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Anti-graft chief targets country's universities
Italy's national anti-corruption chief Raffaele Cantone recently vowed to wage war on nepotism, cronyism and graft in the country's universities, reports IANS.
19 EU countries sign agreements on degree recognition
China has signed agreements on the mutual recognition of higher education degrees with 19 European Union member states, including France, Germany and Italy, reports Xinhua.
Ministry aims to boost foreign student numbers
A proposal to increase foreign student numbers in Taiwan to about 58,000 over three years includes a focus on curricula designed for the region, writes Sean Lin for the Taipei Times.
Gandhi statue to be removed from campus after protests
Ghana has said it will remove a statue of Mahatma Gandhi from a university campus in the nation’s capital where it had sparked protests over the leader’s allegedly racist attitudes, writes Abigail Abrams for Time.
Government links equity requirements to research chairs
The federal government is expanding Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s commitment to gender equality to include scientific research, reports The Canadian Press.
Amity University buys college in the US, eyes two more
One of India’s largest colleges, Amity University, is expanding into the United States with the purchase of one campus in New York and a proposal to buy two more, drawing opposition from state officials in Massachusetts about the quality of the education it will offer, reports AP.
Student leaders reject new higher education task team
The ministerial task team President Jacob Zuma set up to look into the crisis in higher education was an attempt to avoid dealing with the real crisis, according to some student leaders, writes Tshidi Madia for News24.
Are foreign experts barred from Brexit projects?
One of Britain's most prestigious universities has accused the government of barring leading academics from acting as advisers on Brexit, writes Kate McCann for The Telegraph.
Cabinet approves draft higher education quality bill
The cabinet last week approved the draft of the Accreditation Council Bill 2016, which aims to ensure the quality of tertiary education in Bangladesh, particularly at universities, reports the Dhaka Tribune.
NGO body asks for rethink on university freeze order
The Non-Governmental Organisations Council has urged President Uhuru Kenyatta to reconsider his directive of freezing the establishment of new universities in the country, writes Kennedy Kangethe for CapitalFM.
Nobel laureate recommends universities restructuring
Finnish economist and professor, Bengt Holmström, who was jointly awarded the Nobel Prize in Economics with British-American Professor Oliver Hart last week, expressed surprise at Prime Minister Juha Sipilä’s decision earlier this year to cut funding of education and research, reports Yle.
Huge increase in number of graduates 'bad for economy'
The government is being urged to end the political drive to get more people into university after new research showed that graduates are ‘colonising’ jobs in banking, education, the police and estate agency that were the preserve of school-leavers in the past, writes Larry Elliott for the Guardian.
Private colleges fret over Clinton’s university plan
Hillary Clinton announced her new higher education plan this summer with a burst of fanfare, promising to invest US$500 billion to eliminate tuition for millions of students at public colleges and universities across the country. But while the liberal wing of the party has cheered the idea, many in education have questioned how such a plan would work, writes Alan Rappeport for The New York Times.
Universities produce graduates to businesses’ orders
About 400,000 students finish universities every year, but most of them cannot satisfy employers and they need to undergo retraining at their place of work. Therefore, businesses now tend to order universities to produce workers who can meet their standards, reports VietNamNet Bridge.
15 university staff detained in latest post-coup raids
Turkish authorities last weekend detained 15 staff from one of the country’s oldest universities in the latest raids against suspects allegedly linked to the failed 15 July coup, reports AFP.
Plan to ban full-face Islamic veil in universities
Norway's right-wing government recently announced plans to ban the full-face Islamic veil from classrooms and university lecture halls, reports AFP.
25% of faculty in top central universities are women
In an analysis of the gender ratio of faculty members in 28 prominent Central universities in India, women faculty members constitute only one-quarter of the total teachers, writes Kritika Sharma for Daily News and Analysis.
Graduate full-time job prospects decline – Study
Job prospects for Australian university graduates are declining, with a new study showing fewer and fewer people are finding full-time employment after completing higher education, writes Tim Lamacraft for ABC News.
Protesting graduates hit back
Three University of Zimbabwe graduates stunned President Robert Mugabe and other senior government officials when they staged surprise protests during this year's recent graduation ceremony, demanding jobs, writes Obey Manayiti for The Standard.
Universities body axes 34 postgraduate programmes
The Higher Education Commission has decided to wind up 19 PhD and 15 MS and MPhil programmes at various public and private universities in Punjab over the universities’ failure to fulfil minimum requirements, writes Ammar Sheikh for The Express Tribune.
Lack of certification 'stranding students'
A growing number of university graduates are finding themselves unqualified to practise their intended vocation because their courses are not certified by professional organisations, writes Dumrongkiat Mala for the Bangkok Post.
Agency to probe funds misuse at universities
The national government has ordered a special investigation into financial mismanagement at several public universities, writes Ouma Wanzala for the Daily Nation.
Brussels universities plan international student space
A new international student accommodation space, a project of two universities in Brussels, is planned to be developed in Belgium’s capital, writes Natalie Marsh for The PIE News.
Only 4% of South Africans who start school get a degree
New research shows that two-thirds of matriculants with bachelor passes go to university, and that university access of qualifying students is not biased against black or poor students. For every 100 students who start school in South Africa, only 12 go to university, and only four of them get a degree within six years, reports MyBroadband.
Top university moves to lower share of Chinese students
Australia's top-ranked global university is moving to lower its proportion of Chinese international students, a group it describes as "dominating" international student numbers, write Alexander Joske, Kelsey Munro and Philip Wen for The Sydney Morning Herald.