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NIGERIA
Government warns university councils against interference
With a stern warning to members of the governing councils of Nigeria’s universities to steer clear of the day-to-day management of their institutions, Minister of Education Professor Ruqayyatu Ahmed Rufai last Thursday inaugurated the chairs and council members of four federal universities in Abuja, writes Mohammed Abubakar for The Guardian.
KENYA
Time is ripe for e-learning – Expert
Kenyan universities are opening satellite campuses across the country as they seek to meet growing demand for education. However, some experts feel there is a better and cheaper way to improve access to education – by investing in e-learning – writes Edith Musyoki for AllVoices.
HONG KONG
Universities to recruit Taiwan students
Two prestigious Hong Kong universities were to hold admissions consultation meetings in Taiwan this weekend to recruit local students, write Stanley Cheung and Maia Huang for Focus Taiwan.
GERMANY
Research rating will make quality its own reward
As the UK braces in anticipation of the full impact of the 2014 research excellence framework – its seventh countrywide research assessment exercise – Europe's other research giant has just given the green light to the introduction of its own assessment system, writes Elizabeth Gibney for Times Higher Education.
UNITED KINGDOM
Surge in students studying for UK degrees abroad
The number of students studying for UK degrees in overseas countries increased 13% last year, as universities focused their energies on international recruitment, writes Rebecca Ratcliffe for the Guardian.
ISRAEL
Council won’t close controversial unit at Ben-Gurion
Israel’s Council for Higher Education decided last Tuesday not to close Ben-Gurion University’s controversial politics department, after months of discussion on the issue, writes Danielle Ziri for The Jerusalem Post.
UNITED STATES
Obama's accreditation proposals surprise higher education
President Barack Obama didn't mention accreditation in his State of the Union address last Tuesday. But in a supplemental document released after the speech, the president made it clear that he is seeking major changes in the accountability system for higher education, writes Eric Kelderman for The Chronicle of Higher Education.
UNITED STATES
Obama administration launches College Scorecard
The national movement to make US higher education institutions more transparent in terms of their comparative costs and student outcomes got a lift from the Barack Obama administration with the launch last Wednesday of the web-based College Scorecard resource tool, writes Ronald Roach for Diverse.
AUSTRALIA
Profile tool will highlight university weakness
A local version of the European Union's university profiling tool, U-Map, could be in place in Australia within six months as part of a bid to reduce sector obsession with research-biased rankings, while highlighting areas such as teaching, writes Andrew Trounson for The Australian. But the tool will shine a spotlight on vulnerabilities, including poor research performance.
IRELAND
Higher education cannot function in isolation
Higher education has reached a tipping point. International competition, increasing privatisation and the challenge posed by MOOCs mean that, on a global scale, higher education is in a state of metamorphosis, writes Jim Browne for The Irish Times.
UNITED STATES
Why graduates are underemployed and overeducated
When Barack Obama first became president, he set the goal of increasing America’s college graduation rate to 60% by 2020. But the idea of working towards becoming a nation of college graduates has a major problem, according to a report by the Center for College Affordability and Productivity, writes Michael De Groote for Deseret News. There are not enough jobs that require a college degree.
UNITED STATES
African students abroad going home for fast careers
In order to grow their economies, nations across Africa have long been trying to figure out how to stop the brain drain, writes Nick Chiles for Atlanta Blackstar. But recent studies indicate that the brain drain may finally be coming to an end. Many Africans studying abroad are now finding opportunities to use their training back home.
MYANMAR
Students find hope in university revival
Myanmar’s universities were once considered by many to be among the best in East Asia. But years of mismanagement and a disastrous nationalisation process left the education system in such shambles that many students seek educational opportunities abroad, reports Voice of America.
UNITED STATES
Rebuilding New York University’s research labs
It’s been three months since Hurricane Sandy barrelled along the US East Coast, plunging the majority of Manhattan and surrounding boroughs into darkness, and displacing hundreds of people from their homes, writes Alexandra Sifferlin for TIME. One group awaiting recovery funding is scientists and researchers from New York University.
INDIA
Higher education sector faces leadership crunch
India’s higher education sector is facing a shortage of capable leaders, according to a survey on leadership in the country's higher education system. Some 92% of respondents said this problem was expected to continue until 2020, reports the Deccan Herald.
CHINA
Duke Kunshan University delayed for the fifth time
Poor management and insufficient funding contributed to major construction problems that have caused the fifth significant delay of Duke Kunshan University’s opening, writes Lauren Carroll for the university newspaper The Chronicle.
EGYPT
Corruption thriving in public universities
There is multi-layered corruption in public universities in Egypt, ranging from sexual harassment to nepotism, writes Sarah El Masry for the Daily News. The newspaper investigated the issue following recent corruption allegations against Ain Shams University.
UNITED STATES
Incentive pay for universities
Both Ohio Governor John Kasich and Ohio State University President E Gordon Gee have shown leadership in planning for a new era in how state government supports publicly funded higher education, with an eye towards the best interests of all residents, writes The Columbus Dispatch in an editorial.
EUROPE
Concern over falling number of Scots postgraduates
The number of Scots studying postgraduate courses has fallen, sparking fears for the future of the economy. New figures show that the total number of Scottish postgraduate students studying north of the border declined by nearly 2% in 2011-12 from 9,570 to 9,395, writes Andrew Denholm for The Herald.
CHINA
End to free postgraduate tuition
China’s State Council announced last Wednesday that the country would begin charging tuition fees to all postgraduate students while offering more flexible choices of student financial aid, reports the official agency Xinhua.
EUROPE
Universities pull out of 'unjustifiable' U-Multirank
A group representing some of Europe's leading universities has withdrawn its support for a new ranking system funded by the European Union, warning that it could pose "a serious threat" to higher education, writes Jack Grove for Times Higher Education.
UNITED STATES
Credit recommended for free online courses
Students may soon be able to receive credit for the free online courses that are reshaping higher education, reports Associated Press. The American Council on Education announced last Thursday that it is recommending degree credit for five undergraduate courses offered by Coursera, a company that provides massive open online courses – MOOCs – from leading universities.
SWITZERLAND
Swiss universities try to catch the MOOC wave
Free interactive online university courses known as MOOCs – massive open online courses – are quickly spreading far beyond the United States, writes Simon Bradley for the Swiss Broadcasting Corporation. Lausanne’s Federal Institute of Technology and other Swiss universities are keen to experiment.
AUSTRALIA
University 2060 – Brave new world of higher education
Higher education, 2060: academics are out of a job. All the brand name universities have made all their courses free online, easily doing away with one side of the teaching and learning equation, writes Phillip Riley of Monash University for The Conversation. Pretty soon all the universities realised how much money they could save.
UNITED STATES
Why higher education must be part of immigration reform
Last week, President Barack Obama and a bipartisan group of senators outlined a plan for comprehensive immigration reform. Like the DREAM Act that has stalled for years in Congress, the proposal’s outline hints at an expedited pathway to citizenship for young people who came to the US as children if they attend college or serve in the military, writes Wendy Kopp for TIME.