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Students push tougher policy on sexual assault
Amid growing campus protests, more universities are changing their sexual misconduct protocols and turning to some of their biggest critics – students – for guidance. But even as lines of communication open, few campus activists say they trust universities to keep them safe or make sexual assailants accountable, writes Mike Vilensky for The Wall Street Journal.
Two universities cut ties with Confucius institutes
A second major American university in a week is severing ties with China's government-funded Confucius institutes, which critics call a propaganda arm wrapped in culture and language education, writes Sharon Bernstein for Reuters.
‘Nature Communications’ journal to be fully open access
Nature Publishing Group has announced that Nature Communications will be its first Nature-branded open access only journal, in an attempt to move the frontiers of open access forward, writes Fiona Rutherford for New Statesman.
Head of university watchdog calls for end of institution
The president of the Higher Education Board, or YÖK, Professor Gökhan Çetinsaya, has said that the institution he heads should be abolished. YÖK, formed after the 1980 military coup, is the body that controls all universities in the country, reports the Daily Sabah.
Religious leader announces new Islamic university
The head of Turkey’s top religious body has announced plans to open an Islamic university in Istanbul, as an alternative to other renowned Islamic universities across the world such as Egypt’s Al-Azhar University, writes Fatma Aksu for Hurriyet Daily News.
Academics at top universities warn of marking boycott
Academics from Britain’s top universities including Oxford and Cambridge could refuse to mark students’ work as part of a bitter row over pensions, it was announced recently, writes Graeme Paton for The Telegraph.
Academics query post referendum research funding future
The Scottish people may have spoken, but academics are finding that some questions remain unanswered about the future of higher education in the wake of the independence referendum, writes Chris Havergal for Times Higher Education.
How ‘hackathons’ are taking over higher education
The bigger shift in higher learning isn't about the way that it's delivered, but in the downstream effect it has on the way students learn how to learn, writes Nisarg Patel for The Huffington Post.
Universities asked to flag risky pathogen experiments
Academic scientists with federal funding who work with any of 15 dangerous microbes or toxins will soon have to flag specific studies that could potentially be used to cause harm and work with their institutions to reduce risks, according to new US government rules released last month, writes Jocelyn Kaiser for Science.
Education ceases as cotton harvest begins
Many high schools and universities in Uzbekistan have been shut down, with students and teachers being forced to harvest cotton, according to Cotton Campaign, a coalition of labour and human rights agencies, writes Raveena Aulakh for The Star.com.
Students object to ‘unjustified and illegal’ taxes
Tuition fees for university studies have been growing steadily in Romania in the last few years, according to the National Alliance of Student Organisations in Romania. Many of the taxes paid by students at 21 universities in the country are “unjustified, borderline illegal or simply illegal”, writes Irina Popescu for the Romania Insider.
Students begin democracy protest
Thousands of Hong Kong students have boycotted classes in protest against Beijing’s decision to restrict electoral reforms, in a week-long strike marking the latest phase in the battle for democracy, reports the Guardian.
Watchdog stops new enrolments at 11 more universities
Another 11 higher education institutions across Russia have been prohibited from enrolling new students as they have failed to “comply with instructions following checks”, the country’s education watchdog Rosobrnadzor said last week, reports ITAR-TASS.
Backlash grows against National Education Bill
More than 200 civil society organisations in Myanmar have joined a national network of education organisations and a growing chorus of voices in rejecting a draft National Education Bill that looks likely to soon pass into law, writes Yen Snaing for The Irrawaddy.
Gunmen kill professor who faced blasphemy accusations
Police reports say unidentified gunmen shot dead a professor of Islamic studies in Pakistan who had faced accusations of blasphemy and threats from colleagues over his moderate views, writes Katharine Houreld for Reuters.
All universities now free of charge
All German universities will be free of charge when term starts next week after fees were abandoned in Lower Saxony, the last of seven states to charge, reports The Times.
Rising number of Indian students head for Germany
It is the time of year when Indian students pack their bags and board flights to overseas campus destinations. And this year, there are many more science, engineering and technology students headed for Germany than in previous years, writes Ishani Duttagupta for The Economic Times.
Apprentices are becoming harder to find
A growing number of entrepreneurs in Germany are resorting to drastic measures such as doubling salaries because each year fewer young people sign up for apprenticeships, typically three-year programmes for 16-year-olds who want to learn a trade rather than go on to higher education, reports Associated Press.
Google reveals most searched-for universities
Google has revealed the most popular searches for people around the world looking for universities. There is a strong interest in online courses, rather than traditional campus-based universities, writes Sean Coughlan for BBC News.
Scholars asked to drop Ariel University affiliation
Two researchers from the controversial Ariel University in Israel withdrew from an academic conference at the School of Oriental and African Studies in London after being told that they could not mention their institutional affiliation, writes Matthew Reisz for Times Higher Education.
Universities increase classes taught in English
Kyoto University plans to add about 100 foreign faculty members by the 2017 academic year to teach half of its elective liberal arts courses in English. The move has drawn opposition from within the university’s academic community. But this has not prevented the alma mater of many Nobel laureates, and a growing number of other universities across Japan, from offering courses taught in English, writes Takuya Asakura for Asahi Shimbun.
Universities still recruiting students a month after A-levels
The vast majority of universities – including many leading institutions – are still recruiting students more than a month after the publication of A-level results. Universities are advertising clearing vacancies on almost 22,000 degree courses even though the academic year has already started for large numbers of undergraduates, write Graeme Paton and Zachary Spiro for The Telegraph.
Vice-chancellor warns against private college funding
Giving taxpayer funding to private colleges would have disastrous consequences for Australia's higher education sector and could drive some universities out of the market, according to one of the country's most influential vice-chancellors, writes Matthew Knott for The Sydney Morning Herald.
Chinese cash slow to follow students to America
The Chinese are now among the world's biggest donors to United States universities, but they still punch below their weight given Chinese students' large presence on US campuses, writes Wei Gu for The Wall Street Journal.
University suspends professor over Erdogan complaint
Istanbul Aydin University has suspended Hayrettin Ökçesiz, a professor of law, from his position at the university following disciplinary proceedings against him over a complaint he filed against President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, who failed to resign as prime minister or chair of the Justice and Development Party after being elected president in the 10 August poll, reports Today’s Zaman.