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MOROCCO
Statistics show over half of students fail to graduate
Morocco's Minister of Education Mohamed Hassad has revealed statistics showing that more than half of students enrolled do not graduate, reports MENAFN.
INDIA
University rushes to fill 4,000 permanent faculty posts
With barely days left to begin the much-awaited admission process in the country's most-prestigious university, the administrators of the University of Delhi are still grappling with how to fast fill the vacant 4,000 positions of permanent faculty, most of which are still occupied by ad hoc professors, writes Arpan Rai for India Today.
HONG KONG
Hong Kong research funding shortfall hits HK$12 billion
Hong Kong’s main public funding body for academic research says it needs an extra HK$12 billion (US$1.5 billion) to maintain its current level of support for universities, with its cash surplus set to dry up in two years, writes Peace Chiu for South China Morning Post.
IRELAND
Education minister announces plan to outlaw essay mills
The education minister is looking to clamp down on 'essay mills' that are selling work to third-level students, writes Stephen McNeice for News Talk.
AUSTRALIA
Vocational education lacks long-term strategy – Expert
A leading expert says the AU$1.5 billion (US$1.1 billion) Skilling Australians Fund for vocational education announced in the federal budget is welcome, but Australia needs a longer term strategy to ensure that the vocational side of tertiary education can be expanded to meet student needs, writes Tim Dodd for Financial Review.
VIETNAM
World Bank offers support to autonomous universities
The World Bank’s board of executive directors on 15 May approved US$155 million in financing to strengthen the research, teaching and institutional capacity of three autonomous universities and improve the management of Vietnam’s higher education system, reports The Financial.
UNITED STATES
Top university to hold black only graduation ceremony
Harvard University will host a graduation ceremony exclusively for black students, organisers have announced as more than 170 students and 530 guests have signed up to attend the event, which will be held on 23 May, writes Niamh McIntyre for the Independent.
SRI LANKA
World Bank grants US$100 million for higher education
The World Bank board of directors on 12 May approved US$100 million in financing for Sri Lanka's higher education sector, to raise enrolment in key disciplines, improve the quality of degree programmes and promote research, reports Colombo Page.

UNITED STATES
Tuition discounting climbs amid weak enrolment
Tuition discounting at private colleges and universities is up again. Tuition revenue is straining to keep up. And enrolment is weak, writes Rick Seltzer for Inside Higher Ed.
MOROCCO
China extends invitation to higher education students
China is bent on establishing relations in Morocco. Having initiated more than 80 businesses in the Kingdom, the Asian country is now opening up its higher education system to Moroccan students, writes Amira El Masaiti for Morocco World News.
KENYA
Professional bodies must stop ‘harassing’ universities
Education Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiang'i has cautioned professional bodies against creating chaos in universities by inciting students over programmes' accreditation, writes Augustine Oduor for the Standard.
INDIA
Plan for common engineering college test under review
The central government is reviewing its plan to introduce a common entrance test for admission to engineering colleges across the country from 2018, Human Resource Development Minister Prakash Javadekar said last week, reports The Economic Times.
SOUTH AFRICA
Shock at news of university medical school scam
KwaZulu-Natal Health provincial leader Sibongiseni Dhlomo registered his shock after a syndicate selling spots at the University of KwaZulu-Natal’s Nelson Mandela School of Medicine was busted this month, writes Jeff Wicks for Times Live.
UGANDA
125 doctorates expected from new Swedish funding
The Swedish government has agreed to support the training of 125 PhD and 147 masters students and 65 post-doctoral fellows over the next five years, following a new cooperation agreement reached with five public universities in Uganda which will see support go to 17 research teams, writes Prisca Baike for The Observer.
PALESTINE
West Bank student election win reflects political mood
A student group ideologically aligned with Hamas has won the most seats for the third year in a row in an election held at Birzeit University in the occupied West Bank in a result that, according to a policy expert, reflects the overall political mood among Palestinians, reports Al Jazeera.
JAPAN
University to set up ninja studies centre
A Japanese university is planning what it says will be the world's first research centre devoted to ninja – the black clad assassins known for secrecy and stealth, reports AFP.
INDONESIA
New regulation to prevent spread of campus radicalism
The Research, Technology and Higher Education Ministry is preparing a regulation to control the spread of radical views on campuses, reports The Jakarta Post.
FRANCE
Science ‘super-campus’ plan in disarray
French ambitions to create a €5 billion (US$5.4 billion) science ‘super-campus’ near Paris by 2020 seem to be falling further apart, after a compromise scheme to save the troubled project was rejected by one of its creators, writes Barbara Casassus for Nature.
MALAYSIA
Ministry sets target for student entrepreneurs
A Higher Education Ministry target anticipates that by 2020, 15% of students will venture into entrepreneurship while they are still pursuing studies at institutions of higher education, with 5% of them having the primary goal of becoming entrepreneurs upon graduating, reports Bernama.
INDIA
RSS now looks to 'saffronise' higher education
After making inroads into school education, Hindu nationalist organisation Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh, or RSS, is looking to strengthen its grip on higher education, writes Kritika Sharma for Daily News and Analysis.
ARGENTINA
Public universities launch largest strike in 12 years
Public universities in Argentina last week launched the largest university strike in the last 12 years to demand that President Mauricio Macri set aside a higher budget for education as the government continues to prioritise an austerity agenda, reports TeleSUR.
CANADA-HUNGARY
Ambassador summoned over comments on university
The Hungarian foreign ministry says it has summoned Canada’s Ambassador to Hungary Isabelle Poupart after she expressed concerns about the fate of a Budapest university and academic freedom as a whole, reports The Associated Press.
SINGAPORE
Social sciences university to champion lifelong learning
A significant piece of the higher education puzzle fell in place last week, when Singapore officially welcomed its sixth university – an institution very unlike the other five, writes Sandra Davie for The Straits Times.
EGYPT
Ministry submits plan for an Egyptian space agency
The Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research submitted to the cabinet a proposal on a special law for the establishment of an Egyptian Space Agency, said Deputy Minister of Higher Education and Scientific Research Essam Khamis, writes Al-Masry Al-Youm for Egypt Independent.
INDONESIA
University criticised for screening LGBTQ applicants
A state university in Indonesia has come under fire from international human rights advocates for requiring prospective students to declare on a form that they are not lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender before applying and enrolling at the institution, writes Kristi Eaton for NBC News.