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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Amid Protests, Trinity Lets Students in Hong Kong Decide Whether to Stay

Posted in Governance and administration on November 15th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Trinity has asked students studying abroad in Hong Kong to ‘carefully consider the situation and advise if they would like to stay or return’ after pro-democracy protests spilled onto college campuses this week, TheJournal.ie reported today …” (more)

[Cormac Watson, University Times, 14 November]

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UCD advises exchange students in Hong Kong to return home amid ongoing protests

Posted in Governance and administration on November 14th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“University College Dublin (UCD) has advised its students on exchange in two universities in Hong Kong to return home. The students, thought to number fewer than five in total, have been studying in the Chinese University of Hong Kong (CHUK) and the University of Hong Kong (HKU), both of which have closed for the remainder of term …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Kate Lamb and Jessie Pang, Independent, 14 November]

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Higher Education Institutions – China

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on November 7th, 2019 by steve

IrelandJack Chambers (Dublin West, Fianna Fail): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills if he is satisfied that the continued activities of institutes (details supplied) do not negatively impact on the activities of universities here; the actions he has taken to ensure same; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 5 November]

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How Should Universities Respond to China’s Growing Presence on Their Campuses?

Posted in Governance and administration on November 5th, 2019 by steve

“Over the last several months, opponents of the ongoing protests in Hong Kong have clashed with protest supporters at universities across the world. In Australia and New Zealand, pro-Beijing students have occasionally shoved, doxed, and threatened peaceful protesters …” (more)

[ChinaFile, 4 November]

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Should Europe share US and Australian fears about academic partnerships with China?

Posted in Governance and administration on September 14th, 2019 by steve

“The scrutiny started in the United States and is well under way in Australia. Now concerns are growing in Europe about the links between education institutions there and partners in China. For example, a report earlier this month in British newspaper The Sunday Times raised questions about ties between a number of leading Irish universities and Chinese colleges accused of espionage and cyberattacks …” (more)

[Simone McCarthy, South China Morning Post, 14 September]

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Trinity Working With Chinese Universities Accused of Cyber Crime

Posted in Legal issues, Research on September 9th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Trinity is reportedly collaborating on research with Chinese universities that have been linked to cyber crime and international espionage. The Sunday Times today reports that Ireland’s Department of Business, Enterprise and Innovation is financing research collaborations between Irish universities – Trinity, University College Dublin and University College Cork – and two Chinese universities accused of cyber attacks …” (more)

[Orla Murnaghan, University Times, 8 September]

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Confucius Institutes: The growth of China’s controversial cultural branch

Posted in Governance and administration on September 7th, 2019 by steve

“According to China, its Confucius Institute is ‘a bridge reinforcing friendship’ between it and the world. But to its critics the government-run body – which offers language and cultural programmes overseas – is a way for Beijing to spread propaganda under the guise of teaching, interfere with free speech on campuses and even to spy on students …” (more)

[Pratik Jakhar, BBC, 7 September]

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Academics plead with university not to sack professor

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on August 12th, 2019 by steve

“Hundreds of international academics have signed an open letter in support of a jailed Hong Kong law professor being held in solitary confinement, urging his university not to dismiss him from his job. Benny Tai Yiu-ting, one of nine founders of the 2014 Umbrella movement, was sentenced to 16 months in prison in April over public nuisance charges related to his role in the mass protests that lasted for 79 days …” (more)

[Katy Wong, Independent, 12 August]

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Chinese universities need to attract more foreign students, but not by treating them differently

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on August 6th, 2019 by steve

“Recent events have stirred debate over the treatment of international students in China. From special ‘buddy programmes’ for visiting students to lenient treatment of misbehaviour, many decry the apparent preferential treatment given to foreigners on campus …” (more)

[Wang Huiyao, South China Morning Post, 6 August]

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Confucius Institute of Chinese and Regenerative Medicine to be established at NUI Galway

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

Ireland“NUI Galway has signed an agreement to establish a Confucius Institute and to formalise collaborative ties with Nanjing University of Chinese Medicine (NJUCM). The signing ceremony was attended by the Chinese Vice-Minister for Education, the Ambassador of China in Ireland and the Mayor of Galway …” (more)

[Fiona Lee, SIN, 11 April]

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Do Irish Confucius Institutes Threaten Academic Freedom?

Posted in Governance and administration on April 3rd, 2019 by steve

Ireland“In the bright hallways of the UCD Confucius Institute, a bronze sculpture of the eponymous philosopher surveys his kingdom. The newly opened building, which has been lauded for its design, is sleek and airy with whispers of Chinese influence …” (more)

[Ciannait Khan, University Times, 3 April]

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Minister for Education and Skills Announces Development of Shanghai University Irish Studies Centre

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

Ireland“Minister for Education and Skills Joe McHugh TD has today Wednesday, 20 March, announced the development of an Irish Studies Centre at Shanghai University, deepening further the links between UCC and China. UCC was one of several Irish third level institutions present when the Minister witnessed the signing of Memorandums of Understanding with Chinese education partners during Minister McHugh’s St Patrick’s Day programme …” (more)

[Department of Education and Skills, 20 March]

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Minister McHugh Witnesses Signings of MoUs between Irish and Chinese Higher Education Institutions in Beijing

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on March 18th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“The Minister for Education and Skills Joe McHugh TD today (Monday March 18th) witnessed the signing of a number of Memorandums of Understanding between Irish higher education institutions and Chinese education partners during his trip to China as part of the Government’s programme of St Patrick’s Day visits …” (more)

[Department of Education and Skills, 18 March]

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Queen’s University Belfast not seeking further work with Huawei

Posted in Research on January 25th, 2019 by steve

“Queen’s University has become the latest institution to distance itself from Huawei, following security fears about the Chinese tech company. The university has one existing research project which is endorsed by Huawei in wireless technologies. The project received £713,111 in funding from the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council, the UK’s main agency for research grants in engineering and the physical sciences …” (more)

[Lauren Harte, Belfast Telegraph, 25 January]

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Irish universities open AI research doors to China with signing of agreements

Posted in Research on October 25th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Irish educational institutions have signed deals to make closer ties between Irish and Chinese research in computer science and AI. A number of Irish universities and institutes of technology have opened their doors to Chinese research as part of a series of new deals signed between them and Chinese universities …” (more)

[Colm Gorey, Silicon Republic, 24 October]

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