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Universities minister addresses academic freedom fears
Jaafar Towfiqi, caretaker minister responsible for research and most of Iran’s universities, says students have already told President Hassan Rouhani of their expectations for greater autonomy for higher education institutions, reports Asharq Al-Awsat.
University guards’ arrest powers spark fears
A decision to grant campus security guards the right to arrest students was issued last Wednesday, sparking fears of a return to the time when politically active students were targeted, reports Ahram Online.
Academics Tarek Loubani, John Greyson jailed in Egypt
Canadian filmmaker and associate professor at York University John Greyson, and ER physician and academic Dr Tarek Loubani remain jailed in an Eygptian prison where they have been held since being arrested on 16 August. They have yet to be charged, writes Tara-Michelle Ziniuk for Toronto Media Co-op.
Education boss worried by foreign student numbers fall
Higher Education Authority Chief Executive Tom Boland has questioned whether tertiary institutions are doing enough to welcome foreign students, as new figures show a fall in numbers coming to study in Ireland, writes Katherine Donnelly for the http://Independent.ie.
Spanish universities launch 'adopt a student' scheme
Universities in Spain are considering a move to set up charitable funds so that individuals can sponsor the studies of those from low-income families, writes Fiona Govan for The Telegraph.
Making sense of the higher education debate
US President Barack Obama’s recent proposals to reform higher education have once again made the debate over the future of higher education big news, writes Johann Neem, an associate professor of history at Western Washington University, for Inside Higher Ed.
Uproar over new private universities
At least seven new private universities in Bangladesh with reported links to the ruling party are awaiting approval as the government nears the end of its term, despite claims that most existing higher education institutions in the private sector are underperforming and struggling to attract students, writes Mushfique Wadud for the Dhaka Tribune.
Universities call for funding review over cash drain
Universities in Wales have called for the Welsh government to review the way they are funded, to prevent millions of pounds going to institutions around the United Kingdom, writes Arwyn Jones for BBC Wales.
Thousands of HE staff on zero-hours contracts
Universities and colleges are twice as likely to use zero-hours contracts than other workplaces, according to a freedom of information request, writes Tom Newcombe for HR Magazine.
Rising fees keep some students on the edge
A freeze in fees and discounts for low-income families are the only hope for students in the United Arab Emirates who find the cost of university education beyond their reach, writes Sara Sabry for Gulf News.
Scientist cleared of libel in court
A Taiwanese environmental engineer, sued for suggesting a link between a petrochemical company's emissions and cancer rates, has been cleared of libel by a court, reports Michele Catanzaro for Nature.
Students to protest against tuition fee increases
Student representatives of the Mongolian University of Science and Technology, led by student union president B Myagmardorj, announced at a press conference last week that they would demonstrate outside the university’s administration offices against an unjustified increase in tuition fees, writes B Khash-Erdene for The UB Post.
Universities cannot meet demand for places
As university application deadlines for first-year entrants draw to a close, South Africa’s Department of Higher Education and Training is readying itself to provide alternatives for hundreds of thousands of prospective students who will be left out in the cold, writes Nontobeko Mtshali for The Star.
University abandons plans to sell Shakespeare folios
The University of London has abandoned its proposal to auction a rare set of early printed editions of William Shakespeare's plays, following an outcry by senior figures in theatre and academia, writes David Batty for the Guardian.
Kingdom offers academic refuge to Syrian students
A special programme has been launched to enrol students from Syria at Saudi universities as a humanitarian gesture, reports Arab News. Official approval has been granted to Syrian students who cannot continue university education due to the worsening situation in their country.
Universities seek greater enrolment from abroad
China's culture and economy may attract overseas students, but the education system does not. And that's a big problem because the government is trying to attract more foreign students as part of an internationalisation strategy, in an attempt to grab a slice of the international education market, writes Yang Yang for China Daily.
University access eases for undocumented students
While the US Congress struggles with passing immigration reform, many lawmakers and educators around the country are finding common ground on initiatives that improve undocumented students' access to higher education, writes Amanda Holpuch for the Guardian.
Foreign university policy finalised
The Education Ministry has finalised a draft policy to allow foreign universities to open branches, enter joint ventures with local counterparts or operate study centres in Bangladesh, writes Mushfique Wadud for Dhaka Tribune.
Visa backlog puts Nova Scotia universities in limbo
Universities in the Canadian province of Nova Scotia say they are scrambling to deal with a possible shortfall of international students because a strike by foreign service officers is delaying some visa applications, reports CBC News.
City suffers shortage of university places
More than 13,000 students who qualified for a university place in Hong Kong this summer have been denied a spot due to space shortages, writes Samuel Lai for Time Out.
Universities enlist students in fight against hackers
American universities are relying on academics and students to help strengthen data security following a spike in cyber attacks over the past few years. While institutions continue to monitor their networks and engage in joint efforts with law enforcement, educating the university community plays a vital role in protecting their systems, writes Riva Gold for The Wall Street Journal.
Higher education enrolment to reach 30% by 2020
The Indian government has begun efforts to increase the gross enrolment ratio in higher education to 30% by 2020 from the current level of around 19%, according to Minister for Human Resource Development MM Pallam Raju, reports Press Trust of India.
Less than 1% of students opt for research-oriented courses
Less than 1% of students pursuing higher education in India opt for research-oriented courses, parliament was informed last Monday, reports Press Trust of India.
Campus to close after recruiting only 17 students
The University of East London has ordered an investigation into its international activities after the closure of its Cyprus campus, which recruited just 17 students in its first six months, reports Cyprus Mail.
Universities take affirmative action
Ten years ago affirmative action gradually started being adopted in both state and federally funded Brazilian universities, in an attempt to give underprivileged Brazilians better chances of getting free higher education – and thus access to better jobs. Now ‘quotas’ are mandatory in all of Brazil's 59 federal universities, which have until 2016 to reserve half of their positions for affirmative action, writes Julia Carneiro for BBC News.