In a move aimed at sparing students and faculty embarrassment, a Japanese private university named Kinki University has ditched its distracting former English name for a more benign moniker, reports Kyodo News.
Alexandra Elbakyan is a highbrow pirate in hiding. The 27-year-old graduate student from Kazakhstan is operating a searchable online database of nearly 50 million stolen scholarly journal articles, shattering the US$10 billion-per-year paywall of academic publishers, writes Michael Rosenwald for The Washington Post.
The average student attending a four-year, in-state public college pays about US$19,500 in tuition each year. Is that an investment worth making? Forbes has made answering that question a little easier with its Best Value Colleges 2016 rankings, published online Tuesday, writes Julia Glum for International Business Times.
UK university staff have cited the lack of transparency around Chinese transnational education, or TNE, legislation as one of the main barriers halting higher education partnerships between the two countries, writes Ellie Bothwell for Times Higher Education.
A Grattan Institute report released on Tuesday has recommended the income threshold for university debt repayments should be cut by A$12,000 (US$9,200), saving A$500 million every year, reports Australian Associated Press.
Research into cosmic evolution, the structure of matter, the origins of life and understanding how the brain works all deserve strengthened support, according to China's latest 5-year development plan, which could triple funding for basic research by 2020, writes Hao Xin for Science
Over 300 academicians, activists, artists and writers published a statement condemning the state violence and unlawful detention at the University of Hyderabad and crackdowns at other institutions, reports First Post.
The government has embarked upon a scheme to fund ‘pure science’ scholars who have completed their PhDs to enable them to continue their post-doctoral research in India, reports Press Trust of India.
The Higher Education Commission has expressed concerns at universities not following the commission’s plagiarism policy by not taking action on plagiarism complaints against their faculty, reports The Express Tribune.
The Bangladesh government last week approved in principle the draft of ‘The Accreditation Council Law, 2016’, with a view to ensuring standards of higher education in the country, reports The Daily Star.
A slight majority of people agree with the new academic year for universities as it falls in line with the international and ASEAN – Association of Southeast Asian Nations – bi-semester system, according to the result of an opinion poll carried out by the National Institute of Development Administration, reports Bangkok Post.
Short-term policy-making risks jeopardising efforts to widen participation in English higher education, it has been warned, after yet another change in the national approach to encouraging those from disadvantaged backgrounds to apply to university, writes Chris Havergal for Times Higher Education.
The University of California System is frequently lauded as one of the best public education systems in the world. But a scathing new state audit of the system tells a story of manipulation of admissions standards for financial gain, writes Abby Jackson for Business Insider.
The Department of Higher Education and Training has allocated R1.9 billion (US$129 million) towards improving the infrastructure, student housing and maintenance, among other things, at 24 state-owned universities, reports SA News.
The Kenya National Examinations Council's board was dissolved on 24 March over the irregularities that marred national examinations in 2015, and nine senior officers were arrested, writes Ouma Wanzala for The Nation.
The terrorist attacks in Brussels last Tuesday prompted universities in and around the city to cancel classes and to organise transportation and shelter for students who were stranded as mass transit there shut down, writes Tyler Kingkade for The WorldPost. Meanwhile, American universities scrambled to locate their students in Europe.
A study for the British Academy to compare the quantitative skills taught by universities in the United Kingdom and 16 leading international universities, has found that many institutions in Europe, North America and Australasia reach “much higher levels of achievement”, writes Matthew Reisz for Times Higher Education.
In the Philippines, where university diplomas are proudly displayed in living rooms, higher education institutions are recession-proof enterprises, writes Felipe Salvosa for Financial Times. But when universities reopen next term, the unthinkable will happen – there will be no freshmen enrolling and thousands of tenured faculty will be made redundant.
After years of campaigning by the union for education and science, the German government has passed a law that will improve the conditions that apply to contract employment in research, writes Andrew Bonnell for The Australian.
At first glance, a huge wave of Chinese students entering American higher education seems beneficial for both sides, write Douglas Belkin and Miriam Jordan for the Wall Street Journal. But on the ground, campuses are struggling to absorb the growing influx – a dynamic confirmed by interviews with dozens of students, college professors and counsellors.
In a blog based on the opening seminar of the UCL Institute of Education’s Centre for Global Higher Education, Paul Ashwin took a fresh look at the thorny concept of the impact of university teaching, reports Times Higher Education.
The heads of Canada’s biggest research universities have added their voices to criticism of reforms at the Canadian Institutes of Health Research, calling for a moratorium on further changes until an independent review is held, writes Elizabeth Payne for Ottawa Citizen.
Public research universities in the United States are anchors of stability and growth in their regions – vital to economic development and the creative economy, according to a new report from the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.
Researchers have reasons to cheer. India’s University Grants Commission recently announced that time spent by a student in doing research for a PhD degree will be counted as teaching experience when they apply for direct recruitment to faculty positions in colleges and universities, writes Gauri Kohli for Hindustan Times.
The Ministry of Communications and Information Technology has launched a tender for local firms to help establish MOOCs – massive open online courses – under the Ministry of Higher Education, writes Mohamed Alaa El-Din for Daily News Egypt. It is the first effort to introduce MOOCs at such a scale in Egypt.