150 Million Downloads of Academic Papers from Pirate Websites

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We’ve highlighted below some of the most recent reports in youth-related news and events. In this week’s Friday news summary, we speak about the rise of pirate websites where academic papers can be downloaded, Australian government’s promise to invest AU$135 million in regional universities and Malaysian government’s plan to attract foreign universities.

150 million downloads of academic papers from pirate websites

The Asahi Shimbun reports that there is a growing reluctance to pay subscription fees for academic publications. Therefore, there is a rise of pirate websites where academic papers can be downloaded freely. The study that was conducted by researchers from the University of the Ryukyus and Nagoya Gakuin University shows that the Japanese downloaded academic papers more than 1.27 million times in the last year. Additionally, there were more than 150 million downloads around the globe, and the total financial damage suffered by publishers remains unknown.

Australian government promises AU$135 million for regional universities

The Guardian Australia reports that the Morrison government promised to invest an extra AU$135 million in regional universities. The money will be used for scholarships and study hubs for students in rural and regional areas. At the same time, the government was accused by the National Tertiary Education Union for not investing in the Group of Eight universities, which missed out on funding. The Group of Eight (Go8) Chief Executive, Vicki Thomson, stated: ‘’Under the guise of supporting regional and remote students – which is critical policy and strongly supported by the Go8 – the government has carried out a blatant targeted funding raid on base research funding, the depth of which is unprecedented, self-defeating and damaging.”  

Malaysian Ministry of Education wants to attract foreign universities

Malaysian government hopes to make Pagoh a regional education hub and to attract more foreign universities, reports Malay Mail. The Ministry of Education (MOE) will be establishing branch campuses at the Pagoh Higher Education Hub (HPTP) and courses offered would be at postgraduate levels. The minister Maszlee Malik, stated: “Apart from opening up opportunities to local students, they also informed that in view of the technological advances in Malaysia, they would encourage students from Indonesia to pursue their studies here.’’ He also added that ministry will approach South Korean and Japanese universities to encourage them to set up their branch campuses there.

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