World Education News for February 5, 2022

Canada

Queen’s investigates instructor’s anti-vax theories

Queen’s University is launching an investigation after students raised concerns about an instructor who is allegedly promoting anti-vaccination theories. Students shared lecture slides and materials from the course “HLTH 102 Physical Determinants of Health” offered by the university’s school of kinesiology and health studies. Students say the course, taught by instructor Melody Torcolacci, has been flagged in the past.    

SOURCE: CTV News

University of Calgary limiting applications

The University of Calgary is facing serious spacing issues, resulting in the university admitting one student for every 2.71 applicants. The university estimated that they could be short thousands of seats by 2022 if student demand continues. The university already changed its high school entrance grade requirement from 82.3 per cent to 85 per cent.    

SOURCE: CBC

Christian university forms relationship with Guantanamo Bay inmate

A small Christian-principled university in Edmonton says they would be happy to take government-branded terrorist Omar Khadr. King’s University's vice-president Dan VanKeeken says they would offer Khadr admission as part of his bail application. Khadr pleaded guilty in 2010 to five war crimes he was accused of committing as a 15-year-old in Afghanistan.

SOURCE: CTV News

UBC acquires 770-year-old medieval papal decree

The University of British Columbia has received a 770-year-old document signed by a former pope. The papal bull is a legal decree from Pope Innocent IV to the Italian convent of San Michele, written on sheep or calfskin. It’s  believed to be the oldest of its kind in Canada. UBC paid a London manuscript seller $15,000 for the document in May.  

SOURCE: Sun News Network

UBC faculty voting to divest university’s endowment

The University of British Columbia is voting this week on a resolution calling on the university to get out of fossil-fuel investments. UBC students voted overwhelmingly in favour of divestment last year. Faculty members at UBC believe getting rid of petroleum stocks is a crucial first step for universities.  

SOURCE: The Globe and Mail

U.S.

More freshmen depressed

A report by UCLA’s higher education research institute found that depression is becoming more common among freshmen. The survey, which polled more than 150,000 students across America in the fall of 2014, found that 9.5 per cent of students felt frequently depressed, compared to the 6.1 per cent reported five years ago. Those who “felt overwhelmed” by commitments and workload rose to 34.6 per cent from 27.1 per cent. Some say part of the stress might be from keeping up appearances of a happy, fulfilled life on social media. Source:  

SOURCE: The New York Times

Clemson University suspends frat for five years

The Sigma Phi Epsilon fraternity chapter at Clemson University has received a five-year ban from the school after allegations of hazing in the recruitment process this past fall. The frat was originally suspended Sept. 23 after the death of a sophomore from an early-morning run with other pledges. Neither the fraternity nor officials investigating have concluded the death was in relation to hazing. Since 2010, there have been 31 separate incidents concerning Greek life at Clemson. Source:  

SOURCE: The State

Syracuse steps out of basketball post-season

Syracuse University has elected to ban its men’s basketball program this post-season. The school’s team is already under investigation by the NCAA Committee of Infractions for academic violations from past years. The decision could have been a way to avoid possible penalties from the investigation and also a way to avoid a potentially awful post-season for a team that is 15-7. Source:  

SOURCE: Fox Sports

Princeton death ruled suicide

It was announced Wednesday that a Princeton student who died a few weeks ago had committed suicide. Audrey Dantzlerward, 22, was found dead in her dorm room but the ruling on her death was pending a toxicology report. The results of the test revealed that she took a lethal overdose of sleeping pills, said a spokesperson for the investigating prosecutor’s office. Dantzlerward was involved in student life participating in an a cappella group and a women’s mentorship program, among others.  

SOURCE: NewJersey.com

University of D.C. might go tuition-free

A Washington, D.C. council member has proposed changing the name of  UDC to Marion Barry University, after the late D.C. mayor and politician, and turning the school into a tuition-free community college. The plan would mean that any student who maintains a 2.0 GPA or higher, finishes their degree in two years and participates in both community service and mentoring programs would have their tuition covered by the city. The councilman said the school would be the first to implement Obama’s America’s College Promise plan. The idea faced some opposition from several council members.

SOURCE: DCInno

World

China’s education minister to ban university textbooks promoting western values

China's education minister has told universities to keep away from textbooks that promote western values. The Communist Party has been criticizing values like multi-party democracy. Chinese academic Yuan Guiren said schools should keep criticism of China's leaders or political system out of the classroom.  

SOURCE: Christian Times

Italian students gather to defend scientific researcher

Roberto Caminiti is a leading neurophysiologist, but his research is not supported by animal rights extremists. Today the students at the Sapienza University of Rome will join the members of the campaign group Pro-Test Italia in opposition to the animal rights activists. Both scientists and students will stand up and protect their field of work and study.

SOURCE: Speaking of Research

Few black female professors in the U.K.

A recent report shows that U.K. universities employ 17 black female professors. A race equality charity found 92.4 per cent of professors are white. It also revealed that it is more difficult for black and Asian students to get into select universities, even if they have the same grades as white students.

SOURCE: Voice Online

Venom samples will be collected in Australian institutions

Melbourne University and other Australian institutions launched the project the Venom Bank, which stores venom samples from creatures like snakes. Some venom can be used in the pharmaceutical industry, but it is said that only 100 venomous species are considered familiar to researchers while the earth has more than 100,000. Senior scientist Nick Clemann says something that was once feared and harmful can be beneficial. .    

SOURCE: The Sydney Morning Herald

Japan wants more students from India

Japanese universities have few students from India while they have enough students from other countries such as China or Vietnam. At a summit, 14 universities set up their booths to explain their educational facilities to students. They are aiming to double the number of Indian students. “We want the young intelligent students of India to collaborate with us in education and research,” said Yoshino Hiroshi, a director of University of Tokyo.    

SOURCE: The Hindu

U.K. universities need more pragmatic architectural education

Architectural education at U.K. universities is facing a problem. Many students and employers admitted that almost all graduates are not prepared for work in a survey. They say their education is theoretical rather than practical. The tuition and low salary are also a concern for both graduates and employers.  

SOURCE: Architecture Daily