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FRANCE: University revives Epicurean teaching
Five years ago Michel Onfray, France's best-selling philosopher and best-known atheist, ended a 20-year formal teaching career to open his own private university, reports the International Herald Tribune.
CHINA: Government to review quality of doctorates
China's education authorities are to carry out a nationwide review of doctoral studies in order to improve postgraduate education, reports China View.
CANADA: Universities reverse the academic brain drain
After bemoaning the brain drain of gifted academics in the past two decades to the richer pastures of the US and Europe, Canada has succeeded in reversing the trend, reports the Globe and Mail.
US: Yet another economics Nobel for Chicago
The University of Chicago can boast of yet another Nobel prize in economics with the naming of Professor Roger B Myerson as one of three winners of this year's award, reports the International Herald Tribune.
US: Campaign launched against student credit cards
Many US colleges sign lucrative affinity deals with credit card companies in which they provide contact lists of students or allow sidewalk-marketing by credit pushers, reports the Washington Post.
INDIA: Universities outdated, say vice-chancellors
Vice-chancellors from nearly 400 universities met recently in Delhi to have a free and frank discussion on higher education during a national conference on “Development of higher education: Expansion, inclusion and excellence”, reports the Times of India.
UK: Universities angered by funding cut for second degrees
University leaders have warned that plans to cut funding for students who want to take a second degree will slash millions of pounds from the budgets of institutions offering part-time courses, reports The Times.
UK: Student numbers hit new high
Student numbers bounced back this year with record numbers starting higher education courses in 2007, according to new figures from the university admissions service Ucas, reports Education Guardian.
UK: Universities worry about social networking sites
Universities are jittery about the growing use of social-networking sites, reports The Independent.
ISRAEL: Government moves to avert lecturer strike
Negotiations were held last Thursday between education ministry officials and the Senior Lecturers Union, which represents Israel's university professors, to try and prevent a university lecturers strike, reports the Jerusalem Post.
SOUTH KOREA: Universities revolt over law school enrolments
Fourteen universities have threatened not to accept any applications for law schools unless the government increases the law student enrolment quota from 1,500 to 2,500, reports the Korea Times.
UK: Overseas student talent ‘is wasted’ in Britain
British universities should do more to integrate international students into undergraduate life and stop wasting their talents, according to the chief executive of the Council for Industry and Higher Education.
UK: University must return ‘looted’ Iraq treasure
A leading university is embroiled in an embarrassing row over hundreds of treasures ‘looted’ from Iraq, reports the Independent on Sunday.
US: Desmond Tutu barred from St Thomas campus
A visit by Iran’s president to Columbia University symbolised the openness of higher education to hearing controversial ideas and individuals, reports Inside Higher Ed.
US: Board rights versus alumni rights
American alumni have been flexing their muscles of late, reports Inside Higher Ed.
NEPAL: Action urged to stop flood of students abroad
With rising numbers of Nepalese students opting to study abroad – in 2006-06 more than 6,000 went to the US alone – it was becoming increasingly urgent to redefine higher education so that it could provide quality study at home, argues Devi Prasad Bhattarai, a lecturer at the Central Department of Education, in Rising Nepal.
MALAYSIA: Upgrade creates big new university
The University College of Technology and Management Malaysia was upgraded to university status this month, according to The Star.
INDIA: Court dismisses bid to bar US institute from operating
The Supreme Court last month dismissed a petition filed by the Institute of Chartered Financial Analysts of India University seeking to restrain the US-based CFA Institute from operating in the country.
AUSTRALIA: Students feel the financial pinch
THE sharp sting of university costs and rising living expenses has taken its toll on campuses as thousands more students defer study to enter the workforce, reports The Age.
SOUTH AFRICA: Students protest fee hikes
Students at the University of the Witwatersrand (Wits) have gone on the rampage over proposed fee hikes and the privatisation of residences, disrupting classes, chasing lecturers and throwing bricks and stones at motorists.
SCOTLAND: Universities issue warning on funding gap
Scotland's universities are "punching above their weight" in funding, compared with the rest of the UK, according to new figures. However, university leaders said about half their income was from private and international sources and warned that if the expected funding gap was not filled next year, overall funding would slip, writes Fiona MacLeod for The Scotsman.
CZECH REPUBLIC: Huge growth in private students
The number of students at private colleges and universities in the Czech Republic has increased almost 30-fold in the past 10 years, the Czech Statistical Office and the Institute of Education Information said in remarks picked up by the Czech news agency CTK.
CANADA: Newly appointed professor killed in Afghanistan
The papers appointing Jackie Kirk as an adjunct professor at McGill University were waiting to be signed when school officials learned the research fellow had been killed in an ambush in Afghanistan, reports the National Post. Jamshid Beheshti, an interim dean with the faculty of education, said he expects the school will posthumously award Kirk the professorship that would have allowed her to lecture and teach in the fall.
Making it easier to spot fake degrees
The South African Qualifications Authority is introducing new regulations on the evaluation of qualifications obtained from foreign institutions to curb the scourge of fake degrees, writes Mogomotsi Magome for Independent Online.
New visa review for international students
The US Homeland Security Department has ordered border agents to verify that every international student who arrives in the US has a valid student visa, according to an internal memorandum obtained last Friday by Associated Press. The new procedure is the government's first security change directly related to the Boston bombings, writes Alicia A Caldwell for The Big Story.