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CHINA
Ideological purge hits universities with Western tie
China is stepping up pressure on education institutions, including many that run joint programmes with leading Western universities, as President Xi Jinping’s ideologically infused anti-corruption campaign takes aim at the country’s intellectual establishment, reports the Financial Times.
CANADA
Universities may be made to hire more women researchers
Canada's science minister says universities are not doing the heavy lifting to appoint more female research chairs, so she wants to force their hands, reports The Canadian Press.
HUNGARY
EU launches legal action against Hungary
The European Union has begun taking legal action against Hungary over a law that would effectively shut down Central European University, founded by billionaire George Soros in 1991, writes Emily Tamkin for Foreign Policy.
NORTH KOREA
University confirms US citizen detained amid tension
A foreign-funded university in North Korea has confirmed the arrest of a United States citizen who was lecturing there – the third American held in the country amid growing tensions between Pyongyang and Washington, reports AFP.
PALESTINE
Ministry ratifies first law on education
The Palestinian education ministry recently announced the ratification of their first law on education to bring significant changes to the educational and academic process in the Palestinian territories, writes Ahmad Melhem for Al-Monitor.
EGYPT
Ministry considers standardised HE admission test
The higher education ministry is working on reviving a proposal to form the National Egyptian Council for Evaluation and Assessment which would manage students' university admissions, writes Al-Masry Al-Youm for Egypt Independent.
AUSTRALIA
Copyright agency diverts funds meant for authors
Australia's government-mandated copyright collection agency has been diverting payments intended for journalists and authors to a AU$15 million (US$11 million) ‘future fund’ to fight changes to the law, writes Peter Martin for The Sydney Morning Herald.
MYANMAR
New education plan faces some criticism
Myanmar is launching a long-term plan to improve its education system after years of neglect under its former military leaders, writes Paul Vrieze for VOA News.
ZIMBABWE
Abusive teachers, lecturers risk losing qualifications
Lecturers in universities and colleges as well as teachers in public and private schools who are found guilty of abusing students risk having their degrees and diplomas cancelled by the government to curb rampant abuse, especially of female learners, reports Bulawayo24.com.
THAILAND
Over 20% of university courses below standard – Probe
According to the Office of the Auditor General of Thailand, more than 20% of higher education courses run by Thai universities fail to meet required standards, writes Dumrongkiat Mala for the Bangkok Post.
CHINA
Province appoints Party chiefs in private universities
The ruling Communist Party of China piloted a programme in Shandong Province by sending cadres to occupy senior positions in private universities to overhaul weak Party building and ideological work. Unlike public universities, private institutions generally do not have Party chiefs at the core of management, or any strong Party organisations, reports Xinhua.
BRAZIL
New HE internationalisation scheme unveiled
The Coordination for the Improvement of Higher Education Personnel, the Brazilian federal government higher education funding and assessment body, recently announced the introduction of a new international mobility financing regime to replace the Ciências Sem Fronteiras or Sciences without Borders initiative, writes Justin Axelberg for The PIE News.
IRAQ
Shiite militias prepare for education 'revolution'
Iraqi universities have recently become the scene of military and political manoeuvres by the Popular Mobilization Units, which are attempting to set up separate universities which some see as an attempt to reproduce the Iranian cultural revolution in Iraq, writes Hassan al-Shanoun for Al-Monitor.
MALAYSIA
Minister predicts reduced need to send students abroad
The higher education minister has said the steady improvement of the quality of higher education in Malaysia will soon eliminate the need for the government to send students abroad to pursue their degrees, writes Dawn Chan for New Straits Times.
CHINA
More college graduates are coming home, figures show
Chinese college students studying in the United States are finding it just as interesting these days to return home to the world's number two economy rather than staying a few years in the world's number one, with some 82.23% of students who studied abroad returning to China last year, up from 72.38% in 2012, writes Kenneth Rapoza for Forbes.
RUSSIA
‘We’re in a desperate fight to keep our university open’
On 21 April the European University at St Petersburg was due to have its licence to operate revoked. “When there are 11 state agencies scrutinising you, there might be something political behind it,” Professor Grigorii Golosov told Éanna Kelly from ScienceBusiness.
UNITED KINGDOM
PM forced to soften stance on foreign student numbers
Prime Minister Theresa May has reportedly been forced to soften her long-held stance on foreign students being included in immigration totals, as part of the price for calling the snap general election, reports the Independent.
UNITED STATES
Universities redesign libraries for the 21st century
Libraries are 4,000 years old, but the digital revolution is dramatically changing their use on college campuses. From coast to coast, University of California, Berkeley to Harvard University, libraries are removing rows of steel shelving, stashing the books they held in other campus locations and discarding duplicates to make way for open study spaces. Their budgets are shifting away from print, to digital materials, writes Teresa Watanabe for Los Angeles Times.
VIETNAM
Private universities urged to improve training, brand
Minister of Education and Training Phung Xuan Nha recently instructed universities to develop their brand by improving training programmes that will attract students, reports VietNamNet Bridge.
PHILIPPINES
Senate approves free public universities
The Philippines Senate unanimously passed the Affordable Higher Education for All Act, which will give free tuition to students at all state universities and colleges, writes Alyssa Walker for Masterstudies.com.
TANZANIA
Students could soon get to choose their university
Tanzanian students for eons had no say over one of the most important stages of their lives – choosing a university and a course to pursue, as the final say lay with the Tanzania Commission for Universities. However, this is about to change, writes Hilda Mhagama for Tanzania Daily News.
INDONESIA
Call for stronger education partnerships with Europe
Senior economist Djisman Simandjuntak suggests strengthening educational partnerships between the European Union and Indonesia, particularly in science, technology, engineering and mathematics, to improve the quality of the country's human capital to allow it to better compete in a digitally charged world, reports Jakarta Globe.
SOUTH AFRICA
University law programmes to make changes after review
More than a dozen South African universities will have to make changes to their bachelor of laws, or LLB, programmes following a national review by the Council on Higher Education which started in 2012, writes Monique Mortlock for Eye Witness News.
AUSTRALIA
First-in-family data ‘lacks robustness’
They are the First Fleeters of the university world: household pioneers trailblazing a brave new world of higher education. They wear the ‘first-in-family’ status as a badge of honour, signifying breakthrough and huge personal achievement. But questions are emerging over just what ‘first-in-family’ means, and whether it should be considered a coherent group, writes John Ross for The Australian.
HUNGARY
Students protest university law despite compromise
Thousands of Hungarian students marched on parliament late last Wednesday despite the government suggesting a compromise to keep open a university founded by United States financier George Soros, writes Marton Dunai for Reuters.