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AUSTRALIA
Digital disruption lowers cost of pricey masters degrees
A round of price-cutting has broken out in the market for high-priced masters degrees with four Australian universities offering students a pathway to complete part of the degree online at a steep discount, writes Tim Dodd for the Financial Review.
UNITED KINGDOM
MPs urge stronger business-universities tie-ups
The government must make it easier for businesses to invest in technology created in British universities if the United Kingdom is to fix its chronic under-investment in research and development, a group of MPs said last week, writes James Titcomb for The Telegraph.
KENYA
Universities brace for university commissioner changes
With the exit of current Commission for University Education CEO David Some, Kenya’s higher education is headed for major changes that will have a huge impact on how universities operate and the programmes they offer, writes Augustine Oduor for the Standard.
CHINA
Taiwan university graduate suspected of espionage
A Chinese man who graduated from a Taiwan university has been detained on suspicion of spying for China, the first known case of a Chinese student being investigated for espionage since 2011, reports Kyodo.
MALAYSIA
Lecturers to learn about disruptive technology from CEOs
The Malaysian government is sending 30 public university lecturers to train under 10 chief executive officers for six months to a year, to show the educators the impact of disruptive technology in the working world, reports The Star/Asia News Network.
NEW ZEALAND
University entry change unlikely despite concerns
University entrance requirements are unlikely to change despite a review that found widespread concern over first-year students' literacy and numeracy abilities, writes Adele Redmond for Stuff.
SOUTH AFRICA
Insourcing of workers at universities – Uneven progress
Only one university in the Western Cape has brought all workers onto its payroll, despite all four universities beginning debates on insourcing, one of the rallying cries during the Fees Must Fall protests, in 2015, writes Ashleigh Furlong for GroundUp.
NIGERIA
Universities urged to develop rail infrastructure courses
The chairman of the Senate Committee on Land Transport, Gbenga Ashafa, has called on faculties of engineering in Nigerian universities to immediately commence the training of rail infrastructure engineers, reports This Day.
INDIA
New university thesis topics reflect local contributions
After scrapping foreign authors from the syllabus, the University of Rajasthan's commerce department has suggested new topics for dissertations which include Vedas and management, Lord Krishna, Lord Mahavir, Mahatma Gandhi, the relevance of Gita and the management of stress through yoga, among others, writes Shoeb Khan for TNN.
UNITED KINGDOM
Nobel Prize winner hopes to study at Oxford University
Malala Yousafzai, the Nobel Prize winning activist who narrowly avoided death after being shot by the Taliban, has revealed that she intends to study at a British university, writes Niamh McIntyre for the Independent.
JAPAN
Scientists to keep ban on military research
A Science Council of Japan committee has proposed continuing a ban on military research by universities and other institutes, a stance based on remorse over such studies under Japan’s wartime government, writes Ryoko Takeishi for The Asahi Shimbun.
ISRAEL
University to accept Palestinian Authority test scores
The Hebrew University of Jerusalem has become the first Israeli university to recognise the Palestinian Authority’s matriculation exam, known as the tawjihi, writes Dov Lieber for The Times of Israel.
UNITED KINGDOM
Sexual harassment at universities ‘at epidemic levels’
New research reveals that incidents of sexual harassment, misconduct and gender-based violence have reached ‘epidemic’ levels at British universities, writes Richard Black for The Telegraph.
UNITED STATES
Amazon woos students in artificial intelligence race
Amazon.com Inc has launched a new programme to help students build capabilities into its voice-controlled assistant Alexa, the latest move by a technology firm to nurture ideas and talent in artificial intelligence research, writes Jeffrey Dastin for Reuters.
JAPAN
Debate heats up over free higher education plan
Discussions are heating up within the ruling Liberal Democratic Party over how the government should procure funds to make universities and junior colleges tuition-free after Prime Minister Shinzo Abe expressed his willingness in his January policy speech to make it happen, reports The Yomiuri Shimbun.
UNITED STATES
Ex-Trump University student still seeks a trial
A former Trump University student wants to drop out of a recent US$25 million class action settlement and take President Donald Trump to trial, writes Nancy Dillon for the New York Daily News.
CANADA
Universities adapt to student flight from humanities
Over the last decade, students have fled the humanities. In response, universities have cancelled individual courses, or entire specialised humanities programmes. Instead of hiring tenure-track professors to replace retiring faculty, they make do with less, or turn to sessional instructors who teach when and if there is demand, writes Simona Chiose for The Globe and Mail.
INDIA
Mumbai University hunts for US campus site
All through the 160 years of its existence, the University of Mumbai has had one address. Now, it may soon have a second home – in Trumpland, writes Hemali Chhapia for TNN.
SOUTH AFRICA-UNITED KINGDOM
Universities study impact of digital technology
As digital technology continues to influence and disrupt how students learn and are taught, a new transcontinental research project by the University of Leeds in the United Kingdom and the University of Cape Town in South Africa will examine its effect on staff, students and employers, writes Megan van Wyngaardt for Creamer Media.
AUSTRALIA
Anti-sugar campaigner faces university ban
The University of Sydney has threatened to ban a high-profile financial markets economist and anti-sugar campaigner from its campus, accusing him of intimidating one of its top academics as they feud over the role of sugar in fuelling obesity, writes Adam Creighton for The Australian.
UNITED STATES
Professor wants more college classes taught in Hawaiian
A University of Hawaii professor is working to get an entire curriculum at the university taught in Hawaiian to supplement the language courses taught to children across the state, reports Associated Press.
INDIA
University rating council seeks system revamp
The National Assessment and Accreditation Council, which accredits and grades universities and colleges, is looking to revise its methodology at a time when it faces corruption charges and possible competition from the Indian Institutes of Technology, writes Basant Kumar Mohanty for The Telegraph India.
SOUTH AFRICA
University under pressure over student 'spying' claims
The Right2Know Campaign is putting pressure on the University of Johannesburg to come clean about using private security firms to spy on student protesters, reports Times Live.
NIGERIA
Union calls for upgrade of polytechnics
The Academic Staff Union of Polytechnics has appealed to the federal government to upgrade all polytechnics to universities of technology to end discrimination against technological education in the country, reports the Nigerian Tribune.
UNITED STATES
Star cancer researcher faces renewed accusations
Dr Carlo Croce, who is among the most prolific scientists in an emerging area of cancer research involving what is sometimes called the ‘dark matter’ of the human genome, has, over the past several years, been fending off a tide of allegations of data falsification and other scientific misconduct. He now faces new whistle-blower accusations, write James Glanz and Agustin Armendariz for The New York Times.