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Free higher education in exchange for highway land
The state government in Maharashtra has decided to make higher education free for children whose parents are willing to opt for the land-pooling model for the construction of 710-km-long Mumbai Nagpur Super Expressway, writes Mehul R Thakkar for The Asian Age.
HE commission chief appeals against pending budget cut
The Commission on Higher Education has reiterated its appeal to lawmakers to restore the PHP2 billion (US$40 million) slashed from its budget for next year so it can fulfil its role to make the Philippine higher education system locally responsive and globally competitive, writes Merlina Hernando-Malipot for Manila Bulletin.
Technical universities ‘lack capacity to deliver’
IMANI Centre for Policy and Education Ghana has said the technical universities lack the capacity to deliver the kind of training that will make their students problem solvers, reports B&FT Online.
Scientists battle to escape 20-year funding freeze
Brazil’s science budget has shrunk by more than 40% in the past three years. But researchers are now trying to escape an even worse crisis: federal science spending could be frozen at its current low level for the next two decades, under a constitutional amendment to cap public spending to inflation-level rises, writes Claudio Angelo for Nature.
International education reaps record revenues
International education’s value to the nation has surged past A$20 billion (US$14.8 billion), confirming the industry’s status as Australia’s third-biggest earner and easily the largest services export, write John Ross and Julie Hare for The Australian.
Militias make use of universities to spread influence
The Popular Mobilisation Units are calling on Iraqi university students, specifically those in medicine and engineering, to sign up for logistics tasks in Iraq and Syria. But some academics believe there is a larger agenda at hand, writes Sara al-Qaher for Al-Monitor.
Top authors in university firing row
Canada's literary community is in turmoil over unspecified but "serious accusations" against one of its own, reports the BBC.
Ministry scraps fee exemption for Darfur students
Sudan’s Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research has issued a circular cancelling the decision to exempt Darfur students at universities and higher learning institutions from payment of tuition fees, reports Radio Tamazuj.
Trump’s rhetoric puts off prospective students
Call it a knee-jerk reaction, but President-elect Donald Trump’s protectionist rhetoric in the run-up to the election has left many aspiring Indian students confused and unsure of the implications of higher education in the United States this year. Anti-Trump protests across US campuses are also contributing to the worry of students, write Varuni Khosla and Sreeradha Dasgupta Basu for The Economic Times.
Trump win sparks interest in Canadian universities
Canadian universities say that interest from Americans looking to study in Canada has increased sharply since the election of Donald Trump as the next United States president, writes Nicole Thompson for The Canadian Press.
Universities slam ‘elitist’ fee deregulation plans
Universities have slammed a series of the Turnbull government's fee-deregulation proposals in submissions released by the Federal Department of Education last week, write Eryk Bagshaw and Timna Jacks for The Sydney Morning Herald.
Students fear 40% tuition fee rise at elite university
The student leader spoke in English to the chanting crowd at the elite American University in Cairo. The leader, Amr El-Alfy (20), told his peers that he was frustrated over the university administration’s lack of clarity about whether tuition would rise by as much as 40% in response to Egypt’s flailing economy and floating currency, write Diaa Hadid and Nour Youssef for The New York Times.
Fossil fuel divestment soars in UK universities
The number of British universities divesting from fossil fuels has leaped to 43, a quarter of the total. The surge means the United Kingdom leads the world in campus action to pull university funds from oil, gas and coal, writes Damian Carrington for The Guardian.
Government warns it will close more universities
The government announced last week that it is planning to close several higher learning institutions after a preliminary inspection report indicated that some are below standard, writes Louis Kolumbia for The Citizen.
Students call for protection of undocumented students
Students at colleges across the country planned and held demonstrations to pressure their universities to protect undocumented students when Donald Trump becomes president, writes Susan Svrluga for The Washington Post.
Record foreign student numbers find jobs on graduating
A record number of foreign students took jobs in Japan immediately after graduating from universities and vocational schools last year, according to recently released Justice Ministry data, reports The Japan Times.
Rwanda hunts for professors as Makerere remains closed
Amidst controversy over remuneration of academic staff in Uganda’s public universities, neighbouring Rwanda’s leading university is hunting for professors with alluring packages, writes Carol Natukunda for New Vision.
Universities should increase transparency in admissions
Universities will be forced to come clean to prospective students about the real Australian Tertiary Admission Rank cut-offs for their courses, following recommendations to the Turnbull government from the nation's top higher education panel, writes Matthew Knott for The Sydney Morning Herald.
England’s higher education system ‘in tatters’ – Report
England’s higher education system is “in tatters”, with some qualifications “on the verge of total collapse”, according to a leading think-tank, reports the Financial Times.
Students in bid to take part in chief executive election
Student leaders from local universities announced their candidacy on 13 November in the chief executive Election Committee subsector election – the first time that students will represent the higher education sector, writes Michelle Chan for The Standard.
University heads endorse shortening of training periods
A decision to shorten training periods in universities has been applauded by university leaders, who say it is in line with international practice, reports VietNamNet Bridge.
Educators council reports rise in fraudulent lecturers
Cases of fraudulent educators at tertiary level have increased for the year 2016, the South African Council for Educators announced at a press briefing in Pretoria last week on the misconduct of educators, writes Lizeka Tandwa for News24.
Donald Trump settles US$25m Trump University lawsuits
Donald Trump has agreed to pay US$25 million to settle three lawsuits against Trump University. The deal will keep the president-elect from having to testify in a trial in San Diego that was due to begin on 28 November, writes Kate Lobosco and Drew Griffin for CNN.
PM urges universities to aspire to global top 100
Prime Minister Narendra Modi made an appeal to universities in the country on 13 November to aspire to be among the top 100 globally and promised special economic assistance, reports PTI.
President asked to act on public universities stalemate
Malawian President Peter Mutharika’s “total silence” on closure of public universities in the country has not pleased civil society groups who have called on authorities to resolve the disputes rocking the institutions and ensure they are re-opened, writes Zawadi Chilunga for Nyasa Times.