Asia Pacific

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.”


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WENR, September 2016: Asia Pacific

Australia: High Profile Visa Rejection Draws Scrutiny From India

Researcher SM Ananth won a prestigious scholarship to fund his work at the University of Melbourne – only to be denied a visa because his research could be “associated with weapons of mass destruction.” indian officials say the action signals that Australia is treating India like a rogue state.


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WENR, July/August 2016: Asia Pacific

China: Decentralization of Degree-Granting Authority May Signal Broader Change

This summer a few Chinese universities began issuing their own degrees – a task that has, until now, been centrally administered only by the Chinese Ministry of Education. By 2017, all universities will follow suit. Is the shift a harbinger of additional reforms?


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WENR, June 2016: Asia Pacific

China: Urban Parents Protest New University Admissions Guidelines

Thousands of parents in cities across China took to the streets to protest revised admissions guidelines that would open prestigious urban universities to students from rural areas. Their concern? That new quotas would lock their students out of highly desirable schools.


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WENR, May 2016: Asia-Pacific

India: Foreign universities may be okayed to open branch campuses

Entry of foreign higher education providers is intended to fill rising demand for tertiary education, and create competitive pressures that will incent Indian higher education institutions to improve their quality.


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WENR, April 2016: Asia-Pacific

Reports of cheating on admissions tests spark enrollment concerns in the U.S.

A Reuters investigation has found that the New York-based College Board, which issues the SAT, has suffered a far greater number of security breakdowns in Asia than had previously been reported.


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WENR, March 2016: Asia Pacific

Chinese students abroad targeted for ‘patriotic instruction’

An estimated 1.7 million Chinese students living overseas are a focal point of a new directive from the Ministry of Education, which views them as a source of “positive patriotic energy”…


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WENR, February 2016: Asia Pacific

Universities seek closer ties to ASEAN nations

With an aging population and low birthrate threatening to drive down university enrollments, Japan has begun to court students from the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN)…


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WENR, December 2015: Asia Pacific

Report shows majority of international students call Asia home

Asian students continued to represent over half of international students enrolled in tertiary education in 2013, according to the latest Education at a Glance report by OECD, which also…


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WENR, November 2015: Asia Pacific

A new ‘third pole’ in higher education

Asia is becoming a ‘third pole’ in higher education, as the bipolar world of higher education previously dominated by Europe and North America is set to change, a conference organized…


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