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ETHIOPIA
University adopts 'publish or perish' principle
Addis Ababa University said it is applying the ‘publish or perish’ principle to scale up competitive and problem-solving research as the university discussed its five-year strategic plan with scholars and different stakeholders, reports Henok Tibebu for The Ethiopian Herald.
COLOMBIA
President accused of censoring university students
Students at the University of Los Andes in Bogotá accused Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos of brushing off their criticisms and attempting to censor them for daring to confront him, reports teleSUR.
SOUTH AFRICA
Mandela foundation offers to help end university violence
The Nelson Mandela Foundation is offering independent mediation‚ conflict resolution and facilitation services to South Africa's universities and student movements to help halt the current violent protest that is stalling the academic year at multiple campuses, reports Times Live.
SOUTH AFRICA
Two universities closed by protests go back to class
Classes at the universities of the Free State and Pretoria re-opened last Monday without incident, amid heavy security on both campuses, reports BDLive.
SINGAPORE
Number of Singapore students in US hits 10-year high
According to US Embassy figures, 4,727 Singaporeans were enrolled in education institutions in the United States last year – a 3% increase over the previous year and the highest figure in 10 years, writes Sandra Davie for The Straits Times.
AUSTRALIA
Top universities may give credits for MOOCs
In a move that could hasten the acceptance of cheap online degrees, the University of Queensland and the Australian National University are considering giving academic credit for massive open online courses, or MOOCs, writes Tim Dodd for Australian Financial Review.
VIETNAM
New enrolment policy confuses non-state universities
Non-state universities are concerned that they will not find students once the new enrolment policy is applied which allows universities to apply many different methods to enrol students, reports VietNamNet Bridge.
GHANA
New arts universities to be banned
The National Accreditation Board is formulating new guidelines that will ban people from establishing arts-based universities in the country, reports GhanaWeb.
JORDAN
Universities should cut majors not in demand – Official
Universities should close down or admit fewer students into disciplines with which the civil service is oversupplied, according to the head of the agency responsible for public sector employment, writes Laila Azzeh for The Jordan Times.
UNITED STATES
Harvard abolishes 'master' in titles in slavery row
Harvard University is going to remove the word ‘master’ from academic titles, after protests from students who claimed the title had echoes of slavery, writes Sean Coughlan for the BBC.
ALBANIA
British agency to rank country’s universities
Albania is to pay a British agency, the Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education, around €700,000 (US$766,000) to rank the quality of its 35 public and private universities, writes Fatjona Mejdini for BIRN.
UNITED KINGDOM
New programme for 2,000 science students to PhD level
Up to 2,000 students at 40 British universities are to be educated to PhD level in engineering and physical sciences under a US$261 million programme announced last week, reports Xinhua.
LATIN AMERICA
Remote learning expands options for public universities
Higher education providers across Latin America are turning to online study instead of traditional lecture halls as a way of bringing university education within the reach of growing numbers of less affluent students, writes Richard House for Financial Times.
UNITED KINGDOM
Christian student expelled for views posted on Facebook
A Christian student has been expelled from Sheffield University after he posted a message on his private Facebook account expressing his views on gay marriage, writes Lucy Sherriff for The Huffington Post UK.
MEXICO
New rector vows not to raise tuition
If there is one thing that animates university students the world over, it’s rising tuition and fees. So, when asked about the potential for increased tuition or fees the new rector of the public Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, Enrique Luis Graue Wiechers, wanted to be clear: “The fees won’t be changed”, writes Megan Carpentier for the Guardian.
UNITED STATES
Rising call to increase STEM, cut arts funding
Frustrated by soaring tuition costs, crushing student loan debt and a lack of skilled workers, particularly in science and technology, more and more states have adopted the idea of rewarding public colleges and universities for churning out students educated in fields seen as important to the economy, writes Patricia Cohen for The New York Times.
INDIA
Call to end government interference in universities
Communist Party of India (Marxist) leader Sitaram Yechury last week castigated the Bharatiya Janata Party for trying to suppress dissent and impose their idea of a “theocratic, fascistic Hindu Rashtra” on the country, and asked the government to "stop interfering" in universities which have been set up under central laws, reports Press Trust of India.
UNITED KINGDOM
Scottish universities could impose gender quotas by 2030
A new report on the gender gap in Scottish universities has suggested that by 2030 no individual course will be permitted to have more than 75% male or female students, writes Andrew Wade for The Engineer.
GERMANY
10,000 Americans come to study – and mostly for free
Tuition fees at US universities have risen five-fold since 1985 and continue to rise. But German universities offer free education to everyone – including Americans, writes Rick Noack for The Washington Post
AUSTRALIA
Universities make global push into free online education
Australian universities are making a global push into free online education with nearly 50 courses either scheduled or under way with the major international massive open online course providers, writes Tim Dodd for the Australian Financial Review.
MALAYSIA
Universities free to decide retirement age – Minister
Higher Education Minister Datuk Seri Idris Jusoh says any decision on professors’ contract renewals will be decided by the public universities themselves, writes Hashini Kavishtri Kannan for New Straits Times.
ZAMBIA
Concern over ongoing closure of two universities
The Young African Leaders Initiative says the continued closure of the University of Zambia and the Copperbelt University is a cost to the country and parents, reports Lusaka Times.
MALAYSIA
British universities explore local campus opportunities
A few universities from Britain are keen to set up local campuses in Malaysia following their interest in the potential of higher education, reports Bernama.
NIGERIA-UNITED KINGDOM
Cambridge students call for return of Benin statue
Students have called for a bronze statue adorning a Cambridge college to be returned to Nigeria. It was taken from the country in the 19th century, writes Corey Charlton for MailOnline.
SOUTH AFRICA
R16 billion more over medium term for higher education
Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan did not say much about the funding of universities in his Budget speech, except that extra support amounting to R16 billion will go to the higher education system over the medium term (three years), writes Jaco Leuvennink for Times Live.