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UNITED STATES
Trump’s health budget may slash university payments
The Trump administration may be planning to help pay for a massive 18% cut to the National Institutes of Health by slashing payments to universities and research institutes for overhead costs, writes Jocelyn Kaiser for ScienceInsider.
SRI LANKA
Government acknowledges role for private universities
State Minister of Higher Education Mohan Lal Grero has said the government supports the establishment of private universities in light of the fact that over 150,000 students qualify for university admission annually, but only 27,000 or one-sixth can be accommodated in state-run universities, writes Dasun Edirisinghe for The Island.
UNITED KINGDOM
Students told to drop safe spaces, no-platform policies
Students are being told to drop ‘safe spaces’ and no-platform policies as the universities and science minister is ordering universities to protect freedom of speech, writes Katie French for the Mail Online.
AUSTRALIA
Melbourne University bows to pressure over building name
The University of Melbourne has renamed the prominent Richard Berry building for maths and statistics at its main entrance. The move comes after a long anti-racism campaign by a group of staff and students, writes Marika Dobbin Thomas for The Age.
PAKISTAN
Higher education council enters PhD deal with Turkey
On the invitation of Turkish Council of Higher Education, a two-member delegation of the Pakistani Higher Education Commission, led by Commission Chair Professor Mukhtar Ahmed, visited Ankara to sign a document of understanding for providing 80 PhD slots to Pakistani students in top ranked Turkish universities, writes Myra Imran for The News.
HONG KONG
Publisher claims it had licence to sell theses online
In a new twist to the controversy over the suspected illegal online sale of University of Hong Kong theses, a publisher involved has told the press that the works in question were obtained under a licence which allows commercial use, writes Elizabeth Cheung for the South China Morning Post.
NIGERIA
President declares anti-graft war on universities
President Muhammadu Buhari has expressed a readiness to purge Nigerian universities of corruption and other related unwholesome practices damaging public higher institutions, reports The Guardian Nigeria.
UNITED KINGDOM
Oxford at forefront of medical cannabis research
The University of Oxford will be at the forefront of a multimillion-pound research programme which hopes to help develop new therapies for acute and chronic conditions by examining the effects of medical cannabis, writes Alexandra Gibbs for CNBC.com.
SOUTH AFRICA
Nationalise higher education‚ says youth league
African National Congress Youth League Secretary General Njabulo Nzuza called for the nationalisation of higher education at the Fees Commission looking into the feasibility of fee-free higher education, in Pretoria last week, writes Michelle Gumede for the Sowetan.
PAKISTAN
Plan to set up women’s universities in each district
Minister of State for Federal Education and Professional Training Muhammad Baligh Ur Rehman recently informed the National Assembly that a comprehensive plan is underway to have women’s universities in each district, reports APP.
INDIA
Higher education in Bihar ‘on verge of collapse’
Bihar Governor Ram Nath Kovind said on Saturday that higher education in the state was on the verge of collapse, writes Ajay Kumar for Hindustan Times. The governor’s statement, from a public platform, is significant considering that he also serves as chancellor of universities of Bihar, which are plagued by shortages of teachers and officials.
CHINA
Minister calls for ‘re-packaging’ of ideology classes
Universities must make ideology classes “trendy” and appealing to young people, Education Minister Chen Baosheng said recently in the latest move to tighten the Communist Party’s grip on the next generation, writes Zhuang Pinghui for the South China Morning Post.
ISRAEL
Arab students now have greater say in integration plan
In order to retain their funding for empowering Arab students, academic institutions in Israel must now appoint an Arab student to the steering committees working on increasing integration of Arabs into society, a subcommittee of the Council for Higher Education in Israel decided, writes Yarden Skop for Haaretz.
NETHERLANDS
Universities may soon offer full degrees overseas
After two years of political debate, Dutch universities may soon be able to offer full degree programmes overseas after the Dutch House of Representatives passed a transnational education bill that also aims to boost the development of international joint programmes, writes Beckie Smith for The PIE News.
IRELAND
Education department moves to prosecute essay mills
The Department of Education and Skills is planning to introduce laws to prosecute ‘essay mill’ companies who offer to write students’ assignments in exchange for money, writes Carl O’Brien for The Irish Times.
TURKEY
Nearly 15,000 Syrians studying in Turkish universities
Nearly 15,000 Syrians are enrolled in Turkish universities as of the 2016-17 academic year and they are among 3 million Syrians currently in Turkey to “continue living in a humane way”, reports Hurriyet Daily News.
UNITED KINGDOM
Oxford University leaders call for EU citizen guarantees
The leaders of the University of Oxford are asking politicians to make sure that citizens of the European Union can stay in Britain post-Brexit, writes Lianna Brinded for Business Insider.
AUSTRALIA
Digital disruption lowers cost of pricey masters degrees
A round of price-cutting has broken out in the market for high-priced masters degrees with four Australian universities offering students a pathway to complete part of the degree online at a steep discount, writes Tim Dodd for the Financial Review.
UNITED KINGDOM
MPs urge stronger business-universities tie-ups
The government must make it easier for businesses to invest in technology created in British universities if the United Kingdom is to fix its chronic under-investment in research and development, a group of MPs said last week, writes James Titcomb for The Telegraph.
KENYA
Universities brace for university commissioner changes
With the exit of current Commission for University Education CEO David Some, Kenya’s higher education is headed for major changes that will have a huge impact on how universities operate and the programmes they offer, writes Augustine Oduor for the Standard.
CHINA
Taiwan university graduate suspected of espionage
A Chinese man who graduated from a Taiwan university has been detained on suspicion of spying for China, the first known case of a Chinese student being investigated for espionage since 2011, reports Kyodo.
MALAYSIA
Lecturers to learn about disruptive technology from CEOs
The Malaysian government is sending 30 public university lecturers to train under 10 chief executive officers for six months to a year, to show the educators the impact of disruptive technology in the working world, reports The Star/Asia News Network.
NEW ZEALAND
University entry change unlikely despite concerns
University entrance requirements are unlikely to change despite a review that found widespread concern over first-year students' literacy and numeracy abilities, writes Adele Redmond for Stuff.
SOUTH AFRICA
Insourcing of workers at universities – Uneven progress
Only one university in the Western Cape has brought all workers onto its payroll, despite all four universities beginning debates on insourcing, one of the rallying cries during the Fees Must Fall protests, in 2015, writes Ashleigh Furlong for GroundUp.
NIGERIA
Universities urged to develop rail infrastructure courses
The chairman of the Senate Committee on Land Transport, Gbenga Ashafa, has called on faculties of engineering in Nigerian universities to immediately commence the training of rail infrastructure engineers, reports This Day.