The president of the American University of Afghanistan stepped down Saturday, one month after an attack on the campus in Kabul that killed more than a dozen people. Two of the university's faculty members were kidnapped in a separate incident in early August.
The university said in a statement that Mark English resigned as president "for personal reasons." David Sedney, a member of the Board of Trustees dispatched to AUAF to oversee rebuilding efforts after the attack, has been named acting president of the institution. Sedney, an analyst and commentator on national security and foreign policy issues, has served in a variety of U.S. government positions including as deputy assistant secretary of defense for Afghanistan, Pakistan and Central Asia from 2009 to 2013.
Canada’s prime minister, Justin Trudeau, on Tuesday commented on racist posters targeting Sikhs found on the University of Alberta campus, the CBC reported. Trudeau wrote on Twitter in regard to the posters, “We're proud of the enormous contributions Sikhs make to this country every day.”
Alberta campus police are investigating the posters, which featured a picture of a Sikh man with the messages "F--K YOUR TURBAN" and "If you are so obsessed with your third-world culture, go the f--k back to where you came from."
South African police fired stun grenades and arrested 31 students in Johannesburg as protests have erupted at universities across the country, disrupting classes and forcing the closure of some campuses, the BBC reported.
Students are protesting in support of free higher education and in opposition to the government's Monday announcement that tuition fees can increase by as much as 8 percent in 2017. A year ago, large-scale student protests were successful in bringing about a temporary freeze on fee increases for 2016.
A British academic scheduled to give a series of lectures at Birzeit University, a Palestinian institution in the West Bank, was denied entry to Israel last week, according to a statement released by Birzeit.
According to the statement, Adam Hanieh, a senior lecturer in development studies at the School of Oriental and African Studies at the University of London, was held for questioning for 10 hours at the airport in Tel Aviv and taken to an overnight detention center before being deported back to London on the morning of Sept. 13. He was also barred from entering the country for 10 years.
Via email, Hanieh said he was not given any specific reason for the denial of entry. He said he was provided with a notice, issued by the Ministry of Interior, citing as a general reason “public security or public safety or public order considerations.”
Birzeit condemned the deportation of Hanieh in its statement, describing it as “part of a systematic policy of denial of entry to international academics, professionals and activists intending to visit Palestine.”
The Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development on Thursday published its annual "Education at a Glance" report, an encyclopedic compilation of comparative statistics on education from early childhood to the university level.
Among some of the findings specific to the U.S.: 54 percent of young people can expect to graduate from at least one tertiary, or higher, degree program during their lifetime, which compares to an average of 49 percent across OECD member countries. The proportion of 25- to 64-year-olds with a tertiary education in the U.S. is 45 percent, which is 10 percentage points above the OECD average.
A relatively low share of tertiary graduates in the U.S. hold degrees in engineering. Just 8 percent of tertiary degree holders in the U.S. have a degree in engineering, manufacturing or construction compared with an international benchmark of 18 percent. However, the percentage of tertiary-educated Americans with degrees in science, mathematics and computer science is, at 14 percent, higher than the 11 percent global benchmark.
The U.S. leads the world in terms of international student enrollment, attracting 26 percent of all international master’s and doctoral students worldwide in 2014. The number of international students in the U.S. grew by 7 percent from 2014 to 2015, higher than the OECD average of 5 percent but lower than the 12 percent growth rate for Canada.
Britain’s prime minister on Wednesday criticized “safe spaces” in universities, saying she finds the concept “quite extraordinary,” The Guardianreported.
“We want our universities not just to be places of learning but places where there is open debate which is challenged and people can get involved in that,” Theresa May said during a weekly session in which the prime minister answers questions from members of parliament. “I think everybody is finding this concept of safe spaces quite extraordinary, frankly. We want to see that innovation of thought taking place in our universities.”
“That’s how we develop as a country, as a society, and as an economy, and I absolutely agree with my honorable friend,” May said in response to a question posed by a conservative member of parliament, Victoria Atkins.
Atkins had asked the prime minister whether she agreed with her “that university is precisely the place for lively debate and the fear of being offended must not trump freedom of speech?”