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UGANDA: Loan scheme takes shape, slowly
Poor but bright students will have to wait a little longer to access loans to pursue higher education after Uganda's government announced that it will take it nearly two years to introduce an education loan scheme, writes Al-Mahdi Ssenkabirwa for the Daily Monitor.
SCOTLAND: Part-time fees a barrier to education
One-quarter of Scots would like to study part-time at university but are put off by tuition fees, reports Herald Scotland. According to a poll last week, the figure rose among unemployed people polled, with 73% of those saying the cost of studying part-time stopped them applying for courses that would help them back into work.
UK: School swallows merger medicine
The only higher education institution in the UK that is devoted to the study of pharmacy is to become part of University College London after merger proposals that have opened deep rifts between academics were approved by governors, writes Simon Baker for Times Higher Education.
SRI LANKA: New students to get leadership training
The Ministry of Higher Education has made arrangements to provide three weeks of training in 'leadership and positive attitude development' to all the 2,200 students who have qualified to enter universities this year, writes AAM Nizam for the Asian Tribune.
US: Trump's for-profit university under scrutiny
The New York attorney general is investigating Donald Trump's online business school where he charges would-be moguls up to $35,000 to "learn from the master", writes Douglas Feiden for the Daily News.
CONGO: Rebels attack university minister
The Democratic Republic of Congo's Minister of University and Higher Education has survived an attack by Rwandan rebels that left two people dead, writes Michael J Kavanag for Bloomberg.
US: Texas set to allow handguns in universities
The holders of concealed handgun licences are set to be allowed to carry weapons into public college buildings and classrooms in Texas, after Republicans in the state senate approved the measure as part of a universities spending bill, reports the Guardian.
US: Texas universities pressured by think-tank
The influence of a conservative movement that would apply a greater business orientation to Texas higher education came into stark relief last week, when the chancellor of one of the state's university systems unexpectedly resigned and the other seemed to push back against regents who have embraced what some call a heavy-handed ideological agenda, writes Jack Stripling for The Chronicle of Higher Education.
US: Kushner's honour restored by board vote
The trustees board of City University of New York brought to an end an embarrassing row over freedom of expression by voting unanimously to award an honorary degree to the award-winning playwright Tony Kushner, write Ed Pilkington and Ewen MacAskill for the Guardian.
SPAIN: Corruption 'widespread in universities'
A Spanish university has denied that disciplinary proceedings against one of its professors are a response to a book he wrote alleging corruption at the institution. José Penalva, professor of education at the University of Murcia, has been accused of absenteeism and could face dismissal, writes Paul Jump for Times Higher Education.
SCOTLAND: Probe into university visa scam
Scotland's Immigration Minister Damian Green admitted last week that there might be widespread abuses of a visa scheme that provides foreign students with the chance to enrol at UK institutions, after irregularities were found at a university, writes Kate Devlin for The Herald.
UK: LSE 'may reject maximum tuition fees'
The London School of Economics could become the first elite university in England to set tuition fees below the maximum level. In a boost to the coalition government, it emerged that the institution is considering charging £8,000 (US$13,000) a year for a degree - £1,000 lower than all other top universities, writes Graeme Paton for The Telegraph.
UK: Student loans firm faces record complaints
The number of students and graduates complaining about the handling of their loans has soared in recent years, amid growing concern that the cost of higher education is fuelling discontent in universities across the country, writes Brian Brady for The Independent on Sunday.
INDIA: Fee increase proposed for central universities
The era of exceptionally low fees at central universities in India could soon be over, if the government accepts the alternative funding system suggested by the Human Resource Development Ministry-appointed Madhava Menon Committee, writes Urmi A Goswami for The Economic Times.
CHINA: Ministry issues list excluding new college
While many of China's universities are advertising to attract attention from college candidates ahead of the annual college entrance examination in June, one university is noticeably absent from a list of colleges approved to recruit students, reports English.Eastday.com.
SAUDI ARABIA: University education gets 25-year plan
Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah has approved a 25-year plan for the development of university education in Saudi Arabia, Higher Education Minister Khaled Al-Anqari announced last week. He said the plan, which has taken into consideration Shariah teachings, the country's future vision and national development plans, was prepared in line with global best practices in higher education, reports PK Abdul Ghafour for Arab News.
IRAN: Curricula aligned with 'Islamic principles'
Iran's Ministry of Science says the course content of 36 university programmes has been altered for the academic year that starts this autumn, reports Radio Zamaneh. The ministry says it has a committee in charge of reviewing university curricula, according to a report by the Islamic Republic News Agency, and its work will continue beyond the 36 fields affected in this round.
BULGARIA: Students flock to foreign universities
Some 80,000 Bulgarian students currently study abroad, primarily in the European Union, according to data presented at an education forum in Sofia last Monday, reports Novinite.
US: Canada's rejection of Ignatieff shocks Harvard
Boston's chattering classes are struggling with the stunning political defeat of one of Harvard's most popular academics at the hands of Canadian voters, painting Michael Ignatieff's historic loss as Liberal leader as a new low in Canadian politics, writes Tamsin McMahon for the National Post.
CANADA: University graduates turn to colleges
As the bachelor degree loses its lustre, the college system in Canada has been prepping for its close-up. One of its biggest boosters: university graduates who are treating colleges and polytechnics as de facto finishing schools, writes Tralee Pearce for the Globe and Mail.
UGANDA: Universities raise admission points
Makerere University and the other four public universities have raised the admission points for government-sponsored students for the coming academic year, write Francis Kagolo and Cecilia Okoth for New Vision.
GERMANY: Plagiarism report slams Guttenberg
The chances of former defence minister Karl-Theodor zu Guttenberg returning quickly to German politics seemed effectively buried last Wednesday after his alma mater said his thesis was full of other people's work that he had deliberately copied, reports The Local.
MALAYSIA: Industry hails education deal with China
Veteran industry players have applauded the signing of an agreement between the Malaysian government and China to facilitate mutual recognition of higher education qualifications, which is expected to accelerate industrial growth, writes Lee Kian Seong for The Star.
US: Prestigious universities group ousts Nebraska
For the first time in its 111-year history, an organisation made up of the nation's leading research universities has voted to oust one of its members, the University of Nebraska at Lincoln. The ouster by the prestigious and prominent group, the Association of American Universities, was particularly painful to Nebraska since the university was one of its earliest members, admitted in 1909, writes Tamar Lewin for The New York Times.
CANADA: Wikileaks alleges anti-US university bias
A US Embassy official studying at the University of Ottawa apparently experienced first-hand what American officials describe as the 'anti-American biases' of Canada's universities and academics, writes Keith Bonnell for Postmedia News.