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SCOTLAND: Fees for English students is legal - EU
The Scottish government's decision to allow universities to charge English students up to £9,000 (US$14,000) a year in fees while Scots study free of charge will not be challenged by the European Union, it has emerged. Three English students are currently taking legal action against the Scottish government amid claims that charges for tuition fees breach their human rights, writes Chris Marshall for The Scotsman.
CANADA: Foreign students break rules more often
University students break the rules for a host of reasons - some make a bad decision under pressure at 3am, others insist they were just helping a classmate. But at some Canadian schools, an alarming number of the accused share one characteristic: they came from abroad to study, reports the Globe and Mail.
EU: Female research dropouts threaten targets
A leading European official has warned that a failure to retain female researchers remains a major barrier to recruiting an extra one million researchers by 2020, writes Jack Grove for Times Higher Education.
MALAYSIA: Identifying number of universities needed
The Malaysian government is conducting a study to find out the total number of universities - public and private - needed by the country in order to produce the desired number of graduates. Higher Education Minister Datuk Seri Khaled Nordin said the purpose of the study was to maintain the quality of Malaysian universities and strengthen the higher education sector, writes Husna Yusop for The Sun Daily.
CHINA: Top business school opens London branch
One of China's top business schools, the Cheung Kong Graduate School of Business (CKGSB), opened an office in London last week. The institution is mainland China's first 'homegrown' business school to establish an overseas branch, reports Xinhuanet.
US: Students respond to same-race instructors
Non-white students at community colleges in America are more likely to stay in classes and to earn higher grades if they have instructors of their race or ethnicity, according to a study released last week by the National Bureau for Economic Research. But the same is true for white students, meaning that hiring more minority instructors may result in decreased performance by white students, writes Scott Jaschik for Inside Higher Ed.
AUSTRALIA: Push to boost Aboriginal staff numbers
Increasing the number of Aboriginal academic staff is a "pragmatic" way to boost knowledge of indigenous culture and knowledge in the sector, said Larissa Behrendt, chair of the federal government's review of indigenous access and participation in higher education, writes Andrew Trounson for The Australian.
NEW ZEALAND: University rejects calls to sack academic
Auckland University is rejecting calls for it to sack academic Margaret Mutu over her call for 'white' immigration to New Zealand to be limited, reports 3News. The Maori studies department head caused a stir last weekend when she called for a restriction on the number of white migrants from South Africa, England and the United States as they brought "an attitude of white supremacy" with them.
ETHIOPIA: Agency shuts private colleges over quality
The Higher Education Relevance and Quality Agency (HERQA) of Ethiopia announced last week that it had banned five private higher education institutions because of quality concerns, writes Yonas Abiye for Ezega.com.
SWAZILAND: Security forces clash with students
Security forces and protesters have clashed in two towns during a week of planned protests demanding an end to Swaziland's absolute monarchy, writes Phathizwe-Chief Zulu for the Mail & Guardian.
NORTHERN IRELAND: Freeze on university tuition fees
Tuition fees for Northern Ireland students are to be frozen. Higher Education Minister Stephen Farry said fees would rise only in line with inflation and that the budgets of universities would be protected, reports the BBC.
UK: Universities enticed to consider fees cut
The English government's Office for Fair Access has submitted fresh guidance to vice-chancellors telling them to impose fees of £7,500 (US$11,973) or less to claim a share of 20,000 free places for 2012, writes Graeme Paton for The Telegraph.
UK: Job figures cast doubt on science degrees
Only about half of all science graduates find work that requires their scientific knowledge, a study has shown, casting doubt on the government's drive to encourage teenagers to study the subject at university, writes Jessica Shepherd for the Guardian.
UK: Fees rise will mean fewer entrants - study
The introduction of higher tuition fees in England next year will result in a drop of 7.5% in the university enrolment rate for men and of nearly 5% for women, according to a study published by the London School of Economics, writes Jeevan Vasagar for the Guardian. National Union of Students President Liam Burns said: "This is a stark warning from a respected source, and the government should heed it."
US: Carnegie Mellon receives $265 million gift
A Mount Lebanon businessman is giving Carnegie Mellon University a gift larger than the one Andrew Carnegie used to create the research university, writes Debra Erdley for Pittsburgh Tribune-Review.
SCOTLAND: Business-academia links on the rise
Collaborations between business and academia have risen sharply in the past year, according to new research, reports the BBC.
US: Stricter UK visa rules close campus
Less than six months after the British government announced tighter restrictions on student visas, at least one university has said it is being forced to close one of its campuses as a result of the new regulations, writes Jonathan J Li for The New York Times.
UK: Inform on 'vulnerable' Muslim students - Police
University staff including lecturers, chaplains and porters are being asked to inform the police about Muslim students who are depressed or isolated, under new guidance for countering Islamist radicalism, write Ryan Gallagher and Rajeev Syal for The Guardian.
INDIA: Ban lifted on distance postgraduate courses
The University Grants Commission has lifted its two-year ban on masters and PhD courses through correspondence, the U-turn apparently forced by legal opinion against the move following protests from universities, writes Basant Kumar Mohanty for The Telegraph.
INDIA: Panel backs for-profit institutes
In a potential game-changer for India's education sector, the Planning Commission has suggested that the country allow for-profit institutes of higher learning, write Prashant K Nanda and Sangeeta Singh for LiveMint.
GLOBAL: Open access may have unequal benefits
Open access is seen by many as the publishing model that is most in keeping with the egalitarian ethos of academia. But a paper by two economists suggests that 'gold' open access, under which the author pays for publication and the article is made freely available, could be costly for research-intensive institutions, while benefiting those that do little research, writes Andy Wright for Times Higher Education.
CANADA: Copyright board warns universities
A recent ruling from the Copyright Board of Canada suggests that unless certain universities and colleges that have opted out of the Access Copyright tariff produce information about their use of protected works, they could be subpoenaed to do so, writes Jennifer Brown for Canadian Lawyer Magazine.
INDONESIA: Fury over honorary degree for Saudi king
The University of Indonesia has come under a storm of protests for awarding an honorary doctorate to King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia, a leader whose commitment to human rights has been seriously questioned by labour activists, reports The Jakarta Post.
CHINA: Universities 'must give more information'
Over 76.2% of Chinese surveyed online have said university information disclosure in China is not good enough, reports the official agency Xinhua. About 1,900 people participated in the survey, which was published in China Youth Daily and conducted by the newspaper's social investigation centre.
IRAN: Baha'is call for end to university exclusion
In an open letter to Iran's Minister for Higher Education, the Baha'i International Community has called for an end to "the unjust and oppressive practices" that bar Baha'is and other young Iranians from university, reports the Baha'i World News Service.