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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China defends Confucius Institutes now under fire from US

Posted in Governance and administration on October 16th, 2020 by steve

“Following scathing political attacks from the Trump administration China on Friday defended its Confucius Institutes as apolitical facilitators of cultural and language exchange. The administration last week urged US schools and colleges to rethink their ties to the institutes that bring Chinese language classes to America but, according to federal officials, also invite a ‘malign influence’ from China …” (more)

[Independent, 16 October]

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Queen’s University charters flights to bring Chinese students to Belfast

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

“Queen’s University Belfast for the second time in two weeks has chartered a Qatar Airways plane to bring hundreds of Chinese students to Belfast. On Saturday about 400 new and returning Queen’s University students were flown into Northern Ireland from Beijing by Boeing 777 to begin the college term. Two weeks previously the university chartered a flight to bring in about 370 Chinese students …” (more)

[Gerry Moriarty, Irish Times, 4 October]

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Queen’s University chartered £616 a ticket flight from China for students

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on September 21st, 2020 by steve

“Queen’s University, Belfast has brought hundreds of students to Northern Ireland direct from China on a chartered jumbo jet. The Boeing 777 aircraft, operated by Qatar Airways and carrying the 369 new and returning students, landed at Belfast International Airport from Beijing on Saturday …” (more)

[Lauren Harte, Belfast Telegraph, 21 September]

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China v America: why universities are on the front line

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on September 6th, 2020 by steve

“The covid-19 pandemic could cause a massive drop in the number of Chinese students travelling abroad. That would be disastrous for many Western universities – but for the Chinese government, it is a geopolitical opportunity …” (video)

[The Economist, 4 September]

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What agents say about the plans of Chinese students

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on July 13th, 2020 by steve

“Universities that host international students face grim COVID-related challenges. There is a lot of uncertainty among international students regarding their plans to study abroad. For a large number of universities around the world there is an urgent need to understand what these students will do …” (more)

[Ying Yang, Jenna Mittelmeier, Miguel Antonio Lim and Sylvie Lomer, University World News, 11 July]

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UK universities comply with China’s internet restrictions

Posted in Teaching on July 9th, 2020 by steve

“UK universities are testing a new online teaching link for students in China – which will require course materials to comply with Chinese restrictions on the internet. It enables students in China to keep studying UK degrees online, despite China’s limits on internet access …” (more)

[Sean Coughlan, BBC News, 9 July]

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Queen’s University charters jet to bring Chinese students direct to Belfast

Posted in Governance and administration on July 8th, 2020 by steve

“Queen’s University has chartered a jumbo jet at a cost of around £600,000 to bring hundreds of students directly from China to Belfast in September, the Irish News can reveal. It comes amid fears that a drastic loss of income from its international student intake would leave a hole in its budget running into millions of pounds …” (more)

[Gary McDonald, Irish News, 8 July]

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Censorship Controversy Sees Rebrand for Confucius Institutes

Posted in Governance and administration on July 6th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“The Ministry for Education in China has decided to rebrand its Confucius Institutes as centres for ‘language exchange and cooperation’. This decision may see the UCD Confucius Institute, which was completed last year, rebranded accordingly …” (more)

[Blathnaid Corless, College Tribune, 5 July]

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China’s Confucius Institutes rebrand after overseas propaganda rows

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

“Beijing is abandoning its Confucius Institute brand after a global backlash over censorship, switching to a new look as a centre for ‘language exchange and cooperation’. In a directive to lower-level agencies, the Ministry of Education said the Confucius Institute Headquarters, or Hanban, had changed its name to the Ministry of Education Centre for Language Education and Cooperation …” (more)

[Zhuang Pinghui, South China Morning Post, 4 July]

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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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