World Education News for December 2, 2021


U of T students join rally against police brutality

University of Toronto students held a rally at the American consulate in Toronto to protest police brutality against black people. The protest followed the decision by a Missouri grand jury not to indict an officer in the death of Michael Brown. The rally hoped to build solidarity for local organizations in Ferguson, Mo., and people facing police brutality around the world.

SOURCE: The Varsity

New national scholarship to commemorate 14 women killed 25 years ago

A man entered L'École Polytechnique in Montreal on Dec. 6, 1989 and opened fire, killing 14 women and wounding 14 other people. This year, the school is commemorating the victims and paying tribute to the community by granting an annual $30,000 scholarship to a female engineering student. The winner will be chosen by a committee headed by the first female graduate from the school’s civil engineering program in 1963, Michèle Thibodeau-DeGuire.

SOURCE: University Affairs

One in two aboriginal children live in poverty, report says

A recent report by an anti-poverty advocacy group details how one in seven Canadian children live in poverty. That number increases to one in two when looking at aboriginal children living on reserves, according to Campaign 2000. The federal government wants to increase funding to social services and education on reserves by 4.5 per cent next year and create new sets of rules for educational policies. Progress has been slowed as they work out details and negotiations with local chiefs.


Drop in oil prices could lead to post-secondary cuts

The Alberta government’s weekly fiscal update predicts an eight per cent drop in oil prices, with the budgets of all departments affected. Education Minister Don Scott pledged to ensure post-secondary institutions won’t be taken by surprise by any financial cuts. Scott has opened up what he calls “market modifier” proposals, which would allow universities to raise their tuition beyond the rate of inflation. So far 10 schools have submitted 26 applications for tuition hike proposals.

SOURCE: The Globe and Mail

“Super smart” student was targeted for murder, police say

A Saudi Arabian immigrant attending Carleton University was found dead Thursday by a footpath in Ottawa. Tausif Chowdhury was an electrical engineering student. Two cyclists discovered Chowdhury at around 7 a.m. His backpack and a possible weapon were found nearby. Police seized security camera footage from nearby businesses to figure out Chowdhury’s last movements. No other details about the investigation have been released.

SOURCE: National Post

U. of Saskatchewan cheerleading team defeat reigning champs

The University of Saskatchewan took on the defending champions, the University of Regina, and won the national cheerleading competition.The team is made up of 26 athletes — 22 women and four men. During the competition, each team performed their routine twice. The university came out ahead by four points. They beat out a number of other competitors along the way, including Guelph, Carleton, Sherbrooke and McMaster universities.



U. of Nevada fires professor for repeated plagiarism

The University of Nevada at Las Vegas fired a professor of postcolonial literature for plagiarizing the work of other scholars. A five-member hearing committee found Mustapha Marrouchi guilty of “academic dishonesty” and four voted in favour of his dismissal. A computer analysis found 23 cases of plagiarism in 26 articles he published from 2008 to 2013. Marrouchi was publicly accused of plagiarism twice before becoming a professor at the university.

SOURCE: The Chronicle of Higher Education

Kean students create petition to fire president over $219K table

More than 600 people have signed a petition to fire the president of New Jersey’s Kean University for purchasing a $219,000 conference table. The petition calls for the Kean University’s board of trustees to assess the president’s previous controversies and investigate the school’s finances. The six-metre table was bought for an executive meeting space in the new $40million architecture school. Students say the money could’ve been better invested elsewhere.


Cosby resigns from Temple U. board amid scandal

Bill Cosby cut ties with Temple University in Philadelphia, where he served on the university’s board of trustees. He held the position on the board for 32 years. Cosby ended his relationship with the university after 17 women publicly came forward and accused him of rape.


U. of Virginia to boost security after rape scandal

The president of University of Virginia promised students on Monday that the Charlottesville, Va., school will boost law enforcement on campus amid allegations of a gang rape at a fraternity. Sullivan made the announcement during an address to students in which she promised new unarmed security personnel, who will assist students on weeknights, and greater co-operation between campus security and local police.

SOURCE: Reuters

Maine makes large cuts to university programs

The University of Southern Maine announced it would lay off 14 people as part of a plan to cut $90 million from the state’s university system. The university is attempting to cut $16 million in spending from its budget. The University of Maine System says it is trying to cut spending as the population of university-aged students in Maine is shrinking quickly.

SOURCE: Bangor Daily News

Hampton U. choir director charged with sexual battery

A choir director at Hampton University in Hampton, Va., has been charged with a sexual battery. Police did not release details of the allegations. Students describe the choir director, Omar Dickenson, as popular and respectful to students. Dickenson has been suspended while the investigation takes place.

SOURCE: ABC13 News Now


Sexual harassment part of daily life for British girls, says girl guides UK

According to a new survey by Girlguiding UK, 60 per cent of girls between the ages of 13 and 21 report sexual harassment at school. Half of the 1,400 participants of the study say teachers normalize sexual harassment by telling girls to ignore incidents or dismiss them entirely. Girls say solutions need to come from the top through better education around sex, relationships and mental health.

SOURCE: The Guardian

$8.92M funding error at private colleges

The British parliament’s audit office says private colleges lack funding control, after finding they paid $8.92 million to ineligible students. The office discovered an increase in loans and grants for Romanian students attending school in the United Kingdom. The audit office reports that new controls will be implemented to correct the error.


School in Pakistan allegedly set up with Birmingham taxpayers’ money

A Birmingham authority claims $1.78 million in taxpayers’ money was spent to set up an Islamic school in Pakistan. The Al-Hijrah Islamic school is run by the Al-HIjrah Trust. The trust allegedly used taxpayer money to set up a “sister school” in Pakistan. The Birmingham city council is investigating the claims.


Australian senator wants free university education

Australian senator Jacqui Lambie is calling for free university education as part of her plan to vote against the country’s upcoming education reform bill. Lambie says education minister Christopher Pyne’s tactics in hurrying the deal through the senate are like “a dodgy used car salesman.” The bill is unlikely to pass the senate before the end of the session of parliament.


Two London universities to expand

University College London and the University of the Arts London will both be expanding in East London after the government invested more than $250 million for developments on the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park. The University of the Arts will create a research hub for staff and students. The University College of London will create a second campus, UCL East, and has already put forward $480 million for the first phase of development.

SOURCE: Times Higher Education

‘Fake’ students at U.K. schools

Many students enrolled in private schools in the United Kingdom aren’t registered to take exams. This raises concerns that students are not studying properly but still benefit from taxpayer money. The British parliament’s audit office says those students are able to apply for cheap loans and grants while the schools is not properly monitored. The audit office claims that more than 20 per cent of those students drop out.

SOURCE: The Guardian

Anti-terror bill affecting U.K. universities

A new counter-terrorism bill could affect free expression at U.K. universities. Home Secretary Theresa May says the new bill will require universities to prevent people from being drawn into terrorism. Laura Clayson, the student union president at Lancaster University, says posters in her window saying “Not for Shale” and “End Israel’s Attacks on Gaza” were photographed by police because they said she might be committing a public order offence.

SOURCE: The Guardian