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UNITED STATES
Legal education starts to move online
The law school of Washington University announced last Tuesday that it would offer, entirely online, a masters degree in United States law intended for lawyers practising overseas, in partnership with 2tor, an education technology company, writes Tamar Lewin for The New York Times.
UNITED STATES
University-led expedition reveals oldest Mayan calendar
In the rainforest-covered ruins of a Mayan city dating back more than 1,100 years, a Boston University-led excavation has turned up the oldest evidence of that civilisation’s mastery of astronomy – a precise lunar calendar scrawled on what appears to be an ancient blackboard, writes Carolyn Y Johnson for The Boston Globe.
PAKISTAN
U-turn on plagiarism cases raises questions
An investigation into the recent unanimous decision of the Karachi University syndicate to withdraw cases of plagiarism against three senior teachers shows that the decision was taken not only in disregard of past resolutions of the syndicate but also of the results of multiple inquiries conducted by the university over four years, writes Faiza Ilyas for Dawn.
UNITED STATES
Aid to the Arab world – Soldiers or scholars?
And so it came to pass that in 2012 – a year after the Arab awakening erupted – the United States made two financial commitments to the Arab world that each began with the numbers one and three, writes Thomas L Friedman, a columnist for The New York Times.
UNITED STATES
Military secrets leak from US universities
For 15 days in late 2009, internet users in 36 countries including China, Russia, Iran and Pakistan viewed sensitive information about US weapons technology that was supposed to be for American eyes only, writes Daniel Golden for Bloomberg.
CANADA
Quebec’s university spring highlights public tradition
As 180,000 students continued their 12-week strike against tuition increases, and police responded with concussion grenades, pepper spray, batons, kettling and mass arrests, Quebec’s major city is becoming ungovernable, writes Jesse Rosenfeld for Now.
NIGERIA
President condemns deadly university attack
Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan last week condemned the “murderous terrorist attack” on worshippers at a university in the northern city of Kano that left about 20 people dead, reports News 24.
EUROPE
Bologna process key to European universities' success
The long-running Bologna process of European higher education has provided a flag around which reformers have rallied, and has been a catalyst for innovations, writes Sir Peter Scott in the Guardian.
UNITED STATES
The money of study abroad
The extent to which money does and should dictate the global exchange of college students was a touchy topic at a meeting of 16 nations, held in conjunction with the G8 Summit, writes Mitch Smith for Inside Higher Ed.
UNITED STATES
Wikipedia founder to help put public research online
About a month ago, it was revealed that Jimmy Wales had signed on to become an official technology advisor for the British government. Now the details of his involvement have been revealed – Wales will assist the UK government in its effort to make taxpayer-funded research available for free online, writes Adario Strange for http://PCMag.com.
UNITED STATES
Harvard and MIT team up to offer free online courses
In what is shaping up as an academic Battle of the Titans – one that offers vast new learning opportunities for students around the world – Harvard and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology last week announced a new non-profit partnership, known as edX, to offer free online courses from both universities, writes Tamar Lewin for The New York Times.
INDIA
Parliament passes two higher education bills
India’s Rajya Sabha, the Council of States, last week passed two key bills to enable students at Indian institutes of science education and research to get their degrees and give eight new institutes of technology their status through an Act of Parliament.
AUSTRIA
Unfair dismissal case tests science integrity body
Austria’s fledgling science integrity agency is facing its first big test, as a protein crystallographer it found guilty of misconduct sues his university for unfair dismissal. If the court upholds the university’s move, it would bolster the agency’s efforts to change attitudes towards misconduct in the country’s universities, writes Alison Abbot for Nature.
UNITED KINGDOM
Reduced margin places may herald lower-end fee rises
The government has radically scaled back the number of ‘core and margin’ places that will be open to bids in 2013 from low-cost universities and further education colleges, raising the prospect that institutions that cut fees for 2012-13 could raise them again, writes David Matthews for Times Higher Education.
UNITED KINGDOM
English university joins US admissions system
Keele University has become the first English university to join the common application system for university admissions in the United States. Keele will allow US students to apply for places using the same form as the likes of Harvard, Yale and more than 450 other institutions, writes Sean Coughlan for the BBC.
UNITED KINGDOM
University denies using English students as 'cash cow'
One of Scotland’s eminent universities has denied treating English students as a ‘cash cow’ despite offering them more places than their Scottish peers for the first time. Edinburgh University has so far offered 4,996 English applicants a place, more than double last year’s total, after ministers allowed universities to charge school-leavers from the rest of the UK £36,000 (US$58,000) for a degree, writes Simon Johnson for The Telegraph.
MALAYSIA
Universities to draw up campus do's and don'ts
When the new semester begins in Malaysia in September, all public university students will have to sign contracts that will include do's and don'ts on campus, write Chelsea LY Ng and Karen Chapman for The Star-Asia News Network.
MALAYSIA
Ministry sets higher science student targets
Malaysia’s Higher Education Ministry has set a target for more students to study sciences instead of arts by 2020. Minister Datuk Seri Mohamed Khaled Nordin said the annual number of students studying science would be increased to 100,000 from the current 30,000, reports the official agency Bernama.
TAIWAN
Part-time lecturers call attention to growing wage gap
Part-time university lecturers in Taiwan last week urged the Ministry of Education to address a widening wage gap between themselves and full-time colleagues, reports the Taipei Times.
ISRAEL
Higher education body blasted over special programmes
Israel’s State Comptroller Micha Lindenstrauss has blasted the Council for Higher Education for what he said was a failure to properly serve the public interest, in a report released last Tuesday on special programmes funded outside universities' regular budgets, writes Talila Nesher for Haaretz.
SOUTH AFRICA
New petition supports Tutu speaking at US university
A petition demanding that Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu be banned from a Catholic university in America has been challenged by a counter-petition that has received 16 times the number of signatures. The first petition calling for his invitation to be revoked slammed Tutu’s pro views on abortion and same-sex marriage, writes Michelle Jones for the Pretoria News.
UNITED STATES
Asian Americans – The new Jews on campus
In 1966, the American Jewish Committee reported that fewer than 1% of American college presidents were Jews. At that time, about 1,000 presidencies had been filled since the end of World War II, and only one of them had gone to a Jew, writes Jonathan Zimmerman for The Chronicle of Higher Education.
CANADA
Talks collapse over Quebec university fee hikes
Hopes of settling an unprecedented 10-week student strike in Quebec vanished quickly after talks between the government and students over tuition fee hikes broke down. There were fears that more clashes with the police and acts of violence would result from the impasse, given the social unrest of recent weeks, writes Rhéal Séguin for The Globe and Mail.
INDIA
Government plans 200 new universities in five years
Higher education in India is set for a boost with the Human Resource Development Ministry finalising plans worth Rs800 billion (US$15.2 billion) to improve access to colleges and universities, writes Chetan Chauhan for the Hindustan Times.
INDIA
Government bans use of live animals in research
India’s Ministry of Environment and Forests has banned the use of live animals in dissection and other experiments in education and research institutions. But scientists conducting new molecular research will be exempted from the ban, writes Linah Baliga for The Times of India.