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KENYA
Politicians among those who have certificates revoked
A number of universities have revoked degree and diploma certificates awarded to students through fraudulent means, among them politicians, as they comply with tough requirements from the higher education regulator, writes Ouma Wanzala for the Nation.
UNITED KINGDOM
Stressed students demand more time for exams, essays
New figures show that the number of university students demanding extra time in exams due to mental health problems has surged in recent years, writes Luke Mintz for The Telegraph.
GLOBAL
Global south universities launch climate consortium
Universities from the world’s least developed countries have launched a cooperative programme aimed at ending their dependence on climate experts and expensive consultants from rich countries, writes Mantoe Phakathi for Climate Change News.
AUSTRALIA
Win for university staff as 457 visa eligibility relaxed
Lecturers, vice-chancellors and other leading staff members in Australian universities can now breathe sighs of relief as the government has restored the four-year visas with a pathway to permanent residency for this particular group, reports Study International.
ISRAEL
Bill proposes 25% hike in international student fees
The Knesset plenum recently passed a bill 32-0 that proposes allowing universities and colleges subsidised by the state to raise their annual tuition by up to 25% for international students, writes Udi Shaham for The Jerusalem Post.
IRAQ
Universities start rebuilding in post-Islamic State era
As the Iraqi-led coalition reclaims territory from the Islamic State, some of Iraq’s 10 shuttered universities are showing signs of recovery as teachers and students volunteer or raise money to reconstruct their campuses, and government officials prepare Iraqi higher education for the post-Islamic State era, writes Gilgamesh Nabeel for Al-Fanar Media.
HONG KONG
Hong Kong’s new leader in education spending spree
School leavers looking to continue their studies and contract teachers hoping for full-time jobs will benefit as Chief Executive Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor outlined her extra funding plan for education, writes Peace Chiu for South China Morning Post.
GLOBAL
Big data reveals patterns in HE names lists
Using lists of names collected from publicly available websites, two University of Chicago researchers have revealed distinctive patterns in higher education systems, ranging from ethnic representation and gender imbalance in the sciences, to the presence of academic couples, and even the illegal hiring of relatives in Italian universities, reports Science Daily.
UNITED KINGDOM
Open University issues warning over £2bn skills gap bill
Inaugural research by the Open University suggests that a severe skills gap is costing United Kingdom businesses more than £2 billion (US$2.6 billion) a year as companies struggle to find workers with the right attributes, writes Bradley Gerrard for The Telegraph.
AUSTRALIA
Universities attack higher education reform package
Universities have taken aim at Education Minister Simon Birmingham’s higher education reform package in submissions to a Senate inquiry, singling out changes to the way postgraduate places are allocated and performance-contingent funding for particular derision, writes Julie Hare for The Australian.
KENYA
Universities paralysed as staff strike resumes
Activities were paralysed in public universities after employees downed tools to protest the delayed payment of their salary awards, reports the Standard.
SOUTH AFRICA
Climate change report reveals strong research linkages
A joint report by the Department of Science and Technology and the Academy of Science of South Africa on the impact of climate change has revealed strong international research linkages, with many South African scientists serving in leadership positions in international climate change research and assessment bodies, reports the Cape Argus.
SINGAPORE
Universities are agents for city-wide change – Minister
Universities can play a huge part in transforming cities as they help to transform knowledge into new ideas, new businesses and new jobs, said Minister for Education (Higher Education and Skills) Ong Ye Kung last week, writes Prisca Ang for The Straits Times.
PAKISTAN
PhD scholars protest lack of jobs
Members of the PhD Doctors' Association Pakistan staged a protest demonstration last week against the Higher Education Commission for failing to provide them with regular jobs, writes Muhammad Faisal Kaleem for the Daily Times.
UNITED STATES
Fighting to keep leaders who are academics
Faculty members at the University of Wisconsin at Madison want to kill a state budget proposal that would ban the university system’s Board of Regents from requiring the system president and campus chancellors and vice-chancellors be academics themselves, writes Coleen Flaherty for Inside Higher Ed.
ALGERIA
Student claims university censored her political thesis
A PhD student in Algeria says her university is withholding her degree because of objections to the political content of her thesis, writes Ahmed Rouaba for the BBC.
JORDAN
Cabinet approves university and subject ranking system
Ministers have approved the drafting of a by-law to establish a ranking system linked to specific criteria, including scientific research and publications, the number of faculty members and enrolled students, in addition to the ratio of foreign students to the total number of students, among others, according to Higher Education Minister Adel Tweisi, writes Laila Azzeh for The Jordan Times.
CHINA
Communist Party stresses leadership over universities
A meeting of the Political Bureau of the Communist Party of China Central Committee last week emphasised the party's authority over higher education institutions, reports Xinhua.
UNITED STATES
Donald Trump may face new legal action over university
Donald Trump could face new legal action over his controversial Trump University venture, after a new suit was filed in federal court, reports Adam Gabbatt for the Guardian.
NIGERIA
University builds trench to stop Boko Haram attacks
Authorities in north-eastern Nigeria have begun digging a 27km trench around the University of Maiduguri to prevent attacks by Boko Haram Islamist militants, reports the BBC.
JAPAN
PM popularity falls as veterinary school scandal grows
Polls show that a scandal involving the Japanese prime minister and a veterinary school operated by his close friend is leading to higher disapproval ratings for Shinzo Abe, writes Elizabeth Shim for UPI.
IRELAND
Universities accused of ‘misleading’ Dáil committee
Senior officials from colleges including the University of Limerick, Dublin Institute of Technology and University College Cork have appeared before the Dáil’s Public Accounts Committee to answer allegations over unauthorised severance packages, conflicts of interest and poor corporate governance, writes Carl O’Brien for The Irish Times.
SOUTH AFRICA
Former university finance chief tackles minister
A year after she was fired as the chief financial officer of the University of Zululand, Josephine Naicker is taking on Minister of Higher Education and Training Blade Nzimande over investigative reports on alleged corruption at the institution, writes Nokuthula Ntuli for the Sunday Tribune.
NIGERIA
Eight universities to receive uninterrupted power
The Rural Electrification Agency has signed a memorandum of understanding with eight federal universities and one teaching hospital for the first phase of the federal government’s Energizing Education Programme, reports the Daily Trust.
PAKISTAN
VCs told to name universities after national heroes
The Higher Education Commission has directed vice-chancellors of public sector universities to ensure titling of their respective institutions under the names of national heroes and not ideologies based on religion, ethnicity or politics, writes Khalid Hasnain for Dawn.