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New education head scraps textbook guideline revisions
New Education Minister Pan Wen-chung unveiled several major policies last weekend, including the scrapping of the controversial adjustment of guidelines for high school history textbooks, reports Focus Taiwan.
Record 97% of university graduates land jobs
A record-high 97.3% of university graduates in Japan were employed as of the beginning of the fiscal year on 1 April, according to government data, reflecting companies’ increasing appetite for recruitment, reports The Japan Times.
University heads’ pay rises faster than academic staff’s
UK universities have been accused of “blatant double standards” on the day it was revealed that vice-chancellors’ pay has risen around four times faster than pay for most academic staff, writes Aftab Ali for the Independent.
Cost of university degree set to soar
The cost of a university degree in Singapore is set to rise, according to a new study by the Economist Intelligence Unit, writes Amelia Teng for The Straits Times.
Almost half of university’s students test HIV positive
The University of Zimbabwe has moved to limit inter-residence visits between male and female students after almost half of the students who underwent tests for HIV tested positive, reports News24.
Cutting ties with scholarships that bar those with HIV
Two prominent American colleges have removed advertisements for South Korean government scholarships that bar people with HIV, following the intervention of human rights activists, writes John Power for the Guardian.
Indonesian language set for extinction in universities
Despite Indonesia being one of Australia's closest neighbours, figures indicate Australian students are showing little interest in studying the language, leading to predictions that Indonesian studies might be completely wiped out from Australian universities in a decade, writes Samantha Turnbull for The World Today.
UK to merge research and innovation in single agency
The UK government is to create a single research funding body, bringing together seven research councils, the innovation agency Innovate UK and research funding from the Higher Education Funding Council for England, writes Éanna Kelly for Science Business.
Protests spread over university rule change
Protests against changes to China’s university admission system spread to a fourth province last week as authorities scrambled to contain growing anger over one of the most important issues for parents in the country’s emerging middle class – their children’s access to higher education, writes Tom Mitchell for Financial Times.
Asian-Americans seek probe into Ivy League admissions
A coalition of Asian-American organisations has asked the Department of Education to investigate Brown University, Dartmouth College and Yale University, alleging they discriminate against Asian-American students during the admissions process, writes Douglas Belkin for The Wall Street Journal.
Falling birth rates begin to hit universities
Earlier this month, individual university application results were released, showing the largest ever gap between the number of openings and successful applicants. Toko University had offered admission to 118 applicants nationwide, but only secured 20 new recruits, writes Christine Chou for TWN.
Billionaire launches world's biggest education prize
A Chinese internet billionaire launched the world's biggest education prize worth more than £5 million (US$7.3 million) in Hong Kong last week, writes Richard Vaughan for TES.
Students demand allocation of 4% of GDP for education
Students from various parts of the country organised a pre-budget rally demanding the allocation of 4% of gross domestic product for education. They also called for 25% of the total education budget to be allocated for higher education and for the introduction of immediate reforms in the higher education sector, reports Pakistan Today.
Controversial Higher Education Amendment Bill passed
The Higher Education Amendment Bill narrowly passed in the National Assembly last week after the opposition Democratic Alliance staged a walkout in a failed attempt to block the passage of the legislation through parliament, writes Chantall Presence for African News Agency.
Universities urge students to vote to stay in EU
Britain's best-known universities have urged their students to vote to stay in the European Union, despite rules urging institutions to remain neutral ahead of the referendum, writes Harry Yorke for The Telegraph.
UK historian declines prize, cites Palestine conflict
A British historian rejected a prestigious Israeli prize due to be awarded last week, saying her decision came after “many discussions” on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, reports The Times of Israel.
Scholars and government differ on Marxism
Amid intimidation from the Islamic Defenders Front against scholarly discussions on Marxism, the country’s intellectuals and the government are still arguing about whether the leftist ideology is an acceptable subject for discussion, write Bambang Muryanto and Jon Afrizal for The Jakarta Post.
Miami university establishes chair for study of atheism
With an increasing number of Americans leaving religion behind, the University of Miami received a donation in late April from a wealthy atheist to endow what it says is the nation’s first academic chair “for the study of atheism, humanism and secular ethics”, writes Laurie Goodstein for The New York Times.
Aberystwyth University's Mauritius campus is 'madness'
Aberystwyth University's Mauritius campus has been criticised by a former Aberystwyth vice-chancellor after just 40 students enrolled in its first two terms, reports the BBC.
University suspends first-semester studies
The University of Papua New Guinea has suspended semester one studies for an indefinite period, effectively ending a student boycott of classes, writes Joy Kisselpar for ABC.
Academics strike over pay at public universities
Professors and lecturers in South Sudan's five public universities were on strike last week because the government has not paid their back salaries for the past three months and other benefits for the past year, writes Waakhe Simon Wudu for Voice of America.
Government allows more freedom for deemed universities
The Union Government last week announced new norms for deemed universities that allow more academic, administrative and regulatory freedom for these institutions that are largely run by private education providers, writes Prashant K Nanda for Livemint.
US leader launches Fulbright University
United States Secretary of State John Kerry last week officially launched Vietnam's first private non-profit university in Ho Chi Minh City, writes Ha Anh for Thanh Nien News.
Students stand up for public universities
Tens of thousands of students, teachers, education workers and supporters marched through the streets of downtown Buenos Aires city on 12 May to support the country’s public education system, venting their anger at President Mauricio Macri and his administration in the wake of what education unions are calling a full-scale funding crisis, writes Orlando Jenkinson for Buenos Aires Herald.
5,600 Syrians enrolled at Turkey’s universities
Some 5,600 Syrian students have been enrolled at universities across Turkey while 1,080 have received scholarships, according to the head of the country’s Disaster and Emergency Management Authority, reports Anadolu Agency.