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United States

Sit-in ends after improvements promised

A five-day sit-in at Colgate University in New York, organised to protest against the institution's lack of diversity and its alleged poor treatment of minority students, ended after the university responded to the protesters' 21-point "roadmap" to improve the situation on campus. The resulting plan includes a commitment to install security cameras on campus buses in an effort to combat racist slurs and to work with all faculty search committees to increase multicultural representation.

Spain

Call for alignment with Europe

José Ignacio Wert, the Spanish minister of education, culture and sport, used a ceremony to mark the beginning of the new academic year to deliver a wide-ranging speech about higher education. He spoke of the need for greater alignment with the rest of Europe, in curricula and teaching methods, and of his desire to attract more international (and particularly hispanophone) students. He said that his department was also planning to launch an Integrated University Information System to provide details about graduate employability.

Turkey

Get rid of my organisation, says head of watchdog

Turkey's higher education watchdog should be abolished, according to its president. Gökhan Çetinsaya, who heads the country's Higher Education Board (YOK), said that the body had become unworkable as a bureaucratic institution and that a new coordinating agency was needed to lead university reform. In a report, A Roadmap for Turkey's Higher Education, Professor Çetinsaya said that it was time for Turkey to make a clean break from YOK, which conjured up bad memories for many academics who dislike the authoritarian control it has exercised over universities.

Ecuador

Overseas postgraduate scholarships approach 10,000

Almost 10,000 Ecuadorians have been awarded scholarships to complete postgraduate study abroad over the past seven years as part of a "knowledge revolution". …

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