Magazine article The Times Higher Education Supplement : THE

World in Brief

Magazine article The Times Higher Education Supplement : THE

World in Brief

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United States

Make your own calculation on maths

A US public university has suspended a requirement that all students take a mathematics course, striking at the heart of a debate in the country about whether the subject should be a mandatory part of general education. Administrators at Wayne State University in Detroit say that they will allow individual departments to develop their own requirements on maths, Inside Higher Ed reported. A 2015 survey by the Association of American Colleges and Universities found that 94 per cent of colleges and universities made quantitative reasoning an intended learning outcome for all students.


Thumbs up for downward dog

Six Indian universities are to open yoga departments from 2016-17 as part of a government push to popularise the activity. However, the promotion of yoga is seen by some critics as another sign of the "saffronisation" of India - the promotion of Hindu culture by the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party, which could raise tensions with minorities. The announcement was made at a recent seminar on yoga held in Delhi by Smriti Irani, the human resource development minister, The Times of India reported.


Thousands hunger for a degree

Uzbekistan is failing to provide enough places to cope with a fivefold rise in demand for higher education over the past decade, a study says. About 540,000 people applied for 58,000 student places in the former Soviet state in 2014 - up from the 106,000 who applied for 48,000 places in 1996, reports a paper by Kobil Ruziev, senior lecturer in economics at the University of the West of England, and Umar Burkhanov, associate professor at Tashkent Institute of Finance, published in the latest edition of the Moscow-based journal Higher Education in Russia and Beyond.


What will I be? Ask your phone

The government in Peru has released a mobile app giving students and others instant access to information about higher education and the labour market. …

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