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US: Virginia Tech shooting tests emergency plans
In the chaotic minutes following a fatal shooting at Virginia Tech last Thursday, school officials were forced to test emergency procedures put in place following the 2007 campus rampage that resulted in 33 deaths, writes Mark Guarino for The Christian Science Monitor.
US: Penn State rethinks role of football programme
In his first extensive interview since taking office last month, Penn State President Rodney Erickson said last week that he seeks to transform the university's public face from a football factory to a "world-class research institution", write Kevin Johnson and Kelly Whiteside for USA Today.
IRELAND: Higher education at 'breaking point'
Student places in Irish universities and other third-level colleges will have to be capped or fees will urgently have to increase to address the major funding crisis in the sector, writes Daniel McConnell for the Sunday Independent.
US: Top official calls for urgency on college costs
As Occupy movement protests helped push spiralling college costs into the national spotlight, Education Secretary Arne Duncan urged higher education officials last week to "think more creatively - and with much greater urgency" about ways to contain costs and reduce student debt, writes Tamar Lewin for The New York Times.
UK: Industrial action halts some university classes
Teaching was called off at some universities during Britain's biggest industrial action for a generation, as support staff and academics mounted strikes over pension cuts, writes John Morgan for Times Higher Education.
ASIA: New deal reached on degree recognition
A student who completes a three-year undergraduate course in China or Australia will be recognised as a holder of a bachelors degree in Korea under a recently revised agreement on academic recognition in Asia-Pacific countries, writes Lee Woo-young for the Korea Herald.
US-CHINA: Academic freedom ends at classroom door
In the 25 years Johns Hopkins University and Nanjing University have run a joint campus in China, it has never published an academic journal. When American student Brendon Stewart (27) tried last year, he found out why, write Oliver Staley and Daniel Golden for Bloomberg.
INDONESIA: New audit for state universities
In an attempt to evaluate their effectiveness, Indonesia's education and culture ministry will implement an audit of programmes at state universities next year. Deputy Education Minister Musliar Kasim told The Jakarta Post recently that the audit would determine whether programmes at state universities were really needed and efficiently implemented.
UK: LSE criticised for links with Gaddafi regime
Britain's London School of Economics has been heavily criticised for a "chapter of failures" in its links with the former Muammar Gaddafi regime in Libya, reports Stuart Hughes for BBC News. A report by former Lord Chief Justice, Lord Woolf, says mistakes and errors of judgement damaged the LSE's reputation.
INDIA: Oxford denies 'censorship' in essay row
Oxford University Press last week said that its decision to discontinue publishing and selling AK Ramanujan's essay, "Three Hundred Ramayanas", was based on "commercial considerations". It denied acting under pressure from right-wing protesters who had claimed that the essay hurt Hindu sensitivities, writes Hasan Suroor for The Hindu.
US: Better data may mean better pass rates - report
American colleges may be able to improve their graduation rates by gaining a better understanding of the students they enroll, according to a report released last week, writes Kaustuv Basu for Inside Higher Ed.
US: More colleges offer four-year degree guarantees
More colleges in the US are offering four-year degree guarantees, where parents do not pay extra if their child's education spills over into additional semesters, writes Emily Glazer for The Wall Street Journal.
EGYPT: Science city to spawn national research network
Egypt is to establish a network of universities and research centres that will collaborate with the country's planned US$2 billion science city, which is scheduled to open its doors to students in September 2012, writes Mohamed El-Sayed for SciDev.Net.
SCOTLAND: Top universities slated for £36,000 fees
Scotland's Education Secretary Mike Russell has criticised the universities of Edinburgh and St Andrews for failing to show restraint after setting tuition fees at the highest level possible for UK students from outside Scotland, writes Chris Marshall for The Scotsman.
UK: University applications drop after fees hike
The number of British students applying to university has slumped by more than 15% amid a public backlash over a sharp hike in tuition fees, writes Graeme Paton for The Telegraph. Data from the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service also reveals a rapid decline in demand from European students who pay the same fees as their British peers.
UK: Top classicist quits in row over university cuts
One of Britain's most respected classicists, Professor Edith Hall, has resigned as head of a leading academic department in protest against impending budget cuts. Despite winning the support of well-known classics enthusiasts such as Boris Johnson, Stephen Fry and the literary theorist Terry Eagleton, Hall said she had been pushed to "tipping point" by management, write Vanessa Thorpe and Daniel Boffey for the Guardian.
US: Push for independent board at Oregon
The University of Oregon must push for its own governing board, said many angry professors and students rallying on campus in the wake of the firing of President Richard Lariviere, writes Bill Graves for The Oregonian.
US: Three knocked out of New York university bid
Three of the seven elite universities vying to build a 'genius school' in New York City have been knocked out of the highly competitive contest, Mayor Michael Bloomberg said last week. The city has promised to give free land and up to US$100 million in taxpayer funds to a university or a group of universities willing to build an engineering or technology campus within the five boroughs, writes Erin Einhorn for New York Daily News.
AUSTRALIA: University intake to follow demand
University entry cut-offs for 2012 will fall, experts say, making it easier for students who have just finished year 12 to enrol in popular degrees, writes Natalie Craig for The Age. Australian Tertiary Admission Ranks are expected to fall under a new system that allows universities to decide how many places they offer, based on student demand.
NEW ZEALAND: Deficit looms as insurance cost doubles
Canterbury University in New Zealand's insurance premiums have more than doubled since the February earthquake and it now expects to operate with a $15 million (US$15.3 million) deficit next year. The deficit has jumped from the $10.2 million forecast less than two months ago after additional advertising and property costs, and the rise in insurance premiums, writes Tina Law for The Press.
YEMEN: Questions remain for Sana'a University students
Students of Sana'a University are worried about resuming study at the headquarters of the institution, where protesters have been demanding an end to Ali Abdullah Saleh's regime, writes Malak Shaher for Yemen Times.
SOUTH AFRICA: First Oprah Winfrey class graduates
The first graduating pupils at Oprah Winfrey's school for South African girls have finished their exams, with all of them set for university studies, reports Associated Press. Results of their final exams will only be released in January, but all 72 pupils at the Oprah Winfrey Leadership Academy for Girls are set for further studies either in South Africa or abroad, Academy head, Anne van Zyl, said in a statement.
US: Pepper spray attack galvanises student crusade
It has become something of an annual tradition on California college campuses: the state makes large cuts in public universities, they in turn raise tuition, and students respond with angry protests, writes Jennifer Medina for the New York Times. But this year, the battle is sharpening. Indeed, the Occupy movement, on campuses at least, is transforming itself into a student-led crusade against increases in tuition.
UK: Students to begin wave of occupations
Students are planning a wave of campus occupations and protests in the run-up to nationwide strikes next week. Occupations called by the student group National Campaign Against Fees and Cuts (NCAFC) ahead of the trade union day of action on 30 November have already happened at Birmingham and Cambridge universities, writes Shiv Malik for the Guardian.
EU: European parliament backs Chilean students
The European parliament has thrown its support behind the demands of Chilean students for free higher education and condemned the excessive use of force by the country's security apparatus in a letter to President Sebastián Piñera and Education Minister Felipe Bulnes, writes Joe Hinchliffe for The Santiago Times.