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UK: University to open Thailand campus
The University of Central Lancashire is to open a campus in Bangkok, in what is claimed as the first such UK branch university to be established in Thailand, reports Sean Coughlan for BBC News. The university has signed a deal with a Thai-based entrepreneur to open the campus in 2014. Degrees will be taught in English and validated by the UK university.
US: Yale to provide tax relief for same-sex couples
Beginning this month, Yale will join the small number of United States colleges and universities that help offset a federal tax gay and lesbian employees pay on health coverage received by their partners, writes Gavan Gideon for Yale Daily News.
US: College sports reform: Now? Never?
Virtually no matter where you turn for news and commentary, from sophisticated publications like The Atlantic to rants on sports radio for the lowbrow, you're likely to have been left in recent months with the overwhelming impression that big-time college sports is in crisis, and that momentum is building for some kind of radical action that would result in a wholesale transformation of the enterprise. Don't hold your breath, writes Doug Lederman for Inside Higher Ed.
CUBA: Iranian president receives honorary doctorate
The Iranian president has been granted an honorary doctorate because of his incomparable efforts in defence of the establishment of a just international system as well as nations' rights against capitalist powers, Havana University declared, reports the Islamic Republic News Agency.
US: Man accused of starting fake college from prison
A lifelong con man accused of starting a fake university and churning out fake diplomas - while in prison in Wisconsin - appeared in court last Tuesday to face a fraud charge, years after the complex scheme was uncovered, reports Carrie Antlfinger for the Huffington Post.
US: University suspects fraud by wine researcher
A charge of widespread scientific fraud, involving 26 articles published in 11 journals, was levelled by the University of Connecticut last week against Dipak K Das, one of its researchers whose work reported health benefits of red wine, writes Nicholas Wade for The New York Times.
Lawyers to protest higher education bill
The Bar Council of India has strongly opposed the inclusion of legal education under the proposed National Commission for Higher Education and Research (NCHER) and urged the government to remove the legal profession and education from the ambit of the Higher Education and Research Bill 2011, reports The Hindu.
Bills spark fears of 'police raj' on education
Three bills the Indian government has lined up to regulate higher education have been described as "draconian" by private institutions, which fear their enactment will bring the segment under a "police raj", writes GC Shekhar for The Telegraph.
University research misconduct 'alive and well'
Research misconduct is "alive and well" at UK universities, the British Medical Journal has claimed, writes Jack Grove for Times Higher Education. Findings from a survey by the journal published last week found that 13% of UK-based scientists and doctors had witnessed colleagues fabricating or altering research data ahead of publication in peer-reviewed journals.
Universities collect millions in library fines
UK universities have raised almost £50 million (US$77 million) from fining students for overdue library books in the past six years, reports the Guardian.
Desperate students turn to high-tech cheating
What do you get when you combine Indian technical wizardry with a desperate shortage of spots in higher education? Some really fancy examination cheating, writes Stephanie Nolen for The Globe and Mail.
Universities grapple with course ban
Ho Chi Minh City's University of the Food Industry has complained that it has no clue how to deal with the specialised tools and personnel of its vocational courses after the Ministry of Education and Training prohibited universities from running occupational courses alongside traditional academic programmes from the next academic year, reports Tuoi Tre News.
ECUADOR: Possible closure for 26 universities
Ecuador's Board of Assessment, Accreditation and Quality Assurance in Higher Education (Ceaaces) has reported that it will study 26 universities by April to determine whether they can eliminate their deficits or should be closed, reports Prensa Latina.
ISRAEL: State acts to plug brain drain
Israel is known as a hotbed of high technology, the home of 10 Nobel prize winners and of cutting-edge start-up companies. But over the last decade the country has been losing some of its best scientists to the US and Europe as funding to universities dropped. Now, Israel is determined to plug the brain drain, and the centrepiece of its strategy was formally launched last Tuesday, writes David Rosenberg for The Media Line.
UK: Universities body reassures Indian students
Universities UK, the representative body of universities in Britain, last week sought to reassure Indian and other international students that the country is "safe and tolerant", with low levels of violence and street crime, reports the Press Trust of India.
MALAYSIA: Students warned over illegal protest
Staging demonstrations that breach the laws of Malaysia is not the proper way to learn about politics. Higher Education Minister Datuk Seri Mohamed Khaled Nordin said university students, like everyone else, must observe the law, write Jaspal Singh and Roy See Wei Zhi for New Straits Times.
US: Relief greets minimal changes to Pell Grant
Recent federal budget debates in the US have routinely included threats about slashing higher education freebies. But in the latest round of congressional compromising, the rhetoric produced only a few nibbles around the edges of financial aid, writes Tim Barker for STL Today.com.
INDIA: New norms for release of university funds
Getting funds for Indian universities without clearance from the institution's executive council and mandatory accreditation would become difficult from the next financial year, writes Chetan Chauhan for the Hindustan Times.
UK: Who leaked the climate scientists' emails?
For two years, the mystery has endured: who set out to undercut climate scientists by publishing more than 1,000 of their private emails on the internet? Writing in The New York Times, Leslie Kaufman notes that the original emails, released in 2009 on the eve of the UN climate conference in Copenhagen, sowed doubts about the scientists' research and integrity and galvanised sceptics who challenge the scientific consensus that global warming is under way. It set off six inquiries, all of which cleared the researchers of scientific misconduct.
US: Researchers demand destruction of terror tapes
A controversial US project that contains the testimonies of Troubles-era terrorists should now be wound up, according to the men who founded it, writes Liam Clarke for the Belfast Telegraph. The three men involved in the oral history project have said Boston College's decision to hand over material to the US authorities after requests from police in Northern Ireland has betrayed the trust of those involved.
US: Tenure goes on the defensive
It seems that tenure is always in the news in the US. Long an article of faith for most faculty members, tenure is being put on the defensive almost everywhere, including within the academy itself. During the past decade, the numbers of tenured and tenure-track professors have sharply declined from nearly half of academics to about one-third. Does anyone care? asks Milton Greenberg in The Chronicle of Higher Education.
US: Trial probes support for black colleges
A trial began last week in Baltimore, US, to settle a federal lawsuit that alleges that Maryland's historically black colleges receive too little funding and institutional support to fully overcome past generations of state-sponsored discrimination, writes Daniel de Vise for The Washington Post.
US: University offers Occupy Wall Street course
Columbia University is offering an Occupy Wall Street course in which postgraduate and senior students can earn a full course credit by getting involved in the movement's projects outside the classroom, writes Mike O'Brien for the Daily Mail.
PAKISTAN: Sindh University gripped by insecurity
Sindh University in Jamshoro, Pakistan, is currently facing a law and order crisis as alleged criminals who enjoy the support of certain political parties have been on the rampage and have resorted to targeting teachers, writes Jan Khaskheli for The News.
VIETNAM: Universities want more autonomy
Education experts have asked the Ministry of Education and Training to create conditions for universities to have more autonomy in making decisions regarding administration, recruitment and enrolment quotas, reports Viet Nam News.