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UNITED STATES
Another university strips Cosby of honorary degree
The University of San Francisco became the latest institution of higher education to strip comedian Bill Cosby of an honorary degree, following a string of accusations that he drugged women and sexually assaulted them, writes Lisa Fernandez for NBC Bay Area News.
GLOBAL
US universities lead in innovation, Asia a rising power
US universities lead the world in scientific innovation but face strong competition from Asian rivals with close ties to industry, according to a detailed analysis of academic papers and patent filings, writes Ben Hirschler for Reuters.
PAKISTAN
Member of higher education watchdog remanded in custody
An accountability court earlier this month remanded into judicial custody Professor Mohammad Ayub, a medical expert with the Higher Education Regulatory Authority, or HERA, on the charge of facilitating the functioning of an illegal medical college, reports Dawn.
UNITED STATES
Investigation finds no anti-Asian bias at Princeton
The Education Department’s Office for Civil Rights has cleared Princeton University of allegations that it discriminates against Asian and Asian-American applicants in admissions, writes Peter Schmidt for The Chronicle of Higher Education.
UNITED KINGDOM
Oxbridge tops list of best UK universities
Oxford and Cambridge have maintained their lead as the UK's two best universities but Surrey was named ‘University of the Year’, according to the Sunday Times’ Higher Education guide, writes Caroline Mortimer for The Independent.
IRELAND
Calls for urgent action on student accommodation crisis
Ireland’s seven universities have called for “urgent remedial action” to address the student accommodation crisis. According to the Irish Universities Association, the availability of campus accommodation is also a prerequisite for attracting new overseas students, writes Joe Humphreys for The Irish Times
UNITED STATES
Why hackers are going after universities
With their vast stores of personal data and expensive research, universities are prime targets for hackers looking to graduate from swiping credit card numbers, write Keith Wagstaff and Chiara Sottile for NBC News.
SINGAPORE
Most important is how well universities serve Singapore
The key performance indicators of universities in the Republic should not be about how high their rankings are, but how well they serve Singapore, according to Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong, reports Channel News Asia.
SOUTH AFRICA
University transformation summit next month
As violent protests hit yet another university campus last Tuesday, Higher Education Minister Blade Nzimande announced that a summit looking into transformation and other issues facing tertiary institutions would be held next month, reports ANA.
UNITED KINGDOM
Universities should create scholarships for refugees
Every university in Britain is being urged to play its part in tackling the migrant crisis by helping make it easier for refugees and asylum-seekers to access higher education, writes Dean Kirby for The Independent.
CHINA-UNITED KINGDOM
UK signs universities joint research agreement with China
United Kingdom universities will work with organisations in China on joint academic research and new institutions under an agreement between the UK and Chinese governments, reports Out-Law.com.
KENYA
Nine students arrested over city demo
Nine university students have been arrested for taking part in violent demonstrations on city streets protesting the delayed release of student loans by the Higher Education Loans Board, writes Reuben Wanyama for Citizen Digital.
AUSTRALIA
University staff and students fight Bjørn Lomborg centre
Climate activists and academics are scaling up their opposition to Flinders University hosting a Bjørn Lomborg-run research centre in an attempt to shut down the last avenue apparently open to the project, writes Oliver Milman for the Guardian.
BRAZIL-UNITED KINGDOM
Scots universities forge new links in Brazil
Seven Scottish universities have organised a week of engagements in Brazil under the ‘Connected Scotland’ banner to try to develop new research partnerships between the two nations, writes Lucinda Cameron for The Scotsman.
NIGERIA
Feminists raise alarm over rising campus rape cases
The Nigerian Feminist Forum has sounded an alarm over what it said are increasing cases of rape in tertiary institutions across the country, writes Evelyn Okakwu for Premium Times.
EUROPE
EU hiring rules could catch out universities
Universities could lose up to a quarter of European Union research funding if they fail to comply with new rules designed to promote fair recruitment, a Brussels official has warned. Under the six-year €80 billion (US$90 billion) Horizon 2020 settlement agreed in May, UK universities are expected to receive roughly £2 billion (US$3 billion) in EU funding over the next two years, writes Jack Grove for Times Higher Education.
CANADA
Universities ramp up efforts to aid Syrian refugees
Canadian universities are ramping up efforts to help Syrian refugees reach a safe haven here, but many are using existing programmes rather than looking to a private sponsorship programme that has caught Canadians’ imagination, writes Simona Chiose for The Globe and Mail.
DENMARK
University targets refugee education and health
The University of Copenhagen has asked the Danish government for permission to create extra student spaces for refugees and migrants arriving in the country. The university wants to provide an education to refugees who receive a temporary residence permit and those who are having their applications processed, reports The Local.
UNITED STATES
The real impact of universities’ fossil fuel divestment
The University of California's recent announcement that it had pulled US$200 million out of coal and oil sands investments may be one of the most powerful divestments yet – but not because it'll hurt fossil fuel companies' bottom line, writes Lydia O’Connor for The Huffington Post.
SOUTH AFRICA
New laws sour country for foreign students
The heated exchanges on the unabridged birth certificate required for minors entering South Africa and its effect on tourism have occupied centre space in discussions on the new immigration regulations and overshadowed the impact of other equally disquieting sections. The consequence of the 2014 changes in immigration law six months into the current academic year is rather disturbing: the South African higher education sector has experienced a sharp drop in international student numbers, write Cornelius Hagenmeier, Orla Quinlan and Annette Lansink for Mail & Guardian.
NEW ZEALAND
Universities to publish graduates' job data
Universities are cautiously welcoming a government requirement for them to start publishing the job success and pay rates of graduates. But, according to Universities New Zealand, the way the information is presented could "make or break" it, reports 3News.
UNITED KINGDOM
Open University plans to axe seven regional centres
The Open University is to close seven regional centres in what it says is an attempt to streamline student support. Affected staff would need to relocate, or take voluntary redundancy or early retirement, writes Katherine Sellgren for BBC News.
UNITED STATES
Do businesspeople make good university presidents?
The Board of Regents for Iowa’s higher education system recently announced the hiring of J Bruce Harreld, a business consultant who lives near Vail, as the new president of the University of Iowa. Harreld’s appointment was the latest in a series of tense encounters – in Iowa, and around the country – over two competing visions of how financial considerations should influence the future of higher education, writes Vauhini Vara for The New Yorker.
ESTONIA
How to solve an IT skills crisis before it happens
Over the last few years the number of students in higher education in Estonia has dropped significantly – from 67,600 in 2011 to 55,200 in 2014, according to Statistics Estonia. The fall is largely due to a fall in the number of young adults in the country – after the birth boom in the mid to late 1980s, the birth rate dropped drastically in the early 1990s. The change has put pressure on universities across the country, with competition intensifying for the shrinking student population. ICT, however, has been one of the winners in the fight to attract new students, writes Kalev Aasmae for Estonia Uncovered.
GLOBAL
More universities embracing cryptocurrency
Mexico's Universidad de las Américas Puebla reportedly became the first institution in Latin America to welcome bitcoin on campus last month, after a coffee shop began accepting payments in the cryptocurrency. In so doing, the university joined a growing list of global higher education institutions which have also embraced the digital currency, writes Yessi Bello Perez for CoinDesk.