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UNITED KINGDOM
Tuition fees hike ‘puts 15,000 off university’
Some 15,000 teenagers who were expected to apply to higher education courses this summer are “missing” from official statistics, it was claimed. The Independent Commission on Fees – set up to track the effects of the new funding regime – warned that students were most likely to be put off in England, where fees are higher than elsewhere in the UK, writes Graeme Paton for The Telegraph.
ISRAEL
Barak delaying Ariel's transition to university
Three weeks after the Council for Higher Education in Judea and Samaria decided to grant Ariel University Center full university status, Israel’s Defence Minister Ehud Barak is blocking any progress towards making the decision a reality, writes Lahav Harkov for The Jerusalem Post.
UNITED KINGDOM
Universities accused of social engineering
UK universities have been accused of social engineering after drawing up admissions schemes that favour applicants from poorer backgrounds. Four institutions – Edinburgh, Leeds, Bristol and Birmingham – have devised systems that boost the grades of applicants from low-income homes, writes Daniel Martin for Daily Mail.
PAKISTAN
Lack of funds places universities on verge of bankruptcy
The chair of Pakistan’s Higher Education Commission, Dr Javaid Laghari, warned last week that universities are about to go bankrupt due to shortages of funds, reports the Pakistan Observer.
PAKISTAN
Regulators in spat over non-medical PhD teachers
The issue of whether non-medical PhD degree holders should be hired for teaching basic medical sciences subjects at public medical institutions in Pakistan has become a tug-of-war between the country’s two top regulatory bodies, writes Asif Choudary for Dawn.
NORTH KOREA
University teaches market economics
A Korea-born American who heads Pyongyang's only private university is trying to teach students in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea about market economies, writes Park Ju-Min for China Daily.
EAST AFRICA
Poor government support hurting higher education
The declining quality of education in East Africa should not solely be blamed on universities, a seasoned academic has cautioned, writes Zephania Ubwani for The Citizen.
UNITED STATES
For-profits receive scathing indictment in senate report
After a two-year investigation of the for-profit higher education industry, US Senator Tom Harkin last Monday unveiled an exhaustive report on the colleges' business practices, highlighting institutions that charge excessively high tuition fees and short-change academic investments in order to maximise revenues, writes Chris Kirkham for the Huffington Post.
UKRAINE
New law to increase autonomy of universities
Ukrainian higher education is on the verge of major changes, with the long-awaited adoption of a new law on higher education scheduled for the end of this year, writes Eugene Gerden for the Royal Society of Chemistry.
BULGARIA
Minister defends diplomas, accuses Turks of forgery
After Turkey suspended its recognition of Bulgaria’s university diplomas, Bulgarian Education Minister Sergey Ignatov reacted last Monday by announcing that the problematic diplomas were forged by Turkish citizens, reports Sofia News Agency.
EUROPE
Eurozone crisis forces students to Britain – Report
Rising numbers of students from crisis-hit European countries are flocking to British universities to flee economic chaos at home, with figures suggesting that demand for courses abroad has soared by more than 150% among students from Greece, Italy, Spain and Portugal, writes Graeme Paton for The Telegraph.
UNITED KINGDOM
Brazil’s brightest turn to US after failing language test
More than 100 students who had planned to go to UK universities under Brazil's Science Without Borders scheme have gone to the US after failing to meet language requirements set by the UK Border Agency, writes Elizabeth Gibney for Times Higher Education.
CANADA
Report urges cuts to foreign student tuition
Canada's institutions must stop charging foreign students higher tuition fees than Canadians pay, a government report said recently, in a bid to attract more of the foreigners who have boosted the economy, writes Muhammad Iqbal for Business Recorder.
CANADA
New student visa rules ‘to curb fraud and human smuggling’
Canada’s federal government wants to strengthen rules surrounding student visas to crack down on fraud and human smuggling – even though it is not clear just how big a problem this is, writes Tobi Cohen for Postmedia News.
CANADA
New safety plan to protect Chinese students
Vancouver police and the Chinese consulate in Vancouver have launched a new safety initiative aimed at Chinese international students, writes Cheryl Chan for The Province. The initiative includes a Mandarin-language video outlining police and consular resources posted to their websites.
CANADA
Student unions aim to unseat Liberals
Probably no one – except perhaps party leaders themselves – has a bigger stake in the outcome of the upcoming provincial election than Quebec's students, who have been battling the Liberal government for six months, writes Karen Seidman for The Montreal Gazette.
UNITED STATES
California to launch college for ‘illegal’ immigrants
Last year, Georgia lawmakers mulled over a bill that would have barred undocumented immigrants from attending college. A group of college professors then banded together to offer those students an education. Now a similar effort to Freedom University, as it was called, is going national, reports Associated Press.
UNITED STATES
California university CEO indicted for visa fraud
Striking a blow against a Silicon Valley institution that attracted foreigners with student visas, US federal agents last week raided Herguan University and charged its CEO with visa fraud, write Lisa M Krieger and Molly Vorwerck for San Jose Mercury News.
UNITED KINGDOM
Points-based university access system 'set to be axed'
The points-based system used by students applying to higher education is now likely to be scrapped after the move gained widespread support from universities and schools, writes Alison Kershaw for The Independent.
NIGERIA
Corrupt practices commission targets universities
The acting chairman of the Independent Corrupt Practices Commission, Ekpo Nta, has said it is set to purge Nigeria’s university system of the menace of corruption with the collaboration of the National Universities Commission, writes Favour Nnabugwu for Vanguard.
SOUTH AFRICA
FET colleges receive skills fund boost
The billions of rand allocated to South Africa’s sector education and training authorities must be diverted from private training providers to further education and training colleges, says Higher Education and Training Minister Blade Nzimande, writes Karl Gernetzky for Business Day.
UNITED STATES
Leaner, meaner state universities
Public university employees in America can expect two things from their universities over the next few years: new programmes with an emphasis on increasing tuition fee revenues, and a whole host of ‘operational efficiency’ initiatives designed to get more bang for each buck, writes Kevin Kiley for Inside Higher Ed.
PERU
Holy See denies top university ‘Catholic’ title
The Holy See’s denial of a top Peruvian university’s right to call itself ‘pontifical’ and ‘Catholic’ is the latest battle – but unlikely the last – in a long conflict over what it means to be a Catholic university, writes Alejandro Bermudez for the National Catholic Register.
UNITED STATES
New Columbia institute to advance NYC tech industry
Columbia University will start an Institute for Data Sciences and Engineering in New York City. The institute, which will be housed at Columbia’s existing campuses in Morningside Heights and Washington Heights, is expected to employ 75 new faculty members over the next 15 years, writes Henry Goldman for Bloomberg.
CHINA
University sacks fake professor
A professor has been fired by his university and disqualified from China's Recruitment Programme of Global Experts for copying his resumé and academic articles from three other academics with the same name, writes Xu Chi for Shanghai Daily.