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UK: Student complaints reach record levels
Student complaints against universities in England and Wales have reached record levels with the higher education ombudman's annual report showing that complaints rose by 33%, reports Sean Coughlan for the BBC.
UK: University films students suspected of extremism
Confidential documents relating to a "major Islamist plot" have revealed that security staff from a leading university have been filming students on campus as a method of monitoring potential extremists, writes Mark Townsend for The Guardian.
US: Universities in 'scary' African land deals
Some prominent American universities and pension funds, among other wealthy foreign investors, are allegedly purchasing huge tracts of land in Africa - acts that may lead to the eviction of thousands of local farmers, according to a study by the Oakland Institute, a California-based think tank, reports International Business Times.
RUSSIA: Muslim university rector shot dead
Gunmen last Tuesday killed the rector of a Muslim university in southern Russia who had been leading a government-sponsored effort to counter violence in the region by reviving the local traditions of Sufi Islam, which he said were less likely to inspire suicide bombers, writes Andrew E Kramer for The New York Times.
CHINA: Student executed for cover-up murder
Yao Jiaxin, a university student who stabbed a young mother to death to cover up a hit-and-run accident, was executed last Tuesday in Xi'an, the capital of northwest China's Shaanxi province, with the approval of the Supreme People's Court, reports Xinhau.
IRAN: Ministry declares Baha'i university illegal
The Baha'i Institute of Higher Education in Iran has been declared illegal by the Ministry of Science and Technology, reports Radio Ramaneh. The Iran Students' News Agency cited the ministry's announcement that "the online university BIHE has not received any ministry permits for operation, and all its activities are illegal".
BANGLADESH: Private universities to be regulated
The government of Bangladesh will form a national accreditation council, aimed at improving the standard of education in private universities, reports bdnews24.com. It also remains committed to establishing a public university in every district.
IRELAND: Colleges prepare for British student influx
Irish universities could face a surge in applications from Britain next year as cash-strapped students flee soaring fees. Annual fees at many English universities will be increased to over EUR10,000 (US$14,496) a year. The new charges will come into effect for new entrants to college courses in 2012, writes Kim Bielenberg for The Independent.
UK: New college professor complains of abuse
Professor AC Grayling has spoken of how he has become a figure of vitriol among students and the academic establishment after announcing plans to establish a for-profit private university, writes Shiv Malik for The Guardian.
UK: Universities accused of breeding terrorists
England's universities have become a breeding ground for extremism and terrorist recruitment, according to a disturbing government report which identifies 40 English universities where "there may be particular risk of radicalisation or recruitment on campus", reports James Slack for The Daily Mail.
UK: Carbon emissions rise at UK universities
Carbon emissions have risen at most of the UK's universities over the past five years, prompting concern that institutions will fail to meet strict targets for reductions by 2020, writes Rachel Williams for the Guardian.
KOREA: Students denied quality education - survey
Korean university students are denied quality education services even though they are paying exorbitantly high tuition fees, according to an OECD survey that ranks the nation last among member countries in terms of the college education environment, reports The Chosunilbo.
TAIWAN: Chinese postgraduate numbers underwhelming
Taiwanese graduate schools admitted only a little more than one third of the quota of enrolees in their first year of being open to mainland Chinese applicants. Only 248, or 38%, of the total 653 spots in masters and doctorate programmes allocated by Taiwanese universities were filled, according to figures released last week, reports The China Post.
UK-INDIA: Deal to treble Indian places forges ahead
A £5 million-a-year (US$8.15 million) partnership between India and the UK is to help the bid by the world's second most populous country to treble the number of university places to 40 million, writes John Morgan for Times Higher Education.
CANADA: Universities ramp up ties with India
That 2011 is the Year of India in Canada is a fact not lost on Canadian universities, many of which are ramping up efforts to play a larger part in serving India's skyrocketing demand for higher education, writes James Bradshaw for The Globe and Mail.
SCOTLAND: Academics lead China trade drive
Scottish academics are leading a drive to sell financial expertise in one of China's growing business centres, reports the BBC. A mission to Tianjin, east of Beijing, last week included senior representatives from six Scottish universities in a bid to win export contracts and to boost academic exchanges, research collaboration and flows of students between Scotland and China.
PHILIPPINES: Fees to be investigated
Senator Edgardo J Angara has sought an inquiry by the senate into the imposition of redundant and excessive miscellaneous fees by higher education institutions in the Philippines, which he said was a major factor contributing to rising drop-out rates, writes Mark Anthony N Manuel for the Manila Bulletin.
PAKISTAN: Board proposed for medical education
A consortium of public and private medical universities has proposed a Pakistan National Board for Postgraduate Medical Education to promote uniform postgraduate medical education in the country, writes Amer Malik for The News.
KENYA: Call to scrap admissions board
Private universities are calling for the scrapping of the Joint Admissions Board, a move likely to attract protests from public universities, reports Kenfrey Kiberenge for The Standard.
CHILE: Police clash with student protesters
At least 25,000 university student protesters have marched through the streets of Santiago, Chile's capital, calling for reforms in education, reports Aljazeera. Local news reported that police used water cannons to disperse demonstrators after some students broke through police barricades and others hurled stones at riot police.
AUSTRALIA: New bill to protect academic freedom
Academic freedom would be explicitly protected under legislation introduced by the Gillard government. The proposals honour a commitment made by the Labour Party before last year's election and follows lobbying by the National Tertiary Education Union, writes Dan Harrison for the Sydney Morning Herald.
INDIA: University fees may rise every three years
The central government will push for a 10% hike in university fees every three years in a bid to nurse the institutions to financial health, a move that could have a far-reaching impact on India's resource-strapped higher education system, writes Prashant K Nanda for Livemint.com.
IRELAND: Students to pay more after fees reversal
Education Minister Ruairi Quinn performed a U-turn on a key election promise last week by admitting he would not reverse a EUR500 (US$719) hike in college registration fees. And the minister refused to rule out the introduction of higher education fees and further student charges, another pre-election pledge, writes Edel O'Connell for The Independent.
CHINA: Top university accused of selling out
Corporate sponsorship is part of life for universities in the UK and US, which regularly raise hundreds of millions of pounds from donors. As Chinese universities race to transform themselves into world-class institutions, they are increasingly looking outwards for funding. But Tsinghua University's decision to rename its No 4 Teaching Building, in large gold letters, as the Jeanswest Building seems to have crossed a line, writes Malcolm Moore for The Telegraph.
AFGHANISTAN: Graduating against the odds
Students chat happily on manicured lawns, proudly donning their black graduation robes and snapping photos of each other with family and friends. It is 26 May, graduation day at the American University of Afghanistan - the first since the university opened in 2006 - and the violence and misery of this country's decades-long war could not seem further away, writes Erin Cunningham for the Chronicle of Higher Education.