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Unaccredited foreign universities to be fined
Foreign universities offering degrees in Kenya without accreditation will be fined at least KSh10 million (US$116,000) and their promoters sent to jail for three years under a new law meant to safeguard education standards, writes Edwin Mutai for Business Daily.
Admissions board extends control to private institutions
The Joint Admissions Board has been disbanded under a new law awaiting presidential assent, to be replaced by the Kenya Universities and Colleges Central Placement Service. While the board was charged with the admission of government-sponsored students to seven public universities and their constituent colleges, the new body will also admit students to private institutions, writes Benjamin Muindi for The Nation.
Snakes on the loose at Chinese university
Students at a university in the southern Chinese city of Guangzhou were given a scare last week, after dozens of snakes invaded the campus, writes Katie Hunt for CNN.
One in five university courses scrapped after fee hike
Nearly one in five degree courses has been scrapped since the tripling of tuition fees to £9,000 (US$14,481) a year, it has been revealed. Official figures show a cull of more than 2,600 in the number of courses available to applicants planning to start their degrees in 2013, writes Sarah Harris for the Daily Mail.
Government unveils plan to widen university access
Hungary’s government last week unveiled a wide-reaching plan to make higher education more accessible to more students while creating disincentives for dropping out, reports MTI-Econews.
House passes visa bill for foreign graduates
The United States House of Representatives last week passed legislation that would reallocate up to 55,000 green cards to foreign graduates of American research universities who receive advanced degrees in science, technology, engineering or mathematics, writes Michael Stratford for The Chronicle of Higher Education.
Nigeria loses $500m annually to Western universities
The Committee of Vice-chancellors of Nigeria has revealed that Nigerians spend an average of US$500 million annually on European and American universities – about 70% of the total allocation in 2008 to all federal universities – writes Uche Nnaike for This Day.
Student visas may be cut from migration targets
Labour is edging towards supporting a removal of international students from the coalition's net migration targets, an opposition MP has said, in the week that new figures showed a dramatic fall in the number of student visas being issued, writes David Matthews for Times Higher Education.
Universities wary of boarding the MOOC train
About once a fortnight Matt Robb, senior principal at consulting firm Parthenon, has a conversation with a financier who wants to inject serious finance into a British university. This isn't about new lecture halls or research facilities. Financiers are hearing stories about a global revolution in online learning in the US, and are eager for that revolution to catch on in the UK. So far they have been disappointed, writes Anna Fazackerley for the Guardian.
Business MOOC launches to Indian MBA students
The Academic Financial Trading Platform, the first massive open online course (MOOC) platform dedicated exclusively to business education, launched courses last month to a growing community of Indian MBA students and executives, writes Manash Pratim Gohain for The Times of India.
Warning over attack on autonomy of HE body
Chair of Pakistan’s Academy of Sciences Atta-ur-Rehman has slammed the appointment of Federal Secretary of the Ministry of Education Major Qamar Zaman as executive director of the Higher Education Commission as being against legal process and in contempt of a Supreme Court decision, writes Myra Imran for The News.
Lecturers asked to save money by failing students
In Ukraine, where state officials lose large amounts of money through uncompetitive tenders and not closing offshore tax havens, the government is allegedly trying to scrimp on student stipends. Some educators say they are being told to save money by artificially failing students, making some of them ineligible for stipends, write Daria Zadorozhnaya and Yuriy Onyshkiv for the Kyiv Post.
China becomes chief ‘knowledge partner’
Aligned with what Australian policy-makers are now calling the Asian Century, China has become Australia's chief partner in higher education cooperation, writes Joseph Xiaojun Zhang for Xinhua. The number of university agreements between the two countries has leapt almost 75% in less than 10 years, rising from 514 to 885.
Warning over quality of China-trained doctors
Director of Liberia’s National Commission on Higher Education Dr Michael Slewion is calling on the Liberia Medical and Dental Council, or LMDC, not to incorporate Liberian medical doctors trained in China because they are not up to the task, reports The Analyst.
Chinese attracted to branded British universities
What we perceive to be the best of British products for cars and clothes are the shiny labels – those that scream: "I am the best". Yet, carrying a Cambridge University certificate into a Fortune 500 company interview in Beijing screams that out loud, too, for Chinese nationals, writes Elizabeth Gasson for China Daily.
State blasted for breaking 'university city' promise
The state government of South Australia has "walked away" from its vision of making Adelaide a renowned university city and there is no clear strategy for rescuing the policy, according to the visiting head of University College London, reports AdelaideNow.
Education levels slip in global ranking
Sweden is set to slide down the scale in a new global comparison of education achievement, said a report published by the Swedish National Agency for Higher Education last week, reports The Local.
Calls for improvements to the governance of research
As Chilean scientists rally against changes in national science policy, it is time for global efforts to improve the governance of research, argues Pablo Astudillo in the Guardian. The politicisation of science is proving increasingly harmful to the advance of science.
Institutions use courts to save ‘sub-standard’ programmes
The Commission on Higher Education has decried the “enrolment by injunction” tactic of institutions that were ordered last year to close down programmes that did not meet government quality standards, writes Dona Z Pazzibugan for Philippine Daily Inquirer.
Jewish students struggle with ‘toxic’ environment
Anti-Israel incidents at Scottish universities have contributed to Jewish students quitting their courses in despair. Attacks have created a “toxic atmosphere” in which Jewish students no longer feel comfortable, a delegation of community representatives told senior Edinburgh University officials, writes Marcus Dysch for The Jewish Chronicle.
No-exam courses fuel rise in first-class degrees
An analysis of data published by universities has revealed for the first time the extent to which coursework has replaced traditional exams throughout higher education in Britain, writes Julie Henry for The Telegraph.
Universities offer less value for money to students
On average, college graduates still earn far more and receive better benefits than those who do not have a degree. Nonetheless, there is growing anxiety in the US about higher education, reports The Economist.
Building strategic links in education Bric by Bric
Irish educational institutions are signing an increasing number of memoranda of understanding with the Bric countries, to allow for increased student exchange and, more importantly, increased international research collaboration, writes John Holden for The Irish Times.
Poor pupils are ‘set up to fail’, university warns
In an unprecedented intervention, St Andrews University said it was “utterly dishonest” to dumb down admissions requirements to create a more socially balanced student body, write Simon Johnson and Graeme Paton for The Telegraph.
Leadership university rises for Asian women
Veterans of the Asian University for Women in Bangladesh have laid the foundations for another Asian women’s university, to focus on leadership, which is expected to open in Malaysia in 2015, writes Kelly Wetherille for The New York Times.