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Top universities banned from using foreign funding

University World News Global Edition - Fri, 09/15/2017 - 10:41
An interior ministry order banning several top institutions, including the University of Delhi or DU and Jawaharlal Nehru University or JNU, as well as major research bodies such as the Indian Cou ...

UK-Aus: HE funding under the microscope

The PIE News - Fri, 09/15/2017 - 08:38

Australia House in central London hosted a comparative talk on the state of higher education in the UK and Australia, on September 12. Performance-related funding was highlighted, as the similarities and differences in the two nations’ systems were discussed.

The event’s host, David Sweeney, executive chair designate at Research England and a director at HEFCE, opened by remarking that along with the similarities in the two systems, it must be noted that “there are things that assume ginormous importance in one country, but are just taken for granted in the other”.

But the nations also share ideas. Indeed, Simon Marginson, professor of international HE at UCL, and director of the Centre for Global Higher Education, made the point that UK universities feel able to borrow ideas from their Australian counterparts because, “they see Australia as part of the family”. One of the areas this learning is taking place is performance-related funding.

“It’s quite difficult to argue against having a proportion of your grant that you’ve got to earn”

The trials of performance-related government funding were discussed by vice chancellor of Queensland University of Technology, Peter Coaldrake. Previous efforts have resulted in mixed outcomes, he said.

“[Of] the first instalment of funds that occurred in 2005, about A$54m was distributed across the sector at the time, of which five institutions received the bulk, a number of others received some crumbs, and 24 which were less impressed with the matter, received nothing at all,” he said.

Since 2014 there has been no performance-linked funding, but Australian politicians are now proposing that 5% of government grants will need to be earned. Coaldrake said he doesn’t have any issue with that proposal.

“It’s quite difficult to argue against having a proportion of your grant that you’ve got to earn,” he said.

The UK does not currently base its government grants on performance, though the TEF does aim to rate the university’s performance.

And according to HEFCE, “the government has previously indicated that universities and colleges in England that have a TEF award will be able to increase their tuition fees in line with inflation”, and thereby gain financial reward for good overall performance.

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Universities told to issue regular financial reports

University World News Global Edition - Fri, 09/15/2017 - 07:40
Kenya's universities have been ordered to publish regular financial performance reports as part of sweeping regulations which take effect this year, aimed at lifting the veil of secrecy that has s ...

Pressure mounts as universities hike residence fees

University World News Global Edition - Fri, 09/15/2017 - 07:38
Egyptian authorities have announced an increase in accommodation fees for students living in university dormitories, putting mounting pressure on students and their families living through the cou ...

Up to 88 Makerere staff face degree forgery prosecution

University World News Global Edition - Fri, 09/15/2017 - 07:36
Up to 88 people at Makerere University, one of Africa's most prestigious universities, have been apprehended for possible prosecution over the alteration of student marks in an investigation that ...

Anne Frank honours given to JRS and Scholars at Risk

University World News Global Edition - Fri, 09/15/2017 - 07:34
Seventy years ago, The Diary of Anne Frank introduced the world to an unforgettable voice. Through her diary, Anne Frank illustrated how education engaged and sustained her while she lived ...

Germany has leading position in tertiary STEM subjects

University World News Global Edition - Fri, 09/15/2017 - 07:32
Germany has attained a leading position in education in science, technology, engineering and mathematics or STEM subjects, according to the latest OECD Education at a Glance report. However ...

Higher education spending among world's lowest - OECD

University World News Global Edition - Fri, 09/15/2017 - 07:30
Australia spends a smaller share of its national income on public investment in tertiary education than countries such as Estonia, Turkey and Latvia, according to the OECD's latest ...

Ambition tapered by reality for new universities

University World News Global Edition - Fri, 09/15/2017 - 07:12
Education plays a pivotal role in empowering young people to transform their lives and become positive, contributing citizens in society. This has taken on an even more significant reality for me ...

What freedoms do 'institutions of eminence' need?

University World News Global Edition - Fri, 09/15/2017 - 07:10
Early in August 2017 Prime Minister Narendra Modi's cabinet agreed to a proposal to fund the creation of 20 'institutions of eminence' in India's already complex higher education system. This is t ...

Research - The lost mission of African universities

University World News Global Edition - Fri, 09/15/2017 - 07:08
The first universities in Africa were established with the triple mission of teaching, research and community engagement. However, between the early 1970s and 2000, teaching became the only de fac ...

The new nationalism and internationalisation of HE

University World News Global Edition - Fri, 09/15/2017 - 07:06
To borrow a turn of phrase from Karl Marx, a spectre is haunting higher education internationalisation and it is the dramatic rise of often xenophobic nationalism now sweeping across many countrie ...

The 'World-Class' fad - Time to pursue a grander vision

University World News Global Edition - Fri, 09/15/2017 - 07:04
To a degree unmatched in other parts of the globe, the notion of a 'World-Class University' and the focus on its close relative, global rankings of universities, dominates the higher education pol ...

Opposing far-right and openly fascist groups on campus

University World News Global Edition - Fri, 09/15/2017 - 07:00
A monster is terrorising the global village. In the United States, Europe and ...

California universities win grant to develop bionic suit

University World News Global Edition - Fri, 09/15/2017 - 06:51
People with paraplegia may someday be able to hit their stride in a so-called bionic suit thanks to an US$8 million federal research grant to three Southern California universities, officials anno ...

Cambridge considers typed exams as handwriting worsens

University World News Global Edition - Fri, 09/15/2017 - 06:49
The increasing illegibility of students' handwriting has prompted Cambridge University to consider ending 800 years of tradition by allowing laptops to replace pen and paper for examinations, writ ...

MPs demand answers after R14 million student deposit

University World News Global Edition - Fri, 09/15/2017 - 06:48
Members of Parliament have rejected assertions by the Walter Sisulu University, service provider Intellimali and the National Student Financial Aid Scheme that there was foul play in the 'erroneou ...

100 university students caught cheating

University World News Global Edition - Fri, 09/15/2017 - 06:45
More than 100 Greek university students have been caught in a mass cheating scandal, reports AFP.

The group at the University of Patras, most of them first-year stud ...

Universities begin biometric registration of students

University World News Global Edition - Fri, 09/15/2017 - 06:44
It will now be easier to identify students in universities after a number of the institutions rolled out a biometric registration of learners this month. The move to register students biometricall ...

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