Cambridge Gets Donation for Oil Extraction Research

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In this week’s news, we speak about Russia’s plan to attract foreign IT students, donation that Cambridge received for oil extraction research and Irish universities that keep important artworks out of public eye.

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Russia wants to attract foreign IT students

Russian universities plan to attract 7000 foreign students by 2021 in order to implement ‘Human Resources for the Digital Economy’ – a program by the Russian Federal Agency for the Commonwealth of Independent States, Compatriots Living Abroad and International Humanitarian Cooperation, reports Russian news agency TASS. Head of the agency, Eleonora Mitrofanova, said that they are planning to forge ties between compatriots abroad and Russian scientific and cultural centers as well as to attract talented foreign young people to Russian universities. “We want to form a responsible digital behavior and increase interest in programming and robotic technology, especially among young people, so as to educate the talented youth and find jobs in Russia [for them],” Mitrofanova added. More than 40 international resources for teachers and students will be launched across the world under the program, and its implementation will be helped by major Russian technical universities.

Cambridge gets donation for oil extraction research

The Guardian reports that Cambridge University received a donation of £6 million for oil extraction research. The donation was granted by Shell even though Cambridge recently positioned itself as ‘’sustainable future’’ supporter. A spokesperson for Cambridge Zero Carbon said: “Fossil fuel executives should be in court for their crimes against humanity, not helping determine the policy of leading public research institutions.” Many critics pointed out that fossil fuel companies earn hundreds of millions off Cambridge research breakthroughs.

Irish universities keep important artworks out of public eye

Irish Times reports that many important artworks at the publicly-funded universities are kept away from public view. For instance, Trinity College Dublin refuses to state what kind of artwork they possess. NUI Galway stated that they want to “share their art collection as widely as possible with the community – both the campus community and the public.” A spokesman also added that works are kept in the university library, where only cardholders can enter. University College Dublin (UCD) said that most of the artworks in its collection are valued at €10,000 or more and deemed as nationally significant.

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