Magazine article The Times Higher Education Supplement : THE

News in Brief: News

Magazine article The Times Higher Education Supplement : THE

News in Brief: News

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Singapore

By George protesters stand

Academics and students at Nanyang Technological University have taken to the internet to protest over a prominent scholar and critic of state power in Singapore who has lost his appeal against the institution's decision to deny him tenure. Cherian George, an associate professor in the department of journalism and publishing at NTU who has written about the lack of media freedom in the city state, had his appeal rejected last week. A red photo banner with the words "We Stand with Cherian George" has replaced the regular Facebook cover pictures of more than 50 students and academics at the Wee Kim Wee School of Communication and Information to show support for the scholar, Yahoo! Singapore reported. It also emerged that Mark Featherstone, a professor in NTU's School of Biological Sciences, criticised the university's leadership for its handling of the case in a letter sent in March.

India

Oz tour reaps joint rewards

An Indian university's business school has signed a memorandum of understanding with an Australian institution to promote academic exchange between the countries. The deal between the Maharashtra Institute of Technology's School of Management and La Trobe University aims to benefit students and staff by organising joint projects, exchanges, study tours and degree programmes. The move forms part of a visit to India by a senior delegation from La Trobe, during which similar agreements were struck with Sharada University and the Birla Institute of Technology and Science, Pilani, The Times of India reported. "India has always inspired us to come out with something new... which can help Indian students," said John Rosenberg, senior deputy vice-chancellor at La Trobe.

Sweden

Inside, no job

A high-ranking staff member at a prestigious Swedish university has resigned in light of revelations that he had been fined over alleged insider trading in Greece. Last month, Dagens Industri, the business newspaper, revealed that Justin Jenk - who had been hired last autumn to run the Stockholm School of Economics' IFL Executive Education subsidiary - had in 2008 been ordered to pay EUR350,000 (Pounds 297,000) in fines to the Greek financial authorities after an investigation into insider trading, The Local website reported. …

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