10,000 face masks sent to Cork from Chinese university

Posted in Governance and administration on April 24th, 2020 by steve

“Ten thousand face masks have been sent to Cork by the Minzu University of China (MUC) in Beijing – a partner university to University College Cork (UCC). UCC and MUC have been partner universities for a number of years and together they organised the delivery to frontline healthcare workers in Cork. Separately, UCC alumni in China have also made donations so that Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) can be purchased for frontline healthcare workers …” (more)

[Conall Ó Fátharta, Irish Examiner, 24 April]

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TCD to spend €200,000 on Chinese student recruitment drive

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on April 10th, 2020 by steve

“Trinity College Dublin (TCD) is set to spend an estimated €200,000 on a recruitment drive in China to increase the number of Chinese students attending the college. The university is seeking tenders from interested parties to put in place ‘student recruitment support services’ in China …” (more)

[Gordon Deegan, University Times, 9 April]

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It’s academic …

Posted in Governance and administration on April 1st, 2020 by steve

“A week passed, so activists had time to galvanize colleagues via an online petition. Hundreds immediately protested against the proposed dilution of the principle of Academic Freedom. And now, the Chair of UCD’s committee on Academic Freedom has issued a statement. The statement asserts UCD’s devotion to the principle of undiluted Academic Freedom. So far, so academic …” (more)

[In a Strange Land, 1 April]

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Western Universities Rely on China. After the Virus, That May Not Last.

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on March 21st, 2020 by steve

‘In Britain, the United States and Australia, the coronavirus could blow huge holes in the budgets of universities that have “become addicted to one source of income …” (more)

[Benjamin Mueller, New York Times, 21 March]

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Irish universities face financial black hole over coronavirus

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on March 8th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Irish universities face losing tens of millions of euro in tuition fees from the impact of coronavirus due to large numbers of international students from China and elsewhere being forced to cancel or postpone enrolments. Sources across several universities say contingency plans being drawn up include delaying international student entry or providing online courses for these students until the virus threat subsides …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 8 March]

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China Recruitment Disrupted

Posted in Governance and administration on March 5th, 2020 by steve

“More than three-quarters (76%) of US colleges said that outreach and recruitment of students from China has been affected by the new coronavirus, according to a survey from the Institute of International Education …” (more)

[Elizabeth Redden, Inside Higher Ed, 5 March]

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British universities face long shutdown of Chinese campuses as virus spreads

Posted in Governance and administration on February 9th, 2020 by steve

“British universities are braced for a long shutdown of their Chinese campuses after Beijing said it would extend the closure of China’s higher education sector into March to combat the spread of coronavirus. Nottingham, Birmingham City and Leeds universities were among the many UK higher education providers told they must delay the return of academics and students until 2 March …” (more)

[Phillip Inman, Guardian, 9 February]

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‘Major disruption’ to student mobility from coronavirus feared

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on February 4th, 2020 by steve

International“The deadly coronavirus outbreak could have a major impact on international student mobility, sector leaders have warned, after thousands of learners were left stranded in China. Australia, New Zealand, the US and Singapore were among countries that had banned entry to foreigners travelling from China as of the start of this week, while Japan and South Korea were denying entry to travellers from Hubei province, the centre of the outbreak …” (more)

[Jack Grove, Times Higher Education, 4 February]

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Queen’s University bans travel to China over Coronavirus

Posted in Governance and administration on February 2nd, 2020 by steve

“Queen’s University (QUB) has banned students and staff from travelling to China due to the outbreak of the Coronavirus. The BBC has reported that the Belfast university has frozen travel to China for business or study while they monitor the situation …” (more)

[Belfast Telegraph, 1 February]

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Coronavirus scare: UCD student who recently returned from China given all clear

Posted in Governance and administration on February 1st, 2020 by steve

Ireland“A UCD student who recently returned from China has been given the all clear following a coronavirus scare. The woman, who lives in the UCD Residences, returned from the Asian country where the original outbreak of the virus begun within the past 14 days …” (more)

[Mark O’Brien, DublinLive, 31 January]

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UCC warns against travel to China as coronavirus death toll rises

Posted in Governance and administration on January 30th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“University College Cork (UCC) has emailed staff and students to request they refrain from travelling to China, as the World Health Organisation (Who) says the ‘whole world needs to be on alert’ over the coronavirus outbreak …” (more)

[Roisin Burke, EchoLive, 29 January]

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Universities issue advice for students on coronavirus

Posted in Governance and administration on January 29th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Universities are advising students to take a number of precautions to help limit the potential spread of the new strain of coronavirus until more is known about the infection. Amidst an outbreak of a new strain of the virus that has so far been linked to 132 deaths, students who have come to Ireland from Wuhan, China in the last 14 days, should notify the Department of Public Health …” (more)

[Jess Casey, Irish Examiner, 29 January]

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University of Limerick suspends travel to and from China amid coronavirus fears

Posted in Governance and administration on January 29th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“The University of Limerick has suspended all ‘university-related’ travel by all staff and students to and from China, due to the coronavirus outbreak. Any student that has travelled from China to UL in the last 14 days is being asked by the University to notify the Student Medical Centre …” (more)

[Ryan O’Rourke, Limerick Leader, 29 January]

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DCU bringing students back from China to Ireland due to coronavirus fears

Posted in Governance and administration on January 29th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“A Dublin university has asked its students based in China to return to Ireland due to the spread of the coronavirus. DCU has a number of students that are based in China for the 2019/2020 academic year, though none are based in the Hubei region which is at the centre of the virus …” (more)

[Orla Dwyer, TheJournal.ie, 29 January]

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Chinese student in isolation in Waterford amid coronavirus fears

Posted in Governance and administration on January 27th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“A Chinese student who traveled to Ireland from Wuhan in recent days has been isolated as a ‘precautionary measure’ amid coronavirus fears. The patient, who is a student at Waterford Institute of Technology (WIT), arrived in Ireland yesterday, having left Wuhan before the city was locked down and is showing no symptoms of the virus …” (more)

[Denise O’Donoghue, Irish Examiner, 27 January]

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Coronavirus: UK universities issue quarantine warning to Chinese students

Posted in Governance and administration on January 24th, 2020 by steve

“British universities have warned students considering travelling home to China to celebrate Chinese new year that they risk being quarantined on their return. The University of Chester said it had warned its Chinese students in the UK that if they returned to their homeland they may not be readmitted without a suitable quarantine period …” (more)

[Nazia Parveen and Libby Brooks, Guardian, 24 January]

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Boycotting the Shanghai Rankings?

Posted in Governance and administration on January 20th, 2020 by steve

“John Fitzgerald of Swinburne University of Technology has written an article in the Journal of Political Risk that argues that Western universities should boycott, that is not participate in or refer to, the Shanghai rankings in order to show opposition to the current authoritarian trend in Chinese higher education …” (more)

[University Ranking Watch, 20 January]

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Irish links to Chinese university at centre of protests

Posted in Governance and administration on December 20th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“A leading Chinese university with strong ties to UCD and TCD is at the centre of student and academic protests after it changed its charter to put a pledge of absolute loyalty to the ruling Communist Party above academic independence …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 20 December]

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Belgian university closes its Chinese state-funded Confucius Institute after spying claims

Posted in Governance and administration on December 11th, 2019 by steve

“One of Belgium’s leading universities has decided to close the Chinese state-funded Confucius Institute on its campus, following accusations that the former head professor conducted espionage for China. Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB) confirmed that it would not extend its contract with the institute when the agreement expires next June, although it did not refer to the espionage claims …” (more)

[Stuart Lau, South China Morning Post, 11 December]

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‘The university staff are gone and the foreign students are gone’

Posted in Governance and administration on November 16th, 2019 by steve

“The university was preparing for a big anniversary week with celebratory performances and graduation ceremonies planned. Instead, it now stands as an embattled fortress protected by hundreds of exhausted, scared yet resolute students. The teaching and management staff of City University of Hong Kong are nowhere to be seen. The corridors in the once orderly campus are covered with graffiti and shards of glass …” (more)

[Peter Goff, Irish Times, 15 November]

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