Category Archives: Global

What’s happening abroad—and how it affects U.S. colleges.


AIDS-Research Community Mourns Losses in Air Disaster

Among the victims of Thursday’s Malaysia Airlines disaster were passengers traveling to an AIDS-research conference in Australia. One victim was Joep Lange, head of the department of global health at the University of Amsterdam and one of the field’s most prominent members. People in the community have been reacting to the loss on social media and in the news media.

  • Vox ran a piece detailing Mr. Lange’s importance to the community.
  • BuzzFeed published a poignant piece that mentioned other promi…

AIDS Researchers Were Among the Passengers on Downed Malaysian Jet

[Updated (7/18/2014, 2:10 p.m.) with news that an Indiana University student was also among the passengers.]

Among the passengers on a Malaysia Airlines jet that was shot down over Ukraine on Thursday were nearly 100 people traveling to an AIDS-research conference in Australia, President Obama said on Friday. And one member of that group was Joep Lange, a leading researcher, medical professor at the University of Amsterdam, and former president of the International AIDS Society, which is hosting…


New Universities Minister Is Appointed in Britain

Britain has a new minister of state for universities and science, The Guardian reports. Greg Clark will replace David Willetts, who was instrumental in the introduction of higher tuition at English universities. Mr. Willetts, a Conservative, was appointed in 2010.

Mr. Clark, also a Conservative, took to Twitter on Tuesday to say he looked forward to “building on the work of the brilliant David Willetts.”


Taiwanese Minister Steps Down Over ‘Peer Review and Citation Ring’

Taiwan’s minister of education resigned on Monday after it was revealed that his name had appeared on at least five of the 60 articles retracted by a scientific journal as part of the fallout from what the publication called a “peer review and citation ring,” The Washington Post reported. The minister, Chiang Wei-ling, has said he was listed as a co-author on the articles without his knowledge.

On July 8 the Journal of Vibration and Control announced it had retracted the articles after it discov…


What Does a Global Test Really Say About U.S. Higher Education?

Does the United States have the best higher-education system in the world?

In an essay in The New York Times, Kevin Carey recently said the answer is no. Mr. Carey, the education-policy director at the New America Foundation and a columnist for The Chronicle, cited the mediocre performance of American adults, including college graduates, in an international measurement of mathematics and literacy skills.

But that measure, the Program for the International Assessment of Adult Competencies, known …


China Bars Entry of U.S. Professor Who Supported Uighur Scholar

An American scholar has been barred from entering China in what he says is retaliation for his support of an economics professor who has criticized the Chinese government’s treatment of the country’s Uighur minority, The New York Times reported.

The economics professor, Ilham Tohti, is a member of the Uighur ethnic group. In February he was formally charged with separatism by Chinese authorities.

Elliot Sperling, an associate professor at Indiana University at Bloomington who teaches Tibetan his…


Endowed Chair at U. of Cambridge Is Linked to Ex-Prime Minister of China

The University of Cambridge is under scrutiny after The Telegraph reported that a foundation connected to Wen Jiabao, a former Chinese prime minister, had given the university £3.7-million, or about $6.2-million, to endow a professorship in Chinese-development studies.

The gift was made by the Chong Hua Foundation, which the British newspaper says is run by the politician’s only daughter, Wen Ruchun. The newspaper first raised questions about the foundation and its possible ties to Chinese offic…


Professor Who Led Auschwitz Trip Resigns From Al-Quds U.

Mohammed S. Dajani Daoudi, the Al-Quds University professor who led a group of Palestinian students on an unprecedented trip to the Auschwitz-Birkenau death camp, has resigned from the university after weeks of mounting pressure, the Israeli newspaper Ha’aretz reported.

Mr. Dajani told the newspaper he felt he had no choice after the university authorities refused to back up their private assurances with a display of public support after what he described as a campaign of “incitement” agains…


Judge Says He Will Not Unseal Records of Boston College’s Belfast Project

A federal judge said on Tuesday that he would not unseal records related to the Belfast Project, Boston College’s oral history of the conflict in Northern Ireland, The Boston Globe reported.

Judge William G. Young of the U.S. District Court in Boston said during a hearing that he did not have transcripts from the project but had only reviewed them and returned them to the college. NBC News sought the release of the documents in May.

The project has been the subject of controversy since the U.S. …