UK universities increased spending on marketing to potential students by nearly a quarter in the run-up to the introduction of higher fees, a Times Higher Education investigation has found, reports David Matthews. Yet they suffered a 7.4% fall in applications.
On 16 December 2011, Kazakhstan state security forces opened fire on striking oil workers in the Caspian Sea company town of Zhanaozen. The massacre seemingly went unnoticed by Western faculty members and administrators working at the recently opened Nazarbayev University, located in the country’s ostentatious capital Astana, write Allen Ruff and Steve Horn for The Real News.
Majdi Alsaqaf, a final-year student at Sana'a University, is excited about the prospect of pending graduation. But a coordinated strike by administrative staff at Sana’a, Dhamar, Taiz, Ibb and Amran universities against new legislation has put the fate of thousands of final-year students in jeopardy, writes Ali Ibrahim Almoshiki for Yemen Times.
Graduate student borrowers are defaulting on almost US$1 billion in federal loans that were given out to the poor. Universities in the United States such as Yale, Penn State and George Washington are going after them in the courts, suing for non-payment, reports RT.
Vice-chancellors representing 137 public and private universities in Pakistan last Tuesday expressed reservations to members of a National Assembly standing committee regarding the proposed Higher Education Commission Amendment Bill, reports Pakistan Today.
China's rich are showing increasing enthusiasm for making big donations to the non-profit sector and most of their donations, including pledges, went to universities in 2012, according to a new report, writes He Dan for China Daily.
Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak last week launched the Skim Prihatin Pendidikan 1Malaysia scheme to assist students at the tertiary level with obtaining additional study loans, reports the official Bernama news agency.
The Indonesian government says it has increased assistance funds for higher education institutions so that state universities can eliminate initial student enrolment fees starting this year, reports The Jakarta Post.
With Indian universities repeatedly failing to figure among the top 200 universities in the world, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, in a surprisingly candid speech last Tuesday, acknowledged that the quality of higher education in India left much to be desired, reports India Today.
The Kappa Sigma fraternity at Duke University in the United States was suspended by its parent organisation after throwing an Asian-themed party – complete with conical hats, geisha outfits and intentional misspellings – that sparked protests by Asian students on campus, writes Kristene Quan for TIME.
A club at the former elite French college of shamed ex-IMF chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn advocated gang rape and suggested carrying out a simulated sexual attack on a feminist organisation, writes Daniel Miller for the Daily Mail.
The twin explosions two weeks ago that killed more than 80 people and wounded 150 also left Aleppo student Laila determined to return to the university as exams and normal class schedules resumed last Tuesday for the first time since the blasts, write Patrick J McDonnell and Lava Selo for Los Angeles Times.
A plan to streamline Greece’s higher education system, leaving fewer departments offering courses on the most popular subjects and abolishing those with scant demand, was unveiled on Thursday by Education Minister Constantinos Arvanitopoulos, reports Ekathimerini.
Under proposals backed by David Willetts, the UK universities minister, publicly funded research will shift to an ‘open access’ model by 2014, allowing anyone in the world to access the latest studies online without having to pay, writes Nick Collins for The Telegraph.
The chairs of five parliamentary committees have written to British Prime Minister David Cameron to urge him to remove overseas student numbers from migration targets, reports BBC News.
There are too many private colleges in Malaysia and so the government has disallowed new ones to be set up in the next two years, writes Priya Kulasagaran for The Star.
After the centre-left government assumed power in 2011, it stressed that attracting highly skilled foreigners was a vital prerequisite for Denmark’s ability to compete internationally. But despite promises to ease immigration restrictions, the government has made it more expensive and difficult for universities to hire foreigners, reports The Copenhagen Post.
Six British Columbia universities have ramped up their push for an increase in government funding, releasing a report that shows the province’s economy will soon be facing a shortage of thousands of university and college graduates, writes Jonathan Fowlie for The Vancouver Sun.
A celebrated Montreal scientist and a senior executive at one of the world’s biggest drug companies co-authored a study that contains “intentionally contrived and falsified” images, according to a report from McGill University, writes Margaret Munro for Postmedia News.
Palestinian Authority Minister of Higher Education Ali Jarbawi last weekend issued an official condemnation of a Gaza university’s decision to implement an ‘Islamic’ dress code for female students, reports Ma’an.
Colleges and universities depend largely on donations, and if one estimate holds true, giving to higher education institutions is on track to exceed the watermark set before the 2009 recession, writes Whitney Burdette for The State Journal.
After two strong years, college and university endowments lost ground slightly during the fiscal year ending last 30 June, with their investments declining 0.3% on average, according to a new study, writes Justin Pope for Bloomberg Businessweek.
Taking an administrative leave in Benin for the past six months provided an eye-opening contrast to my first study-abroad experience in Mexico City back in 1980. Of particular note was the insidious impact of new communication technologies on living and learning in another culture, writes Robert Huesca for The Chronicle of Higher Education.
Universities have welcomed a 3.5% increase in the number of students applying to start university this autumn, but warn that applications are still not back on track, writes Rebecca Ratcliffe for the Guardian.
New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg has pledged $350 million to Johns Hopkins University, mainly to expand its interdisciplinary research on an array of issues including global health and urban revitalisation, as his lifetime giving to his alma mater eclipses $1 billion, reports Associated Press.