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CANADA
CANADA: Chinese student killing hits nerve
In September of last year, Liu Qian's parents bid their 23-year-old daughter farewell, and she set off on a 10,000-kilometre journey to attend university in Canada. This week, they made the same trip to retrieve her body, after she was killed in a horrific incident partly witnessed on a webcam by her long-time boyfriend, write Adrian Morrow and Josh Wingrove for the Globe and Mail.
SYRIA
SYRIA: Revolution on campus
Pro-government students have a launched brutal crackdown on protesting peers at Damascus University, amid nationwide unrest. Syria's socialist Baath party has also attempted to smother any form of dissent on campus through a web of informers keeping a watchful eye on the university's nearly 220,000 students, write Hugh Macleod and an unnamed reporter in Syria for Al Jazeera.
CHINA
CHINA: More than 1.2 million Chinese studying abroad
China has the largest number of overseas students in the world, with a record 1.27 million studying abroad at the end of 2010, according to the latest statistics from the Ministry of Education, the official China Daily reports. It added that Instead of staying abroad after finishing studies, more Chinese students choose to come back after graduation.
UGANDA
UGANDA: Scores of students injured in Makerere strike
More than 70 Makerere University students were injured and seven arrested in running battles with security forces after students held a protest against increases in tuition fees on 15 April, write Abdul Kiyaga, Anita Imalingat and Karen Mukama for The Monitor. Most of the injured students had breathing problems, probably caused by tear gas sprayed by police.
JORDAN
JORDAN: Intelligence monitoring of students
Jordan's government should end restrictions on free expression at universities where intelligence officers monitor students, according to Human Rights Watch. The watchdog organisation said the rights of students to free expression had been "violated by intelligence officers or by university administrations" several times since November 2010, Agence France Presse reported from Amman in an article carried by Zawya.
BAHRAIN
BAHRAIN: University sacks students, staff
The University of Bahrain has dismissed 200 students, academics and other employees for incidents connected to recent unrest. Dr Ebrahim Mohammed Janahi, the university's President, told the state news agency BNA that the damage caused by "regretful incidents" during unrest on 13 March amounted to US$928,000, Andy Sanbidge writes for the news magazine Arabian Business.
BAHRAIN
BAHRAIN: Regime accused of harassing students in UK
The British government has called on Bahrain to respect the rights of students after reports of harassment of students protesting against the regime, Matthew Taylor writes for the Guardian. Previously the newspaper wrote that Bahrain stood accused of putting intense pressure on families of students in Britain who were photographed attending a peaceful protest in Manchester in solidarity with the country's pro-democracy movement.
UNITED KINGDOM
UK: University visas suspended
Glascow Caledonian University in Scotland has become the first in the UK to have its overseas student visa licence suspended, after claims that a number of nursing students were found to be working "almost full-time", writes Kate Devlin for The Herald.
CUBA
CUBA: A door ajar for US students
Thousands of American college students have been effectively locked out of Cuba since 2004, when the Bush administration tightened restrictions on travel for academic, cultural and religious purposes writes, Eric Platt for The New York Times. Cuba was then the third most popular study-abroad destination in Latin America, after Mexico and Costa Rica.
UNITED STATES
US: Dwindling research funding could be 'positive'
The US federal budget approved by Congress in April has cut funding for the National Institutes of Health, which provides grants to university researchers, by about 1% or some US$260 million for the 2011 fiscal year. But some researchers say cutbacks could work in their favour by improving research quality, writes Matt Steyl in the Daily Tar Heel.
VIETNAM
VIETNAM: Decline in university applications
The number of applicants for university admission this year has fallen across Vietnam, with many of last year's unsuccessful candidates reportedly opting for vocational schools instead of another crack at university entrance exams, reports Viet Nam News.
LAOS
LAOS: China to open its first overseas campus
Soochow University, Laos, an overseas affiliate of Soochow University, Suzhou, in Jiangsu province of eastern China, is expected to officially open in 2012 and will be the first overseas university run by a higher education institution from mainland China, the official newspaper People's Daily reports.
SAUDI ARABIA
SAUDI ARABIA: More female students heading abroad
Around 17% of the estimated 80,000 Saudi students studying under the King Abdullah Foreign Scholarship Programme are women, according to the Ministry of Higher Education, which also estimated that the number of students would increase to 140,000 in the next five years, Fatima Sidiya reports for Arab News.
POLAND
POLAND: Universities respond to market demand
Polish universities are finally responding to market demand by offering courses that reflect the needs of the economy, according to a Dziennik Gazeta Prawna survey of universities, the Warsaw Business Journal reports.
MOZAMBIQUE
MOZAMBIQUE: Budget cuts threaten university quality
Mozambique's Education Minister Zeferino Martins has warned that cuts to the budgets of the country's two public universities, Eduardo Mondlane University and the Pedagogical University, will compromise the quality of education in both institutions, reports AllAfrica.com.
KOSOVO
KOSOVO: Higher education challenges
Kosovo has the lowest higher education attendance in the European Union, writes Muhamet Brajshori for the Southeast European Times. While there are 50 students per 1,000 inhabitants in the EU, Kosovo falls short with just 30 students per 1,000 inhabitants, according to the education ministry.
AUSTRALIA
AUSTRALIA: Steps to grow indigenous representation
Indigenous Australians have long been under-represented in their country's universities, but now some institutions are creating leadership posts to help increase the number of indigenous students and academics, writes Liz Gooch for The New York Times.
SOUTH AFRICA
SOUTH AFRICA: Student funding chief sacked
The CEO of South Africa's National Student Financial Aid Scheme, suspended after the scheme was given an audit report with a disclaimer, has been fired, writes Caiphus Kgosana for The Sunday Times.
SOUTH KOREA
SOUTH KOREA: KAIST criticised after student suicides
The president of South Korea's top science university is fighting to save his job after a string of student suicides sparked fierce criticism of his controversial reforms and a government audit accused him and other officials at the institution of financial and administrative violations, writes David McNeill for The Chronicle of Higher Education.
UNITED STATES
US: College loans weigh heavier on graduates
Student loan debt outpaced credit card debt for the first time last year and is likely to top a trillion dollars this year as more students go to college and a growing share borrow money to do so, writes Tamar Lewin for The New York Times.
UNITED STATES
US: California students protest against university cuts
Decrying what they called an assault on higher education, thousands of academics and students at California State University campuses across the state rallied, marched and held teach-ins on Wednesday to protest against steep funding cuts and rising tuition, write Carla Rivera and Larry Gordon for the Los Angeles Times.
INDIA
INDIA-US: Obama-Singh initiative to fly soon
India and the US will take steps to increase collaboration in higher education in the next few months under an initiative announced during Prime Minister Manmohan Singh's visit to the US in November 2009, writes Prashant K Nanda for LiveMint.com.
INDIA
INDIA: Reprieve for 44 deemed universities
India's supreme court on Monday gave a reprieve to the 44 'deemed universities' facing de-recognition on the basis of deficiencies pointed out by the Tandon Committee, writes J Venkatesan for The Hindu. The court extended the status quo order: in other words, it restrained the government from taking further action on the basis of the report.
PAKISTAN
PAKISTAN: Petition filed against plan to dissolve HEC
A petition has been filed in the supreme court against the government's plan to dissolve the Higher Education Commission, or HEC, which is widely credited with playing a key role in promoting higher learning in Pakistan, writes Mohsin Ali for Gulf News.
ISRAEL
ISRAEL: Colleges approved for state research funding
An unprecedented agreement signed between Israel's finance ministry and representatives from local colleges will, for the first time, allow college staff to receive government funding for research, writes Tomer Velmer for YNetNews. Until now, this has been reserved for universities alone.