The University of Cape Town and the University of Bristol Develop Joint PhD Program

In this week’s news roundup we speak about university merger in Taiwan, exciting PhD research program developed by the University of Cape Town and University of Bristol, and ''no narcotics, no liquor'' statement signed by Indian students.

University merger in Taiwan

Taiwan News reports that three Taiwanese tech universities (National Taiwan University of Science and Technology, National Pingtung University of Science and Technology and National Yunlin University of Science and Technology) are planning to merge. This move could be the largest of its kind in the history of the country. The plan is expected to be approved by the end of the year by their respective administrations. The new university will have around 32,000 students and will be renamed as ‘’Taiwan University of Science and Technology’’.

The University of Cape Town and the University of Bristol develop joint PhD program

IOL reports that the University of Cape Town (UCT) and the University of Bristol are planning to launch a new ‘’Researchers without Borders’’ PhD program.  Vice-Chancellors of both universities signed an agreement in Bristol and UCT spokesperson Elijah Moholola said: “The participating PhD students will be registered at and have supervisors and co-supervisors at both universities and will spend approximately equal amounts of time at each location.” UCT Vice-Chancellor, Professor Mamokgethi Phakeng added: “This novel programme, with its focus on early career researchers, has great potential to support future leaders and shapers in research and society, whilst bringing two great universities together in a profound collaboration.”

”No narcotics, no liquor” statement signed by Indian students

NDTV reports that students admitted to Jadavpur Universityy (JU) have to sign a statement where they promise that no narcotic substances or liquor will be consumed inside the university premises. Engineering department dean Prof Chiranjib Bhattacharjee said: “Candidates of all the three streams will have to sign the written undertaking.” Partha Pratim Roy, a senior member of the Jadavpur University Teachers” Association (JUTA), emphasized that ”students will always support constructive moves by the JU administration”. This decision comes as a response to reports that students were found consuming alcohol and drugs inside the campus.

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