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EGYPT
Cairo University to open new institute for Japan studies
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.
UNITED KINGDOM
Universities face £4.6m bill if EU levy is introduced
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.
GHANA
Research in universities remains underdeveloped – Report
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
Private university asks Texas A&M for help to grow food
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.
SOUTH AFRICA
Universities eye austerity measures as student debt grows
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.
PAKISTAN
Knowledge park to attract international universities
Four famous universities of the world are likely to establish their campuses at the Lahore Knowledge Park, writes Rameez Khan for The Express Tribune.
JAMAICA
UN agency to help craft higher education plan
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.
UNITED KINGDOM
University applications fall by 5%
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
Largest private HE provider partners with OU
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.
INDIA
New Nalanda chancellor envisions a ‘liberal’ university
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.
JAPAN
Bureaucrats disciplined over university jobs scandal
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.
FINLAND
PhDs flee in wake of major university budget cuts
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.
UNITED KINGDOM
Top university faces landmark ‘negligent’ teaching trial
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.
TANZANIA
Diploma students now eligible for government loans
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.
GLOBAL
Billionaire offers biggest education prize
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.
CANADA
‘Not clear’ if US student surge is Trump-related
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.
SOUTH AFRICA
Students shut down 15 colleges over unresolved issues
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.
AUSTRALIA
Universities body warns against radical reform
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.
VIETNAM
Universities focus on easy-to-teach majors
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.
EGYPT
No increase in university tuition fees – Minister
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.
IRAQ
Universities focus on teaching English
Iraqi employers say English language ability is the top skill they want from graduates as potential employees, writes Michelle Grajek for Al-Fanar Media.
LIBYA
Sirte University prepares to reopen
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.
SWITZERLAND
Students push for easier refugee access to universities
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.
ISRAEL
University heads resist ‘political expression’ plan
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.
EUROPE-UNITED KINGDOM
EU applications for university places down 7%, MPs told
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.