Category Archives: Global

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


Professor at Israeli University Says He Was Fired Over His Political Views

A professor at Ariel University, in Israel, has accused the institution of dismissing him over his political views, Haaretz has reported.

A disciplinary panel said the professor, Amir Hetsroni, was being dismissed for “conduct inappropriate for a member of the faculty.” He had been accused in a complaint of making disparaging comments on his Facebook page about an Internet forum for women who were victims of sexual assault. The newspaper reported in April that the complaint had been withdrawn at…


Johns Hopkins Ends Partnership With Malaysian University

The Johns Hopkins University has ended its partnership with a Malaysian university’s graduate school of medicine in an apparent dispute over late payments, University World News reports.

The medical school at Johns Hopkins had provided services to Perdana University’s parent company, Academic Medical Centre, to help develop a private teaching hospital and a medical school with an American-style curriculum. But Johns Hopkins officials said they had ended the relationship, citing chronic late p…


Scholar Says Pro-Democracy Activism Cost Him His Job at U. of Macau

[Updated (8/19/2014, 1:00 p.m.) to include a statement from the university.]

A professor at the University of Macau says he lost his job for speaking out in favor of increased democratization in the Chinese territory, The New York Times reported.

Bill Chou Kwok-ping, an associate professor of political science, says he was not told why his contract was not renewed, but he believes that the decision was related to his pro-democracy views. In June, the university suspended him without pay for 24 d…


Scholars of Middle East Studies Call for Boycott of Israeli Universities

A group of more than 100 scholars and librarians of Middle East studies has called for a boycott of Israeli academic institutions, condemning Israel’s actions in Gaza and joining a number of disciplinary associations that have endorsed such a boycott. This week the American Studies Association—whose members voted last year to boycott Israeli universities—called on the United States to withdraw its support for Israel.


Captain of Sunken Cruise Ship Takes Part in Seminar at Italian University

Controversy has erupted over news that the captain of the Costa Concordia—a cruise ship that sank in 2012, killing 32 passengers—participated last month in a seminar organized by a professor at Italy’s largest university, The Guardian reports.

The captain, Francesco Schettino, who has been charged with manslaughter, causing a maritime disaster, and abandoning ship, spoke as part of a seminar in which the 2012 disaster was discussed. The rest of the details are a matter of dispute.

Mr. Schettino …


Scientist Linked to a Research Scandal in Japan Is Found Dead

Yoshiki Sasai, a senior official at a Japanese research center who was a co-author of two disputed papers on stem cells, was found dead on Tuesday of an apparent suicide, The Wall Street Journal reported.

Mr. Sasai was deputy director of the Riken Center for Developmental Biology, which publicly shamed the papers’ lead author, Haruko Obokata, accusing her of fabricating data, doctoring images, and plagiarism. Ms. Obokata, who has admitted mistakes but not ill intent, is fighting the allegations …


American-Studies Group Calls for Withdrawal of Support From Israel

The American Studies Association’s executive committee has called on the United States government to withdraw all support from the state of Israel, citing attacks on Palestinian universities, including a recent strike on the Islamic University in Gaza City.

In a statement the committee said, in part: “Israel’s continued attacks on identifiable academic institutions are part of its campaign of collective punishment that has already claimed more than 1,650 lives. This goes well beyond the denial…


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.”