North Korean physicist given a chance to study in Italy
North Korean researchers will get a chance to study neuroscience as a part of the exhange deal with Italy,reports Nature. A rare opportunity was given to North Korean physicists who struck an unusual agreement with an Italian institute. The deal was signed between Kim Il-sung University in Pyongyang and the International School for Advanced Studies (SISSA) from Trieste. SISSA’s director, physicist Stefano Ruffo said he is ”happy to help students train in the university’s cognitive-neuroscience department.”
Altercation between Universiti Malaya (UM) students and supporters of former Malaysian prime minister
On March 22, an incident occured when a group of seven Universiti Malaya (UM) students were suppressed by former Malaysian prime minister Najib Abdul Razak’s supporters during a protest near the university campus where Najib was having an event, reports malaysiakini.com. The Higher Education Department stated that it “is really disappointed with any form of violent acts and strongly rejects attempts to suppress the students’ freedom to speak, as had happened to UM student activists recently.” “Differences in opinion, ideology and views should not be an excuse to act violently against anyone. Tolerance and respecting each other is the culture of the multicultural society in Malaysia, which cannot be traded for the benefit of certain parties,” added the department.
Tech leaks at Japanese universities
Japanese government wants to prevent leaks of cutting-edge technology from the USA via Japanese universities, reports The Japan News. Trade, Economy and Industry Ministries plan to improve monitoring system in order to prevent other countries such as China from getting their hands on this technology. The Japan’s governmet is trying to align itself wih the U.S. policies that have a goal of protecting advanced technology. At the same time, Japanese universities are rapidly creating foreign partnerships for joint researches.