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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
PhDs’ promised university jobs fail to materialise
As many as 500 PhDs who have completed their higher studies from both abroad and within the country, have been left running from pillar to post for teaching portfolios or research positions by the Higher Education Commission, reports The Express Tribune.
Universities open as students vote to end strike
After 69 days of protests shutting down the University of Puerto Rico, students have voted to end the strike and return to classes as the movement is set to continue "evolving the struggle" to protect public education in the face of austerity measures, reports TeleSUR.
Mumbai University seeks to set up Dubai campus
If everything goes according to plan, the University of Mumbai will become the second Indian university to start a campus on foreign soil. Pune University went international in 2009 after setting up a campus in Ras al-Khaimah in the United Arab Emirates, writes Musab Qazi for Hindustan Times.
Record number of university students caught cheating
A record number of Swedish university students were suspended in 2016 because of cheating, according to a fresh review, reports The Local.
University students protest tuition fee increases
The Ministry of Education should reject requests for tuition fee hikes and force universities that fail to meet student-teacher ratio standards to cut their fees, student protesters said last week in a demonstration outside the ministry building in Taipei, writes Abraham Gerber for the Taipei Times.
More earned from foreign than domestic students
New South Wales universities earned more from overseas than domestic enrolments for the first time last year, as international education plugged the gap left by flatlining Australian student numbers and slow growth in government grants, writes John Ross for The Australian.
Police carry out raids at universities
Local media reported that Turkish police conducted two raids at the country’s universities on 2 June detaining at least six students, reports News.Az.