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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Poland

Jewish scholars' PhDs reinstated in belated righting of Nazi-era wrongs

A Polish university has reinstated doctorates of Jewish academics that were annulled at the behest of the Nazi regime nearly 80 years ago. The University of Wroclaw reconferred 262 PhDs stripped from scholars seen as hostile to Hitler's dictatorship in the 1930s during a special ceremony last week. Wroclaw was a German city known as Breslau when the academics' degrees were annulled, but became part of Poland when Europe's borders were redrawn in 1945.

Estonia

Reforms aim to unshackle sector

The Estonian government has changed the law on higher education to give universities greater freedom in "planning their directions of development", and to allow research institutions more autonomy in selecting their staff. Employment contracts for academic staff and researchers will now generally be for an unspecified period, rather than for up to five years, and staff will normally be evaluated at least once every five years. Meanwhile, a "needs-based special benefit" will provide additional financial support to poorer students.

China

Little Red Book gets bigger on campus

The Chinese Communist Party has told universities that they have a role "on the frontline of championing the concepts of Marxism, Chinese Dream, socialist core values and traditional culture". The state news agency Xinhua reported on the "guideline", which comes just weeks after Xi Jinping, the nation's president, called for enhanced "ideological guidance" for universities and for institutions to pay greater attention to teaching Marxism. "The ideological and political work should be enhanced at the faculty level, with socialism with Chinese characteristics underlying teaching methods, according to the guideline," Xinhua said.

Brazil

Going for gold may be too dear

Brasilia may pull out of hosting the 2019 World University Games on cost grounds. …

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