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United States

Degree choices shift as unemployment rises

Americans are decreasingly likely to study liberal arts or education at university as unemployment rates rise, according to a new report. The paper, for the Institute for the Study of Labor, found that each time the unemployment rate increases by 1 per cent, the share of men majoring in engineering fields rises by more than 0.6 per cent, while the proportion choosing education or liberal arts falls by almost 0.4 per cent and more than 0.2 per cent respectively.

Germany

'Long overdue' Holocaust studies chair unveiled

A German university is to host the country's first chair in the study of the Holocaust, commencing in 2017. Although there are already courses on the study of the Holocaust in Germany, the Goethe University Frankfurt chair will be the first long-term professorship, and will focus on the legacy of the Holocaust up to the present day, Deutsche Welle reported. "Seventy years after the end of the Holocaust, this is a long-overdue step," said Boris Rhein, Hesse state minister for science and the arts, who added that people must not forget what happened in the "land of the perpetrators".

Hong Kong

Anger at 'Beijing block' on appointment

A University of Hong Kong governing council meeting ended in chaos after students stormed the venue. They were protesting delays to the appointment of Johannes Chan Man-Mun, a liberal candidate, for pro vice-chancellor, which some claim is being blocked by pro-Beijing figures. During the meeting, the council opted to continue to defer the appointment, marking the latest delay in a recruitment process running since March 2014. The move prompted protesters to crowd into the venue. Professor Chan Man-Mun, a law scholar and former dean, is close to Benny Tai Yui-ting, the associate professor of law at the University of Hong Kong who is seen as one of the founders of the Occupy Central protest movement. …

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