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US: Bishops urge Catholic Schools to ban nun's book
A committee of American Roman Catholic bishops announced last Wednesday that a popular book about God by Sister Elizabeth A Johnson, a theologian at Fordham University in New York, should not be used in Catholic schools and universities because it does not uphold church doctrine, writes Laurie Goodstein for The New York Times.
UK: Lecturers strike over pay and pensions
Tens of thousands of university lecturers are staging a mass walkout over their pay and pensions, writes Jessica Shepherd for the Guardian. The strike by staff at up to 500 universities and colleges comes after a wave of action over the past two weeks.
VENEZUELA: Students threaten to resume hunger strike
Venezuelan students last week threatened to resume their hunger strike if President Hugo Chavez did not take visible steps to support public universities within 24 hours, reports United Press International.
DENMARK: Top university faces increased supervision
Denmark's science minister wants to increase supervision of the University of Copenhagen after the first report into the university's role in the alleged misconduct of a neuroscientist, reports the Copenhagen Post.
US: Incentives to raise college graduation rates
In what amounts to a 'race to the top' for higher education, the Barack Obama administration is offering competitive grants and a new 'tool kit' to help states increase their college completion rates, writes Tamar Lewin for the New York Times.
US: State bill to protect campus critics of evolution
An Arlington lawmaker has filed a bill aimed at protecting Texas college professors and students from discrimination because they question evolution, writes Aman Batheja for the Star-Telegram.
CANADA: Research head orders focus on market drivers
There's radical change at the National Research Council, Canada's biggest science institute, as the new president orders all staff to direct research toward boosting economic development and technology, with less time for pure science, writes Tom Spears for the Ottawa Citizen.
AUSTRALIA: New website gives access to academics
Australians will have direct access to the thoughts of some of the country's brightest minds through a new independent news and information website, The Conversation, reports The Herald Sun.
INDIA: Women shy away from management test
In most management colleges in India, the number of boys nearly always overshadows the number of girls. This is also the case in the global entrance exam GMAT, which sees a small percentage of Indian women trying their luck, writes Hemali Chhapia for The Times of India.
INDIA: Higher education survey to launch soon
Faced with inadequate information, India's Human Resource Development Ministry will, for the first time in more than 60 years, launch a massive survey on the state of higher education in the country, writes Akshaya Mukul for The Times of India. The collection of data is to begin shortly.
WALES: Report proposes new universities body
Universities in Wales have shown an "unwillingness to embrace change" and a more radical solution is needed, according to the McCormick Review into higher education governance. The report said there was limited evidence that the sector had shared in the Welsh assembly government's sense of urgency, writes Gareth Evans for the Western Mail.
UK: Oxford moves to defy government over admissions
The government is on a collision course with some of Oxford University's most prominent dons over demands that they "dramatically increase" the intake of disadvantaged pupils from the state sector, writes Daniel Boffey for The Observer.
UK: First university announces less-than-maximum fees
Bishop Grosseteste University College has become the first university in England to announce planned tuition fees for 2012 below the £9,000 (US$14,511) maximum, reports the BBC. The Lincoln institution said it would charge £7,500 for most courses, subject to approval by the fair access office.
UK: The rise of dual profession lecturers
The number of lecturers choosing to combine part-time teaching with a second job in a related field is on the up, writes Debbie Andalo for The Guardian.
KENYA: Southern Sudan seeks help for higher education
Southern Sudan has asked Kenya to help develop its higher education sector. The world's youngest nation is facing a serious shortage of professors and other professionals, writes Oliver Musembi for The Nation.
NEPAL: Government prepares to set up open university
With the Open University Nepal Initiative's new offices on the premises of the Ministry of Education, the government is gearing up to establish the much-awaited open university, writes Rudra Pangeni for the Himalayan Times.
CANADA: First Nations, universities sign unique pact
A historic agreement has been struck between the leaders of First Nations and universities in Atlantic Canada to enhance educational opportunities for aboriginal people, reports CBC News.
IRELAND: New higher education rules 'a debacle'
New rules governing appointments in the higher education sector are a "debacle", a senior civil servant has claimed. In a scathing confidential assessment sent to senior education figures, Martin Shanagher, assistant secretary at the Department of Enterprise, Trade and Innovation, says the moves will "penalise'' research activity, and were made without considering the full implications, reports Sean Flynn for the Irish Times.
AUSTRALIA: Foreign students 'allowed to underperform'
Gigi Foster knows her disturbing research findings on international students won't make her many friends. In a university sector grown dependent on international fee revenue, it might not do much to progress her academic career either, writes Andrew Trounson for The Australian.
UK: British universities ditch Libyan deals
A string of universities said they had pulled out of a deal with Tripoli to train hundreds of health workers, writes Michael Howie for The Telegraph. The disclosure came as official statistics showed virtually every university in Britain is being paid by the Libyan government to educate students.
INDIA-US: 12 Tri-Valley students freed of radio tag
Twelve of 18 Indian students of the closed Tri-Valley University in California in the United States are now free of radio collars, the Ministry of External Affairs has told the National Human Right Commission, writes Vineeta Pandey for Daily News & Analysis.
INDIA: Deemed universities face fee, admission curbs
Private 'deemed' universities (institutions with considerable autonomy) will no longer be free to decide their fees or admission policies. The Human Resource Development Ministry has decided to let the University Grants Commission enforce its first-ever regulations on tuition fees and admission at deemed universities, writes Basant Kumar Mohanty for the Telegraph India.
GERMANY: University funding fears as states scrap fees
The German university fee system is on the brink of collapse after another state confirmed it would abolish charges for students following a change in local government, writes Alexandra Topping for the Guardian.
CANADA: McGill fined $2 million for raising MBA fees
Quebec's government has fined McGill University $2-million for the school's unilateral decision to raise its tuition fees for an MBA from $1,700 to $29,500, writes James Bradshaw for the Globe and Mail.
UK: Universities may face fines for high fees
The UK's coalition government is considering a Soviet-style central intervention policy to effectively fine individual universities in England if they impose unreasonable tuition fees next year, write Patrick Wintour and Allegra Stratton for the Guardian.