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AUSTRALIA
Labour university cuts fail to impress voters
Redirecting money from universities into schools to pump up Julia Gillard's troubled Gonski school education reforms has not impressed voters any more than it has impressed state governments, with one in four saying they may shun the Australian Labor Party because of it, writes Mark Kenny for The Sydney Morning Herald.
UNITED STATES
The lessons of the megalomaniac university president
If you want a glimpse into what has gone wrong with higher education in America, look no further than the brilliant career of E Gordon Gee, who as of 1 July will be the ex-president of the Ohio State University (and of Brown and Vanderbilt, as well as the flagship public universities of Colorado and West Virginia), writes Paul Campos for TIME.
INDIA
New satellite campuses open ahead of elections
India’s central universities are opening satellite campuses in remote locations in a move ostensibly driven by the desire to provide quality education to people in those areas, writes Prashant K Nanda for Livemint.
INDIA
University investigated for fake PhDs
Police are investigating an Indian university suspected of issuing fake PhDs after it awarded more than 400 doctorates in a single year, reports New Straits Times.
JAMAICA
Move to register all tertiary institutions
Jamaica’s education administrators are hoping that parliament will this year pass legislation empowering them to ensure compulsory registration of all tertiary institutions and to close those performing below standard, in order to protect students, writes Nadine Wilson for the Jamaica Observer.
THAILAND
Universities join forces to bid for digital TV
A group of 33 Thai universities has jointly invested 200 million baht (US$6.5 million) to bid for free digital TV channels, reports the Bangkok Post. Somkid Lertpaitoon, president of the Association of University Presidents and rector of Thammasat University, said the group comprised 27 state universities and six private campuses.
UNITED KINGDOM
Universities told to do more for poor students
Les Ebdon, the access ombudsman for higher education in England, has told universities and colleges to step up their efforts to attract students from disadvantaged backgrounds, as official statistics show affluent applicants outnumbering those from deprived areas by three to one, writes Richard Adams for the Guardian.
WALES
Despite constraints, universities boost economy
Universities in Wales continue to “punch above their weight” in their contribution to the economy, new research has found. The 12th annual Higher Education-Business and Community Interaction survey shows how universities are defying financial constraints to develop their expertise and facilities, writes Gareth Evans for Wales Online.
AUSTRALIA
Universities to woo more international students
The University of Canberra says attracting more international students will help the city's higher education sector overcome federal funding cuts. The Australian Capital Territory government allocated A$2 million (US$2 million) in last Tuesday's budget to promote Canberra as a study destination, reports ABC News.
TAIWAN
Drop in graduate starting salaries alarms officials
Starting salaries for people in Taiwan with tertiary degrees have dropped in recent years, with pay for holders of masters degrees or above falling the most, according to a survey by the Council of Labor Affairs, writes Ann Yu for The China Post-Asia News Network.
CHINA
Hanban ties up with University of West Indies
Hanban, the Confucius Institute programme headquarters, has signed a cooperation agreement with a university in Trinidad and Tobago, writes Cheng Yingqi for China Daily. The University of the West Indies at St Augustine will provide office space, 10 multimedia classrooms and a small auditorium for the country's first Confucius Institute.
FRANCE
Government looks to science to boost economy
France's government hopes that science can help shore up the country's lacklustre economy. Last Tuesday, the national assembly approved a new law that aims to simplify the national landscape for research and higher education and make it more efficient, better able to address societal and economic challenges, and more competitive at the European level, writes Elisabeth Pain for Science.
UNITED KINGDOM
Cable criticises any gloating over immigration figures
UK Business Secretary Vince Cable has said any sense of “triumph” over new figures showing a decline in student immigration is “absurd”, as he issued a strong defence of international student movement, writes Chris Parr for Times Higher Education.
UNITED KINGDOM
Universities urged to crack down on Islamic extremists
Universities were under pressure last week to crack down on Islamic extremists who spout hatred on campuses, writes Ian Drury for the Daily Mail.
INDIA
Foreign students to sit university entrance exam
India plans to establish an entrance exam for foreign students seeking admission to institutions in the country, even as it lobbies international rating agencies to improve the rankings of its universities, writes Prashant K Nanda for Livemint.
UNITED STATES
Harvard professors call for greater oversight of MOOCs
Several dozen professors in Harvard University’s faculty of arts and sciences have signed a letter to their dean asking for formal oversight of massive open online courses offered by Harvard through edX, a MOOC provider co-founded by the university, writes Steve Kolowich for The Chronicle of Higher Education.
UNITED STATES
MOOCs experiment moves into public universities
The movement of massive open online courses, or MOOCs, which began with elite universities making their courses available online to the masses, is rapidly moving into the trenches of public higher education, reports Associated Press.
ITALY
World's oldest Torah found at Bologna University
It was virtually ignored for centuries, but what may be the world's oldest Torah, the holy book of the Jewish faith, has now been discovered at the world's oldest university, writes Nick Squires for The Telegraph.
BELGIUM
Student union calls for boycott of Israeli universities
The Federation of French-speaking Students in Belgium, or FEF – a body representing some 120,000 students in the country – has called for “a freezing of relations with Israeli universities”, writes Yossi Lempkowicz for the European Jewish Press.
IRELAND
Higher education reform plan under way
A substantial reform of Ireland’s higher education sector will see the creation of three technological universities, four regional clusters and the rationalisation of teacher training and art education, writes Dick Ahlstrom for The Irish Times.
CANADA
Universities in neighbourly bid to attract US students
From Alan Wildeman’s office window, the Ambassador Bridge to the United States is “about a driver and two 3-woods away” – a few hundred metres, in golf parlance. So it is a source of frustration to the University of Windsor president that of 2,000 international students his university hosted this year from all corners of the world, only 82 came from south of the border, writes James Bradshaw for The Globe and Mail.
UNITED STATES
Universities show uneven efforts in enrolling poor
Opponents of race-based affirmative action in US college admissions urge that colleges use a different tool to encourage diversity: giving a leg up to poor students. But many educators see real limits to how eager colleges are to enrol more poor students, no matter how qualified – and the reason is money – writes Richard Perez-Pena for The New York Times.
UNITED KINGDOM
Call for price cut if students go local
UK students who live at home while attending a local university should be offered cut-price degrees costing just £5,000 (US$7,500) a year, an influential commission into the future of higher education is to recommend, writes Richard Garner for The Independent.
INDIA
Academics endorse Delhi University's four-year degree
With just days left before Delhi University's admission process begins, over 80 academics last Sunday issued a statement in support of the new four-year undergraduate programme and said detractors were spreading false and misguided propaganda, reports The Press Trust of India.
INDIA
Japanese loan to boost higher education in Hyderabad
Japan will provide a US$174.8 million loan as development aid to the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) in Hyderabad – the biggest ever foreign aid to an IIT – which experts say will have a leapfrog effect on the standard of higher education in the state and boost infrastructure, reports TNN.