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Conference on 'Charlie Hebdo' Murders Canceled

A conference at Queen’s University Belfast on the January murders at the French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo has been canceled, Times Higher Education reported. Organizers of the conference said the university’s vice chancellor opposed the planned symposium due to concerns about security risks and the university’s reputation; Queen’s declined to comment on the matter. 

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U of Hong Kong Backtracks on Required Study in China

The University of Hong Kong will not require its undergraduate students to visit mainland China, an administrator there said Monday amid blowback from students concerned about China's growing influence on the former British colony, The New York Times reported. A senior official at the university described as "clumsy" his remarks to students last week that "if students do not wish to go to China, they should not come to Hong Kong U."  The Times quoted the president of the university's student union as saying that students should be free to choose where they study abroad, and that mainland China should not be required.

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In Protest Fallout, U of Amsterdam Board Chair Quits

Louise Gunning has resigned as chair of the University of Amsterdam management board amid criticism of her decision to send in riot police to break up a student sit-in, Dutch News reported. Students have questioned whether university leaders continue to consult with students and faculty members.

 

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U of Hong Kong Wants Students to Study on Mainland

The University of Hong Kong has announced plans to require all students to spend time studying in mainland China and also in another country, The South China Morning Post reported. Details of the requirement and any exemptions are still being worked out. Generally, there is strong support for the idea that students should study abroad. But some are concerned about the impact on students who for various reasons (such as past participation in protests) are unable to or do not want to study in mainland China.

 

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Investigation finds major gaps in protections for workers who built NYU's Abu Dhabi campus

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An investigative report found that about a third of the workers who constructed New York University’s Abu Dhabi campus were not covered under publicly articulated labor protections.

Leaders of Australian universities see pay rise as they seek more tuition funds

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As country's universities seek federal permission to raise tuition, their chief executives are seeing their pay increase sharply.

A site review committee offers extensive recommendations for improving Webster U.'s campus in Thailand

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An internal task force offers extensive recommendations for improving Webster University's campus in Thailand.

Former College Chief Pleads Guilty to Visa Fraud

The former head of Herguan University, in California, has pleaded guilty to visa fraud and agreed to pay $700,000 and serve up to two years in prison, the San Jose Mercury News reported. Jerry Wang was indicted in 2012 on fraud charges that related to the for-profit university’s enrollment of foreign students who come to the U.S. on visas. 

Herguan remains certified by the federal government to host international students, although officials at U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement said Friday that they have moved to revoke the institution’s certification.

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Another Tragedy in Kenya

Kenya and Kenyan higher education, still reeling from the recent mass murder of Christian students at Garissa University College, suffered another tragedy Sunday. One student at the University of Nairobi died in a stampede and more than 100 were injured after an electrical explosion, Reuters reported. The students feared that their campus was being attacked by the same terror group that was responsible for that attack on Garissa, and so jumped out of windows and did anything they could to leave a dormitory.

 

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U. of Toronto Dean Considers Legal Action Against Critics

Julia O’Sullivan, dean of the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education at the University of Toronto, is considering legal action against critics, many of them professors, who have been urging her removal, The Globe and Mail reported. Faculty members have criticized recent decisions on the budget and the elimination a bachelor's degree in education. O'Sullivan's lawyer said that she is being unfairly maligned for decisions made by her bosses. She “may be only a messenger and decisions have been made by the university and by government. The dean is charged with communicating those decisions. Public castigation at that level is offensive and could cause reputational damage,” said the lawyer.

 

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