Yale-Peking University Program Canceled

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A program that allowed Yale University undergraduates to study at Peking University for credit has been canceled, The Yale Daily News reported.

Peking University program with Yale is canceled

A program that allowed Yale University undergraduates to study at Peking University for credit has been canceled, The Yale Daily News reported last week.

The student newspaper called the move "an abrupt end" to a partnership that began in 2006 and was reaffirmed as recently as December. Yale said in a statement that the reason was "lower than anticipated enrollments," with only four students scheduled to participate in the program this autumn, although expenses were covered in the students' regular tuition.

The program was not without controversy. In 2007, a Yale biology professor teaching at the Beijing campus sent a widely circulated e- mail accusing Chinese faculty and administrators of tolerating widespread plagiarism.

According to The Yale Daily News, the partnership was the only program in which Peking University allowed its students to live with foreign students.

Peking University students will still be allowed to take Yale summer courses.

Yale, which has been looking into other programs in Asia, has recently come under fire for a planned joint venture with the National University of Singapore. Some Yale faculty members had reservations about limits on political freedoms in Singapore.

Move to establish university in West Bank is criticized

The Ariel University Center is scheduled to reopen this summer as the first university in the West Bank, once it receives final accreditation as a full-fledged university, according to the Israeli news media.

The Judea and Samaria Council for Higher Education voted this month to fully accredit the institution in the settlement town of Ariel. The creation of the first new Israeli university in 40 years and the first one outside the so-called green line would give Ariel access to national university funding. The Israeli Defense Force is expected to approve the accreditation in the coming weeks.

The presidents of Israel's seven established universities wrote a letter to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, asking him to stop the accreditation before the decision was announced, according to the Israeli newspaper Haaretz. They said they feared it would take funding from other schools.

The presidents wrote that the move would deal a "fatal blow to the higher education system in general, and the universities in particular," according to Haaretz. …