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August 29, 2016
The University of California at Berkeley announced last week it was indefinitely suspending plans to build a planned global higher education hub “due to the continued need to address significant budgetary challenges confronting the university.” The hub had been proposed by Chancellor Nicholas Dirks, who earlier this month announced plans to resign from his post
August 26, 2016
The American University of Afghanistan issued a statement early Friday morning resolving that the university will reopen after a 10-hour overnight attack on the campus starting Wednesday that killed at least 13 people and wounded dozens more.
August 25, 2016
Thirteen people reported killed in attack by gunmen that came weeks after two foreign professors were kidnapped. Seven students among the dead, as is instructor who studied in U.S.
August 24, 2016
The American University of Afghanistan in Kabul is reportedly under attack. Reuters quoted an Afghan interior ministry official who said that several gunmen attacked the university and that there are reports of gunfire and explosions. “They are inside the compound and there are foreign professors along with hundreds of students,” the official said. A student told Reuters by telephone that he was trapped inside the university.
August 23, 2016
A hunger-striking student activist in Thailand was released on bail Friday only to be detained again on another charge, the Bangkok Post reported.
August 23, 2016
An article by an investigative journalist reports that Mexico’s president plagiarized nearly a third of his law school thesis, The New York Times reported. The article by the investigative journalist, Carmen Aristegui, cites a report by academics who reviewed Enrique Peña Nieto’s approximately 200-page thesis and found that he appropriated the work of at least 10 authors without attribution.
August 22, 2016
Germany’s interior minister on Friday proposed banning full face veils worn by some Muslim women, The New York Times reported. The ban would apply to universities and schools, when driving, in court, or at passport control checkpoints.
August 18, 2016
An Azerbaijani university fired 50 Turkish faculty for alleged links to the cleric Fethullah Gülen, whom the Turkish government blames for a July 15 coup attempt, Radio Free Europe reported (Gülen has denied involvement).
August 17, 2016
Ontario college cites financial reasons in withdrawing from its male-only campus in Saudi Arabia, but others, citing human rights grounds, question the original decision to be there.
August 16, 2016
Turkey’s Council of Higher Education announced Friday that a total of 5,342 university employees have been suspended since the July 15 coup attempt, according to reports in the Daily Sabah and The Hurriyet Daily News.

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