British universities told to improve their student mental health support
British universities are urged to ‘’dramatically improve’’ their support for students with mental health issues, reports BBC. A certificate of excellence will be awarded by government to institutions that meet new standards. For any students who find themselves in a mental health crisis an adequate help will be provided and their relatives will be alerted. The latest report by the Office for National Statistics shows that 95 students in England and Wales took their own lives in the last 12 months.
Universities in Indonesia will be fighting extremism with their own intelligence body
The Strait Times reports that many Indonesian universities have been exposed to radical ideologies so heads of 122 state universities gathered at the Research Technology and Higher Education Ministry in Jakarta for a closed meeting on this issue. It was decided that schools will work with BNPT to develop an intelligence body whose main task will be to stay at campuses and work closely with BNPT in order to transmit important information and report any suspicious behavior. Dwia Aries Tina Pulubuhu, rector of Hasanuddin University in Makassar, South Sulawesi, who is also head of the Indonesian Rector Forum, said: "Terrorists brainwash people with their radical ideology when they recruit them. Therefore, we must also ignite the spirit of nationalism among our students."
Funding increase acknowledged by universities in New Zealand
1.6 per cent increase in tuition subsidies has been acknowledged by University Vice-Chancellors in New Zealand, reports Scoop. They stressed the importance of this increase and made it clear that in the future, similar subsidies will be more than welcomed. Universities New Zealand executive director Chris Whelan said: “To ensure that the Government can deliver on its policies for building a resilient and adaptable workforce, it must continue to invest in maintaining the quality of the education provided to students, not just attempt to lower the cost to them.’’