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PALESTINE
Academic teaches tolerance via holocaust
Mohammed S Dajani Daoudi is an unlikely advocate for peace between Palestinians and Israelis. He trained as a guerrilla with the Palestine Liberation Organisation, was banned from Israel for 25 years because of his prominent role in Yasir Arafat's Fatah group, and still refers to Israelis as "my enemy", writes Matthew Kalman for The Chronicle of Higher Education.
UNITED STATES
Academic emails can be withheld - Court ruling
The Virginia Supreme Court in the United States has rejected a conservative group's attempt to obtain a University of Virginia climate researcher's emails, reports Larry O'Dell for Associated Press.
JAPAN
Riken affair boosts anti-plagiarism software orders
A growing number of universities in Japan are introducing software systems to detect plagiarism in academic papers amid the evolving controversy over the 'STAP cell' papers produced by Riken, the state-backed research institute, reports The Japan Times.
NEW ZEALAND
University cheats punished
Students buying assignments, forging signatures and using phones in exams were among more than 540 cases of cheating dealt with by universities last year, reports the Otago Daily Times. The most serious cases saw students expelled or suspended from study, fined up to NZ$600 (US$515) or given a zero mark.
SRI LANKA
Plans to attract 10 international universities
Sri Lanka is opening up its higher education system to attract significant investment, with plans to allow 10 private universities from abroad to operate locally by 2020, an official said last Wednesday, reports IANS.
ASIA
Top universities in Japan, South Korea deepen links
With the relationship between Japan and South Korea on the rocks, the University of Tokyo and Seoul National University are hoping to catalyse improved ties by setting up offices at each other's campus to promote active exchanges, writes Kazutaka Ito for The Asahi Shimbun.
VIETNAM
Too many graduates for too few jobs
The number of graduates produced by Vietnam universities every year is 10 times the demand for them. That is according to an unemployment report released by the Ministry of Labour, War Invalids and Social Affairs, which spotlighted the high unemployment rate of workers with higher education, reports VietNamNet Bridge.
SWEDEN
University applications rocket to record high
The number of prospective students seeking places in Swedish universities has increased for the seventh year in a row, reports The Local.
AUSTRALIA
Fight brews over federal funding of for-profit HE
An Australian government report has set off a war of words over the prospect of federal support of for-profit higher education providers, reports Andrew Trounson for The Australian.
UNITED KINGDOM
Independence: Universities quit business body
Three of Scotland's leading universities have quit business organisation the CBI as the row escalates over its formal support for the 'No' campaign in the referendum, writes Scott MacNab for The Scotsman.
BRAZIL
Universities face shortage of engineering professors
Official figures and leaders of universities have revealed that higher education is facing a new challenge in the problem of a lack of engineers, writes Fabio Takahashi for Fohla de S Paulo.
EGYPT
Riot police clash with students in ongoing violence
Egyptian riot police have attacked supporters of ousted president Mohamed Morsi at Cairo's Al-Azhar University, reports Al Bawaba.
UNITED KINGDOM
Universities use 'extreme measures' to meet visa rules
Universities are resorting to "extreme measures" to make sure they do not fall foul of immigration compliance requirements, according to a House of Lords report. Some of these measures, writes David Matthews for Times Higher Education, include fingerprinting international students before lectures.
PALESTINE
Palestinian students' trip to Auschwitz sparks uproar
Professor Mohammed S Dajani took 27 Palestinian students to visit Auschwitz concentration camp in Poland a few weeks ago as part of a project designed to teach empathy and tolerance. On his return, reports William Booth for The Washington Post, his university disowned the trip, fellow Palestinians branded him a traitor and friends advised a vacation abroad.
UNITED STATES
Getting their act(ion)s together
An almost countless number of ideas for revamping accreditation have pinballed around Washington in recent years, as higher education's system of peer-reviewed institutional accountability has been bashed for lax oversight of poor-performing institutions and for overregulation and quashing innovation, reports Doug Lederman for Inside Higher Ed.
UNITED STATES
Universities support loans for undocumented students
Administrators from California's two public university systems have called for the state to provide student loans to some immigrants in the country illegally, to cover expenses not met with state scholarships, reports Patrick McGreevy for the Los Angeles Times.
UNITED STATES
Why universities are under attack by hackers
Reports of university data breaches are becoming almost commonplace, writes Rick Dakin for http://FoxNews.com. Last month the University of Maryland reported that its system had been hacked for the second time in four weeks. Indiana University's server was breached in February, potentially exposing personal information of 146,000 students and recent graduates.
UNITED KINGDOM
Graduate starting salaries tumble
New figures show that university leavers have seen starting salaries plummet over the past five years, reports Jack Grove for Times Higher Education.
UNITED STATES
Community colleges increasingly add bachelor degrees
In a high-ceilinged classroom, eight students lug heavy textbooks to their desks and prepare for their lesson: proteins, reports Jon Marcus for Hechinger Report. It's a small group for a bachelor degree-level course in biology. At four-year universities, classes like this are often taught in large lecture halls, with hundreds of students.
UNITED KINGDOM
Exposing HE to neoliberal forces stokes staff unrest
Pay is falling, except for those at the top, and staff tensions at London's School of Oriental and African Studies are a portent of what the whole sector can expect, reports Richard Seymour for the Guardian. This is the bizarre state of higher education: universities are running healthy budget surpluses, and yet for four years pay has been falling. The University and College Union estimates that staff pay has dropped by between 13% and 15%.
IRELAND
Women to blame for lack of promotion
Fewer than one in five senior management posts in Irish public universities is held by women because they lack ambition and political skills, and their lifestyles are "unhelpful", a study has found, reports Catherine Shanahan for the Irish Examiner.
NEW ZEALAND
Universities losing the race against Asia
Hundreds of millions of dollars being pumped into Asian universities are one reason Australasian institutions have dropped in international rankings, a new analysis says, reports Nicholas Jones for the New Zealand Herald.
ETHIOPIA
The disgraceful state of higher education
The major bragging source of Ethiopia's ruling party over the past few years has been its 'achievements' in the education sector, particularly in university education, reports Alem Mamo for IndepthAfrica. What is not included is the obliteration of quality and depth of teaching and learning in these so-called 'universities'.
UNITED STATES
University mishandled sexual assault case - Review
An independent report released recently says the University of Missouri failed to follow parts of the federal law that governs sexual harassment on campus when handling the case of a former swimmer's suicide, reports Alan Zagier for the Huffington Post.
UNITED KINGDOM
New universities to be built in small towns
United Kingdom Universities and Science Minister David Willetts has unveiled plans to create dozens of new university campuses in areas identified as higher education 'cold spots', reports Graeme Paton for The Telegraph.