485 Nigerian students expelled from university
485 Nigerian students from the Federal University, Dutse (FUD) Jigawa State have been expelled for sundry offences and poor academic performance, reports Premium Times Nigeria. The management of the university stated that more students will be axed in the future. Those who are already expelled come from all the academic departments in the university. Deputy Vice-Chancellor Academics, Abdulkarim Sabo Mohammed said: ”More students will soon be expelled for participating in examination malpractice, we’re waiting for the outcome of a committee report that is currently checking the cases of examination malpractice.” He also added that the National University Commission guidlines were followed when this decision was being made.
Fake degrees scandal in Lebanon
Daily Star reports, that three Lebanese universities have been involved in cash-for-degrees scandal. The Higher Education Council has even suggested that one of them should lose its licence, while the other two will be fined. Sidon University College (SUC) will need to pay around $90,000 for two violations. In case they do not fulfill their obligation, the university will be prevented from welcoming new students in 2019/2020 academic year. The other two institutions are the Lebanese French University and the American University of Culture and Education. Both of them received warnings and a fine estimated at around $45,000.
Cambridge university’s poor students offered a year long free course
Cambridge university will be introducing the ”Transitional Year” program, which is aimed at bright disadvanteged students who fail to achieve good enough grades and have to pay a tuition fee, reports the Telegraph. The program will allow poor pupils to have a year of free tuition after their A-levels to give them a ”leg up”. Professor Stephen Toope, the university’s vice-chancellor, stated: ”Here’s an opportunity for you to come to Cambridge for a period of time for free – we are not going to ask them to pay, we are working with philanthropists to fund this programme – so that we have access to people who wouldn’t otherwise be able to come here for that extra year.” Recently, elite universities in the UK have been under the pressure to widen access and allow students from poorer backgrounds to apply.
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