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Venture Capitalist Gives Oxford U.S.-Sized Gift

Venture Capitalist Gives Oxford U.S.-Sized Gift | Higher Education in the News (World) | Scoop.it

Venture capitalist Michael Moritz made a gift of £75 million (about $116 million), to his alma mater, the University of Oxford, a donation that comes as budget pressures in the U.K. have caused a big and controversial hike in university tuitions.

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UC Riverside makes rare second attempt to add medical school

UC Riverside makes rare second attempt to add medical school | Higher Education in the News (World) | Scoop.it

UC Riverside's long-held dream to have a full medical school was badly battered last year when the state refused to pay for it and then national accreditors wouldn't allow it to open. Now, UC Riverside is making what national experts say is a rare second attempt to gain approval for a medical school. Campus officials say they have obtained alternative financial backing, worth about $10 million a year for a decade, from private donors, local government and the UC system in hopes that the medical school can enroll its first 50 students in fall 2013.

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4 go on trial in nearly $6M theft from Columbia U.

Four men charged with siphoning almost $6 million from Columbia University by manipulating its bill-paying system went on trial Thursday, saying they didn't think they'd done anything wrong.

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Colleges Awakening to the Opportunities of Data Mining

Colleges Awakening to the Opportunities of Data Mining | Higher Education in the News (World) | Scoop.it

Netflix meets Google meets academia. Data mining is reshaping the college experience.

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Taking on corruption in international higher education

Taking on corruption in international higher education | Higher Education in the News (World) | Scoop.it

A spectre of corruption is haunting the global campaign towards higher education internationalisation. An overseas degree is increasingly valuable, so it is not surprising that commercial ventures have found opportunities in the internationalisation landscape.

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Research funding limited to star academics

Research funding limited to star academics | Higher Education in the News (World) | Scoop.it

UK: As the pot of research funding shrinks, more money is increasingly going to star academics, at the expense of budding researchers...

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College associations and faculty unions argue over collective bargaining at private institutions

The question recently posed by the National Labor Relations Board -- whether the 80 or so full-time faculty members at Point Park University have a right to unionize -- has captured the attention of the largest umbrella of unions in the United States, and of all the major faculty unions.

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University applications drop amid higher tuition fees

University applications drop amid higher tuition fees | Higher Education in the News (World) | Scoop.it

UK: A band of English universities charging higher tuition fees have suffered steep drops in applications for study this September, according to official figures. The total number of applicants to all British universities has fallen by 7.7%, with a 10% drop in the number of English applicants, according to the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (Ucas).

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Quebec quietly adopts controversial measures to broaden university access

Quebec quietly adopts controversial measures to broaden university access | Higher Education in the News (World) | Scoop.it

CANADA: The Quebec government has quietly adopted several controversial measures it says will broaden access to higher education in the province.

Student groups, however, contend the measures will have the opposite effect and actually increase student debt loads.

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Yale to Ensure Students in Singapore Have Freedom of Expression

SINGAPORE: Yale University will ensure its liberal arts campus in Singapore won’t impose censorship amid criticism the city-state’s laws will stifle academic freedom.

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Oxford University Press Settles UK, World Bank Probes

Oxford University Press Settles UK, World Bank Probes | Higher Education in the News (World) | Scoop.it

UK: Oxford Publishing Ltd., a unit of Oxford University Press, said Tuesday it settled probes by the World Bank and the U.K. Serious Fraud Office into allegations of corruption in its operations in East Africa.

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Presidential election pledge – ‘Abolish top university’

SOUTH KOREA: In an astonishing attack on higher education elitism, South Korea’s main opposition party has said it could dismantle the country’s most prestigious university – Seoul National University – if it comes to power in upcoming presidential elections.

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Criticism Greets Move to Grant University Status to Israeli College on West Bank

Criticism Greets Move to Grant University Status to Israeli College on West Bank | Higher Education in the News (World) | Scoop.it

JERUSALEM: The decision to upgrade Ariel is likely to have far-reaching repercussions for the country's higher-education sector. The move has been publicly opposed by one-third of Israeli faculty, the heads of Israel's seven existing research universities, and other higher-education officials.

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Internationalisation in higher education – Rhetoric versus reality

Internationalisation in higher education – Rhetoric versus reality | Higher Education in the News (World) | Scoop.it

In 1998, Philip Altbach and Patti McGill Peterson wrote a critical assessment in Change with the title “Internationalise American Higher Education? Not exactly”. They observed a discrepancy between the optimistic rhetoric of internationalisation and the reality of significant constraints.

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Silencing pro-Palestinian speech on campus

Silencing pro-Palestinian speech on campus | Higher Education in the News (World) | Scoop.it

At the University of California, pro-Palestinian students face disciplinary action, but Israel's advocates do not. The UC has double standards when it comes to Palestinians and their right to free speech, writes Kanazi.

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University of Missouri Press Closing Incites Anger

University of Missouri Press Closing Incites Anger | Higher Education in the News (World) | Scoop.it

A tide of anger has been swelling here since May after the new University of Missouri president, Timothy M. Wolfe, disclosed plans to close the university’s publishing house, stoking arguments over the institution’s priorities and fueling an escalating national debate over the necessity of university presses and their future in the digital world.

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U.S. Failing to Track Schools Granting Visas, Report Says

More than one-third of the flight schools in the United States that cater to foreigners are not certified by the Federal Aviation Administration, according to the Government Accountability Office, raising concerns that the schools are illegally backing student visas although they have no intention of teaching the students to fly.

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U. of Montreal Professors Object to Plans for Resuming Suspended Semester

CANADA: Professors at the University of Montreal have filed a grievance in court demanding that the university abort its plan to resume in mid-August classes that were suspended due to student protests, reports the Montreal Gazette.

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University of North Dakota Offers 4-Year Drone-Piloting Degree

University of North Dakota Offers 4-Year Drone-Piloting Degree | Higher Education in the News (World) | Scoop.it

The plains state is on its way to becoming the capital of the unmanned aerial vehicle industry, and with that comes inevitable difficulties.

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Princeton Raises Record $1.88 Billion in Campaign Begun in 2007

Princeton University raised a record $1.88 billion in its fundraising campaign, exceeding its goal. More than 65,000 donors, including alumni, corporations, foundations and parents, made 271,559 separate gifts since the effort was introduced in November 2007, according to a statement on Princeton’s website today.

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PhDs – What model works for developing countries?

Doctoral research is often dubbed the ‘primary function of universities’. By the close of the 1950s two highly distinguished models of examining PhD dissertations had emerged and were practised by, first, Britain, Australia and some Commonwealth nations and, second, universities in the US and Canada.

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Cornell restores loans for those with family incomes above $60,000

Cornell restores loans for those with family incomes above $60,000 | Higher Education in the News (World) | Scoop.it

"No loans" policies were the hit of 2007 and 2008, as many of the nation's most elite (and wealthy) colleges and universities announced that borrowing would be eliminated from the aid packages of students with family incomes below certain levels. But now, a few years later, institutions are taking steps that reflect very different financial outlooks than those before the downturn.

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Thousands of overseas students to face compulsory interviews

Thousands of overseas students to face compulsory interviews | Higher Education in the News (World) | Scoop.it

UK: More than 10,000 overseas students who apply for visas to study in Britain are to face compulsory interview tests as part of a new UK Border Agency drive to filter out abuse. The Agency can refuse entry to applicants whose credibility remains in doubt after interview.

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Appeals Court Affirms Ruling in IRA Oral-History Case

A federal appeals court has upheld a ruling that requires Boston College to hand over to British authorities recordings of confidential interviews with former Irish Republican Army members. The decision, issued on Friday by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit, is the latest in a series of rulings in the case that have raised alarm among oral-history researchers about the legal authority of academic confidentiality agreements.

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Smithsonian marks creation of land-grant colleges

In the midst of an all-consuming Civil War that divided the nation 150 years ago, Congress was able to muster the will to pass legislation that would transform higher education. To mark the 150th anniversary of this shift in U.S. education, the Smithsonian Folklife Festival is devoting part of its program on the National Mall to celebrating the nation's land-grant colleges.

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