From 2021, all teaching staff in India must hold PhD degrees
Hindustan Times reports that starting from 2021, a PhD will be obligatory for teaching at university level, even for assistant professors. According to a draft policy document, teachers will also have to devote two hours for mentoring of students for community development and undergo month-long introduction programme before starting work. These changes have been made in order to enhance the quality of education. So far, the minimum requirement for assistant professors was to have a Masters degree and the National Eligibility Test (NET) cleared.
Xi Jinping calls for world-class universities in China
Chinese President Xi Jinping called for creation of world-class universities, a high-level talent training system and the building of competent teaching teams. In order to achieve goals, Xi proposed that country should focus on training competent teachers, establishing a system that will cultivate talent and adhering to the right political direction. These remarks were made during the visit of Peking University, ahead of its 120th anniversary on 4th of May, reports GBTimes. Last year, Times Higher Education (THE) World University Rankings placed only seven mainland Chinese universities in its top 200 list.
Israeli universities will be granting credits for reserve duty
The Association of University Heads in Israel (VERA) announced that two academic credits will be granted to undergraduates who serve a minimum of 18 days in reserve duty. After an attemprt to pursue the heads of academic colleges to also adopt this policy, the academic colleges did not adopt the initiative. Tel Aviv University president and VERA chairman Prof. Joseph Klafter stated that this iniciative aims to ease students' academic workload during their service, reports the Jerusalem Post. Reports from the last year suggest that majority of higher education institutions decided not to provide academic credits for students who serve in active reserve duty despite being permitted to do so by law.