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EGYPT
Riot police clash with students in ongoing violence
Egyptian riot police have attacked supporters of ousted president Mohamed Morsi at Cairo's al Azhar University, reports Al Bawaba.
UNITED KINGDOM
Universities use 'extreme measures' to meet visa rules
Universities are resorting to “extreme measures” to make sure they do not fall foul of immigration compliance requirements, according to a House of Lords Report. Some of these measures, writes David Matthews for Times Higher Education, include fingerprinting international students before lectures.
PALESTINE
Palestinian students' trip to Auschwitz sparks uproar
Professor Mohammed S Dajani took 27 Palestinian students to visit Auschwitz concentration camp in Poland a few weeks ago as part of a project designed to teach empathy and tolerance. On his return, reports William Booth for The Washington Post, his university disowned the trip, fellow Palestinians branded him a traitor and friends advised a vacation abroad.
UNITED STATES
Getting their act(ion)s together
An almost countless number of ideas for revamping accreditation have pinballed around Washington in recent years, as higher education's system of peer-reviewed institutional accountability has been bashed for lax oversight of poor-performing institutions and for overregulation and quashing innovation, reports Doug Lederman for Inside Higher Ed.
UNITED STATES
Universities support loans for undocumented students
Administrators from California's two public university systems have called for the state to provide student loans to some immigrants in the country illegally, to cover expenses not met with state scholarships, reports Patrick McGreevy for the Los Angeles Times.
UNITED STATES
Why universities are under attack by hackers
Reports of university data breaches are becoming almost commonplace, writes Rick Dakin for http://FoxNews.com. Last month the University of Maryland reported that its system had been hacked for the second time in four weeks. Indiana University's server was breached in February, potentially exposing personal information of 146,000 students and recent graduates.
UNITED KINGDOM
Graduate starting salaries tumble
New figures show that university leavers have seen starting salaries plummet over the past five years, reports Jack Grove for Times Higher Education.
UNITED STATES
Community colleges increasingly add bachelor degrees
In a high-ceilinged classroom, eight students lug heavy textbooks to their desks and prepare for their lesson: proteins, reports Jon Marcus for Hechinger Report. It's a small group for a bachelor degree-level course in biology. At four-year universities, classes like this are often taught in large lecture halls, with hundreds of students.
UNITED KINGDOM
Exposing HE to neoliberal forces stokes staff unrest
Pay is falling, except for those at the top, and staff tensions at London's School of Oriental and African Studies are a portent of what the whole sector can expect, reports Richard Seymour for the Guardian. This is the bizarre state of higher education: universities are running healthy budget surpluses, and yet for four years pay has been falling: the University and College Union estimates that staff pay has dropped by between 13% and 15%.
IRELAND
Women to blame for lack of promotion
Fewer than one in five senior management posts in Irish public universities is held by women because they lack ambition and political skills, and their lifestyles are “unhelpful”, a study has found, reports Catherine Shanahan for the Irish Examiner.
NEW ZEALAND
Universities losing the race against Asia
Hundreds of millions of dollars being pumped into Asian universities are one reason Australasian institutions have dropped in international rankings, a new analysis says, reports Nicholas Jones for the New Zealand Herald.
ETHIOPIA
The disgraceful state of higher education
The major bragging source of Ethiopia's ruling party over the past few years has been its 'achievements' in the education sector, particularly in university education, reports Alem Mamo for IndepthAfrica. What is not included is the obliteration of quality and depth of teaching and learning in these so-called 'universities'.
UNITED STATES
University mishandled sexual assault case – Review
An independent report released recently says the University of Missouri failed to follow parts of the federal law that governs sexual harassment on campus when handling the case of a former swimmer's suicide, reports Alan Zagier for the Huffington Post.
UNITED KINGDOM
New universities to be built in small towns
United Kingdom Universities and Science Minister David Willetts has unveiled plans to create dozens of new university campuses in areas identified as higher education 'cold spots', reports Graeme Paton for The Telegraph.
VENEZUELA
University decries student attacks
Officials at Venezuela's largest university have called on President Nicolas Maduro to help protect students after masked pro-government vigilantes attacked a peaceful gathering on campus and injured seven people, report Mery Mogollon and Chris Kraul for the Los Angeles Times.
JAPAN
Measures to halt research misconduct
Japan's education ministry plans to start a comprehensive programme to give researchers and students ethical guidance on writing academic papers, after major cases of research misconduct at various institutions, reports Japan Times.
UNITED KINGDOM
Funding council looks overseas for research excellence
British academics could have their research assessed alongside scholars from Australia, New Zealand and Hong Kong, under plans being considered by the Higher Education Funding Council for England, reports David Matthews for Times Higher Education.
UNITED KINGDOM
Sharia-compliant student loans to boost Muslim access
A new system of 'Sharia-compliant' student loans is to be launched to allow more Muslim students to go to university, it has been announced, writes Graeme Paton for The Telegraph. David Willetts, the UK universities and science minister, said an alternative financial model was being created to satisfy Islamic law that forbids Muslims taking out loans that make interest.
UNITED STATES
Shielding researchers from animal rights activists
Their fear has caged them into silence. They have done what they can to hide their identities. But often, it's not enough to escape the threats and harassment. Animal researchers from public universities around Florida are now fighting to keep their personal information out of the hands of animal rights activists, writes Beatrice Dupuy for the Independent Florida Alligator.
ISRAEL
University revokes approval for terrorist's visit
Muhammad Kana'ane, who served nearly five years in an Israeli prison for his involvement with Hezbollah, had planned to speak at Tel Aviv University on 7 April, but the institution released a statement the night before revoking the approval, reports Lidar Grave-Lazi for Jerusalem Post.
UNITED KINGDOM
Universities bank on EU membership – Dundee principal
The principal of Dundee University in Scotland has said continued membership of the European Union is “a must” for Scottish universities, whatever the outcome of the independence referendum, reports Grant Smith for The Courier.
IRELAND
Education and growth assumption might need revision
Austin Delaney and Tom Healy of the Nevin Economic Research Institute recently issued a timely call for a debate on the funding of Irish higher education, writes Chris Johns for the Irish Times. In an extensive study of various methods used around the world, the authors also briefly explore the connections between economic growth and higher learning.
UNITED KINGDOM
Paying the price of controversial student loan scheme
The highly contentious British student loans system is unravelling, writes Hugh Muir in the Mail and Guardian. Many predicted it would, but the surprise, given its high profile and political toxicity, is that it is falling apart so fast: hopelessly flawed, it seems to be falling under its own weight.
GREECE
Small fortune needed to prepare for university
Attending a university or technology institute in Greece requires sacrifices from all the family. It is estimated that preparing a student for entrance examinations for higher education costs at least EUR14,000 (US$19,500), reports Konstantinos Menzel for Greek Reporter.
UNITED STATES
Princeton sued by student after attempted suicide
A student at Princeton has filed a lawsuit against the university and seven administrators, alleging that they discriminated against him when they reacted to a suicide attempt in his dorm room, reports Jonathan Swartz for USA Today.