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UNITED KINGDOM
Universities urged to tackle antisemitism on campus
Universities are being urged to act swiftly to tackle antisemitism on campuses after a series of incidents in recent weeks – including Holocaust denial leaflets, fascist stickers and swastikas etched on and around campuses – which have fuelled anxiety among Jewish students, writes Sally Weale for the Guardian.
SOUTH AFRICA-UNITED STATES
Early warning system for students in academic trouble
Academics at Georgia State University in Atlanta have devised a computerised system that can flag a student who needs academic support or advice, perhaps long before the student is aware. One of the major benefits of the system might be to address racial achievement gaps, writes John Bohannon for Science.
FRANCE
Auditors criticise science super-campus near Paris
France’s government auditor has taken a sharp swipe at efforts to develop a science super-campus near Paris that, by 2020, was supposed to rival the world's top campus universities, such as America’s Massachusetts Institute of Technology, writes Barbara Casassus for Nature.
UNITED KINGDOM
Legal academics urge PM to cancel Trump visit
British Prime Minister Theresa May has been urged by 250 legal academics to cancel Donald Trump’s state visit and scale back Britain’s support for the United States until he reverses his positions on immigration, refugees, torture, climate change and judicial independence, write Rowena Mason and Jessica Elgot for the Guardian.
UNITED KINGDOM
More than nine in 10 universities restrict free speech
More than nine in 10 universities in the United Kingdom are restrictive of free speech, according to a new report that raises concerns over the issue of censorship on campuses, writes Rachael Pells for the Independent.
PAKISTAN
Campus violence rising across the country
Campus violence is on the rise in universities across Pakistan. More than a dozen clashes have been reported during a six-month period between student wings of various religious, political and ethnic parties in the universities of Punjab, Sindh and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, writes Riazul Haq for The Express Tribune.
GLOBAL
Dalai Lama invite by US-Indian chancellor angers China
India will face serious consequences if its overseas citizens meddle in Chinese affairs by courting and promoting Tibetan leader the Dalai Lama, a Chinese newspaper has said, continuing the recent trend of demonising India in a section of state-controlled media in China, writes Sutirtho Patranobis for Hindustan Times.
KENYA
Students gives state deadline to end lecturer strike
University student leaders in Kenya have given the government a deadline to deal with a lecturer strike or face student unrest, writes Emmanuel Wanjala for The Star.
AUSTRALIA
International student completion rates remain high
The number of international students completing their studies at Australian universities and non-university higher education institutions has remained steady for the fourth consecutive year, according to a recent report on higher education from the Department of Education and Training, reports The PIE News.
SOUTH AFRICA
Minister calls arson attacks at universities 'barbaric'
Higher Education and Training Minister Dr Blade Nzimande has called on communities to help authorities track down and bring to book criminals responsible for arson attacks at universities, writes Raahil Sain for African News Agency.
CZECH REPUBLIC
Young women have higher education levels than men
Women's education levels have increased in the Czech Republic, as more than one-third of women aged 25 to 34, but only a quarter of men in the same age group, are university graduates, reports CTK.
CHINA
Universities lagging in race for donations
A recent donation of US$115 million by billionaires Chen Tianqiao and Chrissy Luo Qianqian, the founders of internet game giant Shanda, to the California Institute of Technology for brain research has drawn criticism in China, writes Alice Yan for South China Morning Post.
VIETNAM
Unemployed graduates ‘still at acceptable level’
An education official in Vietnam said the number of university graduates who are jobless must not discourage students from pursuing higher education, reports VietNamNet Bridge.
IRELAND
Universities turn a blind eye to disability
A new report claims that visually impaired students are being failed by Ireland’s education system and are 50% less likely to go to college than their classmates, writes Aoife Finneran for The Irish Sun.
INDONESIA
Ministry urges private higher institutions to merge
Out of 4,455 higher education institutions in Indonesia, more than 3,200 are private and many of them are not run effectively – which is why the Ministry of Research, Technology and Higher Education is urging them to merge, reports the Jakarta Globe.
PHILIPPINES
Economists reject full higher education tuition subsidy
Economic managers are opposing proposals to fully subsidise tuition in state universities and colleges, saying it would not be beneficial to the poor and would be a financial drain for the government, writes Czeriza Valencia for The Philippine Star.
COSTA RICA-SOUTH KOREA
University president seeks exchanges in the sciences
The University of Costa Rica has been stepping up its efforts to expand cooperation with Korean universities and institutions, especially in the sciences, writes Chung Hyun-chae for The Korea Times.
NIGERIA
Idle research network reactivated after more than a year
The Nigerian Research and Education Network has been reactivated after lying idle for more than one year, after funds were made available, writes Chike Onwuegbuchi for The Guardian Nigeria.
CANADA
Education students being 'thrown under the bus' – Judge
A Supreme Court judge in Canada has said that education students on the cusp of graduating from universities are being "thrown under the bus" by a work-to-rule campaign being waged by Nova Scotia's public school teachers, writes Blair Rhodes for CBC News.
MALAYSIA
Student fund not in financial trouble – Minister
Malaysia’s higher education minister said the delay in public university students receiving disbursements is due to communication issues and not because of financial difficulties faced by the National Higher Education Fund Corporation or PTPTN, reports Bernama.
NIGERIA
Nigerian Open University expanding to meet high demand
The registered active student population of the National Open University of Nigeria has hit 254,000, reports Premium Times.
SOUTH AFRICA
Stellenbosch University adopts redress admissions policy
Stellenbosch University in South Africa has adopted a revised admissions policy for 2018 which aims to redress past inequalities, reports News24.
CHINA
Private education tipped to benefit from government plan
Private universities, vocational schools, and online education platforms are being tipped by analysts to be among the biggest winners from China’s recently rolled out 13th Five-Year Plan on education, which bids to narrow the huge gap in standards between urban and rural areas of the country, writes Laura He for South China Morning Post.
JAPAN
Advisory panel mulls limiting new universities in Tokyo
A government advisory panel last week began considering limiting the establishment of new universities and departments in Tokyo as part of measures to alleviate concentration of students in the capital, reports Nikkei Asian Review.
MEXICO
Mexico braces for possible student deportations from US
While President Donald Trump has not yet moved to deport students who are unauthorised immigrants, Mexican education officials already are preparing for it, writes Gary Warth for The San Diego Union-Tribune.