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INDIA
Bangalore networks with Cambridge for innovation
In a landmark collaboration that will boost academic standards in Indian higher education institutes, the Bangalore-Cambridge Innovation Network was officially launched at the Indian Institute of Science in Bangalore last week, reports The Times of India.
INDIA
New exchange programme for scientists
A new scientist exchange programme will allow some 25 scientists to participate in exchange visits between India and Denmark every year, writes Tirna Ray for The Times of India.
JAPAN
Robot to take top-ranked university exam
Japanese researchers are working on a robot they hope will be smart enough to ace entrance exams at the nation's top university, which test everything from maths to foreign languages, reports AFP.
UNITED STATES
Most university heads optimistic about future – Survey
US higher education administrators have mixed and even contradictory views about the financial future of their institutions. While the economy continues to recover at a sluggish pace, 57% of respondents in KPMG’s new Higher Education Outlook Survey said they expected their college to be in better financial shape in five years, writes Eric Kelderman The Chronicle of Higher Education.
ASIA
Online universities blossom
Thousands of kilometres from Kuala Lumpur, in Cameroon doctoral student Michael Nkwenti Ndongfack attends his Open University Malaysia classes online and hopes to defend his final thesis by Skype, reports AFP. Online university education is expanding quickly in Asia, where growth in technology and internet use is matched by a deep reverence for education.
UNITED STATES
Online learning jumps to next level
As millions of students have flocked to free ‘massive open online courses’ or MOOCs in recent months, higher education experts have focused on two big questions: whether universities will begin to offer credit for such courses, and what might be done to prevent cheating. On Thursday, the first glimmers of answers began to emerge, writes Tamar Lewin for The New York Times.
CANADA
Students to maintain pressure, despite fee freeze pledge
Students aren’t throwing away their red squares just yet. The Coalition large de l’association pour une solidarité syndicale étudiante said last Thursday that students must remain vigilant to ensure a real tuition freeze is brought in by the Parti Québécois, writes Karen Seidman for The Montreal Gazette.
UNITED KINGDOM
London MET: Is higher education door too easy to open?
With an intake drawn from more than 150 countries at last count, London Metropolitan University has long been a magnet for overseas students attracted not only by the world-class reputation of Britain’s higher education system but the prospect of studying in one of the world’s most multicultural cities, writes Ben Quinn for The Christian Science Monitor.
ISRAEL
Defence minister advises delay in university approval
Israel’s Defence Minister Ehud Barak, who has been delaying the final approval for the Ariel University Center's upgrade, is advising Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to wait for the High Court of Justice's ruling on the matter, writes Attila Somfalvi for YNetnews.com.
MONGOLIA
State universities propose steep fee increases
Mongolia’s Minister of Education, Culture and Science L Gantumur met the directors of state universities on 19 August, with the main item on the agenda the issue of student fees and the quality of universities, writes M Zoljargal for The UB Post. Universities are proposing steep fee hikes.
SOUTH AFRICA
System to help higher education respond to skills needs
South Africa’s Department of Higher Education and Training has launched a new Labour Market Intelligence System at an initial cost of R75 million (US$9 million). It says this is a groundbreaking research project that will enable the government and the private sector to make better decisions in matching skills demand to supply in the country, writes Farzana Rasool for ITWeb.
JAPAN
Universities adopt the hard sell for campus visits
Interview coaching, a free lunch and discounted exam fees are some of the incentives Japan's institutions are offering as they try to attract applicants from the country's shrinking pool of 18-year-olds, writes Hiromi Oida for The Asahi Shimbun.
UNITED STATES
From rural Africa to the Ivy League
In early 2008, Joshua Foromera was a talented Zimbabwean high school graduate living as a refugee in South Africa. He fled Zimbabwe because of political and economic collapse, seeking higher education opportunities, writes Scott Baldauf for The Christian Science Monitor. Today, Foromera is a biology and chemistry major at Duke University, following his dream of finding a safer, more effective treatment for the virus linked to AIDS.
UNITED KINGDOM
Access chief warns elite universities over intake
The government's university access tsar has warned Oxford and Cambridge that they risk losing their status as world-class universities if they fail to widen their entry to include more students from state schools, writes Peter Wilby for the Guardian.
EGYPT
Nile University sit-in gains support
Members of the Nile University community continued their sixth day of peaceful protests last weekend. Students at the research university have been appealing to the government to return land and buildings allocated for a new campus, after the new campus was confiscated at the beginning of 2011, writes Basil El-Dabh for Daily News Egypt.
UNITED STATES
Ex-Harvard scientist found guilty of misconduct
Marc Hauser, a prolific scientist and popular psychology professor who resigned last summer from Harvard University, had fabricated data, manipulated results in multiple experiments, and incorrectly described how studies were conducted, according to the findings of a federal research oversight agency that were posted online on Wednesday, writes Carolyn Y Johnson for The Boston Globe.
UNITED STATES
Harvard students fight cheating allegations
Harvard University students under investigation for cheating on a take-home government course exam said they’re waging a battle against the allegations, writes John Lauerman for Bloomberg Businessweek.
IRELAND
Universities honour 'Renaissance man' Feeney
Philanthropist Chuck Feeney was described as the “Renaissance man of Irish higher education” when the universities of Ireland conferred an honorary doctorate on the Atlantic Philanthropies founder in Dublin last week, reports Mary Minihan for The Irish Times.
SRI LANKA
Strike continues despite university shutdown
The Buddhist monk, staring intently at the smoke rising from an incense stick, said the government was destroying state-provided education because it was “easier to control uneducated fools”. Maduluwawe Sobitha is an influential figure among Sri Lanka’s majority Sinhala population. He is also a loud critic of the government of President Mahinda Rajapaksa, reports The Economist.
BRAZIL
University quota bill comes into effect
Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff enacted legislation last week that reserves half the spots at federal universities for public school students and gives priority to minorities, reports Channel News Asia.
ISRAEL
Ariel – Part university, part political statement
With the well-kept grass verges and cafés serving paninis and chilled beer and coke, Ariel University resembles any modern campus in Britain or the US. It isn’t: it is Israel’s first settler university, given official status with a great deal of controversy in July, writes Michael Chessum for New Statesman.
RUSSIA
Education reform inching forward
As thousands of high-school graduates entered universities on Saturday, a hotly debated bill to reform Russia's education system was inching forward, writes Jennifer Rankin for The Moscow Times.
MALAYSIA
Stricter entry requirements for foreign students
Malaysia’s Higher Education Ministry is imposing several requirements as part of measures to tighten up on entry of foreign students, reports The Star-Asia News Network.
INDONESIA
Universities become weak link in booming economy
Indonesia’s creaking university system is failing to keep pace with its booming economy. It is struggling to produce graduates equipped for modern working life in the South East Asian nation, writes Arlina Arshad for AFP.
UNITED KINGDOM
Two universities hit by Anonymous cyber attack
Oxford University confirmed last Thursday that its online security had been compromised earlier in the day by a cyber attack. The group claiming responsibility said it is associated with Anonymous. The attack came a day after the disruption of Cambridge University's network, writes Ben Weitzenkorn for Security News Daily.