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One in five students quits by first year
Each year more than 27,000 students across Australia abandon their university dreams in the first year of study, reports Heath Gilmore for The Sydney Morning Herald.
Instant e-libraries for universities
Universities in Myanmar have been given e-libraries with hundreds of thousands of digital books and academic journals to help them catch up after decades of isolation under military rule, reports Dean Coughlan for BBC News
Students file complaints over campus sexual assaults
Late last month, 31 students filed two federal complaints against the University of California, Berkeley, for failing to prevent, investigate or discipline assailants in cases of sexual violence and harassment, writes Sofie Karasek for the Guardian.
King orders the building of three new universities
Saudi Arabia's custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah has ordered the establishment of three new universities in Jeddah, Bisha and Hafr Al-Batin, reports Arab News.
French no longer valid. English is the solution
Morocco's Minister of Higher Education Lahcen Daoudi said the government was moving to boost English in Moroccan universities, as it was the language of scientific research, writes Aziz Allilou for Morocco World News.
Two more universities adopt new academic calendar
Two more big universities in the Philippines have applied for an academic calendar shift and will open classes in August, following similar moves by top universities in Metro Manila, reports Solar News.
No academic boycott from UK, assures minister
Universities and Science Minister David Willetts has spoken of his shock at discovering that there is a belief in Israel that the United Kingdom is hostile to working with its scientists and students, reports Matthew Reisz for Times Higher Education.
Students fail to research universities before applying
A study by the consumer group Which? has found that tens of thousands of British students did not attend any university open days before completing applications and half failed to consult lecturers about their courses, reports Graeme Paton for The Telegraph.
Academics slam 'unionist hyperbole' over education
Two leading Scottish academics have criticised a Westminster-backed report claiming that Scottish universities would face being frozen out by higher education institutions in the rest of the United Kingdom after independence, reports the Scotsman.
Do the maths - Consider free public education
The notion of free public higher education might elicit scoffs upon initial suggestion, but given soaring student loan debt, the idea is one that begs further investigation, writes Susan Meisenhelder for Huffington Post.
Vital need for research and teaching on conflict
According to the 2013 Global Think Tanks Index, four of the world's top think-tanks and four of the top 65 defence and national security think-tanks are from South Asia, reports Myra Imran for The News.
Ted Hughes' estate withdraws biographer's access
The contested life of one of Britain's best-loved poets has erupted into controversy once more, as the estate of Ted Hughes has stopped cooperating with his latest biographer, Shakespeare scholar Jonathan Bate, writes Richard Lea for the Guardian.
High hopes for marijuana research at university
American military veterans rallied last week in an attempt to persuade lawmakers to pay for a clinical study at the University of Arizona, looking at the health benefits of medical marijuana, reports Astrid Galvan for Associated Press.
Universities commission to crack down on cheating
The Tanzania Commission for Universities intends to start screening all undergraduate research work in various institutions in a bid to curb cheating and duplication, reports The Guardian.
President urges universities to generate own revenue
President Goodluck Jonathan said last week that the task of funding universities in Nigeria could not be left to government alone, reports Nnamdi Mbawike for Leadership. He advised university administrators to continue seeking other ways to generate additional revenue needed to fund research and capital development.
Government admits more student loans won't be repaid
Around 45% of university graduates in the United Kingdom will not earn enough to repay their student loans, the government now believes. If the figure reaches 48.6% experts calculate that the government will lose more money than it gained by increasing fees in England to 9,000Euros (US14,900) a year, reports the BBC.
Not black and white
The 80-20 Initiative, an Asian-American lobby group, scored its first big success last October when it forced television host Jimmy Kimmel to apologise for allowing a five-year-old boy to suggest on air that America should kill everyone in China in order to avoid its debt obligations. Last week the group pulled off a more edifying win, defeating an attempt to allow Californian universities to take account of race when deciding whom to admit, reports The Economist.
Professor sacked over criticism of actions in Ukraine
A Russian philosophy professor at a prestigious state university has been sacked after comparing Moscow's actions in Ukraine with Nazi Germany's annexation of Austria in 1938, reports Reuters.
Kobe University Chinese scholar disappears in China
A Chinese-born academic at Japan's Kobe University who has done prize-winning research on ethnic Uighurs in China seems to have vanished into thin air after returning to his homeland for a brief visit, reports The Asahi Shimbun.
Bogus college founder found guilty in 'visa mill' case
In a case that highlighted the growing problem of 'visa mills', a federal jury in the United States last Monday convicted the founder and president of Tri-Valley University of dozens of fraud charges related to a multimillion dollar scheme to illegally provide immigration status to foreign nationals, writes Howard Mintz for San Jose Mercury News.
Largest university expels 23 students
Egypt's largest university has expelled two dozen students for allegedly taking part in violent protests on campus, the state news agency reported, as supporters of the ousted Islamist president held their traditional weekly rallies in Cairo and other cities around the country, reports Associated Press.
University head sacked after Brotherhood accusations
Egypt's interim President Adly Mansour last Sunday reportedly fired the head of Port Said University Emad Khedr after professors staged a protest against him over his alleged affiliation with the Muslim Brotherhood, reports Anadolou Agency.
PM bypasses president in rector appointments - Leak
Turkey's Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan has circumvented the process of rector appointments as laid out in the Constitution and Law No 2457 on Higher Education to put certain people in charge of universities, according to a newly leaked audio recording, reports Cihan-Today's Zaman.
Uncapped system 'boosting equity' - Regional universities
Regional universities have defended the uncapped higher education system from claims that it is doing little to boost social mobility, saying figures from non-metropolitan campuses tell a different story, writes John Ross for The Australian.
Independence - University influx fears
Universities have called on the Scottish Government to provide "legally-defensible certainty" that institutions will be able to deal with an influx of English students after independence, writes Chris Marshall for The Scotsman.