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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United States

Close college for two years, say lawmakers

State legislators have provoked anger by saying that a historically black college experiencing financial problems should close for two years. A legislative panel in South Carolina has passed a measure - which is not yet law - that would shut down South Carolina State University for two years to give it a "clean slate", citing its millions of dollars in debts and low graduation rates. Thomas Elzey, the university's president, said that it "will not close" and that the legislators' move had "incited worry and panic among our students, their parents, faculty, staff, alumni and our supporters everywhere".

Sweden

Divestment commencement

A Gothenburg university has become the first Swedish academic institution to divest its fossil fuel assets. Chalmers University of Technology will dispose of investments in the coal, gas and oil industries worth about Skr5 million (£393,000) after the Church of Sweden and the city of Örebro took similar steps. Universities could play a key role in promoting social change akin to the significance of the boycott of South African products during the apartheid era, said John Holmberg, the vice-president of Chalmers.

China

'McCarthyism at the gates' of Hong Kong institution

A state-backed newspaper in China has warned against anti-communist "McCarthyism" at the University of Hong Kong after a mainland student running for office was criticised by pro-democracy activists. Eugenia Yip, a former member of the Chinese Communist Party's Youth League, is running for social secretary of the students' union of the University of Hong Kong. The Global Times said that critics had claimed that she was a "pawn" in the party's supposed infiltration of the university, according to Reuters. "Hong Kong University must not let McCarthy enter the gates," the newspaper said in a commentary. …

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