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Don’t shield students from opinions they don’t agree with, Britain’s universities minister Jo Johnson warns

Don’t shield students from opinions they don’t agree with, Britain’s universities minister Jo Johnson warns

The Office for Students  will crack down on universities that fail to adequately safeguard free speech.   Students must not be shielded from views they disagree with under the banner of “safe spaces”, Britain’s universities minister has said, as he warns that the practise is “closing minds”. The “worrying” trend of students seeking to “stifle” […]

[VIDEO] US outnumbered 14 to 1 as it vetoes UN vote on status of Jerusalem

[VIDEO] US outnumbered 14 to 1 as it vetoes UN vote on status of Jerusalem

A UN security council resolution calling for the withdrawal of Donald Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital has been backed by every council member except the US, which used its veto. The unanimity of the rest of the council was a stark rebuke to the Trump administration over its unilateral move earlier this month, which […]

Singapore-based scientist Jackie Ying clinches highest accolade for academic inventors

Singapore-based scientist Jackie Ying clinches highest accolade for academic inventors

Professor Jackie Y. Ying has been named a Fellow of the United States National Academy of Inventors.   SINGAPORE – A Singapore-based scientist has earned for the first time the highest professional accolade for academic inventors. Professor Jackie Y. Ying, executive director of the Institute of Bioengineering and Nanotechnology (IBN), has been named a Fellow […]

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 […]

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