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China’s economic crisis has US colleges on edge
The slumping Chinese economy is not only startling US stock traders; it is also causing jitters among another group close to home: admissions officers at local colleges, write Laura Krantz and Jacqueline Tempera for The Boston Globe.
Fund the best PhDs and forget the rest
Australia's top eight universities have urged the federal government to stop funding PhD research students at universities that are below world standard in a given subject area, writes Tim Dodd for the Australian Financial Review.
Immigration clampdown seen to be hurting universities
International students are turning away from the UK because of Prime Minister David Cameron’s efforts to curb migration, university and business leaders say, damaging the economy and raising the risk that some courses may close, writes Hannah Murphy for Bloomberg.
Experts dismiss account of apparent student massacre
Mexico's official account of the abduction and apparent massacre of 43 students last year does not add up, a team of international experts said recently, citing deep flaws in the government's investigation and dismissing its claims that the victims were incinerated in a garbage dump, writes Lizbeth Diaz for Reuters.
Private universities lure faculty from public institutions
The ever-increasing demand for faculty in private, new-age universities has pushed the salary packages for senior faculty like vice-chancellors and deans past the Rs1-crore or INR10 million mark (US$150,300), write Prachi Verma and Varuni Khosla for The Economic Times.
Student debt poses risk to national economic growth
Students around the country – and often their parents – have racked up so much college debt since the recession that it now threatens the nation's economic growth, writes Jim Puzzanghera for the Los Angeles Times.
Welcome to China, now go home
South African students in China on government scholarships report what they consider luxurious conditions, excellent teaching and a warm welcome. But despite South African students loving the country, China is not entirely happy with the African influx, writes Phillip de Wet for the Mail & Guardian.
Universities told to investigate sexist ‘lad culture’
The government has ordered an inquiry into the sexist ‘lad culture’ at the country's universities, amid fears it is endangering female students, writes Flora Drury for Mail Online.
University in crowdfunding bid to help refugees study
An online university has launched a crowdfunding campaign to help refugees get back into further education after being displaced from their home country, writes Aftab Ali for The Independent.
‘Intelligence, not rhetoric’ needed to transform universities
More than 20 years on from the end of apartheid, the pressure for South Africa’s universities to shed their old identities and to embrace transformation is greater than ever, writes Chris Havergal for Times Higher Education.
China's nouveau riche land on US campuses
Earlier generations of Chinese overseas students were perceived as frugal, diligent and idealistic, but this is no longer the case, writes Yi-Ling Liu for The Straits Times.
Universities under investigation over IS recruitment
Ghana's authorities are investigating several universities over links to suspected recruitment for the so-called Islamic State or IS, reports the BBC News.
New universities to teach Syrian refugees
The last year has seen a new feature in the effort to deliver higher education to the Syrian youth displaced by the long-running war in their country – institutions tailored solely for the Syrian students, writes Benjamin Plackett for Al-Fanar.
New measures aim to attract more foreign students
The Polish government has introduced measures to promote further internationalisation of its higher education system by bringing in more foreign students, writes Matthew Reisz for Times Higher Education.
New model university project halted
Vietnam will not co-operate with any foreign governments to open more universities until at least 2020, according to a new decision by Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung, reports VietnamNet Bridge.
Universities under siege
Egyptian students and professors will soon return to universities which are experiencing the lowest levels of academic freedom the country has ever known, writes Emily Crane Linn for Foreign Policy.
Top university embraces Silicon Valley spirit
The University of Tokyo, long considered a breeding ground for Japan’s political and business elite, is venturing into new terrain: entrepreneurship, writes Alexander Martin for The Wall Street Journal.
University endowment returns fall with equity markets
US public-university endowments, including the country’s second-wealthiest at the University of Texas, are reporting fiscal 2015 returns that fail to meet the annual industry standard, write Lauren Streib and Michael McDonald for Bloomberg.
Renowned rationalist literary scholar shot dead
A renowned Kannada scholar, Sahitya Akademi award winner and former vice-chancellor of Karnatak University, MM Kalburgi (77), was shot dead by two unidentified assailants at his residence in Dharwad in north Karnataka last Sunday morning, writes TA Johnson for The Indian Express.
Fall in dollar revives interest of Singaporean students
The high value of the Australian dollar in the last few years and the expansion of university places in local institutions have led to fewer Singaporeans going there to study. But with the recent decline of the Australian dollar, student recruiters expect the numbers to pick up, writes Sandra Davie for The Straits Times.
Fragments of world's oldest Koran may predate Muhammad
British scholars have suggested that fragments of the world's oldest known Koran, which were discovered last month, may predate the accepted founding date of Islam by the Muslim Prophet Muhammad, reports FoxNews.com.
Ministry to reduce funding for 66 colleges
The Education Ministry will cut its financial subsidies for 66 colleges and universities that scored poorly in its evaluation on their reform efforts, writes Yoon Min-sik for The Korea Herald.
Aldrin joins university, forming ‘master plan’ for Mars
Buzz Aldrin is teaming up with the Florida Institute of Technology in Melbourne, Florida, to develop “a master plan” for colonising Mars within 25 years. The second man to walk on the moon took part in a signing ceremony at the university, less than an hour’s drive from NASA’s Kennedy Space Center, writes Marcia Dunn for The Washington Post.
Universities get tougher on masters degree students
An increasing number of Dutch universities are rejecting prospective masters degree students who don’t average scores of at least seven in their bachelor degree subjects, reports DutchNews.nl.
Former white universities in a race against time
Universities are in a race against time to address transformation on campuses. Higher education and race relations experts have warned that failure to do so will allow tension between students of different races to deepen, write Jan-Jan Joubert, Shenaaz Jamal, Leonie Wagner, Neo Goba and Jerome Cornelius for Times Live.