Students in Iran banned from education
Mahmoud Sadeqi, Teheran’s representative in the Iranian Parliament stated that 27 graduate students have been banned from continuing their education in the current academic year. 15 master’s and 12 PhD students were not allowed to continue with their studies, while 398 master’s and 151 PhD students were allowed to continue with their education. Apparently, they had to sign written commitment that they will stay away from political activities. Sadeqi said: “Such commitments are an inquisition and a type of pressure on students that goes against the Iranian Constitution.” Some reports suggest that the number of students who were banned from education for their political activity is even higher.
Kenyan universities are selling degrees to politicians
Fred Matiang’i, Education Cabinet Secretary stated that he plans a crackdown on private universities that are selling degrees to politicians. He said: “I am happy now that councils have began to bite and strip people of their degrees. We would like to see more universities do that together with CUE and the Education ministry. We will take away their letters of interim authority.” Recent scandal surrounding University of Nairobi, when they were forced to revoke Meru Sentator Mithika Linturi’s law degree for using fake admission papers has shown that this represents a serious issue in Kenya.
Malaysian universities want to produce experts in cyber security
Malaysian universities are working closely with CYBERSECURITY Malaysia (CSM), which is national cybersecurity specialist agency under the Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation, in order to develop talented students and produce experts in this field. Datuk Dr. Amirudin Abdul Wahab, who is chief executive officer stated: “In Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (UKM) for example, we collaborated on the first Masters in Cybersecurity programme in the country which has been running since 2013. It has 20 CSM team members involved and has participants handling real world equipment and data.”