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INDIA
IITs corner over 40% of higher education increase
Finance Minister Arun Jaitley announced on 1 February a 10% increase in the overall budget for education with a bigger thrust on higher education. Of the Rs7,292 crore hike (Rs72.92 billion or US$1 billion), a large chunk of Rs3,000 crore will go to the Indian Institutes of Technology or IITs, writes Ritika Chopra for The Indian Express.
GREECE
Debate intensifies over private higher education
Debate has intensified in recent weeks and months in Greece over the possibility of giving privately run colleges university status, which is currently prohibited by Article 16 of the Greek constitution, write Tino Bromme and Barnaby Britten for The PIE News.
ISRAEL
Ministers prepare to vote on academic boycott bill
The Ministerial Committee on Legislation is to vote on Sunday 12 February on a bill that would cut state funding for academic institutions that employ professors who support boycotts of Israel, writes Gil Hoffman for The Jerusalem Post.
SOUTH AFRICA
Top universities face looming leadership vacuum
As the universities grapple with the crisis of fee increases, some could soon have to search for new leaders to steer them into the future, as several prominent university vice-chancellors are set to step down from their posts next year, writes Roland Mpofu for The Sunday Independent.
IRELAND
New figures expose class divide in higher education
New figures appear to show that well-off families still have a firm grip on university places, despite the rapid expansion of higher education and the introduction of ‘free fees’ two decades ago, writes Carl O’Brien for The Irish Times.
UKRAINE
Ministry revokes university licences in occupied areas
Ukraine's Education and Science Ministry has revoked the licences of higher education institutions located in temporarily occupied territory in Donetsk and Luhansk regions, Crimea and the city of Sevastopol, according to the ministry's press service, reports UNIAN.
INDIA
Controversial education bill gets Gujarat governor's nod
After thinking it over for nearly 10 months, Gujarat Governor Om Prakash Kohli approved the controversial Gujarat Higher Education Council Act-2016 on 1 February giving the state government overarching powers over the functioning of the state's universities, write Kapil Dave and Bharat Yagnik for The Times of India.
SOUTH AFRICA
Universities must counter 'post-truths', warns academic
A South African journal editor has said that scientists and universities have a duty to face down ‘post-truths’ and ensure they have credibility, reports The Huffington Post SA.
UNITED STATES
Joe Biden secures jobs at two universities
Former United States vice president Joe Biden soon will begin working for both the University of Pennsylvania and the University of Delaware, heading a new centre and institute that will address foreign policy, the environment, women's rights and other issues important to the former vice president, writes Susan Snyder for Philly.com.
GLOBAL
Swiss universities ‘most international’ in new rankings
The Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich or ETH Zurich, and the École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne have come out tops in Times Higher Education’s “The World’s Most International Universities 2017” ranking, reports Study International.
UNITED STATES
Christian college head to lead higher education reform
President Donald Trump has asked a member of one of America’s most famous evangelical families to lead a task force on higher education, writes Matthew Rozsa for Salon.
INDIA
Testing agency to conduct HE entrance exams
The government last week announced setting up an autonomous National Testing Agency for conducting entrance exams to higher education institutions, reports TNN.
CANADA
Universities benefit from both Brexit and Trump
As United States and British legislators tighten the screws on travel and visa rules, they might be squeezing out international researchers and students. Canadian universities, meanwhile, are seeing surging interest from both groups, writes Erica Alini for Global News.
THAILAND
Fully fledged ministry to boost university standards
The Education Ministry intends to upgrade its Office of the Higher Education Commission into a ministry to lift university standards in line with the 20-year national strategy and Thailand 4.0 vision, writes Dumrongkiat Mala for the Bangkok Post.
EGYPT
Cairo University to open new institute for Japan studies
Cairo University will establish an institute for Japan studies in February for a broad spectrum of research in both arts and sciences, as well as to serve as a ‘bridge’ to deepen understanding about Japan, reports The Japan Times.
UNITED KINGDOM
Universities face £4.6m bill if EU levy is introduced
Scottish universities will be left facing a multimillion pound bill if the United Kingdom government presses ahead with plans to charge a levy to organisations hiring European Union workers following Brexit, writes Chris Green for iNews.
GHANA
Research in universities remains underdeveloped – Report
A recent report shows that although the country has as many as nine public and 60 private universities, only 730 students are studying for PhDs, as many Ghanaians prefer to go abroad for research and further studies, reports GhanaWeb.
NORTH KOREA-UNITED STATES
Private university asks Texas A&M for help to grow food
The leaders of the only private university in North Korea asked Texas A&M University, known for its agricultural economics and public health programmes, for help in teaching subjects such as how to grow food in a land of chronic shortages, writes Jon Herskovitz for Reuters.
SOUTH AFRICA
Universities eye austerity measures as student debt grows
Leading universities have reported sharp increases in student debt levels ahead of re-opening for the new academic year despite no fee increases last year, writes Roland Mpofu for The Sunday Independent.
PAKISTAN
Knowledge park to attract international universities
Four famous universities of the world are likely to establish their campuses at the Lahore Knowledge Park, writes Rameez Khan for The Express Tribune.
JAMAICA
UN agency to help craft higher education plan
A delegation from the UNESCO headquarters in Paris was in Jamaica recently to provide technical assistance to the Jamaica Tertiary Education Commission in framing a strategic plan for the sector, reports the Jamaica Observer.
UNITED KINGDOM
University applications fall by 5%
University applications have fallen by 5% – with the decline driven by a drop in European Union students and a sharp fall in nursing applications, writes Sean Coughlan for the BBC.
SOUTH AFRICA-UNITED KINGDOM
Largest private HE provider partners with OU
The Independent Institute of Education, South Africa’s largest and most accredited private higher education provider, has strengthened its partnership with the Open University or OU, the largest education institution in the United Kingdom, in a collaboration that is set to change the way students access distance learning education opportunities in South Africa and on the rest of the continent, reports Biznis Africa.
INDIA
New Nalanda chancellor envisions a ‘liberal’ university
Well-known computer scientist Dr Vijay Bhatkar, who has been appointed as the Chancellor of Nalanda University with effect from 25 January, said he wants to transform it into a liberal university, reports PTI.
JAPAN
Bureaucrats disciplined over university jobs scandal
The education ministry took disciplinary action against seven senior bureaucrats over their involvement in illegally negotiating to secure their colleague a post-retirement university job, writes Mizuho Aoki for The Japan Times.