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MALAYSIA: Government woos Australian students
The government is seeking ways to allow credit transfer for Australian students to study in Malaysian universities for at least one semester, reports The Star. "This credit transfer is an important step as it will involve all universities in Malaysia," said Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak.
AUSTRALIA: Government 'blackmailed' university
The Baillieu government has been trying to blackmail the University of Melbourne into overseeing its controversial alpine grazing trial by threatening to withdraw millions of dollars in research funding, writes Melissa Fyfe for The Age.
SCOTLAND: University chiefs may face elections
University principals could face direct elections to their posts in future, after the prospect was backed by education secretary Michael Russell, writes Scott Macnab for The Scotsman. They could even be removed from office between elections, the minister said.
ISRAEL: Future of Judaism studies at risk - report
A new report presented to the Council of Higher Education warns of a grim future in the field of Jewish philosophy studies, following a drastic decline in research funds and the number of faculty members in the field, writes Tomer Velmer for YNet News.
CANADA: University ordered to pay reinstated staff
The University of Prince Edward Island will have to pay out almost $700,000 (US$719,200) after a judge ruled in favour of three employees who were forced into retirement, writes Ryan Ross for The Guardian.
EU: Philosopher sparks clash in European Parliament
The centre-right Hungarian government of Viktor Orbán is "criminalising 20 years of democratic transition in the country", a prominent Hungarian philosopher told the European Parliament this month. MEPs close to the Orbán government denounced her as "a liar".
US: Public universities seek more autonomy
With states providing a dwindling share of money for higher education, many states and public universities are rethinking their ties, writes Tamar Lewin for The New York Times. Public universities say that with less money from state coffers, they cannot afford the complicated web of state regulations governing areas like procurement and building, and that they need more flexibility to compete with private institutions.
US-INDIA: 700 Tri-Valley students to be relocated
US authorities have indicated that the cases of about 700 of 1,550 Indian students affected by the closure of California's dubious Tri-Valley University are being processed for transfer to other universities, writes S Rajagopalan for Express Buzz.
JORDAN: Polytechnics to ease university pressures
Jordan's Ministry of Higher Education said last weekend that it will push for the establishment of polytechnic schools across the country in order to ease the growing pressure on universities, writes Khetam Malkawi for Zawya.
INDONESIA: Plan to share lecturers earns top marks
Education experts have lauded a proposed plan by the government that would allow for the transfer of lecturers between universities in a bid to boost the institutions' standings and hence enrollment rates, writes Dessy Sagita for the Jakarta Globe.
CANADA: Rising enrolment strains university budgets
Canadian universities are bursting at the seams as enrolment continues to rise, and some university insiders worry that they will not be able to handle the strain, reports CTV. National enrolment numbers have reached a record high and experts predict they will keep rising over the next five years.
AUSTRALIA: Journal rankings a 'sword over academia'
Journal rankings are "a spectre haunting universities everywhere" according to a British business academic who also attacked a new University of Queensland internal index that measures research performance, writes Jill Rowbotham for The Australian.
UK: Top author hands over archives to Oxford
Dumpy, drab and described by his unfaithful wife as "breathtakingly ordinary", the British master spy George Smiley still managed to become one of modern fiction's most unforgettable characters, writes Jennifer Howard for The Chronicle of Higher Education. Now he has come back home with the donation by his creator, John Le Carré's, of the author's literary archive to Oxford University's Bodleian Library.
UK: Universities brace for heavier research burden
Since the introduction of the research assessment exercise, an evaluation carried out on behalf of the four UK funding councils every five years, academics have had to do a lot more form-filling to secure funding for future research. Its replacement, the research excellence framework, due to be rolled out in 2013, could make that burden even heavier, putting them under pressure to source hard-to-find data, writes Anthea Lipsett for The Guardian.
UK: Humanities tuition fees 'should be lower'
Universities in England have been told to limit tuition fees to £6,000 (US$9,744) for students taking arts and humanities degrees, writes Graeme Paton for The Telegraph. David Willetts, the Universities Minister, said institutions should be able to impose much lower charges for these courses because they are cheaper to run than others such as medicine and science.
UK: Gap years in decline as university fees rise
Gap-year companies are experiencing a drop in the number of school-leavers applying for places, as increased tuition fees next year makes it more prudent for them to go to university, writes Richard Garner for The Independent.
INDIA: Delhi slum children to get Australian degrees
Delhi's slum children will now be able to study in Australia under an exchange programme between the University of Melbourne and the voluntary organisation Asha, reports Sify.
SAUDI ARABIA: Finnish deal boosts higher education
Saudi Arabia and Finland have signed a memorandum of understanding for cooperation in the field of higher education that will boost partnerships between Saudi and Finnish institutions, writes Ghazanfar Ali Khan for Arab News.
NIGERIA: Universities to get nano-medicine centre
The National Universities Commission has signed a memorandum of understanding with the Institute for Lasers, Photonics, and Biophotonics in the US for the development of an international research centre for nanomedicine in some Nigerian universities, writes Ayo Okulaja for Next.
US: Texas universities to allow guns on campus
A new law that looks certain to pass through the Texas legislature would mean that its 38 public colleges, which are attended by half a million students, must permit concealed handguns on site, writes Jon Swaine for The Telegraph.
UK: Universities fail to fight extremism - watchdog
The government's counterterrorism watchdog believes Britain's universities are reluctant to deal with radicalisation on campus and says a report by vice-chancellors that rejects demands to ban controversial speakers is "weak", write Allegra Stratton, Patrick Wintour and Jeevan Vasagar for The Guardian.
SOUTH SUDAN: Universities to re-open amid challenges
South Sudan continues to move on after its successful independence referendum, announcing that its universities will reopen in mid-May this year. However, the south's universities need a lot of work before opening, reports Matt Richmond for the Voice of America.
WALES: Universities plan alliances to cut costs
Bangor and Aberystwyth universities are planning a "strategic alliance" as institutions around Wales look to work more closely, reports the BBC. A decision to form a "super university" in Wales was also recently announced.
RUSSIA: Minorities complain of racism in universities
There is increasing concern about the high levels of discrimination which ethnic minority students face if they study at Russian universities. Insults, beatings and official harrassment are among the complaints, reports Deutsche Welle.
DUBAI: University shutdowns fall in saturated market
The number of academic institutions being shut down due to falling below international standards has drastically decreased over the past decade, reports the UAE's Commission for Academic Accreditation (CAA), writes Rania Moussly for Gulf News.