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Student fund not in financial trouble – Minister
Malaysia’s higher education minister said the delay in public university students receiving disbursements is due to communication issues and not because of financial difficulties faced by the National Higher Education Fund Corporation or PTPTN, reports Bernama.
Nigerian Open University expanding to meet high demand
The registered active student population of the National Open University of Nigeria has hit 254,000, reports Premium Times.
Stellenbosch University adopts redress admissions policy
Stellenbosch University in South Africa has adopted a revised admissions policy for 2018 which aims to redress past inequalities, reports News24.
Private education tipped to benefit from government plan
Private universities, vocational schools, and online education platforms are being tipped by analysts to be among the biggest winners from China’s recently rolled out 13th Five-Year Plan on education, which bids to narrow the huge gap in standards between urban and rural areas of the country, writes Laura He for South China Morning Post.
Advisory panel mulls limiting new universities in Tokyo
A government advisory panel last week began considering limiting the establishment of new universities and departments in Tokyo as part of measures to alleviate concentration of students in the capital, reports Nikkei Asian Review.
Mexico braces for possible student deportations from US
While President Donald Trump has not yet moved to deport students who are unauthorised immigrants, Mexican education officials already are preparing for it, writes Gary Warth for The San Diego Union-Tribune.
IITs corner over 40% of higher education increase
Finance Minister Arun Jaitley announced on 1 February a 10% increase in the overall budget for education with a bigger thrust on higher education. Of the Rs7,292 crore hike (Rs72.92 billion or US$1 billion), a large chunk of Rs3,000 crore will go to the Indian Institutes of Technology or IITs, writes Ritika Chopra for The Indian Express.
Debate intensifies over private higher education
Debate has intensified in recent weeks and months in Greece over the possibility of giving privately run colleges university status, which is currently prohibited by Article 16 of the Greek constitution, write Tino Bromme and Barnaby Britten for The PIE News.
Ministers prepare to vote on academic boycott bill
The Ministerial Committee on Legislation is to vote on Sunday 12 February on a bill that would cut state funding for academic institutions that employ professors who support boycotts of Israel, writes Gil Hoffman for The Jerusalem Post.
Top universities face looming leadership vacuum
As the universities grapple with the crisis of fee increases, some could soon have to search for new leaders to steer them into the future, as several prominent university vice-chancellors are set to step down from their posts next year, writes Roland Mpofu for The Sunday Independent.
New figures expose class divide in higher education
New figures appear to show that well-off families still have a firm grip on university places, despite the rapid expansion of higher education and the introduction of ‘free fees’ two decades ago, writes Carl O’Brien for The Irish Times.
Ministry revokes university licences in occupied areas
Ukraine's Education and Science Ministry has revoked the licences of higher education institutions located in temporarily occupied territory in Donetsk and Luhansk regions, Crimea and the city of Sevastopol, according to the ministry's press service, reports UNIAN.
Controversial education bill gets Gujarat governor's nod
After thinking it over for nearly 10 months, Gujarat Governor Om Prakash Kohli approved the controversial Gujarat Higher Education Council Act-2016 on 1 February giving the state government overarching powers over the functioning of the state's universities, write Kapil Dave and Bharat Yagnik for The Times of India.
Universities must counter 'post-truths', warns academic
A South African journal editor has said that scientists and universities have a duty to face down ‘post-truths’ and ensure they have credibility, reports The Huffington Post SA.
Joe Biden secures jobs at two universities
Former United States vice president Joe Biden soon will begin working for both the University of Pennsylvania and the University of Delaware, heading a new centre and institute that will address foreign policy, the environment, women's rights and other issues important to the former vice president, writes Susan Snyder for Philly.com.
Swiss universities ‘most international’ in new rankings
The Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich or ETH Zurich, and the École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne have come out tops in Times Higher Education’s “The World’s Most International Universities 2017” ranking, reports Study International.
Christian college head to lead higher education reform
President Donald Trump has asked a member of one of America’s most famous evangelical families to lead a task force on higher education, writes Matthew Rozsa for Salon.
Testing agency to conduct HE entrance exams
The government last week announced setting up an autonomous National Testing Agency for conducting entrance exams to higher education institutions, reports TNN.
Universities benefit from both Brexit and Trump
As United States and British legislators tighten the screws on travel and visa rules, they might be squeezing out international researchers and students. Canadian universities, meanwhile, are seeing surging interest from both groups, writes Erica Alini for Global News.
Fully fledged ministry to boost university standards
The Education Ministry intends to upgrade its Office of the Higher Education Commission into a ministry to lift university standards in line with the 20-year national strategy and Thailand 4.0 vision, writes Dumrongkiat Mala for the Bangkok Post.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.