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NEW ZEALAND
Minister ready to ‘force change’ at university
Auckland University and New Zealand’s government appear headed for a showdown over what courses the university is offering – and what the country needs, writes Simon Collins for The New Zealand Herald. Tertiary Education Minister Steven Joyce is threatening to force the university to take more engineering students, even though the university says this could cause layoffs elsewhere on the campus.
LIBERIA
Country drafts first higher education strategic plan
A delegation from the Liberian government that visited the headquarters of the World Bank in New York, where it participated in a week-long intensive consultation, has returned home, reports the Daily Observer.
PAKISTAN
HEC plans to connect colleges with research network
Pakistan’s Higher Education Commission is conducting a feasibility study around the country into electronically connecting colleges through the Pakistan Education and Research Network (PERN), writes Myra Imran for The News.
EAST AFRICA
Top Ugandan university fails Kenya quality test
One of the most popular universities in East Africa is not accredited, according to Kenya’s Commission for Higher Education (CHE), writes Benjamin Muindi for Daily Nation.
NIGERIA
Students in diaspora urge end to money drain
The Students Association of Nigeria in Diaspora has called on the Nigerian government to address the dangerous trend whereby huge sums of money are taken to other countries as university and school fees, writes Ibrahim Chonoko for the Daily Trust.
UNITED STATES
Ten universities announce for-credit online courses
Starting next autumn, 10 prominent American universities will form a consortium called Semester Online, offering about 30 online courses to their students – for whom the classes will be covered by regular tuition fees – and to students elsewhere who would have to apply and pay fees of more than US$4,000 a course, writes Hannah Seligson for The New York Times.
UNITED STATES
Coursera offerings may be endorsed by ACE
The American Council on Education has agreed to review a handful of free online courses offered by elite universities and may recommend that other colleges grant credit for them, writes Jeffrey R Young for The Chronicle of Higher Education.
GLOBAL
Do online courses spell the end for the university?
Two years ago, I sat in the back seat of a Toyota Prius in a rooftop car park in California and gripped the door handle as the car roared away from the kerb, headed straight towards the roof's edge and then at the last second sped around a corner without slowing down. There was no one in the driver's seat, writes Carole Cadwalladr for the Guardian.
CANADA
Country is failing to attract top foreign students
Canada is failing to attract high quality university students from China, India and Brazil, internal research commissioned by the Foreign Affairs Department concludes. The findings of focus groups conducted in those countries represent a setback for the government's ambitious efforts to broaden Canadian trade and investment in the three emerging markets, writes Mike Blanchfield for The Canadian Press.
UNITED KINGDOM
Britain faces ‘brain drain’ as jobs dry up
Tired of constant rejection emails, an increasing number of graduates are packing their bags and leaving Britain for job opportunities abroad, raising concerns of a ‘brain drain’, writes Stephen Eisenhammer for Reuters.
UNITED KINGDOM
Injurious visa rules ‘jeopardising’ higher education
"Boneheaded" government immigration policy is jeopardising the higher education sector by deterring international students from UK study, former foreign secretary David Miliband has said, writes Chris Parr for Times Higher Education.
MALAYSIA
Network to connect Malaysian scientists worldwide
The Malaysian Scientific Diaspora Network, which was launched last week, will serve as a key platform to connect Malaysian scientists worldwide and promote collaborative research in their areas of expertise for the country's benefit, reports the official agency Bernama.
ASIA
Colleges seek to ascend to global arena
Around 500 education experts from 48 Asian countries gathered for a conference in Nusa Dua, Bali, last week to discuss the advancement of universities towards internationalisation, writes Desy Nurhayati for Bali Daily.
UNITED KINGDOM
Universities paying incentives to bright students
Bright students in Britain are being offered financial incentives worth up to £10,000 (US$15,800) to study at ‘lower-ranked’ universities amid a scramble to fill undergraduate places, write Graeme Paton and Alex Binley for The Telegraph.
IRELAND
Lower university fees holding down inflation
Northern Ireland could be partially cushioned from a shock jump in the UK's annual inflation rate because of lower university fees, experts have predicted, writes Clare Weir for the Belfast Telegraph.
SOUTH AFRICA
Target set for further education colleges
A target has been set of four million students in further education and training colleges in South Africa by 2030, Higher Education Minister Blade Nzimande said last week, reports SAPA.
UNITED STATES
Court rejects Michigan's affirmative action ban
A federal appeals court last week narrowly struck down Michigan's six-year-old ban on considering race and gender in college admissions, a ruling that the state intends to appeal in the US Supreme Court, reports CNN.
UNITED KINGDOM
Must all postgraduate research have 'impact'?
By next October, every higher education institution in the UK will have to prove its ‘impact’ on public life. And an awful lot of research money is at stake, writes Louise Tickle for the Guardian.
GLOBAL
Alliance to strengthen research-farmer links
An international alliance of research institutions will try to implement the results of agricultural research and to communicate findings to smallholder farmers in developing nations, writes Jan Piotrowski for SciDev.
CAMBODIA
Universities to close as city prepares to host leaders
Some universities and schools in Phnom Penh will be closed for six days this week to manage traffic issues and any potential security problems that arise during the ASEAN and East Asia summits, write Kuch Naren and Khuon Narim for The Cambodia Daily.
CHINA
Races cancelled as students struggle to stay in shape
The cancellation of long-distance races at university games has highlighted the issue of declining physical fitness among college students, report Li Yao and Ma Lie for Xinhuanet.
CANADA
Jewish alumni upset at degree for Jimmy Carter
Queen’s University in Canada is facing a backlash from Jewish alumni over its decision to award former US president Jimmy Carter – a strong critic of Israel – an honorary degree next week, writes Sarah Boesveld for National Post.
EUROPE
Author helps Edinburgh University hit fundraising mark
Edinburgh University's £350 million (US$555 million) fundraising drive has reached its target with support ranging from former students to author JK Rowling, reports the BBC.
AFRICA
Only registered universities allowed to advertise
Somaliland’s Ministry of Education has instructed bosses of all media houses to coordinate with the department of higher education in order to ensure that they only post advertisements for registered universities, writes Yusuf M Hasan for Somaliland Sun.
UNITED STATES
Record numbers complete high school and college
Although the United States no longer leads the world in educational attainment, record numbers of young Americans are completing high school, going to college and finishing college, according to a Pew Research Center analysis of newly available census data, writes Tamar Lewin for The New York Times.