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CANADA
Government links equity requirements to research chairs
The federal government is expanding Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s commitment to gender equality to include scientific research, reports The Canadian Press.
INDIA
Amity University buys college in the US, eyes two more
One of India’s largest colleges, Amity University, is expanding into the United States with the purchase of one campus in New York and a proposal to buy two more, drawing opposition from state officials in Massachusetts about the quality of the education it will offer, reports AP.
SOUTH AFRICA
Student leaders reject new higher education task team
The ministerial task team President Jacob Zuma set up to look into the crisis in higher education was an attempt to avoid dealing with the real crisis, according to some student leaders, writes Tshidi Madia for News24.
UNITED KINGDOM
Are foreign experts barred from Brexit projects?
One of Britain's most prestigious universities has accused the government of barring leading academics from acting as advisers on Brexit, writes Kate McCann for The Telegraph.
BANGLADESH
Cabinet approves draft higher education quality bill
The cabinet last week approved the draft of the Accreditation Council Bill 2016, which aims to ensure the quality of tertiary education in Bangladesh, particularly at universities, reports the Dhaka Tribune.
KENYA
NGO body asks for rethink on university freeze order
The Non-Governmental Organisations Council has urged President Uhuru Kenyatta to reconsider his directive of freezing the establishment of new universities in the country, writes Kennedy Kangethe for CapitalFM.
FINLAND
Nobel laureate recommends universities restructuring
Finnish economist and professor, Bengt Holmström, who was jointly awarded the Nobel Prize in Economics with British-American Professor Oliver Hart last week, expressed surprise at Prime Minister Juha Sipilä’s decision earlier this year to cut funding of education and research, reports Yle.
UNITED KINGDOM
Huge increase in number of graduates 'bad for economy'
The government is being urged to end the political drive to get more people into university after new research showed that graduates are ‘colonising’ jobs in banking, education, the police and estate agency that were the preserve of school-leavers in the past, writes Larry Elliott for the Guardian.
UNITED STATES
Private colleges fret over Clinton’s university plan
Hillary Clinton announced her new higher education plan this summer with a burst of fanfare, promising to invest US$500 billion to eliminate tuition for millions of students at public colleges and universities across the country. But while the liberal wing of the party has cheered the idea, many in education have questioned how such a plan would work, writes Alan Rappeport for The New York Times.
VIETNAM
Universities produce graduates to businesses’ orders
About 400,000 students finish universities every year, but most of them cannot satisfy employers and they need to undergo retraining at their place of work. Therefore, businesses now tend to order universities to produce workers who can meet their standards, reports VietNamNet Bridge.
TURKEY
15 university staff detained in latest post-coup raids
Turkish authorities last weekend detained 15 staff from one of the country’s oldest universities in the latest raids against suspects allegedly linked to the failed 15 July coup, reports AFP.
NORWAY
Plan to ban full-face Islamic veil in universities
Norway's right-wing government recently announced plans to ban the full-face Islamic veil from classrooms and university lecture halls, reports AFP.
INDIA
25% of faculty in top central universities are women
In an analysis of the gender ratio of faculty members in 28 prominent Central universities in India, women faculty members constitute only one-quarter of the total teachers, writes Kritika Sharma for Daily News and Analysis.
AUSTRALIA
Graduate full-time job prospects decline – Study
Job prospects for Australian university graduates are declining, with a new study showing fewer and fewer people are finding full-time employment after completing higher education, writes Tim Lamacraft for ABC News.
ZIMBABWE
Protesting graduates hit back
Three University of Zimbabwe graduates stunned President Robert Mugabe and other senior government officials when they staged surprise protests during this year's recent graduation ceremony, demanding jobs, writes Obey Manayiti for The Standard.
PAKISTAN
Universities body axes 34 postgraduate programmes
The Higher Education Commission has decided to wind up 19 PhD and 15 MS and MPhil programmes at various public and private universities in Punjab over the universities’ failure to fulfil minimum requirements, writes Ammar Sheikh for The Express Tribune.
THAILAND
Lack of certification 'stranding students'
A growing number of university graduates are finding themselves unqualified to practise their intended vocation because their courses are not certified by professional organisations, writes Dumrongkiat Mala for the Bangkok Post.
KENYA
Agency to probe funds misuse at universities
The national government has ordered a special investigation into financial mismanagement at several public universities, writes Ouma Wanzala for the Daily Nation.
BELGIUM
Brussels universities plan international student space
A new international student accommodation space, a project of two universities in Brussels, is planned to be developed in Belgium’s capital, writes Natalie Marsh for The PIE News.
SOUTH AFRICA
Only 4% of South Africans who start school get a degree
New research shows that two-thirds of matriculants with bachelor passes go to university, and that university access of qualifying students is not biased against black or poor students. For every 100 students who start school in South Africa, only 12 go to university, and only four of them get a degree within six years, reports MyBroadband.
AUSTRALIA
Top university moves to lower share of Chinese students
Australia's top-ranked global university is moving to lower its proportion of Chinese international students, a group it describes as "dominating" international student numbers, write Alexander Joske, Kelsey Munro and Philip Wen for The Sydney Morning Herald.
HONG KONG
Hong Kong university to take no action over banner
A top Hong Kong university said last week it wouldn't take action against students who hung a pro-independence banner on its campus to mark Chinese National Day, in spite of calls from the city's chief executive to sanction any talk of independence in universities, reports Radio Free Asia.
CANADA
Professor slams university ‘political correctness’
A Canadian professor has recorded two hour-long YouTube lectures criticising his university’s policy on ‘political correctness’ and objecting to government legislation that would prohibit discrimination based on gender identity and gender expression, writes Ellie Bothwell for Times Higher Education.
GLOBAL
US and UK dominate THE world rankings by subject
Expertise across a broad range of disciplines – rather than exceptional performance in just a few – is key to success in the Times Higher Education World University Rankings, THE's latest subject rankings suggest, writes Ellie Bothwell for Times Higher Education.
GLOBAL
Stanford ranked world’s most innovative university
The United States university system is an innovation powerhouse, according to Reuters' second Top 100 list. The US claimed 46 of the top 100 universities on the list, followed by Japan with nine and France and South Korea, both with eight universities, writes Abby Jackson for Business Insider.