To get a sense of the job market new college graduates face, consider the latest crop of nurses from Santa Rosa Junior College. Just eight of 55 students are leaving with job offers - and that's considered good news - writes Eric Gorski for Associated Press. Last year no graduates of the community college's associate degree nursing programme had a job in hand.
A hundred years after the release of the Flexner Report, which set many of the standards that still guide North American medical education, a report published last week aims to stimulate reforms to reshape medical schools and residency programmes for the next century, writes Jennifer Epstein for Inside Higher Ed.
College faculty aren't any more burned out than the rest of the US workforce on average, but the struggles of the untenured on the tenure track are the most pronounced, according to a survey presented at an American Association of University Professors conference in Washington last Wednesday, writes Jack Stripling for Inside Higher Ed.
Under attack for allegedly violating academic freedom, Christian universities in Canada are fighting back in a decidedly academic way, writes Carson Jerema for Macleans. They are planning to hold a conference.
Some scholars date the beginnings of globalisation from the first move of people out of Africa, writes Simon Marginson for The Chronicle of Higher Education. Some date it from the spread of world religions - Buddhism, Christianity, Islam and Judaism. Others date it from the imperial European empires, the Napoleonic wars or the expanded trade and migration in the second half of the Victorian era. But one thing is certain: in the last two decades, the internet and cheaper air travel have created such closer integration and convergence that, for the first time, a single world society is within reach - and higher education, ranging beyond the nation-state, is a central driver.
The Expo Hall at the 62nd annual NAFSA: Association of International Educators conference evokes Disney's Epcot Center, writes Elizabeth Redden for Inside Higher Ed. Foreign countries have staked out territory here in Kansas City, in America's heartland, to promote themselves as destinations for international students. The international student market is booming.
Ross Forman is one of American higher education's best and brightest. He may also be a canary in its coal mine, writes Lee Lawrence for The Christian Science Monitor. Three years ago, he was looking for a lecturing job. He had stellar credentials from Harvard and Stanford, he'd published in academic journals, co-edited an anthology and organised conferences. He sent out applications mainly in the US, but it was two sent farther afield that yielded results: "I got both jobs in Asia: one in Hong Kong and one in Singapore.
When Dubai's economy stumbled in December 2009, it heralded a tough time not only for businesses, but the business of higher education too, reports Arabic Knowledge@Wharton. The most public example of the difficulties operating in the sector was the experience of George Mason University, a American higher education pioneer in the United Arab Emirates.
University presidents in Ireland are being told to brace themselves for unprecedented cuts which could force them to cut staff and cancel courses, writes Sean Flynn for The Irish Times. In a confidential letter to the seven presidents, the chief executive of the Higher Education Authority, Tom Boland, said he was alerting all colleges to take "whatever action is needed" to prepare for the next academic year.
UK lecturers have warned they may strike over at least 14,000 job losses at universities across the country, write Rachel Williams and Jessica Shepherd for The Guardian. Sally Hunt, general secretary of the University and College Union, said if discussions about redundancies broke down between academics and their employers, there could be a national strike. She did not predict when this could be.
Indian students waited eagerly last week for the results of entrance exams to the most sought-after engineering schools, among them the famed Indian Institutes of Technology. More than 450,000 students competed for some 9,500 seats in what is perhaps the most competitive exam in the world, writes Barun S Mitra, director of the independent think tank the Liberty Institute, for The Wall Street Journal.
The Indian government has approved new regulations for university and college teachers under which promotion of faculty is linked to their research output, reports ZeeNews. The Human Resource Development Ministry has approved the University Grants Commission Regulations for Minimum Qualification for Appointment of Teachers and Academic Staff in Universities and Colleges.
With a ceremonial prayer to Mother Earth and a joyous stomp dance for good measure, Canada's aboriginal leaders on Tuesday hailed a new accord on indigenous education, writes Peggy Curran for the Montreal Gazette. The pact, developed by deans of education across the country, was signed by aboriginal leaders during a ceremony at the Congress of Humanities and Social Sciences, held at Montreal's Concordia University.
The government has thrown the struggling First Nations University of Canada a $4 million (US$3.8 million) financial lifeline that students hope will keep their beloved institution afloat, writes Jennifer Graham for The Canadian Press.
The Slovak government has set itself the goal of investing 1.8% of gross domestic product in research and development by 2015. This target, smaller than the 3% by 2020 target for the EU as a whole, is still to be negotiated, reports EurActiv Slovakia.
As hot higher education ideas go, the three-year bachelor's degree continues to get a lot of attention and praise, writes Scott Jaschik for Inside Higher Ed. Most recently, an op-ed in The New York Times made the case for three years of undergraduate study.
Alex Tettey-Enyo, Ghana's Minister of Education, has said the government will encourage the establishment of more accredited private tertiary institutions to increase student enrolment in the West African country, reports GhanaWeb.
After a massive budget cut, Pakistan's Higher Education Commission is looking for alternative income sources to run its projects, reports The News.
China's propaganda chief has said the teaching of communist ideology at universities is lacking, ahead of the anniversary of the 1989 crushing of the Tiananmen democracy protests, state media said on Monday, reports AFP.
University students are facing disruption to exams and graduations this summer as lecturers refuse to mark papers in protest against funding cuts, redundancies and pay freezes, writes Julie Henry for The Telegraph. Staff at one university have already agreed a complete ban on the marking of essays and exams. Tutors at others across the country are considering similar moves.
Education Minister Leighton Andrews has launched a stinging attack on Welsh universities, which he claims have a "very limited" impact on the nation's economy and reputation, writes Gareth Evans for the Western Mail.
After Vietnam's Ministry of Education and Training suspended sub-standard doctoral programmes at 35 universities and institutes, many of them are worrying about challenges they must overcome before a 2012 deadline set by the ministry, reports Saigon Giai Phong.
When the Canadian government created a $200 million pot to attract up to 20 of the world's best researchers in four target areas, university administrators had no trouble finding 36 stars that they wanted to hire. Diversity was another matter, however, writes Kelli Whitlock Burton for Science Insider.
Some 800 Hebrew University students and nearly a dozen professors marched from the Mount Scopus campus to Sheikh Jarrah last Wednesday to protest the evictions of Arab families and what they called the neighborhood's 'Jewish settlement', writes Abe Selig for The Jerusalem Post. While protests in the north-east Jerusalem quarter have ballooned over recent months, and Friday afternoon demonstrations there continue to draw large crowds, Wednesday's march was the first 'academic protest' in Sheikh Jarrah.
All higher education institutions in India and authentic information about them will soon become available on an official single web portal, writes K Sandeep Kumar for Hindustan Times. The proposed site - which will carry information on institutions' courses, infrastructure and resources and links to their websites - will act as a single window for all students, Indian and foreign, interested in studying in institutions that are recognised by competent authorities and bodies.