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UNITED STATES
Google offers free cloud credits to university students
Search giant Google said last week that it would give university students free access to some of the software tools available on its cloud computing service, writes Jonathan Vanian for Fortune.
CHINA
University surveillance aims at ‘good study habits’
A university in central China has reportedly been using surveillance cameras to monitor virtually every inch of its 73-hectare (181-acre) campus, including its classrooms and dormitories, writes Tom Phillips for the Guardian.
CAMBODIA
Academics battle obstacles to university research
Since the 1970s when Cambodia’s universities were devastated by the civil war and Khmer Rouge era, much progress has been made, and thousands of young Cambodians graduate each year from the country’s 162 higher education institutions. But teaching is still the overriding concern, and scholars say there remain significant obstacles to conducting original research and furthering knowledge, write Hean Socheata and Nov Povleakhena for Voice of America.
AUSTRALIA
Turnbull advances partial university fee deregulation
Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has made his strongest comments yet on the Coalition's university fee deregulation policy, mounting the argument for allowing universities to set the fees for a select few courses to bring about flexibility and competition, writes Fergus Hunter for The Sydney Morning Herald.
SOUTH AFRICA
Two universities adopt new language policies
The universities of Pretoria and Stellenbosch have adopted new language policies, reports Thulani Gqirana for News24.
SOUTH KOREA
University heads seek change amid declining enrolments
Presidents of the top 10 private universities in Seoul have stressed that local universities should seek changes and present a new vision to embrace challenges arising from the Fourth Industrial Revolution, writes Chung Hyun-chae for The Korea Times.
MALAYSIA
Probe into research fraud allegations
The Higher Education Ministry and Universiti Malaya will investigate allegations of research fraud involving a group of Universiti Malaya faculty of medicine researchers, reports Malaysiakini.
INDIA
Six universities to open yoga departments
Human Resource Development Minister Smriti Irani has announced that six central universities will start new or revamped yoga departments from the upcoming academic year and the number would be raised to 20 within a year, reports Press Trust of India.
VIETNAM
Stronger university-industry links needed
Deputy Minister of Education and Training Bui Van Ga has called for better links between industries and education institutions to enhance the employability of graduates in a more competitive globalised environment, reports VietNamNet Bridge.
TURKEY
Education minister questioned over Erdogan’s diploma
Idris Baluken, People's Democratic Party deputy parliamentary group co-chair, has addressed a parliamentary question to Education Minister Ismet Yilmaz, asking him to clarify the mystery surrounding the validity of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s university diploma, reports Hurriyet Daily News.
AUSTRALIA
Elite universities call for cap on student places
The nation's elite Group of Eight universities has proposed that the federal government reintroduce limits on how many students each university can enrol, a suggestion slammed by other vice-chancellors as "cancerous" and "selfish", writes Matthew Knott for The Sydney Morning Herald.
KENYA
Students shun Garissa university in September intake
Students set to join universities in September have shunned Garissa University College, dealing a blow to government efforts to revive the institution a year after a deadly terrorist attack there, writes Ouma Wanzala for The Nation.
NEW ZEALAND
Women missing out on top university jobs – Study
New research shows there's a considerable gap between men and women when it comes to being promoted to the top jobs in the country's universities, writes Conan Young for Radio NZ.
ZIMBABWE
MP calls on Mugabe to resign as universities’ chancellor
Harare West MP Jessie Majome has called on President Robert Mugabe to step down as chancellor of all state universities, arguing the workload was now too much for him given the increasing number of state universities in the country, writes Veneranda Langa for News Day.
CHINA
Graduates face rapidly changing jobs scene
With a record number of students set to don cap and gown, new research shows that a bachelor degree is no longer the career ticket it once was. That's because of rising competition, fewer opportunities and an economy that's shifting gears from the fast lane to something slower, reports Bloomberg News.
SWEDEN
US student wins three-year battle against college
An American mathematics student will have her fees refunded after winning her case against a Swedish university that offered sub-standard tuition, reports The Local.
THAILAND
Academics issue warning over declining student numbers
Thai universities need to move with the times as they brace for steadily declining enrolments, academics have warned. They said new social trends could make some majors outdated, writes Dumrongkiat Mala for Bangkok Post.
CANADA
Review of federal funding for scientific research
The federal government has named an expert panel to conduct an unprecedented and sweeping review of how it supports university-based scientific research, writes Ivan Semeniuk for The Globe and Mail.
MEXICO
Study recommends shift in spending towards HE
A newly released study says Mexico needs to shift the focus of education reform urgently from primary to secondary schools and higher education, as the government wages a pitched battle with teachers and unionists who blocked highways and occupied buildings in ongoing protests against reforms passed in 2013, reports Mark Browne for CNS News.
PERU
Commotion over moves to reform higher education
When it comes to educational heritage, Peru has little competition – its National University of San Marcos is the oldest university in the Western Hemisphere, chartered by Charles V in 1551 – but today Peru’s educational institutions barely rank among its Latin American peers, writes Akshan de Alwis for Diplomatic Courier.
INDIA
State announces free higher education for the poor
The Assam state government this month announced free education for students with a family income of less than Rs100,000 (US$1,500) per annum who are seeking admissions in higher secondary, three-year degree and polytechnic diploma courses from this year, reports Press Trust India.
SOUTH AFRICA
Bill for university protest damage soars
Since October of last year to the middle of April this year damage to universities’ property has amounted to more than R450 million (US$30 million), reports Denise Williams for The Citizen.
UNITED KINGDOM
Universities are getting better at asking for money
University philanthropy is enjoying a revival. Although fundraising accounts for only 3% of universities’ £29 billion (US$41 billion) annual income, it is growing fast, reports The Economist.
AUSTRALIA
China accused of buying influence over universities
Two Australian journalists have argued that the Chinese government is buying influence over Australian universities by donating libraries and funds for institutes as part of a broader push to strengthen its soft power in the country, writes David Matthews for Times Higher Education.
SINGAPORE
Parents place high value on higher education – Survey
A new HSBC report has found that many parents in Singapore are willing to spend to back up the importance they place on ensuring that their children receive a proper tertiary education, reports Asia One.