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PHILIPPINES: Teachers warn of threats to quality
A teacher group in the Philippines warned last weekend of further deterioration in the quality of higher education and more drop-outs next year, as funding for 50 state universities and colleges will be cut by more than P500 million (US$11.75 million), reports the Sun Star.
SWAZILAND: University closed by cash crisis
The University of Swaziland has not opened for the new academic year after the government failed to provide money for student fees, reports the BBC.
SIERRA LEONE: University runs out of paper for exams
Students at Sierra Leone's respected Fourah Bay College were unable to take their final exams because of a lack of paper, reports the BBC.
US-INDIA: Summit to expand higher education dialogue
India's Minister of External Affairs Shri SM Krishna and US Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton met in New Delhi last week for the second annual meeting of the US-India Strategic Dialogue, reports the Asian Scientist. The two countries plan to host a higher education summit in Washington DC on 13 October to find ways for their higher education communities to collaborate.
GERMANY: Cash tempts university guardians
As a textbook example of how not to manage the relationship between private industry and the academy, Deutsche Bank's agreement with two leading German universities to sponsor their joint institute for applied mathematical research has a lot going for it, writes DD Guttenplan for The New York Times.
CHINA: World's universities forge local alliances
Foreign universities are getting ready to grab a bigger slice of the education pie in China by firming up existing partnerships and forging new alliances with Chinese educational institutions, writes Wang Chao for China Daily.
MALAYSIA: Ministry cracks down on errant universities
For a long time, errant private higher education providers in Malaysia deliberately broke the rules and got away with it. Anything more than a cursory disciplinary glance from the relevant authorities - or the occasional media frenzy - would be as good as it got, and misdemeanours largely passed under the radar. No longer, writes Richard Lim for The Star.
CANADA: Colleges see surge in Indian students
Canada, which has long promoted its eagerness to attract foreigners, is experiencing a surge in the number of Indian students heading there for higher education, writes Vir Singh for The New York Times.
AUSTRALIA: Universities fail to impress Indian pupils
Australia appears to be struggling in the all-important perception stakes, with a new survey of Indian students showing that the UK and US are considered to have higher quality institutions and a better quality of life, writes Julie Hare for The Australian.
NORTH KOREA: Students must pick medicinal herbs
In addition to requiring university students to help in the construction of 100,000 houses in Pyongyang, the North Korean authorities have placed another heavy obligation on students - they must help collect medicinal herbs - writes Kang Mi Jin for the Daily NK.
UK: Postgraduate fee hike warning
UK universities are raising their fees for home and European Union postgraduate students sharply, a survey suggests, prompting warnings about access to academia and other professions, writes John Morgan for Times Higher Education.
UK: Tough times ahead for 100,000 students
More than 100,000 students will face a double disappointment when they fail to find a place at university this summer and are hit with the prospect of trebled tuition fees when they try again in 12 months' time, writes Daniel Boffey for the Guardian.
UK: Open University sets £5,000 tuition fees
The Open University has announced tuition fees of £5,000 (US$8,801) per year for the equivalent of a full-time place for students in England from next year, writes Sean Coughlan for the BBC. This will mean that the Open University, which provides degree courses by distance learning, will have among the lowest fees in England.
SCOTLAND: English fees to price out Scots
Scots could be priced out of leading English universities including Oxford and Cambridge by the rise in fees south of the border and confusion over what financial support is on offer, writes Eddie Barnes for Scotland on Sunday.
US: Student visa quest ends in tragedy
With his new student visa, Prasanth Goinaka was on a path toward his dream: an MBA from an American university in the heart of Silicon Valley, writes Lisa M Krieger for Mercury News. That's why his parents back in India were stunned when their 28-year-old son was killed while manning a cash register at a convenience store in Oklahoma City - 2,400 kilometres from campus.
US: Embattled psychologist resigns from Harvard
Marc D Hauser, the Harvard psychologist found responsible for eight counts of scientific misconduct by the university, has resigned, ending speculation about whether the embattled professor would return to campus this autumn, writes Tom Bartlett for The Chronicle of Higher Education.
UGANDA: Makerere University staff threaten strike
The Makerere University Academic Staff Association, Muasa, has warned that members will not teach at the beginning of the next academic year unless Uganda's government pays the balance of their savings with the National Insurance Corporation, writes Patience Ahimbisibwe for the Daily Monitor.
TAIWAN: First private inter-university system
The Taiwan-based Buddhist monastic order Fo Guang Shan has combined its four institutions of higher learning, located in three different countries, to establish Taiwan's first private inter-university system, reports Taiwan Today.
FIJI: Universities aplenty
For a small islands nation, Fiji has too many universities that are creating waste and un-necessary duplication of roles and courses, a Fiji-born lawyer and former diplomat has said, writes Samisoni Pareti for Islands Business.
AFRICA: Distance learning 'struggling'
Open and Distance Learning in Africa is struggling with credibility issues as governments have very few policies for quality assurance, according to Association of African Universities Secretary General Olugbemiro Jegede. There is an apparent lack of interest in establishing national quality assurance systems to improve education, writes Polycarp Machira for The Citizen.
NEW ZEALAND: Innovation 'shopfront' launched
Nine universities and crown research institutes have launched the Kiwi Innovation Network, KiwiNet, to take more of a New Zealand Inc approach to commercialising science and technology research, writes Fiona Rotherham for Business Day.
US: Law schools get practical
Looking to attract employers' attention, some law schools in the US are throwing out decades of tradition by replacing textbook courses with classes that teach more practical skills, writes Patrick G Lee for The Wall Street Journal.
US: Third of Alabama students need remedial classes
More than a third of Alabama high school graduates who attend college in-state must take remedial courses in their freshman year because they cannot do college-level work, an analysis of new data from the Alabama Commission on Higher Education shows, writes Marie Leech The Birmingham News.
US: Campus affirmative action may head to top court
The debate over racial preferences in higher education admissions could be headed back to the US Supreme Court, writes Andrea Billups for The Washington Times. After a federal appeals court decision striking down the Michigan's voter-approved ban two weeks ago and a renewed effort afoot to overturn a similar law in California, colleges and universities may be seeking further guidance on how to legally create racial diversity in their student bodies.
US: Finance difficulties hindering graduation rates
Estranged from his family at age 17, Jake Boyd put himself through Macomb Community College in suburban Detroit by working nearly 100 hours a week, writes Jon Marcus of The Hechinger Report. It took Boyd almost five years to earn his associate degree in law enforcement from Macomb, the campus where President Barack Obama announced his American Graduation Initiative in 2009, setting a goal of restoring the country to first place by 2020 in the proportion of 25- to 34-year-olds with college degrees.