Regent's College in London will become the second private university in Britain after receiving official approval to change its name to Regent's University London, writes Richard Adams for the Guardian.
In a society where employees are only expected to perform well according to predetermined criteria, where loyalty to superiors and management is tested through the nightmare of contract non-renewal, where there is a desire to transform universities into subsidiaries of monopoly capital, those who say "a university should not be like that" will be treated as spanners in the works, writes Nuray Sancar for Monthly Review.
The Alexandria Administrative Court last week overturned Minister of Higher Education Mustafa Mosaad’s decision enforcing biannual evaluations of academics and linking evaluations to faculty members’ benefits, writes Rana Muhammad Taha for Daily News Egypt.
When Shanice Moodley left South Africa for Cuba to study medicine through a Department of Health programme, she had high hopes for a bright future, writes Bongani Hans for The Mercury. But they were dashed within two months, at which point she gave up her studies and returned home because, she claims, of the treatment students received.
The US Supreme Court announced last Monday that it would include a Michigan law that would bar public universities from considering race as an admissions factor in its review of affirmative action in higher education, reports http://FoxNews.com.
Student loan repayment rates in New Zealand will increase from Monday in a move that the government says will mean loans will be paid off more quickly, reports 3 News.
Executive Secretary of Nigeria’s National Universities Commission Julius Okojie has decried the nonchalant attitude of some academics to research, writes Augustine Aminu for Daily Times.
The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill has suspended a disciplinary hearing for a student because the US government may investigate the undergraduate’s claims that the school retaliated against her for speaking out about sexual assaults on campus, writes John Lauerman for Bloomberg.
A number of higher education unions and the ‘Let’s Save Research’ campaign group in France called a strike on Thursday, demanding withdrawal of a bill to reform higher education and research that was adopted by cabinet last week, reports Nature.
The US Senate has delivered a “devastating blow to the integrity of the scientific process at the National Science Foundation” by voting in an amendment that restricts the use of its funding for political science research to matters of national security or economic interests, the American Political Science Association said in a statement last week.
Ever since the European Council’s decision in 2000 to transform the European Union into “a competitive and dynamic knowledge-based economy”, Germany’s government has been pumping money into research and development, writes Gunjan Sinha for Science. As a result, not only are German research institutions forging major changes in the way that researchers teach, collaborate and advance in their careers, but they are also creating jobs.
All scientists receiving European Union funding will have to publish their results for free online, Neelie Kroes, the commissioner responsible for Europe’s digital agenda, said last Monday in Stockholm. She also launched the global Research Data Alliance – a group committed to pooling and coordinating scientific data so they can be shared better – writes Anna Leach for The Wall Street Journal.
Russia’s Ministry of Education has developed new criteria for monitoring the effectiveness of universities. Starting this year, the ministry will calculate the number of out-of-work graduates applying for positions at job centres, in order to identify universities that are producing the most unemployed graduates. But experts have taken issue with this logic, reports Kommersant.
Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has instructed his minister of science and technology to dismiss the heads of the universities of Tehran and Tarbiat Modarres, referring to them as "possible security" concerns, reports Radio Zamaneh.
The Saudi Arabian head of Pakistan's International Islamic University has sparked a controversy by firing employees who spoke to women colleagues and taking action against an official for allegedly watching a movie on the internet, reports the Press Trust of India.
UK Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne’s budget has revealed that the government appears to be scrapping plans to grant VAT exemption to for-profit higher education providers, a move that is aimed at exposing universities to greater competition, writes John Morgan for Times Higher Education.
Finance directors of Welsh universities say the government's student fees subsidies are leaving the sector with an uncertain financial future. They told BBC Wales that they cannot be sure there will be enough money left for them after the subsidising of Welsh students who study elsewhere in the UK.
As globalisation and technology blur national borders, universities must work even harder to demonstrate their distinctiveness, said leaders of top universities in the Asia-Pacific region, writes Karin Fischer for The Chronicle of Higher Education.
A group of America's top research universities – the Stanfords, Harvards and MITs of the world – will join a White House-led effort to train 100,000 new maths and science teachers by 2022, writes Anna Kuchment for Scientific American.
When the University of Texas at Arlington named the sole finalist for its presidency last week, the pick was featured in a glowing profile in the world’s largest newspaper by circulation – The Times of India. That’s because Vistasp Karbhari was born and completed his undergraduate education in India, writes Kevin Kiley for Inside Higher Ed.
Fuel hikes and the increased cost of higher education are top concerns raised by businesses in Malaysia, said an Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA) report, Drivers of Change in Asia-Pacific, according to the official news agency Bernama.
Federal universities have partnered with a UK information technology firm for the deployment of plagiarism detection software in all federal universities, reports the News Agency of Nigeria.
Four protesting students were arrested last Monday following clashes with police and security guards at the University of KwaZulu-Natal’s Durban campus, as anger over accommodation again brought the institution to a standstill, writes Kevin Lancaster for The Mercury.
A former student of the University of Central Florida shot and killed himself early last Monday in a dormitory apartment where police found guns, four bombs and writings suggesting he had been planning a campus attack, authorities said, reports Reuters.
Several high-profile violent incidents at Tunisian universities have highlighted concerns about security at higher education institutions, writes Roua Khlifi for Tunisialive.