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.
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.
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
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.
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.
Four famous universities of the world are likely to establish their campuses at the Lahore Knowledge Park, writes Rameez Khan for The Express Tribune.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
Finnish academics fear that government funding cuts could result in long-term damage to the country’s higher education sector after figures showed an increase in the number of highly educated people moving abroad, while evidence mounts that leading academics are leaving to take up positions elsewhere, writes Ellie Bothwell for Times Higher Education.
The University of Oxford is to face a landmark trial following a £1 million (US$1.2 million) compensation claim filed by a former student after he failed to graduate with a first-class degree, writes Rachael Pells for the Independent.
Students pursuing diploma courses in line with national priority areas will soon start receiving educational loans following the scheduled amendments of the Higher Education Students' Loan Board Act contained in the Written Laws (Miscellaneous Amendments) No 4 Bill of 2016, writes Rose Athumani for Tanzania Daily News.
A Chinese technology billionaire is offering the world's most valuable education prize. The Yidan Prize will award nearly US$8 million every year to two research projects that have the potential to "transform" global education, writes Matt Pickles for the BBC.
University admission experts say this year’s surge in the number of Americans applying to Canadian universities is not a clear sign that today’s students are dodging Donald Trump the way their grandparents dodged Vietnam, writes Simona Chiose for The Globe and Mail.
Protesting students shut down about 15 of the 50 public technical and vocational education and training colleges earlier this month as a result of a host of unresolved issues with the department of higher education and training, writes Prega Govender for the Mail & Guardian.
The peak body representing Australian universities has urged the Turnbull government not to pursue a "dramatic overhaul" of the nation's higher education system as it prepares to legislate a new round of university reforms, writes Matthew Knott for The Sydney Morning Herald.
Universities are focusing on enrolling students in majors which are easy to teach and learn and do not require high investments in facilities and laboratories, despite warnings issued by government about the excessive supply of graduates in finance, and business administration, reports VietNamNet Bridge.
There will be no increase in tuition fees for both public and private Egyptian universities, Higher Education Minister Ashraf El-Sheehy said last weekend, reports Ahram Online.
Iraqi employers say English language ability is the top skill they want from graduates as potential employees, writes Michelle Grajek for Al-Fanar Media.
While high prices and shortages of building materials are challenging townspeople returning to Sirte, plans are under way to restart higher education, reports the Libya Herald.
The Swiss students’ union VSS is calling on the federal and cantonal authorities to change the rules to make it easier for refugees to access the Swiss university system, reports The Local.
The Committee of University Heads called last Tuesday on Education Minister Naftali Bennett, who also chairs the Council for Higher Education, to drop his plan to draw up a code of ethics for political expression by academics, writes Yarden Skop for Haaretz.
Applications from European Union students for places at United Kingdom universities have dropped by more than 7%, according to latest figures, a committee of MPs investigating the impact of Brexit on higher education has been told, write Sally Weale and Caelainn Barr for the Guardian.