Close to half of the nation's largest public universities do not track suicide deaths among their students, according to documents obtained by The Associated Press. Through public records requests, the AP asked the 100 largest public universities in the U.S. for annual student suicide statistics over the past decade. Suicide rates for those that provided data ranged from 0.27 suicides per 100,000 students to 8 per 100,000, but because of the inconsistency in responses the AP is not publishing figures for colleges that provided data.
Iraq's biggest university has entered the Times Higher Education World University Rankings for the first time. The University of Baghdad, emerging from Iraq's conflicts, has appeared in the rankings of the top 1,250 research universities around the world. It was praised for building up international academic partnerships. Oxford University is in first place for a third consecutive year - but the UK's overall standing is described as in "modest decline". Oxford and Cambridge take the top two places, but the rankings' publishers say that such "individual stars" are against a background of UK universities slipping back.
Universities in the UK are being challenged over claims to potential students that they are in the "top 1%" of the world's universities. Reading University is going to have to take down such a claim after a complaint to the advertising watchdog. University rankings are increasingly influential for recruitment, particularly for overseas students. In the new World University Rankings, the top three are US universities - MIT, Stanford and Harvard. Cambridge is the highest ranked UK university, with three other UK universities in the top 10 of this global league table, published on Thursday.