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PAKISTAN-IRAQ: Call for joint education ventures
Iraq and Pakistan will have joint ventures for promoting higher education and research activities, to further strengthen the cordial ties between both the countries, reports the Associated Press of Pakistan.
CHINA: Southeast Asian universities flock to expo
Southeast Asian universities have been showing unique enthusiasm in this year's Beijing International Education Expo, reports Xinhuanet.
PERU: University protests leave three dead
Three people died and at least 20 others were wounded in clashes in the southwestern Peruvian region of Huancavelica during a general strike against the creation of a new university using the facilities of an existing institution, reports the Latin American Herald Tribune.
SOUTH AFRICA: Students removed from credit bureaus
All students who were blacklisted for owing money to the National Student Financial Aid Scheme have been taken off the credit bureaus' records, writes Marianne Merten for Business Report.
CANADA: Academia rallies over Bangladeshi attack
A savage attack in Bangladesh that blinded a University of British Columbia graduate student has bolstered support for efforts to open the doors to Canadian higher education wider in South Asia, write James Bradshaw, Jill Mahoney and Stephanie Nolen for The Globe and Mail.
US: Hunt is on for overseas college students
The bang of a ceremonial gong opens festivities in a cavernous downtown office building in Jakarta, where representatives from 56 US colleges stand ready to peddle their wares, writes Mary Beth Marklein for USA Today.
AUSTRALIA: Bid to stop 'professional students'
The federal Opposition will fight to retain a Howard government rule designed to discourage ''professional students'' by limiting access to publicly subsidised university study, writes Dan Harrison for The Age.
US: Debt fears lead to community college boom
Bargain education at two-year community colleges is the new financial norm for an army of cash-strapped students who can't afford the savage costs of the typical four years of higher education, writes John Aidan Byrne for the New York Post.
WALES: Universities' fee plans rejected
Welsh universities have had their initial plans for higher tuition fees in 2012-13 rejected by the Welsh funding council in a move that will be closely watched in England, writes Simon Baker for Times Higher Education.
WALES: Top students choose English universities
The cream of Welsh undergraduates is choosing to study in England, writes Gareth Evans for the Western Mail. Figures obtained by the newspaper provide clear evidence the best young brains in Wales are being lost to institutions across the border. They also highlight the apparent gulf in stature that exists between Welsh universities and their English counterparts.
CANADA: Students upset at 'plagiarised' speech
Medical students at the University of Alberta say they are embarrassed after the faculty of medicine dean allegedly plagiarised his speech to the graduating class at the convocation banquet, writes Codi Wilson for the Edmonton Journal.
SOUTH AFRICA: University to honour Oprah Winfrey
A South African university is set to award talk show queen Oprah Winfrey with an honorary doctorate, reports East Coast Radio Newswatch.
AUSTRALIA: Slower growth for higher education exports
Growth in overseas student numbers for higher education, the last sector of Australia's education export industry still on the rise, has slowed to just 1.9%, reports Bernard Lane for The Australian.
US: Students push for financial disclosure
A group of Harvard students and employees in addition to a state senator and representative testified before a State House committee in support of a bill that would require the university to reveal a slew of financial information, including increased information about investments and administrator salaries, writes Mercer R Cook for The Crimson.
KOREA: Professors' salaries push up tuition costs
Rapidly rising salaries for professors are one of the main contributors to high college tuition. This has turned into a major political issue and sparked daily protests in Seoul, reports JoongAng Daily.
PHILIPPINES: Push for student patent awareness
Senator Edgardo Angara said he is throwing his support behind a legislative measure that would compel elementary pupils, high school and tertiary students all over the country to be taught and eventually promote intellectual property rights of original works and crafts, writes Hannah L Torregoza for the Manila Bulletin Publishing Corporation.
INDIA: Environmental science mandatory
Beginning this academic year, environmental science will be a mandatory subject at graduation level, under a government resolution issued on 7 June, writes Samarpita Banerjee for the Indian Express.
US: Colleges offer graduates help repaying loans
Law schools have done it for years. Now, some private liberal arts colleges are experimenting with the idea: offering upfront to help students pay off their loans after they graduate, writes Mary Beth Marklein for USA Today.
UK: Students turn to US Ivy League universities
Harvard University - ranked the best in the world - has seen the number of applications from Britain rise by more than a third in just 12 months, figures show. Other elite Ivy League institutions, including Yale, Columbia and Cornell, have also reported an increase in demand, writes Graeme Paton for The Telegraph.
UK: Student complaints reach record levels
Student complaints against universities in England and Wales have reached record levels with the higher education ombudman's annual report showing that complaints rose by 33%, reports Sean Coughlan for the BBC.
UK: University films students suspected of extremism
Confidential documents relating to a "major Islamist plot" have revealed that security staff from a leading university have been filming students on campus as a method of monitoring potential extremists, writes Mark Townsend for The Guardian.
US: Universities in 'scary' African land deals
Some prominent American universities and pension funds, among other wealthy foreign investors, are allegedly purchasing huge tracts of land in Africa - acts that may lead to the eviction of thousands of local farmers, according to a study by the Oakland Institute, a California-based think tank, reports International Business Times.
RUSSIA: Muslim university rector shot dead
Gunmen last Tuesday killed the rector of a Muslim university in southern Russia who had been leading a government-sponsored effort to counter violence in the region by reviving the local traditions of Sufi Islam, which he said were less likely to inspire suicide bombers, writes Andrew E Kramer for The New York Times.
CHINA: Student executed for cover-up murder
Yao Jiaxin, a university student who stabbed a young mother to death to cover up a hit-and-run accident, was executed last Tuesday in Xi'an, the capital of northwest China's Shaanxi province, with the approval of the Supreme People's Court, reports Xinhau.
IRAN: Ministry declares Baha'i university illegal
The Baha'i Institute of Higher Education in Iran has been declared illegal by the Ministry of Science and Technology, reports Radio Ramaneh. The Iran Students' News Agency cited the ministry's announcement that "the online university BIHE has not received any ministry permits for operation, and all its activities are illegal".