Korean universities hit with overseas recruitment bans

Government ‘shifts blame’ for visa overstayers to universities, in blow to regional institutions wrestling with declining domestic population South Korea’s government has sanctioned universities with overseas students who have overstayed their visas, in effect cutting off international student enrolment for institutions struggling to address falling domestic demand caused by demographic decline. After 18 universities were slapped with one-year bans preventing them from seeking visas for foreign students, scholars said officials were unfairly punishing higher education providers. “In the wake of this situation, it will be difficult to avoid criticism that…

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Will US universities’ labour pains be the mother of invention?

The Great Resignation, remote working and rapid changes in the graduate employment market are all forcing US higher education institutions to evolve – fast. But are institutions that have spent two years managing Covid-19 ready to take up another challenge? Paul Basken reports Source: Getty From his office in a former mill complex, where cotton from enslaved Americans was processed into textiles two centuries ago, Southern New Hampshire University president Paul LeBlanc has the perfect view of an unlikely monument to the breakneck transformation of US higher education. And this…

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Hundreds of US colleges not worth cost, says Gates Foundation

Powerful organisation moves to rank economic value of university education to students Source: iStock The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation is throwing its weight into the job of college assessment, inaugurating a value measurement system that identifies 650 US institutions that economically fail their students. The Gates Foundation, working with the Institute for Higher Education Policy (IHEP), plans its tool to bolster existing federal and state efforts, and dramatically improve the usefulness of such information to students. The effort marks a commitment by the world’s largest private foundation to take the…

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NLC gives FG 21-day ultimatum to resolve ongoing strikes by ASUU, SSANU

By Opeyemi Babalola  The Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) has called on the Federal Government of Nigeria to, as a matter of urgency, set up a High-Powered Panel with requisite mandates to resolve within 21 days the foregoing issues militating against industrial harmony in Nigeria’s university system. This was disclosed in a statement jointly signed by the NLC President, Comrade Ayuba Wabba and the General Secretary, Comrade Emmanuel Ugboaja, after a meeting with the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), Non-Academic Staff Union of Educational and Associated Institutions (NASU), Senior Staff…

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ASUU alleges NITDA deliberately frustrating deployment of UTAS 

By Opeyemi Babalola The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) has accused the National Information and Technology Agency (NITDA) of deliberately frustrating the deployment of the University Transparency and Accountability Solution (UTAS) payment platform in the nation’s public tertiary institutions. Speaking at a press conference held in Katsina state, the union’s zonal coordinator in charge of Sokoto zone, Comrade Jamilu Shehu, described NITDA’s stand on the issue as mischievous, insisting that UTAS is the “most preferred, and more university inclined” homegrown payment platform that is better than the Integrated Personnel and…

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Don urges FG to introduce spirituality in tertiary education curriculum

By Moyosore Salami  A professor of Accounting, Francis Iyoha, has called on the Federal Government to introduce spirituality as a subject into the tertiary curriculum to tackle corruption.  Mr Iyoha, a senior lecturer, Accounting Department, Covenant University, Ota, Ogun, gave the advice during the 27th inaugural lecture of the institution.  According to him, the introduction of spirituality into the institution’s curriculum would help to tackle error, sharp practices and reduce unethical practices in the country. “The teaching of ethics in our higher education institutions cannot be over emphasised as it…

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Buhari approves three new federal polytechnics for Abia, Delta, Kano

By Moyosore Salami  President Muhammadu Buhari has approved the establishment of three new polytechnics in parts of the country.  The approval was disclosed  in a statement issued on Tuesday, April 12, in Abuja by the Director of Public Relations, Federal Ministry of Education, Ben Goong.  Mr Goong said the new institutions would be located in Kano, Abia and Delta states.  “In line with his determination to make tertiary education more accessible, President Muhammadu Buhari (GCFR), has approved the establishment of three new federal polytechnics in the country. “The polytechnics are…

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Transport Varsity in Daura to kick off by September- Amaechi

By Moyosore Salami Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi, on Monday, expressed optimism that Daura Transport University will commence academic activities in September. “They (the contractors) said there are seven buildings remaining and that they will be ready before September. ”I have asked the permanent secretary to invite them for a meeting so that this school can start functioning from September,” he said.  He made this statement after inspecting the level of work at the university, in company of his permanent secretary, Magdalene Ajani, the managing director of Nigerian Railway Corporation,…

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Court convicts undergraduate for cybercrime in Ibadan

By Opeyemi Babalola The Ibadan Zonal Command of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, on Tuesday, April 12, secured the conviction and sentencing of one Ogunleye Olawale Sylvester to six months community service before Justice Ladiran Akintola of the State High Court, Ibadan, Oyo State for internet fraud. The convict who is a second year student of Olabisi Onabanjo University, Ago Iwoye, was among those suspects arrested by officers of the Nigerian Army and handed over to the EFCC for prosecution. The convict pleaded guilty to one count charge.…

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 BRIDGIN Foundation provides a Grant of USD 500 Million to the Uganda Government for the Higher Education Sector

Kampala, 12 April 2022. The BRIDGIN Foundation is to provide a grant of US500 million to Uganda Government to establish four High Tech Higher Education centres in Uganda including a Medical Hospital for Makerere University. The Grant includes US$65 million for construction of the Headquarters of the Regional Universities Forum for Capacity Building in Agriculture (RUFORUM) – construction of a multipurpose Offices building, a Hotel, a Conference Centre, High Tech Laboratory facility, and a Visiting scholars facility. This is in line with the commitment Uganda Government made in 2003 in its…

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