State University Reforms Opposed By Students And Rectors In Chile


We’ve highlighted below some of the most recent developments and occurrences in youth-related news and events.

Student visa myth exposed

Official figures published by the Office for National Statistic show that fewer than 5,000 foreign students stayed on in UK after visas expired. Distortion of figures throughout the years is evident once estimates for previous years are seen, and these have been close to 100,000. According to the Guardian, Theresa May’s persistance to include foreign students in the government’s immigration target does not seem justified since most of these students return home after they finish their studies. Conservatives’ manifestos of 2010, 2015 and 2017 included the target of bringing net migration down, but they repeatedly rejected idea to remove students from these figures.

State university reforms opposed by students and rectors in Chile

A large protest and a sit-in at the headquarters of Universidad de Chile (UCH) in Santiago has been organized by students who demand changes to the state univesities bill. They hung up a banner that says: “Chileans: the education ministry lies”. This protest is a continuation of protests and march from August when they delivered a letter about the matter to President Michelle Bachelet. The state universities bill should allegedly strengthen Chile’s 18 state-owned universities but many rectors have declared it a step backwards. This bill should introduce changes to institutional system, governance, government financing and rules of employment.

Cambridge University Press reverses Chinese censorship

After 300 hundred Cambridge University Press articles about sensitive topics such as Tiananmen Square massacre have been censored in China, the world’s oldest publishing house has decided to reverse a decision to censor its content. As BBC reports, after a petition and protest of academics from around the world The China Quarterly welcomed the reversal. Their editor, Tim Pringle stated: “Access to published materials of the highest quality is a core component of scholarly research”.

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