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UNITED STATES
'Too soon' to tell if terrorism link to university attack
Officials said it is “too soon” to determine whether the attack at Ohio State University on 28 November, in which 11 people were injured, had any connection to terrorism, writes Ciara McCarthy for the Guardian.
INDIA
Absence of dedicated regulator hits open universities
Ever since the Distance Education Council of the Indira Gandhi National Open University was dissolved in 2012, open universities in the country have faced a number of challenges. Most of them have not been able to start courses because of lack of approvals, while others have also not been allocated development funds, writes Gauri Kohli for Hindustan Times.
CHINA
MOOC learners to top 10 million by year end
A ministry of education white paper predicts that the number of students enrolled on a MOOC – massive open online course – in China is set to exceed 10 million by the end of 2016, up from 1.5 million just two years ago, writes Beckie Smith for The PIE News.
UNITED STATES
University leaders weigh up how to respond to Trump
Campus leaders face intense scrutiny for what they say or don’t say in this tense post-election period. Some messages that go over well on campus receive considerable criticism as they spread, writes Rick Seltzer for Inside Higher Ed.
INDONESIA
Universities join hands to tackle funding issues
Dozens of state-owned and private universities in the country recently agreed to join hands to overcome limited government funding for academics, research and innovation, writes Wahyoe Boediwardhana for The Jakarta Post.
AFGHANISTAN
MP warns of extremism spread in universities, mosques
Member of Parliament Abdul Hafiz Mansour recently said the spread of extremism at a number of universities and mosques is challenging Afghanistan's security, writes Samim Kubha for Tolo News.
UNITED KINGDOM
White students retain grip on elite universities
New research shows that white students are failing to keep pace with students from ethnic minorities at school – but are still keeping their grip on elite universities, writes Nick Morrison for Forbes.
AUSTRALIA
Student growth rate falls to lowest level since 2010
The uncapped system of higher education funding is reaching equilibrium as the growth in the number of would-be students slows and universities become marginally more choosy about whom they accept, writes John Ross for The Australian.
CHINA
Universities look to adopt a sporting culture
The emphasis on athletic development at United States universities, highlighted by a basketball game played between Stanford and Harvard during their recent China trip, has inspired educators, officials and celebrities to reflect on the underdeveloped role played by sports in China's higher education system, writes Sun Xiaochen for China Daily.
HONG KONG
United States ‘college prep’ is big business
Growing numbers of Hong Kong high school students are applying to universities in the United States in the hope of a better education – and, according to consultants, the trend is fuelling the expansion of the ‘college prep’ tutor industry in the city, write Rachel Blundy and Jessie Lau for South China Morning Post.
QATAR
Call for more private universities as demand grows
A senior official of Qatar University has recommended the establishment of more universities in the private sector, providing a quota at existing universities for expatriate students as well as starting more disciplines in universities to meet the growing demand for higher education in Qatar, writes Joseph Varghese for Gulf Times.
INDIA
Free higher education in exchange for highway land
The state government in Maharashtra has decided to make higher education free for children whose parents are willing to opt for the land-pooling model for the construction of 710-km-long Mumbai Nagpur Super Expressway, writes Mehul R Thakkar for The Asian Age.
PHILIPPINES
HE commission chief appeals against pending budget cut
The Commission on Higher Education has reiterated its appeal to lawmakers to restore the PHP2 billion (US$40 million) slashed from its budget for next year so it can fulfil its role to make the Philippine higher education system locally responsive and globally competitive, writes Merlina Hernando-Malipot for Manila Bulletin.
GHANA
Technical universities ‘lack capacity to deliver’
IMANI Centre for Policy and Education Ghana has said the technical universities lack the capacity to deliver the kind of training that will make their students problem solvers, reports B&FT Online.
BRAZIL
Scientists battle to escape 20-year funding freeze
Brazil’s science budget has shrunk by more than 40% in the past three years. But researchers are now trying to escape an even worse crisis: federal science spending could be frozen at its current low level for the next two decades, under a constitutional amendment to cap public spending to inflation-level rises, writes Claudio Angelo for Nature.
AUSTRALIA
International education reaps record revenues
International education’s value to the nation has surged past A$20 billion (US$14.8 billion), confirming the industry’s status as Australia’s third-biggest earner and easily the largest services export, write John Ross and Julie Hare for The Australian.
IRAQ
Militias make use of universities to spread influence
The Popular Mobilisation Units are calling on Iraqi university students, specifically those in medicine and engineering, to sign up for logistics tasks in Iraq and Syria. But some academics believe there is a larger agenda at hand, writes Sara al-Qaher for Al-Monitor.
CANADA
Top authors in university firing row
Canada's literary community is in turmoil over unspecified but "serious accusations" against one of its own, reports the BBC.
SUDAN
Ministry scraps fee exemption for Darfur students
Sudan’s Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research has issued a circular cancelling the decision to exempt Darfur students at universities and higher learning institutions from payment of tuition fees, reports Radio Tamazuj.
INDIA-UNITED STATES
Trump’s rhetoric puts off prospective students
Call it a knee-jerk reaction, but President-elect Donald Trump’s protectionist rhetoric in the run-up to the election has left many aspiring Indian students confused and unsure of the implications of higher education in the United States this year. Anti-Trump protests across US campuses are also contributing to the worry of students, write Varuni Khosla and Sreeradha Dasgupta Basu for The Economic Times.
CANADA-UNITED STATES
Trump win sparks interest in Canadian universities
Canadian universities say that interest from Americans looking to study in Canada has increased sharply since the election of Donald Trump as the next United States president, writes Nicole Thompson for The Canadian Press.
AUSTRALIA
Universities slam ‘elitist’ fee deregulation plans
Universities have slammed a series of the Turnbull government's fee-deregulation proposals in submissions released by the Federal Department of Education last week, write Eryk Bagshaw and Timna Jacks for The Sydney Morning Herald.
EGYPT
Students fear 40% tuition fee rise at elite university
The student leader spoke in English to the chanting crowd at the elite American University in Cairo. The leader, Amr El-Alfy (20), told his peers that he was frustrated over the university administration’s lack of clarity about whether tuition would rise by as much as 40% in response to Egypt’s flailing economy and floating currency, write Diaa Hadid and Nour Youssef for The New York Times.
UNITED KINGDOM
Fossil fuel divestment soars in UK universities
The number of British universities divesting from fossil fuels has leaped to 43, a quarter of the total. The surge means the United Kingdom leads the world in campus action to pull university funds from oil, gas and coal, writes Damian Carrington for The Guardian.
TANZANIA
Government warns it will close more universities
The government announced last week that it is planning to close several higher learning institutions after a preliminary inspection report indicated that some are below standard, writes Louis Kolumbia for The Citizen.