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UNITED STATES
Boston University sues for big bite of Apple
Boston University is taking on the richest consumer electronics company on the planet, claiming Apple ripped off a computer engineering professor’s patented electronic semiconductor and stuffed it into the world’s most popular devices, writes Jessica van Sack for the Boston Herald.
UNITED KINGDOM
Postgraduate support boosted as numbers fall
The UK Department for Business Innovation and Skills and the Higher Education Funding Council for England said last week that an initial £25 million (US$38 million) fund will distribute grants of between £500,000 and £3 million to universities and colleges to attract and support disadvantaged students into postgraduate study, writes John Morgan for Times Higher Education.
UNITED KINGDOM
Graduate vacancies at five-year high – Poll
The UK's 100 ‘leading employers’ have 4.6% more jobs for new graduates than in 2012, High Fliers Research said. But its study of the 2013 graduate market said there were still on average 46 applicants for each position, writes Judith Burns for BBC News.
UNITED KINGDOM
Graduate job prospects depend on alma mater – Study
A fifth of students are unemployed six months after graduating from some British universities, figures show. Amid stiff competition for graduate jobs, they fail to get work despite studying for three years and building up debts, reports Sarah Harris for the Daily Mail.
UNITED KINGDOM
Academics warn of 'social chasm' on campuses
A study has shown that undergraduates from poor families are forced to miss out on extra-curricular activities to take “mundane” term-time jobs amid a gulf in the quality of the university experience between rich and poor students, writes Graeme Paton for The Telegraph.
WALES
Up to £15m in fees 'lost' to English universities
Data compiled by leader of the Welsh opposition Andrew RT Davies show that based on the potential tuition fee subsidy of £5,500, as much as £15.3 million (US$23 million) could be lost to the top five most popular universities alone, writes Gareth Evans for Wales Online.
SOUTH AFRICA
Report finds student credit card debt exploding
Student debt is exploding amid revelations that South African university students can legally acquire credit cards as long as they can prove that they receive a steady income of as little as R200 (US$20) a month from a parent or a guardian, writes Colleen Goko for BDlive.
UGANDA
Universities hike tuition fees
Parents of students at Ugandan universities must prepare to dig deeper into their pockets as tuition and other fees are set to be hiked in a number of private and public universities, write Pascal Kwesiga and Innocent Anguyo for New Vision.
THAILAND
Authorities investigate World Peace 'University'
Thailand’s Department of Special Investigation has initiated a probe into World Peace University, which appears to have granted honorary degrees in exchange for money, a practice the ‘university’ insists is ethical and legal, reports the Bangkok Post.
UNITED KINGDOM
Universities to target mothers in student recruitment push
Universities are to market themselves directly to students' mothers following a surge in the number of pushy parents intervening in the higher education admissions process, writes Graeme Paton for The Telegraph.
UNITED STATES
Colleges can still use race for admissions – With caution
The Supreme Court did not dismantle the use of affirmative action in college admissions last week, but analysts say it did put the nation's colleges and universities on alert, writes Mary Beth Marklein for US Today.
PAKISTAN
Major rise in research publication rate
Pakistan has witnessed an impressive 50% increase in the number of research publications in the past two years, from 3,939 to 6,200 in the higher education sector, reports The Nation.
WALES
Best students opt for English universities
New figures provide clear evidence that Wales’ best young brains are being lost to higher education institutions across the border. The figures also highlight the apparent gulf in stature that exists between Welsh universities and their English counterparts, writes Gareth Evans for WalesOnline.
INDIA
Gang rape again highlights campus safety issues
It was only last year that a student of the National Law School of India University was gang raped on the nearby Bengaluru University campus. While little or nothing has been done since to safeguard students, the state was horrified to learn of another student gang raped last week in what was considered a safe university town, Manipal – home to thousands of foreign students, writes Raja Choudhury for the Deccan Chronicle.
UNITED KINGDOM
Foreign students feel 'unwelcome' over migration policy
Universities are relegating overseas students to "de facto ghettos", leaving one in five feeling "isolated" and alone, a survey has revealed, writes Lucy Sherriff for The Huffington Post UK.
SRI LANKA
Minister welcomes non-state and foreign universities
Non-state and foreign university participation in fulfilling the higher education needs of students who are unable to enter state universities should be “highly appreciated”, said Higher Education Minister SB Dissanayake, addressing the international partnership conference of the University of Wolverhampton last week, writes Anushika Ranadewa for the Daily News.
UNITED KINGDOM
Institutions at risk of closure, warn university heads
Dozens of higher education institutions are at risk of closure in the next few years, university leaders have warned. Several leaders predicted in a survey that “as many as 20 to 30 current higher education institutions could become unviable if student demand continues to fall”, writes Rose Troup Buchanan for The Independent.
BRAZIL
Higher education forms ‘strategic bridge’
Brazil has initiated a programme to foster higher education in five Portuguese-speaking countries in Africa: Angola, Cape Verde, Equatorial Guinea, Mozambique, and São Tomé and Principe, reports Open Equal Free.
UNITED KINGDOM
Government accused of interference in universities
The Scottish government has been accused of trying to interfere in the governance of universities, reports the Daily Record. The suggestion was made by Conservatives and Liberal Democrats as MSPs began to vote on the final shape of the Post-16 Education (Scotland) Bill.
CHINA
University presidential vacancy sparks concerns
The position of president of one of China's most prestigious universities – Zhejiang University – has been vacant for months, with alumni against the so-called assignment system of the position, reports Xinhua.
AUSTRALIA
Slashing higher education red tape
In a radical policy change, Australia's Tertiary Education Minister Craig Emerson last week released a new approach to quality control. It meets university demands for a lighter regulatory burden and could gut Labor's own creation, the Tertiary Education Quality Assurance Agency, writes Stephen Matchett for The Australian.
UNITED KINGDOM
Universities check credentials of Iranian president
University officials are understood to be checking their files amid confusion over the Scottish academic credentials of newly elected Iranian President Hassan Rouhani, writes Susan Swarbrick for the Herald Scotland.
UNITED KINGDOM
Clampdown on fake science
Britain’s leading science institutions were told last Monday that they will be stripped of many millions of pounds in research grants if they employ rogue researchers who fake the results of experiments, writes John Lawless for The Independent.
PAKISTAN
Education body directs universities to tighten security
Pakistan’s Higher Education Commission last Monday directed all universities to adopt extra security measures following the recent blast at a university in Quetta, reports APP.
TURKEY
Prominent academic attempts suicide in jail
A prominent chemical engineer and opponent of political Islam in Turkey attempted suicide recently in Ankara's Sincan prison, according to people close to him. Kemal Gürüz, a former president of the Turkish Council of Higher Education and of the research funding agency TÜBITAK, has been in prison for more than a year on what his supporters say are political charges, writes Michele Catanzaro for Science.