Euro University Network
Leading universities in Germany, the Czech Republic, France and Poland have launched a new strategic partnership. The European University Alliance has been described as a unique teaching and research network.
The founding members are Heidelberg University, the Sorbonne in Paris, Prague’s Charles University and the University of Warsaw. Students, professors and researchers from each university will work together with their colleagues across the border on a huge range of academic and administrative matters. The four founding institutions boast a combined 185,000 students and 38,000 staff. A joint statement released by the four said that the main goal was to “remove obstacles to free circulation of individuals, ideas and best practices between their universities by creating an open space and atmosphere”.
It took two years to finalise the deal, which is part of a larger ‘4EU’ movement. Leading the charge is new French president Emmanuel Macron who recently expressed his desire to establish 20 cross-border European University Networks, each consisting of four institutions.
France has requested 5 million euros of EU funding to encourage new partnerships. The European Commission supports the idea and hopes to have all 20 networks up and running by 2025. British universities are reportedly keen to strenghten their continental alliances before the uncertainty of Brexit arrives.
Whatsapp Exam Leak
Millions of young Indians will be forced to resit their school exams following a major cheating scandal. Maths and economics students hoping to gain entrance to the country’s most prestigious universities were the worst affected.
Exam answers were leaked on Whatsapp and spread like wildfire across the students’ phone network just hours before the exams began. Authorities have since cancelled the national school exams for an estimated 1.6 million teenagers.
The police have launched an investigation with 32 suspects being detained for questioning. Affected students are in limbo and awaiting the dates of new exams to be confirmed.
The examinations concerned were the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) tests, which help identify the country’s brightest young men and women each year. The CBSE denied the leak at first but later confirmed the exam answers were sent to millions of phones.
Federal education minister Prakash Javadekar told parents and pupils that he “understood the pain and anguish and frustration”. “The criminals who did this won’t be spared. I am sure police will catch these people soon. Let me assure that we will further improve the system and make it foolproof,” he said.