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UNITED KINGDOM
For-profit college gains full university status
A second for-profit institution has been granted the title of 'university' in the UK, writes Katherine Sellgren for BBC News. BPP University College of Professional Studies, based in London with branches nationwide, now becomes BPP University.
UNITED KINGDOM
More universities plan to spend despite uncertainty
An increasing number of higher education finance directors are ready to invest to maintain their competitive position despite the vast majority believing that their institution still faces above normal levels of uncertainty, according to a new survey, reports Out-Law.com.
INDIA
Government claims 49% spurt in research degrees
Poor research output by students is considered one of the biggest drawbacks of Indian higher education. But government claims there has been 49.27% growth in the number of research PhDs awarded by Indian universities between 2008-09 and 2011-12, reports TNN.
AUSTRALIA
Country tops list of most costly study destinations
Australia is the most expensive country for overseas students, with a combined average cost of university fees and living costs totalling more than US$38,000 per year. Despite this, Australia has remained one of the most popular destinations for international students, with numbers likely to be further boosted by the continuing fall in the Australian dollar and improved visa processing, writes Ray Clancy for Expat Forum.
UNITED KINGDOM
Fee rise sparks demand surge for 'jobs-based' degrees
Rising numbers of students are shunning traditional subjects in favour of more practical university degrees amid mounting concerns over the graduate jobs market, according to research, writes Graeme Paton for The Telegraph.
IRELAND
Colleges to lose millions if they miss new targets
Universities and other third-level colleges face the prospect of having up to 10% of their state funding withheld if they fail to reach new performance targets, writes Katherine Donnelly for The Independent.
NEW ZEALAND
Universities dangling cash carrots
School-leavers are being urged to take advantage of competition between universities as one offers up to NZ$3,000 (US$2,417) cash for those with high marks in the National Certificate of Educational Achievement, writes Nicholas Jones for The New Zealand Herald.
FRANCE
Proposal to extend headscarf ban to universities
France's official council promoting integration has struck a raw nerve by proposing that Muslim headscarves, already banned in the civil service and state-run schools, also be outlawed at the country's universities, reports Reuters.
UNITED KINGDOM
Universities accept record numbers
A record number of students have already been accepted for university courses, official figures show. As of midnight last Wednesday, 385,910 applicants had been accepted by UK universities and colleges – 31,600 more than at the same point last year, a rise of 9%, reports the Belfast Telegraph.
VIETNAM
Students offered free tuition to study Marxism
Market forces are working against degrees in the ideology of Marx, Lenin and Ho Chi Minh in Vietnam, where the Communist government has resorted to offering free tuition to attract students, reports The Associated Press.
SOUTH AFRICA
Signs of recovery at universities under administration
All but one of South Africa’s universities placed under administration are making steady progress, with Walter Sisulu University, for example, achieving short-term financial stability, parliament heard last week, writes Bekezela Phakathi for BDLive.
NIGERIA
Vice-chancellors call for higher education ministry
The Association of Vice-chancellors of Nigerian Universities has urged the federal government to establish a ministry of higher education. The secretary general of the association, Professor Michael Faborode, said that the proposed ministry would give the needed attention to the challenges facing the sector, reports Vanguard.
UNITED STATES
Kaplan’s fortunes enjoy an upturn
Kaplan’s fortunes are looking up. The education company no longer has to pick up the slack for The Washington Post, the venerable newspaper and loss leader that Kaplan’s corporate owner, the Washington Post Co, just sold off. Even better, Kaplan is back in the black itself after years of tumbling enrolments and profits, which were driven in part by the weak economy and the for-profit sector's scandal-fuelled regulatory woes, writes Paul Fain for Inside Higher Ed.
UNITED STATES
Universities face a rising barrage of cyberattacks
America’s research universities, among the most open and robust centres of information exchange in the world, are increasingly coming under cyberattack, most of it thought to be from China, with millions of hacking attempts weekly, writes Richard Pérez-Pena for The New York Times.
AUSTRALIA
Carr asks university vice-chancellors for savings ideas
Australia’s new Higher Education Minister Kim Carr has taken the unusual step of asking university vice-chancellors to come up with alternative savings to cover A$2.3 billion (US$2.11 billion) in cuts the sector wants reversed, writes Daniel Hurst for The Sydney Morning Herald.
TURKEY
Erdogan places police in universities
Police will replace private security firms in universities, Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan announced as a response to the Gezi Park protests, which have particularly been led by university students, reports Hurriyet Daily News.
SYRIA
University strips Erdogan of honorary degree
Syria's Aleppo University has stripped Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan of an honorary doctorate, citing his support for Syrian rebels and crackdown on Turkish protesters, reports Middle East Online.
INDIA
Industry-ITT MOOC partnership to reach up to 150,000
Seven leading Indian institutes of technology, Infosys, TCS, Cognizant and industry lobby Nasscom are coming together to launch free, online courses that could potentially help 100,000 to 150,000 people a year get high quality education and make them job-ready, writes Rica Bhattacharyya for The Economic Times.
RWANDA
MOOCs changing lives of genocide victims
Tujiza Uwituze worked hard and ranked near the top of her class in her Rwandan secondary school, but her education was poor by international standards. She lives with a great-uncle in Kigali and has US$75 in savings. Despite hard work and an intense desire to succeed, her dreams appeared out of reach – and might have been if not for an innovative project that could radically change her life, writes Jeffrey Bartholet for Scientific American.
CANADA
Visa slowdown could hurt universities
Thousands of international students planning to study in Canada might not be there when classes start in September because of a slowdown in processing visa applications outside the country, reports CBC News.
THAILAND
University apologises for Hitler banner
Thailand's premier university has apologised for displaying a billboard that showed Adolf Hitler alongside Superman and other superheroes, saying last week that it was painted by ignorant students who did not realise Hitler's image would offend anyone, writes Jocelyn Gecker for Associated Press.
CROATIA
Government aims to get sector up to EU standard
The Croatian government is developing plans to significantly boost its university sector despite concerns about the quality of tertiary education in the country, which joined the European Union on 1 July, writes Jonathan Dyson for Times Higher Education.
HONG KONG
More students chase university places
Competition for university places is tougher this year than last, as more secondary school students have achieved the minimum requirements for admission in the Hong Kong Diploma of Secondary Education exam, writes Johnny Tam for the South China Morning Post.
AUSTRALIA
Universities lure Hong Kong students
As Hong Kong high school students received their final school marks last week, Australia's universities touted their main attractions to students at a Hong Kong education trade fair, writes Stephen McDonell for ABC News.
NEW ZEALAND
Higher education unites on early education
New Zealand’s eight universities have banded together to campaign against the government's proposal to exclude early childhood education from a new postgraduate qualification, writes Jody O’Callaghan for http://Stuff.co.nz.