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AUSTRALIA: International students save universities
Australian universities are so chronically under-funded in their teaching activities that every domestic undergraduate is effectively subsidised to the tune of AUD1,200 (US$1,293) by international student fees, write Andrew Trounson and Julie Hare for The Australian. That almost matches the government's own subsidy for domestic law and business students of $1,765 a year.
US: Big jump in California's non-resident students
The University of California's campaign to recruit more high-paying non-resident students appears to be paying off, reports Terence Chea for Associated Press. New data released on Thursday showed big jumps in out-of-state and international students who intend to enroll at the university's nine undergraduate campuses this autumn.
US: Agents recruiting foreign students criticised
The practice of using commissioned agents to bring in foreign students to American colleges and universities came under sharp criticism during an international education conference organised by the US State Department, with one panelist comparing it to contracting out the student recruitment process to a car salesman, writes Karin Fischer for The Chronicle of Higher Education.
US: Plan to rank online colleges
The annual college rankings by US News & World Report, demonised by many college leaders as being overly simplistic yet touted by institutions that score well, will soon expand to include online programmes, write Rachel Wiseman and Jeffrey R Young for The Chronicle of Higher Education.
US: Obama announces technology partnership
President Barack Obama visited a university research centre outside Pittsburgh on 24 June to announce a new partnership between the government, industries and leading universities to speed the movement of technological advances to commercial users, writes Jackie Calmes for The New York Times.
IRELAND: Measuring the yield from research spending
A hard-hitting review of engineering research in Irish universities and its potential for making a contribution to economic development was recently published by the Irish Academy of Engineering, writes Professor John Kelley for the Irish Times.
IRELAND: Student number surge to spark funding crisis
Ireland's government is facing a massive financial headache because of a projected explosion in student numbers at schools and colleges, reports Katherine Donnelly for The Irish Independent. The number of enrolments over the coming years is estimated to be much higher than previously thought.
THE NETHERLANDS: Universities to get tougher
Dutch universities are planning to introduce a range of measures, including compulsory attendance at lectures, in an effort to boost standards, the Volkskrant reported on Thursday.
UK: Fee hikes could bring back polytechnics
Colleges charging less than £6,000 (US$9,600) a year in tuition fees will be free to recruit more students under government proposals that could lead to a new generation of polytechnic-style institutions teaching vocational skills, writes Jeevan Vasagar for The Guardian.
AUSTRALIA: Teaching quality under pressure
Spiralling class sizes, overcrowding, tutorials replaced by seminars, few avenues for feedback and interaction, a shift to online and peer-assessment as a cost saving measure - the dire state of teaching in Australian universities emerges from just a cursory glance at submissions to the base funding review, writes Julie Hare for The Australian.
TURKEY: Fears for academic freedom
University professors have accused the government of Prime Minister Recep Erdogan of blocking academic freedom at the nation's institutions of higher education. They said Erdogan, re-elected on 12 June, has ordered the Interior Ministry and security forces to raid universities suspected of un-Islamic behaviour, reports The World Tribune.
CANADA: Plagiarist steps down as dean
The dean of the University of Alberta's medical school has resigned after weathering a week-long firestorm for plagiarising parts of a speech to graduates. But some students aren't happy Dr Philip Baker is being allowed to stay on campus as a professor pending further review by the school, writes Chris Purdy for The Canadian Press.
MALAYSIA: Scholarships offered to African students
The RM12 million (US$3.95 million) scholarships offered by the Limkokwing University of Creative Technology to all African countries have been hailed as a potential catalyst for more students from the continent to gain access to education abroad, write Massita Ahmad and Nurulhuda Che Das for Bernama.
SOUTH AFRICA: Students keen to learn African language
Multilingualism advocates say there is considerable evidence that university students and academics are keen to learn an African language as part of their courses, writes Dianne Hawker for the Independent Online.
KENYA: Lecturers block double intake plans
Plans by public universities to conduct a double intake are likely to suffer a blow after lecturers vowed to block the move, writes Oliver Musembi for The Nation.
US: Yale launches new anti-Semitism programme
After summarily closing the Yale Initiative for the Interdisciplinary Study of Anti-Semitism (YIISA) earlier this month, Yale University has announced the creation of the Yale Programme for the Study of Anti-Semitism, a programme devoted to "serious scholarly discourse and research" on anti-Semitism and its manifestations, writes Jordana Horn for The Jerusalem Post.
SCOTLAND: Academic says graduate tax must follow
A leading education thinker has proposed Scotland follow England's example and introduce a graduate tax, writes Fiona Macleod for The Scotsman. Frances Cairncross, rector of Exeter College, Cambridge and former economics journalist, says it would provide an answer to Scotland's funding gap.
MALAYSIA: Call for clarity on blacklisted institutions
The higher education ministry is seeking more information from the Home Ministry on the more than 20 private institutions of higher learning blacklisted for misuse of foreign student passes, reports Bernama.
AUSTRALIA: Universities turn to philanthropists
Philanthropy is becoming big business for Australian universities as they seek to prop up income from government and student fees, writes Yuko Narushima for The Sydney Morning Herald.
KENYA: Colleges to be elevated to universities
The Vision 2030 directorate has called for a well-planned elevation of tertiary colleges to universities, even as orders for elevation of Narok, Kisii and Dedan Kimathi colleges to fully fledged universities by Commission for Higher Education (CHE) seemed certain, writes Benjamin Muindi for The Nation.
EGYPT: Professors to hold sit-in
A coalition of faculty members at Egyptian public universities decided last week to hold a nation-wide on-campus open sit-in starting 3 July, to push for the resignation of interim Minister of Higher Education, Amr Salama, for ignoring the coalition's demands, writes Heba Fahmy for Daily News Egypt.
AUSTRALIA: Concern over reliance on foreign fees
The reliance on international students to keep universities afloat has been given an emphatic thumbs down in a survey of the general public about attitudes towards higher education, writes Jill Rowbotham for The Australian.
WALES: University of Wales 'let Wales down'
Education Minister Leighton Andrews says the University of Wales has let down higher education in Wales and brought the nation "into disrepute", writes Ciaran Jenkins for The BBC.
PAKISTAN-IRAQ: Call for joint education ventures
Iraq and Pakistan will have joint ventures for promoting higher education and research activities, to further strengthen the cordial ties between both the countries, reports the Associated Press of Pakistan.
CHINA: Southeast Asian universities flock to expo
Southeast Asian universities have been showing unique enthusiasm in this year's Beijing International Education Expo, reports Xinhuanet.