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

Administrators branded 'creepy'

University administrators have been branded "creepy" for adding themselves to academics' online learning courses. Professors at Our Lady of the Lake University in Texas say that "without notifying the faculty or asking for permission...the university has given administrators the ability to add themselves to courses in Blackboard Learn, the university's learning management system", Inside Higher Ed reported. One faculty member said: "Every grade, every rubric, every single thing - they have access to it if you use Blackboard. It's creepy in the realm of academic freedom."

Germany

Muslim prayer rooms closed

Three German universities have shut prayer rooms used by Muslims, prompting accusations of discrimination. The Technical University of Berlin, Technical University of Dortmund and the University of Duisburg-Essen have all closed prayer rooms in recent weeks. TU Berlin says that it shut the room because of a lack of space at the institution. "The room was created in a time when the Muslim students had no place nearby to go for prayers," Christian Thomsen, president of the university, told the Süddeutsche Zeitung, adding that they now have another venue "just two or three stations away" by bus.

China

More counsellors after seventh suicide

The Chinese University of Hong Kong is to step up its counselling service after another student took their own life. The university will expand the number of psychiatrists available for student consultation from eight to 11, the South China Morning Post reported. The measures were approved at a "crisis management meeting" chaired by Joseph Sung Jao-yiu, the vice-chancellor, the newspaper added. The medical student who took her own life, who the newspaper said was thought to be under exam stress, was reportedly the seventh student from the university to do so in the past year. …

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