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AUSTRALIA
Universities should increase transparency in admissions
Universities will be forced to come clean to prospective students about the real Australian Tertiary Admission Rank cut-offs for their courses, following recommendations to the Turnbull government from the nation's top higher education panel, writes Matthew Knott for The Sydney Morning Herald.
UNITED KINGDOM
England’s higher education system ‘in tatters’ – Report
England’s higher education system is “in tatters”, with some qualifications “on the verge of total collapse”, according to a leading think-tank, reports the Financial Times.
HONG KONG
Students in bid to take part in chief executive election
Student leaders from local universities announced their candidacy on 13 November in the chief executive Election Committee subsector election – the first time that students will represent the higher education sector, writes Michelle Chan for The Standard.
VIETNAM
University heads endorse shortening of training periods
A decision to shorten training periods in universities has been applauded by university leaders, who say it is in line with international practice, reports VietNamNet Bridge.
SOUTH AFRICA
Educators council reports rise in fraudulent lecturers
Cases of fraudulent educators at tertiary level have increased for the year 2016, the South African Council for Educators announced at a press briefing in Pretoria last week on the misconduct of educators, writes Lizeka Tandwa for News24.
UNITED STATES
Donald Trump settles US$25m Trump University lawsuits
Donald Trump has agreed to pay US$25 million to settle three lawsuits against Trump University. The deal will keep the president-elect from having to testify in a trial in San Diego that was due to begin on 28 November, writes Kate Lobosco and Drew Griffin for CNN.
INDIA
PM urges universities to aspire to global top 100
Prime Minister Narendra Modi made an appeal to universities in the country on 13 November to aspire to be among the top 100 globally and promised special economic assistance, reports PTI.
MALAWI
President asked to act on public universities stalemate
Malawian President Peter Mutharika’s “total silence” on closure of public universities in the country has not pleased civil society groups who have called on authorities to resolve the disputes rocking the institutions and ensure they are re-opened, writes Zawadi Chilunga for Nyasa Times.
IRAQ
Universities move to clarify student dress code
Universities have displayed written instructions regarding dress codes at the entrances to many colleges and institutes following an uproar over a 28 October decision by the Iraqi Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research to impose uniforms on university campuses in Iraq, writes Adnan Abu Zeed for Al-Monitor.
UNITED KINGDOM
Oxford University to launch first online MOOC
Oxford University has announced its first massive open online course – or so-called MOOC – in a partnership with a United States online university network, writes Sean Coughlan for BBC.
MALAYSIA
Higher education ministry to set up PhD registry
The Higher Education Ministry will set up a National Doctor of Philosophy Registry to curb the production and usage of fraudulent academic titles by individuals and organisations, writes Fairuz Mohd Shahar for New Straits Times.
TAIWAN
Universities to establish chairs to retain talent
Sources say that many top-ranking universities are planning to establish distinguished and chair professorships in a bid to retain experienced and renowned faculty members, write Wu Po-hsuan and Jonathan Chin for the Taipei Times.
UNITED KINGDOM
Entrepreneur starts university to produce good engineers
Entrepreneur Sir James Dyson is launching his own university to deliver the engineering graduates that British businesses are struggling to find, writes Alan Tovey for The Telegraph.
UNITED STATES
University staffer wins ‘Rolling Stone’ defamation suit
Jurors have awarded a University of Virginia administrator US$3 million for her portrayal in a now-discredited Rolling Stone magazine article about the university’s handling of a brutal gang rape at a fraternity house, reports Associated Press.
CANADA
Easier citizenship path likely for foreign students
The federal government has revised how it assesses applications for permanent residence from former international students and expects to release the changes later this month, bolstered by recommendations from its panel on economic growth that argued this group is key to Canada’s immigration strategy, writes Simona Chiose for The Globe and Mail.
TANZANIA
Students blamed for loan remittance delay
The Higher Education Students' Loans Board has attributed the delay in the distribution of loans to 4,527 first-year students to failure by the students to submit supportive documents for payment, writes Iddy Mwema for the Daily News.
AUSTRALIA
Universities blamed for shortage of apprentices
Plummeting apprenticeship numbers are as much the fault of the uncapped higher education system as tough economic times, says the boss of Australia’s biggest training provider, writes John Ross for The Australian.
MALAWI
NGO raises concern over closure of universities
The Center for the Development of People, a non-governmental organisation which protects and defends human rights of Malawians, has expressed dismay to learn that two public universities, namely Malawi University of Science and Technology and Mzuzu University, have been closed down indefinitely, writes Chancy Namadzunda for the Nyasa Times.
ISRAEL
Ariel University receives ‘massive’ state funds – Report
An investigative report published on 30 October by the financial daily Calcalist in cooperation with the Public Knowledge Workshop reveals that Ariel University, located in the settlement town of Ariel in the Samaria district in the West Bank, is the beneficiary of massive state funding. In fact, it’s the best funded university in Israel, while other academic institutions are crippled by enormous deficits, writes Shlomi Eldar for Al-Monitor.
SOUTH AFRICA
Universities face another crisis: Shortage of academics
The higher education sector will need to recruit at least 1,200 new academics per annum to respond to historical backlogs for staff attrition and to accommodate planned growth, reports SA News.
RUSSIA
New university rankings to be launched in 2017
A new ranking of international universities – Three Missions of Universities – was announced on 2 November by Viktor Sadovnichy, chairman of the Russian Union of Rectors and Moscow State University rector, writes Elena Proshina for RBTH.
IRELAND
Institutes of technology face funding shortfalls
There are major concerns over the future of up to 10 of the country’s 14 institutes of technology due to financial deficits and dwindling cash reserves, according to a major review of the sector, writes Carl O’Brien for The Irish Times.
CHINA-UNITED KINGDOM
Elite universities strive for stronger ties
The Russell Group of universities in the United Kingdom has signed an agreement with China 9, an association of nine top Chinese universities, to further educational collaboration between the two groups, writes Natalie Marsh for The PIE News.
UGANDA
Another university goes on strike
The acting vice-chancellor, faculty deans and several heads of department at Victoria University have laid down their tools in protest of the failure of the university management to pay their October salaries, writes Ronald Mugabe for New Vision.
SOUTH AFRICA
Zuma receives interim report on free higher education
The fees commission handed its interim report to President Jacob Zuma on 3 November, writes Jeff Wicks for News24. Zuma would study the report, compiled by the Commission of Inquiry into Higher Education and Training, and give directions on the way forward, the Presidency said in a statement.