Universities were the sector most attacked by cyber criminals across the world in 2013, as hackers abused their large and porous networks to get to intellectual property sometimes vital to national security, writes Hannah Kuchler for Financial Times.
A prominent Chinese dissident who moved to the United States after being fired by Peking University last year has warned of the dangers of academic exchanges with China, saying that Beijing had sent spies as visiting scholars, writes David Brunnstrom for Reuters.
In his budget released last Tuesday, US President Barack Obama proposed setting funding for the National Institutes of Health at US$30.2 billion this upcoming fiscal year. But in a reflection of the angst felt by biomedical researchers across the country, even those who stand to benefit are warning that it is insufficient, writes Sam Stein for Huffington Post.
Colleges and institutes of technology in Ireland will be allowed to describe themselves as a 'university' when trying to attract foreign students, writes Fionnan Sheahan for hIndependent.ie. Education Minister Ruairi Quinn is to change the law to allow non-universities "in limited circumstances" to describe themselves as a university.
More than 150 academics have claimed in a joint letter that universities are acting as an 'extension' of government immigration authorities, and eroding the trust of their students in the process, writes David Matthews for Times Higher Education.
Sweden prides itself on being a country that welcomes immigrants, but foreigners like Chinese engineering student Zhao Shuqi may be excused if they think otherwise, reports AFP. During her years at Stockholm's Royal Institute of Technology, or KTH, she has experienced an abrupt change in policy that has introduced fees for students from nations outside the European Union.
As online courses soar in popularity, a battle is beginning over who should own them, writes Sarah Butrymowicz for The Hechinger Report. Although little noticed, it is a fight that could change longstanding traditions about faculty control of classes they create, and influence the future and success of online higher education.
At the centre of the admissions and financial aid process in American colleges is a massive information imbalance. Institutions make decisions with detailed data about each applicant that goes well beyond test scores and transcripts. Students are not so lucky. Institutions offer comparatively little information about exactly who they are awarding aid to and for what, writes Marian Wang for ProPublica.
In an attempt to increase educational and student exchanges, Russia and India will sign an agreement on the mutual recognition of higher education diplomas, writes Alessandro Belli for RIR.
Indonesia's Education and Culture Ministry has encouraged researchers to obtain doctoral degrees as part of its efforts to improve the quality of higher education, reports The Jakarta Post.
Sustained research programmes will eventually lead scientists to develop a vaccine for the prevention and treatment of HIV, South Africa's Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi said last week. He was addressing reporters in Johannesburg after the announcement of the discovery of a method to develop antibodies able to kill multiple strains of HIV, reports Sapa.
Students at a British university have demanded that Pakistani cricketer-turned-politician Imran Khan be sacked as their chancellor as he has failed to attend any of its graduation ceremonies since 2010, reports Zee News.
As opposition lawmakers in Ukraine continue their purge of government officials, one ouster causing particular glee is that of the minister of education and science, Dmytro Tabachnyk, writes Daisy Sindelar for Radio Free Europe Radio Liberty.
Universities in China are home to a strange mix of political emotions. To the Communist Party’s deep concern, many young lecturers have little enthusiasm for Marx, whose ideas are still officially supposed to ‘guide’ intellectual life on campuses. Many students, by contrast, are desperate to join the Communist Party – recruitment levels are at an all-time high. Ideology plays little part, reports The Economist.
A brochure for the University of Michigan features a vision of multicultural harmony, with a group of students from different racial backgrounds sitting on a verdant lawn, smiling and conversing. The scene at the undergraduate library one night last week was quite different, writes Tanzina Vega for The New York Times.
The indictment in Egypt of a well-known professor on charges of espionage has sparked new concerns about academic freedom. The military-backed government is carrying out a widespread crackdown on the Muslim Brotherhood, the Islamist group that until last year governed the country. Some political scientists say they can no longer speak freely for fear of being accused of supporting the Brotherhood, writes Ursula Lindsey for The Chronicle of Higher Education.
Most people who have attended grade 12 graduation ceremonies or spent time on university campuses in Vancouver or Toronto have seen the signs. But some may still be surprised by a study by Statistics Canada, Garnett Picot and Feng Hou verifying that young Canadians with immigrant backgrounds are almost twice as likely to go to university as students whose parents were born in Canada, writes Douglas Todd for Vancouver Sun.
Canada’s federal government’s promise of CAD1.5 billion (US$1.35 billion) in new research funding announced in last month’s budget speech is a major coup for universities, but the sensitive work to decide how they will share it is still to come, writes James Bradshaw for The Globe and Mail.
The United Kingdom is ‘lagging behind’ in science and maths at university level, according to new international rankings, writes Josie Gurney-Read for The Telegraph. The annual figures from QS show that while the UK is still performing strongly in the arts and humanities, it is falling behind in STEM subjects.
Nigeria’s House of Representatives has mandated its committee on education to investigate allegations of corruption in the process of accrediting programmes in universities and its attendant effects, reports NAN.
With the exception of University College Dublin, universities’ course numbers have risen or are largely unchanged in the nearly three years since the initial agreement that offering fewer but broader general entry courses could help remove the need for school leavers to get top results for places on dozens of degrees, writes Niall Murray for the Irish Examiner.
Universities Australia has announced an agreement with business groups to collaborate on vocational training to improve the employability of graduates, writes Alexandra Hansen for The Conversation.
More young people than ever are flocking to Cambodia’s universities after leaving school. But students seeking better education elsewhere are reminders of the gulf that exists between the kingdom’s institutions and those abroad, writes Maria Wirth for Phnom Penh Post.
Controversial plans to create a Stephen Hawking professorship at the University of Cambridge have been passed, despite concerns over the salary that will be paid, writes Jack Grove for Times Higher Education.
Egypt’s Supreme Council of Universities has decided to ban the organisation of political activities in support of presidential candidates on campuses, writes Aya Nader for Daily News Egypt. The decision is part of efforts to avoid increasing tensions between students.