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UK: Tough times ahead for 100,000 students
More than 100,000 students will face a double disappointment when they fail to find a place at university this summer and are hit with the prospect of trebled tuition fees when they try again in 12 months' time, writes Daniel Boffey for the Guardian.
UK: Open University sets £5,000 tuition fees
The Open University has announced tuition fees of £5,000 (US$8,801) per year for the equivalent of a full-time place for students in England from next year, writes Sean Coughlan for the BBC. This will mean that the Open University, which provides degree courses by distance learning, will have among the lowest fees in England.
SCOTLAND: English fees to price out Scots
Scots could be priced out of leading English universities including Oxford and Cambridge by the rise in fees south of the border and confusion over what financial support is on offer, writes Eddie Barnes for Scotland on Sunday.
US: Student visa quest ends in tragedy
With his new student visa, Prasanth Goinaka was on a path toward his dream: an MBA from an American university in the heart of Silicon Valley, writes Lisa M Krieger for Mercury News. That's why his parents back in India were stunned when their 28-year-old son was killed while manning a cash register at a convenience store in Oklahoma City - 2,400 kilometres from campus.
US: Embattled psychologist resigns from Harvard
Marc D Hauser, the Harvard psychologist found responsible for eight counts of scientific misconduct by the university, has resigned, ending speculation about whether the embattled professor would return to campus this autumn, writes Tom Bartlett for The Chronicle of Higher Education.
UGANDA: Makerere University staff threaten strike
The Makerere University Academic Staff Association, Muasa, has warned that members will not teach at the beginning of the next academic year unless Uganda's government pays the balance of their savings with the National Insurance Corporation, writes Patience Ahimbisibwe for the Daily Monitor.
TAIWAN: First private inter-university system
The Taiwan-based Buddhist monastic order Fo Guang Shan has combined its four institutions of higher learning, located in three different countries, to establish Taiwan's first private inter-university system, reports Taiwan Today.
FIJI: Universities aplenty
For a small islands nation, Fiji has too many universities that are creating waste and un-necessary duplication of roles and courses, a Fiji-born lawyer and former diplomat has said, writes Samisoni Pareti for Islands Business.
AFRICA: Distance learning 'struggling'
Open and Distance Learning in Africa is struggling with credibility issues as governments have very few policies for quality assurance, according to Association of African Universities Secretary General Olugbemiro Jegede. There is an apparent lack of interest in establishing national quality assurance systems to improve education, writes Polycarp Machira for The Citizen.
NEW ZEALAND: Innovation 'shopfront' launched
Nine universities and crown research institutes have launched the Kiwi Innovation Network, KiwiNet, to take more of a New Zealand Inc approach to commercialising science and technology research, writes Fiona Rotherham for Business Day.
US: Law schools get practical
Looking to attract employers' attention, some law schools in the US are throwing out decades of tradition by replacing textbook courses with classes that teach more practical skills, writes Patrick G Lee for The Wall Street Journal.
US: Third of Alabama students need remedial classes
More than a third of Alabama high school graduates who attend college in-state must take remedial courses in their freshman year because they cannot do college-level work, an analysis of new data from the Alabama Commission on Higher Education shows, writes Marie Leech The Birmingham News.
US: Campus affirmative action may head to top court
The debate over racial preferences in higher education admissions could be headed back to the US Supreme Court, writes Andrea Billups for The Washington Times. After a federal appeals court decision striking down the Michigan's voter-approved ban two weeks ago and a renewed effort afoot to overturn a similar law in California, colleges and universities may be seeking further guidance on how to legally create racial diversity in their student bodies.
US: Finance difficulties hindering graduation rates
Estranged from his family at age 17, Jake Boyd put himself through Macomb Community College in suburban Detroit by working nearly 100 hours a week, writes Jon Marcus of The Hechinger Report. It took Boyd almost five years to earn his associate degree in law enforcement from Macomb, the campus where President Barack Obama announced his American Graduation Initiative in 2009, setting a goal of restoring the country to first place by 2020 in the proportion of 25- to 34-year-olds with college degrees.
SOUTH KOREA: Universities brace for fewer students
Private universities in Korea are preparing for declining revenues due to a persistently low birthrate, mirroring the situation in Japan, which has seen a string of bankruptcies among private colleges due to the same problem, reports The Chosunilbo.
PAKISTAN: Universities must submit rankings data
Friday was the deadline for universities in Pakistan to submit data for a national rankings process to the Higher Education Commission, reports The News. But an official said only around 10 out of 132 universities had done so.
AUSTRALIA: Playing the zero sum game
Should governments use scarce public research money to build a small number of brilliant universities that can share and initiate global conversations? Or should they build genuine research capacity in all universities, in provincial cities and outer metropolitan areas as well as sandstone heartlands? asks Simon Marginson in The Age.
MALAYSIA: Autonomy for five universities
Malaysia's five research universities are set to receive full autonomy by 2015, according to Higher Education Minister Datuk Seri Mohamed Khaled Nordin. He said the ministry's Readiness for Autonomy Audit showed that the research universities should be ready by then, writes Richard Lim for The Star.
HONG KONG: Group opposes competitive research policy
The University Grants Commission Concern Group has complained that new policies proposed by the commission may backfire and diminish the high standing of Hong Kong's higher education, writes Andrea Deng for China Daily.
SCOTLAND: Universities face huge funding shortfall
The true scale of the financial crisis facing Scottish universities has been laid bare after it was confirmed that they will require another £268 million (US$432) per year to keep up with their English competitors, writes Simon Johnson for The Telegraph.
WALES: University mergers urged in shake-up
Ministers have been handed proposals for cutting the number of universities in Wales through mergers, reports the BBC. Education Minister Leighton Andrews, who last year said universities must "adapt or die", is backing the proposals which would cut the number of universities in Wales from 11 to six.
UK: British bid to attract 10,000 Brazilian students
Government ministers have been accused of seeking to plug a black hole in university funding by arranging for 10,000 fee-paying Brazilians to study in the UK, writes Daniel Boffey for The Observer.
RUSSIA: Corruption in medical schools sparks uproar
An exposé in the Russian edition of Esquire has roiled education and health officials by detailing corruption at six medical schools. The magazine in April published nine short articles by medical students describing the various ways they can pay professors in exchange for passing tests, writes Anna Nemtsova for The Chronicle of Higher Education.
CHILE: Student protests net $4 billion fund proposal
Chilean President Sebastian Pinera, facing ongoing student protests, has proposed the creation of a US$4 billion fund for higher education, reports the BBC. In a televised speech, Pinera outlined measures including more grants and cheaper student loans.
AUSTRALIA: Universities over-enrol in numbers game
Almost a quarter of Australia's universities expect to be over-enrolled by more than 20% this year. And more than two-thirds began the year planning to take on extra students without any federal teaching subsidy to offset the cost, writes Bernard Lane for The Australian.