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UGANDA
South Sudan students to pay equal university fees
Uganda has accepted a proposal by the South Sudan government to allow its students to pay similar tuition fees to Ugandans in public universities. The new proposal, Uganda's minister for higher education said, was part of a memorandum of understanding, yet to be finalised by the two countries, reports the Sunday Tribune.
SOUTH AFRICA
Private medical school to be built with India partner
Talks between the KwaZulu-Natal provincial government and India’s Manipal University to establish South Africa’s first private medical school are at an advanced stage. Construction on the site of the new university is expected to start later this year in Newcastle, in the northern part of the province, writes Nce Mkhize for BDLive.
INDIA
Fake PhD degree scam accused gets bail
The Meghalaya High Court last week granted bail to Chandra Mohan Jha who was arrested after his CMJ University was found selling fake PhD degrees to thousands of students all over the country, reports the Press Trust of India.
VENEZUELA
Opposition university strike, fresh street violence
Pro-opposition university authorities and lecturers largely closed 18 of Venezuela’s 61 universities last week. The strike was part of a protest that coincided with fresh incidents of street violence, including an attack on the youth wing of the United Socialist Party of Venezuela, writes Ewan Robertson for http://venezuelanalysis.com.
UNITED KINGDOM
British universities turn to capital markets
Facing government funding cuts and sharp spending increases, some British universities are turning to a new source of money – the bond market – writes Patrick Blum for The New York Times.
UNITED STATES
Maya Angelou – A ‘commanding’ presence on campus
For the past 32 years, Wake Forest University and American author and poet Maya Angelou have been inextricably tied together. Angelou, who died last Wednesday at the age of 86, had served as Reynolds Professor of American studies at Wake Forest since 1982, writes Michael Hewlett for Winston-Salem Journal.
IRAQ
Higher education struggles to recover
Iraqi universities were known for their scholarly and technical prosperity in the 1960s and 1970s. Yet they lost this reputation in the 1980s due to Saddam Hussein's dictatorship, wars and the economic blockade, and there is nothing on the horizon suggesting a qualitative development to restore the scholarly status of universities, writes Ali Mamouri for Al-Monitor.
IRELAND
Whistleblower protection must be fast tracked – HEA
The Higher Education Authority has told universities and institutes of technology in Ireland to set up procedures to protect whistleblowers as a matter of urgency, writes Joe Humphreys for The Irish Times.
NEW ZEALAND
Universities unite against council cuts
Universities have united to condemn the New Zealand government's proposal to cut the number of seats on university councils, writes Laura Macdonald for 3News. The changes are part of the Education Amendment Bill, introduced in February, but students say the changes could push them out of decision-making.
RWANDA
More Africans to benefit from Chinese scholarships
The Chinese government will continue to provide scholarships to African students, a Chinese official has said. In an interview with African foreign correspondents in Beijing last week Cen Jianjun, director general of international cooperation and exchanges in the Ministry of Education, said multi-dimensional, multi-tier and inter-agency cooperation had been characterised by an ever-expanding student exchange programme, writes Paul Ntambara for The New Times.
RUSSIA
New higher education ranking system expected by 2015
Russia plans to produce an official international ranking of higher education institutions, including universities in Commonwealth of Independent States, BRICS – Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa – and Shanghai Cooperation Organisation countries by June 2015, the government said last week, reports Ria Novosti.
SOUTH KOREA
Retired officials banned from top college posts
Former government officials will be banned from high-ranking posts at private universities in South Korea. According to the Education Ministry, officials have agreed to revise the Public Service Ethics Act to include private universities among the institutions that cannot hire civil servants, reports The Korea Herald.
UNITED KINGDOM
Geographer’s prosecution chills social scientists
Almost two years ago one of my oldest friends, Bradley L Garrett, boarded a plane at Heathrow airport. As it taxied on the runway, the British Transport Police arrived and dragged him off the plane. He was accused of conspiracy to commit criminal damage, writes Adam Fish for The Conversation.
ISRAEL
Council predicts drop in non-Orthodox Jewish students
For the first time in Israel’s history there will be a decrease in students studying at higher education institutions, according to Professor Manuel Trajtenberg, head of the planning and budgeting committee of the Council for Higher Education, writes Lidar Gravé-Lazi for The Jerusalem Post.
UNITED STATES
New book challenges shortage of STEM graduates
The United States isn’t producing enough highly skilled graduates in the science, technology, engineering and mathematics – STEM – fields to meet the country’s workforce needs. Such is the conventional wisdom in the halls of Congress and many corners of higher education. But what if it’s wrong? asks Elizabeth Redden for Inside Higher Ed.
UNITED STATES
California students mourn rampage victims
Thousands gathered at the University of California, Santa Barbara, last Tuesday to mourn six students killed in a weekend rampage as California lawmakers proposed new ways of keeping guns out of the hands of disturbed killers, reports CP24.
CANADA
University of Saskatchewan re-evaluates restructuring
Canada’s University of Saskatchewan is re-evaluating a controversial restructuring plan that led to the firing of the dean of public health and the ouster of the president, write Allan Maki and Tu Thanh Ha for The Globe and Mail.
CANADA
Toronto Confucius Institute spurs moral debate
Canada’s largest school board has opened a Confucius Institute, bringing to Toronto students a controversial global language and cultural outreach effort that is controlled by the Chinese government, write Karen Howlett and Colin Freeze for The Globe and Mail.
MALI
Report reveals high levels of fraud at universities
A government report has revealed widespread fraud and bribery among high-level professors at universities in Mali, and degrees awarded in exchange for cash, reports the Thomson Reuters Foundation.
JAMAICA
Protests over university’s sacking of HIV expert
Religious activists, students and colleagues gathered outside Jamaica’s biggest university last Monday to protest against the firing of an HIV expert who testified on behalf of church groups defending an anti-sodomy law, reports Associated Press.
AUSTRALIA
Universities call for delay in uncapped fees plan
Universities have called on the Tony Abbott government to delay the start date for the deregulation of course fees, warning of "grave risks" from undue haste, writes Daniel Hurst for the Guardian. And the Labour opposition has accused Abbott of misunderstanding the government's higher education overhaul, after the prime minister claimed that students who started courses next year would not face changes to their conditions of study.
UNITED STATES
How universities are ripping off your education
A profitable student loan market has fuelled an ‘arms race’ among colleges and universities, along with an astronomic rise in tuition fees that seeks to capture the student loan dollar through increasing fees, writes Andrew Rossi for TIME.
CHILE
Activist destroys student debt papers worth millions
An activist in Chile has burnt documents representing US$500 million worth of student debt during a protest at Universidad del Mar, writes Neela Debnath for The Independent.
GLOBAL
Treacherous ambivalence
The ‘Going Global 2014’ Conference took place in Miami with more than 1,000 participants from 70 countries, writes Damtew Teferra in a blog from the Center for International Higher Education. In a discussion entitled “Post-2015 Development Framework: The role of tertiary education”, it was stated that the post-2015 Millennium Development Goals may not speak to the development of the higher education sector directly.
BELARUS
One step closer to Bologna
Walking a diplomatic tightrope between neighbouring Ukraine and Russia, Belarus – a member of the Commonwealth of Independent States – is attempting to adopt liberal market-led policies to improve the quality of higher education and to attract more international students, writes Stephen Hoare for Times Higher Education.