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Australian government considers cutting higher ed regulation

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Responding to university complaints about excessive government regulation, top Australian official envisions two-tiered system in which institutions with good records can earn "autonomy."

Question about whether Brazil is meeting study abroad goals for scientists

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Flagship foreign study program may have failed to attract desired numbers.

Head of Scottish university critiques idea of promoting "knowledge for its own sake"

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Leader of Scottish university sets off debate with his critique of traditional defense of the importance of knowledge.

Germany bucks global trends by abolishing tuition

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One by one, the German states have eliminated tuition fees, bucking global trends toward increased "cost sharing."

Australian government to turn textbook grants into loans

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Australian government announces plan to turn "start up" grants for textbooks and other costs into loans, which critics deride as a slippery slope that will hurt needy students.

International universities adjust to changes in Dubai economy

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As economic growth slows down, foreign universities aren't leaving, but some are thinking in different ways about their offerings.

Irish university tries to recruit voters to improve its international ranking

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President of Irish university asks all academic employees to recruit peers from other institutions to join peer review survey that is key part of QS rankings.

Study finds small gains in international graduate applications

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Report finds only marginal increase in applications from outside the U.S. to graduate schools. China -- source of large increases in recent years -- shows decline.

British academics try to hide regional accents, study finds

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Academics who aren't from the right parts of the UK try to speak "posh," study finds.

Academics in Germany rebel against rankings system

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Scholarly groups start effort, and are joined by a university in saying they will no longer participate.

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