Just twelve months ago, “fake news” would have sounded like the type of phrase a toddler would make up to avoid blame or discipline. But since the candidacy and election of Donald Trump, the term has emerged as a constant criticism by politicians and citizens on both sides of the aisle, predominately on social media, where stories are shared often because they align with philosophies, even if content is erroneous.Facebook was seen by many as complicit in the rise of fake news, doing little to curb the mass sharing and buy-in from unscrupulous publications that are more interested in clicks than actual journalism. But now, realizing that the epidemic ultimately undermines the site’s value to its users, Facebook has announced it’s heading up the New Integrity Initiative to keep fake news off the social media site.
Students, staff and principals at Scotland’s universities are calling for the reintroduction of a post-study work visa for international students, warning businesses and public services are missing out on vital talent without it, writes Stephen Naysmith for Herald Scotland.Universities Scotland, which represents the country’s 19 higher education institutions, is calling on candidates for the general election to include a system to allow international students to stay and work here for a few years after they graduate. A previous scheme was abolished by Theresa May in 2012, when she was home secretary.
More than 20% of higher education courses run by Thai universities fail to meet required standards, according to the Office of the Auditor General (OAG).According to Isara News Agency, the OAG recently sent a letter to the Office of the Higher Education Commission (Ohec), urging the body to weed out all substandard programmes operated by higher education institutions nationwide to improve the quality of the courses they offer.The move came after a probe by the OAG found that 2,030 out of a total of 8,949 higher education courses in Thailand broke Ohec regulations.
Four universities may be at risk of losing their law degree accreditation after the Council on Higher Education (CHE) found “serious” weaknesses in their LLB programmes.
This would not affect students currently registered for LLBs, but if North-West University, Unisa, the University of the Free State and Walter Sisulu University fail to rectify issues within two years, they will have to close their law programmes.
The Federal Government will abolish the 457 visa and replace it with two new visas, Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull says.
Current visa holders will not be affected by the changes, which will see the introduction of two new temporary skills visas — a two-year visa and a more specialised one for four years "targeted at higher skills".
While international students studying in Egypt currently generate US$186 million for the Egyptian economy, this figure is low by international standards. An ambitious government plan aims to double the number of international students by 2020-21 and increase their contribution to the country by as much as US$700 million.According to a statement from Egypt's Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research, Egypt’s public universities attracted 91,000 new foreign students in the last five years, from 2012 to 2017, including 41,000 students at first-degree level and 50,360 students at postgraduate level.The students come mainly from countries such as Kuwait, Syria, Palestine, Sudan, Jordan, Somalia, Bahrain, China and Malaysia and are enrolled in both practical and theoretical subjects including science, technology, medicine and engineering, along with social, humanities and religious studies, according to a local media report.