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AUSTRALIA
Cries of Beijing meddling follow academic’s ouster
A China-born academic has been forced out of a leading Australian university for posting online politically charged remarks about his countrymen, reigniting accusations Beijing is using its presence inside global campuses to exert soft power, writes Byron Kaye for Reuters.
SOUTH AFRICA
Foreign graduates can soon apply for permanent residence
Foreign students will soon be allowed to apply for permanent residence once they have graduated from a South African university, writes Wyndham Hartley for BDLive.
THAILAND
Demand for international universities expected to rise
The number of Thai students enrolled in local international universities is expected to increase sharply in the next five years, as students look to equip themselves with the skills needed to compete with the regional workforce, writes Dumrongkiat Mala for Bangkok Post.
HONG KONG
Names put forward to review Hong Kong university council
Two former University Grants Committee members and a retired High Court judge have been recommended to form a panel to review the structure of the University of Hong Kong’s controversial governing council, writes Phila Siu for South China Morning Post.
GERMANY
Programme to create ‘Ivy League’ gets extra funds
The programme designed to create a German ‘Ivy League’ will be extended indefinitely, giving a handful of the country’s top universities a yearly bonus of at least €10 million (US$11.3 million) in extra funding, writes Gretchen Vogel for Science.
BRAZIL-UNITED STATES
Foundation to expand aid to Harvard’s Brazil programme
The Lemann Foundation, a non-profit organisation established by Brazilian billionaire Jorge Paulo Lemann, said it plans to expand its financial aid to Brazilian students and visiting faculty at Harvard University in the United States, writes Keren Blankfeld for Forbes.
AUSTRALIA
Sydney universities crack down on cheating students
Universities across Sydney are cracking down on cheating in tertiary assessment tasks after Fairfax Media revealed chronic misconduct across the sector, writes Eryk Bagshaw for The Sydney Morning Herald.
UNITED KINGDOM
Students threaten split from union over new leader
Students from several universities, including Oxford and Cambridge, are threatening to vote to break away from the National Union of Students following the controversial election of new president, Malia Bouattia, the national union's first black female Muslim leader, reports the BBC.
GERMANY
Anti-Semitic fliers mysteriously produced at universities
Printers at several universities across Germany produced anti-Semitic leaflets on or before Hitler’s birthday on 20 April, after hackers appeared to break into their computer systems, writes Alison Smale for The New York Times.
GULF STATES
Region’s market lacks suitable graduates
Higher education institutions in the six-nation Gulf Cooperation Council are not producing enough graduates to meet the needs of the region’s labour market, according to educators and experts, reports Arab News.
INDONESIA
Lag in scientific papers not only about language
Despite their large numbers of students, Indonesian universities lag behind in scientific publications compared with other countries in Southeast Asia, writes Anton Hermansyah for The Jakarta Post.
CHINA
Xi may target league’s university ahead of reshuffle
China’s Communist Party is considering further steps to curb the influence of the Communist Youth League, an organisation that President Xi Jinping has criticised for being too aristocratic. The league’s university may put an end to undergraduate admissions, according to a person familiar with the discussions, who asked not to be identified. That would leave it with postgraduate and training programmes for up-and-coming cadres, reports Bloomberg News.
BANGLADESH
Professor hacked to death by suspected militants
A university professor on his way to work in northwestern Bangladesh was hacked to death last Saturday in an attack similar to other killings by suspected Muslim militants, reports The Associated Press.
NAMIBIA
International bodies to overhaul higher education
Namibia’s Ministry of Higher Education, Training and Innovation is engaging UNESCO and the International Labour Organization to assist in revamping the country’s higher education and developing skills required by the job market, writes Lahja Nashuuta for The Southern Times.
UNITED KINGDOM
Has the way universities teach economics changed enough?
The apparent failure of economists to predict, let alone prevent, the 2008 financial crisis has led to accusations that conventional economic teaching cannot adequately explain the complex dynamics and risks of modern economies. Now a growing number of UK universities are implementing changes to adapt their degrees to a ‘post-crisis’ world, writes Daniel Cullen for the Guardian.
CYPRUS
Country to become regional training centre – Minister
A rise of international students has been noted in recent years, Education Minister Costas Kadis said after a recent meeting with an Iranian official. He added that the aim is to transform Cyprus into a regional training centre, writes Evgenia Choros for Greek Reporter.
INDIA
Think tank supports foreign university campuses
The National Institution for Transforming India Aayog has submitted a report to the prime minister’s office and the Ministry of Human Resource Development in favour of inviting foreign universities to set up campuses in India, writes Ritika Chopra for The Indian Express.
GHANA
Establishment of private universities halted
Deputy Minister of Education in charge of Tertiary Education Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa has said discussions are underway to restrict the establishment of new private universities in the country, writes Afedzi Abdullah for Ghana News Agency.
UNITED KINGDOM
Students vote to sabotage university rating plans
Students have found a weapon in their battle to stop the government raising tuition fees still further. At a conference in Brighton they have voted to sabotage two key surveys unless the government withdraws its planned reforms, write Alfie Packham and Emma Jacobs for the Guardian.
CUBA
University fires reform-minded economist
One of Cuba's most renowned advocates of economic reform has been fired from his University of Havana think tank for sharing information with Americans without authorisation, among other alleged violations, writes Andrea Rodriguez for Associated Press.
SPAIN
Students protest over education law, university fees
Thousands of high school students have staged demonstrations in cities across Spain to protest over the country's education law, changes in the duration of university degrees and university fee hikes, reports the San Francisco Chronicle.
UNITED KINGDOM
Russell Group hits back at government fee claims
Government claims that some Russell Group universities are not worth the £9,000 (US$13,000) tuition fees are based on "outdated assertions" and no evidence, the group's head has said after the fears were revealed in a leaked document, writes Ben Riley-Smith for The Telegraph.
SWITZERLAND
Pharma funnels millions into university sponsorship
The independence of Swiss universities from the corporate world has again been called into question as details of pharmaceutical sponsorship deals were broadcast by a Swiss public television channel. The programme found evidence that one firm may have manipulated academic research data, reports Swissinfo.ch.
FINLAND
Higher education boosts monthly earnings, says staff body
The Confederation of Unions for Professional and Managerial Staff in Finland has reminded young people that education truly pays off amid its concerns that the ongoing debate over unemployment has blurred public perceptions of reality, writes Aleksi Teivainen for the Helsinki Times.
AUSTRALIA
Higher university rankings mean higher price – Study
Australian universities with a higher position in global league tables tend to set higher international tuition fees, writes Natalie Marsh for The PIE News.