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SCOTLAND: Bid to outlaw full fees for English
A bid is to be made in the House of Lords to make it illegal for Scottish universities to charge only English students full tuition fee costs, writes David Maddox for The Scotsman. The amendment to the Scotland Bill is to be placed by Scottish Labour peer Lord Foulkes.
UK: Anger at axing of student support scheme
Critics have condemned the closure of a higher education outreach programme amid evidence that poorer students are likely to be put off by the trebling of tuition fees next year, writes Daniel Boffey for the Guardian.
UK: Academics 'afraid to criticise students' - study
Academics are afraid to give negative student references or put candid remarks on exam scripts because of an overbearing risk-management culture in universities, according to a researcher who has undertaken a two-year study of the issue, writes David Matthews for Times Higher Education.
TURKEY: University departments face closure
Departments in Turkish universities with low or no enrolment are facing closure in the future, reports Hurriyet Daily News.
GHANA: New campus for IT visionary's university
It took a bit longer than expected, but the university in Ghana started a decade ago by a visionary Microsoft engineer finally has its own campus. Ashesi University is moving from rented space in the city of Accra to a 100-acre suburban campus due to formally open this weekend, writes Brier Dudley for The Seattle Times.
UGANDA: Council proposes 300% university fee hike
Uganda's National Council for Higher Education has designed a new fees structure for public universities, raising tuition by more than 300% for most courses, write Francis Kagolo and Siki Kigongo for The New Vision.
EAST AFRICA: Call for harmonisation of student fees
The president of the Inter-University Council for East Africa, IUCEA, Professor Silas Lwakabamba, has called on higher education institutions in the East African Community to charge citizens from member states the same tuition fees as local students, reports The New Times.
KENYA: Gulf African bank to open university
The Gulf African Bank will set up a university in Malindi to boost higher education standards in the area, reports Alphonce Gari for the Nairobi Star. Chairman Suleiman Shakhbal said design and architectural work was complete and the bank was currently waiting for a letter from the Ministry of Higher Education, which is expected soon.
NORTH KOREA: Defectors get US scholarships
Three young North Korean defectors living in South Korea have won scholarships offered by the US federal government for study and internships at American universities, reports Yonhap News Agency.
SCOTLAND: Student expelled for Israeli flag abuse
A student at St Andrews University in Edinburgh was convicted last week by a Scottish court for a racist breach of the peace for abusing an Israeli flag belonging to a Jewish student, who said he felt "violated and devastated" by the incident, writes Jonny Paul for the Jerusalem Post.
JAMAICA: More tertiary graduates needed: Minister
Jamaica is trailing its Caribbean partners in the output of tertiary students, a trend that Minister of Education Andrew Holness is concerned about and wants tackled, writes Sheena Gayle for The Gleaner.
AUSTRALIA: Governments 'lethargic' on student safety
The International Education Association of Australia has slammed successive Australian governments for neglecting research on the industry, warning that a new study on crimes against international students is a "wake-up call", writes Andrew Trounsen for The Australian.
US: Artificial intelligence course attracts 58,000
A free online course at Stanford University on artificial intelligence, to be taught this autumn by two leading experts from Silicon Valley, has attracted more than 58,000 students around the globe - a class nearly four times the size of Stanford's entire student body, writes John Markoff for The New York Times.
SRI LANKA: Ten new foreign universities on the cards
Sri Lanka is on track to attract about 10 foreign universities under an initiative to expand tertiary education, with the Bangkok-based Asian Institute of Technology among them, reports Lanka Business Online.
MALAYSIA: Foreign students top 90,000
Malaysia is the 11th most sought-after country for tertiary education among international students, reports the official agency Bernama.
UK: Riot footage may hurt overseas recruitment
Experts say scenes of rioting and looting beamed around the world this month could affect the recruitment of overseas students to UK universities, writes Jack Grove for Times Higher Education. The warning came as Malaysian student Mohammed Ashraf Haziq became one of the most high-profile victims of the violence, after he was robbed by youths posing as 'good Samaritans' - an incident seen by millions after footage was posted on YouTube.
UK: Universities operate 'two-tier' clearing system
Just 24 hours before the publication of A-level results last week, it emerged that many institutions are continuing to accept applications from international students, despite declaring themselves 'full' to those from Britain, writes Graeme Paton for The Telegraph.
UK: Top grades fail to secure university places
Even with a string of A and A* grades under their belts, some teenagers failed to secure a university place in what was arguably the toughest year yet for A-level students in the UK, write Jessica Shepherd and Helen Carter for the Guardian.
PAKISTAN: Vice-chancellor guilty of plagiarism
University of Peshawar Vice-chancellor Dr Azmat Hayat Khan has been found to be involved in plagiarism by a three-member committee of the Higher Education Commission that was constituted to probe the matter, writes Noor Aftab for The News.
INDIA: Act to make vice-chancellors accountable
Vice-chancellors are no longer above question, as they were previously. The new government in West Bengal is amending the University Act to insert a clause that can be invoked to remove a vice-chancellor, reports The Times of India.
UK: Fees may fall as students hold out for better deal
A report by the influential Higher Education Policy Institute (HEPI) last week warned that most universities will have to reduce their fees to an average of £7,500 (US$12,400) a year as they struggle to fill places, writes Richard Garner for The Independent.
UK: Students shun humanities at university
Students are shunning traditional arts and humanities courses at university in favour of vocational ones, writes Jasper Copping for The Telegraph.
UAE: Dubai University hopes to offer business PhD
The popularity of business courses provides many of Dubai's universities with a problem: no institution in the UAE offers PhD programmes to develop lecturers. The University of Dubai hopes to change that and has submitted a proposal to the Ministry of Higher Education to offer business PhDs, writes Melanie Swan for The National.
US: 'Pattern of plagiarism' costs scholar his job
A faculty panel has substantiated a "pattern of plagiarism" on the part of a tenured University of Utah political scientist, but in a split decision declined to recommend firing him or revoking his tenure, writes Brian Maffly for The Salt Lake Tribune. That lifeline was severed, however, by a senior administrator who overruled the panel, known as the Consolidated Hearing Committee, and fired Bahman Bakhtiari.
UK: Lecturer 'tried to influence student survey'
A senior lecturer allegedly attempted to influence official government rankings by warning that the value of students' degrees was at risk if the university received poor feedback, write Graeme Paton and Adam Dobrik for The Telegraph.