling and conversing. The scene at the undergraduate library one night last week was quite different, writes Tanzina Vega for The New York Times.
The indictment in Egypt of a well-known professor on charges of espionage has sparked new concerns about academic freedom. The military-backed government is carrying out a widespread crackdown on the Muslim Brotherhood, the Islamist group that until last year governed the country. Some political scientists say they can no longer speak freely for fear of being accused of supporting the Brotherhood, writes Ursula Lindsey for The Chronicle of Higher Education.
Most people who have attended grade 12 graduation ceremonies or spent time on university campuses in Vancouver or Toronto have seen the signs. But some may still be surprised by a study by Statistics Canada, Garnett Picot and Feng Hou verifying that young Canadians with immigrant backgrounds are almost twice as likely to go to university as students whose parents were born in Canada, writes Douglas Todd for Vancouver Sun.
Canada’s federal government’s promise of CAD1.5 billion (US$1.35 billion) in new research funding announced in last month’s budget speech is a major coup for universities, but the sensitive work to decide how they will share it is still to come, writes James Bradshaw for The Globe and Mail.
The United Kingdom is ‘lagging behind’ in science and maths at university level, according to new international rankings, writes Josie Gurney-Read for The Telegraph. The annual figures from QS show that while the UK is still performing strongly in the arts and humanities, it is falling behind in STEM subjects.
Nigeria’s House of Representatives has mandated its committee on education to investigate allegations of corruption in the process of accrediting programmes in universities and its attendant effects, reports NAN.
With the exception of University College Dublin, universities’ course numbers have risen or are largely unchanged in the nearly three years since the initial agreement that offering fewer but broader general entry courses could help remove the need for school leavers to get top results for places on dozens of degrees, writes Niall Murray for the Irish Examiner.
Universities Australia has announced an agreement with business groups to collaborate on vocational training to improve the employability of graduates, writes Alexandra Hansen for The Conversation.
More young people than ever are flocking to Cambodia’s universities after leaving school. But students seeking better education elsewhere are reminders of the gulf that exists between the kingdom’s institutions and those abroad, writes Maria Wirth for Phnom Penh Post.
Controversial plans to create a Stephen Hawking professorship at the University of Cambridge have been passed, despite concerns over the salary that will be paid, writes Jack Grove for Times Higher Education.
Egypt’s Supreme Council of Universities has decided to ban the organisation of political activities in support of presidential candidates on campuses, writes Aya Nader for Daily News Egypt. The decision is part of efforts to avoid increasing tensions between students.
UK universities must go to India if they are to benefit from a shake-up to international higher education which will see India enrolling the largest number of students into tertiary education in the world by 2020, writes Claire Shaw for the Guardian.
The rising influx of foreign students to Swiss universities is bringing more international talent to the country. But the debate on who foots the bill for welcoming such bright young minds is tying academics and legislators in knots, writes Matthew Allen for http://swissinfo.ch.
By the end of 2014, Russia’s Education and Science Ministry is due to adopt a new list of academic requirements for foreigners who want to get a higher education in Russia. Now international applicants will have to spend a year learning Russian, mathematics and key subjects in their chosen field in order to take entrance exams to their university of choice, writes Darya Lyubinskaya for Russia & India Report.
Universities across the world actually benefit during recessions, wielding far greater recruiting power to attract talented graduates compared with the private sector, shows new research from the London School of Economics and Political Science, reports http://Finchannel.com.
Emergency staff worked through the night in snow and sleet to pull survivors from the debris of an auditorium whose roof collapsed under the weight of snow, killing 10 people and injuring 100, most of them recently enrolled freshmen of a South Korean university, write Kim Yong-Ho and Hyung-Jin Kim for Associated Press.
UK student graduations may be at risk after lecturers’ leaders backed plans for a marking boycott as part of an escalating row over pay, writes Graeme Paton for The Telegraph.
Ex-prisoners of conscience are still being shunned by universities because nobody wants to bear responsibility for allowing them back, reports the Bangkok Post.
Just in time for its first graduates, the University of the People, a tuition-free four-year-old online institution built to reach under-served students around the world, announced last Thursday that it had received accreditation, writes Tamar Lewin for The New York Times.
Cambodia’s minister of education will no longer place a validating signature on the country’s university degrees, and tertiary education institutions will soon be audited and properly accredited for the quality of education, write Khy Sovuthy and Matt Blomberg for Cambodia Daily.
The Higher Education and Scientific Research Ministry has decided to put an end to new Yemeni government scholarships to private Malaysian universities, due to their poor educational quality and high costs, reports FMT.
Despite tall claims of prioritising higher education, Pakistan’s federal government has once again failed to meet the deadline set by the Islamabad High Court to appoint a permanent chair of the Higher Education Commission by 12 February, a move that also violates HEC Ordinance 2002, writes Waseem Abbasi for The News.
Independence is the only way to secure free higher education in Scotland, a group of academics has said. Members of the pro-independence 'Academics for Yes' group attacked what they called ‘marketised’ higher education elsewhere in the UK, reports the BBC.