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Durban students arrested for illegal protest
Four protesting students were arrested last Monday following clashes with police and security guards at the University of KwaZulu-Natal’s Durban campus, as anger over accommodation again brought the institution to a standstill, writes Kevin Lancaster for The Mercury.
Florida suicide student had planned attack – Police
A former student of the University of Central Florida shot and killed himself early last Monday in a dormitory apartment where police found guns, four bombs and writings suggesting he had been planning a campus attack, authorities said, reports Reuters.
Universities become ideological battlegrounds
Several high-profile violent incidents at Tunisian universities have highlighted concerns about security at higher education institutions, writes Roua Khlifi for Tunisialive.
Universities face copyright action
All eight of New Zealand's universities are being taken to the New Zealand Copyright Tribunal for refusing to agree to an increased annual licence fee that allows lecturers to copy authors' work for students, writes John Lewis for The New Zealand Herald.
University students protest against education cuts
Students at public universities in Spain have held a day of strikes and demonstrations to protest against cuts made to education by the conservative government of Mariano Rajoy, reports Prensa Latina.
Partisan activities banned in universities
Egypt’s Supreme Council of Universities announced last Sunday that it had decided to ban partisan activities on campuses, writes Fady Salah for Daily News.
Politics and cautions in California
California lawmakers detailed a plan last Wednesday to require the state’s 145 public colleges and universities to grant credit for low-cost online courses offered by outside groups, including classes offered by for-profit companies, writes Ry Rivard for Inside Higher Ed.
EdX releases open source code for online learning
EdX has made publicly available source code that it built specifically to support online interactive learning, writes Sharleen Nelson for Campus Technology. The non-profit online learning platform founded by Harvard and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology has released XBlock SDK, the underlying architecture supporting EdX course content.
High-speed data network boosts tertiary education
A new high-capacity fibre optics research and education network will connect colleges and universities in 21 countries in the Caribbean, writes Avia Collinder for The Gleaner.
Israel Arab education plan to boost growth
Israeli Arabs have lagged behind the Jewish majority economically and have accused the government and Jewish employers of discrimination. The state has pledged to narrow the gap and sees promoting higher education among Arabs as key, write Alisa Odenheimer and Gwen Ackerman for Bloomberg.
Students keep an eye on corporate university sponsors
Struggling with tightening purse strings and shrinking research budgets, Germany's universities are fighting back with funding from big business. A new online portal aims to publicise any dubious sponsorship deals, writes Richard Fuchs for Deutsche Welle.
Students not told which universities are struggling
Students choosing a university can now look up how many hours of teaching they can expect, their likelihood of getting a job and what other students thought of their course. But this year, one crucial piece of information is missing. If your chosen institution is in trouble, with plummeting applications for the second year in a row, you may well be in the dark about it, writes Anna Fazackerley for the Guardian.
Harvard apologises after secret email search
A cheating scandal at Harvard College just got bigger, and this time the focus is flipped: administrators, not students, are under fire, reports Dana Ford for CNN. The university has apologised for the way it handled a secret search of the email accounts of resident deans.
Utah moves ahead with South Korea campus
University of Utah trustees signed off on a plan last week to open the institution's first international branch campus, in a project subsidised by the South Korean government, writes Lindsay Whitehurst for The Salt Lake Tribune.
Edinburgh University opens São Paulo office
There aren’t many similarities between Scotland’s capital and Brazil’s largest city. But Edinburgh University is adding to its “longstanding links” with Latin America by opening a liaison office in São Paulo, reports Edinburgh Evening News.
State minister firm over teaching benchmark
New South Wales Education Minister Adrian Piccoli has refused to back off on plans to set benchmarks for new teachers based on higher school certificate results, despite universities saying they may not implement the plan, write Josephine Tovey and Amy McNeilage for the Sydney Morning Herald.
Students work too much – At jobs, not study
The real reason why US college students are so tired is because they put work before just about everything, including their studies, writes Richard Morris for the Guardian. They take 15 or 18 credit hours per week and hold a campus job and maybe an internship on top of that.
Student spending drops to 25-year low
The amount being spent per student by American public colleges and universities has fallen to its lowest level in at least 25 years, a result of state budget cuts that a new report warns are rapidly eroding the nation’s educational edge over its international competitors, writes Jon Marcus for the The Hechinger Report.
China students barred in visa clampdown
International students returning from China after holidays are being denied entry to New Zealand and are having their visas cancelled because they have not made good progress on courses, writes Lincoln Tan for The New Zealand Herald. Border control officers at Auckland Airport denied entry to 14 out of 32 students interviewed and cancelled their visas.
Change from within higher education
If higher education has a group of quintessential insiders, it’s probably the American Council on Education. Yet from a perch atop the higher education lobby’s headquarters here, the membership association of 1,800 college presidents is backing high-profile ‘disruptions’ to the industry it represents, writes Paul Fain for Inside Higher Ed.
Online courses gain popularity at universities
The trend of learning through open online courses has made its way to China, as more of the country's top universities unveil public courses. The first cross-university open class for college students in Shanghai kicked off last Tuesday night, reports Global Times.
Brotherhood students defeated in university elections
Muslim Brotherhood students have received a fresh blow after losing to independent candidates in student union elections at Ain Shams University, writes Al-Masry Al-Youm for Egypt Independent. The preliminary results of the student elections in most of the nation's state universities showed major but unexplained defeats for the Muslim Brotherhood.
Universities urged to aid cash-strapped Syrian students
The UK government has said vice-chancellors should aid students from war-torn Syria by allowing them to defer fee payments and providing them with access to hardship funds, counselling and advice sessions, writes Graeme Paton for The Telegraph.
Women enrolment drives demand for higher education
The Ministry of Higher Education in Saudi Arabia claims that there has been a sharp growth in university enrolment largely because of an increase in the income levels of Saudi families and greater interest among women in pursuing tertiary education, writes Muhammad Waqas for the Arabian Gazette.
Universities reminded of obligation to teach in Arabic
Teaching in Arabic should be compulsory in state universities in the United Arab Emirates, Federal National Council members and linguistic and education experts have urged, writes Wafa Issa for The National.