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UNITED STATES
World Bank arm invests in global education company
A division of the World Bank Group announced last week that it has invested US$150 million in Laureate Education Inc, giving the international development organisation a small stake in the Baltimore-based global higher education company, writes Steve Kilar for The Baltimore Sun.
UNITED STATES
Universities to offer free online classes for credit
In an unusual arrangement with a commercial company, dozens of public universities plan to offer an introductory online course free and for credit to anyone worldwide, in the hope that those who pass will pay tuition fees to complete a degree programme, writes Tamar Lewin for The New York Times.
UNITED STATES
‘Bill of rights’ to protect online student interests
A dozen educators met last month in Palo Alto, California, to discuss the future of higher education. They had been convened at the epicentre of technological innovation in higher education by Sebastian Thrun, a pioneer of massive open online courses, and yet the task at hand had nothing to do with software or strategy. It had to do with citizenship, writes Steve Kolowich for The Chronicle of Higher Education.
UNITED KINGDOM
Higher education embraces private suppliers – Timidly
The first batch of 60 undergraduates at the New College of the Humanities in Bloomsbury, London’s main university quarter, occupy a spacious Georgian house. The college’s founder is Anthony Grayling, a philosopher who wants to introduce a bit of diversity to a largely state-funded higher education system. This kind of disruptive innovation earns a mixed reception, reports The Economist.
GLOBAL
A new model needed for higher education
By one, and only one, measure, institutions of higher education around the world are remarkably successful: they reach far more people today than ever before. By all other measures, however, the 4,500 institutions currently serving more than 21 million students in the US, and the 6,500 other institutions around the world, collectively deserve failing grades, writes Tim Laseter for Strategy + Business.
ASIA
Higher education becoming increasingly polarised
The majority of students currently enrolled at Korea’s prestigious universities such as Ewha Women’s University, Pohang University of Science and Technology and Korea University come from affluent families within the top 20% income bracket, statistics show, writes Park Soo-jin for The Hankyoreh.
UNITED STATES
It’s the economy, stupid
While there’s a lot of chatter and pessimism about how the Great Recession changed the nature of US states’ relationships with their higher education institutions, this year’s Grapevine survey of state appropriations hints that the new normal might be more normal than new, writes Kevin Kiley for Inside Higher Ed.
UNITED KINGDOM
Academics warn of market failure risk for universities
For many years the idea of a university going bankrupt has seemed impossible. But senior academics are warning that some universities could easily go the way of HMV or Jessops – and leave a huge dent in the image of British higher education, writes Anna Fazackerley for the Guardian.
UNITED KINGDOM
Academic loyalty priced out of the market
Academics have traditionally been seen as somewhat dusty, risk-averse people, not usually associated with rapid change or job-hopping for higher salaries. However, UK business schools have seen important changes in recent years. Significant numbers of senior academics are moving between universities, and loyalty is becoming a thing of the past, writes John Colley for Financial Times.
MALAYSIA
Malaysia chosen for first overseas Chinese campus
Malaysia has been chosen as the venue for the first overseas branch campus of a top university in China, Xiamen University, reports Xinhua. Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak said the branch campus would be built on a 61-hectare site at Salak Tinggi and was expected to be operational by September 2015.
CHINA
De-politicisation a long way off for universities
De-politicisation of Chinese universities will be a tremendous undertaking, which will be difficult to achieve, said Zhu Qingshi, president of South University of Science and Technology of China, a newly established university that is pioneering comprehensive reforms, writes Chen Boyuan for http://China.org.cn.
EGYPT
Rights group challenges new student charter
The Association for Freedom of Thought and Expression, a Cairo-based rights group, has filed a lawsuit in Egypt's administrative court against Prime Minister Hisham Qandil's recent approval of a charter for university students, writes Reem Gehad for Ahram Online.
NEW ZEALAND
Degrees ranked by earning potential
University degrees are being ranked by officials according to their graduates’ earning potential. A Ministry of Education report, Moving On Up – What young people earn after their tertiary education, compares what graduates earn after studying different subjects and at different levels in New Zealand, writes Jody O’Callaghan for Fairfax NZ News.
NIGERIA
Universities face crisis of too few lecturers with PhDs
The human resource crisis in the education sector has assumed a frightening dimension as Nigeria’s public university system is short of nearly 14,000 PhD-holders who are expected to impart knowledge to 1.2 million students, writes Tony Amokeodo for Leadership.
UGANDA
Makerere University operates on half staff
Makerere University has asked the government to lift a ban on recruiting staff, to enable it to ease an acute staff shortage, reports New Vision. Addressing a university graduation ceremony last Tuesday, Chancellor Mondo Kagonyera revealed that Makerere was operating at less than 50% staff structure, “which is unacceptable”.
EUROPE
University heads attack government bid for control
The body representing Scotland’s university principals has attacked Scottish government plans to exert more control over the sector and introduce new powers to widen access to the poorest students, writes Chris Marshall for The Scotsman.
MALAWI
University of Science requires US$71 million to open
Malawi’s government will have to cough up more than K25 billion (US$71 million) to see through the opening of the Malawi University of Science and Technology, the brainchild of the late president Bingu wa Mutharika that was constructed at his home in Ndata, Thyolo district, writes Hudson Mphande for Nyasa Times.
UNITED KINGDOM
Syrian students face expulsion over fees
Hundreds of Syrian students face being expelled from the UK and sent back to their home country, where they could face torture and even death, writes Lucy Sherriff for the Huffington Post UK.
UNITED STATES
Moody’s cuts 2013 higher education outlook to negative
Moody’s Investors Service cut its 2013 outlook for all of US higher education to negative, citing mounting pressure on revenue sources, writes Michael McDonald for Bloomberg. “Most universities will have to lower their cost structures to achieve long-term financial sustainability and fund future initiatives,” Moody’s said last week in a report.
UNITED STATES
Report shows big gap in athletic versus academic spend
Public universities in America’s six most powerful National Collegiate Athletic Association conferences surpassed $100,00 per player in median annual athletic spending in 2010, a new study has found – six to 12 times the amount those colleges spent per student on academics, writes Brad Wolverton for The Chronicle of Higher Education.
UNITED KINGDOM
Most universities to up tuition fees in 2013
Figures show that 64 out of 122 universities in England plan to increase average fees for undergraduate degree courses starting in the autumn, writes Graeme Paton for The Telegraph. Data published by the Office for Fair Access show that institutions are preparing to push up charges by as much as £900 (US$1,439) per student.
MALAYSIA
China recognises more higher education institutions
There has been a 10-fold increase in the number of Malaysian higher education institutions recognised by China, enabling the country to attract more Chinese students. Deputy Higher Education Minister Datuk Dr Hou Kok Chung said that China had formally approved 71 local institutions, writes Priya Kulasagaran for The Star.
TAIWAN
Recognition of more Chinese diplomas on the cards
Taiwan is mulling recognising diplomas from more Chinese universities, President Ma Ying-jeou said last week, as some institutions anticipated that doing so could result in more Chinese studying in the country, reports Focus Taiwan.
CHINA
Government creates new generation of educated Chinese
Zhang Xiaoping's mother dropped out of school after sixth grade. Her father, one of 10 children, never attended. But Zhang (20) is part of a new generation of Chinese taking advantage of a national effort to produce college graduates in numbers the world has never seen before, reports The Economic Times.
MYANMAR
Top professor resigns over university ‘censorship’
A Myanmar professor and human rights activist has resigned his post with one of Asia’s top universities, complaining of censorship, writes Nan Tin Htwe for The Myanmar Times.