Magazine article The Times Higher Education Supplement : THE

World in Brief

Magazine article The Times Higher Education Supplement : THE

World in Brief

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Canada

Campus 'stalking' tips draw fire

A student newspaper article offering first years advice on how to date a teaching assistant - including stalking them on social networks - provoked outrage at Western University in London, Ontario. The piece was one of several controversial items in a special edition of the university's student newspaper, The Gazette, along with others detailing drinking games and the illegal drugs freshers might encounter. "The time is long past when these kinds of articles can be defended as being either satire or humorous," said Jane Deakin, Western's provost and vice-president (academic). Copies of the issue were later scrapped and an editorial apology given.

Greece

Lifelong learners, your overtime is up

Greece is to remove some 118,000 "eternal" students from its universities. The issue of those remaining on universities' books long after dropping out has plagued the sector for decades, with university leaders claiming that they interfere in campus elections and politics. Some "eternals" have been students since the 1950s, the newspaper Kathimerini reported on its website. Education minister Andreas Loverdos said that anyone spending more than 11 years on a course that should take five years or less will no longer be classed a student from 31 August.

Japan

Rankings target 'utterly unattainable', says university head

A Japanese university president has described the government's goal of having 10 universities in the world's top 100 by 2020 as "utterly unattainable". Takamitsu Sawa, president of Shiga University, said that the only route to boosting current performance - Japan currently has just two institutions in the Times Higher Education World University Rankings - was to hire more foreign academics. However, said Professor Sawa, writing in The Japan Times, "unless the government will guarantee shouldering the personnel costs, it will be impossible to fill 10 per cent of the teaching posts at Japanese universities with scholars from other countries". …

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