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UNITED STATES
Colleges urged to rethink issue of criminal records
The Barack Obama administration is urging universities and colleges to re-evaluate how questions about an applicant’s criminal history are used in the admissions process, part of an effort to remove barriers to education, employment and housing for those with past convictions, in many cases for minor crimes, writes Stephanie Saul for The New York Times.
JAPAN
‘Predatory’ conferences stalk groves of academe
‘Predatory’ conference organisers now stalk Japan’s groves of academe. The conferences are inferior events that contribute little to the field of academic knowledge but generate plenty of revenue for organisers’ bank accounts, writes James McCrostie for The Japan Times.
UNITED KINGDOM
Leicester universities' goals after football triumph
Leicester's universities are hoping that Leicester City's fairy-tale success in football could also bring them a happy ending, in terms of raising their global profile and attracting overseas students, writes Matt Pickles for the BBC.
CHINA
Millionaire research scientists on the rise
Government’s push to put science and technology at the forefront of the nation’s development is creating a new breed of highly paid scientific academics who are leading the nation’s rise as a global power in scientific research, writes Stephen Chen for South China Morning Post.
TAIWAN
Activists call for nationalisation of universities
Activists said that tighter regulation and moves towards nationalisation – not tuition hikes – are the answers to falling student numbers pushing many universities towards the fiscal brink, writes Abraham Gerber for the Taipei Times.
AUSTRALIA
Budget puts higher university fees back on the table
Higher fees, deregulated prices for popular courses and larger loan repayments are on the cards for university students after federal Education Minister Simon Birmingham released an options paper with last week’s budget outlining his preferred path for higher education reform, writes Tim Dodd for the Financial Review.
ARGENTINA
Universities to strike over lack of funds
The Federation of University Teachers called for a general strike last week, to which 53 institutions of higher education pledged their support, reports Prensa Latina.
CANADA
More female university leaders needed, say presidents
The lack of female leaders at Canadian universities is an urgent problem that needs to be addressed by every institution, says a group of university presidents who are pressing administrators and boards to make changes to how they recruit and promote women, writes Simona Chiose for The Globe and Mail.
INDIA
Government considers relaxing deemed universities’ norms
Deemed universities in the country may soon see better days with the government looking to relax some of the norms governing them and readying a plan to curtail the University Grants Commission’s powers to regulate them, writes Prashant K Nanda for Livemint.
UNITED STATES
College affordability worsens in 45 states
Overall college affordability has worsened in 45 US states since 2008, creating a significant financial burden for students of modest economic means, writes Paul Fain for Inside Higher Ed.
PAKISTAN
Experts call for autonomy of universities
Participants at the second roundtable conference on “Six years of 18th Constitutional Amendment: Equity and autonomy of universities”, demanded the implementation of the 18th Constitutional Amendment in education, especially in the higher education sector, and said that the autonomy of universities should be ensured, reports Pakistan Today.
THAILAND
Universities receive warnings over plagiarism
The Office of the Higher Education Commission has warned universities they are responsible for placing more emphasis on the quality of teaching, especially at the graduate level, after two cases of alleged thesis plagiarism at Silpakorn University were unveiled last month, writes Dumrongkiat Mala for the Bangkok Post.
SYRIA
Damascus University seeks to combat forged degrees
Damascus University recently issued its first digitally enhanced diplomas, part of an initiative to combat the use of forged diplomas by students wanting to claim they graduated from the country’s oldest institution of higher education, writes Riham Alkousaa for Al-Fanar.
UNITED STATES
Doubts over honesty led to chancellor’s removal
University of California President Janet Napolitano felt compelled to remove the chancellor of the University of California, Davis after documents contradicted the campus leader's contention that she did not have any dealings with contractors that were hired to bolster the university's image online, writes Lisa Leff for Associated Press.
UNITED KINGDOM
Top universities’ rankings slip due to ‘diversity focus’
An expert says Britain's best universities are slipping down university rankings because they are forced to focus on diversity and recruiting from disadvantaged backgrounds, writes Javier Espinoza for The Telegraph.
JAPAN
Women’s universities go urban for survival
Women’s universities in suburban areas of metropolitan Tokyo are increasingly relocating to the urban centre in a bid to increase the number of applicants to the universities, reports The Yomiuri Shimbun.
THAILAND
University creates cheap, touchable ink for the blind
Researchers at Thammasat University in Thailand have created something called Touchable Ink that will potentially make it a lot cheaper for the blind to read, writes Aloysius Low for CNET.
INDIA
Prime minister pushes yoga PhD for foreigners
Prime Minister Narendra Modi wants Indian universities to promote doctoral programmes in yoga for foreign students through government fellowships, writes Basant Kumar Mohanty for The Telegraph India.
AUSTRALIA
Cries of Beijing meddling follow academic’s ouster
A China-born academic has been forced out of a leading Australian university for posting online politically charged remarks about his countrymen, reigniting accusations Beijing is using its presence inside global campuses to exert soft power, writes Byron Kaye for Reuters.
SOUTH AFRICA
Foreign graduates can soon apply for permanent residence
Foreign students will soon be allowed to apply for permanent residence once they have graduated from a South African university, writes Wyndham Hartley for BDLive.
THAILAND
Demand for international universities expected to rise
The number of Thai students enrolled in local international universities is expected to increase sharply in the next five years, as students look to equip themselves with the skills needed to compete with the regional workforce, writes Dumrongkiat Mala for Bangkok Post.
HONG KONG
Names put forward to review Hong Kong university council
Two former University Grants Committee members and a retired High Court judge have been recommended to form a panel to review the structure of the University of Hong Kong’s controversial governing council, writes Phila Siu for South China Morning Post.
GERMANY
Programme to create ‘Ivy League’ gets extra funds
The programme designed to create a German ‘Ivy League’ will be extended indefinitely, giving a handful of the country’s top universities a yearly bonus of at least €10 million (US$11.3 million) in extra funding, writes Gretchen Vogel for Science.
BRAZIL-UNITED STATES
Foundation to expand aid to Harvard’s Brazil programme
The Lemann Foundation, a non-profit organisation established by Brazilian billionaire Jorge Paulo Lemann, said it plans to expand its financial aid to Brazilian students and visiting faculty at Harvard University in the United States, writes Keren Blankfeld for Forbes.
AUSTRALIA
Sydney universities crack down on cheating students
Universities across Sydney are cracking down on cheating in tertiary assessment tasks after Fairfax Media revealed chronic misconduct across the sector, writes Eryk Bagshaw for The Sydney Morning Herald.