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India plans to give autonomy to good universities
The central government is planning to give autonomy to ‘good’ universities and make them 'innovation hubs' while imposing heavy regulation on ‘non-performing’ institutions, Union Human Resource Development Minister Prakash Javadekar said last week, reports Press Trust of India.
Brexit fears may see 15% of UK university staff leave
The government must maintain free movement for European Union academics or risk losing up to 15% of staff at British universities, a leading German academics’ body has warned, write Jon Henley, Stephanie Kirchgaessner and Philip Oltermann for the Guardian.
UK researchers tap into China’s scientific powerhouse
The United Kingdom government is to outline its plans to strengthen collaborative research between Britain and China. The UK Universities and Science Minister Jo Johnson was to give details while opening a joint UK-Chinese plant research centre just outside Shanghai, writes Pallab Ghosh for BBC News.
Ontario universities set their sights on shifting target
As young people are dealing with a shifting job landscape, Ontario universities are working to better prepare students for a future we may not be able to imagine. The Council of Ontario Universities has launched a survey in an effort to spur a conversation about the changing job market, new technologies and continued globalisation, writes Nicole Thompson for The Canadian Press.
Nation is preparing a higher education roadmap
The Ministry of Education said that it is preparing a higher education roadmap that would enable qualified graduates to meet the needs of the growing economy, reports The Ethiopian Herald.
Parents expected to pay more towards university costs
As students across the country prepare to start university for the first time, analysis of student loan data has revealed that many parents may be feeling the pinch, writes Josie Gurney-Read for The Telegraph.
Universities seek millions in donations
Universities say fundraising is becoming increasingly important for their work and they are receiving millions of dollars a year in donations. But they say that there is not yet a strong culture of philanthropy in New Zealand and the government could do more to encourage donations to universities, writes John Gerritsen for Radio New Zealand.
Number of university students to drop again
The number of students at Czech higher education facilities will again be lower this year than in the past, Jakub Fischer, president of the Council of Higher Education Institutions, has said, adding that the reasons are demographic developments and the way of financing, reports the Czech news agency CTK.
Students to protest for publicly funded education
The Union of Students in Ireland has announced they will hold a national demonstration on 19 October calling on the government to invest in publicly funded third level education, writes Sorcha Pollak for The Irish Times.
China builds research centre at Kenyan university
China’s ambassador to Kenya Dr Liu Xianfa last week officially handed over a KES3 billion (US$30 million) modern research centre and botanical garden funded by the Chinese government to the Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology, writes Mary Wambui for Daily Nation.
Cambridge University names next vice-chancellor
A Canadian expert in international law has been chosen as the next vice-chancellor of Cambridge University following a global search for a leader to navigate the Brexit-related challenges facing higher education, writes Sally Weale for the Guardian.
Honorary doctorate for John Howard is ‘scandalous’
Academic staff are protesting the University of Sydney’s decision to award former prime minister John Howard an honorary doctorate, labelling it as “deeply scandalous and inappropriate”, writes Bridie Jabour for the Guardian.
University to investigate data manipulation charges
The University of Tokyo announced last week it is launching an investigation into anonymously made claims of fabricated and falsified data appearing in 22 papers by six university research groups, writes Dennis Normile for Science Magazine.
MP claims national student funding body has no money
A member of parliament has claimed that Malaysia is on the verge of an education crisis as the National Higher Education Fund Corporation is having a cash flow problem in financing students pursuing tertiary learning, reports the Malay Mail.
Universities ban start-ups from recruiting on campus
Some of India's most talented young students are now being kept at arm's length of the country's start-up scene after dozens saw job offers pulled with little or no notice, writes Vidhi Doshi for Mashable.
Universities use big data to improve graduation rates
Graduation rates across the country have not improved over the past decade. But now, post-secondary institutions are turning to big data analysis to help them find the students most at risk of dropping out. Financial pressures are forcing them to take action, writes Simona Chiose for The Globe and Mail.
Spending per student among the world’s lowest – Report
Turkey is one of the countries with the lowest spending per student, according to a report prepared by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development, reports Hurriyet Daily News.
Sydney university reveals real admissions scores
The University of Sydney has become the second major New South Wales university to fully disclose its admissions scores after Fairfax Media revealed the practice of admitting students below the advertised cut-off was rife throughout the sector, writes Eryk Bagshaw for The Sydney Morning Herald.
Survey reveals universities’ fears post-Brexit
University vice-chancellors fear the United Kingdom’s global reputation for higher education and research is already at risk after the vote to leave the European Union, with more than 80% of university chiefs surveyed saying they believed the risk to funding would be “considerable”, writes Jessica Elgot for the Guardian.
Dutch universities call for more research funding
The Netherlands must spend an extra €1 billion (US$1.1 billion) a year to maintain the excellence of Dutch scientific research, its universities have argued, writes Jack Grove for Times Higher Education.
Fees commission weighs in on fee increase issue
The commission of inquiry into higher education fees, established by President Jacob Zuma, has its sights on finding a long-term solution, not the current turbulence rocking the sector, chairperson of the inquiry, Judge Jonathan Arthur Heher, said on Wednesday, reports eNCA.
Germany, Sweden top list of cheapest study destinations
Germany and Sweden have been named the cheapest places to attend university with a combined cost of £6,700 (US$8,760) per year – a fraction of the £18,000 needed to study at an institution in the United Kingdom – writes Aftab Ali for the Independent.
University criticised for using donation on scoreboard
The University of New Hampshire is facing criticism for the way it has chosen to spend a US$4 million donation left by a long-time university librarian in his will, writes Katie Reilly for Time.
Scientists under increasing pressure to conform – Study
The embattled country’s research enterprise is at risk following a failed coup, designed to overthrow a regime that shows continued hostility towards science. For years we have studied how scientists around the world view the social context of science, and Turkish scientists have long been worried about their academic freedom and autonomy, write Elaine Howard Ecklund, David R Johnson and Kirstin RW Matthews for The Scientist.
€3.5 billion needed to educate refugees
Germany will need €3.5 billion (US$3.9 billion) in funds in order to provide appropriate education to refugees, according to a recent report released by the Cologne Institute for Economic Research, writes Ann-Kathrin Pohlers for The PIE News.