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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GMIT facing legal action over death of students in 2014 Belgium fire

Posted in Legal issues on October 30th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“GMIT is facing legal action over the death of two students in a fatal house fire in Belgium in January 2014 …” (more)

[Galway Bay FM, 29 October]

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Director and Leuven Institute guilty over fire which killed two Irish students

Posted in Legal issues on September 6th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“The conviction by a Belgian court of the director of the Irish college in Leuven, Belgium, over an apartment fire that killed two Irish students in 2014 has been welcomed by their families …” (more)

[Patrick Smyth, Irish Times, 5 September]

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Investigation into deaths of GMIT students to be completed by end of summer

Posted in Legal issues on June 4th, 2014 by steve

“The investigation into the fire that killed two GMIT students in Belgium earlier this year is expected to be completed by the end of summer …” (more)

[Galway News, 4 June]

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GMIT students mourn the tragic loss of Sara and Dace

Posted in Life on February 6th, 2014 by steve

“The funerals of the two young GMIT students who were killed in a fire in a student residence in Belgium will take place in the coming days as family, classmates, friends, and staff of the technical institute mourn the tragic loss together in Galway …” (more)

[Galway Advertiser, 6 February]

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Two Irish students who died in fire to be buried in Latvia and Poland

Posted in Life on February 4th, 2014 by steve

“Book of condolences opened at Galway-Mayo Institute of Technology. The two Irish students who died in a fire in Belgium late last week are to be buried in Latvia and Poland later this week …” (more)

[Lorna Siggins, Irish Times, 4 February]

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Irish campus mourns two tragic students killed in blaze

Posted in Life on February 2nd, 2014 by steve

“A third level campus is in mourning after losing two of its students tragically in a fire. The two students of Galway Mayo Institute of Technology (GMIT) had just began a 30-week Erasmus work placement in Belgium when they were killed …” (more)

[Alyson Henry and Geraldine Gittens, Independent, 2 February]

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Belgian police investigate fire in which Irish students died

Posted in Life on February 1st, 2014 by steve

“The Belgian authorities have launched an investigation following the deaths of two Irish students in a fire in the university town of Leuven on Friday …” (more)

[Suzanne Lynch and Lorna Siggins, Irish Times, 1 February]

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City that promises students so much fun falls quiet

Posted in Legal issues on February 1st, 2014 by steve

“Ask any student who has spent their Erasmus year in Leuven — they will tell you it’s a great city, and they had the time of their lives. Two of the latest to arrive were equally excited at the prospect of broadening their experience in the historic Irish College that once provided refuge and training for priests forbidden in their home country …” (more)

[Ann Cahill, Irish Examiner, 1 February]

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Fellow students devastated by loss of two ‘very popular classmates’

Posted in Life on February 1st, 2014 by steve

“The Tánaiste has expressed his sympathy to the families of the two Irish students who died in this morning’s fire at a college residence in Belgium …” (more)

[, 31 January]

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Dutch, Belgian publishers mull a ‘Spotify for newspapers’

Posted in Life on April 4th, 2012 by steve

“The Netherlands’ main news titles are collaborating on ideas for a joint payment system that would let readers buy access to each …” (more)

[Robert Andrews, paidContent, 4 April]

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