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UNITED STATES
University aims to educate 50,000 refugees by 2022
Inspired by the success of a Southern New Hampshire University programme that allows hundreds of refugees in Rwanda to access its courses, a group of anonymous donors approached its president with a challenge: What would it take to educate 50,000 refugees each year? The president, Paul LeBlanc, was intrigued, writes Michael Casey for Associated Press.
INDIA
Government puts foreign universities plan on hold
The government is putting its plan to allow foreign universities to operate in India on the back burner after pursuing it for the last several years and will instead focus on its world-class university plan, writes Prashant K Nanda for Livemint.
JAPAN
Budget cuts fuel frustration among academics
Japan’s premier scientific research institution, RIKEN, turned 100 this year, and celebrated with a grand ceremony attended by the empress and emperor. But not everybody was in the mood to party. In the old days RIKEN was known as a paradise for scientists because of its generous funding. No longer: as Japan cuts off funds in the face of continuing financial uncertainty, the cracks are starting to show, reports Nature.
MALAYSIA
Bangladeshi students duped by fake universities
An investigation by journalists in Malaysia has found that thousands of Bangladeshi students were brought into the country by fraudulent private universities offering them higher education through agents, and are now working as undocumented workers instead, reports the Dhaka Tribune.
UNITED KINGDOM
Universities under fire for donations from dictatorships
Universities should not accept donations from dictatorships, MPs have said, following a Telegraph investigation into donations made to British institutions by authoritarian regimes, write Camilla Turner and Harry Yorke for The Telegraph.
GLOBAL
Scholars urge universities to promote moderate Islam
A conference of Islamic scholars from Saudi Arabia, Indonesia and Malaysia last Monday explored the role of universities in strengthening moderate Islamic thought and urged Muslim communities to combat religious extremism and societal division by spreading knowledge about moderate Islam, writes Ismira Lutfia Tisnadibrata for Arab News.
INDIA
Foreign student interest in universities drops – Report
International students are not applying to Indian universities, which have recorded a drop in the number of enrolments, a new report reveals – a result researchers say reflects the unfulfilled potential of the country’s education system, reports Study International.
ISRAEL
Chinese enrolment at universities ‘growing steadily’
The influx of Chinese students at Israeli universities has been growing steadily in recent years. At the forefront of this enrolment boom is the University of Haifa, which currently boasts some 200 Chinese students among its student body, compared to 20 in 2013, representing a 1,000% increase, writes Sarah Levi for The Jerusalem Post.
JAPAN
Tokyo denied an increase in private university students
The education ministry has decided not to let enrolment rise at private universities based in Tokyo’s densely populated 23 wards, in principle, starting from next April, reports JIJI.
SOUTH AFRICA
Concern over copyright plan’s impact on academic work
The Department of Science and Technology has raised concern over a provision in the Copyright Amendment Act that would vest copyright in the state where the state funds the person or organisation creating the work, writes Linda Ensor for Business Day Live.
THAILAND
University journalism schools need to adapt – Experts
Experts say journalism schools need to adapt and undergo fundamental shifts in how courses are taught in order to survive in the age of social media platforms and technology or they will face steadily declining enrolments, writes Dumrongkiat Mala for the Bangkok Post.
SOUTH AFRICA
More graduates to join jobless queues
The rise in unemployment is expected to continue until 2018 with graduates most affected. This is according to Professor Carel van Aardt, a researcher at the Bureau of Market Research at Unisa, writes Siboniso Mngadi for the Sunday Tribune.
TURKEY
Apology issued for mistake in university test scores
The Student Selection and Placement Center apologised on 12 August for a calculation mistake in the placement scores of candidates entering Turkey’s national university entrance exam, which had led to the incorrect placement of over 1,000 people, writes Esra Ülkar for Hurriyet Daily News.
JORDAN
Rising tuition fees highlight flawed university finances
The rising cost of a university education in Jordan is shutting out low-income students and revealing long-term structural problems with the financing of higher education, writes Mohammad Fraij for Al-Fanar Media.
UNITED KINGDOM
High price of international tuition payments revealed
Universities in the United Kingdom could collectively be paying up to £80 million (US$103 million) as a result of the credit card transaction fees associated with international tuition payments, according to statistics from global payment giant, Western Union, writes Natalie Marsh for The PIE News.
PHILIPPINES
Free tuition – College entrance exam may be revived
With the free tuition policy signed into law, the government is now planning to re-implement the National College Entrance Examination to manage the influx of students in state-funded higher education institutions, writes Janvic Mateo for The Philippine Star.
SOUTH KOREA
Korean innovation chief forced out after four days
The new head of South Korea’s innovation office has resigned just four days after being appointed, after 288 professors at Seoul National University signed a statement demanding her resignation amid public outrage over her alleged role in a scientific fraud scandal, writes Liz Heron for Global Government Forum.
NORWAY
Universities criticised for overuse of English
The Language Council of Norway or Språkrådet says it is concerned about the amount of English used in courses at Norwegian universities and colleges, reports The Local.no.
GERMANY
Universities take on Dutch publishing giant Elsevier
A consortium of German universities, research institutes and public libraries has rejected the latest offer from Dutch publishing giant Elsevier for a new countrywide licensing agreement for its research portfolio. Germany’s chief negotiator says the offer does not meet the requirements of German researchers, writes Ned Stafford for Chemistry World.
PHILIPPINES
Duterte makes education free in state universities
President Rodrigo Duterte has signed a law making education free at all state universities in the Philippines, despite warnings from his economic advisers that the country cannot afford it, reports Agence France-Presse.
UNITED KINGDOM
Universities need urgent Brexit 'clarity' from ministers
United Kingdom universities could lose talented European Union staff unless they receive "greater clarity" from the government on the post-Brexit rights of EU nationals, according to the Russell Group. The group of top research universities says Brexit is causing EU staff "uncertainty and anxiety" and making the recruitment of others harder, reports the BBC.
UNITED KINGDOM
Sidelining of British students to be stopped
Universities admissions will be monitored from next year to ensure British students are not being discriminated against in favour of foreign applicants who can pay more, writes Sarah Knapton for The Telegraph.
GREECE
Controversial bill on higher education clears parliament
One member of Greece’s parliamentary majority voted against the controversial bill on higher education that was approved in the House on 2 August, writes Tasos Kokkinidis for The Greek Reporter.
UNITED STATES
Evidence of Trump impact on international admissions
Since many international students would have started planning their application strategies before Election Day 2016, many experts think this coming admissions cycle may be more telling about the impact of a Trump administration, writes Scott Jaschik for Inside Higher Ed.
MOROCCO
Three universities accused of diploma trafficking
Three Moroccan universities – the Mohammed V University in Rabat, Abdelmalek Essaâdi University in Tangier-Tétouan and Hassan I University in Settat – were allegedly involved in diploma trafficking and corruption in 2016, according to a draft report by the Court of Auditors, reports Morocco World News.