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KENYA: High-speed internet for technical colleges
Technical institutions in Kenya are set to benefit from high-speed internet in the next financial year in a government-led initiative. The move will help institutions share resources and improve the quality of research, writes Fredrick Obura for The Standard.
EAST AFRICA: Development bank aids universities
The African Development Bank has approved a total of US$124 million for the improvement of three centres of excellence in higher education in Uganda, Rwanda and Mali, writes David Muwanga for East African Business Week.
GLOBAL: Call for more Muslim-owned universities
Muslim ownership and management of private universities and colleges in Muslim-majority countries and Muslim-minority communities need to be strengthened to cater for the increasing demand for higher education arising from growth in Muslim populations, reports Malaysia's official agency Bernama.
CHILE: Universities fail transparency law standards
According to a study recently released by Chile's Consejo para la Transparencia, the Council for Transparency, state universities are not living up to agreements outlined in the transparency law, reports I Love Chile.
IRELAND: Labour accused of cheating students
Pre-election pledges by the Labour Party about reversing student registration charges and not reintroducing formal fees amounted to "cheating students to win votes", the Dáil (parliament) was told, writes Marie O'Halloran for The Irish Times.
UK: Professors lambasted for failure to mentor
A lack of leadership and the failure to support and mentor junior colleagues have been highlighted in a major study of the professoriate, writes Jack Grove for Times Higher Education. Of 1,200 academic staff from lower grades who responded to a survey commissioned by the Leadership Foundation for Higher Education, more than half (53%) said they did not receive sufficient help or advice from professorial staff.
UK: Universities forced to reveal animal test details
Universities will be forced to reveal details of controversial research, including testing on monkeys, after a tribunal ruling made it harder for them to claim exemption from freedom of information requests, writes Jonathan Brown for The Independent.
US: Berkeley reveals plan for centre in China
The University of California, Berkeley, announced last week that it plans to open a large research and teaching facility in Shanghai as part of a broader plan to bolster its presence in China, writes David Barboza for The New York Times.
CANADA: Universities refocus on Malaysian market
Canada is doing all it can to return to the glory days as one of Malaysia's top education providers. Canadian High Commissioner to Malaysia Randolph Mank said many Canadian universities were focusing on the Malaysian market to regain lost ground, writes Paul Gabriel for The Star.
CANADA: University to open two offices in India
The University of British Columbia is opening two offices in India as part of its efforts to gain a foothold in one of the world's most rapidly growing higher education markets. The initiative was announced last week in Bangalore by Premier Christy Clark, who was leading a British Colombia government trade mission to India, reports The Vancouver Sun.
QATAR: Foreign campuses link under college system
Winning its bid to host the 2022 Fifa World Cup in Doha, the Gulf emirate of Qatar showed the rising power of the Middle East. Its landmark football stadium will cool summer temperatures of around 40 degrees with solar panel-powered air-conditioning as the international teams play to crowded stands, writes Stephen Hoare for The Independent.
MALAYSIA: UNESCO to help review education policy
Malaysia and UNESCO last week signed a memorandum of understanding to review the country's education policy at all levels, from pre-school to higher education, reports the official agency Bernama.
PAKISTAN: Higher education participation hits 7.8%
Higher Education Commission Chairman Javaid R Laghari has said that in 2008 the participate rate in higher education in Pakistan was 2.5%, but after commission initiatives it has reached 7.8% and the government has a vision to increase the figure to 15% by 2020, reports The International News.
UK: University 'consumer culture' warning
The new chairman of a group of leading research universities has warned against treating students as "consumers purchasing degree certificates", writes Sean Coughlan for the BBC.
CHINA: Contest for 'prodigy' places in universities
A thin but fit figure at 5 foot 10, he looked no different from other college students. His shyness and unguarded manner, however, gave him away. Zhang Xinyang, from Panjin in Liaoning province, entered college at just 10 years of age, a record in China. Now 16, he is pursuing a doctorate in mathematics at Beihang University in Beijing, write Wang Yan and Chen Jia for China Daily.
HONG KONG: Mugabe jets in for daughter's graduation
Zimbabwe's budget presentation in parliament was moved from last Thursday to next week Wednesday after President Robert Mugabe decided his daughter Bona Mugabe's graduation at the City University in Hong Kong was more important, reports Nehanda Radio.
TANZANIA: IDs offer hope for student debt recovery
Hopes in Tanzania for the recovery of more than US$397 million in outstanding debt from thousands of defaulting higher education students loans lies mainly with the introduction of national identity documents early next year, writes James Mwakisyala for East African Business Week.
US: Atheist students protest exclusion by Duquesne
Holding signs that said 'We don't bite' and 'Support reason', about 20 students from three universities gathered last week to protest Duquesne University's refusal to recognise a proposed secular student group, write Kaitlynn Riely and Ann Rodgers for the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.
CYPRUS: Private universities told to lower fees
The government of Cyprus has told private universities to return tuition fees to last year's levels or else risk severe sanctions, writes Elias Hazou for Cyprus Mail.
BRAZIL: Riot police clear protesting students
More than 300 Brazilian riot police forcibly cleared a university building that protesting students occupied for a week, arresting about 70 people last week. Police used battering rams to smash down doors in the dawn raid as a helicopter buzzed overhead. Officials said the students, mostly asleep when police arrived, did not resist arrest, reports Associated Press.
CANADA: Thousands of students march over fees
Tens of thousands of people packed Montreal's streets last Thursday to protest a tuition hike proposed by the government of Premier Jean Charest - an increase that march organisers said is tantamount to a declaration of war on students, reports CTV News.
UK: Thousands march in student protest over fees
The police were out in force as thousands of students marched through central London last week. Some 4,000 officers were on duty, as demonstrators marched peacefully in a protest against higher tuition fees and 'privatisation' in universities, reports the BBC.
KENYA: Public universities' strike starts to bite
Learning and examinations in public universities were disrupted as a strike called by three university staff unions started biting. As the strike kicked off, the government defended itself against accusations that it had ignored the matter for far too long, reports The Standard.
CHINA: Top scholars share open courses online
China now has its version of Harvard open courses. Twenty courses provided by 18 top Chinese universities went online last Wednesday, China's latest attempt to disseminate teaching resources within the nation and promote Chinese culture globally, writes Chen Jia for China Daily.
INDIA: Red tape tangles US universities' entry
The United States has cited Indian bureaucracy and uncertainty over the Foreign Education Providers Bill as two major bottlenecks for setting up campuses of its foreign universities in India, writes Chetan Chauhan for the Hindustan Times.