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UNITED KINGDOM
Brexit leaves EU students wary of UK universities
A month ago the United Kingdom government announced that all European Union students entering university this year or next will receive the UK national rate of tuition for the entirety of their studies – even after the UK leaves the bloc as expected in 2019. But, writes Dave Keating for Deutsche Welle, what about the EU students that start after 2018?
SOUTH AFRICA
‘Xenophobia fears behind African student enrolment dip’
Fewer African students are coming to universities in South Africa due to xenophobia fears and long visa delays – and it could be affecting the future rating of the country’s universities, writes Carien du Plessis for News24.
NORTH KOREA-UNITED STATES
Released student’s family adjusts to a different reality
The father of an American college student who was imprisoned in North Korea and was returned to his home state of Ohio in a coma says the family is "adjusting to a different reality", writes Dake Kang for Associated Press.
UNITED STATES
Predatory journal list author faces ongoing harassment
Months after an academic librarian deleted lists of ‘predatory’ journals and publishers from his blog, a website with derogatory comments about his academic qualifications and mental health remains online, writes Carl Straumsheim for Inside Higher Ed.
ISRAEL
Minister defends bid to ban politics in universities
Education Minister Naftali Bennett, and a university professor he commissioned to write a code of ethics that would prevent academics from expressing political opinions, both defended the controversial document from harsh criticism, writes Stuart Winer for The Times of Israel.
TURKEY
Universities’ shutdown displaces 66,000 students
The Turkish government has since last summer closed down 15 universities across the country over their alleged links to the faith-based Gülen movement, forcing 66,000 students to look for somewhere else to continue their education, reports Turkish Minute.
THAILAND
Universities urged to adapt in face of fewer enrolments
Thai universities need to move with the times to survive as they brace for declining enrolments, according to the president of the Council of University Presidents of Thailand, writes Dumrongkiat Mala for the Bangkok Post.
UNITED KINGDOM
Oxford University under fire for take-home exam decision
Oxford University has been blasted for its “insulting” decision to allow students to sit exams at home in an attempt to close the gender gap, as a leading historian warns that the decision implies that women are the “weaker sex”, writes Camilla Turner for The Telegraph.
QATAR-UNITED STATES
US universities in Qatar wary of diplomatic upheaval
A diplomatic crisis in the Persian Gulf has left US universities with campuses in Qatar wondering what will happen next, with a global rescue firm watching the situation closely and working on contingency plans, writes Susan Svrluga for The Washington Post.
SOUTH AFRICA
Sex-for-marks lecturers could be ‘named and shamed’
Lecherous lecturers who demand sex in return for good marks could be named and shamed if students attending a Durban conference get their way, writes Barbara Cole for the Daily News.
UNITED KINGDOM
Oxford University dons lose new vote over retirement age
Academics at Oxford University have failed in a new bid to challenge rules forcing them to retire at 67, reports the BBC.
UNITED STATES
Universities and big pharma embrace early-phase deals
Engineering new pharmaceuticals is risky, achingly slow and astronomically expensive. In search of better ways to defray those costs and speed the path to success, Chicago's elite research universities are partnering with the major pharmaceutical companies, ushering in a new era of early-phase collaboration, writes Brigid Sweeney for Crain’s Chicago Business.
IRELAND
Vote clears way for technological universities law
Lecturers at institutes of technology have voted for a deal with colleges and the Department of Education that should clear the way for new laws allowing the creation of technological universities, writes Niall Murray for the Irish Examiner.
VIETNAM
Four universities get accreditation from France
Four universities in Vietnam have been evaluated and accredited for meeting international standards by the High Council for Evaluation of Research and Higher Education in France, reports Viet Nam News.
RWANDA
National university in fresh round of restructuring
The University of Rwanda is in the process of restructuring to improve the quality of education, reduce expenses and create a friendly learning environment for students, writes Frederic Byumvuhore for The New Times.
UNITED STATES
Rolling Stone magazine settles with university fraternity
Rolling Stone’s disastrous and discredited campus rape story now has a price tag: US$1.65 million, after the magazine settled the defamation lawsuit filed by the University of Virginia fraternity at the centre of the 2014 blockbuster feature by Sabrina Erdely, which was retracted after key details in the story were called into question, writes Zach Schonfeld for Newsweek.
UNITED KINGDOM
Flight of EU academics spurs fears of Brexit brain drain
More than 1,300 academics from the European Union have left British universities in the past year, prompting concerns of a Brexit brain drain, writes Michael Savage for the Guardian.
ROMANIA
University heads decry government science reforms
Foreign researchers have been dropped from evaluating Romanian science projects and Romanian scientists working at foreign universities removed from the national science councils. At the same time, the rules around the funding of national research and development have been changed. The largest universities in the country are not happy, writes Florin Zubascu for Science Business.
INDIA
Modi government to install single HE regulator
Big-bang education reform is on its way – the Narendra Modi government is all set to scrap the University Grants Commission and the All India Council for Technical Education, and replace them with one higher education regulator, tentatively christened the Higher Education Empowerment Regulation Agency, writes Anubhuti Vishnoi for The Economic Times.
UNITED STATES
NIH plan to reduce overhead payments draws fire
President Donald Trump's administration has brought a long-simmering debate over how the United States government supports university research back to a boil. In its 2018 budget proposal, the White House proposes cutting so-called indirect cost payments that the National Institutes of Health, or NIH, makes to universities, hospitals and research institutes by about two-thirds, to 10% of each grant, writes Jocelyn Kaiser for Science.
THAILAND
Government allocates funds to universities to expand R&D
The government has set aside THB2.5 billion (US$73 million) of this fiscal year’s THB190 billion additional budget to help 27 universities extend their research projects with commercial purposes as a way to promote the ‘Thailand 4.0’ economic policy, reports The Nation.
UNITED STATES
Trump misunderstood MIT climate research – Officials
Massachusetts Institute of Technology or MIT officials said United States President Donald Trump badly misunderstood their research when he cited it recently to justify withdrawing the US from the Paris climate agreement, writes Emily Flitter for Reuters.
SOUTH AFRICA
More universities linked to places-for-sale saga
As the University of KwaZulu-Natal medical school’s places-for-sale saga develops, more information has emerged regarding the alleged syndicate’s national links to other universities, writes Nabeelah Shaikh for Independent Online.
QATAR-UNITED STATES
Universities’ Qatar campuses monitor diplomatic chaos
American universities last Monday said branch campuses in Qatar were operating normally while they monitored diplomatic developments in the Gulf nation, writes Carolyn Thompson for The Associated Press.
EGYPT
Al-Azhar admits first Christian dental resident
A Christian dental student was recently granted admission to complete his final year of experiential training at Al-Azhar University’s faculty of dentistry in Assiut, an unprecedented rarity in the prestigious Islamic university, writes Ola Noureldin for Egypt Independent.