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AUSTRALIA
Government introduces radical HE bill
Geoff Maslen
Higher education faces its biggest upheaval in decades if a bill introduced into the House of Representatives last Thursday is passed by parliament. But the chances of the reforms being adopted in total seem remote given the opposition the government faces in the Senate, where it lacks a majority.
World Blog
INDIA
Universities need to get ready for India’s high fliers
Rahul Choudaha
In the next few years there will be many opportunities for universities looking to attract more Indian students, driven not so much by government policy but by student demand. They need to be prepared to cater for the students’ needs.
Commentary
UNITED STATES
Chinese students in the United States – A micro study
Philip G Altbach
The rapid expansion in Chinese student numbers at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, placed 25th globally by the Academic Ranking of World Universities, makes it a good place to study pros and cons of internationalisation.
UNITED KINGDOM
The rise and rise of student recruitment agents
Helen Obaje
A growing number of international students use agents to find the course that is right for them. One of the most important roles of recruitment agents, however, is in preparing students before they leave for the United Kingdom.
GLOBAL
Talent analytics – The future for recruiters
Sean Gallagher
As firms increasingly hire from an international talent pool they will start to investigate which degrees from which institutions produce the best recruits.
GLOBAL
Breaking down the knowledge walls
Rajesh Tandon and Budd Hall
Just as the importance of biodiversity for the survival of the planet is recognised so we must preserve the diverse ways of knowing that exist among humanity.
AUSTRALIA
MOOCs: Learning about online learning, a click at a time
Gregor Kennedy, The Conversation
Massive open online courses, or MOOCs, took the world by storm in 2012. After years of experimentation at the fringes of higher education, prestigious universities from around the world progressively surged towards MOOCs, developing free online courses that were open to anyone, anywhere, with access to the internet.
World Round-up
IRAQ
Islamic state advance closes eight universities
Al-Fanar
PALESTINE
Scholarship students to be airlifted to Turkey
Daily Sabah
UNITED KINGDOM
More students charged maximum tuition fees
Telegraph
SOUTH AFRICA
Government to stop racism in higher education
Sapa
BOLIVIA
Indigenous universities graduate first students
Indian Country
CHINA
New US joint venture college opens its doors
China Daily
WALES
Student leaders 'shocked' by cuts to hardship fund
BBC News – Wales
UNITED KINGDOM
Foreign students will compete against us – Vice-chancellor
The Independent
UNITED KINGDOM
Government fees stance ‘incompatible with EU law’
Times Higher Education
IRELAND
Universities using the points system to inflate demand
The Irish Times
News
AUSTRALIA
Research postgraduates to pay for the privilege
Geoff Maslen
As well as generating alarm among Australia’s academics with his reform plans for higher education, federal Education Minister Christopher Pyne has caused consternation among research masters and doctoral students by proposing to make them pay fees for the first time.
INDIA
Battle over four-year degrees hits IITs and privates
Karuna Narayan and Yojana Sharma
GLOBAL
Higher education and West Africa’s Ebola outbreak
Karen MacGregor
FRANCE
New minister for higher education and research
Jane Marshall
UNITED KINGDOM
Public says foreign student numbers should not be cut
Brendan O'Malley
EGYPT
Eight-year Egyptian plan for higher education
Wagdy Sawahel
MALAYSIA
Row over cut in publicly funded medical school places
Emilia Tan
EUROPE
Universities warn against cuts to EU research funding
GHANA
Ebola, strike delay reopening of tertiary institutions
Francis Kokutse
GLOBAL
Multi-million dollar bio-nano centre opens
Geoff Maslen
MALAWI
New president scraps controversial student quotas
Features
INDIA
Medical exam fraud is ‘biggest education scam’
Shuriah Niazi
Large-scale fraud in India’s medical entrance examination or the Pre-Medical Test – being described as India’s biggest education scam – is having serious wider repercussions, calling into question the quality of medical education and the qualifications of some recently graduated doctors.
AFRICA
Study spurs action on climate change in Southern Africa
Michelle Paterson
On a continent that is one of the most vulnerable to climate change, the Southern African Regional Universities Association has produced a comprehensive climate change mapping study that is the first of its kind in Southern Africa, with a focus on higher education institutions. It brings together information from 12 countries across a multiplicity of disciplines.
GREECE
‘Stagnant’ students to be struck off enrolment register
Makki Marseilles
Having ‘solved’, so to speak, problems that plague higher education – under-funding, lack of administration staff, conflicts arising from double-tier management and more – the Greek Education Ministry has turned its attention to 180,000 ‘eternal’ students who for various reasons have not completed their studies during the prescribed time – and is about to strike them off the register.
UNITED STATES
Illinois backlash from scholars angered by Salaita case
Sydni Dunn, The Chronicle of Higher Education
Weeks after the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign abruptly revoked a job offer to Steven G Salaita in the wake of his controversial tweets about Israel, two scholars have signalled their protest by pulling out of speaking engagements at the campus, and a programme that was set to host a national gathering there has called its conference off.
Science Scene
GLOBAL
Reprogramming improves the brain
French and Australian researchers have found that electromagnetic stimulation could be used to alter brain organisation in humans that would make the brain work better. They were able to demonstrate that weak sequential electromagnetic pulses on mice shifted abnormal neural connections in those small mammals to more normal locations.
GLOBAL
Lentil breakthrough in disease prevention
GLOBAL
Upgraded telescope opens window to universe
GLOBAL
Mountaintop levelled for stadium-sized telescope
AUSTRALIA
Australian Policy Online wins internet award

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