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Knowledge park to attract international universities
Four famous universities of the world are likely to establish their campuses at the Lahore Knowledge Park, writes Rameez Khan for The Express Tribune.
UN agency to help craft higher education plan
A delegation from the UNESCO headquarters in Paris was in Jamaica recently to provide technical assistance to the Jamaica Tertiary Education Commission in framing a strategic plan for the sector, reports the Jamaica Observer.
University applications fall by 5%
University applications have fallen by 5% – with the decline driven by a drop in European Union students and a sharp fall in nursing applications, writes Sean Coughlan for the BBC.
Largest private HE provider partners with OU
The Independent Institute of Education, South Africa’s largest and most accredited private higher education provider, has strengthened its partnership with the Open University or OU, the largest education institution in the United Kingdom, in a collaboration that is set to change the way students access distance learning education opportunities in South Africa and on the rest of the continent, reports Biznis Africa.
New Nalanda chancellor envisions a ‘liberal’ university
Well-known computer scientist Dr Vijay Bhatkar, who has been appointed as the Chancellor of Nalanda University with effect from 25 January, said he wants to transform it into a liberal university, reports PTI.
Bureaucrats disciplined over university jobs scandal
The education ministry took disciplinary action against seven senior bureaucrats over their involvement in illegally negotiating to secure their colleague a post-retirement university job, writes Mizuho Aoki for The Japan Times.
PhDs flee in wake of major university budget cuts
Finnish academics fear that government funding cuts could result in long-term damage to the country’s higher education sector after figures showed an increase in the number of highly educated people moving abroad, while evidence mounts that leading academics are leaving to take up positions elsewhere, writes Ellie Bothwell for Times Higher Education.
Top university faces landmark ‘negligent’ teaching trial
The University of Oxford is to face a landmark trial following a £1 million (US$1.2 million) compensation claim filed by a former student after he failed to graduate with a first-class degree, writes Rachael Pells for the Independent.
Diploma students now eligible for government loans
Students pursuing diploma courses in line with national priority areas will soon start receiving educational loans following the scheduled amendments of the Higher Education Students' Loan Board Act contained in the Written Laws (Miscellaneous Amendments) No 4 Bill of 2016, writes Rose Athumani for Tanzania Daily News.
Billionaire offers biggest education prize
A Chinese technology billionaire is offering the world's most valuable education prize. The Yidan Prize will award nearly US$8 million every year to two research projects that have the potential to "transform" global education, writes Matt Pickles for the BBC.
‘Not clear’ if US student surge is Trump-related
University admission experts say this year’s surge in the number of Americans applying to Canadian universities is not a clear sign that today’s students are dodging Donald Trump the way their grandparents dodged Vietnam, writes Simona Chiose for The Globe and Mail.
Students shut down 15 colleges over unresolved issues
Protesting students shut down about 15 of the 50 public technical and vocational education and training colleges earlier this month as a result of a host of unresolved issues with the department of higher education and training, writes Prega Govender for the Mail & Guardian.
Universities body warns against radical reform
The peak body representing Australian universities has urged the Turnbull government not to pursue a "dramatic overhaul" of the nation's higher education system as it prepares to legislate a new round of university reforms, writes Matthew Knott for The Sydney Morning Herald.
Universities focus on easy-to-teach majors
Universities are focusing on enrolling students in majors which are easy to teach and learn and do not require high investments in facilities and laboratories, despite warnings issued by government about the excessive supply of graduates in finance, and business administration, reports VietNamNet Bridge.
No increase in university tuition fees – Minister
There will be no increase in tuition fees for both public and private Egyptian universities, Higher Education Minister Ashraf El-Sheehy said last weekend, reports Ahram Online.
Universities focus on teaching English
Iraqi employers say English language ability is the top skill they want from graduates as potential employees, writes Michelle Grajek for Al-Fanar Media.
Sirte University prepares to reopen
While high prices and shortages of building materials are challenging townspeople returning to Sirte, plans are under way to restart higher education, reports the Libya Herald.
Students push for easier refugee access to universities
The Swiss students’ union VSS is calling on the federal and cantonal authorities to change the rules to make it easier for refugees to access the Swiss university system, reports The Local.
University heads resist ‘political expression’ plan
The Committee of University Heads called last Tuesday on Education Minister Naftali Bennett, who also chairs the Council for Higher Education, to drop his plan to draw up a code of ethics for political expression by academics, writes Yarden Skop for Haaretz.
EU applications for university places down 7%, MPs told
Applications from European Union students for places at United Kingdom universities have dropped by more than 7%, according to latest figures, a committee of MPs investigating the impact of Brexit on higher education has been told, write Sally Weale and Caelainn Barr for the Guardian.
Former PM urges universities to guard their freedoms
Former prime minister Manmohan Singh last week warned academics against the threat posed to independent thinking and free expression at Indian universities and urged authorities to zealously guard their autonomy as well as students' right to express dissent, reports The Times of India.
Trump pays $25 million to settle Trump University cases
US President Donald Trump has now paid US$25 million to settle three lawsuits against his now-defunct Trump University, signalling that a judge’s approval of a settlement agreement remains on track for 30 March, writes Elliot Spagat for Associated Press.
Suicide attack hits University of Maiduguri
At least four people, including a university professor, were killed and 15 others injured in a suicide bomb attack on a university campus in northeast Nigeria, reports Al Jazeera.
Two universities start religion-blind admissions
Ain Shams University administrators and others will no longer ask students about their religious affiliations on academic forms, a move that follows last year’s policy change by cross-town rival Cairo University, writes Jacob Wirtschafter for Al-Fanar Media.
South Korea tops the charts in research and development
In the battle of ideas, Sweden climbed to second place, Finland cracked into the top five, but South Korea dominated the 2017 Bloomberg Innovation Index, which scores economies using factors including research and development spending and the concentration of high-tech public companies, write Michelle Jamrisko and Wei Lu for Bloomberg.