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NEW ZEALAND
Degrees ranked by earning potential
University degrees are being ranked by officials according to their graduates’ earning potential. A Ministry of Education report, Moving On Up – What young people earn after their tertiary education, compares what graduates earn after studying different subjects and at different levels in New Zealand, writes Jody O’Callaghan for Fairfax NZ News.
NIGERIA
Universities face crisis of too few lecturers with PhDs
The human resource crisis in the education sector has assumed a frightening dimension as Nigeria’s public university system is short of nearly 14,000 PhD-holders who are expected to impart knowledge to 1.2 million students, writes Tony Amokeodo for Leadership.
UGANDA
Makerere University operates on half staff
Makerere University has asked the government to lift a ban on recruiting staff, to enable it to ease an acute staff shortage, reports New Vision. Addressing a university graduation ceremony last Tuesday, Chancellor Mondo Kagonyera revealed that Makerere was operating at less than 50% staff structure, “which is unacceptable”.
EUROPE
University heads attack government bid for control
The body representing Scotland’s university principals has attacked Scottish government plans to exert more control over the sector and introduce new powers to widen access to the poorest students, writes Chris Marshall for The Scotsman.
MALAWI
University of Science requires US$71 million to open
Malawi’s government will have to cough up more than K25 billion (US$71 million) to see through the opening of the Malawi University of Science and Technology, the brainchild of the late president Bingu wa Mutharika that was constructed at his home in Ndata, Thyolo district, writes Hudson Mphande for Nyasa Times.
UNITED KINGDOM
Syrian students face expulsion over fees
Hundreds of Syrian students face being expelled from the UK and sent back to their home country, where they could face torture and even death, writes Lucy Sherriff for the Huffington Post UK.
UNITED STATES
Moody’s cuts 2013 higher education outlook to negative
Moody’s Investors Service cut its 2013 outlook for all of US higher education to negative, citing mounting pressure on revenue sources, writes Michael McDonald for Bloomberg. “Most universities will have to lower their cost structures to achieve long-term financial sustainability and fund future initiatives,” Moody’s said last week in a report.
UNITED STATES
Report shows big gap in athletic versus academic spend
Public universities in America’s six most powerful National Collegiate Athletic Association conferences surpassed $100,00 per player in median annual athletic spending in 2010, a new study has found – six to 12 times the amount those colleges spent per student on academics, writes Brad Wolverton for The Chronicle of Higher Education.
UNITED KINGDOM
Most universities to up tuition fees in 2013
Figures show that 64 out of 122 universities in England plan to increase average fees for undergraduate degree courses starting in the autumn, writes Graeme Paton for The Telegraph. Data published by the Office for Fair Access show that institutions are preparing to push up charges by as much as £900 (US$1,439) per student.
MALAYSIA
China recognises more higher education institutions
There has been a 10-fold increase in the number of Malaysian higher education institutions recognised by China, enabling the country to attract more Chinese students. Deputy Higher Education Minister Datuk Dr Hou Kok Chung said that China had formally approved 71 local institutions, writes Priya Kulasagaran for The Star.
TAIWAN
Recognition of more Chinese diplomas on the cards
Taiwan is mulling recognising diplomas from more Chinese universities, President Ma Ying-jeou said last week, as some institutions anticipated that doing so could result in more Chinese studying in the country, reports Focus Taiwan.
CHINA
Government creates new generation of educated Chinese
Zhang Xiaoping's mother dropped out of school after sixth grade. Her father, one of 10 children, never attended. But Zhang (20) is part of a new generation of Chinese taking advantage of a national effort to produce college graduates in numbers the world has never seen before, reports The Economic Times.
MYANMAR
Top professor resigns over university ‘censorship’
A Myanmar professor and human rights activist has resigned his post with one of Asia’s top universities, complaining of censorship, writes Nan Tin Htwe for The Myanmar Times.
TURKEY
Academics demand transparency after hacking exposé
The chair of the University Educators’ Association has said that recent documents leaked by hackers have demonstrated how university administrations have been left uninspected in Turkey for too long, writes Beyza Kural for Bianet.
CANADA
Universities open up to aboriginal students
With too few aboriginal students opting for university, Canada’s universities are launching a new, online tool to make it easier for aboriginal students to succeed in obtaining a higher education, writes Karen Seidman for The Montreal Gazette.
UNITED STATES
Swartz's suicide reverberates through higher education
The suicide of Aaron Swartz, who was a leading and controversial figure in the hacking and open-access movements, has reverberated through higher education in the US and beyond, writes Scott Jaschik for Inside Higher Ed.
UNITED STATES
Drug companies forge partnerships with top universities
In their quest for the next big drug discovery, pharmaceutical companies are increasingly teaming up with some of America’s top universities, recruiting campus scientists as partners and offering institutions multimillion-dollar deals to work on experimental drugs in development, writes Alan Scher Zagier for Associated Press.
GERMANY
German university builds bridge to Eastern Europe
The Europa-Universität Viadrina, founded in 1991 – just a year after German reunification and long before neighbouring Poland became part of the European Union – has one of the highest proportions of foreign students in Germany, writes Christopher F Schuetze for The New York Times.
SOUTH AFRICA
Surge in cost of higher education
The cost of higher education in South Africa is to increase by between 8% and 12% this year, with accounting, engineering, medicine, nursing and fine art among the most expensive courses to study, writes Leanne Jansen for The Mercury.
UNITED KINGDOM
Essay-writing company defends owner’s campus satire
An essay-writing company has strongly denied that there is any inconsistency in its owner writing a campus novel that satirises the falling standards and tolerance of cheating he claims to be rife at ‘modern’ British universities, writes Paul Jump for Times Higher Education.
UNITED STATES
Coursera announces fee-based verified courses
How is major provider of free online courses Coursera going to tell whether you are who you say you are? By how you type, writes Jeffrey R Young for The Chronicle of Higher Education.
CZECH REPUBLIC
Professor polls strongly in presidential elections
Vladimir Franz, a 53-year-old professor at Prague's Academy of Performing Arts, is tattooed from head to toe, his face a warrior-like mix of blue, green and red. An opera composer and painter, he has also been running in a surprising third place ahead of the Czech presidential elections, reports Associated Press.
UNITED KINGDOM
Concern over tough rhetoric on ‘bogus students’
Comments linked with an announcement on a new ‘bogus students’ crackdown threatened the UK’s multi-billion university sector, according to a group that represents British universities, reports The Telegraph.
UNITED STATES
Downturn still squeezes colleges and universities
An annual survey of colleges and universities in the US found that a growing number of institutions face declining enrolment and less revenue from tuition, writes Andrew Martin for The New York Times.
UNITED STATES
Funding is best news for Californian HE in years
Governor Jerry Brown's budget plan announced on Thursday has given California's colleges and universities good news for the first time in years, writes Katy Murphy for the Oakland Tribune.