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AUSTRALIA
China now top university partner
China has overtaken the United States as Australia's biggest "knowledge partner" for the first time, reports AAP.
CANADA
Montreal university launches ambitious fundraising drive
The Université de Montréal is spearheading the most ambitious fundraising campaign ever attempted among francophone universities worldwide – a goal of $500 million to support teaching, research and infrastructure, writes Karen Seidman for The Montreal Gazette.
UNITED STATES
Chinese flock to elite US schools
While Chinese students traditionally went abroad when they failed to secure a place at a top-tier local university, the best students are now forgoing elite Chinese universities to study in the United States, writes Alexis Lai for CNN.
UNITED KINGDOM
Drop in early student application numbers
The number of students in England applying to university has slumped by almost 10%, reports the Press Association. The latest UCAS statistics reveal that almost 12,000 fewer people living in England have applied to start degree courses in autumn 2013.
UGANDA
Government backs private universities on research
The Ugandan government is to come up with new policies that will support private universities in research and development, writes Joyce Namutebi for New Vision.
UNITED KINGDOM
Ten new universities announced
Ten smaller higher education colleges in England, including three specialist arts institutions and the venerable Royal Agricultural College, are to become full universities, the government has announced, in the biggest shakeup to the sector in 20 years, writes Peter Walker for the Guardian.
UNITED KINGDOM
India's Amity University to open London campus
A private Indian university plans to open a campus for 15,000 foreign students in London, it was announced last week as Boris Johnson continued his whirlwind tour of the country to promote links with the United Kingdom, writes Theo Usherwood for The Independent.
CHILE
OECD calls for tighter university accreditation process
The OECD recommends that Chile tighten its accreditation process, an area of particular scrutiny lately, in order to improve its higher education system, writes Emily Green for The Santiago Times.
UNITED KINGDOM
Britain's first profit-making university opened
In a groundbreaking move, it was revealed that the College of Law – Britain’s largest provider of legal education and training – had been granted full university status, writes Graeme Paton for The Telegraph. It is the first private university to be established since Buckingham – officially a charity – was awarded the full title almost 30 years ago.
UNITED STATES
Accreditors urged to help protect academic freedom
The Council for Higher Education Accreditation has joined the American Association of University Professors in urging accreditors to take steps to ensure that the protection of academic freedom is a central concern in their evaluation of higher education institutions, writes Peter Schmidt for The Chronicle of Higher Education.
UNITED STATES
MOOCs revolutionise both teaching and access
Sociology is almost second nature to Mitchell Duneier, a professor at Princeton: he has taught it 30 times, and a textbook he co-wrote is in its eighth edition. But last summer, as he transformed the class into a free online course, he had to grapple with some brand new questions, writes Tamar Lewin for The New York Times.
UNITED STATES
Gates to fund online courses in community colleges
Online courses provided by some of the top universities in the United States are going to be used by students at local community colleges, in a project funded by the Gates Foundation, writes Sean Coughlan for the BBC.
GLOBAL
Universities launch partnership to help Burma
Nine top US universities and colleges have formed an academic partnership to help Burma rebuild its higher education capacity, it was announced last week in the wake of a historic visit to the country by US President Barack Obama, writes Lalit K Jha for The Irrawaddy.
TAIWAN
University merger plan sets goal for academia
Six universities in Taiwan will merge into three due to the nation's declining birth rate, the Ministry of Education said last week, writes Linger Liu for The China Post.
IRAN
Cyberspaces free from the constraints of theocracy
The continuing expansion of online higher education could help Iran to one day emerge from the shadows of theocracy and transform more seamlessly into a liberal democratic society, a conference has heard, writes Matthew Reisz for Times Higher Education.
UNITED KINGDOM
Student protest ends in anger
National Union of Students President Liam Burns has been pelted with eggs and fruit at the conclusion of a march in London, which was marked by a low turnout and widespread anger over the perceived failure of the organisation to fight the trebling of university fees in England, write Shiv Malik and Rebecca Ratcliffe for the Guardian.
NEW ZEALAND
Foreign student intake suspended
Four private tertiary education providers in New Zealand have had their intake of foreign students suspended after they were found to be in breach of their obligations to international students, writes Simon Day for Stuff.
EUROPE
Fears of Scots being squeezed out by EU students
Scottish students risk missing out on higher education places in their own country due to a huge increase in competition from elsewhere in the EU, one of the country’s leading universities has warned, writes Chris Marshall for The Scotsman.
INDIA
Growth in foreign student numbers
Samwel Odhiambo feels that he fits in well in Mumbai. The Kenyan student, now in his third year of an IT degree at Patkar College in Goregaon, left Nairobi to pursue higher education in India. "It is five or six times more expensive in Kenya," he said. "I also wanted a new experience, so I came here," writes Bhavya Dore for the Hindustan Times.
INDIA
Banks tighten purse strings on education loans
Indian banks have become stricter this year about sanctioning loans for study abroad, following complaints from Indian students about the recognition of foreign universities. They have put in place a number of checks and are demanding more documents from students, reports Aparna Ramalingam for TNN.
NEW ZEALAND
Minister ready to ‘force change’ at university
Auckland University and New Zealand’s government appear headed for a showdown over what courses the university is offering – and what the country needs, writes Simon Collins for The New Zealand Herald. Tertiary Education Minister Steven Joyce is threatening to force the university to take more engineering students, even though the university says this could cause layoffs elsewhere on the campus.
LIBERIA
Country drafts first higher education strategic plan
A delegation from the Liberian government that visited the headquarters of the World Bank in New York, where it participated in a week-long intensive consultation, has returned home, reports the Daily Observer.
PAKISTAN
HEC plans to connect colleges with research network
Pakistan’s Higher Education Commission is conducting a feasibility study around the country into electronically connecting colleges through the Pakistan Education and Research Network (PERN), writes Myra Imran for The News.
EAST AFRICA
Top Ugandan university fails Kenya quality test
One of the most popular universities in East Africa is not accredited, according to Kenya’s Commission for Higher Education (CHE), writes Benjamin Muindi for Daily Nation.
NIGERIA
Students in diaspora urge end to money drain
The Students Association of Nigeria in Diaspora has called on the Nigerian government to address the dangerous trend whereby huge sums of money are taken to other countries as university and school fees, writes Ibrahim Chonoko for the Daily Trust.