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IRAN
Rouhani administration seeks close ties with academia
Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said his administration seeks strong relations with academic society since it would not be possible to settle the country’s problems without getting the benefit of academics’ views, reports the Tasnim News Agency.
HONG KONG
Violence erupts at Hong Kong university council meeting
The Chinese University of Hong Kong’s governing council last week agreed to organise a seminar on whether the city’s leader should continue to be the chancellor of public universities by default, after violence broke out when angry student activists tried to storm the council meeting, writes Shirley Zhao for South China Morning Post.
NETHERLANDS
National effort begins to regain research integrity
Every researcher in the Netherlands is to be questioned about whether they have committed research misconduct or engaged in “sloppy science” as part of a major national effort to bolster scientific standards, writes David Matthews for Times Higher Education.
INDIA
Policy panel seeks revamped university regulator
A high-power committee headed by former cabinet secretary TSR Subramanian, tasked with drawing up a blueprint for a new national education policy, has recommended that the law that set up the higher education regulator, the University Grants Commission, be allowed to lapse, writes Vikas Pathak for The Hindu.
GLOBAL
A crop of hands-on universities is transforming learning
When Christine Ortiz imagines her ideal university she sees “no lectures, no classrooms, no majors, no departments”. Students will work on tough practical problems in huge open spaces. If they need to swot up they will consult the internet, not a lecturer. Her vision is far removed from the traditional model of higher education. But it will soon become a reality: in July, after six years as dean of graduate education at MIT, the materials scientist will leave to found a new university. It should open in the next five years, reports The Economist.
EUROPE
Online service to advise universities on gender equality
A new online service advising how to set up and implement gender balance plans will be available this autumn, writes Éanna Kelly for Science Business.
INDONESIA
New vocational schools to enhance key skills
Indonesia is preparing to set up 10 vocational schools to provide quality training for employees for several strategic sectors in the country, writes Ayomi Amindoni for The Jakarta Post.
EGYPT
Law amended to expedite university leader appointments
The head of the parliament’s education committee Gamal Sheiha said in a meeting last Sunday that the committee will work on amending the provision on appointing university presidents and faculty deans in the universities’ law. The announcement comes after numerous related positions remain vacant at various institutions in the current academic year, reports Daily News Egypt.
UNITED STATES
Google offers free cloud credits to university students
Search giant Google said last week that it would give university students free access to some of the software tools available on its cloud computing service, writes Jonathan Vanian for Fortune.
CHINA
University surveillance aims at ‘good study habits’
A university in central China has reportedly been using surveillance cameras to monitor virtually every inch of its 73-hectare (181-acre) campus, including its classrooms and dormitories, writes Tom Phillips for the Guardian.
CAMBODIA
Academics battle obstacles to university research
Since the 1970s when Cambodia’s universities were devastated by the civil war and Khmer Rouge era, much progress has been made, and thousands of young Cambodians graduate each year from the country’s 162 higher education institutions. But teaching is still the overriding concern, and scholars say there remain significant obstacles to conducting original research and furthering knowledge, write Hean Socheata and Nov Povleakhena for Voice of America.
AUSTRALIA
Turnbull advances partial university fee deregulation
Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has made his strongest comments yet on the Coalition's university fee deregulation policy, mounting the argument for allowing universities to set the fees for a select few courses to bring about flexibility and competition, writes Fergus Hunter for The Sydney Morning Herald.
SOUTH AFRICA
Two universities adopt new language policies
The universities of Pretoria and Stellenbosch have adopted new language policies, reports Thulani Gqirana for News24.
SOUTH KOREA
University heads seek change amid declining enrolments
Presidents of the top 10 private universities in Seoul have stressed that local universities should seek changes and present a new vision to embrace challenges arising from the Fourth Industrial Revolution, writes Chung Hyun-chae for The Korea Times.
MALAYSIA
Probe into research fraud allegations
The Higher Education Ministry and Universiti Malaya will investigate allegations of research fraud involving a group of Universiti Malaya faculty of medicine researchers, reports Malaysiakini.
INDIA
Six universities to open yoga departments
Human Resource Development Minister Smriti Irani has announced that six central universities will start new or revamped yoga departments from the upcoming academic year and the number would be raised to 20 within a year, reports Press Trust of India.
VIETNAM
Stronger university-industry links needed
Deputy Minister of Education and Training Bui Van Ga has called for better links between industries and education institutions to enhance the employability of graduates in a more competitive globalised environment, reports VietNamNet Bridge.
TURKEY
Education minister questioned over Erdogan’s diploma
Idris Baluken, People's Democratic Party deputy parliamentary group co-chair, has addressed a parliamentary question to Education Minister Ismet Yilmaz, asking him to clarify the mystery surrounding the validity of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s university diploma, reports Hurriyet Daily News.
AUSTRALIA
Elite universities call for cap on student places
The nation's elite Group of Eight universities has proposed that the federal government reintroduce limits on how many students each university can enrol, a suggestion slammed by other vice-chancellors as "cancerous" and "selfish", writes Matthew Knott for The Sydney Morning Herald.
KENYA
Students shun Garissa university in September intake
Students set to join universities in September have shunned Garissa University College, dealing a blow to government efforts to revive the institution a year after a deadly terrorist attack there, writes Ouma Wanzala for The Nation.
NEW ZEALAND
Women missing out on top university jobs – Study
New research shows there's a considerable gap between men and women when it comes to being promoted to the top jobs in the country's universities, writes Conan Young for Radio NZ.
ZIMBABWE
MP calls on Mugabe to resign as universities’ chancellor
Harare West MP Jessie Majome has called on President Robert Mugabe to step down as chancellor of all state universities, arguing the workload was now too much for him given the increasing number of state universities in the country, writes Veneranda Langa for News Day.
CHINA
Graduates face rapidly changing jobs scene
With a record number of students set to don cap and gown, new research shows that a bachelor degree is no longer the career ticket it once was. That's because of rising competition, fewer opportunities and an economy that's shifting gears from the fast lane to something slower, reports Bloomberg News.
SWEDEN
US student wins three-year battle against college
An American mathematics student will have her fees refunded after winning her case against a Swedish university that offered sub-standard tuition, reports The Local.
THAILAND
Academics issue warning over declining student numbers
Thai universities need to move with the times as they brace for steadily declining enrolments, academics have warned. They said new social trends could make some majors outdated, writes Dumrongkiat Mala for Bangkok Post.