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August 31, 2016
Brock University, in Ontario, on Monday announced that an incoming president due to start her term on Thursday will not be assuming the presidency after all. The statement from the chair of Brock’s Board of Trustees does not give a reason, other than to say the decision not to proceed with Wendy Cukier’s appointment as president and vice-chancellor was “mutual.” Cukier, the vice president of research and innovation at Ryerson University, in Toronto, would have been Brock’s first female president and the first Brock graduate to hold the role.
August 30, 2016
A women’s college in Pennsylvania will send its sophomore class on an 8-day trip to Brazil at no extra cost to students. Cedar Crest College said that in spring 2018 all interested sophomores in good academic, financial and judicial standing will travel to Rio de Janeiro. The college will pay for all travel, lodging and meal costs.
August 30, 2016
​A physicist imprisoned in Iran for five years has been released on parole and will be allowed to leave the country, Nature reported.
August 29, 2016
The University of California at Berkeley announced last week it was indefinitely suspending plans to build a planned global higher education hub “due to the continued need to address significant budgetary challenges confronting the university.” The hub had been proposed by Chancellor Nicholas Dirks, who earlier this month announced plans to resign from his post
August 26, 2016
The American University of Afghanistan issued a statement early Friday morning resolving that the university will reopen after a 10-hour overnight attack on the campus starting Wednesday that killed at least 13 people and wounded dozens more.
August 25, 2016
Thirteen people reported killed in attack by gunmen that came weeks after two foreign professors were kidnapped. Seven students among the dead, as is instructor who studied in U.S.
August 24, 2016
The American University of Afghanistan in Kabul is reportedly under attack. Reuters quoted an Afghan interior ministry official who said that several gunmen attacked the university and that there are reports of gunfire and explosions. “They are inside the compound and there are foreign professors along with hundreds of students,” the official said. A student told Reuters by telephone that he was trapped inside the university.
August 23, 2016
A hunger-striking student activist in Thailand was released on bail Friday only to be detained again on another charge, the Bangkok Post reported.
August 23, 2016
An article by an investigative journalist reports that Mexico’s president plagiarized nearly a third of his law school thesis, The New York Times reported. The article by the investigative journalist, Carmen Aristegui, cites a report by academics who reviewed Enrique Peña Nieto’s approximately 200-page thesis and found that he appropriated the work of at least 10 authors without attribution.
August 22, 2016
Germany’s interior minister on Friday proposed banning full face veils worn by some Muslim women, The New York Times reported. The ban would apply to universities and schools, when driving, in court, or at passport control checkpoints.


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