Magazine article Times Higher Education

World in Brief

Magazine article Times Higher Education

World in Brief

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United States

Free NY community college tuition talks

New York governor Andrew Cuomo is said to be in talks with the White House about offering free tuition at the state's community colleges. Barack Obama announced proposals earlier this year to scrap tuition fees for community college students, under which states would be required to pick up 25 per cent of the costs. But he has been unable to persuade Congress to back the plan. The New York Post said that it had learned that Mr Cuomo, a Democrat, is "offering up to $500 million [£330 million[ to make community college tuition-free".

Germany

Minister denies plagiarism

Germany's defence minister, Ursula von der Leyen, has denied accusations that she plagiarised sections of her doctoral dissertation 25 years ago. Ms von der Leyen emphatically rejected claims published in Der Spiegel that her medical thesis on obstetrics submitted to Hanover Medical School contains several passages that have material from unattributed sources. The story is based on a report by the plagiarism-hunting website VroniPlag Wiki. Two German ministers have previously been forced to quit after they were accused by the website of copying sections of their PhDs.

Hong Kong

Human rights advocate barred from pro v-c role

A law professor has been barred from taking up a senior post at the University of Hong Kong, a move that some see as a blow to academic freedom. After a long-running controversy, the university's governing council, which includes a number of supporters of the Beijing-backed Hong Kong government, blocked the appointment of Johannes Chan as a pro vice-chancellor, Reuters reported. Professor Chan, a law professor, is a prominent human rights advocate and political sensitivities at the university have been heightened since its students and staff played a leading role in last year's Occupy Central pro-democracy protests.

Mexico

Refugee study programme admits first student

A programme to enable 30 Syrian refugees to continue their university studies in Mexico has welcomed its first student. …

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