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TURKEY
Apology issued for mistake in university test scores
The Student Selection and Placement Center apologised on 12 August for a calculation mistake in the placement scores of candidates entering Turkey’s national university entrance exam, which had led to the incorrect placement of over 1,000 people, writes Esra Ülkar for Hurriyet Daily News.
JORDAN
Rising tuition fees highlight flawed university finances
The rising cost of a university education in Jordan is shutting out low-income students and revealing long-term structural problems with the financing of higher education, writes Mohammad Fraij for Al-Fanar Media.
UNITED KINGDOM
High price of international tuition payments revealed
Universities in the United Kingdom could collectively be paying up to £80 million (US$103 million) as a result of the credit card transaction fees associated with international tuition payments, according to statistics from global payment giant, Western Union, writes Natalie Marsh for The PIE News.
PHILIPPINES
Free tuition – College entrance exam may be revived
With the free tuition policy signed into law, the government is now planning to re-implement the National College Entrance Examination to manage the influx of students in state-funded higher education institutions, writes Janvic Mateo for The Philippine Star.
SOUTH KOREA
Korean innovation chief forced out after four days
The new head of South Korea’s innovation office has resigned just four days after being appointed, after 288 professors at Seoul National University signed a statement demanding her resignation amid public outrage over her alleged role in a scientific fraud scandal, writes Liz Heron for Global Government Forum.
NORWAY
Universities criticised for overuse of English
The Language Council of Norway or Språkrådet says it is concerned about the amount of English used in courses at Norwegian universities and colleges, reports The Local.no.
GERMANY
Universities take on Dutch publishing giant Elsevier
A consortium of German universities, research institutes and public libraries has rejected the latest offer from Dutch publishing giant Elsevier for a new countrywide licensing agreement for its research portfolio. Germany’s chief negotiator says the offer does not meet the requirements of German researchers, writes Ned Stafford for Chemistry World.
PHILIPPINES
Duterte makes education free in state universities
President Rodrigo Duterte has signed a law making education free at all state universities in the Philippines, despite warnings from his economic advisers that the country cannot afford it, reports Agence France-Presse.
UNITED KINGDOM
Universities need urgent Brexit 'clarity' from ministers
United Kingdom universities could lose talented European Union staff unless they receive "greater clarity" from the government on the post-Brexit rights of EU nationals, according to the Russell Group. The group of top research universities says Brexit is causing EU staff "uncertainty and anxiety" and making the recruitment of others harder, reports the BBC.
UNITED KINGDOM
Sidelining of British students to be stopped
Universities admissions will be monitored from next year to ensure British students are not being discriminated against in favour of foreign applicants who can pay more, writes Sarah Knapton for The Telegraph.
GREECE
Controversial bill on higher education clears parliament
One member of Greece’s parliamentary majority voted against the controversial bill on higher education that was approved in the House on 2 August, writes Tasos Kokkinidis for The Greek Reporter.
UNITED STATES
Evidence of Trump impact on international admissions
Since many international students would have started planning their application strategies before Election Day 2016, many experts think this coming admissions cycle may be more telling about the impact of a Trump administration, writes Scott Jaschik for Inside Higher Ed.
MOROCCO
Three universities accused of diploma trafficking
Three Moroccan universities – the Mohammed V University in Rabat, Abdelmalek Essaâdi University in Tangier-Tétouan and Hassan I University in Settat – were allegedly involved in diploma trafficking and corruption in 2016, according to a draft report by the Court of Auditors, reports Morocco World News.
INDIA
Fake institutions – HE body seeks heftier penalties
Grappling with mushrooming fake universities across India, the University Grants Commission is set to send a ‘gentle reminder’ to the Ministry of Human Resource Development to amend the archaic UGC Act 1956 that stipulates a paltry INR1,000 (US$15.6) fine for offenders involved in running fake universities, writes Sweta Dutta for India Today.
PAKISTAN
Concern over end to US funds for food security project
Termination of a US$30 million food security project by USAID has drawn criticism from experts and stakeholders who fear that the abrupt decision will affect ongoing research and scholar exchange programmes in Pakistan, writes Shamsul Islam for The Express Tribune.
UNITED KINGDOM
University study less attractive to young people – Poll
The proportion of young people in the United Kingdom who think they are likely to go to university is at its lowest level in years, new figures suggest, with many citing cost as a primary concern, writes Rachael Pells for the Independent.
TURKEY
Over 210,000 university quotas unfilled this year
Over half of students who entered Turkey’s national university exam this year did not fill out the necessary application form indicating which university they wished to be placed in, according to student selection and placement results announced on 8 August, reports Hurriyet Daily News.
SOUTH AFRICA
Deputy higher education minister appears in court
South Africa’s Deputy Higher Education Minister Mduduzi Manana arrived at a court in Johannesburg last Thursday ahead of his first court appearance after he allegedly assaulted a woman at a Johannesburg nightclub, writes Thando Kubheka for Eyewitness News.
AFGHANISTAN
Ministry to review private university students’ degrees
The Ministry of Higher Education in Afghanistan wants to review the degrees of private universities from now onwards before those institutions issue qualifications to students, writes Tamim Hamid for TOLO News.
CHINA
Officials warned to behave online as two lecturers fired
As the ruling Chinese Communist Party gears up for an all-important political congress later this year, the administration of President Xi Jinping has issued new rules aimed at limiting what party members can do online. The rules follow the axing of two university lecturers for “inappropriate comments” on social media, reports Radio Free Asia.
MALAYSIA
Public universities’ endowment funds net US$430 million
A total of MYR1.85 billion (US$430 million) was collected through the endowment funds of the 20 local public universities as of June this year, the Malaysian house of representatives, the Dewan Rakyat, was told last week, reports Bernama.
NIGERIA
Commission considers 200 private university applications
The National Universities Commission in Nigeria said it is currently processing over 200 applications for new private universities in the country, reports Premium Times.
TANZANIA
Relief as universities cut fees in new academic year
Prospective applicants for higher learning studies in the 2017-18 academic year have something to smile about as some private institutions in Tanzania are slashing tuition fees in efforts to attract students, reports The Citizen.
UNITED STATES
Most Republicans say colleges are bad for America
America's colleges are harming the country, the majority of Republicans now say. It's a strong downward slide in public opinion that, some experts fear, could exacerbate growing divides among Americans and lead to higher levels of student debt, write Polly Mosendz and Shahien Nasiripour for Bloomberg.
MALAYSIA
Research universities obtain billions from investments
Investments amounting to MYR5.58 billion (US$1.3 billion) by the government in five research universities in the country from 2007 until 2015 generated returns of MYR7.17 billion, reports Bernama.