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AUSTRALIA
State blasted for breaking 'university city' promise
The state government of South Australia has "walked away" from its vision of making Adelaide a renowned university city and there is no clear strategy for rescuing the policy, according to the visiting head of University College London, reports AdelaideNow.
SWEDEN
Education levels slip in global ranking
Sweden is set to slide down the scale in a new global comparison of education achievement, said a report published by the Swedish National Agency for Higher Education last week, reports The Local.
CHILE
Calls for improvements to the governance of research
As Chilean scientists rally against changes in national science policy, it is time for global efforts to improve the governance of research, argues Pablo Astudillo in the Guardian. The politicisation of science is proving increasingly harmful to the advance of science.
PHILIPPINES
Institutions use courts to save ‘sub-standard’ programmes
The Commission on Higher Education has decried the “enrolment by injunction” tactic of institutions that were ordered last year to close down programmes that did not meet government quality standards, writes Dona Z Pazzibugan for Philippine Daily Inquirer.
EUROPE
Jewish students struggle with ‘toxic’ environment
Anti-Israel incidents at Scottish universities have contributed to Jewish students quitting their courses in despair. Attacks have created a “toxic atmosphere” in which Jewish students no longer feel comfortable, a delegation of community representatives told senior Edinburgh University officials, writes Marcus Dysch for The Jewish Chronicle.
UNITED KINGDOM
No-exam courses fuel rise in first-class degrees
An analysis of data published by universities has revealed for the first time the extent to which coursework has replaced traditional exams throughout higher education in Britain, writes Julie Henry for The Telegraph.
UNITED STATES
Universities offer less value for money to students
On average, college graduates still earn far more and receive better benefits than those who do not have a degree. Nonetheless, there is growing anxiety in the US about higher education, reports The Economist.
IRELAND
Building strategic links in education Bric by Bric
Irish educational institutions are signing an increasing number of memoranda of understanding with the Bric countries, to allow for increased student exchange and, more importantly, increased international research collaboration, writes John Holden for The Irish Times.
UNITED KINGDOM
Poor pupils are ‘set up to fail’, university warns
In an unprecedented intervention, St Andrews University said it was “utterly dishonest” to dumb down admissions requirements to create a more socially balanced student body, write Simon Johnson and Graeme Paton for The Telegraph.
ASIA
Leadership university rises for Asian women
Veterans of the Asian University for Women in Bangladesh have laid the foundations for another Asian women’s university, to focus on leadership, which is expected to open in Malaysia in 2015, writes Kelly Wetherille for The New York Times.
AUSTRALIA
China now top university partner
China has overtaken the United States as Australia's biggest "knowledge partner" for the first time, reports AAP.
CANADA
Montreal university launches ambitious fundraising drive
The Université de Montréal is spearheading the most ambitious fundraising campaign ever attempted among francophone universities worldwide – a goal of $500 million to support teaching, research and infrastructure, writes Karen Seidman for The Montreal Gazette.
UNITED STATES
Chinese flock to elite US schools
While Chinese students traditionally went abroad when they failed to secure a place at a top-tier local university, the best students are now forgoing elite Chinese universities to study in the United States, writes Alexis Lai for CNN.
UNITED KINGDOM
Drop in early student application numbers
The number of students in England applying to university has slumped by almost 10%, reports the Press Association. The latest UCAS statistics reveal that almost 12,000 fewer people living in England have applied to start degree courses in autumn 2013.
UGANDA
Government backs private universities on research
The Ugandan government is to come up with new policies that will support private universities in research and development, writes Joyce Namutebi for New Vision.
UNITED KINGDOM
Ten new universities announced
Ten smaller higher education colleges in England, including three specialist arts institutions and the venerable Royal Agricultural College, are to become full universities, the government has announced, in the biggest shakeup to the sector in 20 years, writes Peter Walker for the Guardian.
UNITED KINGDOM
India's Amity University to open London campus
A private Indian university plans to open a campus for 15,000 foreign students in London, it was announced last week as Boris Johnson continued his whirlwind tour of the country to promote links with the United Kingdom, writes Theo Usherwood for The Independent.
CHILE
OECD calls for tighter university accreditation process
The OECD recommends that Chile tighten its accreditation process, an area of particular scrutiny lately, in order to improve its higher education system, writes Emily Green for The Santiago Times.
UNITED KINGDOM
Britain's first profit-making university opened
In a groundbreaking move, it was revealed that the College of Law – Britain’s largest provider of legal education and training – had been granted full university status, writes Graeme Paton for The Telegraph. It is the first private university to be established since Buckingham – officially a charity – was awarded the full title almost 30 years ago.
UNITED STATES
Accreditors urged to help protect academic freedom
The Council for Higher Education Accreditation has joined the American Association of University Professors in urging accreditors to take steps to ensure that the protection of academic freedom is a central concern in their evaluation of higher education institutions, writes Peter Schmidt for The Chronicle of Higher Education.
UNITED STATES
MOOCs revolutionise both teaching and access
Sociology is almost second nature to Mitchell Duneier, a professor at Princeton: he has taught it 30 times, and a textbook he co-wrote is in its eighth edition. But last summer, as he transformed the class into a free online course, he had to grapple with some brand new questions, writes Tamar Lewin for The New York Times.
UNITED STATES
Gates to fund online courses in community colleges
Online courses provided by some of the top universities in the United States are going to be used by students at local community colleges, in a project funded by the Gates Foundation, writes Sean Coughlan for the BBC.
GLOBAL
Universities launch partnership to help Burma
Nine top US universities and colleges have formed an academic partnership to help Burma rebuild its higher education capacity, it was announced last week in the wake of a historic visit to the country by US President Barack Obama, writes Lalit K Jha for The Irrawaddy.
TAIWAN
University merger plan sets goal for academia
Six universities in Taiwan will merge into three due to the nation's declining birth rate, the Ministry of Education said last week, writes Linger Liu for The China Post.
IRAN
Cyberspaces free from the constraints of theocracy
The continuing expansion of online higher education could help Iran to one day emerge from the shadows of theocracy and transform more seamlessly into a liberal democratic society, a conference has heard, writes Matthew Reisz for Times Higher Education.