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CHINA
Science academy launches new reform drive
Amid widespread calls to reform the science system, the Chinese Academy of Sciences or CAS – the nation’s largest research body – is to reshuffle its 100 plus research institutes and change the way it rewards scientists. But details of the ambitious plan are far from clear, writes Hepeng Jia for Chemistry World.
IRAQ
Protests halt bid to remove women from university
Ongoing protests by students and faculty may have forced the Iraqi government to back off a controversial plan to carve out a new female-only institution from Baghdad University, the country’s oldest establishment of higher learning, writes Gilgamesh Nabeel for Al-Fanar.
JAPAN
China dwarfs efforts to woo foreign students
Japan’s efforts to increase the number of international students coming to its shores are being dwarfed by similar initiatives in neighbouring China and lofty goals such as Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s plan to attract 300,000 foreign students by 2020 appear to be struggling to gain traction, writes Teru Clavel for The Japan Times.
UNITED KINGDOM
Professor suspended for giving off 'negative vibes'
A professor in the United Kingdom was suspended from a top university for nine months following accusations he ‘sighed’ and was sarcastic during job interviews, writes Bill Gardner for The Telegraph.
TURKEY
University sacks professor over Erdogan complaint
An Istanbul-based private university has dismissed a professor of law following disciplinary proceedings against him over a complaint he filed against President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, who failed to resign as prime minister or chair of the Justice and Development Party – the AK Party – after being elected president in the 10 August elections, reports Today’s Zaman.
IRELAND
Dublin joins Irish expansion into China
University College Dublin has announced plans for recruitment and alumni offices in China, India, Malaysia and the United States as it joins other Irish universities in trying to boost international student numbers, writes Joe Humphreys for The Irish Times.
ISRAEL
Higher education council considers reducing colleges
As more than 300,000 higher education students start the Israeli academic year, the Council for Higher Education is considering substantially reducing the number of colleges, writes Lior Dattel for Haaretz.
THAILAND
Universities asked to disclose graduate employment rates
Universities have been asked to disclose graduate employment rates for fields of study as they launch recruitment drives, to better align supply of graduates with market demand, writes Lamphai Intathep for Bangkok Post.
UNITED KINGDOM
Business leader ‘appalled’ by student visa approach
Simon Walker, director-general of the Institute of Directors, said he was “appalled” by how overseas students had been caught up in targets for reducing immigration into the United Kingdom and how universities were “victims of political point-scoring”, reports Sean Coughlan for BBC News.
RWANDA
Universities urged to produce workers, not thinkers
The increased number of jobless youths in East Africa will continue to double or even triple annually to alarming rates, unless institutions of higher learning revise their curricula to start teaching on-the-job skills as opposed to academic-based programmes, writes Bernard Momanyi for Capital News.
AUSTRALIA
Fee deregulation will create scholarships, says v-c
The University of Sydney says nearly a third of its domestic undergraduate students will get scholarships if the proposed shake-up of higher education passes the Senate, giving universities the power to set fees, writes James Glenday for ABC.
AUSTRALIA
Apple co-founder becomes adjunct university professor
Steve ‘Woz’ Wozniak, who co-founded Apple with Steve Jobs and Ronald Wayne, will be joining the University of Technology in Sydney as an adjunct professor, writes Aaron Mamiit for Tech Times.
PAKISTAN
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.
UNITED STATES
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.
UNITED KINGDOM
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.
BELARUS
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.
UNITED STATES
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.
MYANMAR
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.
UNITED KINGDOM
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.
CHINA
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.
INDIA
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.
UNITED STATES
'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.
MEXICO
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.
AUSTRALIA
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.
GREECE
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.