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UNITED STATES
University opens without any teachers
A university without any teachers has opened in California this month. It's called 42 – the name taken from the answer to the meaning of life, from the science fiction series The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy – and will train about a thousand students a year in coding and software development, writes Matt Pickles for the BBC.
HONG KONG
Universities should not take stance on political issues
On a visit to Hong Kong, the president of a renowned United States liberal arts college has said universities should not take a stance on political matters as that may deter students with different views from expressing their opinions, writes Peace Chiu for South China Morning Post.
TAIWAN
Universities woo Indonesians as part of national plan
Forty-nine Taiwanese universities participated in a Taiwan Higher Education Fair in Indonesia that started last weekend with the aim of attracting more Indonesian students to study in Taiwan as part of President Tsai Ing-wen's ‘new southbound policy’, write Jay Chou and Kuo Chung-han for Focus Taiwan.
KENYA
University complies with order to close five campuses
Kisii University has closed five of its satellite campuses to comply with a government directive, writes Aggrey Omboki for the Daily Nation.
CHINA-UNITED STATES
Chinese company accused of US college application fraud
A major Chinese education company has paid thousands of dollars in perks or cash to admissions officers at top United States universities to help students apply to American universities. And according to eight former employees of Shanghai-based Dipont Education Management Group, the company’s services didn’t end there, write Steve Stecklow, Renee Dudley, James Pomfret and Alexandra Harney for Reuters.
JAMAICA
MPs push to make university answerable to parliament
Jamaica's elected representatives, smarting from being snubbed by the University of the West Indies, now say that they will be pushing for necessary changes to ensure that the university, which this year alone is set to get funding that could cover two government ministries, is answerable to the parliament, writes Jovan Johnson for The Gleaner.
SOUTH AFRICA
Government not keen on allowing private universities
Government is not keen on allowing private universities on a full-blown scale‚ Higher Education and Training Minister Blade Nzimande has said. The minister told the fees commission sitting in Centurion‚ Tshwane‚ that private universities posed a serious threat to the public education sector, writes Sipho Mabena for Times Live.
MALAYSIA
Prime minister assures universities over finances
The prime minister has assured public universities in the country worried about their finances that he has heard them loud and clear, write Zafira Anwar and Amin Mokhtar for New Straits Times.
ARGENTINA
Strike in national universities
The National Federation of University Teachers and some Argentine student centres, including the University of Buenos Aires, led a 48-hour strike on 13 October to demand higher wages and a higher budget, reports Prensa Latina.
MEXICO
University occupation by failed students passes 50 days
Two efforts last week by students to eject protesters and reopen facilities at Michoacán University of San Nicolás de Hidalgo were unsuccessful, meaning that close to 24,000 students will continue to miss classes, reports Mexico News Daily.
MYANMAR
New university planned for capital
A university dedicated to arts and science degrees will be built in Nay Pyi Taw, which will mean prospective bachelor degree students will be able to study closer to home, writes Pyae Thet Phyo for the Myanmar Times.
AUSTRALIA-CHINA
Alarm raised over China’s influence in higher education
In an exclusive interview, Australia's first ambassador to China has raised the alarm about China's influence in the higher education sector, writes Hagar Cohen for Background Briefing.
UNITED KINGDOM
Scottish minister announces free tuition for EU students
John Swinney, Scotland’s education minister, has denied unfairly discriminating against the English after announcing that European Union students who win a place at Scottish universities next year will have their tuition funded by the taxpayer even after Brexit, writes Simon Johnson for The Telegraph.
SWITZERLAND
Higher education gap between men and women shrinks
The higher education gap between men and women has shrunk dramatically, according to a recent analysis by the Swiss statistics office, reports Le News.
FINLAND
Criticism over universities’ funding plan
The chair of the opposition Greens party, Ville Niinistö, has criticised recently announced plans by government to sell off state property in order to additionally fund universities and colleges of applied sciences, arguing that the government should instead withdraw its education budget cutting plans, reports Yle.
INDIA-UNITED KINGDOM
Education loses lustre for Indians on Brexit, tough laws
The United Kingdom is slipping as a preferred higher education destination for Indians amid fears of tighter immigration laws and Brexit impact, writes Varuni Khosla for the Economic Times.
VIETNAM
More students turn their back on universities
Many students have decided not to pursue university education even after passing entrance exams, choosing vocational schools instead, reports VietNamNet Bridge.
EUROPE
Universities’ ‘more sophisticated’ approach to refugees
Over the past year, many European universities have started up education programmes in response to the continent’s refugee crisis, as more students fleeing conflict in their countries have applied to study in European degree programmes and language courses, writes Patrick Costello for Al-Fanar.
KENYA
Universities under pressure to raise fees to stay afloat
Public universities may be forced to increase fees by KES8,000 (US$79) per annum to shake off financial constraints that have left them broke, writes Augustine Oduor for the Standard.
AFRICA
Universities to set up herbal drug research centre
The Association of West African Universities has concluded arrangements to establish a research centre to produce internationally accepted herbal medicines, reports Channels Television. The association says the development is targeted at catering for the health needs of Africans.
UAE
Telecom regulator announces funding for universities
To the surprise of many, the UAE’s Telecommunications Regulatory Authority has entered into agreements with the University of Dubai and the American University of Ras Al Khaimah to boost higher education in the country, reports AME Info.
UNITED KINGDOM
Universities fight back with #weareinternational
We Are International, a campaign launched seven years ago by one university, is quickly becoming the unified messaged from the United Kingdom’s entire higher education sector in response to the European Union referendum result, writes Sara Custer for The PIE News.
CZECH REPUBLIC
Universities raise Tibetan flag for Dalai Lama’s visit
Several Czech universities hung out Tibetan flags last week in reaction to an official statement on good Czech-Chinese relations that the country's four supreme constitutional officials issued after some politicians met the Dalai Lama last Tuesday, reports CTK.
ISRAEL-UNITED KINGDOM
SOAS condemns Israeli government after lecturer ban
The director of the School of Oriental and African Studies, or SOAS, has condemned a move by the Israeli government to detain a senior lecturer and ban him from entering the country for 10 years, write Rachael Pells and James Smith for the Independent.
UAE
Abu Dhabi education merger ‘will strengthen research’
UAE’s education minister has said the merger of three of the emirate’s top higher education institutions will help strengthen the country’s output of quality research and produce higher-calibre graduates, writes Roberta Pennington for The National.