The Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology aims to increase the number of foreign students to 300,000 by 2020, from about 200,000 currently, with a strong focus on students from the ASEAN – Association of Southeast Asian Nations – region, reports The Japan Times.
There are now almost 8,000 courses being taught in English by leading universities in non-English speaking countries, according to a project mapping their expansion, with the result that the rise of universities teaching in English, rather than their own local language, has become a global phenomenon, writes Nic Mitchell for the BBC.
The 36 government-run universities in South Korea scored 5.88 out of 10 in a corruption survey by a state-run watchdog, marking a modest improvement from the year before, but indicating an ethical lapse in the research lab in particular, writes Yoon Min-sik for The Korea Herald.
The Labour Party, the main opposition, has announced a multi-billion-dollar plan to provide every New Zealander with three years of free tertiary education, reports the New Zealand Herald.
Academics are concerned that Finns may soon be asked to pay tuition fees to attend local universities. Two prominent academics said they believe that the introduction of the charge for non-EU students may soon extend to locals and other European Union nationals, reports Yle.
The controversial draft Higher Education Amendment Bill only seeks to facilitate state "capture" of universities, while the sector is on the verge of economic collapse, says South Africa’s opposition party the Democratic Alliance, writes Bekezela Phakathi for BDLive.
A major international report suggests that students who are struggling with literacy and numeracy should not be able to go to university, reports the Telegraph.
The University of Sydney will lead the attack on declining standards and falling enrolments in mathematics by requiring students in a range of courses, including science, engineering, commerce and IT, to have passed maths, at minimum of intermediate level, in year 12, writes Tim Dodd for the Financial Review.
America’s most prominent public universities were founded to serve the people of their states, but they are enrolling record numbers of students from elsewhere to maximise tuition revenue as state support for higher education withers, write Nick Anderson and Danielle Douglas-Gabriel for The Washington Post.
After two weeks of massive protests over the suicide of Dalit research scholar Rohith Vemula, classes resumed at the University of Hyderabad last Monday, reports The Times of India.
The United Kingdom’s top universities have rejected criticism they are not doing enough to promote racial diversity after Prime Minister David Cameron said discrimination against minorities in the upper echelons of British life “should shame our country”, writes Andrew Ward for Financial Times.
The government agency Majlis Amanah Rakyat will review its policy of sponsoring students to study abroad, in line with the government's desire to turn Malaysia into a regional education hub, reports Bernama.
Students attending Burundi's public universities are going without breakfast because the government can no longer afford it, underscoring the fragile state of Burundi's economy amid violent unrest, writes Eloge Willy Kaneza for Associated Press.
Cecil Rhodes – or at least the statue of him perched above the entrance of Oriel College, Oxford – isn’t falling. The college announced on 29 January that despite the efforts of Rhodes Must Fall Oxford, a student-led organisation calling for its removal, the 19th-century statue will stay, writes Barbara Speed for New Statesman.
Italian academics have signed a petition calling for a boycott of Israeli universities due to their “notorious complicity” with the country’s “state violence”, reports The Times of Israel.
An expert on international affairs has said Beijing is ramping up efforts to entice foreign elites with university scholarships in a bid to build its “soft power”, writes David Matthews for Times Higher Education.
A powerful foundation has joined the chorus calling for more accurate information to measure what Americans are getting for the hundreds of billions of dollars per year they invest in higher education, writes Jon Marcus for The Hechinger Report.
Rising numbers of European Union students are applying to United Kingdom universities – while the number of home applicants has fallen, writes Eleanor Harding for the Daily Mail. Statistics published by admissions service UCAS show 45,220 EU residents have applied to attend UK universities this autumn, up 6% on the same point last year.
Visa requirements for foreigners applying to study in Indonesian universities have been eased in a bid to attract more international students, writes Liza Yosephine for The Jakarta Post.
“Education cannot be regulated by the market,” declared Peru’s President Ollanta Humala following the approval of the ‘University Law’ which ushers in some of the most sweeping changes that Peruvian higher education has ever seen, writes Simon Wilson for Latin Correspondent.
Experts predict that the lifting of sanctions on Iran is likely to lead to a “gradual opening” of its higher education sector, but collaborations with neighbouring Gulf nations will be limited, writes Ellie Bothwell for Times Higher Education.
Parliament was told in a briefing last week that proposed changes to laws governing tertiary institutions should not be seen as a "blank cheque" giving Higher Education and Training Minister Blade Nzimande unrestricted powers, writes Bekezela Phakathi for BDLive.
A group of prominent economists at the Hungarian Academy of Sciences has criticised the central bank’s educational programmes, saying they promote the views of its leadership at public expense and breach rules governing universities – allegations the bank has rejected, writes Marton Eder for Bloomberg.
Three of the world’s biggest pharmaceutical groups have teamed up with a trio of Britain’s top universities to create a £40 million (US$57 million) fund to help turn promising scientific research into new medicines, writes Andrew Ward for Financial Times.
The governing body of the University of Sydney voted to shrink its number of faculties from 16 to six and cut elected positions from its senate in what critics have called a "secret meeting" late last year, writes Angela Lavoipierre for ABC.