Greece Wants to Attract More Foreign Students
The National Herald reports that Greece wants to bring in 50,000 foreign students by 2024. The plan revolves around the idea of using the country’s rich culture and history to inspire students to study philosophy and classical literature in English. Greek universities are not among the world’s top and the government is trying to change that. Also, Greece is the only European Union country that does not recognize private university diplomas for the work in the public sector.
Russia Wants to Provide More State-Funded Places in Universities
TASS reports that Russia plans to increase the number of state-funded places in universities. As it was stated: “The number of school leavers will grow in the coming years. There is a need to ensure equal and fair access to free higher education. In this regard, the number of state-funded places in universities shall be increased every year.” Currently, Russia is facing the lack of teachers, doctors and engineers.
Separate Ministry for Higher Education to Be Considered in Malaysia
New Straits Times reports that Malaysian Prime Minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad is considering to leave the role of acting education minister. After Dr Maszlee Malik resigned in the beginning of January, Malaysia’s Prime Minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad had to take the role. However, he stated that his post is only temporary and that a new minister will be appointed. He added: “I have to study the problems first before I make any decisions. There are many problems in the education ministry (that need attention).”