The Department for Business, Innovation and Skills is considering cutting £350 million (US$571 million) in grants to the UK's poorest students and slashing £215 million from ring-fenced science funding in order to plug a £1.4 billion hole in its finances, report Shiv Malik, Richard Adams and Órla Ryan for the Guardian.
The British Council will publish an online database listing all the agents around the world who have signed up to a new ethical code of practice in the wake of several cases involving conflicts of interest – with the agent being paid by both student and university – writes Richard Garner for The Independent on Sunday.
As presidential candidate Michelle Bachelet prepares for a second round of voting on 15 December in Chile, for what would be a second term in office, her campaign has released a proposal to provide universal access to higher education at no cost to students, writes Joel Fensch for PanAm Post.
The University of Nicosia has become the first in the world to accept the digital currency Bitcoin for tuition and other fees, writes Constantinos Psilides for Cyprus Mail. Chief financial officer Dr Christos Vlachos said that digital currency was an inevitable technical development.
For decades, India’s institutes of technology and management have been seen as the pinnacle of the country’s higher education. Yet a group of successful professionals and entrepreneurs, some of them alumni of these universities, have come together to establish an alternative to what they say is an educational paradigm that overly emphasises technical capabilities while neglecting vital skills like critical thinking, communications and teamwork, writes Max Bearak for The New York Times.
Yemen’s higher education minister has ordered the closure of all Yemeni university branches in Saudi Arabia, writes Ibrahim Naffee for Arab News. Students enrolled in distance learning courses at the universities will now be unable to obtain their bachelor degrees.
Girls outperform and outstay boys in school and, as a result, they go on to university in ever greater numbers. According to new statistics from the federal education department, the number of female students in higher education jumped by 33.5% between 2002 and 2012, compared with a 22% rise for males, reports Geoff Maslen for The Sydney Morning Herald.
Concerns are being raised about the quality of young doctors in Malaysia, with the country's biggest doctors' association raising the red flag on foreign medical colleges and experts also warning of sub-standard local training, writes Yong Yen Nie for The Straits Times-ANN.
After years of leaning on tuition increases to make up for declining state support, about four in 10 public universities now report tuition revenue is not keeping pace with inflation, according to a new report by Moody’s Investors Service, writes Ry Rivard for Inside Higher Ed.
Universities in China are charging hefty fees for courses that help participants understand Communist Party jargon, state media has reported. Consultants are reported to be charging at least US$1,500 for the courses, which help students gain a better understanding of party language, reports BBC News.
If the first chapter in the evolution of massive open online courses – MOOCs – was written in the US, it may well be in Europe that they make their next significant advance. This is the view of Hannes Klöpper, co-founder and chief academic officer at Iversity, a Berlin-based MOOC platform that launched recently, writes Adam Palin for the Financial Times.
Irish universities are turning into profit-making institutions rather than serving their proper purpose as a public good. The change could destroy the higher education sector, university staff have warned, writes Dick Ahlstrom for The Irish Times.
Universities can segregate by gender in talks by external speakers, as long as men and women are seated side by side and not one in front of the other, new guidance has advised, writes Lucy Sherriff for The Huffington Post.
A new version of the high-speed JANET network has been launched to support higher education and research institutions, writes Kane Fulton for http://Techradar.pro.
Canadian universities are making multimillion-dollar research deals with business and private donors that raise 'alarm bells' and fail to safeguard academic freedom, according to a report released last week, write Margaret Munro and Karen Seidman for Postmedia News.
University administrators protesting against their induction into a labour mobility scheme that will see them either transferring to other services or losing their jobs, blocked entrances to the University of Athens, National Technical University of Athens or NTUA, Athens Law School and Athens Medical School last Tuesday, reports http://ikathimerini.com.
Universities try to cash in on discoveries – gene splicing, brain chemistry, computer-chip design – but the great majority of them fail to turn their research into a source of income, according to a new study from the Brookings Institution, writes Richard Pérez-Pena for The New York Times.
The week from 9-14 November was the most violent and dangerous for Egyptian universities since the 25 January Revolution, leading to dozens of injuries and arrests, according to a new report by the Association for Freedom of Thought and Expression, writes Aaron T Rose for Daily News Egypt.
With some students in the UK receiving as little as two hours a week of contact time, many undergraduates feel they receive poor ‘value for money’ for their tuition fees, according to a study on student perceptions by the Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education, writes Jack Grove for Times Higher Education.
More than 100 academics have condemned an attempt by the police to spy on the political activities of students at Cambridge University. The academics said such "highly invasive and unjustifiable" covert surveillance would deter students from joining political groups, writes Rob Evans for the Guardian.
Ben Sowter, head of intelligence at Quacquarelli Symonds, or QS, did not mince his words on Indian universities' websites, in an address to academics, educationists and faculty members of top Indian universities, writes Anumeha Chaturvedi for The Times of India.
Suddenly, entrepreneurship is ‘in’ on campuses, with activities such as MOOCs, business plan competitions and incubators. This trend seems to be not only in business schools but also across the university. Is this good or are universities biting off more than they can chew? asks Dileep Rao for Forbes.
In what is being called a landmark moment for Europe’s Jewry, the continent’s first university-level school of Jewish theology was set to open last week at the University of Potsdam, just outside Berlin, writes Raphael Ahren for The Times of Israel.
Universities must keep pace with technology and the ability it offers students to cheat, an expert said after a student cheating scandal involving iPads, writes Jordanna Schriever for The Advertiser.
In 1980, it cost RM12,999 (US$4,050) to get a degree from a local private college or university in Malaysia. That price tag has gone up, reaching about RM50,000 today. Private higher education might be getting too expensive, write Tan Choe Choe, Arman Ahmad and Suzanna Pillay in New Straits Times.