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e-Learning partnership to bolster student intake
The Zambian Open University expects to increase its student intake twofold in 2017 after it entered into a partnership with eLearnAfrica for its courses and degree programmes to be made available on the platform, writes Matshelane Mamabolo for IT Web Africa.
Academics criticise ‘maximum government’ moves
The University Grants Commission has found a toehold in the process for reappointing principals of colleges affiliated to central universities, prompting cries of "maximum government" from academics, writes Basant Kumar Mohanty for the Telegraph India.
Battle with for-profit colleges flares
The US Department of Education slapped a set of tough conditions on a US$1.1 billion private equity bid for the company that owns the University of Phoenix, the nation’s largest for-profit university, after years of trying to rein in the for-profit college industry, reports Bloomberg News.
Two countries sign higher education action plan
During the annual UK-China Education Summit, the United Kingdom Secretary of State for Education Justine Greening and Chinese Minister for Education Chen Baosheng signed off on an action plan under the UK-China Partners in Education framework that outlined key priority areas for education cooperation beyond 2016, writes Beckie Smith for The PIE News.
Universities have not sufficiently transformed – Report
Public universities have not sufficiently transformed in the past 20 years and discrimination remains prevalent‚ particularly on the grounds of race‚ gender‚ disability and socio-economic class, writes Ernest Mabuza for Times Live.
University students threaten to strike over GMO ban
University students are opting out of biotechnology courses due to fears they might not get internship and jobs after graduation due to the ongoing ban on genetically modified, or GM, food crops by the government, writes Dennis Odunga for the Nation.
University lowers entry grades for disadvantaged
A leading university is to increase its intake of disadvantaged students by offering places with reduced grades, writes Sean Coughlan for the BBC.
Thousands of students march against education changes
Thousands of students marched in Peru’s capital Lima last week in defence of quality education. They took to the streets as congress decides on the future of the country’s reforming education minister, writes Dan Collyns for CCTV America.
Universities ‘must become Communist strongholds’ – Xi
Universities must be built into strongholds following the leadership of the Communist Party, according to President Xi Jinping, who is also general secretary of the party, reports Xinhua.
Lecture kicks off new local university rankings process
Universities in Nigeria have been charged to undertake research activities that are relevant to and support national goals, and which promote the uptake of life-changing research outcomes, for the country to realise its potential, writes Abosede Musari for The Guardian in Nigeria.
Taliban hang university student in public
Taliban fighters publicly hanged a university student after accusing him of killing a senior intelligence officer, reports Aljazeera.
Large rewards for universities from industry contracts
Universities are extracting maximum bang for their collaborative buck, with contract income nudging A$1billion (US$745 million) while returns from most other commercialisation activities go backwards, writes John Ross for The Australian.
Science gets major funding boost
Spending on research and development in the Czech Republic last year increased by a whopping CZK3.6 billion (US$142 million), according to a report from the Prague Daily Monitor based on recently released data from the Czech Statistical Office, writes Joanna Hughes for Master Studies.
Dearth of IIT-Delhi faculty prompts search abroad
Hoping to improve the student-teacher ratio and to bring world-class quality to its teaching methods, authorities of the Indian Institute of Technology Delhi will soon be visiting Ivy League universities such as Harvard and Yale in a bid to recruit foreign scholars as faculty, writes Kritika Sharma for Daily News & Analysis.
Unethical practices hinder university quality – Experts
Experts from many African and European countries have blamed lack of transparency and unethical practices as some of the reasons preventing Nigerian universities from making the list of best global institutions, writes Emeka Mamah for Vanguard.
ACT raises test prices abroad to fund cheating fight
The maker of the ACT college entrance exam, which has been struggling to contain an international cheating epidemic, is raising its fees for overseas test-takers by US$10 to pay for enhanced security, write Steve Stecklow and Alexandra Harney for Reuters.
MPs fear new HE bill will dilute Scottish voice
A group of Scottish members of parliament have warned that plans to reform the way universities are funded in England could have a negative impact on Scottish institutions, writes Tom Freeman for Holyrood.
Universities to have more industry collaborations
The Higher Education Ministry is committed to redesigning the sector in efforts to improve graduate employability by expanding industry collaborations, write Zafira Anwar and Mahadhir Moni for New Straits Times.
U-turn on anti-lobbying plan for universities, charities
Ministers have dropped controversial plans to gag charities and universities as a condition of receiving public money after widespread alarm from academics and the voluntary sector, write Matthew Weaver and Patrick Butler for the Guardian.
Implementation of HE funding framework on track
Following the 2013 cabinet approval of a funding framework to ensure equity and transparency in the allocation of financial resources to public higher education institutions, the National Council for Higher Education says budgetary submissions are being finalised for the 2017-18 financial year, writes Albertina Nakale for New Era.
Cashless university system to improve accountability
Universities across the country may now have to resort to cashless means like bank transfers, cheques and credit or debit cards while making use of periodic funds from the University Grants Commission, writes Deepika Burli for TNN.
‘Snob value’ pushing school-leavers to universities
Students who are totally unsuited to higher education are being shoehorned into universities by their parents due to a “snob value” over apprenticeships and training, according to senior academics, writes Carl O’Brien for The Irish Times.
'Too soon' to tell if terrorism link to university attack
Officials said it is “too soon” to determine whether the attack at Ohio State University on 28 November, in which 11 people were injured, had any connection to terrorism, writes Ciara McCarthy for the Guardian.
Absence of dedicated regulator hits open universities
Ever since the Distance Education Council of the Indira Gandhi National Open University was dissolved in 2012, open universities in the country have faced a number of challenges. Most of them have not been able to start courses because of lack of approvals, while others have also not been allocated development funds, writes Gauri Kohli for Hindustan Times.
MOOC learners to top 10 million by year end
A ministry of education white paper predicts that the number of students enrolled on a MOOC – massive open online course – in China is set to exceed 10 million by the end of 2016, up from 1.5 million just two years ago, writes Beckie Smith for The PIE News.