UCD risks being a pawn in China’s bigger game

Posted in Governance and administration on September 15th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“The main higher education story over the past two years has rightfully been the Covid-19 pandemic. Everyone from students to senior management has coped as best as possible in extraordinary circumstances. But the impact of another global development in the sector that has been slowly unfolding for years has now also became acute, and that is the growing threat to academic freedom …” (more)

[Alexander Dukalskis and David Farrell, Irish Times, 15 September]

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Queen’s University planning to charter two flights for Chinese students

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on September 1st, 2021 by steve

“Queen’s University is planning to charter two flights from China to bring students to Belfast ahead of the new academic year. The university will be one of several flying in students to the UK this month …” (more)

[Mark Bain, Belfast Telegraph, 1 September]

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Adviser paid by Chinese government to oversee Leaving Cert language course

Posted in Governance and administration, Teaching on August 12th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“An adviser paid by the Chinese government is to have an oversight role in the new Leaving Certificate subject of Mandarin Chinese as part of an agreement between the Department of Education and its counterpart in Beijing. Under the terms of the memorandum of understanding (MOU), the Chinese education ministry will nominate and, with the agreement of the department, appoint an adviser for the Mandarin Chinese language course in secondary schools …” (more)

[Colm Keena, Irish Times, 11 August]

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UCD staff say college institute teaching Chinese studies ‘devalues’ reputation

Posted in Teaching on August 7th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“A number of academics in University College Dublin have expressed strong opposition to a course on Chinese history and politics being delivered by an institute they believe has links with the Beijing regime. The academics say that the delivery of the course, by the UCD Irish Institute for Chinese Studies (IICS), ‘devalues and endangers UCD’s academic reputation’ …” (more)

[Colm Keena, Irish Times, 7 August]

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IT Carlow Makes History As It Gets Green Light For Chinese Institute

Posted in Governance and administration on June 29th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“IT Carlow has become the first Irish institute of technology to receive approval from the Chinese Ministry of Education to establish a joint institute in China. Carlow International College of Technology, located in the city of Zhengzhou in Henan province, has been approved for an annual intake of 280 students and a total learner population of 1,120 from September 2022 …” (more)

[Michael Tracey, Carlow Nationalist, 28 June]

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Is the world splitting into opposing science ‘blocs’

Posted in Research on June 28th, 2021 by steve

“A race for supremacy in global science and technology has kicked off as China has announced a raft of ambitious policies to promote self-sufficiency in scientific research and technological advancement, and the United States has mapped out a major push in science and technology backed by huge rises in spending …” (more)

[Yojana Sharma, University World News, 23 June]

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Underfunding of universities leading to blind spots on human rights

Posted in Governance and administration on June 15th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“President Michael D Higgins gave a stirring address at an online conference on academic freedom this week. He suggested we are in danger of losing not just academic freedom at the level of the individual scholar but of losing the institution of the university itself …” (more)

[Breda O’Brien, Irish Times, 12 June]

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UCD president felt staff academic freedom concerns were ‘overreaction’

Posted in Governance and administration on June 8th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“University College Dublin president Andrew Deeks privately told staff in the university’s politics department that their concerns about threats to academic freedom, from Chinese telecoms giant Huawei, were an ‘overreaction’. Academics expressed concerns after The Irish Times reported the chief executive of Huawei Ireland had written to Minister for Defence Simon Coveney about an article by a UCD academic criticising the company’s ties to the Chinese government …” (more)

[Jack Power, Irish Times, 8 June]

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Irish-Chinese university collaborations

Posted in Governance and administration on April 10th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Sir, – In his letter ‘Trinity and Chinese universities’ (March 29th), Prof Nathan Hill writes that ‘the increasing marginalisation and oppression of minorities constitutes an imperative to pursue collaborations with the Central University for Nationalities [Minzu University of China (MUC)] and other nationality universities rather than a reason to hesitate in our engagement with Chinese university partners’ …” (more)

[Caitríona Ní Dhúill and others, Irish Times, 10 April]

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Trinity and Chinese universities

Posted in Governance and administration on March 29th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Sir, – The Irish Times has carried articles that report on a controversy surrounding Irish collaboration with a university that until recently was called ‘The Central University for Nationalities’ (‘UCC academics concerned at deepening links with Minzu University’, News, November 25th). When the Chinese Communist Party in 1949 created the People’s Republic of China, it envisioned a land of multiethnic and multilingual flourishing …” (more)

[Nathan Hill, Irish Times, 29 March]

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Irish universities and China: walking an ethical tightrope

Posted in Governance and administration on March 23rd, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Irish universities have been forging closer links with China over recent years as they try to boost their private income against a backdrop of declining Government funding. In doing so, they are performing a delicate balancing act: trying to boost their bottom line while not compromising their principles over issues such as academic freedom and civil rights …” (more)

[Colm Keena, Irish Times, 23 March]

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NUI Universities Warned Over Links to International Partnerships

Posted in Governance and administration on March 9th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“University College Cork (UCC) will not proceed with a project to form a ‘joint college’ with Minzu University of China, a university that specialises in ethnic studies. UCC have not yet explained why they have chosen to abandon the project, but they warned that there could be ‘repercussions’ if the former partner university were to believe the project had been abandoned due to ethical concerns …” (more)

[Caolan Dooley, College Tribune, 8 March]

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UCC to abandon joint college project with Chinese university

Posted in Governance and administration on March 4th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“University College Cork is not going ahead with a controversial project to form a ‘joint college’ with a Chinese university that specialises in ethnic studies. The university has not said why the project is being abandoned but, in an review commissioned by UCC, the university was warned that there could be ‘repercussions’ if the Chinese believed the project had been withdrawn over ethical concerns …” (more)

[Colm Keena, Irish Times, 4 March]

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Queen’s University fails to address issues relating to Chinese flights

Posted in Governance and administration on February 24th, 2021 by steve

“Internal Queen’s University Belfast (QUB) documentation highlights senior university officials expressing concern at the Covid-19 pandemic’s impact on international student recruitment. This documentation, seen by The Detail, also shows how the university values just eight international students as having an economic impact equivalent to £1 million …” (more)

[Rory Winters, The Detail, 24 February]

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Growing links between Irish and Chinese universities must be examined, Senator says

Posted in Governance and administration on February 23rd, 2021 by steve

Ireland“The Government has been warned that developing links between Irish and Chinese universities must be scrutinised because of concerns about human rights violations in China. Independent Senator Rónán Mullen said the State’s education system may be ‘contaminated’ as a result of developing these links amid such violations …” (more)

[Marie O’Halloran, Irish Times, 22 February]

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The Communist Party’s grip threatens academic cooperation

Posted in Governance and administration on February 22nd, 2021 by steve

“‘China’ has become the elephant in the room that we, in the field of international higher education, can no longer ignore. What exactly this elephant looks like is still in dispute between those who prefer to ‘engage’ with the rising superpower in the East and those who propose to ‘contain’ an emerging adversary that challenges established Western norms …” (more)

[Queenie KH Lam, University World News, 20 February]

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Can Biden help reset China-US HE and research relations?

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Research on November 30th, 2020 by steve

“The geopolitical, trade and technology tensions between the United States and China will continue to have an impact on higher education collaboration between academics and universities in the two countries under US President-Elect Joe Biden, higher education experts say, although they see a likely change of tone under Biden which could ease some current friction which is affecting student flows from China …” (more)

[Yojana Sharma, University World News, 25 November]

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How the pandemic has affected UL international students

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

Ireland“Every year students from all over the world attend the University of Limerick for a semester as part of the Erasmus program. However, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Universities throughout Ireland have adopted online teaching methods this semester, which has resulted in many international students being unable to travel to Limerick for the year …” (more)

[Luyao Liu, Limerick Voice, 29 November]

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UCC academics concerned at deepening links with Minzu University

Posted in Governance and administration on November 25th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Academics in University College Cork (UCC) have expressed concern about plans to deepen links with a controversial university in China. Fifty academics from the university have signed a letter seeking a detailed report on whether Minzu University in China is linked to human rights abuses against the Uighur people in Xinjiang, and other minority groups …” (more)

[Colm Keena, Irish Times, 25 November]

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UCC criticised for links with controversial Chinese university

Posted in Governance and administration on October 28th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“University College Cork is considering deepening its relationship with a controversial university in China that the Beijing regime uses to educate students from ethnic minorities, many of whom go on to become Chinese Communist Party officials or cadres …” (more)

[Colm Keena, Irish Times, 28 October]

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