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SOUTH AFRICA
Top university adds voice to criticism of President Zuma
The University of Cape Town has joined the University of the Witwatersrand in adding to the chorus criticising President Jacob Zuma’s government, writes Aphiwe Deklerk for Business Live.
UNITED STATES
‘Rolling Stone’ settles with former university dean
Rolling Stone has reached a confidential settlement with Nicole Eramo, a former University of Virginia associate dean who had sued the magazine alleging that it defamed her in a 2014 story about an alleged gang rape on campus, write T Rees Shapiro and Emma Brown for The Washington Post.
AUSTRALIA
All universities commit to releasing sexual assault data
Every one of Australia's universities has committed to simultaneously releasing data on sexual assaults on their campuses after concerns were raised about a landmark survey of 39,000 students that would not reveal how many assaults had occurred at each institution, writes Eryk Bagshaw for The Sydney Morning Herald.
CHINA-UNITED KINGDOM
Top university to open in Oxford
One of China’s top universities is preparing to open a campus at the heart of British academic life, just months after President Xi Jinping called for Chinese universities to be transformed into strongholds of Communist Party rule, writes Tom Phillips for the Guardian.
INDIA
Think tank calls for autonomy for science institutes
The government think tank NITI Aayog is preparing a cabinet note on providing autonomy to science institutes so that they have a free hand in undertaking research and inducting experts at market salaries, reports Press Trust of India.
UNITED STATES
Universities support legal challenge to Trump travel ban
A group of 31 US colleges and universities is supporting a legal challenge to President Donald Trump’s restrictions on travel to the United States by refugees and visitors from certain Muslim-majority countries, asserting the executive order would harm their efforts to provide quality education and promote the free exchange of ideas, writes Amanda Scott for Voice of America.
ZIMBABWE
University ups security after alleged army attack
Midlands State University in Gweru has intensified security at its campuses following an attack on students at the main campus by soldiers last month, reports New Zimbabwe.com.
UNITED STATES
Industry-academic alliance to combat ‘fake news’
A global alliance of tech industry and academic organisations last week unveiled plans to work together to combat the spread of ‘fake news’ and improve public understanding of journalism, reports AFP.
AUSTRALIA
Report exposes university chiefs’ credit card use
A secret report by Ernst & Young into credit card use at Murdoch University has revealed its four most senior academics racked up almost AU$1 million (US$753,000) in expenses in two years and former vice-chancellor Richard Higgott spent an average of AU$1,800 a month on limousine rides, writes Andrew Burrell for The Australian.
NIGERIA
Academic union calls for action on university funding
The Academic Staff Union of Universities has called on the National Assembly to address the issue of low funding of the education sector in the country, reports the News Agency of Nigeria.
NEW ZEALAND
High profile figures claim free speech under threat
An Auckland university professor has written an open letter rejecting the "forceful silencing of dissenting or unpopular views" on university campuses, reports the New Zealand Herald.
KOSOVO
Higher education is reinforcing Kosovo's ethnic divide
As well as being affected by corruption, political collusion and poor levels of performance, universities in Kosovo also remain ethnically separated. Despite major international efforts, this separation has deepened since hostilities in Kosovo ended, although the topic remains largely absent from public debate, writes Ervjola Selenica for Balkan Insight.
EGYPT
Will tuition ruling impede American University of Cairo?
Egypt’s Administrative Court has ordered the administration of the American University in Cairo to accept tuition payment in Egyptian pounds rather than US dollars, raising fears of a decline in standards linked to reduced funding, writes Amr Eltohamy for Al-Monitor.
FINLAND
Bid to introduce student tuition fees finds resistance
A proposal by the Research Institute of the Finnish Economy to allow higher education institutions to introduce tuition fees for students from Finland and the rest of the European Economic Area has been met with resistance from the ranks of the Finnish government, writes Aleksi Teivainen for Helsinki Times.
KENYA
University marks second anniversary since terror attack
Garissa University College recently marked two years since a terrorist attack on the institution that left 142 students dead. Unlike last year's ceremony, which was attended by local political leaders, this event was a low-key affair graced by students and a handful of people, most of them college staff, writes Philip Muasya for the Standard.
UNITED STATES
Toyota and universities team up to study car batteries
Toyota plans to spend US$35 million on partnerships with several universities, including Stanford University, to study ways to make better batteries for electric vehicles, writes Brent Snavely for the Los Angeles Times.
NORWAY
University caught up in year-long naming dispute
Oslo and Akershus University College of Applied Sciences in Norway wants to become a full-fledged university, but if its pending application were to be approved, the institution does not yet know what it would be called, writes Carl Straumsheim for Inside Higher Ed.
UNITED KINGDOM
Students told to use 'gender-sensitive' language
Students at the University of Hull are being told to use gender neutral language in their essays – or risk losing marks, writes Olivia Rudgard for The Telegraph.
RUSSIA
Top university shuttered after conservative assault
Generally, prestigious private universities with hundreds of students don't get shut down over fairly minor, six-month-old technical issues that have since been resolved. But that is precisely the predicament facing the European University at Saint Petersburg, a bastion of Western liberal arts, which has been ordered closed by a district court after a furious conservative assault against it, writes Fred Weir for The Christian Science Monitor.
IRAN-UNITED STATES
Iranian graduate students wait in limbo
Hundreds of Iranian students already accepted into United States graduate programmes may not be able to come next autumn because of the uncertainty around President Donald Trump's proposed travel ban, potentially derailing research projects and leaving some science programmes scrambling to find new students, writes Collin Binkley for Associated Press.
UNITED STATES
The Trump administration’s war on science
Against lofty promises, President Donald Trump’s first budget blueprint is a cramped document that sacrifices American innovation to small-bore politics, short-changing basic scientific research across the government – from NASA to the Department of Energy to the National Institutes of Health – in ways that can only stifle invention and undercut the nation’s competitiveness, writes the Editorial Board of The New York Times.
UNITED KINGDOM
Free tuition for EU students in Scottish universities
Scotland’s Education Secretary John Swinney has announced that students from the European Union enrolling in Scotland next year will have free tuition throughout their courses, writes Andrew Denholm for The Herald.
CZECH REPUBLIC-GERMANY
EU subsidy for Czech-German research centre
The Czech Technical University in Prague and the Brno University of Technology along with two partners from Germany have received a €400,000 (US$427,000) European Union subsidy for the development of a Czech-German research centre, reports CTK.
NIGERIA
Moves to regulate visiting lectureships in universities
The House of Representatives has called on the National Universities Commission to regulate the role of visiting lecturers in Nigerian universities, writes Nasir Ayitogo for Premium Times.
NETHERLANDS
Foreign university student total doubles in 10 years
The number of foreign students at Dutch universities and HBO or higher professional education colleges has doubled to 81,000 over the past 10 years, according to a report by Nuffic, the Dutch institute for the internationalisation of education, reports Dutch News.