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The University of Hong Kong, and the University of Melbourne are among the the institutions included in Foreign Policy Magazine’s listings of nine top flight international alternatives for US students who did not make it into their first choice upper league universities at home.


Indian company, Core Education, is taking over management of the Institute of Engineering campus at Ras al Khaimah in partnership with the local government, reports India's Business Standard.


Asia Correspondent attended the British Council's Education UK Exhibition 2012 in India, and highlights some of the British universities favoured by Asian students.


According to Malaysia's New Straits Times, 25 foreign universities have applied for permission to build branch campuses in Malaysia.


The University World News describes a recent World Bank report on China that calls for greater university autonomy, more branch campuses, and a greater focus on research to facilitate the country's economic development.


Though the use of commissioned agents to recruit students from abroad is illegal in the US, The New York Times finds that some universities would welcome change in order to benefit from the increased income that an even greater number of international students would provide.


The International Herald Tribune investigates pervasive cheating by Chinese agents and students aimed at securing Chinese international students admission to top US universities.


Asian universities, such as the 'top eight' universities of South Korea and the National University of Singapore, are recruiting international students from New Zealand, reports the New Zealand Herald.


The South African Minister of Higher Education, Blade Nzimande, laments the state of African higher education in The Sowetan, heavily criticising African education's dependency on western research and knowledge.


German news magazine Der Spiegel reports that after a short reprieve over the summer, Austrian universities are reinstating tuition fees for non-EU students as of the winter semester 2012/13.


Citing the tightening of visa restriction in the United States and the UK, and racist attacks in Australia, the Hindustan Times pegs Canada as the up and coming destination for Indian students wishing to study abroad.


According to The Conversation, Australia is very quickly losing its competitive edge when it comes to recruiting international students from Asia.