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UNITED KINGDOM
New version of high-speed JANET network launched
A new version of the high-speed JANET network has been launched to support higher education and research institutions, writes Kane Fulton for http://Techradar.pro.
CANADA
Research deals fail to protect academic freedom
Canadian universities are making multimillion-dollar research deals with business and private donors that raise 'alarm bells' and fail to safeguard academic freedom, according to a report released last week, write Margaret Munro and Karen Seidman for Postmedia News.
GREECE
University staff block entrance to four institutions
University administrators protesting against their induction into a labour mobility scheme that will see them either transferring to other services or losing their jobs, blocked entrances to the University of Athens, National Technical University of Athens or NTUA, Athens Law School and Athens Medical School last Tuesday, reports http://ikathimerini.com.
UNITED STATES
Patents do not pay off for most universities – Study
Universities try to cash in on discoveries – gene splicing, brain chemistry, computer-chip design – but the great majority of them fail to turn their research into a source of income, according to a new study from the Brookings Institution, writes Richard Pérez-Pena for The New York Times.
EGYPT
Report details violent crackdown on student protesters
The week from 9-14 November was the most violent and dangerous for Egyptian universities since the 25 January Revolution, leading to dozens of injuries and arrests, according to a new report by the Association for Freedom of Thought and Expression, writes Aaron T Rose for Daily News Egypt.
UNITED KINGDOM
Students angry over lack of contact time
With some students in the UK receiving as little as two hours a week of contact time, many undergraduates feel they receive poor ‘value for money’ for their tuition fees, according to a study on student perceptions by the Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education, writes Jack Grove for Times Higher Education.
UNITED KINGDOM
Academics condemn police attempt to spy on students
More than 100 academics have condemned an attempt by the police to spy on the political activities of students at Cambridge University. The academics said such "highly invasive and unjustifiable" covert surveillance would deter students from joining political groups, writes Rob Evans for the Guardian.
INDIA
Universities urged to improve web content
Ben Sowter, head of intelligence at Quacquarelli Symonds, or QS, did not mince his words on Indian universities' websites, in an address to academics, educationists and faculty members of top Indian universities, writes Anumeha Chaturvedi for The Times of India.
UNITED STATES
Should universities become entrepreneurial campuses?
Suddenly, entrepreneurship is ‘in’ on campuses, with activities such as MOOCs, business plan competitions and incubators. This trend seems to be not only in business schools but also across the university. Is this good or are universities biting off more than they can chew? asks Dileep Rao for Forbes.
GERMANY
Europe’s first school of Jewish theology
In what is being called a landmark moment for Europe’s Jewry, the continent’s first university-level school of Jewish theology was set to open last week at the University of Potsdam, just outside Berlin, writes Raphael Ahren for The Times of Israel.
AUSTRALIA
Exam cheats outsmarting universities
Universities must keep pace with technology and the ability it offers students to cheat, an expert said after a student cheating scandal involving iPads, writes Jordanna Schriever for The Advertiser.
MALAYSIA
Private higher education costs on upward spiral
In 1980, it cost RM12,999 (US$4,050) to get a degree from a local private college or university in Malaysia. That price tag has gone up, reaching about RM50,000 today. Private higher education might be getting too expensive, write Tan Choe Choe, Arman Ahmad and Suzanna Pillay in New Straits Times.
AUSTRALIA
Universities push for ‘flexibility’ in fees
Two influential vice-chancellors have renewed their push for “flexibility” in university fees to boost funding for cash-strapped higher education institutions, writes Tim Dodd for Financial Review.
GLOBAL
Pearson to develop ‘efficacy framework’
Pearson will spend the next five years developing a framework to measure and publicly report its products’ efficacy and impact on learning outcomes, the education giant announced, writes Carl Straumsheim for Inside Higher Ed. Although its road map is incomplete today, Pearson says its push for efficacy will in a few years permeate every way in which the company does business.
VIETNAM
Businesses criticise university training quality
A research team headed by Nguyen Ngoc Phuong from the Ly Tu Trong Technique Junior College in Ho Chi Minh conducted a survey on the qualifications of university and junior college graduates by consulting automobile maintenance companies in the city. What the research team found in the survey may hurt institutions’ pride, reports VietNamNet Bridge.
BULGARIA
Anti-government protesters padlock university
Angry students chained and padlocked the doors to Bulgaria's largest university in Sofia last Monday, demanding the resignation of the embattled Socialist-backed government, reports AFP. "We declare total and effective occupation," the students announced on their Facebook page amid efforts to reignite the mass anti-poverty and anti-corruption protests that swept the country earlier this year.
UNITED KINGDOM
1994 Group of universities disbands
Britain’s 1994 Group of small research-intensive universities has decided to disband 19 years after being set up, writes Simon Baker for Times Higher Education. In a statement released by the board, the group says that although it “was not an easy decision to make”, the body had come to its “natural end point”.
UNITED STATES
New university ranking for Middle East, North Africa
The American publication US News & World Report plans to develop a university rankings guide for the Middle East-North Africa, or MENA, region within three years, writes Christina Maria Paschyn for Al-Fanar Media.
INDIA
Higher education swamped by temporary teachers
Although it is a college recognised by India’s University Grants Commission, or UGC, only the two top earners in the economics faculty at Khaira College get UGC-prescribed pay scales, writes Subodh Varma for The Times of India. This story is repeated across the country.
TURKEY
New regulations target more student freedoms
Amid ongoing public debate over the Turkish government’s intention to intrude in the private lives of university students, new amendments to Higher Education Board, or YÖK, regulations will give students new headaches as they could be suspended from university during a legal probe, reports Hurriyet Daily News.
GREECE
Government poised to force universities to reopen
As a strike by administrative staff at Athens University and the National Technical University of Athens continues into its 10th week, placing the studies of thousands of students in jeopardy, the government is considering forcing the employees back to work by issuing civil mobilisation orders, reports Kathimerini.
UNITED STATES
Universities say sequester is hurting research
Federal budget sequestration is hitting public and private universities hard, with a new survey showing that 81% of institutions around the United States have been affected, writes Lynn O’Shaughnessy for CBS Moneywatch.
UNITED STATES
Can core values survive universities’ foreign expansion?
When outspoken economics professor Xia Yeliang was dismissed by Peking University last month, 136 faculty members at Wellesley College, an elite all-women's school outside Boston, took it personally, writes Peter Ford for Christian Science Monitor.
UNITED STATES
New council to develop standards for online learning
Carnegie Mellon University is convening a high-powered consortium of educators, researchers and technology-company executives that will spearhead efforts to develop standards and promote best practices in online education, writes Megan O’Neil for the Chronicle of Higher Education.
SWITZERLAND
University sacking sparks protest from abroad
About 600 academics from around the world have signed a petition asking for the reinstatement of Iris Ritzmann, a University of Zurich professor, after she was sacked amid accusations of giving confidential information to journalists concerning a colleague, reports http://Swissinfo.ch and agencies.