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Russia cancels US-funded FLEX programme

Tense relations between the US and Russia have led to the cancellation of the largest US-Russain educational exchange programme after a teenage Russian boy sought asylum in the US on the grounds that he faced persecution at home as a homosexual. For 21 years the FLEX programme has funded more than 23,000 high school students from former Soviet Union countries to study in the US.

Japanese unis receive ¥7.7bn for rankings boost

The Japanese government has announced funding for 37 universities to boost globalisation efforts and amplify its presence in global academic rankings through the ‘Super Global Universities’ project. Thirteen 'Type A' universities will receive an annual ¥500m (US$4.57m) over the next decade.