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Quebec students sue 25 universities and colleges
A class-action lawsuit is being organised by young Quebecers frustrated because they say they were hurt by the province’s student strikes. The motion to sue 25 universities and junior colleges, as well as the Quebec government, was announced last Thursday by students and their lawyers, reports The Canadian Press.
Colleges respond as Brazil sends students abroad
US colleges, holding onto a shrinking lead as the world's biggest educator of international students, are eyeing a promising new market in Brazil, an emerging economy with big hopes for the future but a shortage of skilled labour, writes Doug Palmer for Reuters.
Republicans adopt combative tone on higher education
The Republican Party’s 2012 platform has strong words for higher education's alleged failings, on ideological bias as well as unsustainable tuition fee hikes. The lengthy document, approved last week at the party's presidential convention, also draws a hard line on standard party litmus tests affecting colleges, such as immigration, public employee unions and embryonic stem cell research, writes Paul Fain for Inside Higher Ed.
Carnegie Mellon University launches campus
The US-based Carnegie Mellon University on 24 August officially launched its Rwandan campus, where it will be offering a master of science in information technology, reports News of Rwanda.
Admissions reforms squeeze middle-ranked universities
Many middle-ranking universities in the UK have suffered a drop in new student numbers as a result of controversial ‘market-based’ government reforms to admissions, an Independent survey reveals, writes Richard Garner for The Independent.
Fears over downside of education boom
When Hsu Chung-hsin went to university three decades ago, he became part of a small elite in Taiwan. Now virtually everyone can enter higher education. That, he thinks, is deplorable.
"It's become so easy. As long as you're willing to pay the tuition, you can go to university. That's no good," said Hsu, a legislator with a PhD in law from Cambridge, reports AFP.
Yale President Richard Levin to step down
Yale University President Richard C Levin, the longest-serving leader in the Ivy League, said he will retire at the end of the current academic year, writes Janet Lorin for Bloomberg.
Education startups make in-roads into classrooms
Technology, once a distraction for students, is finding its way into classrooms in a way that is more seamless than ever, writes Sarah Max for Time. Sit in on one of Jeannine Eddleton’s chemistry lectures at Virginia Tech and you’ll see a couple of hundred students hunched over their cellphones, iPads and laptops.
Colleges set up joint study programmes
As colleges and universities worldwide wait for India’s lawmakers to approve a bill granting full access to the country’s vast education market, some institutions are reaching Indian students through twinning programmes, writes Vir Singh for The New York Times.
Confusion over new rules for foreign universities
India's recent announcement that it would more closely regulate the many joint- and dual-degree programmes its universities have developed with foreign partners has been met at home with a mix of confusion, annoyance, anxiety and even ridicule, writes Shailaja Neelakantan for The Chronicle of Higher Education.
Surge in higher education enrolment – Survey
The number of students enrolling for higher education in India appears to have shot up dramatically. According to a recent survey by the Human Resource Development Ministry, the gross enrolment ratio for higher education has risen from 12.4% to 20.2%, reports TNN.
Universities extend alliance with China
A newly extended alliance between the Group of Eight coalition of Australian universities and the ‘China 9’ universities is helping to build “globally mobile students”, says Go8 Executive Director Michael Gallagher. But competing with elite universities from the US will remain a challenge, says one China expert, as Chinese students choose universities based on reputation and rankings, writes Charis Palmer for The Conversation.
Huge numbers of graduates are underemployed
China's labour market has so far proved resilient despite a slowing economy, but that means little to recent college graduate Wu Xiuyan, writes Lilian Lin for The Wall Street Journal. A mismatch between graduates’ skills and job market needs is resulting in underemployment.
Record EU students to get 'free' Scottish degree
Successful university applications by youngsters from Europe are up 3.6% on the same time last year when the previous record was set. The annual £75 million (US$119 million) cost of providing them with ‘free’ degrees appears certain to increase further, writes Simon Johnson for The Telegraph.
Adjunct report paints bleak picture
Most adjuncts at universities receive their course assignments two to three weeks before an academic term begins. As a result, they have little time to prepare to teach the courses.
That finding is part of a survey of adjuncts released last week, focusing on start-of-the-semester issues, writes Kaustuv Basu for Inside Higher Ed.
A-level grades throw number of places into doubt
England's funding council has countered suggestions that the fall in the number of students gaining top grades at A level could lead to fewer higher education places overall as a result of the government's AAB policy, write John Morgan and David Matthews for Times Higher Education.
University heads ask court to overturn Ariel status
The presidents of Israel’s universities and one of its larger colleges last Monday petitioned the High Court of Justice to overturn a decision granting Ariel University Center official status as a university, writes Yonah Jeremy Bob for The Jerusalem Post.
Universities reopen after ‘blank’ years
When Côte d'Ivoire's five public universities reopen on 3 September, 61,000 students will arrive for the first time after almost two ‘blank’ years since universities were closed in the violent unrest sparked by the disputed 2010 presidential vote. The influx could cause chaos, reports IRIN News.
Minister wants more control over universities
South Africa’s Higher Education and Training Minister Blade Nzimande is considering changing the law to give him more power over the affairs of universities. But this move is likely to be resisted by higher education institutions, which are known to jealously guard their autonomy, writes Denise Williams for the Sowetan.
Writer quits Yale board after plagiarism scandal
After a long association with Yale University, noted Indian American writer and journalist Fareed Zakaria has resigned from its governing body to focus on his journalistic career, reports the Press Trust of India.
Student journalists to return after board apology
Former editors at The Red & Black have decided to reapply for their positions following an apology from the paper’s board, although concerns remain over the extent to which the board has reversed the policies that prompted the students to quit in protest, writes Sara Gregory for the Student Press Law Center.
New move to boost PhD numbers
Nigerian President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan has lamented that 60% of lecturers in universities across the country have no doctoral degree, writes Adeola Adeyemo for Bella Naija.
IBM laboratory to boost African researchers
IBM opened its 12th research laboratory, in Nairobi, Kenya, last week “to help universities produce highly qualified and technically skilled graduates”, reports Business Day.
Fourteen states back college affirmative action policy
New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman, on behalf of 14 states, is urging the US Supreme Court to uphold racial preferences in college admissions, writes Michael Virtanen for Associated Press.
Publisher Pearson launches UK degree course
Pearson, the major international publisher and education firm, is to become a for-profit private higher education provider in the UK, reports Sean Coughlan for BBC News. The firm is opening Pearson College, teaching a degree course validated by existing London universities.