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BURUNDI
Students flee US embassy camp, claim police harassment
Andrew Green
University students in troubled Burundi have claimed to University World News that they are being targeted for harassment, including death threats, by security forces and the police – especially the hundreds who took refuge near the American embassy after the government closed the University of Burundi.
Commentary
GREECE
Tsipras et al are theorising a Greek tragedy
Martin Cohen
Academics often lament the fact that they are not consulted on policy issues. In Greece the academics have become the government, but what has been the outcome of putting theory, especially Finance Minister Yanis Varoufakis’s work on ‘game theory’, into practice?
IRAN-UNITED STATES
Restoring relationships in higher education
Daniel Obst
A recent US higher education delegation to Iran opened a historic new chapter in educational relations and people-to-people exchanges between the United States and Iran.
GLOBAL
Academic freedom is under threat across the world
Rachael Jolley
Whether it is through soft or hard power and in the US or Turkey, academic freedom is under threat from government, commercial and religious pressure, and intellectuals around the world are rising to its defence.
World Blog
UNITED KINGDOM
The Tim Hunt affair – Lessons for academics
Martin Ince
The furore surrounding Sir Tim Hunt’s recent resignation has some salutary lessons for academics about the need for media awareness and for maintaining an accurate online CV.
World Round-up
INDIA
Modi request hints at rethink on foreign universities
The Economic Times
AUSTRALIA
Universities warned to brace for 20% funding cut
The Australian
UNITED STATES
Obama administration dials back college rating plan
The Wall Street Journal
BRAZIL
Tuition-free college – but it comes with a catch
Business Insider
MALAYSIA
Universities accused of producing ‘worker bees’
Free Malaysia Today
AFRICA
AU inaugurates council of Pan African University
Xinhuanet.com
UNITED STATES
Science guidelines for publishing scientific studies
The New York Times
TUNISIA
Cost of fighting terrorism hurting higher education
Al-Fanar
UNITED STATES
Survey exposes verbal coercion in campus sexual assaults
Time
TAIWAN
Universities urged to help improve English proficiency
Focus Taiwan
SOUTH AFRICA
Door 'slammed on open access' to academic work
Mail & Guardian
UNITED KINGDOM
Foreign students permitted to use dictionaries in exams
Mail Online
TURKEY
Syrian student numbers in Turkish universities quadruple
Today’s Zaman
AUSTRALIA
Student teachers to undergo literacy and numeracy exams
The Sydney Morning Herald
SUDAN-UNITED KINGDOM
British students in Sudan believed to have joined ISIS
Guardian
SOUTH AFRICA
Dinosaur comes out of closet at university
Guardian
News
CHINA
New law could hit research collaboration, exchanges
Yojana Sharma
China’s new draft law on ‘managing foreign NGOs’ has sparked alarm in academic circles with many overseas universities fearing it could have a severe effect on collaboration with Chinese institutions and research organisations by bringing their activities under the remit of China’s national security authorities.
UNITED STATES
Concern at low share of foreign students taking PhDs
Mary Beth Marklein
Surprising new figures suggest foreign students are favouring masters programmes over PhDs by two to one, a reverse of the expected balance, and a concern because masters students are typically more vulnerable to economic volatility at home than PhD students and are less likely to go on to fuel innovation in the US.
EUROPE
Renewal fee agreement brings unitary patent closer
Brendan O'Malley
European member states have taken an important step towards negotiating a unitary patent – a key development for stimulating research, development and investment in innovation – by agreeing a rate for the renewal fee.
BANGLADESH
Anger as tax on private university education agreed
Mushfique Wadud
A government decision to charge 7.5% Value Added Tax or VAT on private universities, medical and engineering colleges has sparked anger among students who say it will hit middle and lower income families and curb the basic right to education.
KENYA
Six-month closure notices for eight satellite campuses
Maina Waruru
The fate of eight satellite university campuses established in the Kenyan capital Nairobi’s central business district hangs in the balance after the higher education regulatory body, the Commission for University Education, issued a six-month closure notice.
CANADA
Universities adopt principles on indigenous education
Canada’s universities have adopted a set of principles outlining their shared commitment to enhancing educational opportunities for indigenous students and fostering reconciliation across Canada.
SWEDEN
New call for a top foreign university in Stockholm
Jan Petter Myklebust
Two leading members of the Liberal Party in the City of Stockholm Council have called for the establishment of a branch of a world-leading foreign university in Stockholm. This is the third time since 2013 that high-ranking Swedish officials have called for such a development.
UNITED KINGDOM
Minister plans incentives for improving teaching
Brendan O'Malley
The new Minister for Universities and Science, Jo Johnson, has pledged to bring in a teaching excellence framework that creates incentives for universities to raise the quality of teaching, and to double the proportion of disadvantaged young people entering higher education.
UNITED STATES
Gay marriage ruling puts Christian colleges on edge
Meg Bernhard and Mary Ellen McIntire, The Chronicle of Higher Education
The US Supreme Court ruled on 26 June that the Constitution guarantees a right to same-sex marriage. While gay and lesbian students and faculty members will have more choices on where to enrol or seek a job, as a result of the ruling, religious colleges expressed fears about their tax-exempt status and accreditation.
MAURITANIA
High university spending but poor results – Report
Wagdy Sawahel
Although the northwest African nation of Mauritania has a proportionately higher budget for universities than most neighbouring countries, it suffers from low education quality, weak management and governance and an aging student population, says a new government report.
Features
EUROPE
UK, Germany and France top ERC advanced grant awards
Brendan O’Malley
The European Research Council, or ERC, has announced 190 recipients of its Advanced Grant awards, under the Horizon 2020 research programme. The grants are aimed at supporting groundbreaking ideas that may be risky to pursue but that reap exceptional gains. More than half went to researchers in just three countries.
AFRICA
Steady progress for Africa’s 19 centres of excellence
Karen MacGregor

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