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CHINA
China degree recognition move may open floodgates
Foreign degrees taught in Hong Kong are set to be recognised in mainland China, potentially opening up a huge new market for UK universities, writes David Matthews for Times Higher Education.
CHINA
NYU Shanghai campus to welcome US faculty
Eight members of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and a former Cornell University president are among the faculty slated to teach at New York University's Shanghai campus starting in September, writes Hu Haidan for China Daily.
AUSTRALIA
Universities seek copyright law reform to enable MOOCs
Law reform is required to support innovation and enable Australian universities to compete with the rest of the world in online education, say leading Australian educators, writes Fernando Stankuns for The Conversation.
UNITED KINGDOM
Where are university websites hiding all their research?
Research is fundamental to a university's reputation, ranking and – with the introduction of the Research Excellence Framework – future funding. But are UK universities really doing enough to promote and inform the public of the research they do? asks Claire Shaw in the Guardian.
UNITED KINGDOM
Can Oxbridge solve its privilege problem?
In a study with leather-bound books and busts of ancient Greek scholars, an 18-year-old British student is getting an assignment: a 2,000-word essay on democracy and Fukuyama’s The End of History? Jane Odera appears at home with these highbrow challenges. Yet just five years ago, she was living in social housing and considering dropping out of school to become a hairdresser, writes Sonia van Gilder Cooke for TIME.
SWEDEN
Top universities tune in to web TV
A new web TV collaboration between Stockholm University and the Royal Institute of Technology is the latest innovative idea for reaching a broader pool of future talent, promoting the universities to a wider international audience and providing a new platform for academic discussion, reports The Local.
UNITED STATES
Richest universities quiet on sustainable investing
Harvard, Yale, Stanford, the University of Chicago, Emory University and probably all of their peers have laudable missions: for their graduates to contribute to society. But these five institutions share another thing: none of their endowments is a member of the UN-backed Principles for Responsible Investment, write Robert G Eccles and George Serafeim for Bloomberg.
INDIA
Universities have fed India’s Tahrir moment
About 40% of the more than 17 million students enrolled in Indian higher education are women, many of them struggling against great odds to pursue academic careers. Academic ambition beyond a masters or a professional education is frowned upon. But for those who do manage to stay on, the university often comes to be the first public space for the articulation of their rights as women, writes Ayesha Kidwai for The Globe and Mail.
CHINA
Ranking of rich alumni triggers debate
The compiler of a controversial list of rich alumni said the ranking helps promote entrepreneurial education at universities, reports http://China.org.cn. A total of 183 graduates of two universities have become billionaires in the past three decades, according to a report from cuaa.net, a website focusing on university ranking and evaluation.
IRAQ
University governance project for Anbar University
The University of Anbar is participating in a World Bank project that seeks to help universities in the Middle East develop reforms that will allow them to be more responsive to the needs of young people and become the sources of knowledge and innovation that will drive future growth, writes Saif Ahmad for Mawtani.
UNITED KINGDOM
Universities urged to recruit white, working-class males
Universities will be told they should recruit more white, working-class males in the wake of figures showing a massive slump in applications from men for courses, writes Richard Garner for The Independent.
INDIA
Government cuts higher education spending by 13%
The cash-strapped central government has cut the money it was supposed to spend on higher education this fiscal year by 13%, reports Prashant K Nanda for Livemint. The hardest hit will be two key initiatives of the Human Resources Development Ministry, two officials said.
UNITED STATES
Deal heads off worst effects of ‘fiscal cliff’
After weeks of bickering, members of Congress passed a bill last Tuesday that would avert the worst effects of the so-called fiscal cliff, writes Kelly Field for The Chronicle of Higher Education. The deal, which the Senate overwhelmingly passed early New Year’s Day and the House approved on Tuesday night, protects millions of families from tax increases that were scheduled to take effect on 1 January and postpones automatic, across-the-board spending cuts that could devastate federal funds for student aids and university research.
PAKISTAN
Security beefed up following second university blast
Security has been ramped up at the Peshawar University campus after an explosion rocked the university’s Institute of Islamic and Arabic Studies on Wednesday, writes Zahir Shah Sherazi for http://Dawn.com.
UNITED KINGDOM
Insurance against UK border raids ‘essential’
The UK higher education sector has concluded that an insurance scheme to guarantee international students a fees refund or alternative places should their course or university close down is "essential", writes David Matthews for Times Higher Education.
UNITED KINGDOM
Protests force review of university state school quotas
Controversial admissions rules intended to force leading universities to take more students from state schools are to be reviewed after protests, writes Tim Ross for The Telegraph.
ISRAEL
Ariel University is here to stay – Education minister
Education Minister Gideon Sa’ar on Wednesday lauded Israel’s recent recognition of the Ariel college as a full-fledged university and said the newly upgraded institution was set to become a major part of Israel’s academic infrastructure, writes Michal Shmulovich for The Times of Israel.
UNITED STATES
Ratings at a price for smaller universities
For a certain kind of European, Asian or Latin American institution, the release of the world university rankings each autumn is an exercise in humiliation. Though often long established, and with good local reputations, these schools lack the endowments, research facilities and sheer size needed to compete with US and British powerhouses like Harvard, MIT, Cambridge and Stanford, writes DD Guttenplan for The New York Times.
UNITED STATES
Stanford hires chaplain to counsel atheist students
One of the best-known research universities in America is now using the services of an atheist chaplain to counsel unbelieving students on campus, writes Heather Clark for Christian News.
CANADA
University distances itself from controversial support group
The University of Toronto has distanced itself from a controversial programme, dubbed ‘Courage’, that is described as an anonymous support group to help young adults struggling to resist homosexual urges and recently launched at the Catholic parish based on the school’s main campus, writes James Bradshaw for The Globe and Mail.
UNITED KINGDOM
University applications down
The Universities and Colleges Admissions Service has expressed concern about the potential impact of tuition fees, after figures showed a drop of more than 6% in student applications with less than a month to go before the deadline for 2013 applications, writes Peter Walker for the Guardian.
GLOBAL
Foreign universities find China harder than expected
Like their counterparts around the world in just about any other industry, administrators in higher education in the West can be forgiven for looking at the writing on the wall and seeing Chinese characters. Whether for the narrow purpose of generating revenue or the broader goal of engaging more deeply with a rapidly emerging and ever more important nation, foreign universities are scrambling to recruit in China as well as to establish or expand their presence there, reports The Economist.
SOUTH AFRICA
Students urged to explore all tertiary education options
Higher Education and Training Minister Blade Nzimande on Thursday welcomed last year’s 73.9% National Senior Certificate pass rate and urged those who did not qualify for university entry to consider alternatives, including further education and training colleges, writes Khulekani Magubane for Business Day Live.
CHILE
Drop in high scores for university entrance exam
Results published last Wednesday of the University Selection Test yielded apparently unfavourable results for Chile’s incoming college students. Only 219 students throughout the country achieved the maximum score of 850 points, a decrease of 97 students compared to last year. These are the lowest results since 2004, when only 112 students stood out, writes Manon Paulic for The Santiago Times.
CHINA
Reform needed for scientific research, academics say
Academics and analysts have called for further reforms to a system that distributes funds for scientific research projects at universities, writes Jin Zhu for China Daily. Observers said that funds often go to researchers who maintain good relations with government officials, rather than those seeking to conduct real scientific research.