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JORDAN: Intelligence monitoring of students
Jordan's government should end restrictions on free expression at universities where intelligence officers monitor students, according to Human Rights Watch. The watchdog organisation said the rights of students to free expression had been "violated by intelligence officers or by university administrations" several times since November 2010, Agence France Presse reported from Amman in an article carried by Zawya.
BAHRAIN: University sacks students, staff
The University of Bahrain has dismissed 200 students, academics and other employees for incidents connected to recent unrest. Dr Ebrahim Mohammed Janahi, the university's President, told the state news agency BNA that the damage caused by "regretful incidents" during unrest on 13 March amounted to US$928,000, Andy Sanbidge writes for the news magazine Arabian Business.
BAHRAIN: Regime accused of harassing students in UK
The British government has called on Bahrain to respect the rights of students after reports of harassment of students protesting against the regime, Matthew Taylor writes for the Guardian. Previously the newspaper wrote that Bahrain stood accused of putting intense pressure on families of students in Britain who were photographed attending a peaceful protest in Manchester in solidarity with the country's pro-democracy movement.
UK: University visas suspended
Glascow Caledonian University in Scotland has become the first in the UK to have its overseas student visa licence suspended, after claims that a number of nursing students were found to be working "almost full-time", writes Kate Devlin for The Herald.
CUBA: A door ajar for US students
Thousands of American college students have been effectively locked out of Cuba since 2004, when the Bush administration tightened restrictions on travel for academic, cultural and religious purposes writes, Eric Platt for The New York Times. Cuba was then the third most popular study-abroad destination in Latin America, after Mexico and Costa Rica.
US: Dwindling research funding could be 'positive'
The US federal budget approved by Congress in April has cut funding for the National Institutes of Health, which provides grants to university researchers, by about 1% or some US$260 million for the 2011 fiscal year. But some researchers say cutbacks could work in their favour by improving research quality, writes Matt Steyl in the Daily Tar Heel.
VIETNAM: Decline in university applications
The number of applicants for university admission this year has fallen across Vietnam, with many of last year's unsuccessful candidates reportedly opting for vocational schools instead of another crack at university entrance exams, reports Viet Nam News.
LAOS: China to open its first overseas campus
Soochow University, Laos, an overseas affiliate of Soochow University, Suzhou, in Jiangsu province of eastern China, is expected to officially open in 2012 and will be the first overseas university run by a higher education institution from mainland China, the official newspaper People's Daily reports.
SAUDI ARABIA: More female students heading abroad
Around 17% of the estimated 80,000 Saudi students studying under the King Abdullah Foreign Scholarship Programme are women, according to the Ministry of Higher Education, which also estimated that the number of students would increase to 140,000 in the next five years, Fatima Sidiya reports for Arab News.
POLAND: Universities respond to market demand
Polish universities are finally responding to market demand by offering courses that reflect the needs of the economy, according to a Dziennik Gazeta Prawna survey of universities, the Warsaw Business Journal reports.
MOZAMBIQUE: Budget cuts threaten university quality
Mozambique's Education Minister Zeferino Martins has warned that cuts to the budgets of the country's two public universities, Eduardo Mondlane University and the Pedagogical University, will compromise the quality of education in both institutions, reports AllAfrica.com.
KOSOVO: Higher education challenges
Kosovo has the lowest higher education attendance in the European Union, writes Muhamet Brajshori for the Southeast European Times. While there are 50 students per 1,000 inhabitants in the EU, Kosovo falls short with just 30 students per 1,000 inhabitants, according to the education ministry.
AUSTRALIA: Steps to grow indigenous representation
Indigenous Australians have long been under-represented in their country's universities, but now some institutions are creating leadership posts to help increase the number of indigenous students and academics, writes Liz Gooch for The New York Times.
SOUTH AFRICA: Student funding chief sacked
The CEO of South Africa's National Student Financial Aid Scheme, suspended after the scheme was given an audit report with a disclaimer, has been fired, writes Caiphus Kgosana for The Sunday Times.
SOUTH KOREA: KAIST criticised after student suicides
The president of South Korea's top science university is fighting to save his job after a string of student suicides sparked fierce criticism of his controversial reforms and a government audit accused him and other officials at the institution of financial and administrative violations, writes David McNeill for The Chronicle of Higher Education.
US: College loans weigh heavier on graduates
Student loan debt outpaced credit card debt for the first time last year and is likely to top a trillion dollars this year as more students go to college and a growing share borrow money to do so, writes Tamar Lewin for The New York Times.
US: California students protest against university cuts
Decrying what they called an assault on higher education, thousands of academics and students at California State University campuses across the state rallied, marched and held teach-ins on Wednesday to protest against steep funding cuts and rising tuition, write Carla Rivera and Larry Gordon for the Los Angeles Times.
INDIA-US: Obama-Singh initiative to fly soon
India and the US will take steps to increase collaboration in higher education in the next few months under an initiative announced during Prime Minister Manmohan Singh's visit to the US in November 2009, writes Prashant K Nanda for LiveMint.com.
INDIA: Reprieve for 44 deemed universities
India's supreme court on Monday gave a reprieve to the 44 'deemed universities' facing de-recognition on the basis of deficiencies pointed out by the Tandon Committee, writes J Venkatesan for The Hindu. The court extended the status quo order: in other words, it restrained the government from taking further action on the basis of the report.
PAKISTAN: Petition filed against plan to dissolve HEC
A petition has been filed in the supreme court against the government's plan to dissolve the Higher Education Commission, or HEC, which is widely credited with playing a key role in promoting higher learning in Pakistan, writes Mohsin Ali for Gulf News.
ISRAEL: Colleges approved for state research funding
An unprecedented agreement signed between Israel's finance ministry and representatives from local colleges will, for the first time, allow college staff to receive government funding for research, writes Tomer Velmer for YNetNews. Until now, this has been reserved for universities alone.
MALAYSIA: Universities must expand internationally
Universities should extend their wings beyond Malaysia's national boundaries by promoting and contributing to regional and international development, said the Higher Education Minister Datuk Seri Mohamed Khaled Nordin.
RUSSIA: Foreigners get right to teach in universities
A new law passed on Wednesday allows the employment of foreign experts as teachers at Russian colleges and universities, reports Ria Novosti.
US: Big cuts to international programmes
When a chart of all cuts in the 2011 budget passed by the US congress on Thursday was made public earlier last week, international education advocates received an unpleasant surprise: funding for foreign language and area studies programmes within the Education Department could be cut by as much as $50 million, rolled back to levels last seen before 9/11, writes Libby A Nelson for Inside Higher Ed.
US: Foreign graduate student numbers continue to rise
Foreign-student applications to American graduate schools are up 9% over last year, with much of the increase fueled by a double-digit expansion in applications from prospective Chinese students, according to a report released last week, writes Karin Fischer for The Chronicle of Higher Education.