Regional News Summaries

WENR, November 2016: Asia Pacific

Malaysia: Number of PhD Holders to Increase by Nearly 3X

The Malyasian government plans to nearly triple its number of PhD holders to 60,000 by 2023 — there are currently 23,000 doctorate holders in the country.


Posted in Asia Pacific, Regional News Summaries

WENR, November 2016: Middle East

Violence and Persecution Plague Universities in the Middle East

Between May 2015 and September 2016, there were 158 cases of violence directed at higher ed institutions in 35 countries (up from 333 incidents during the 4.5 years prior), and 19 violent attacks by militant groups.


Posted in Middle East, Regional News Summaries

WENR, November 2016: Americas

U.S.: Foreign College Chains Eye Opportunities to Buy U.S. Campuses

India-based college chain Amity Colleges abandoned plans to buy two colleges in the U.S., one in New York City, and the other in the Boston area, after the Massachusetts attorney general expressed concerns.


Posted in Americas, Regional News Summaries

WENR, November 2016: Europe

U.K.: Take a Page From Australia’s Lesson Book – Don’t Count Int’l Students as Immigrants

New vice-chancellor of Aston University, Alec Cameron, says that the U.K. should look to Australia to avoid harming the university system with its immigration policy.


Posted in Europe, Regional News Summaries

WENR, November 2016: Africa

Uganda: University Protests Escalate

Lecturers and students at Uganda’s nine public universities have staged protests over the past few weeks and months. Lecturers are protesting lack of pay, while students are protesting a variety of grievances. Makerere University and Kampala University are among those most deeply affected.


Posted in Africa, Regional News Summaries

WENR, October 2016: 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.


Posted in Middle East, Regional News Summaries

WENR, October 2016: Europe

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.


Posted in Europe, Regional News Summaries

WENR, October 2016: Africa

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.


Posted in Africa, Regional News Summaries

WENR, October 2016: 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.”


Posted in Asia Pacific

WENR, October 2016: Americas

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.


Posted in Americas, Regional News Summaries