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UNITED STATES
US: Bake sale: Clever satire or over-the-top stunt?
The bake sale was supposed to be a satire, drawing attention to what organisers feel is a discriminating and racist bill, now on the desk of California Governor Jerry Brown, that would allow the state's university systems to consider race, ethnicity and gender in admission decisions, writes Daniel B Wood for the Christian Science Monitor.
UNITED KINGDOM
WALES: Plans for super-institution unveiled
A university last week mapped out its blueprint for a new super-institution bringing together partners in southeast Wales. The University of Wales, Newport, talked of a new era for higher education in the region which would leave behind "any competition and rivalry that may have hampered collaboration in the past", writes Gareth Evans for the Western Mail.
UNITED KINGDOM
UK: Students plan fresh wave of protests
British student leaders who organised a series of mass demonstrations that saw tens of thousands of young people take to the streets last year are planning a fresh wave of protests, writes Matthew Taylor for The Guardian.
AUSTRALIA
AUSTRALIA: Universities welcome visa rules review
Australian universities have welcomed the release of a long-awaited review of international student visa rules, saying that immigration reforms and the removal of tough financial requirements could give the sector a much-needed boost, reports The Conversation.
BAHRAIN
BAHRAIN: Obstacles for pro-democracy students
Universities across Bahrain have opened for the new academic year, but a number of students who support the nation's pro-democracy movement say various obstacles are preventing them from entering the classroom, writes Phillip Walter Wellman for Voice of America.
IRAN
IRAN: Baha'i educators' lawyer arrested
As a number of Baha'is in Iran await trial for providing higher education to youth barred from university, the Baha'i International Community has been distressed to learn of the arrest of a lawyer who was preparing to defend them, reports the Baha'i World News Service.
WALES: Agreement over university mergers
Plans to radically overhaul the higher education system in Wales, designed by the body that funds Welsh higher education, the Higher Education funding Council for Wales, have been widely agreed upon by university leaders and other key figures, writes Henry McMorrow for Gair Rhydd.
MALAYSIA
MALAYSIA: Strong calls for review of university act
Calls to review the Universities and University Colleges Act of 1971, or AUKU, are becoming stronger. Deputy Higher Education Minister Datuk Saifuddin Abdullah said the main priority was to repeal Section 15 of the act, which prohibits students from getting involved in politics, reports The Star.
AUSTRALIA
AUSTRALIA: Young academics plan to flee the sector
Two in five academics under the age of 30 plan to leave Australian higher education within the next five to 10 years because of high levels of dissatisfaction caused by lack of job security, poor pay and mountains of paperwork and red tape, writes Julie Hare for The Australian.
AUSTRALIA
AUSTRALIA: Academic freedom on the agenda
Freedom of intellectual inquiry at universities will become a hot topic now that it has legislative backing for the first time, writes Bernard Lane for The Australian.
UNITED STATES
US: Lean education, research spending bill approved
A US Senate panel voted last week to approve a bill that would cut spending on the National Institutes of Health by $190 million in the 2012 fiscal year while maintaining a maximum Pell Grant award of $5,550, writes Kelly Field for The Chronicle of Higher Education.
UNITED STATES
US: Universities seek out students of means
Money is talking a bit louder in college admissions these days, according to a survey released last week by Inside Higher Ed, writes Tamar Lewin for The New York Times.
UNITED KINGDOM
UK: Russell Group criticises access policies
It was claimed last week that British coalition government policies designed to widen access to higher education fail to recognise the "root cause of the problem" facing teenagers from poor backgrounds, writes Graeme Paton for The Telegraph.
INDIA
INDIA: Weak rupee costs students abroad
As if the rising cost of education was not bad enough, the rupee hitting a two-year low against the US dollar will leave Indian students abroad poorer by anywhere between Rs50,000 (US$1,000) and Rs100,000, especially for those who delayed paying their fees to foreign universities last July, write Vinay Umarji and Swati Garg for the Business Standard.
CANADA: Research focus hits degree education
The quality of undergraduate education is facing challenges under a stronger focus on research at universities, says a recent report by the Association of Universities and Colleges of Canada, reports CBC News.
CANADA: Science fraudster traced to Hebron
A scientist found to have committed academic fraud at the University of Manitoba in Canada is now studying food safety and biotechnology in Palestine, according to a US group that tracks research misdeeds, writes Margaret Munro for Postmedia News.
NIGERIA
NIGERIA: Fake universities grow to 51
According to the National Universities Commission, the number of fake universities operating in Nigeria has risen from 44 to 51, writes Martin Paul for The Moment.
PHILIPPINES: Iranian students file racism rap
Some 100 Iranian dentistry students last week filed a complaint with the Commission on Higher Education in the Philippines against academics, security guards and students of Manila Central University who they said branded them as "terrorists and terrorist sympathisers", writes Ashzel Hachero for Malaya.
MALAWI: Police quiz academics over pressure group
Plainclothes police officers last week stormed a constituent college of the University of Malawi, to question administrators on the existence of a political pressure group, a move some students called illegal and contrary to the Kampala Declaration among other laws granting academic freedom, writes Dilinger Soko for the Nyasa Times.
UGANDA
UGANDA: Lecturers divided over Makerere re-opening
Makerere University Academic Staff Association is divided over the re-opening of the Ugandan university, write C Businge, J Lule and B Mayanja for New Vision.
AUSTRALIA
AUSTRALIA: Universities set to expand
Universities can accept increased numbers of students following senate agreement last week to the Julia Gillard government's higher education expansion plan, writes Stephen Matchett for The Australian. The bill empowers the government to provide a place for every prospective student who is accepted by any university.
SCOTLAND: Universities, colleges face merger wave
Colleges and universities across Scotland are set to be merged under a major shake-up of further and higher education. Education Secretary Mike Russell outlined plans for removing what he called "wasteful duplication" across the college sector, by establishing regional groupings of institutions, writes Chris Marshall for The Scotsman.
IRELAND
IRELAND: University defends fee for five-star rating
Two Irish universities have said tens of thousands of euro paid to receive their recent top international ratings was worthwhile for the potential to attract more overseas students, writes Niall Murray for the Irish Examiner.
UNITED STATES
US-AFRICA: Carnegie Mellon to open Rwanda campus
Carnegie Mellon University plans to open a branch campus in Rwanda next year, making it one of the few American colleges offering degrees in Africa, writes Ian Wilhelm for The Chronicle of Higher Education.
INDIA
INDIA: Student loan applications double in five years
The number of students applying for educational loans across India has doubled in the last five years, data compiled by the Indian Banks' Association has shown, reports The Times of India.