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Campus protests should stop at the door of the classroom

Campus protests should stop at the door of the classroom

Protests are a time-honoured tradition on college campuses – memorably exemplified by the protests of 1968 by the grandparents of the current generation of students. They reflect the passionate energies of students discovering their own priorities and commitments, and finding their voice in national conversations. Protests spring from the stimulating intellectual environment and vigorous debate […]

Chinese, Studying in America, and Struggling

Chinese, Studying in America, and Struggling

BEIJING — In the fall of 2015, as I began my last year of graduate school, I sensed something was wrong. I woke up in the mornings with a pounding heart. In seminar discussions my sentences came out in faltering fragments, while my classmates’ voices reached me as a cacophony of piercing sounds. Until that […]

Meet John, the university dropout and world’s youngest self-made billionaire – but you’d never think it

Meet John, the university dropout and world’s youngest self-made billionaire – but you’d never think it

Brothers John and Patrick sold their first business aged 21 and 23 for £3.8 million – their latest venture has just been valued at £7billion Twenty-seven-thousand-pounds for a degree, stagnant wages and the thought of living at home until you hit 35 – that’s the reality for millions of today’s generation of 20-somethings that are […]

What next for England’s troubled universities?

What next for England’s troubled universities?

The new academic year has begun amid rows over soaring student debt, the size of vice-chancellors’ salaries and the modern value of a degree. What’s the mood at freshers’ week in Liverpool? By Friday afternoon, in Liverpool’s universities, freshers’ week was just starting to feel a bit stale. The farewells to family already seemed like […]

Ignore the cacophony, but speak up

Ignore the cacophony, but speak up

The attacks may be ill-informed, but universities must keep demonstrating the value that they provide for students, graduates and society, says Anton Muscatelli In a recent interview with Times Higher Education, I described much of the antagonism towards UK universities over the summer months as uninformed noise, peddled by those with a distorted view of […]

UK: Let’s restrict the number of privately educated people in Britain’s elite

UK: Let’s restrict the number of privately educated people in Britain’s elite

A quota system would redress the woeful under-representation of state-educated people in our establishment, and improve the quality of our government. British politics have seen many intriguing subplots in recent years, none more striking than the terrifying mediocrity of our establishment. Consider the facts: most commentators have been fantastically wrong about every major political event; […]

Gelandangan: salah NGO soup kitchen; atau DBKL tutup mata? Wujud lagikah Jabatan Kebajikan?

Gelandangan: salah NGO soup kitchen; atau DBKL tutup mata? Wujud lagikah Jabatan Kebajikan?

MAAF kalau saya komen pasal NGO soup kitchen yang memberi makan kepada kumpulan gelandangan di Kuala Lumpur. Dua tiga malam lepas kira-kira jam 10 malam saya kebetulan melalui Jalan TAR melepasi Chow Kit untuk menghala ke KL. Terkejut saya begitu ramainya anak-anak orang Melayu bermain-main di kaki-kaki lima dengan ditemani ibu-ibu masing-masing. Yang lelaki dewasa […]

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