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INDIA: Fee increase proposed for central universities
The era of exceptionally low fees at central universities in India could soon be over, if the government accepts the alternative funding system suggested by the Human Resource Development Ministry-appointed Madhava Menon Committee, writes Urmi A Goswami for The Economic Times.
CHINA: Ministry issues list excluding new college
While many of China's universities are advertising to attract attention from college candidates ahead of the annual college entrance examination in June, one university is noticeably absent from a list of colleges approved to recruit students, reports English.Eastday.com.
SAUDI ARABIA: University education gets 25-year plan
Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah has approved a 25-year plan for the development of university education in Saudi Arabia, Higher Education Minister Khaled Al-Anqari announced last week. He said the plan, which has taken into consideration Shariah teachings, the country's future vision and national development plans, was prepared in line with global best practices in higher education, reports PK Abdul Ghafour for Arab News.
IRAN: Curricula aligned with 'Islamic principles'
Iran's Ministry of Science says the course content of 36 university programmes has been altered for the academic year that starts this autumn, reports Radio Zamaneh. The ministry says it has a committee in charge of reviewing university curricula, according to a report by the Islamic Republic News Agency, and its work will continue beyond the 36 fields affected in this round.
BULGARIA: Students flock to foreign universities
Some 80,000 Bulgarian students currently study abroad, primarily in the European Union, according to data presented at an education forum in Sofia last Monday, reports Novinite.
US: Canada's rejection of Ignatieff shocks Harvard
Boston's chattering classes are struggling with the stunning political defeat of one of Harvard's most popular academics at the hands of Canadian voters, painting Michael Ignatieff's historic loss as Liberal leader as a new low in Canadian politics, writes Tamsin McMahon for the National Post.
CANADA: University graduates turn to colleges
As the bachelor degree loses its lustre, the college system in Canada has been prepping for its close-up. One of its biggest boosters: university graduates who are treating colleges and polytechnics as de facto finishing schools, writes Tralee Pearce for the Globe and Mail.
UGANDA: Universities raise admission points
Makerere University and the other four public universities have raised the admission points for government-sponsored students for the coming academic year, write Francis Kagolo and Cecilia Okoth for New Vision.
GERMANY: Plagiarism report slams Guttenberg
The chances of former defence minister Karl-Theodor zu Guttenberg returning quickly to German politics seemed effectively buried last Wednesday after his alma mater said his thesis was full of other people's work that he had deliberately copied, reports The Local.
MALAYSIA: Industry hails education deal with China
Veteran industry players have applauded the signing of an agreement between the Malaysian government and China to facilitate mutual recognition of higher education qualifications, which is expected to accelerate industrial growth, writes Lee Kian Seong for The Star.
US: Prestigious universities group ousts Nebraska
For the first time in its 111-year history, an organisation made up of the nation's leading research universities has voted to oust one of its members, the University of Nebraska at Lincoln. The ouster by the prestigious and prominent group, the Association of American Universities, was particularly painful to Nebraska since the university was one of its earliest members, admitted in 1909, writes Tamar Lewin for The New York Times.
CANADA: Wikileaks alleges anti-US university bias
A US Embassy official studying at the University of Ottawa apparently experienced first-hand what American officials describe as the 'anti-American biases' of Canada's universities and academics, writes Keith Bonnell for Postmedia News.
US: Head of shuttered Tri-Valley University arrested
The president of Tri-Valley University, which has been called a 'sham' by federal prosecutors, was arrested last week after being indicted on 33 counts for what authorities call a student visa fraud scheme, writes Sophia Kazmi for Contra Costa Times.
UK: St Andrews dismisses Syria centre criticism
St Andrews University has dismissed claims that it received funding negotiated through people connected to the current Syrian regime, reports BBC News. The Fife university launched a review into its Centre for Syrian Studies following the uprising in Syria.
US-AFRICA: Gbabgo offered position at Boston
Dressed in a sagging white tank top and wearing a forlorn gaze, Cote d'Ivoire's deposed leader Laurent Gbagbo was dragged from his bunker after four months of refusing to step down from the presidency. But he had been offered another, less painful, end to his 11-year rule by US President Barack Obama - a teaching position at Boston University, writes Elizabeth Haggarty for the Toronto Star.
MALAYSIA: Freeze placed on new medical courses
Malaysia's Education Minister Datuk Seri Mohamed Khaled Nordin said last week that a temporary freeze had been imposed on higher education institutions from offering new medical courses, effective from this month. The freeze would be for five years, reports the official agency Bernama.
US: Discord in Harvard's education school
The recent denial of tenure to a prominent Harvard scholar whose work focuses on grassroots organising has sparked student protests over the direction of one of the nation's most influential education schools, writes Tracy Jan for the Boston Globe.
US: School blocks Kushner honour over Israel
For the second time in just six months, the City University of New York has become embroiled in scandal over the politics of the Israel-Palestine conflict. This week, the CUNY board of trustees blocked an attempt by one of its member colleges to award an honorary degree to the celebrated playwright Tony Kushner, who is also a prominent Jewish critic of Israel's treatment of Palestinians, writes Justin Elliot for Salon.com.
UK: Applicants in the dark over at-risk universities
Students are being left in the dark over seven at-risk universities that face closure. Those applying for courses have no way of knowing if their chosen destinations are on the Higher Education Funding Council for England's secret list of imperilled institutions, writes Kate Loveys for The Mail.
WALES: Calls for universities to unite on plagiarism
There have been calls for Welsh universities to be more consistent in dealing with students who plagiarise, writes Polly March for BBC News, as new figures show that between 2008 and 2011, 927 students from six Welsh universities copied work.
AUSTRALIA: Record numbers of students enroll
A record number of students have enrolled in Australian universities this year, 50,000 more than in 2009. Minister for Tertiary Education Chris Evans said that in 2011, more than 480,000 undergraduate places were being funded, an increase of 10% since 2009, reports PS News.
SINGAPORE: Four universities get private funding boost
Singapore's four public universities have each received at least S$1 million (US$810,000) in aid from Prima Limited, the republic's first flour miller. Nanyang Technological University, the National University of Singapore and Singapore Management University were each handed a cheque for S$1 million on the occasion of the Prima group's 50th anniversary, writes Lois Calderon for Channel News Asia.
INDIA: Business schools face faculty crisis
While academics of Indian origin such as Harvard Business School Dean Nitin Nohria, and Chicago Booth dean Sunil Kumar are scaling the professional ladder in the West, business schools within India are struggling to find the same calibre of talent to fill faculty positions, reports Cool Avenues.com.
US: Stanford creates stem cell PhD programme
Stanford University's faculty senate has approved the creation of what officials believe is the first stem cell science PhD programme in the nation and, perhaps, the world. The new doctoral programme in stem cell biology and regenerative medicine is also the first interdisciplinary doctoral programme created by the school of medicine in recent years, reports News Medical.
UK: Campus extremism 'a serious problem'
There are "grave concerns" that students are being radicalised in British universities, according to a report by the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Homeland Security, writes Angela Harrison for the BBC. While the group says the problem should be tackled "with utmost urgency", universities say there is no evidence to support the claims.