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KENYA
University marks second anniversary since terror attack
Garissa University College recently marked two years since a terrorist attack on the institution that left 142 students dead. Unlike last year's ceremony, which was attended by local political leaders, this event was a low-key affair graced by students and a handful of people, most of them college staff, writes Philip Muasya for the Standard.
UNITED STATES
Toyota and universities team up to study car batteries
Toyota plans to spend US$35 million on partnerships with several universities, including Stanford University, to study ways to make better batteries for electric vehicles, writes Brent Snavely for the Los Angeles Times.
NORWAY
University caught up in year-long naming dispute
Oslo and Akershus University College of Applied Sciences in Norway wants to become a full-fledged university, but if its pending application were to be approved, the institution does not yet know what it would be called, writes Carl Straumsheim for Inside Higher Ed.
UNITED KINGDOM
Students told to use 'gender-sensitive' language
Students at the University of Hull are being told to use gender neutral language in their essays – or risk losing marks, writes Olivia Rudgard for The Telegraph.
RUSSIA
Top university shuttered after conservative assault
Generally, prestigious private universities with hundreds of students don't get shut down over fairly minor, six-month-old technical issues that have since been resolved. But that is precisely the predicament facing the European University at Saint Petersburg, a bastion of Western liberal arts, which has been ordered closed by a district court after a furious conservative assault against it, writes Fred Weir for The Christian Science Monitor.
IRAN-UNITED STATES
Iranian graduate students wait in limbo
Hundreds of Iranian students already accepted into United States graduate programmes may not be able to come next autumn because of the uncertainty around President Donald Trump's proposed travel ban, potentially derailing research projects and leaving some science programmes scrambling to find new students, writes Collin Binkley for Associated Press.
UNITED STATES
The Trump administration’s war on science
Against lofty promises, President Donald Trump’s first budget blueprint is a cramped document that sacrifices American innovation to small-bore politics, short-changing basic scientific research across the government – from NASA to the Department of Energy to the National Institutes of Health – in ways that can only stifle invention and undercut the nation’s competitiveness, writes the Editorial Board of The New York Times.
UNITED KINGDOM
Free tuition for EU students in Scottish universities
Scotland’s Education Secretary John Swinney has announced that students from the European Union enrolling in Scotland next year will have free tuition throughout their courses, writes Andrew Denholm for The Herald.
CZECH REPUBLIC-GERMANY
EU subsidy for Czech-German research centre
The Czech Technical University in Prague and the Brno University of Technology along with two partners from Germany have received a €400,000 (US$427,000) European Union subsidy for the development of a Czech-German research centre, reports CTK.
NIGERIA
Moves to regulate visiting lectureships in universities
The House of Representatives has called on the National Universities Commission to regulate the role of visiting lecturers in Nigerian universities, writes Nasir Ayitogo for Premium Times.
NETHERLANDS
Foreign university student total doubles in 10 years
The number of foreign students at Dutch universities and HBO or higher professional education colleges has doubled to 81,000 over the past 10 years, according to a report by Nuffic, the Dutch institute for the internationalisation of education, reports Dutch News.
TAIWAN
Low birth rate challenges higher education – Ministry
The higher education system in Taiwan could face challenges due to the shrinking birth rate, the Ministry of Education said last week, predicting that student populations of universities and colleges will drop by 40% between 2013 and 2028, write Hsu Chi-wei and Lee Hsin-Yin for Focus Taiwan.
INDIA
Universities must uphold liberal values – Vice-president
Indian Vice-President Hamid Ansari said last weekend universities must uphold liberal values and respect dissent, a month after violent protests erupted at a university in the capital Delhi over a speech by a student accused of sedition, reports Reuters.
INDIA
Students protest cut in research seats
For most of the week ending 25 March, students at the Jawaharlal Nehru University in Delhi were on strike to protest against the University Grants Commission’s new policy that has drastically reduced the number of MPhil and PhD seats available for the coming 2017-18 academic year from 1,000 to 194, writes Shreya Roy Chowdhury for Scroll.
IRELAND
Brexit is an opportunity for Irish universities
A global education firm which is setting up in Ireland to recruit international students to Irish universities says Brexit represents a major growth opportunity, writes Carl O’Brien for The Irish Times.
CANADA
University applications up by 20%
At a time when many American universities are reporting declines in applications from international students, some universities north of the border are seeing increases on the magnitude of 20% or more, writes Elizabeth Redden for Inside Higher Ed.
TAIWAN
Calls to name universities in China censorship deals
The Ministry of Education has come under criticism for not revealing the names of the universities it found to have signed agreements with Chinese institutions to censor course material, write Lin Hsiao-yun and William Hetherington for Taipei Times.
FRANCE
Government calls for transnational education strategy
A new report concludes that France is lagging behind in transnational education and needs a new national strategy to expand its market share of higher education programming abroad, reports ICEF Monitor.
JAPAN
What price will science pay for austerity?
Across Japan, early-career researchers face an uncertain future, as universities reduce the number of permanent staff positions and shunt more faculty into short-term contracts, writes Ichiko Fuyuno for NatureIndex
UNITED STATES
Trump’s health budget may slash university payments
The Trump administration may be planning to help pay for a massive 18% cut to the National Institutes of Health by slashing payments to universities and research institutes for overhead costs, writes Jocelyn Kaiser for ScienceInsider.
SRI LANKA
Government acknowledges role for private universities
State Minister of Higher Education Mohan Lal Grero has said the government supports the establishment of private universities in light of the fact that over 150,000 students qualify for university admission annually, but only 27,000 or one-sixth can be accommodated in state-run universities, writes Dasun Edirisinghe for The Island.
UNITED KINGDOM
Students told to drop safe spaces, no-platform policies
Students are being told to drop ‘safe spaces’ and no-platform policies as the universities and science minister is ordering universities to protect freedom of speech, writes Katie French for the Mail Online.
AUSTRALIA
Melbourne University bows to pressure over building name
The University of Melbourne has renamed the prominent Richard Berry building for maths and statistics at its main entrance. The move comes after a long anti-racism campaign by a group of staff and students, writes Marika Dobbin Thomas for The Age.
PAKISTAN
Higher education council enters PhD deal with Turkey
On the invitation of Turkish Council of Higher Education, a two-member delegation of the Pakistani Higher Education Commission, led by Commission Chair Professor Mukhtar Ahmed, visited Ankara to sign a document of understanding for providing 80 PhD slots to Pakistani students in top ranked Turkish universities, writes Myra Imran for The News.
HONG KONG
Publisher claims it had licence to sell theses online
In a new twist to the controversy over the suspected illegal online sale of University of Hong Kong theses, a publisher involved has told the press that the works in question were obtained under a licence which allows commercial use, writes Elizabeth Cheung for the South China Morning Post.