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Aung San Suu Kyi receives honorary doctorate
Myanmar’s Aung San Suu Kyi made a nostalgic trip earlier this month back to Kyoto University, where she studied briefly in the mid-1980s. Suu Kyi received an honorary doctorate, the first the university has ever conferred upon an individual for commitment to freedom, democracy and human rights, writes Eric Johnston for The Japan Times.
Private universities told to ban ‘insulting’ research
Minister of Higher Education Ashraf al-Shihy has published a statement obliging private universities to review all research papers and thesis dissertations to ensure they do not include any “direct or indirect insult to societies or individuals belonging to any brotherly or friendly countries”, writes Mai Shams El-Din for Mada Masr.
Ministry maintains aim of 60,000 PhD holders by 2023
The Higher Education Ministry is committed to its aim of producing 60,000 PhD degree holders by 2023 to produce more highly educated people and meet the nation's need for research and innovation, reports Fernando Fong for New Straits Times.
Universities fail to fulfil female quotas
The stated goal of having 25% women professors in Swiss universities by the end of the year will not be possible, reports Swissinfo.ch.
Universities body approves anti-bias requirement
Members of the Universities Canada association voted recently in favour of a new criterion for membership related to non-discrimination, writes Elizabeth Redden for Inside Higher Ed.
World Bank gives US$85 million for research
The World Bank will be providing Sri Lanka with US$85 million in funding to improve the country’s research and development due to the lack of external funding in the field, reports the Daily Mirror.
Science spending continues to grow
Expenditure on research and development rose by CZK3.6 billion (US$147 million) in the Czech Republic in a year, according to the data the Czech Statistical Office released at a recent press conference, reports CTK.
Universities warned not to admit unqualified politicians
Education Cabinet Secretary Dr Fred Matiang’i has cautioned universities against admitting unqualified students, especially politicians who he said are keen to acquire certificates ahead of the next general election, writes Ouma Wanzala for the Daily Nation.
Universities suffer from low student numbers
Iran's universities are seeing a lack of students, following poor applications for the academic year which started in October, reports Fatih Karimov for Trend.
Scottish minister to hold post-study visa talks
Scotland's international development minister is to hold talks with the United Kingdom government after it rejected calls for the reintroduction of a work visa system for international students, reports the BBC News.
Court asked to enforce settlement on equity targets
The Canadian Human Rights Commission is taking the unusual step of asking the Federal Court to enforce a decade-old settlement that created equity targets for a prestigious research award because most universities have consistently failed over the years to give enough chairs to women and diverse candidates, writes Chris Hannay for The Globe and Mail.
Graduates angry over apparent university nepotism
Saudi graduates struggling to find jobs are reportedly growing frustrated with the increasing number of relatives and family members of university presidents and officials granted roles at the institutions, reports Gulf Business.
Government approves eight new private universities
The Federal Executive Council last week in Abuja approved eight new private universities in the country, reports News Agency of Nigeria.
SA students in UK show solidarity with #FeesMustFall
South African students studying in the United Kingdom protested in solidarity with the Fees Must Fall movement last week, demanding that the state “engage meaningfully and humbly with student protestors” and “find practical solutions for a way forward which addresses the underlying issues in higher education”, writes Michael Moss for Groundup.
Furore over university ‘protest potential’ survey claims
A group that has received financing from the Kremlin is under fire over a report that it has been secretly assessing the "protest potential" of students and staff at Russian universities and making its findings available to the authorities, writes Tom Balmforth for Radio Free Europe Radio Liberty.
High-performing universities may get more autonomy
The human resource development ministry is introducing a carrot and stick approach under which the performing universities will get greater autonomy and poor performers will get their funding cut, writes Prashant K Nanda for Livemint.
Government seeks more students from Southeast Asia
In a bid to improve collaboration in education and culture with ASEAN – Association of Southeast Asian Nations – countries, the Chinese government has revealed it hopes to see more students from Southeast Asia studying in China, reports The Jakarta Post.
Universities push the envelope of technology
As Chinese investors flock to Israel in search of new technologies, top universities there are forging cooperation agreements with their Chinese counterparts and firms for research and development as well as technology transfer services, writes Ma Si for China Daily.
Minister urges positive take on HE budget cut
The reduction in the allocation to the higher education ministry in the 2017 budget should be viewed positively, according to its minister, as it is in line with efforts to reduce the dependence of public universities on the government, reports Bernama.
Era of wasteful university spending is over – President
President Muhammadu Buhari has said that the era of wasteful spending was over and advised Nigerian universities to plough available resources into teaching, research and productive activities, reports the News Agency of Nigeria.
NSF asks universities to share rotator staff costs
The National Science Foundation, or NSF, has decided that universities should pay 10% of the salaries of faculty members working temporarily at the agency. It hopes the new policy will demonstrate its commitment to saving taxpayer dollars without alienating the academic community that it relies upon to stay on the cutting edge of basic science, writes Jeffrey Mervis for Science.
University opens without any teachers
A university without any teachers has opened in California this month. It's called 42 – the name taken from the answer to the meaning of life, from the science fiction series The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy – and will train about a thousand students a year in coding and software development, writes Matt Pickles for the BBC.
Universities should not take stance on political issues
On a visit to Hong Kong, the president of a renowned United States liberal arts college has said universities should not take a stance on political matters as that may deter students with different views from expressing their opinions, writes Peace Chiu for South China Morning Post.
Universities woo Indonesians as part of national plan
Forty-nine Taiwanese universities participated in a Taiwan Higher Education Fair in Indonesia that started last weekend with the aim of attracting more Indonesian students to study in Taiwan as part of President Tsai Ing-wen's ‘new southbound policy’, write Jay Chou and Kuo Chung-han for Focus Taiwan.
University complies with order to close five campuses
Kisii University has closed five of its satellite campuses to comply with a government directive, writes Aggrey Omboki for the Daily Nation.