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Five Welsh universities to reduce fees next year
Half of Wales’s 10 campus-based universities will reduce their tuition fees to £7,500 (US$11,800) next year, writes Gareth Evans for Wales Online. Glamorgan, Trinity Saint David, Swansea Metropolitan, Newport and Cardiff Metropolitan universities have all chosen to lower the cost of their courses.
Bird flu research cleared for publication
Two controversial papers on bird flu will be published by scientific journals this year after the go-ahead was given by a US biosecurity panel, writes Ted Thornhill for the Daily Mail.
California schools mull asking students if they are gay
California’s college and university system is looking into asking students about their sexual orientation on enrolment forms and applications. Given the size of the California system – which includes 144 campuses – the idea is seen as a potential litmus test for whether other states might follow suit, writes Daniel B Wood for The Christian Science Monitor.
Canadian professors are world’s highest paid
Never mind the Ivy League; new research shows that professors in the ivory towers of Canada are on average the best paid in the world, writes Louise Brown for The Star . In a new study of public university salaries in 28 countries – from the knowledge hubs of Asia to the powerhouses of Great Britain and the US – it is Canadian professors who outstrip all others in their pay’s purchasing power.
The next internship frontier
James Critelli knew only five words of Mandarin, but he didn’t let that stop him from applying last year for a summer internship in China, writes Alison Damast for Bloomberg Businessweek. Critelli, now a junior at Cornell University’s Dyson School of Applied Economics and Management, was placed last summer with an investment bank and energy think-tank in Shanghai through CRCC Asia, a company that specialises in placing college students and recent graduates with internships in China. For Critelli, the experience was well worth the nearly $4,000 price tag the company charged for the two-month experience.
Guerrillas ‘infiltrate’ Colombian universities
Bogota's Government Secretary Antonio Navarro Wolff said guerrilla groups are infiltrating Colombian universities, according to local media reports last week. Navarro's comments come after the death of a student in the central city of Tunja last week and the deaths of three youths in Bogota. Police said the students were killed by their own homemade bombs and influenced by guerrillas, writes Arron Daugherty for Colombia Reports.
Local universities trail Chinese in research
Chinese higher education institutions are three times ahead of their Indian counterparts in research performance, a new comparative study has shown, exposing the deep chasm between the centres of higher learning in two Asian giants, reports the Deccan Herald.
Russia moves to rate its own universities
After it was reported this month that not a single Russian university had cracked The Times Higher Education’s ranking of top 100 schools by academic reputation, Education Minister Andrei Fursenko said that Russia was in the process of creating its own rating system, writes Sophia Kishkovsky for The New York Times.
Report highlights ‘emergency’ in higher education
India is facing an emergency in higher education, according to the India Labour Report by TeamLease Services. According to the report, the situation has been caused by low college enrolment, an employability crisis of unskilled labour and lack of flexibility in the education sector, reports Business Standard.
Major university admissions shake-up axed
Radical proposals to allow students to apply for degree courses after receiving their A-level results were dropped last week following concerns it would cut sixth-form teaching time and undermine the quality of exam marking, writes Graeme Paton for The Telegraph.
Universities embrace Brazilian student offer
Thousands of Brazilian students will fill the halls of Canadian universities over the next four school years as part of the rising South American country’s project to send vast numbers around the world to study science, writes Campbell Clark for The Globe and Mail.
'Squeezed middle' universities fear student number fall
A ‘squeezed middle’ of English universities is expected to suffer sharp falls in student numbers this autumn, according to figures published last week, writes Jeevan Vasagar for the Guardian.
Plan to double number of students in India and Turkey
Afghanistan proposes to double the number of its students in Indian and Turkish universities as part of moves to boost educational standards in the war-torn country, reports the Press Trust of India.
Calls to revitalise the humanities
The government’s focus on maths, science and technology in higher education had come at the expense of the humanities, which should be revitalised in the interest of South Africa’s overall development, Higher Education and Training Minister Blade Nzimande said last week. Nzimande — who holds a doctorate in sociology — was referring to seriously declining student enrolment and falling graduation rates in the humanities and social sciences, writes Karl Gernetsky for Business Day.
Universities join forces in bid to boost spin-outs
Scotland’s universities are joining forces to increase the number of spin-out companies they launch and the amount of their research being licensed out to industry. Aberdeen, Edinburgh and Strathclyde universities have submitted plans to the Scottish Funding Council for a ‘modular’ system that could be used by institutions to boost business formation rates, writes Peter Ranscombe for The Scotsman.
Students fall victim to burgeoning ‘fake’ universities
After studying for two years to be a teacher, Anam Naqvi found out that the degree her school offers is worthless. Now, instead of attending classes and finishing a mandatory internship, she and her classmates protest every day outside the gate to their university in the northern city of Aligarh, writes Rama Lakshmi for The Washington Post.
Scholar blames World Bank for low university standards
Renowned scholar Professor Mahmood Mamdani has blamed the World Bank for the poor quality of university education in Uganda and across Africa. Mamdani particularly attributed Makerere University's current woes and fading glory to the World Bank’s ill-fated structural adjustment policies on education, writes Francis Kagolo for The New Vision.
Fewer Welsh students apply to university
The number of Welsh students applying for a place at university has fallen, new figures have shown. Data from the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS) revealed that there were 2.2% fewer applications last week than at the same time last year, writes Gareth Evans for Wales Online.
Conservative trust in science declines
Just over 34% of conservatives had confidence in science as an institution in 2010, representing a long-term decline from 48% in 1974, according to a paper published last week in American Sociological Review, writes Scott Jaschik for Inside Higher Ed.
Donations to universities under threat
Scottish universities have warned that changes outlined in last week's budget for wealthy charitable donors could undermine fundraising, writes Andrew Denholm for The Herald.
Policy blamed for drop in young scientists
Junior researchers are being squeezed out of Japanese universities by government policies aimed at cutting costs. So says the Council for Science and Technology Policy, or CSTP – the government’s top advisory body on science – raising concerns that the next generation of scientists is under threat and that the trend may already be harming research productivity, writes Ichiko Fuyuno for Nature.
University research receives £100m boost
UK Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne has announced a £100 million (US$158 million) fund to boost university research through private sector involvement, reports Angela Harrison for the BBC. The government was committing the cash for "investment in major new university research facilities", Osborne said in his budget speech.
Einstein's complete archives to go online
Albert Einstein's complete archives – from personal correspondence with half a dozen lovers to notebooks scribbled with his groundbreaking scientific research – are going online for the first time, writes Daniel Estrin for Sapa-AP.
State moves to recognise Chinese degrees
Malaysia will recognise degrees from 146 universities in China, the latest move by the government to woo the support of local Chinese ahead of the next general election, writes Teo Cheng Wee for Straits Times.
EU to help Malaysia become a higher education hub
The European Union is to help Malaysia towards its goal of becoming a regional and international hub for higher education, according to Vincent Piket, EU ambassador and head of a delegation to Malaysia for MyEULink 2012, writes Thanusya Shanmuganathan for The Malaysian Reserve.