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UK visa delays put Hong Kong students’ places at risk
At least 220 Hong Kong students are at risk of missing classes – or even losing their place – at British universities because of visa delays, writes Peace Chiu for South China Morning Post.
Philosopher returns doctorate in protest over Putin
Hungarian philosopher and left-wing intellectual Mihály Vajda said he has returned his honorary doctorate to the University of Debrecen because the university has also awarded an honorary title to Russian President Vladimir Putin, reports Novinite.
More pursuing masters degrees to gain job-market edge
More Malaysians are pursuing masters degrees in public and private learning institutions, with some juggling work and studies at the same time to gain an extra edge in education in view of today’s tough job market, writes Yuen Meikeng for The Star.
Surge in university giving by donors of Chinese descent
Major philanthropic gifts by Chinese Americans have surged nearly fivefold to almost US$500 million in recent years, with most of the money going to higher education, a new study has found, writes Teresa Watanabe for the Los Angeles Times.
Universities body drafts policy to check plagiarism
The University Grants Commission has released draft regulations to create academic awareness about responsible conduct of research and prevention of misconduct including plagiarism in academic writing, writes Anisha Singh for NDTV.
Increasing number of Chinese students head to Africa
Many Chinese students have their eyes set on American and European universities for overseas study because of advanced social development, but a growing number of Chinese students are going against the trend and receiving their education in African countries, reports ECNS.
Indefensible vice-chancellor salaries may attract fines
Universities will be fined unless they can justify paying their vice-chancellor more than the prime minister, writes Camilla Turner for The Telegraph.
Boston’s aid plan achieves leap in equitable access
With a single change in its financial aid policies – wiping out all loan funds for any student eligible for a Pell Grant – Boston University has increased the proportion of its first-year students who qualify for the federal grants for low-income students to 18.2% this autumn, from 14.6% a year ago, writes Doug Lederman for Inside Higher Ed.
Private universities reject state-sponsored learners
Private universities have turned away many government-sponsored students, citing poor funding, write Peter Mburu and Linet Amuli for the Nation.
Universities tighten ideological control of staff
A group of China’s top universities have set up Communist Party departments to oversee the political thinking of their teaching staff after the colleges were criticised amid the government’s tightening ideological control on campuses, writes Nectar Gan for South China Morning Post.
Group of Eight seeks special visa for Indian PhDs
The Group of Eight – comprising leading research universities – is pushing for a new visa class to attract PhD students as it seeks to unlock the potential of the Indian market, write Bernard Lane and John Ross for The Australian.
Girls a third more likely to go to university than boys
Teenage girls are now over a third more likely to go to university than boys, according to new figures, as the gap between the sexes reaches record levels, writes Rachael Pells for the Independent.
Academics call to declassify apartheid-era archives
A group of academics and activists are calling for apartheid-era documents to be declassified for the sake of scholars and “transitional justice for victims of oppression”, writes Tanya Farber for Times Live.
More universities reject lower admission standards
More universities have insisted that they have no intention of lowering their admission standards to accommodate students who score 120 marks in the Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination, write Laolu Harolds, Adelowo Oladipo and Shehu Bello for the Nigerian Tribune.
Universities use interviews to screen future teachers
The ratio of public universities that used interviews as part of the screening process for aspiring teachers who entered this spring rose to half. Universities are hoping to improve how they gauge the suitability of future teachers amidst repeated trouble with mental health, and cases of child molestation and other indecent acts, reports The Mainichi.
Universities unhappy over budget rise
The draft 2018 state budget that Finance Minister Ivan Pilny has to submit to the cabinet by the end of August projects a CZK700 million (US$32 million) increase in the sum to go to universities, which consider it absolutely insufficient, reports CTK.
240 students get scholarships to Chinese universities
The Chinese government has awarded scholarships to at least 240 South Sudanese students to study undergraduate and postgraduate programmes at various Chinese universities, reports Xinhua.
Top liquor maker to launch ‘Moutai university’
Chinese liquor maker Kweichow Moutai is to open a ‘Moutai university’ as a dearth of skilled workers prompts local companies to launch training schools for future employees, writes Emily Feng for the Financial Times.
Ontario proposes French-language university in Toronto
Ontario is moving to create a French-language university – the first of its kind in the province – that will offer students a completely French environment and will provide programmes different from those offered in traditional universities, writes Miriam Katawazi for The Globe and Mail.
Oxford University professor quits over Trump backer
A leading political academic has resigned from his Oxford University post after he claimed that one of the university’s main patrons is also one of Donald Trump’s biggest financial backers, write Matthew Weaver and Helena Bengtsson for the Guardian.
Professor blames government for eroding research quality
A professor of health law at the University of Helsinki and administrative chief physician at the Hospital District of Helsinki and Uusimaa has warned that cuts in education spending by the government of Prime Minister Juha Sipilä mean that Finland will lose its status as a top-tier research country, writes Aleksi Teivainen for the Helsinki Times.
Modest growth in international student enrolment
International student enrolments across Chile showed modest growth in 2016, with most degree-seeking students originating in neighbouring Latin American countries and with study abroad growth driven by students from Europe and North America, writes Sara Custer for The PIE News.
Gender parity among academics ‘disappointing’ – Minister
The minister for higher education in Scotland has described as “disappointing” attempts by universities to provide female academics with the same career opportunities as men, writes Andrew Denholm for The Herald Scotland.
Noam Chomsky to leave MIT for University of Arizona
Linguistics Professor Noam Chomsky has announced plans to depart Cambridge in favour of, well, not greener pastures, exactly, but certainly warmer ones. He’s joining the linguistics department at the University of Arizona in Tucson, writes Lisa Weidenfeld for Boston Daily.
Central universities told to host 'patriotic' rock shows
In a recent circular sent to all the central universities and Indian Institutes of Technology across the country, the human resource development ministry has asked them to host rock shows. However, there is a twist – the shows will have a patriotic theme, writes Riya Sharma for TNN.