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AUSTRALIA
Large rewards for universities from industry contracts
Universities are extracting maximum bang for their collaborative buck, with contract income nudging A$1billion (US$745 million) while returns from most other commercialisation activities go backwards, writes John Ross for The Australian.
CZECH REPUBLIC
Science gets major funding boost
Spending on research and development in the Czech Republic last year increased by a whopping CZK3.6 billion (US$142 million), according to a report from the Prague Daily Monitor based on recently released data from the Czech Statistical Office, writes Joanna Hughes for Master Studies.
INDIA
Dearth of IIT-Delhi faculty prompts search abroad
Hoping to improve the student-teacher ratio and to bring world-class quality to its teaching methods, authorities of the Indian Institute of Technology Delhi will soon be visiting Ivy League universities such as Harvard and Yale in a bid to recruit foreign scholars as faculty, writes Kritika Sharma for Daily News & Analysis.
NIGERIA
Unethical practices hinder university quality – Experts
Experts from many African and European countries have blamed lack of transparency and unethical practices as some of the reasons preventing Nigerian universities from making the list of best global institutions, writes Emeka Mamah for Vanguard.
UNITED STATES
ACT raises test prices abroad to fund cheating fight
The maker of the ACT college entrance exam, which has been struggling to contain an international cheating epidemic, is raising its fees for overseas test-takers by US$10 to pay for enhanced security, write Steve Stecklow and Alexandra Harney for Reuters.
UNITED KINGDOM
MPs fear new HE bill will dilute Scottish voice
A group of Scottish members of parliament have warned that plans to reform the way universities are funded in England could have a negative impact on Scottish institutions, writes Tom Freeman for Holyrood.
MALAYSIA
Universities to have more industry collaborations
The Higher Education Ministry is committed to redesigning the sector in efforts to improve graduate employability by expanding industry collaborations, write Zafira Anwar and Mahadhir Moni for New Straits Times.
UNITED KINGDOM
U-turn on anti-lobbying plan for universities, charities
Ministers have dropped controversial plans to gag charities and universities as a condition of receiving public money after widespread alarm from academics and the voluntary sector, write Matthew Weaver and Patrick Butler for the Guardian.
NAMIBIA
Implementation of HE funding framework on track
Following the 2013 cabinet approval of a funding framework to ensure equity and transparency in the allocation of financial resources to public higher education institutions, the National Council for Higher Education says budgetary submissions are being finalised for the 2017-18 financial year, writes Albertina Nakale for New Era.
INDIA
Cashless university system to improve accountability
Universities across the country may now have to resort to cashless means like bank transfers, cheques and credit or debit cards while making use of periodic funds from the University Grants Commission, writes Deepika Burli for TNN.
IRELAND
‘Snob value’ pushing school-leavers to universities
Students who are totally unsuited to higher education are being shoehorned into universities by their parents due to a “snob value” over apprenticeships and training, according to senior academics, writes Carl O’Brien for The Irish Times.
UNITED STATES
'Too soon' to tell if terrorism link to university attack
Officials said it is “too soon” to determine whether the attack at Ohio State University on 28 November, in which 11 people were injured, had any connection to terrorism, writes Ciara McCarthy for the Guardian.
INDIA
Absence of dedicated regulator hits open universities
Ever since the Distance Education Council of the Indira Gandhi National Open University was dissolved in 2012, open universities in the country have faced a number of challenges. Most of them have not been able to start courses because of lack of approvals, while others have also not been allocated development funds, writes Gauri Kohli for Hindustan Times.
CHINA
MOOC learners to top 10 million by year end
A ministry of education white paper predicts that the number of students enrolled on a MOOC – massive open online course – in China is set to exceed 10 million by the end of 2016, up from 1.5 million just two years ago, writes Beckie Smith for The PIE News.
UNITED STATES
University leaders weigh up how to respond to Trump
Campus leaders face intense scrutiny for what they say or don’t say in this tense post-election period. Some messages that go over well on campus receive considerable criticism as they spread, writes Rick Seltzer for Inside Higher Ed.
INDONESIA
Universities join hands to tackle funding issues
Dozens of state-owned and private universities in the country recently agreed to join hands to overcome limited government funding for academics, research and innovation, writes Wahyoe Boediwardhana for The Jakarta Post.
AFGHANISTAN
MP warns of extremism spread in universities, mosques
Member of Parliament Abdul Hafiz Mansour recently said the spread of extremism at a number of universities and mosques is challenging Afghanistan's security, writes Samim Kubha for Tolo News.
UNITED KINGDOM
White students retain grip on elite universities
New research shows that white students are failing to keep pace with students from ethnic minorities at school – but are still keeping their grip on elite universities, writes Nick Morrison for Forbes.
AUSTRALIA
Student growth rate falls to lowest level since 2010
The uncapped system of higher education funding is reaching equilibrium as the growth in the number of would-be students slows and universities become marginally more choosy about whom they accept, writes John Ross for The Australian.
CHINA
Universities look to adopt a sporting culture
The emphasis on athletic development at United States universities, highlighted by a basketball game played between Stanford and Harvard during their recent China trip, has inspired educators, officials and celebrities to reflect on the underdeveloped role played by sports in China's higher education system, writes Sun Xiaochen for China Daily.
HONG KONG
United States ‘college prep’ is big business
Growing numbers of Hong Kong high school students are applying to universities in the United States in the hope of a better education – and, according to consultants, the trend is fuelling the expansion of the ‘college prep’ tutor industry in the city, write Rachel Blundy and Jessie Lau for South China Morning Post.
QATAR
Call for more private universities as demand grows
A senior official of Qatar University has recommended the establishment of more universities in the private sector, providing a quota at existing universities for expatriate students as well as starting more disciplines in universities to meet the growing demand for higher education in Qatar, writes Joseph Varghese for Gulf Times.
INDIA
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.
PHILIPPINES
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.
GHANA
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.