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GLOBAL
China campus to serve as pathway for region’s students
Even before officially taking office as the vice-chancellor of the University of the West Indies, Sir Hilary Beckles has already inked an agreement to set up a campus outpost of the regional university in Beijing, writes Andre Poyser for The Gleaner.
CZECH REPUBLIC
Ministry moots study programme for Syrian refugees
At least 20 students from the ranks of Syrian refugees in Jordan may be enrolled at Czech universities in the next six years, according to the study programme proposed by the foreign ministry and to be debated by the government, reports CTK.
JAPAN
Universities dish up budget breakfasts
A growing number of universities around Japan are serving up ¥100 (US$0.8) breakfasts as they seek to promote a healthy diet among students, reports Jiji Press. The budget breakfasts are proving popular, with many students saying their lifestyle habits have improved thanks to the balanced meals.
GREECE
Government raids research funds to pay public salaries
Greek scientists are angry and incredulous at what they see as a double-pronged government attack on the country's research system: the confiscation of research funding to plug a hole in Greece's ever worsening finances, and a new reform of higher education that they say will make universities more politicised and less meritocratic, writes Edwin Cartlidge for Science.
EUROPE
EU edges closer to higher education targets
Eurostat figures have revealed that the European Union is edging closer to its Europe 2020 target in education, writes Peter Taberner for Prague Post.
INDIA
Action against 21 fake universities
The Human Resource Development Minister Smriti Irani has stated in the Rajya Sabha, or Council of States, that the University Grants Commission is making an effort to deal with the issue of fake universities and has identified 21 fake universities across the country, reports India Today.
UNITED STATES
Mental-health crunch on campus
Universities are hiring more social workers, psychologists and psychiatrists as demand for campus mental-health services rises. But persistent budget gaps mean that students in some cases are footing much of the cost of the positions, write Melissa Korn and Angela Chen for The Wall Street Journal.
UNITED KINGDOM
Warning on loss of part-time students
The fall in part-time students in the UK means lost opportunities for individuals and the economy, the new head of the Open University has warned, writes Sean Coughlan for BBC News.
IRELAND
Alternatives to higher education needed
Alternatives to higher education must be developed for school leavers, to alleviate the financial pressure on universities and institutes of technology, the chair of a third-level expert group has said, writes Joe Humphreys for The Irish Times.
UNITED STATES
Columbia student accused of rape sues university
The Columbia University student accused of rape by fellow student Emma Sulkowicz, who became a symbol of campus sexual assault with a high-profile campaign to bring awareness to her case, is fighting back in court, writes Irin Carmon for msnbc.
AUSTRALIA
Dispute over deeper business links to research
The Innovative Research Universities grouping has clashed with a key science and engineering body over how to encourage more links between university researchers and industry, writes Tim Dodd for Australian Financial Review.
EUROPE
Language accreditation up in universities
Europe’s leading quality monitoring organisation in language education, EAQUALS, has seen growing interest from universities keen to accredit courses in foreign languages as they aim to internationalise campuses, writes Sara Custer for The PIE News.
CANADA
Research advocates criticise ‘big science’ budget
An election year budget that focuses on investments in research infrastructure and partnerships with industry but flatlines funding for basic science is being lamented as a lost opportunity by Canadian research advocates, writes Ivan Semeniuk for The Globe and Mail.
GLOBAL
Barred minister calls for freeze of Israeli university links
South African Minister of Higher Education and Training Blade Nzimande says he will call on all higher education institutions in his country to freeze their contacts with Israeli universities in response to Israel’s refusal to grant him an entry visa, writes Barak Ravid for Haaretz.
UNITED STATES
Corinthian Colleges to shut down remaining campuses
Corinthian Colleges will shut down all of its remaining 28 ground campuses, displacing about 16,000 students, less than two weeks after the US Department of Education announced it was fining the for-profit institution US$30 million for misrepresentation, reports Associated Press.
UNITED KINGDOM
SOAS divests from fossil fuels
The School of Oriental and African Studies, or SOAS, University of London has become the first university in the capital and the third in the UK to commit to pulling its investments out of fossil fuels, in what campaigners called a historic decision, writes Emma Howard for the Guardian.
SOUTH AFRICA
Cost of education rises double that of inflation
The cost of education rose by 9.3% in March compared to March last year. This is 5.3% higher than the headline inflation figure of 4% year-on-year for the same month, according to Statistics SA data, writes Ntsakisi Maswanganyi for BDLive.
UNITED STATES
Top Alaskan administrators to take unpaid leave
The University of Alaska announced recently that scores of top university administrators will take five to 10 days of mandatory unpaid leave as part of a larger plan to pare spending, writes Jeannette Lee Falsey for Alaska Dispatch News.
AUSTRALIA
Corruption rife in international student sector
Australia's leading universities, including the prestigious University of Sydney and the Australian National University, have engaged corrupt education agents who are falsifying the academic records of prospective international students to ensure their acceptance into the Australian tertiary system, writes Lisa Visentin for Brisbane Times.
GERMANY
Researchers welcome €5 billion science funding boost
Germany’s ruling political parties have agreed to plough €5 billion (US$5.4 billion) more into science from 2018 to 2028. The deal, announced on 16 April, is not a government commitment, but it is a strong indication that the country will continue its healthy support for scientific research, writes Quirin Schiermeier for Nature.
TURKEY
Plan to create university system for Syrian refugees
More than 40,000 Syrian refugees in Turkey would have been college bound before the war, but attempts to continue university studies in Turkey have largely been a failure. Now, the head of a network of private higher education institutions, Enver Yucel, is offering an ambitious solution: an accredited university system, with coursework in Arabic and English as well as Turkish, on campuses along the Turkish border, writes Deborah Amos for National Public Radio.
NETHERLANDS
University of Amsterdam chief quits over student protests
The student protests at the University of Amsterdam have led to the resignation of management board chair Louise Gunning. Gunning, who was appointed in 2012, has been under fire for her handling of the dispute, particularly her decision to end the occupation of the university administration centre by sending in riot police, reports Dutch News.
CHILE
Students return to streets over free education pledge
Chilean students marched through Santiago on 16 April to demand the government fulfil pledges to guarantee free higher education, reviving a protest movement that captured global headlines three years ago, writes Javiera Quiroga for Bloomberg.
YEMEN
Saudi air attacks shut down universities
Students have been shut out of Yemen’s classrooms since the Saudi-led air attacks started on 26 March. Those attacks have also killed hundreds of schoolchildren and damaged schools and universities, writes Faisal Darem for Al-Fanar Media.
UNITED KINGDOM
Student support for Liberal Democrats drops
More than half of final-year undergraduates say they would never vote Liberal Democrat because of its U-turn on tuition fees which saw charges rise to £9,000 (US$13,500) a year, a new poll of more than 13,000 students has found, writes Sarah Cassidy for The Independent.