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JAPAN
University to investigate data manipulation charges
The University of Tokyo announced last week it is launching an investigation into anonymously made claims of fabricated and falsified data appearing in 22 papers by six university research groups, writes Dennis Normile for Science Magazine.
MALAYSIA
MP claims national student funding body has no money
A member of parliament has claimed that Malaysia is on the verge of an education crisis as the National Higher Education Fund Corporation is having a cash flow problem in financing students pursuing tertiary learning, reports the Malay Mail.
INDIA
Universities ban start-ups from recruiting on campus
Some of India's most talented young students are now being kept at arm's length of the country's start-up scene after dozens saw job offers pulled with little or no notice, writes Vidhi Doshi for Mashable.
CANADA
Universities use big data to improve graduation rates
Graduation rates across the country have not improved over the past decade. But now, post-secondary institutions are turning to big data analysis to help them find the students most at risk of dropping out. Financial pressures are forcing them to take action, writes Simona Chiose for The Globe and Mail.
TURKEY
Spending per student among the world’s lowest – Report
Turkey is one of the countries with the lowest spending per student, according to a report prepared by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development, reports Hurriyet Daily News.
AUSTRALIA
Sydney university reveals real admissions scores
The University of Sydney has become the second major New South Wales university to fully disclose its admissions scores after Fairfax Media revealed the practice of admitting students below the advertised cut-off was rife throughout the sector, writes Eryk Bagshaw for The Sydney Morning Herald.
UNITED KINGDOM
Survey reveals universities’ fears post-Brexit
University vice-chancellors fear the United Kingdom’s global reputation for higher education and research is already at risk after the vote to leave the European Union, with more than 80% of university chiefs surveyed saying they believed the risk to funding would be “considerable”, writes Jessica Elgot for the Guardian.
NETHERLANDS
Dutch universities call for more research funding
The Netherlands must spend an extra €1 billion (US$1.1 billion) a year to maintain the excellence of Dutch scientific research, its universities have argued, writes Jack Grove for Times Higher Education.
SOUTH AFRICA
Fees commission weighs in on fee increase issue
The commission of inquiry into higher education fees, established by President Jacob Zuma, has its sights on finding a long-term solution, not the current turbulence rocking the sector, chairperson of the inquiry, Judge Jonathan Arthur Heher, said on Wednesday, reports eNCA.
GLOBAL
Germany, Sweden top list of cheapest study destinations
Germany and Sweden have been named the cheapest places to attend university with a combined cost of £6,700 (US$8,760) per year – a fraction of the £18,000 needed to study at an institution in the United Kingdom – writes Aftab Ali for the Independent.
UNITED STATES
University criticised for using donation on scoreboard
The University of New Hampshire is facing criticism for the way it has chosen to spend a US$4 million donation left by a long-time university librarian in his will, writes Katie Reilly for Time.
TURKEY
Scientists under increasing pressure to conform – Study
The embattled country’s research enterprise is at risk following a failed coup, designed to overthrow a regime that shows continued hostility towards science. For years we have studied how scientists around the world view the social context of science, and Turkish scientists have long been worried about their academic freedom and autonomy, write Elaine Howard Ecklund, David R Johnson and Kirstin RW Matthews for The Scientist.
GERMANY
€3.5 billion needed to educate refugees
Germany will need €3.5 billion (US$3.9 billion) in funds in order to provide appropriate education to refugees, according to a recent report released by the Cologne Institute for Economic Research, writes Ann-Kathrin Pohlers for The PIE News.
AUSTRALIA
First-year attrition rates show increase
First-year university students are leaving their original chosen courses at a higher rate than ever as new data shows about one in five commencing bachelor students left their original course in 2014, and about 15% dropped out completely, writes Liz Burke for News.com.au.
INDIA
Cabinet approves higher education financing agency
To give a major push for the creation of high quality infrastructure in premier educational institutions, the union cabinet last week approved the establishment of the Higher Education Financing Agency, reports IANS.
CHINA
World leaders congratulate scholarship recipients
Tsinghua University welcomed its first cohort of high-flying students under the prestigious Schwarzman scholarship recently amid a fanfare of praise from world leaders, writes Sarah Karacs for the South China Morning Post.
NETHERLANDS
University body defends growth of English courses
The Netherlands’ university association has defended the growth of English-language courses at Dutch institutions, arguing that it will “enhance the quality of education”, boost the country’s “innovative strength and competitiveness” and attract international students, writes Ellie Bothwell for Times Higher Education.
CHINA
Demand for pricey international schools is 'insatiable'
International preparatory schools from abroad are booming in China thanks to growing demand from parents who are seeking different pathways for their children to attend college overseas, and who can increasingly afford more options, writes Nomaan Merchant for Associated Press.
ZIMBABWE
Universities to retrench staff and cut salaries
State universities are set to retrench staff and cut salaries of their workers as part of rationalisation measures to improve the financial position of the institutions and help reduce the country’s wage bill gobbling 97% of the revenue, reports the Sunday News.
UNITED STATES
Post-9/11 resilience shows in international student data
President Barack Obama marked the 15th anniversary of the September 11 terror attacks by honouring American “resilience”. This resilience is also shown in the attractiveness of the United States higher education institutions among international students, write Rahul Choudaha and Di Hu for Forbes.
UNITED KINGDOM
Brexit fails to deter EU students… this year
Britain’s decision to leave the European Union doesn’t appear to have dented the number of EU students planning to start degrees in the United Kingdom in the coming weeks, though senior figures warn the vote could take a more serious toll next academic year, writes Denise Roland for The Wall Street Journal.
CHINA
Account of harassment on campus lifts lid on taboo topic
A Chinese undergraduate’s exposé of alleged sexual harassment on a prestigious Beijing university campus has grabbed the country’s attention and lifted the lid on a taboo topic in China, write Lucy Hornby and Luna Lin for the Financial Times.
UNITED KINGDOM
Universities test ‘name blind’ applications
Four British universities – located in Exeter, Huddersfield, Liverpool and Winchester – have launched an experiment to try out ‘name blind’ applications in an effort to tackle ethnic, religious or gender discrimination. It is the first such effort at British higher education institutions although similar procedures are already in place at multiple private and public enterprises, writes Rick Noack for The Washington Post.
SOUTH AFRICA
Student fees protest earns ‘Newsmaker of The Year’ award
The student protest movement dubbed #FeesMustFall was named the National Press Club’s 2015 Sefako Makgatho Health Sciences University Newsmaker of the Year at a ceremony in Pretoria on 9 September, reports Times Live.
AUSTRALIA
Online university provider continues to shed students
Australia's largest online education provider, Open Universities Australia, continues to shed students as it struggles to adapt its business model to the highly competitive environment in higher education, writes Tim Dodd for Australian Financial Review.