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GLOBAL: Unesco pulls plug on Philosophy Day in Iran
The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation decided last week to pull the plug on another embarrassment to its reputation, dissociating itself from this year's celebration of philosophy, to be held in Iran in less than two weeks, writes Steven Erlanger for The New York Times.
INDIA: Higher education spending to rise 13% yearly
India's expenditure on higher education will grow nearly 13% annually in the next 10 years driven by the private sector, said a report released by Human Resource Development Minister Kapil Sibal on Thursday, writes Prashant K Nanda for LiveMint.com.
UK: Reluctance to study abroad a 'pressing issue'
A new study suggests that Britain's economic future could be jeopardised unless more students embrace overseas experience, reports The Guardian.
AUSTRALIA: Biometric scans for foreign students
Foreign students will be included in a trial of biometric checks as part of a wider campaign to weed out potential terrorists, writes Guy Healy for The Australian.
CHINA: US exam botch frustrates Chinese students
Following the cancellation last month of thousands of Graduate Record Examination scores in China due to administrative problems, a growing number of Chinese students are speaking out about what they say is an insufficient and ineffective response by the US company that runs the exam, writes Mary Hennock for The Chronicle of Higher Education.
US: For-profit drops suit against community college
When Fort Lauderdale-based Keiser University took one of Florida's community college's to court last month for slander, the suit garnered national attention as evidence of just how nasty the debate over for-profit colleges had become, writes Michael Vasquez for The Miami Herald.
US: Money fuels environmentalist boom on campuses
Dickinson College in Carlisle, Pennsylvania, has pledged to be completely carbon-neutral by 2020. On the West Coast, the University of California-Santa Cruz saves an estimated $300,000 on water each year by eliminating trays in its dining halls. And the University of Georgia, which subsidises public transportation on campus, now has nearly 30 student organisations related to sustainability, writes Brian Wingfield for Forbes.com.
MEXICO: Comparative study makes case for universities
It can be lonely at the top, especially when it comes to global university rankings. So in 2008, researchers at the National Autonomous University of Mexico, the sole Mexican university to break into the top 200 in international rankings, decided to see how their institution stacked up against its rivals in Mexico, writes Marion Lloyd for The Chronicle of Higher Education.
SCOTLAND: Free higher education must end - report
Free higher education in Scotland is under threat after a report published by Universities Scotland confirmed that tuition fees must be reviewed, writes Kathryn Richardson for The Journal.
ISRAEL: Minister halts Tel Aviv University funding
Israeli Minister of Finance Yuval Steinitz last week ordered Accountant General Shuki Oren to immediately stop budget transfers to Tel Aviv University because of "salary irregularities", reports Globes.
INDIA: Mumbai academics want Mistry book back
The University of Mumbai's Academic Staff Association wants Rohinton Mistry's book, Such a Long Journey, to be reintroduced, writes Mihika Basu for the Daily News & Analysis.
UK: Home secretary promises immigration crackdown
The UK home secretary, Theresa May, is to end the right to permanent settlement for more than 100,000 skilled workers and overseas students who come to Britain each year, writes Alan Travis for The Guardian.
ISRAEL: Academics warn on dangers of ethics code
Isreal's Education Minister Gideon Sa'ar has proposed a 'code of ethics' on the limits of academic freedom at higher education institutions. But academics say the code would endanger academic freedom, writes Or Kashti for Haaretz.
US: University endowments 'healing' after crisis
University and college endowments in the United States gained an average 13% in the past year, recouping part of their losses from the global financial crisis, reports Gillian Wee for The Sydney Morning Herald.
US: Poll results may mean tighter university budgets
The recent midterm elections in the US - in which the Republicans gained control of the House of Representatives and some key governors' offices - are likely to add to the financial pressures on colleges and universities, writes Scott Jaschik for Inside Higher Ed.
MEXICO: Lack of funds puts top university in crisis
The University of Guadalajara, one of Mexico's leading universities, said it has been in a "critical" financial situation for several months because of the Jalisco state government's failure to deliver 701 million pesos ($56.5 million) in funding, reports the Latin American Herald Tribune.
SCOTLAND: Universities face thousands of job cuts
Higher Education leaders say funding cuts of more than £150 million (US$244 million) for Scottish universities next year will lead to thousands of job losses, cuts in courses and lasting damage to the sector's international reputation, reports Andrew Denholm for The Herald.
UK: Graduate unemployment rate reaches new high
Unemployment among graduates in the UK is at its highest in nearly two decades as thousands struggle to find work, the Mirror reports. Some 8.9% of those who left university last year (around 21,000) were without a job six months later as graduates suffered from the effects of the recession, according to a study by the Higher Education Careers Services Unit.
MALAYSIA: Over-50s targeted to boost PhD numbers
Students pursuing their degree or PhD at higher learning institutions after reaching the age of 50 may enjoy free or reduced tuition fee under a proposal by the higher education ministry, reports the official news agency Bernama.
MALAYSIA: Universities in China to be recognised
An agreement is in sight for universities in China to be recognised by Malaysia's Higher Education Ministry, writes Joshua Foong for The Star. Deputy Minister Datuk Dr Hou Kok Chung said the ministry was in the final stages of having several universities and higher learning institutions in China accredited.
US: Obama leads universities to India
Yale and Duke universities are among dozens of United States colleges that India is recruiting to help educate its population, which has more than 550 million people under the age of 25, reports Bloomberg.
CANADA: University divided over PhD award dispute
A former child prodigy who became a mathematics professor at age 24 has been suspended from the University of Manitoba in Canada for protesting its decision to award a PhD to a student who failed to meet the formal requirements, in part because of an anxiety disorder, writes Joseph Brean for the National Post.
INDIA: World-first aviation university to open
The Centre for Asia Pacific Aviation (Capa) and the Bangalore-based Subramanya Construction and Development Company (SCDC) signed a joint venture agreement to set up the world's first integrated aviation university and training campus in the Karnataka capital, reports The Hindustan Times.
ISRAEL: Students protest funds for Torah study
Dozens of students came out to demonstrate and burn tyres at Ben-Gurion, Tel Aviv and Hebrew universities last week, to protest the bill that would restore income allowances to yeshiva (Talmudic studies) students, writes Asaf Shtull-Trauring for Haaretz.
ZIMBABWE: Ministry mulls recalling retired lecturers
The Ministry of Higher and Tertiary Education is considering plans to call back retired lecturers in a bid to address the shortage of staff at colleges as a result of the brain drain, reports Talk Zimbabwe.