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UNITED KINGDOM
Milo Yiannopoulos nominated for Scottish rector
Controversial British journalist Milo Yiannopoulos is one of 12 names put forward by students for the role of Glasgow University's next rector, a role aimed at representing the interests of the university’s students, reports Douglas Barrie for Stv.
AUSTRALIA
Universities set targets to attract indigenous students
Australian universities are setting new targets in a bid to attract thousands more Indigenous students to campuses across the country, writes Bridget Brennan for ABC News.
SINGAPORE
Universities to run apprenticeship degree schemes
Singapore’s thrust on combining classroom learning with workplace experience has graduated to the next level, as two universities launch programmes allowing students to take on jobs and receive sponsorship to study their degrees at the same time, writes Sandra Davie for The Straits Times.
SOUTH KOREA
Rise in number of women with higher education
Statistics show that the population of women with college degrees for the first time surpassed that of women who only graduated high school, writes Park Hyong-ki for The Korea Times.
GREECE
Number of ‘eternal students’ doubles
The number of the so-called eternal students in Greek universities and technical colleges has doubled since 2003, while one in 10 graduates migrates, writes Philip Chrysopoulos for the Greek Reporter.
AUSTRALIA
‘Devastating’ report on sexual assault at universities
Universities have been accused of "actively covering up sexual assaults" in a submission to the Australian Human Rights Commission, which alleges there have been just six expulsions in the past five years despite more than 500 official complaints, writes Eryk Bagshaw for The Sydney Morning Herald.
TURKEY
Chill at Turkish universities after academics purged
Standing at a blackboard in an Ankara park, Sevilay Celenk delivers her lecture, titled "Resisting with Stories". This small amphitheatre has become her unofficial classroom since she was fired from her post as a media and communications lecturer at Ankara University, one of nearly 5,000 academics dismissed following July's failed army coup, write Humeyra Pamuk and Ece Toksabay for Reuters.
RWANDA
Senators call for urgent overhaul of higher education
Senators have asked the government to move swiftly and assess the country’s higher education sector to address issues affecting it such as poor infrastructure, inadequate resources for students’ living and class practices as well as poor funding for academic research, writes Eugene Kwibuka for New Times.
AUSTRALIA-INDIA
Indian students flock to Australia for higher studies
The Australian government's campaign to lure Indian students for higher studies is bearing fruit as nearly 80,000 of them enrolled in various education and training courses in 2016. Overall, Australian universities and vocational training institutes have experienced another bumper year with more than half a million international students choosing to study Down Under, writes Paritosh Parasher for IANS.
UNITED KINGDOM
Fast-track degree plan raises quality concerns
The government has been warned that plans for fast-track degrees with higher annual fees risk adversely affecting the quality of education received by university students, write Ruth McKee and Haroon Siddique for the Guardian.
UNITED STATES
Trump signs order supporting historically black colleges
President Donald Trump signed an executive order last Tuesday aimed at boosting his administration’s support for black colleges, as he seeks a closer relationship with the colleges than President Barack Obama had, writes Dave Boyer for The Washington Times.
UNITED STATES
French historian held for 10 hours at border
A renowned French historian who was on his way to a conference at a university in Texas was held for 10 hours and nearly deported when he arrived at Houston airport, writes Rory Mulholland for The Telegraph.
INDIA
Universities to compete with IITs, IIMs in rankings
Central and state universities will have to compete with institutions like the Indian Institutes of Technology, or IITs, and Indian Institutes of Management, or IIMs, in this year’s official rankings of higher education institutions, which will be released early in April, writes Vikas Pathak for The Hindu.
KENYA
Fresh shocking details of rot in universities
Shocking details of the extent of rot in Kenya’s higher education were revealed recently after finer details of the universities quality audit report that were not made public for fear of denting the image of local universities emerged, writes Augustine Oduor for the Standard.
INDIA
Free speech in universities under threat – Amnesty
Raising concern over the violence on North Campus of the University of Delhi over the participation of two students from Jawaharlal Nehru University at a two-day seminar on "Cultures of Protest" at Ramjas College, Amnesty International India last week stated that "free speech in Indian universities is under threat", writes Manash Pratim Gohain for TNN.
UNITED KINGDOM
Rush to set up European campuses ‘unlikely’ – Expert
A consortium of academic institutes near Paris is hoping to lure British universities to create research campuses in France, dangling as bait the possibility of access to European Union research funds after Brexit. Some United Kingdom institutions aren’t ruling out the idea, but one UK policy expert thinks a rush to create outposts in France seems unlikely for the moment, write Barbara Casassus and Daniel Cressey for Nature.
NIGERIA
Only one in four applicants gets a university place
Every year millions of Nigerian students fail to get into university. It will not always be because they did not study hard enough for entrance exams; instead, in many cases, it will be because there simply isn’t enough room for all of them, writes Yomi Kazeem for Quartz.
JAPAN
Fresh probe into university post-retirement job scandal
Japan’s Ministry of Education is in the hot seat over revelations that it lobbied universities to hire its retiring officials, a practice known as amakudari or ‘descent from heaven’. Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is trying to manage the crisis by commissioning a government-wide investigation and promising to act on the findings, writes Jeff Kingston for Asia Times.
VIETNAM
Investors need $45 million to set up foreign university
The draft decree on international cooperation in education from the Ministry of Education and Training says investors must have at least VND1 trillion (US$45 million) in capital to set up a university in Vietnam, reports VietNamNet Bridge.
SOUTH AFRICA
Graduate tax ruled out as universities get extra R5bn
Treasury appears to have put the nail in the coffin of a graduate tax as Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan last week announced an additional R5 billion (US$388 million) in funding for universities‚ in addition to the R32 billion announced in last year's budget‚ to be made available by 2019, writes Bianca Capazorio for Sunday Times Business.
UNITED STATES
Universities reduce carbon emissions
Across 377 universities in the United States, carbon emissions per square foot have declined by 8% since 2007, according to a new report from Sightlines and the University of New Hampshire Sustainability Institute, writes Emma Degrandi for The Daily Campus.
UNITED KINGDOM
Universities admit 'almost illiterate' students – Survey
Universities are admitting students who are “almost illiterate”, lecturers warn as they complain that dropping entry requirements has led to a generation of undergraduates who cannot read, write or speak proper English, writes Camilla Turner for The Telegraph.
KENYA
University lecturer strike continues as talks collapse
Negotiations to end the lecturers' strike collapsed after the government declined to accept demands, write Faith Matete and Lewis Nyaundi for The Star
TAIWAN
Decline in university students from China
The number of short-term university students from China has declined in Taiwan this academic year in what some fear is retaliation by Beijing against a president who takes a guarded view toward relations, writes Ralph Jennings for Voice of America.
FRANCE
Calais ‘Jungle’ camp refugees attend French university
A group of 80 refugees from France’s ‘Jungle’ camp in the northern port city of Calais have been selected to attend university as part of an initiative to help them earn a degree in preparation for life in their new host country, reports France24.