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Over 5,000 staff members suspended from universities
Turkey’s Higher Education Board has suspended a total of 5,342 personnel from state and private universities over the probe into the 15 July failed coup attempt, believed to have been masterminded by the Fethullahist Terrorist Organization, reports Hurriyet Daily News.
University fined for expelling HIV-positive student
The Centers for Disease Control has decided to slap a fine of NT$1 million (US$31,800) on National Defense University for forcing an HIV-positive student out of university in 2013, reports Focus Taiwan.
Indian students seek alternatives to post-Brexit UK
Amid concerns over the Brexit vote and reports that the new United Kingdom Prime Minister Theresa May is set to make student visa norms even more strict, it is no surprise that Indian students are looking at other options when planning overseas education, reports The Economic Times.
Launch of showpiece BRICS network university delayed
BRICS will be unable to launch its showpiece network university in 2016 as foundational issues are yet to be resolved, writes Kallol Bhattacherjee for The Hindu.
Vice-chancellor slams ‘immoral tax’ on foreign students
The vice-chancellor of the University of Sydney says it is “immoral” that Australia relies on high-fee paying international students from poor families to prop up a broken funding system, writes Harry Pearl for the Daily Mail.
Students don’t understand plagiarism, research suggests
Dr Lee Adam, education research fellow at the University of Otago, finds that universities might need to consider their plagiarism policies and how they might “influence or confuse students in counterproductive ways”, writes John Elmes for Times Higher Education.
New university brings hope to Kurdish region
The recently inaugurated University of Rojava in Syria’s northeastern Qamishli city called on qualified academics to join its staff in order to help in accomplishing its ambitions as the first university in Syria’s Kurdish region, reports ARA News.
University hiring reforms ‘do not go far enough’
Controversial new proposals to increase the powers and influence of faculty deans at the University of Hong Kong in the hiring of academics have been watered down, but still keep power in the hands of top management, writes Danny Lee for South China Morning Post.
Ministry pushes English language in universities
The Ministry of Education and Training has set itself an ambitious goal of making English the second language at universities across Vietnam, reports VietnamNet Bridge.
More Malaysian students enrol in universities
A strong push towards becoming more ‘international’ is drawing more Malaysian students to enrol in Taiwanese universities, writes Rebecca Rajaendram for The Star.
Rio’s students struggle as universities shut
While Brazil counts the cost of hosting the Olympic Games, the country is shutting its biggest universities due to a lack of funds, reports ABC Net.
Study highlights dangers of university drop-outs
Earning a college degree can be a pathway to higher wages and better employment opportunities, but for those who fail to graduate, those prospects quickly fade. And at a time when a majority of students finance their education with loans, dropping out comes with greater risks, writes Danielle Douglas-Gabriel for The Washington Post.
Most expect to go to university but worry about fees
Half of young people who say they are likely to go to university are worried about the cost of higher education, according to a recent poll published by the Sutton Trust educational charity, writes Sally Weale for the Guardian.
50% rise in students going to UK, US universities
The number of Indian students going overseas for undergraduate and postgraduate studies is expected to increase by 50% over the next five years due to a manifold increase in their family incomes, reports the Press Trust of India.
Rich universities ‘could do more’ for poor students
An Education Trust report shows that the top 4% of colleges and universities hold three quarters of all endowment wealth in higher education, yet four in five of those 138 institutions expect the neediest families to hand over more than 60% of their income to cover the cost of attendance, writes Danielle Douglas-Gabriel for The Washington Post.
One-third of international graduates remain to work
Over a third of all international students who graduated from Dutch universities have remained in the Netherlands five years later, according to a report from EP-Nuffic on the rate of retention of foreign students, writes Natalie Marsh for The PIE News.
Private schools extend lead in entrants to university
Data shows that private schools extended their lead over state schools in getting pupils into England's universities after higher fees were introduced, reports Hannah Richardson for the BBC.
Universities face financial struggle
South African universities are currently struggling financially and the situation is worsened by the huge, ballooning debt owed to the institutions by students, the Commission of Inquiry into Higher Education and Training chaired by Justice Jonathan Arthur Heher heard last week, reports Africa News Agency.
Universities to protect Turkish researchers from purge
Finnish universities have agreed on common measures to protect Turkish researchers working in Finland from being purged in the aftermath of the coup attempt in Turkey, reports Xinhua.
American University to reopen after kidnappings
The American University of Afghanistan was expected to reopen last week, days after being closed in the wake of the kidnapping of two teachers, reports Reuters.
Universities face student enrolment shortfalls
Twenty-three universities are facing enrolment shortfalls this year, with six private institutions seeing only half of their expected numbers, a trend some experts said was a direct result of the nation’s declining birth rate, write Wu Po-hsuan and Willian Hetherington for Taipei Times.
Parliament passes Technical Universities Bill
The bill to convert six out of the 10 polytechnics into fully-fledged universities received the unanimous approval of Ghanaian legislators on 3 August, reports Ghana Web.
University heads issue warning over budget cuts
The heads of academic institutions warned last week that the opening of the upcoming academic year would be in jeopardy if planned budget cuts to the higher education system were to pass, reports The Jerusalem Post.
Science graduates struggle to find their first job
A new Grattan Institute report shows that while government and industry are urging more young people to study STEM – science, technology, engineering and mathematics – courses, science graduates have a hard time finding their first job, writes Tim Dodd for the Australian Financial Review.
Universities offer 'buy-one-get-one-free' degrees
Elite universities are offering ‘buy-one-get-one-free’ degrees to lure A-grade students, it has emerged, as they ramp up their efforts to attract top-flight students, writes Javier Espinoza for The Telegraph.