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Treasury backs university campus building project
The cut-throat bidding war among British universities for students and resources entered a more expensive phase recently, after the University of Northampton announced plans for government-backed bond issuance and borrowing of nearly £300 million (US$470 million) to finance a new campus, writes Richard Adams for The Guardian.
Ministry quells rumours over elite university funding
China's Ministry of Education has quelled rumours that the 211 and 985 projects, aimed at improving the quality of higher education in China, would be abolished, reports Xinhua.
Employability of graduates is a big concern – Report
While the Indian higher education system has made considerable progress in terms of capacity creation and enrolment in the last decade, it lags significantly in terms of global relevance and competitiveness, according to a study by the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry and Ernst & Young, writes M Saraswathy for Business Standard.
Salaita files lawsuit against University of Illinois
Controversial United States professor Steven Salaita, whose job offer at the University of Illinois was rescinded after he made anti-Israel comments on social media, filed a lawsuit last week alleging that the university had violated the state's open records law, writes Jodi S Cohen for the Chicago Tribune.
Two universities sued over race-based admissions
The Alexandria legal advocacy group that sued Harvard University and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill last week for capping the number of Asian Americans they admit says it hopes to file more lawsuits against other colleges for race-based admissions policies, writes Jeffrey Scott Shapiro for The Washington Times.
Universities body pushes campus climate surveys
The Association of American Universities was recently among the first higher education groups in Washington to back the concept of anonymous surveys to gauge student views about the prevalence of sexual violence on campus, writes Michael Stratford for Inside Higher Ed.
Push for universities bill delay intensifies
The vice-chancellor of Queensland University of Technology has said that universities could wait until March next year for a resolution to the stand-off in the Senate over the Tony Abbott government’s plans to shake-up higher education, writes Andrew Trounson for The Australian.
Coursera set to expand presence
Online education firm Coursera is in talks with education institutions and companies in India as it looks to further expand its presence in the Indian market, one of its top-five revenue generators, reports The Press Trust of India.
Rise in foreign students at universities
Close to 36,000 foreigners are currently studying at Polish universities, marking an increase of almost 25% over the previous academic year, reports Radio Poland. But Poland is still lagging behind other European Union countries in this sphere.
Man to sue women's university for rejecting application
A man is planning to sue Fukuoka Women’s University for rejecting his application for admission based on gender, which would be the first test of the constitutionality of national and public women’s colleges and universities, writes Ken Hasegawa for The Asahi Shimbun.
Universities ‘years behind’ US in alumni relations
Irish universities are in their “infancy” in developing systems of alumni engagement, a conference in Dublin heard on 14 November, writes Joe Humphreys for The Irish Times.
Violent demonstrations over student deaths
Furious protesters tried to break into Mexico City's National Palace during nationwide demonstrations over the deaths of 43 students that have angered the nation, reports Aljazeera.
Thousands of students protest educational reforms
Thousands of Greek students and teachers took to the streets of the capital Athens to protest the government’s planned reforms to the education system, reports Press TV.
For-profit colleges sue over new guidelines
The Association of Private Sector Colleges and Universities is suing the United States Department of Education and Secretary of Education Arne Duncan over rules the government released recently that penalise career training programmes for burdening students with massive debt while offering few job prospects, writes Claire Zillman for Fortune.
Governing boards to get new guidelines
Inattentive college and university governing boards are putting American higher education at risk, according to a new set of guidelines for trustees issued last week by the Association of Governing Boards of Universities and Colleges, writes Ry Rivard for Inside Higher Ed.
Foreign worker crackdown affects university recruitment
Recent changes to the temporary foreign workers programme, aimed at slowing down a tide of low-skilled workers, have made it more difficult for some Canadian universities to recruit international faculty, writes Simona Chiose for The Globe and Mail.
Academia pushes back against HEC efforts to stifle debate
Leading academics have flayed the Higher Education Commission’s attempts to stifle debate in Pakistan’s universities by prohibiting any activities that challenge the “ideology and principles of Pakistan, and-or perspective of the government of Pakistan”, writes Kashif Abbasi for Dawn.
More students mean more dropouts – Vice-chancellor
Drop-out rates at universities will rise as a result of the government's plan to lift the cap on student recruitment, a leading British vice-chancellor has warned. Professor Sir David Eastwood of Birmingham University said he feared a growing number of universities would be forced to merge as competition for places increased, writes Richard Garner for The Independent.
Cheating – Academics blame fee-hungry universities
Whistleblowing academics have accused universities of contributing to systemic cheating by welcoming international students who are ‘functionally illiterate’, because they rely so heavily on their fees, write Amy McNeilage and Lisa Visentin for The Sydney Morning Herald.
The students who feel they have the right to cheat
Students are often keen to exercise their rights but recently there has been an interesting twist – some in India are talking about their right to cheat in university exams, writes Craig Jeffrey for BBC News Magazine.
UK universities minister to 'welcome' students
Hit by a drop in Indian students in its universities due to a stricter visa regime, the United Kingdom has sent a minister to India to reverse the unwelcoming image of Britain, reports the Press Trust of India.
Legal woes for top university over admissions policy
The Higher Education Transformation Network has threatened to take legal action against the University of Cape Town if it goes ahead with the implementation of a new student admissions policy, writes Ilse Fredericks for the Cape Argus.
Public universities to aid revitalisation
Japan’s government plans to embark on a local revitalisation plan that enlists the help of municipality-run public universities in fighting depopulation outside metropolitan areas, reports The Yomiuri Shimbun.
Education minister flags possible delay on university bill
Australia’s Christopher Pyne has said the government would take as long as it needs to negotiate its massive shake-up of higher education with the Palmer United Party, signalling that it is prepared to sacrifice its 2016 start date in order to get the legislation passed, write Julie Hare and Andrew Trounson for The Australian.
Universities urged to act on race and gender discrimination
Academics from across Australia have urged vice-chancellors to urgently address a lack of diversity and equality in universities in the wake of the exposure of racist and sexist emails sent by poetry professor Barry Spurr, writes Alexandra Smith for The Sydney Morning Herald.