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SOUTH KOREA: Slew of foreign universities to open
A slew of universities based in Europe and the United States are set to open their South Korean campuses at the Incheon Free Economic Zone (FEZ), 40 kilometres west of Seoul, starting next year, reports the Korea Herald.
CHINA: UK visa rules may force Chinese student exodus
Tens of thousands of Chinese students in the United Kingdom could be forced out of the country if a basket of strict visa policies takes effect next year, write Chen Jia and Aid Yang for China Daily.
IRELAND: Academy relieved at 'modest' cuts
Universities have expressed relief following the relatively modest cuts to higher education funding announced in the Republic of Ireland's emergency budget last week, writes Hannah Fearn for Times Higher Education.
UAE: Universities face 2011 spending freeze
The federal government will run a Dh3 billion (US$800 million) budget deficit next year and will freeze spending by state universities, writes Kareem Shaheen for The National.
UK: Tuition fee hike open to human rights challenge
Lawyers say allowing universities to raise fees to £9,000 (US$14,071) could be open to legal challenge, as it will discriminate against students from poorer backgrounds, writes Jeevan Vasagar for The Guardian.
UK: 'Dearth of blacks at Oxford and Cambridge'
David Lammy, a former higher education minister and Labour Member of Parliament, has used figures obtained under Britain's Freedom of Information Law to reveal a dearth of black and other minority students at either of the country's two oldest universities, reports DD Guttenplan for The New York Times.
UK: Disquiet over motives behind pension overhaul
Controversial plans to cut benefits in higher education's £30 billion (US$46.9 billion) pension fund have prompted staff rebellions at a growing number of universities, as evidence has emerged that employers want to slash their contributions to the scheme, writes John Morgan for Times Higher Education.
MALAYSIA: Five-year moratorium on medical courses
The Malaysian government will impose a five-year moratorium on medical programmes as an immediate measure to prevent the glut in housemen from becoming worse, write Richard Lim and Loh Foon Fong for The Star.
MALAYSIA: Council formed to boost R&D
A National Science and Research Council (NSRC) will be set up in Malaysia to prepare for the creation of a national research system based on science and technology in a more conducive environment, reports the official agency Bernama.
SRI LANKA: Government to attract foreign students
Along with the major overhaul in Sri Lanka's higher education sector, with the entry of private universities by April next year, government plans to attract about 10,000 foreign students into local universities, and another 50,000 into Sri Lanka in the longer term through the proposed private universities, writes Chandani Kirinde for The Sunday Times.
GHANA: Polytechnic lecturers move to universities
The Polytechnic Teachers Association of Ghana, Potag, says its members have begun moving to universities to teach due to difficulties in negotiating for better conditions of service. It has called on the government to soften its stance regarding negotiating with polytechnic teachers, reports Peace FM.
UGANDA: Museveni pledges support for scientists
Uganda's President Yoweri Museveni last week pledged continued support to scientists to boost their efforts towards developing the country, writes Patience Ahimbisibwe for The Daily Monitor.
NIGERIA: 'Universities must breed credible leaders'
The Speaker of Nigeria's House of Representatives, Dimeji Bankole, has passed on the responsibility of curtailing public office holders from misappropriating funds to universities, which he said must reclaim their roles as the breeders of credible leaders, writes Onche Odeh for The Daily Independent.
US: For-profits rake in millions from GI Bill
For-profit universities collected about US$640 million from the Post-9/11 GI Bill in its first year, according to a new US Senate committee document, reports TPM LiveWire. The boost to for-profits came at a time when the sector was subject to criticism for poor results and for leaving many students with unmanageable debts.
UK: Publishing giant Pearson poised to offer degrees
One of the world's largest publishers, Pearson, looks set to be given degree-awarding powers, as the government seeks to open up the university sector to more private providers, reports the BBC.
VIETNAM: Universities play role in green thinking
Universities have actively contributed to the way people think about climate change, helping to promote green technologies and environmentally friendly lifestyles, reports Viet Nam News.
INDIA-FRANCE: Two higher education agreements signed
India and France on Monday signed two memorandums of understanding on higher education, and also decided to take forward a 2009 Plan of Action for the Indian Institute of Technology-Rajasthan by setting up a French consortium that will help the institute gain expertise in areas like health technology, solar energy, aerospace, quantum computing and several other fields, reports The Times of India.
TAIWAN: Asia's first US-accredited university
Taiwan's Ming Chuan University, MCU, has received accreditation from the Middle States Commission on Higher Education to become the first university in Asia to be accredited in the US education system, the university's President Lee Chuan said at a press conference in Taipei, reports The China Post.
US: Report on commercial colleges revised
After reviewing 80 hours of videotapes by its undercover investigators, to remove personally identifiable information, the US Government Accountability Office has revised its hard-hitting report on recruiting practices in for-profit higher education - softening some of the findings but without changing its conclusion that the colleges visited had engaged in deception or fraud - writes Tamar Lewin for The New York Times.
SUDAN: Ministry repatriates colleges from north
Sudan's Ministry for Higher Education, Research, Science and Technology finally launched last Monday the relocation of Southern Sudan University colleges operating in the north in a repatriation scheme that ends in five days, writes Mabior Philip for Borglobe.
UK: Third of universities in England could close
More than a third of England's universities may be forced to close or merge as a result of swingeing public cuts to higher education, an analysis by the lecturers' trade union has found, writes Jessica Shepherd for the Guardian.
US: Columbia reverses anti-WikiLeaks guidance
Days after Columbia University's School of International and Public Affairs, SIPA, caused an uproar by warning its students against linking to WikiLeaks or discussing the secret-spilling website's latest cache of diplomatic cables online, the prestigious training ground for future diplomats has changed tack and embraced free speech, writes Sam Gustin for Wired.
GLOBAL: WikiLeaks: campuses ideological battlegrounds
Diplomatic cables recently made public by the WikiLeaks website show how the United States and other nations have focused on colleges and universities as key battlegrounds in their efforts to win over hearts and minds, writes Peter Schmidt for The Chronicle of Higher Education.
CHINA: Top test scores from Shanghai stun educators
With China's debut in international standardised testing, students in Shanghai have surprised experts by outscoring their counterparts in dozens of other countries, in reading as well as in maths and science, according to the results of a respected exam, writes Sam Dillon for The New York Times.
QATAR: Educators from across world talk about change
Over 1,200 people who work in education across the world arrived last week in the small, oil-wealthy Persian Gulf emirate of Qatar, writes Ursula Lindsey for The Chronicle of Higher Education. The visitors, scattered across Doha's five-star hotels and attended to by squadrons of PR people, were there for the second World Innovation Summit for Education, more commonly known as WISE, which bills itself as "building the future of education".