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FRANCE
Science ‘super-campus’ plan in disarray
French ambitions to create a €5 billion (US$5.4 billion) science ‘super-campus’ near Paris by 2020 seem to be falling further apart, after a compromise scheme to save the troubled project was rejected by one of its creators, writes Barbara Casassus for Nature.
MALAYSIA
Ministry sets target for student entrepreneurs
A Higher Education Ministry target anticipates that by 2020, 15% of students will venture into entrepreneurship while they are still pursuing studies at institutions of higher education, with 5% of them having the primary goal of becoming entrepreneurs upon graduating, reports Bernama.
INDIA
RSS now looks to 'saffronise' higher education
After making inroads into school education, Hindu nationalist organisation Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh, or RSS, is looking to strengthen its grip on higher education, writes Kritika Sharma for Daily News and Analysis.
ARGENTINA
Public universities launch largest strike in 12 years
Public universities in Argentina last week launched the largest university strike in the last 12 years to demand that President Mauricio Macri set aside a higher budget for education as the government continues to prioritise an austerity agenda, reports TeleSUR.
CANADA-HUNGARY
Ambassador summoned over comments on university
The Hungarian foreign ministry says it has summoned Canada’s Ambassador to Hungary Isabelle Poupart after she expressed concerns about the fate of a Budapest university and academic freedom as a whole, reports The Associated Press.
SINGAPORE
Social sciences university to champion lifelong learning
A significant piece of the higher education puzzle fell in place last week, when Singapore officially welcomed its sixth university – an institution very unlike the other five, writes Sandra Davie for The Straits Times.
EGYPT
Ministry submits plan for an Egyptian space agency
The Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research submitted to the cabinet a proposal on a special law for the establishment of an Egyptian Space Agency, said Deputy Minister of Higher Education and Scientific Research Essam Khamis, writes Al-Masry Al-Youm for Egypt Independent.
INDONESIA
University criticised for screening LGBTQ applicants
A state university in Indonesia has come under fire from international human rights advocates for requiring prospective students to declare on a form that they are not lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender before applying and enrolling at the institution, writes Kristi Eaton for NBC News.
CANADA
Universities welcome new research chair selection rules
Universities say they welcome the challenge from Ottawa to improve diversity among the ranks of the Canada Research Chairs, under threat of funding cuts, writes Chris Hannay for The Globe and Mail.
KENYA
Ministry to draft reforms for university courses
The Ministry of Education is working on reforms that would guide courses being offered by tertiary institutions, writes Faith Nyamai for The Nation.
JAPAN
Government considers limiting entry to Tokyo colleges
The government is considering establishing a new regulation that would prevent universities in Tokyo’s 23 wards from increasing the total number of students they can have, in principle, in a bid to rectify the excessive concentration of young people in the capital and promote regional vitalisation, reports The Yomiuri Shimbun.
SOUTH AFRICA
Student body lashes out over new student funding model
The South African Students Congress has lashed out at ANC Subcommittee on Education Chairperson Naledi Pandor for endorsing the new funding model ‘Ikusasa Student Financial Aid Programme’, writes Zintle Mahlati for the Independent Online.
UNITED KINGDOM
Lib Dems still haunted by student fees U-turn
The Liberal Democrats' U-turn over university tuition fees is continuing to haunt them when it comes to student voters in the current general election, writes Siobhan Robbins for Sky News.
UNITED STATES
Thousands could be buried beneath Mississippi university
The remains of at least 7,000 people, patients of the state’s first mental institution – established in 1855 and called the Insane Asylum – and stretching across 20 acres of campus where administrators want to build, may be buried beneath the University of Mississippi, reports BBC News.
UNITED KINGDOM
University librarian finds pages of early printed book
The University of Reading has discovered pages of one of the first books printed in England, dating from the 15th century, writes Rachael Revesz for the Independent.
UNITED KINGDOM
Part-time student numbers collapse by 56% in five years
Despite rhetoric from government, part-time student numbers are plummeting, which experts believe is down to a lack of financial support from the government, writes Anna Fazackerley for the Guardian.
FRANCE
Antipathy to Le Pen presidency unites research leaders
The French science and higher education community appears virtually united in its opposition against Marine Le Pen, the far-right candidate who could become France’s next president during the second round of elections on 7 May, writes Elisabeth Pain for Science.
JAPAN
Vocational training drives international student rise
The number of international students in Japan grew to 239,287 last year, up 14.8% from the year before, as the country inches closer to its target of hosting 300,000 international students by 2020, writes Natalie Marsh for The PIE News.
HUNGARY
President accepts EU demands around higher education law
According to his party, Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán told leaders of his centre-right EU political group that he would comply with demands from Brussels to change measures branded an attack on academic freedom, reports Reuters.
UNITED KINGDOM
University chiefs demand return of post-study visas
Students, staff and principals at Scotland’s universities are calling for the reintroduction of a post-study work visa for international students, warning businesses and public services are missing out on vital talent without it, writes Stephen Naysmith for Herald Scotland.
UNITED STATES
Top universities could take more poor students – Study
Far more low-income students are qualified to attend the nation’s most selective colleges and universities than they enrol, despite the fact that most have budget surpluses they could use to subsidise the neediest applicants, a new study contends, writes Jon Marcus for The Hechinger Report.
UNITED KINGDOM
Donations to universities rise above £1bn for first time
Philanthropic income to United Kingdom universities rose a record-breaking 23%, last year reaching over £1 billion (US$1.3 billion) for the first time, writes Melanie May for UK Fundraising.
CHINA
Website continues to sell theses despite complaints
The authors who accused a website of selling their dissertations against their consent cannot demand the removal of the theses from the platform as, according to intellectual property experts, the sale does not constitute copyright infringement, writes Deng Xiaoci for Global Times.
AUSTRALIA
Finance company to end university degree job requirement
A leading finance company will let year 12 students bypass university and begin working as accountants and risk management consultants straight after high school from this year, and at least five other companies are in talks to do the same, writes Pallavi Singhal for The Sydney Morning Herald.
INDIA
Top universities will be free to prepare curricula
In a bid to incentivise excellence in higher education, the government plans to ensure top-ranked colleges and universities enjoy full autonomy in framing curriculum and hiring faculty, writes Manash Pratim Gohain for TNN.