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German University Sues Student for Speedy Completion

In the United States, many lament that it takes students too long to graduate. In Germany, the School of Economics and Management in Essen is suing Marcel Pohl, for $3,772 that the institution lost in tuition revenue when he finished a bachelor's degree and a master's degree in 3 semesters, not the 11 that would have been expected, UPI reported. The university declined to comment. Pohl said, "When I got the lawsuit, I thought it couldn't be true. Performance is supposed to be worth something."

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Did Birzeit University fail to protect a professor?

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A Palestinian university is accused of not protecting a professor who has become a target of Islamist students.

World Bank Bars Ties to African Subsidiaries of Oxford U. Press

The World Bank has barred business transactions with two African subsidiaries of Oxford University Press, saying that these units engaged in corruption by providing inappropriate payments to government officials in Kenya and Tanzania, the BBC reported. Oxford University Press said that it is disciplining the employees involved.

 

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Panel Blocks University Status for Israeli West Bank Institution

A government committee in Israel on Wednesday blocked university status for the Ariel University Center, an Israeli academic institution located in the West Bank, Haaretz reported. The panel said that the center should maintain its current status, which is short of a full university, pending a full review in the next year. Many Israeli academics had expected university status to be awarded, and Ariel is strongly supported by Israelis who favor settlement in the West Bank. But Israeli academics -- professors and presidents alike -- strongly opposed university status. The presidents of existing universities argued that the country doesn't have enough money for its existing universities, and shouldn't create a new one. Many professors also said that making Ariel into a university would inject higher education into the debate about the future of Palestinian territories in a way that would be unhelpful for the peace process and for higher education.

 

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Study documents payments by British universities to recruiting agents

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British universities spent more than $93 million on commissions in 2010-11, and most say they don't know if their international students also paid.

U. of Birmingham Withdraws Ad for Unpaid Researcher

The University of Birmingham, in Britain, has withdrawn a job advertisement seeking people to be unpaid research assistants, Times Higher Education reported. Birmingham withdrew the ad after the university was criticized for not paying people in the position. Sally Hunt, general secretary of the University and College Union, the primary faculty union in Britain, said that not paying researchers “undermines the principles of equal pay and is discriminatory."

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Surge in Foreign Applications at Hong Kong Universities

International applications at top universities in Hong Kong are seeing sharp increases, The New York Times reported. Foreign applications are up 55 percent at the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, 50 percent at the Chinese University of Hong Kong and 42 percent at the University of Hong Kong. (Most universities in Hong Kong keep separate statistics for those from Hong Kong, from the rest of China, and the rest of the world, so these are figures for that latter category.)

Administrators warned about sham schools that target international students

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High-ranking State Department official warns administrators against sham schools that target international students.

Colleges perceive progress in internationalization, but data show less of it

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While most colleges perceive they've made significant advances in internationalization, actual measurable progress has been slower, a new survey finds.

Survey finds few British Ph.D. students engaged in new media

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Survey finds little knowledge about or non-personal use by graduate students.

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