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New higher education commission ‘a turning point’
Academics have welcomed the promulgation of an ordinance by the Punjab governor that provides for the creation of a Higher Education Commission in Punjab for the regulation of provincial universities, writes Myra Imran for The News.
Colleges’ wider search for applicants crowds out locals
Last spring, Nicholas Anthony graduated as co-valedictorian of Malibu High School with a résumé that included straight As, top marks on nine advanced placement exams, a varsity quarterback and baritone horn in the wind ensemble. But he didn’t get into the top two public schools in his home state. Instead, he is going to Brown University, an Ivy League school that will cost more than US$100,000 over four years, write Erica E Phillips and Douglas Belkin for The Wall Street Journal.
Tuition fees should rise – AC Grayling
The master of New College of the Humanities says it costs elite universities £18,000 (US$28,000) to educate undergraduates, and institutions should be able to "cover their costs", writes Josie Gurney-Read for the Telegraph.
Universities to welcome more Turkmenistan students
Belarus is ready to train more students from Turkmenistan and provide accommodation for them. Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko made the statement at a meeting with Turkmenistan President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov on 8 October, reports BelTA.
Student loans have doubled over past two decades
American students borrow twice as much as they did two decades ago and the total student debt mountain has increased fourfold over that period. But women appear to be taking on more debt than their male counterparts, writes Quentin Fottrell for Market Watch.
Students to hold emergency meeting over education law
The All Burma Federation of Student Unions is planning to hold an all-Myanmar students’ emergency meeting in November, writes Myat Min for Mizzima.
Labour party hints at ‘no fees’ policy
Scottish Labour’s “direction of travel” is to rule out the introduction of tuition fees north of the border, according to the party’s shadow education secretary. Kezia Dugdale said she was “very hopeful” she would be able to pledge to keep undergraduate study free but cautioned that this would only happen if sufficient funding was also available to widen access and to reduce the student drop-out rate in the country, writes Chris Havergal for Times Higher Education.
Universities to get more autonomy
China's top education authorities have approved new regulations for nine top universities, which seek to increase their autonomy, while observers have expressed concern about their effectiveness, reports Global Times.
Panel to develop India-specific ranking framework
The human resource development ministry has proposed the formation of a committee that will work on developing a framework for India-specific rankings, writes Gauri Kohli for Hindustan Times.
'US News' to issue new global university rankings
US News and World Report has announced that it will release its first global ranking of universities on 28 October, reports Inside Higher Ed.
Universities call strike in solidarity with missing students
Students from major Mexico City universities have called a two-day strike and were set to hold a rally last week at the national attorney general’s office to call for the safe return of dozens of rural students who disappeared after clashes with police in Guerrero state last month, leading to public outrage, write Renee Lewis and Débora Poo Soto for Aljazeera.
Medical degree fees may skyrocket – Medical association
Doctors have warned that the federal government's planned changes to university fees could send the cost of six-year undergraduate medical degrees skyrocketing to A$250,000 (US$220,000) or more, writes Julieanne Strachan for The Sunday Canberra Times.
Brain drain sets in as thousands of Greeks study abroad
More and more Greeks are moving to Germany to complete their university studies in the hope of improving their chances in the job market. Radical cuts continue to threaten the quality of teaching in Greece, writes Lisa Brüßler for DeutscheWelle.
Students a sad bunch, university study shows
So much for carefree campus life. A new study shows nearly half of Victoria University of Wellington students are an unhappy bunch, writes Ged Cann for http://Stuff.co.nz.
University divests from fossil fuels amid criticism
The Australian National University has become the first university in the country to divest from fossil fuels on ethical grounds, gaining support from the public and its students but facing criticism from the country’s powerful industry, writes Ilaria Bertini for Blue and Green Tomorrow.
Government pushes a divided education strategy
Japan’s simultaneous embracing of nationalism and cosmopolitanism is generating ambiguous signals from its education policy makers. They are rewriting textbooks along what they call “patriotic” lines, alienating their Asian neighbours in the process. But at the same time, they are promoting Japanese universities as globalised and open, in a bid to compete internationally, writes Michael Fitzpatrick for The New York Times.
Doubt over quality of Italy-based journal
The Mediterranean Journal of Social Sciences, published in Italy, has been called a scam but it appears on the CVs of several professors at Unisa as the publisher of papers authored by them, writes Shaun Smillie for Times Live.
Government bans books by pro-Hong Kong protest author
Authorities in China have ordered books by Chinese-American scholar Yu Ying-shih to be removed from sale, as Beijing expresses its displeasure with writers showing support for pro-democracy movements in Hong Kong and elsewhere, writes Didi Tang for AP.
Academic freedom fund awards grant to Steven Salaita
Steven Salaita has been awarded a US$5,000 grant by the American Association of University Professors Foundation’s Academic Freedom Fund on the grounds that he was involved in an academic freedom controversy, reports the Daily Illini.
How Germany managed to abolish university tuition fees
If Germany has done it, why can’t we? That’s the question being asked by many students around the world in countries that charge tuition fees to go to university, writes Barbara Kehm for The Conversation.
Deans tell politicians to stay away from campuses
The Committee of Deans of Student Affairs in Nigerian Universities has called on politicians not to extend political campaigns to university campuses, reports the Daily Independent.
Pressure mounts to solve missing students' case
Several countries are putting pressure on Mexico to solve the case of the 43 missing students who vanished last month after clashing with police in the town of Iguala in the state of Guerrero, reports Aljazeera.
For Gaza’s new academic year, a fitful start
Most Arab students have already enrolled at university and are buckling down with new assignments. But many of their counterparts in Gaza are taking their seats in damaged – or overflowing – classrooms more than a month after the Gaza conflict ended, write Rasha Faek and Janelle Dumalaon for Al-Fanar.
Students protest tuition fees for non-EU students
In next year’s budget, Norway’s government proposes to introduce tuition fees for international students from outside the European Union and European Economic Area – despite overall parliamentary opposition. Student organisations are concerned, reports The Nordic Page.
President urges HE to open up, dismisses spy fears
President Hassan Rouhani called on Iran's universities to admit more foreign students and lecturers, dismissing conservatives' fears that more interaction with the outside world would encourage espionage, writes Michelle Moghtader for Reuters.