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TAIWAN
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.
MONGOLIA
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.
SOUTH AFRICA
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.
UNITED KINGDOM
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.
SAUDI ARABIA
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.
CHINA
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.
UNITED STATES
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.
BANGLADESH
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.
CANADA
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.
HONG KONG
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.
UNITED STATES
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.
INDIA
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.
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.
CYPRUS
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.
BRAZIL
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.
AFRICA
Pan-African University receives US$45 million boost
The Pan-African University has received a major boost with a support grant of US$45 million from the African Development Bank, according to a statement from the African Union received by PANA last Thursday, reports AfriqueJet.
AUSTRALIA
University project to create 30,000 finance jobs
A world-class financial services technology lab at the University of Sydney is looking to double Australia's financial services exports and create 30,000 jobs, writes Brian Karlovsky for ARN.
UNITED STATES
Online lecture prompts legal fight on copyright
Famed Harvard legal professor Lawrence Lessig may be the last guy you would want to pick a fight with over copyright issues over the internet, writes Michael B Farrell for The Boston Globe.
GLOBAL
'Mooc' makes Oxford online dictionary
The acronym Mooc has made Oxford Dictionaries Online – a web-based lexicon of current English by the publishers of the Oxford English Dictionary, writes Chris Parr for Times Higher Education.
UNITED STATES
Obama plan to link college aid to new rating system
Calling growing student debt levels a “crisis”, United States President Barack Obama laid out a plan last Thursday aimed at reining in rising tuition costs by creating a system to rate colleges and eventually tie federal student aid to institutions' performance, write Colleen McCain Nelson and Caroline Porter for The Wall Street Journal.
UNITED STATES
Masters degree is new frontier of study online
Next January, the Georgia Institute of Technology plans to offer a masters degree in computer science through massive open online courses for a fraction of the on-campus cost, a first for an elite institution. If it even approaches its goal of drawing thousands of students, it could signal a change to the landscape of higher education, writes Tamar Lewin for The New York Times.
UNITED KINGDOM
40% of university language departments face closure
As many as 40% of university language departments are likely to close within a decade, delivering a huge blow to the UK's diplomatic and economic hopes, the former government advisor charged with bolstering foreign language uptake in higher education has warned, writes Daniel Boffey for the Guardian.
CANADA
University of Alberta to close 20 arts programmes
The University of Alberta has taken the first steps towards closing 20 arts programmes, suspending enrolment in a range of academic majors such as languages and music in an effort to cope with substantial budget shortfalls, writes James Bradshaw for The Globe and Mail.
INDIA
Canadian universities in India to woo students
Delegates from nine Canadian universities arrived in Delhi last week seeking Indian students to go to Canada as a premier destination for higher education, reports PTI.
NEW ZEALAND
Overseas students pay more, numbers drop
Overseas tertiary students in New Zealand – 30% of them from China – are paying more for education while their overall numbers decline, the New Zealand government revealed, reports Xinhua.