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UK: Employers draw up national pay code
The Universities and Colleges Employers’ Association is drawing up two ‘codes’ aimed at making pay negotiations clearer and easier to deal with, reports Education Guardian.
UK: Breaking free – Improving access for the deprived
A groundbreaking study by the Higher Education Funding Council for England reveals how tough it is for young people from deprived areas to get to university, reports the Guardian.
UK: DNA scientist resigns after race row
Nobel laureate James Watson has quit his job as chancellor of the prestigious Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory in New York following a row over his remarks about the intelligence of black people, reports the Education Guardian.
AFRICA: Efforts to train scientists stepped up
Kidist Zeleke used to think that her degree in mathematics wouldn't get her very far in life, writes Megan Lindow in The Chronicle of Higher Education. She spent her time at Haramaya University, in Ethiopia, memorising proofs and theorems, with little understanding of how such abstract concepts could be put to use in the broader world. "In our country, if you do math or physics, the only chance you have is to be a teacher, and it's a very low-paid job," she says with a shrug. "We only know mathematics on paper." And so it might have been for Zeleke, had she not been selected to participate in a new programme for bright young mathematicians drawn from across the continent.
SOUTH AFRICA: Pretoria going global
When Rosemary Visser heard that the University of Pretoria would be offering Spanish from March this year, she signed up immediately to secure one of the 40 available places, writes Cornia Pretorius in the Mail & Guardian. As the personal assistant of A-rated scientist Professor Mike Wingfield, director of the Forestry and Agricultural Biotechnology Institute, Visser has often been lost in translation. Wingfield’s work reaches across the world and Visser often has to field inquiries in Spanish, in particular from South American countries such as Argentina, Peru, Ecuador and Colombia.
UGANDA: Makerere students to evaluate lecturers
Makerere University has introduced a new policy that will see students evaluating the performance of their lecturers monthly, reports New Vision. The move, according to Dr Williams Ddembe, director in charge of quality assurance, is aimed at improving lecturers' output. "We want to make sure the quality of our awards is enhanced and effectively managed. Students are to start gauging lecturers' performance and report the inactive ones".
SUDAN: Universities want to go home
The Vice-Chancellor of Juba University, Professor Sibirin Farajalla, has appealed to government of Southern Sudan to assist in returning the three public universities of Juba, Wau and Malakal to their original places, reports the Sudan Tribune. Speaking on behalf of the three vice-chancellors, he said that universities were charged with extra responsibilities of returning to their original premises – but without adequate finance allocations.
FRANCE: University revives Epicurean teaching
Five years ago Michel Onfray, France's best-selling philosopher and best-known atheist, ended a 20-year formal teaching career to open his own private university, reports the International Herald Tribune.
CHINA: Government to review quality of doctorates
China's education authorities are to carry out a nationwide review of doctoral studies in order to improve postgraduate education, reports China View.
CANADA: Universities reverse the academic brain drain
After bemoaning the brain drain of gifted academics in the past two decades to the richer pastures of the US and Europe, Canada has succeeded in reversing the trend, reports the Globe and Mail.
US: Yet another economics Nobel for Chicago
The University of Chicago can boast of yet another Nobel prize in economics with the naming of Professor Roger B Myerson as one of three winners of this year's award, reports the International Herald Tribune.
US: Campaign launched against student credit cards
Many US colleges sign lucrative affinity deals with credit card companies in which they provide contact lists of students or allow sidewalk-marketing by credit pushers, reports the Washington Post.
INDIA: Universities outdated, say vice-chancellors
Vice-chancellors from nearly 400 universities met recently in Delhi to have a free and frank discussion on higher education during a national conference on “Development of higher education: Expansion, inclusion and excellence”, reports the Times of India.
UK: Universities angered by funding cut for second degrees
University leaders have warned that plans to cut funding for students who want to take a second degree will slash millions of pounds from the budgets of institutions offering part-time courses, reports The Times.
UK: Student numbers hit new high
Student numbers bounced back this year with record numbers starting higher education courses in 2007, according to new figures from the university admissions service Ucas, reports Education Guardian.
UK: Universities worry about social networking sites
Universities are jittery about the growing use of social-networking sites, reports The Independent.
ISRAEL: Government moves to avert lecturer strike
Negotiations were held last Thursday between education ministry officials and the Senior Lecturers Union, which represents Israel's university professors, to try and prevent a university lecturers strike, reports the Jerusalem Post.
SOUTH KOREA: Universities revolt over law school enrolments
Fourteen universities have threatened not to accept any applications for law schools unless the government increases the law student enrolment quota from 1,500 to 2,500, reports the Korea Times.
UK: Overseas student talent ‘is wasted’ in Britain
British universities should do more to integrate international students into undergraduate life and stop wasting their talents, according to the chief executive of the Council for Industry and Higher Education.
UK: University must return ‘looted’ Iraq treasure
A leading university is embroiled in an embarrassing row over hundreds of treasures ‘looted’ from Iraq, reports the Independent on Sunday.
US: Desmond Tutu barred from St Thomas campus
A visit by Iran’s president to Columbia University symbolised the openness of higher education to hearing controversial ideas and individuals, reports Inside Higher Ed.
US: Board rights versus alumni rights
American alumni have been flexing their muscles of late, reports Inside Higher Ed.
NEPAL: Action urged to stop flood of students abroad
With rising numbers of Nepalese students opting to study abroad – in 2006-06 more than 6,000 went to the US alone – it was becoming increasingly urgent to redefine higher education so that it could provide quality study at home, argues Devi Prasad Bhattarai, a lecturer at the Central Department of Education, in Rising Nepal.
MALAYSIA: Upgrade creates big new university
The University College of Technology and Management Malaysia was upgraded to university status this month, according to The Star.
INDIA: Court dismisses bid to bar US institute from operating
The Supreme Court last month dismissed a petition filed by the Institute of Chartered Financial Analysts of India University seeking to restrain the US-based CFA Institute from operating in the country.