South Africa: Widespread Protests Affect Operations at 17 Public Universities

Final exams scheduled for October may be cancelled if violence continues, creating a major financial burden for lower income families who have to pay for an additional semester or year in order for students to obtain a degree.


U.S.: Department of Education Expands Scope of Crackdown on Accreditation

Accreditation issues take center stage in the U.S., as the federal government steps up oversight and accountability of national and regional college accreditors.

Asia Pacific

Hong Kong: New Wave of Calls for Independence at Universities

According to Reuters, institutions "are becoming a new battleground in a nascent campaign for the city's independence."


U.K.: Post-Brexit Brain Drain Predictions Quantified

The German Academic Exchange Service has warned that British withdrawal from the European Union could lead to losses of up to 15 percent of academic staff.

Middle East

Saudi Arabia: Student Mobility Drastically Curbed By Scholarship Cuts

Forecasts predict that the number of Saudi students in the U.S. will fall through 2020, when the King Abdullah Scholarship Program is scheduled to expire.
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