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UNITED STATES
Colleges' efforts to internationalise slip in some areas
American colleges say they are more supportive than ever of international education, but in many cases their efforts to internationalise may fall short, a new report from the American Council on Education suggests, writes Karin Fischer for The Chronicle of Higher Education.
UNITED KINGDOM
Universities deny favouring overseas selection
Universities in the United Kingdom have rejected claims that home students are being displaced by potentially more lucrative overseas students with lower grades, reports the BBC. Universities UK said institutions are recruiting the maximum number of home students allowed by government.
MYANMAR
University crackdown spawns a ‘lost generation’
The dormitories are empty, the once charming bungalows of professors overgrown with vines and weeds. Only grass grows where the student union building stood before soldiers obliterated it with dynamite. This is Yangon University, once one of Asia's finest, and a poignant symbol of an education system crippled by Burma’s half century of military rule, writes Denis D Gray for Associated Press.
UNITED STATES
Bill Gates on higher education
Bill Gates never finished college, but he is one of the single most powerful figures shaping higher education today. That influence comes through the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, perhaps the world's richest philanthropy, which he co-chairs and which has made education one of its key missions, writes Jeffrey R Young for The Chronicle of Higher Education.
UNITED STATES
Washington state's broken universities funding model
This can’t go on. That is our sentiment after adopting another annual budget for the University of Washington that includes a 16% tuition increase for resident undergraduates. This is the fourth year in a row our students have seen a double-digit tuition increase, write two members of the university’s board of regents, Kristianne Blake and Craig W Cole, for Seattle Times.
UNITED STATES
Ousted university head reinstated in Virginia
Facing a torrent of criticism, the University of Virginia trustees made a stunning turnabout last week, voting unanimously to reinstate the president they had forced to resign over concerns that the university was not adapting fast enough to financial and technological pressures, writes Richard Pérez-Pena for The New York Times.
ISRAEL
University heads oppose Ariel institution upgrade
Presidents of Israeli universities last week expressed opposition to the official granting of university status to an Ariel educational institution. In a letter, the Council of Presidents of Israeli Universities call on Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to stop the declaration of the Ariel University Center as a university, saying the move would “deal a mortal blow to the higher education system in Israel”, writes Ben Hartman for The Jerusalem Post.
UNITED KINGDOM
Government unveils radical shake-up of tertiary sector
The Scottish government has unveiled a radical shake-up of universities and colleges. Education Secretary Mike Russell said he had accepted “virtually all” the recommendations of a review of university governance, which called for elected chairs, quotas for female board members and curbs on the pay of high-earning principals, writes Chris Marshall for The Scotsman.
UNITED KINGDOM
Poorer pupils lag in race for university places – Study
Teenagers from the most deprived backgrounds are lagging dramatically behind wealthy peers in the race for university places because of failure at school, according to major research published last week, writes Graeme Paton for The Telegraph.
INDIA
Centre gives deemed universities entrance test freedom
India’s Ministry of Human Resource Development last week said all ‘deemed’ universities across the country will be given the option of admitting students to graduate courses based on the government’s proposed common entrance test or their own entrance examinations, writes M Ramya for The Times of India.
NETHERLANDS
Marketing psychologist quits over ‘massaged’ data
Clever statistical sleuthing by an anonymous fraud hunter in the United States appears to have led to the downfall of a marketing researcher at Erasmus University Rotterdam in The Netherlands, writes Martin Enserink for Science.
UNITED KINGDOM
Generation Y researchers fail to use new technologies
Few PhD students in the UK explore new technologies in their research or understand the range of information available to them, a report commissioned by the British Library and higher education technology body Jisc has found, writes Elizabeth Gibney for Times Higher Education.
NIGERIA
Millions of students hit by halt of part-time courses
Stakeholders in the Nigerian education sector have expressed displeasure at the decision of the National Universities Commission to suspend part-time programmes in Nigerian universities, writes Kuni Tyessi for Leadership.
VIETNAM
Many universities lack well-qualified teachers
It has been revealed that 20% of universities inspected in Vietnam failed to meet regulations on the number of teachers and their qualifications, reports VietNamNet Bridge. In particular, seven universities had fewer than 50 official teachers each.
UNITED STATES
Colleges move towards absolute bans on smoking
As a political science major at Ohio State University in the United States, Ida Seitter says, she lit up many a cigarette to help her through the stress of exam season. Right or wrong, they were her security blanket as she toiled through college, writes Julie Carr Smyth for Associated Press.
UNITED KINGDOM
Manchester's famous club inspires new masters
Not much surprises those with hazy memories of the glory days of Manchester’s Hacienda – but news that the legendary club, the Madchester music scene and Peter Hook, bass player with Joy Division and New Order, are all to feature in a university's new masters course may raise the odd eyebrow, writes Maev Kennedy for the Guardian.
IRELAND
Rivalries set aside as colleges pool talent
Three colleges are pooling their strengths to become a new force in higher education, writes Katherine Donnelly for the Independent. A collaboration between Dublin City University, NUI Maynooth and Royal College of Surgeons Ireland will be known as the 3U Partnership.
UNITED KINGDOM
Universities are targets of hundreds of bomb hoaxes
Universities across the United Kingdom are being terrorised by what detectives believe is a linked series of bomb threats designed to cause chaos on campuses, writes Daniel Boffey for the Guardian.
ROMANIA
Romanian prime minister accused of plagiarism
Romania’s new government, still reeling from a misconduct scandal that forced its research minister to resign last month, has been hit by fresh allegations of plagiarism that strike at the very top, writes Quirin Schiermeier for Nature.
ITALY
Foreign instructors fight for equality at universities
There is one group of university teachers in Italy who have reason to regard their counterparts teaching on US study-abroad programmes with envy. These are the lettori – literally ‘readers’ – widely used in Italy to designate language teachers hired in part for their proficiency in a mother tongue other than Italian, writes DD Guttenplan for The New York Times.
SOUTH KOREA
Excessive tuition fees collected last year by universities
Major universities in Korea collected 20% more in tuition fees than was due last year, according to a study released last week. The finding was based on a study of 20 Seoul-based private universities by the Korea Higher Education Research Institute, writes Kim Bo-eun for The Korea Times.
UNITED KINGDOM
Push for gold will cost millions – Open access report
A transition to full open access publishing will cost UK higher education an extra £50 million (US$78 million) or £60 million a year, according to a long-awaited report on how the country should make the change, writes Paul Jump for Times Higher Education.
MALAYSIA
Student activists take advantage of political freedom
Student activists have wasted no time in taking advantage of amendments to the Universities and University Colleges Act of 1971 that allow them to engage in political activity, writes Tashny Sukumaran for The Star.
CHINA
Politician urges bigger party role in higher education
Chinese Vice-President Xi Jinping has urged the country's higher education institutions to give Communist Party branches a bigger role in the education and management of faculties and students, reports Xinhua.
UNITED STATES
Foreign students struggle to make US friends – Study
More than one in three foreign students in a new survey say they have no close US friends, and many say they wish they had more, and more meaningful, relationships with Americans, writes Karin Fischer for The Chronicle of Higher Education.