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President opens door to academic exchange
Iran has given permission for five Americans to study in a Tehran University masters programme. Others are enrolling in Persian language classes. Even as denunciations of the nuclear deal still echo in the US and Iran, the mid-July breakthrough already appears to have quietly enabled the first steps in academic diplomacy between the two countries, writes Scott Peterson for The Christian Science Monitor.
Universities are losing steam on climate change
More than three-quarters of England’s universities are set to miss carbon reduction targets for 2020, writes Helen Lock for the Guardian.
‘Stop rewarding research mediocrity’ – Group of Eight
Australia will not develop the innovative economy envisaged by Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull unless it stops rewarding mediocrity and ditches a culture of "every child gets a prize", the nation's most prestigious universities argue, writes Matthew Knott for The Sydney Morning Herald.
Student questioned for reading terrorism book in library
A counter-terrorism student has spoken of his shock after he was allegedly falsely accused by university staff of being a potential terrorist – because he was reading a textbook on terrorism, writes Sophie Jane Evans for Mail Online.
Students return to university after protest warnings
This year’s return to university has been mired in controversy over students’ political activities, with a senior university head threatening to “cut off the heads” of students who organise demonstrations without prior permission, reports the Middle East Eye.
Students reveal universities set to burst
University students across France have taken to social media to share pictures of their overflowing lecture theatres, in a bid to raise the alarm bells, reports The Local.fr. There are an additional 65,000 students at universities in France this term taking the total up to 2.5 million – and the students themselves are feeling a little cramped.
Private universities struggle for students
After a boom in 2005-10, many private-owned universities and colleges in Vietnam are now struggling to survive losses caused by a critical shortage of students, reports Thanh Nien News.
‘Overflow’ of new research ‘erodes trust’
The “deluge” of new scientific papers that academics have to read makes it all but impossible to know what research to trust, according to a new paper based on candid interviews with biomedical researchers, writes David Matthews for Times Higher Education.
Japanese falls from favour at elite university
Until a decade ago or so, Japanese was one of the most popular languages studied by elite students in North Korea, even though the two countries have never had good relations, diplomatic or otherwise. But today the situation is very different, writes Takuya Karube for Kyodo.
University occupation expands amid corruption probe
A student protest in Paraguay that has forced a university president suspected of corruption to step down, entered its second week last Tuesday, with students guarding the campus around the clock, allegedly to prevent evidence tampering, writes Joseph Bamat for France24.
Universities body urges support for outbound study
Investing in a “bold programme of support” for short-term domestic and international student mobility is one of the key recommendations outlined in a policy brief released by Universities Canada before the October 19 election, writes Beckie Smith for The PIE News.
Cambridge academic jailed for stealing
A Cambridge don made up bogus archaeological projects in a bid to steal more than £220,000 (US$333,500) of lottery grants, writes Nicola Harley for The Telegraph.
Another university strips Cosby of honorary degree
The University of San Francisco became the latest institution of higher education to strip comedian Bill Cosby of an honorary degree, following a string of accusations that he drugged women and sexually assaulted them, writes Lisa Fernandez for NBC Bay Area News.
US universities lead in innovation, Asia a rising power
US universities lead the world in scientific innovation but face strong competition from Asian rivals with close ties to industry, according to a detailed analysis of academic papers and patent filings, writes Ben Hirschler for Reuters.
Member of higher education watchdog remanded in custody
An accountability court earlier this month remanded into judicial custody Professor Mohammad Ayub, a medical expert with the Higher Education Regulatory Authority, or HERA, on the charge of facilitating the functioning of an illegal medical college, reports Dawn.
Investigation finds no anti-Asian bias at Princeton
The Education Department’s Office for Civil Rights has cleared Princeton University of allegations that it discriminates against Asian and Asian-American applicants in admissions, writes Peter Schmidt for The Chronicle of Higher Education.
Oxbridge tops list of best UK universities
Oxford and Cambridge have maintained their lead as the UK's two best universities but Surrey was named ‘University of the Year’, according to the Sunday Times’ Higher Education guide, writes Caroline Mortimer for The Independent.
Calls for urgent action on student accommodation crisis
Ireland’s seven universities have called for “urgent remedial action” to address the student accommodation crisis. According to the Irish Universities Association, the availability of campus accommodation is also a prerequisite for attracting new overseas students, writes Joe Humphreys for The Irish Times
Why hackers are going after universities
With their vast stores of personal data and expensive research, universities are prime targets for hackers looking to graduate from swiping credit card numbers, write Keith Wagstaff and Chiara Sottile for NBC News.
Most important is how well universities serve Singapore
The key performance indicators of universities in the Republic should not be about how high their rankings are, but how well they serve Singapore, according to Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong, reports Channel News Asia.
University transformation summit next month
As violent protests hit yet another university campus last Tuesday, Higher Education Minister Blade Nzimande announced that a summit looking into transformation and other issues facing tertiary institutions would be held next month, reports ANA.
Universities should create scholarships for refugees
Every university in Britain is being urged to play its part in tackling the migrant crisis by helping make it easier for refugees and asylum-seekers to access higher education, writes Dean Kirby for The Independent.
UK signs universities joint research agreement with China
United Kingdom universities will work with organisations in China on joint academic research and new institutions under an agreement between the UK and Chinese governments, reports Out-Law.com.
Nine students arrested over city demo
Nine university students have been arrested for taking part in violent demonstrations on city streets protesting the delayed release of student loans by the Higher Education Loans Board, writes Reuben Wanyama for Citizen Digital.
University staff and students fight Bjørn Lomborg centre
Climate activists and academics are scaling up their opposition to Flinders University hosting a Bjørn Lomborg-run research centre in an attempt to shut down the last avenue apparently open to the project, writes Oliver Milman for the Guardian.