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TAIWAN
Low birth rate challenges higher education – Ministry
The higher education system in Taiwan could face challenges due to the shrinking birth rate, the Ministry of Education said last week, predicting that student populations of universities and colleges will drop by 40% between 2013 and 2028, write Hsu Chi-wei and Lee Hsin-Yin for Focus Taiwan.
INDIA
Universities must uphold liberal values – Vice-president
Indian Vice-President Hamid Ansari said last weekend universities must uphold liberal values and respect dissent, a month after violent protests erupted at a university in the capital Delhi over a speech by a student accused of sedition, reports Reuters.
INDIA
Students protest cut in research seats
For most of the week ending 25 March, students at the Jawaharlal Nehru University in Delhi were on strike to protest against the University Grants Commission’s new policy that has drastically reduced the number of MPhil and PhD seats available for the coming 2017-18 academic year from 1,000 to 194, writes Shreya Roy Chowdhury for Scroll.
IRELAND
Brexit is an opportunity for Irish universities
A global education firm which is setting up in Ireland to recruit international students to Irish universities says Brexit represents a major growth opportunity, writes Carl O’Brien for The Irish Times.
CANADA
University applications up by 20%
At a time when many American universities are reporting declines in applications from international students, some universities north of the border are seeing increases on the magnitude of 20% or more, writes Elizabeth Redden for Inside Higher Ed.
TAIWAN
Calls to name universities in China censorship deals
The Ministry of Education has come under criticism for not revealing the names of the universities it found to have signed agreements with Chinese institutions to censor course material, write Lin Hsiao-yun and William Hetherington for Taipei Times.
FRANCE
Government calls for transnational education strategy
A new report concludes that France is lagging behind in transnational education and needs a new national strategy to expand its market share of higher education programming abroad, reports ICEF Monitor.
JAPAN
What price will science pay for austerity?
Across Japan, early-career researchers face an uncertain future, as universities reduce the number of permanent staff positions and shunt more faculty into short-term contracts, writes Ichiko Fuyuno for NatureIndex
UNITED STATES
Trump’s health budget may slash university payments
The Trump administration may be planning to help pay for a massive 18% cut to the National Institutes of Health by slashing payments to universities and research institutes for overhead costs, writes Jocelyn Kaiser for ScienceInsider.
SRI LANKA
Government acknowledges role for private universities
State Minister of Higher Education Mohan Lal Grero has said the government supports the establishment of private universities in light of the fact that over 150,000 students qualify for university admission annually, but only 27,000 or one-sixth can be accommodated in state-run universities, writes Dasun Edirisinghe for The Island.
UNITED KINGDOM
Students told to drop safe spaces, no-platform policies
Students are being told to drop ‘safe spaces’ and no-platform policies as the universities and science minister is ordering universities to protect freedom of speech, writes Katie French for the Mail Online.
AUSTRALIA
Melbourne University bows to pressure over building name
The University of Melbourne has renamed the prominent Richard Berry building for maths and statistics at its main entrance. The move comes after a long anti-racism campaign by a group of staff and students, writes Marika Dobbin Thomas for The Age.
PAKISTAN
Higher education council enters PhD deal with Turkey
On the invitation of Turkish Council of Higher Education, a two-member delegation of the Pakistani Higher Education Commission, led by Commission Chair Professor Mukhtar Ahmed, visited Ankara to sign a document of understanding for providing 80 PhD slots to Pakistani students in top ranked Turkish universities, writes Myra Imran for The News.
HONG KONG
Publisher claims it had licence to sell theses online
In a new twist to the controversy over the suspected illegal online sale of University of Hong Kong theses, a publisher involved has told the press that the works in question were obtained under a licence which allows commercial use, writes Elizabeth Cheung for the South China Morning Post.
NIGERIA
President declares anti-graft war on universities
President Muhammadu Buhari has expressed a readiness to purge Nigerian universities of corruption and other related unwholesome practices damaging public higher institutions, reports The Guardian Nigeria.
UNITED KINGDOM
Oxford at forefront of medical cannabis research
The University of Oxford will be at the forefront of a multimillion-pound research programme which hopes to help develop new therapies for acute and chronic conditions by examining the effects of medical cannabis, writes Alexandra Gibbs for CNBC.com.
SOUTH AFRICA
Nationalise higher education‚ says youth league
African National Congress Youth League Secretary General Njabulo Nzuza called for the nationalisation of higher education at the Fees Commission looking into the feasibility of fee-free higher education, in Pretoria last week, writes Michelle Gumede for the Sowetan.
PAKISTAN
Plan to set up women’s universities in each district
Minister of State for Federal Education and Professional Training Muhammad Baligh Ur Rehman recently informed the National Assembly that a comprehensive plan is underway to have women’s universities in each district, reports APP.
INDIA
Higher education in Bihar ‘on verge of collapse’
Bihar Governor Ram Nath Kovind said on Saturday that higher education in the state was on the verge of collapse, writes Ajay Kumar for Hindustan Times. The governor’s statement, from a public platform, is significant considering that he also serves as chancellor of universities of Bihar, which are plagued by shortages of teachers and officials.
CHINA
Minister calls for ‘re-packaging’ of ideology classes
Universities must make ideology classes “trendy” and appealing to young people, Education Minister Chen Baosheng said recently in the latest move to tighten the Communist Party’s grip on the next generation, writes Zhuang Pinghui for the South China Morning Post.
ISRAEL
Arab students now have greater say in integration plan
In order to retain their funding for empowering Arab students, academic institutions in Israel must now appoint an Arab student to the steering committees working on increasing integration of Arabs into society, a subcommittee of the Council for Higher Education in Israel decided, writes Yarden Skop for Haaretz.
NETHERLANDS
Universities may soon offer full degrees overseas
After two years of political debate, Dutch universities may soon be able to offer full degree programmes overseas after the Dutch House of Representatives passed a transnational education bill that also aims to boost the development of international joint programmes, writes Beckie Smith for The PIE News.
IRELAND
Education department moves to prosecute essay mills
The Department of Education and Skills is planning to introduce laws to prosecute ‘essay mill’ companies who offer to write students’ assignments in exchange for money, writes Carl O’Brien for The Irish Times.
TURKEY
Nearly 15,000 Syrians studying in Turkish universities
Nearly 15,000 Syrians are enrolled in Turkish universities as of the 2016-17 academic year and they are among 3 million Syrians currently in Turkey to “continue living in a humane way”, reports Hurriyet Daily News.
UNITED KINGDOM
Oxford University leaders call for EU citizen guarantees
The leaders of the University of Oxford are asking politicians to make sure that citizens of the European Union can stay in Britain post-Brexit, writes Lianna Brinded for Business Insider.