Once, UK students were expected to do little more than sit in a few lectures and take notes. No longer. Not only have they become more active learners, they are also increasingly being invited to offer opinions about what they are taught, how they are taught it, and even strategic decisions about how their university is run, writes Harriet Swain for the Guardian.
A whistle-blowing professor has lifted the lid on what he brands the "corrupt" exam system at universities in the UK, in which lecturers are being pressured to pass underperforming students, writes Richard Garner for The Independent.
Oxford University is to provide up to £22,000 of financial support per student from Scotland in a move to encourage more applications. Those from low-income families will be eligible to apply for a mix of bursaries and fee waivers, writes Seonag MacKinnon for the BBC.
Kevin Peterson, who helped General Electric redesign a tool to speed up the disassembly of gas turbines last year, is listed on the patent application as one of the inventors. Now, at the age of 20, he is working on a rocket-launch system in Alabama for Boeing, write Craig Torres and Steve Matthews for Bloomberg.
A Social Sciences and Humanities Academy will be established across all universities in Malaysia to bridge the gap between science and humanities, writes Sylvia Lool for the New Straits Times. Higher Education Minister Datuk Seri Mohamed Khaled Nordin said the academy would create a social and human sciences tradition in the post-colonial nation state.
After the cartoon controversy in which a Jadavpur University professor was arrested, the West Bengal government has issued show cause notices to two public college professors for appearing in a television programme where they allegedly made “anti-government” comments, reports the Press Trust of India.
Japan’s Education Ministry has formulated a policy to promote the further reorganisation of national universities by allowing one independent administrative entity to operate several universities in different prefectures, reports The Yomiuri Shimbun.
Data are strangely absent from most discussions about the inadequacies of science education in the United States. But a new report from the National Science Foundation finds that the number of Americans pursuing advanced degrees in science and engineering has risen sharply over the past decade and is at an all-time high, writes Jeffrey Mervis for Science.
Caste discrimination on campuses in India is now punishable, under a new regulation of the University Grants Commission, writes Ritika Chopra for Mail Online India. This is the first time that harassment and victimisation of students from scheduled castes and tribes at the hands of teachers and peers has been clearly defined.
Australia has decided to offer additional work options for Indian students to help them cope with the impact of rupee depreciation. They will also be allowed to work for unlimited hours per week, reports Times News Network.
Australian academics from a dozen universities will be required to explain to industry experts the economic and social value of hundreds of research projects from the past 20 years, under guidelines for a trial designed to measure the wider benefits of taxpayer-funded academic work, writes Justin Norrie for The Conversation.
As Islam takes on a more visible public profile in Turkey, academia is becoming a battleground over the theory of evolution. Scholars who espouse creationist ideas are becoming more assertive in challenging Darwinism, writes Dorian Jones for http://Eurasianet.org.
South Africa’s large labour federation COSATU wants universities to give priority to local students instead of international ones. It believes the high number of international students blocks access for local students who are more deserving, writes Bongekile Macupe for The Sunday Independent.
They’ve been at it for years now, cramming for China’s annual university entrance exam, some of them hooked up to oxygen canisters and intravenous drips of amino acids during late-night and weekend study marathons, writes Mark McDonald for International Herald Tribune. The whole country is in on it.
More companies are successfully ‘spinning out’ of UK universities, official figures show, as education institutions get better at identifying the commercial applications of innovation. But funding problems remain, writes James Hurley for The Telegraph.
England's universities were fined almost £21 million (US$33 million) for recruiting too many students this year, more than double the £8 million they were fined last year, writes John Morgan for Times Higher Education.
Universities that topped up the salaries of senior staff to the tune of €8 million (US$10 million) over a six-year period are being punished, writes Katherine Donnelly for the Irish Independent.
Ten US colleges and universities have committed to providing more information to students about tuition and other costs, including estimated monthly loan payments after graduation, as part of a federal push to improve disclosure, in a bid to help prevent financial-aid recipients from overextending themselves, writes Jim Puzzanghera for the Los Angeles Times.
With a 1 July rate increase on education loans approaching, US President Barack Obama told students in Las Vegas last week that it is Congress’ job to move swiftly to prevent the rise, even as Republicans in Washington accused him of ignoring their most recent proposals and refusing to negotiate, write Rosalind S Helderman and Amy Gardner for The Washington Post.
Czech Education Minister Petr Fiala has withdrawn draft universities reforms and will redraft another controversial bill on financial aid to students, he told journalists after meeting rectors of Czech universities last Thursday, reports the Czech News Agency.
Manipal University is in talks with Chinese officials to open the first campus of an Indian university in China, writes Ananth Krishnan for The Hindu. The Karnataka-based private university is exploring a tie-up with Tianjin University and Shanghai's Tongji University to provide training in information technology and sciences.
Student leaders have described as "truly awful" the record of Scottish universities on admitting students from poorer backgrounds. They said older universities each typically recruit fewer than 100 students from deprived backgrounds, reports the BBC.
Tel Aviv University announced last Monday that it would not permit a scheduled Wagner concert to take place on its campus, after it had evoked angry protests, write Talila Nesher and Boam Ben Zeev for Haaretz.
The Philippines Commission on Higher Education has repeated its moratorium or ban on undergraduate and graduate programmes in five courses it deems ‘oversubscribed’ because there is very little demand for the students finishing those courses, writes Gigi Munoz-David for Manila Standard Today.
European Union ministers for research and innovation last week reached agreement on the structure of the EU's Horizon 2020 research programme, writes Dave Keating for European http://Voice.com. The programme, which has a planned budget of €80 billion (US$99 billion) for 2014-20, was proposed by the European Commission in December.