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US: Lean education, research spending bill approved
A US Senate panel voted last week to approve a bill that would cut spending on the National Institutes of Health by $190 million in the 2012 fiscal year while maintaining a maximum Pell Grant award of $5,550, writes Kelly Field for The Chronicle of Higher Education.
US: Universities seek out students of means
Money is talking a bit louder in college admissions these days, according to a survey released last week by Inside Higher Ed, writes Tamar Lewin for The New York Times.
UK: Russell Group criticises access policies
It was claimed last week that British coalition government policies designed to widen access to higher education fail to recognise the "root cause of the problem" facing teenagers from poor backgrounds, writes Graeme Paton for The Telegraph.
INDIA: Weak rupee costs students abroad
As if the rising cost of education was not bad enough, the rupee hitting a two-year low against the US dollar will leave Indian students abroad poorer by anywhere between Rs50,000 (US$1,000) and Rs100,000, especially for those who delayed paying their fees to foreign universities last July, write Vinay Umarji and Swati Garg for the Business Standard.
CANADA: Research focus hits degree education
The quality of undergraduate education is facing challenges under a stronger focus on research at universities, says a recent report by the Association of Universities and Colleges of Canada, reports CBC News.
CANADA: Science fraudster traced to Hebron
A scientist found to have committed academic fraud at the University of Manitoba in Canada is now studying food safety and biotechnology in Palestine, according to a US group that tracks research misdeeds, writes Margaret Munro for Postmedia News.
NIGERIA: Fake universities grow to 51
According to the National Universities Commission, the number of fake universities operating in Nigeria has risen from 44 to 51, writes Martin Paul for The Moment.
PHILIPPINES: Iranian students file racism rap
Some 100 Iranian dentistry students last week filed a complaint with the Commission on Higher Education in the Philippines against academics, security guards and students of Manila Central University who they said branded them as "terrorists and terrorist sympathisers", writes Ashzel Hachero for Malaya.
MALAWI: Police quiz academics over pressure group
Plainclothes police officers last week stormed a constituent college of the University of Malawi, to question administrators on the existence of a political pressure group, a move some students called illegal and contrary to the Kampala Declaration among other laws granting academic freedom, writes Dilinger Soko for the Nyasa Times.
UGANDA: Lecturers divided over Makerere re-opening
Makerere University Academic Staff Association is divided over the re-opening of the Ugandan university, write C Businge, J Lule and B Mayanja for New Vision.
AUSTRALIA: Universities set to expand
Universities can accept increased numbers of students following senate agreement last week to the Julia Gillard government's higher education expansion plan, writes Stephen Matchett for The Australian. The bill empowers the government to provide a place for every prospective student who is accepted by any university.
SCOTLAND: Universities, colleges face merger wave
Colleges and universities across Scotland are set to be merged under a major shake-up of further and higher education. Education Secretary Mike Russell outlined plans for removing what he called "wasteful duplication" across the college sector, by establishing regional groupings of institutions, writes Chris Marshall for The Scotsman.
IRELAND: University defends fee for five-star rating
Two Irish universities have said tens of thousands of euro paid to receive their recent top international ratings was worthwhile for the potential to attract more overseas students, writes Niall Murray for the Irish Examiner.
US-AFRICA: Carnegie Mellon to open Rwanda campus
Carnegie Mellon University plans to open a branch campus in Rwanda next year, making it one of the few American colleges offering degrees in Africa, writes Ian Wilhelm for The Chronicle of Higher Education.
INDIA: Student loan applications double in five years
The number of students applying for educational loans across India has doubled in the last five years, data compiled by the Indian Banks' Association has shown, reports The Times of India.
GLOBAL: Authors sue universities over 'orphan' works
Authors have accused five American universities of "engaging in one of the largest copyright infringements in history" over a plan to digitise out-of-print books and provide them online to students, writes Nick Allen for The Telegraph.
US: Probe reveals holes in oversight of science
Investigations into a case of alleged scientific misconduct in the United States have revealed numerous holes in the oversight of science and scientific publishing, reports The Economist.
US: Association tackles science teaching, again
America's research universities have long struggled with complaints that they don't do enough to educate undergraduates in science. Their main association thinks the time is ripe to tackle the problem again, writes Paul Basken for The Chronicle of Higher Education.
US: Concern over student plagiarism software
Turnitin, plagiarism software released in 1996 and used by more than 10,000 universities and 20 million students, is now common in higher education. But it is Turnitin's lesser-known student-only sister product, WriteCheck, that has some faculty members feeling betrayed, although the company says that it is only trying to help students and professors, writes Elizabeth Murphy for Times Higher Education.
LATIN AMERICA: New EU project aims at integration
While the Bologna process of European integration in higher education may have its critics, it is hoped that a new European Union-funded project will launch Latin America down a similar road towards harmonisation, reports Paul Jump for Times Higher Education.
SRI LANKA: Laws to prevent lecturers going private
New laws will be introduced to discourage public university lecturers from joining private universities, writes Ridma Dissanayake for the Daily News.
EGYPT: Hundreds protest to elect university leaders
Nearly 700 teaching staff from several Egyptian universities protested last Sunday outside the cabinet building in downtown Cairo, demanding the removal of Higher Education Minister Moataz Khorshid, the replacement of university heads and better pay, writes Omar Halawa for Al-Masry Al-youm.
CHINA: Nine in 10 students feel the burden of high fees
An overwhelming 91% of college students in China said in a survey that their tuition fee was higher than expected, according to the Worker's Daily, writes Zhao Chunzhe for China Daily.
UK: University 'pathways' to international students
An increasing number of UK universities are linking with private education companies to offer study and language preparation programmes that aim to not just to improve the skills of international students but create new opportunities to promote their courses in an increasingly competitive global student market. However, pressures to enrol are raising concerns, writes Amy Baker for the Guardian.
MALAYSIA: Ireland offers sweetener to PhD parents
The Republic of Ireland last week agreed to offer free education to the children of Malaysian students who wish to further their studies at PhD level in the country, reports the official agency Bernama.