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AFRICA
Swazi king launches SADC university
On his first day as chairman of the Southern African Development Community or SADC, His Majesty King Mswati III of Swaziland announced the launch of the SADC University of Transformation, writes Gugu Simelane for the Swazi Observer.
AUSTRALIA
Oldest working scientist fights to stay on campus
At the age of 102, Australia's oldest working scientist says he has not given up hope he can retain his office and freedom on campus after a Perth university told him to leave his post, writes Laura Gartry for ABC News.
TURKEY
University purge hits secularists, boosts conservatives
Turkey’s crackdown after the 15 July putsch has been swift and expansive, sweeping through the military, judiciary and higher education. The government declared a state of emergency and said it has detained more than 40,000 people as it hunts for suspected affiliates of the man officials accuse as the mastermind, Fethullah Gülen, a United States-based Turkish imam who has denied any role, write Joe Parkinson and Emre Peker for The Wall Street Journal.
AZERBAIJAN
Turkish university staff fired over alleged Gülen links
A university in Azerbaijan has fired 50 Turkish educators for alleged links with Turkish cleric Fethullah Gülen, whom Ankara blames for an unsuccessful coup attempt in Turkey in July, reports Radio Free Europe Radio Liberty.
GLOBAL
Study finds link between university numbers and GDP
A new study published by the National Bureau of Economic Research discovered an established link between the number of universities in a country and its gross domestic product, writes Abby Jackson for Business Insider.
CHINA
Universities to retain all income from research findings
A government circular has said that Chinese universities will have autonomy in transferring the intellectual property from scientific research and shall keep all the earnings, reports Xinhua.
UNITED KINGDOM
11% rise in EU students applying to British universities
The number of students from European Union countries applying to British universities has jumped by 11% – the highest number on record – as worries ahead of the referendum vote led to a scramble for places, writes Javier Espinoza for The Telegraph.
GERMANY
Berlin needs €67 billion to educate refugees
Young refugees accepted by Germany since the beginning of last year will cost the country an extra €67 billion (US$76 billion) to educate and train, according to a new assessment of the bill for the migrant influx, writes David Charter for The Australian.
MALAYSIA
Police monitor university students under IS influence
Malaysia's police are working together with universities across the country in a bid to suppress Islamic State or IS influence among their students, reports Bernama.
GERMANY
Minister moots Islamic veil ban in schools, universities
Europe’s battle over public attire for Muslim women moved recently from the outcry over banning ‘burkinis’ in France to a strong call from Chancellor Angela Merkel’s governing conservative bloc for a ban in Germany on face veils in schools and universities and while driving, writes Alison Smaleaug for The New York Times.
NIGERIA
Staff association accuses HE leaders of corruption
The Senior Staff Association of Nigerian Universities has accused pro-chancellors and vice-chancellors of Nigerian universities of corruption and running the nation’s ivory tower aground through fraudulent activities, diversion of funds and awarding shady contracts, reports Today.
KENYA
Private universities to admit state-funded students
Kenya’s President Uhuru Kenyatta has given the go-ahead to the admission of 10,000 state-funded students at private universities, reports Reuters.
MALAYSIA
Support for moratorium on new private universities
The decision by the Higher Education Ministry to extend the moratorium on the setting up of new private colleges and universities has received the support of private higher education institutions, writes Naim Zulkifli for New Straits Times.
EUROPE
Swiss university graduates are best paid in Europe
Swiss universities produce the best-paid graduates in Europe, according to salary-benchmarking site Emolument, reports Economia.
AUSTRALIA
The new way university cheats are being caught
Everyone has a unique typing style – but cheaters type differently. With this in mind, a Melbourne start-up has created anti-plagiarism software which is being trialled at four major Australian universities, writes Henrietta Cook for The Sydney Morning Herald.
NIGERIA
Ongoing forex woes curb UK study, agencies report
While the weaker British pound might make studying in the United Kingdom more attractive to some international students, the country’s third most fruitful source market is still struggling with punishing exchange rates that have plagued the market for a number of months, writes Sara Custer for The PIE News.
KENYA
President calls for mandatory university cohesion course
Public and private universities will be required to introduce a mandatory cohesion course in a bid to stem ethnicity in the country’s institutions of higher learning, writes Pharis Kinyua for Hivisasa.
VIETNAM
Universities to focus on quality over quantity
Universities should reduce the minimum enrolment quotas to focus on improving training quality, according to the head of the Ministry of Education and Training’s Higher Education Department, Nguyen Thi Kim Phung, reports Viet Nam News.
TURKEY
Over 5,000 staff members suspended from universities
Turkey’s Higher Education Board has suspended a total of 5,342 personnel from state and private universities over the probe into the 15 July failed coup attempt, believed to have been masterminded by the Fethullahist Terrorist Organization, reports Hurriyet Daily News.
TAIWAN
University fined for expelling HIV-positive student
The Centers for Disease Control has decided to slap a fine of NT$1 million (US$31,800) on National Defense University for forcing an HIV-positive student out of university in 2013, reports Focus Taiwan.
INDIA
Indian students seek alternatives to post-Brexit UK
Amid concerns over the Brexit vote and reports that the new United Kingdom Prime Minister Theresa May is set to make student visa norms even more strict, it is no surprise that Indian students are looking at other options when planning overseas education, reports The Economic Times.
GLOBAL
Launch of showpiece BRICS network university delayed
BRICS will be unable to launch its showpiece network university in 2016 as foundational issues are yet to be resolved, writes Kallol Bhattacherjee for The Hindu.
AUSTRALIA
Vice-chancellor slams ‘immoral tax’ on foreign students
The vice-chancellor of the University of Sydney says it is “immoral” that Australia relies on high-fee paying international students from poor families to prop up a broken funding system, writes Harry Pearl for the Daily Mail.
NEW ZEALAND
Students don’t understand plagiarism, research suggests
Dr Lee Adam, education research fellow at the University of Otago, finds that universities might need to consider their plagiarism policies and how they might “influence or confuse students in counterproductive ways”, writes John Elmes for Times Higher Education.
SYRIA
New university brings hope to Kurdish region
The recently inaugurated University of Rojava in Syria’s northeastern Qamishli city called on qualified academics to join its staff in order to help in accomplishing its ambitions as the first university in Syria’s Kurdish region, reports ARA News.