Universities are planning to ban students from wearing anything on their wrists during examinations, for fear they may use smartwatches to access the internet and cheat, reports Sky News.
The nation’s seven foreign-studies universities are planning to train a battalion of potentially thousands of students to work as interpreters during the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. Together the students will cover 27 languages and hopefully comprise a valuable asset to be deployed at conferences and other sporting events in the years ahead, writes Masaaki Kameda for The Japan Times.
Academics and students alike should be making better use of Wikipedia, a major study of digital technology use in higher education has recommended, reports the Monash website.
Harvard University banned professors from having “sexual or romantic relationships” with undergraduates, joining a list of campuses that have taken similar steps, writes John Lauerman for Bloomberg.
A Queen’s University professor under fire for using anti-vaccination material in a health course will no longer be teaching that course, writes Ethan Lou for the Star.
Authorities in Lecce have rejected plans for the creation of what would be Italy’s first Islamic university, partly because of the current negative focus on Islam and opposition from local residents, reports The Local.
President Barack Obama sent Congress a budget request last Monday that would increase federal spending on many higher education programmes and also aims to reap savings for the government by changing some student loan and repayment options, writes Michael Stratford for Inside Higher Ed.
A former British intelligence chief has warned that the government’s Counter-Terrorism and Security Bill could restrict freedom of speech in universities, reports RT. Baroness Manningham-Buller said during a debate at the House of Lords last week that extremist opinions need to be “exposed, challenged and countered”, rather than banned.
Fee-paying students at a Scottish university will be the first to have their costs waived if they fail to graduate under radical proposals. Hundreds of students at the University of the West of Scotland, or UWS, could potentially benefit from the initiative, writes Andrew Denholm for Herald Scotland.
Dozens of junior colleges – offering three-year training – have been upgraded into universities – offering four to five-year training – but the training quality has not matched the expansion. Analysts have noted that the recent upgrading on a mass scale was one of the reasons behind the high unemployment rate, reports VietNamNet Bridge.
Record numbers of 18 year-olds have applied to British universities and youngsters from the poorest areas are more likely to seek places than ever, according to data suggesting that higher tuition fees have not dented demand, writes Helen Warrell for the Financial Times.
A University of the Witwatersrand fourth-year law student Mbe Mbhele refers to himself as “a hustler”. The 22-year-old from KwaZulu-Natal left home for Johannesburg at the start of the month to arrange accommodation for himself for the academic year. Last week he was to learn whether he qualifies to live at one of the university's student residences after squatting on campus since his arrival, write Poppy Louw and Shenaaz Jamal for Times Live.
Amazon has struck deals with three large universities to operate co-branded websites selling textbooks, fan shirts, ramen noodles and most other items available on Amazon.com. While the deals aren’t exclusive, officials at the colleges say the arrangements acknowledge a reality: their students already shop on Amazon, writes Greg Bensinger for The Wall Street Journal.
Thousands of students are shunning the UK’s traditional universities to take their degrees in further education colleges down the road, writes Richard Garner for The Independent.
Taiwan’s annual university admissions exams took place recently as tens of thousands sweated over mathematics and language questions to get into top schools. But the exams, that depend exclusively on memorisation of high school class content, are in their final years as officials worry they put Taiwan at a competitive disadvantage, writes Ralph Jennings for Voice of America.
Stanford University welcomed 25 unusual students onto its campus this month – all in their 50s and 60s. They are the inaugural fellows of a new programme, the Distinguished Careers Institute, designed for people who want to follow more than one career path in their lifetimes and who want to go back to a college setting for more training. It is the forefront of a new movement for universities to look beyond typical 19-year-old undergraduates, writes Mark Miller for Reuters.
Freedom of speech is at the heart of academic life and a university should be a place where every issue is discussed and debated. Not so, according to the findings presented in the first ever Free Speech University Rankings which reveal that 80% of UK higher education institutions routinely regulate and actively restrict students’ free speech and expression in some way, writes Dennis Hayes for The Conversation.
The education gap between rich and poor continues to grow, becoming a chasm of opportunity that often blocks the search for a better economic life, according to a report released recently, writes Michael Muskal for LA Times.
A report by UNESCO has documented the "material, human and educational damage" sustained by Gaza's higher education institutions during Israel's assault last summer. The UN agency's conclusion was that "higher education institutions were directly targeted during the hostilities", writes Ben White for Middle East Monitor.
In the Japanese government’s new budget, one small item stands out: a US$5 million grant to Columbia University in New York to fund a position for a professor of Japanese politics and foreign policy, writes Yuka Hayashi for The Wall Street Journal.
Leading UK universities have warned Labour about the financial risks of cutting tuition fees a third to £6,000 (US$9,044) a year. The party is deciding whether to go ahead with a costly pre-election pledge intended to woo the middle class, write Helen Warrell and Elizabeth Rigby for the Financial Times.
A magazine published by China's Communist Party has lashed out at university professors in the country who spread “Western values”, as new government-imposed guidelines for schools raise concerns about academic freedom, writes Mark Hanrahan for International Business Times.
Harvard University raised more money last year than any US school ever: US$1.16 billion in the 2013-14 fiscal year, according to an annual survey from the Council for Aid to Education. That brings the school’s endowment to US$36.4 billion as of June. Stanford is runner up with US$21.4 billion, writes Sabri Ben-Achour for Marketplace.
Can universities really force a change in the world’s fossil fuel companies? More than 220 University of British Columbia, or UBC, professors think so. In a key faculty vote last week, the academics signed a petition pledging they will cast their ballots to urge UBC to sell off the university's holdings of the world’s “200 most polluting” fossil fuel companies, writes Mychaylo Prystupa for Vancouver Observer.
Analysis of tuition fees, accommodation, the cost of travel, living costs and language learning, by HSBC, shows that the cost of studying abroad is up to £13,404 (US$20,203) cheaper than staying in the UK, writes Kate Palmer for The Telegraph.