Feb 21, 2015

Indian Nobel winner Sen quits university over government meddling

Nobel prize-winning economist Amartya Sen has resigned as chancellor of an Indian university, accusing the government of political interference in higher education. Sen spearheaded the revival of Nalanda University in the northern state of Bihar, one of the world’s oldest seats of learning, taking ...

Feb 9, 2015

University of Tokyo, top school in China to form strategic partnership

Japan and China’s top universities will expand their collaboration to open the door for more academic and student exchanges, a move encouraged by the first meeting last year between the two countries’ current leaders, university officials said. The University of Tokyo and Peking University ...

Feb 6, 2015

Harvard bans professors from having sex with undergraduates

Harvard University has instituted a total ban on professors having sex with undergraduate students, strengthening language it said didn’t reflect its expectations on appropriate relationships between faculty members and students. Harvard said in a statement released Thursday the change came as part of a ...

China orders its universities to champion socialism, tradition

Jan 20, 2015

China orders its universities to champion socialism, tradition

China’s leadership has issued guidelines requiring universities to strengthen ideological controls in classrooms and telling professors they must champion Marxism, traditional culture and socialist core values. The orders come as President Xi Jinping tightens his grip on political power and cracks down on the ...

Jan 19, 2015

Man sues women's university for rejecting application

A man who applied to a women’s university in the city of Fukuoka filed for damages Monday, arguing the public college’s rejection of his application amounts to gender discrimination and is unconstitutional. In the complaint filed with the Fukuoka District Court, the man in ...

Japanese firms turn to Asia in the hunt for good graduates

Jan 19, 2015

Japanese firms turn to Asia in the hunt for good graduates

by Siti Rahil

As Japan’s youngsters dwindle in number, major companies sent recruiters to Singapore recently to interview high-flying university graduates from elsewhere in Asia. Tokyo-based recruitment firm Recruit Career Co. arranged for seven companies to interview about 60 foreign students with a view to hiring the ...

Dec 18, 2014

More struggling to get handle on student loans

by Makoto Nishimura

An increasing number of students are struggling to pay education loans and more than 6,000 lawsuits were filed over the fallout in the 2013 academic year alone. Kazuya Fujishima, 29, a graduate student at Hokkaido University, owes some ¥10 million in an interest-bearing loan ...