We’ve highlighted below some of the most recent developments and occurrences in youth-related news and events. In this week’s Friday news we speak about the UK universities that signed deals with European institutions to limit Brexit threat, Japanese government’s cuts in subsidies over entrance exam discrimination and the student protests in Switzerland.
UK universities sign deals with European institutions to limit Brexit threat
In order to limit the threats posed by Brexit, dozen of the UK’s universities have signed their own deals with European institutions, reports the iNews. The Russell Group of elite universities gain the most from the EU’s €80bn research pot and they want to ensure continued access to research and to maintain student exchanges once the UK leaves the European Union. Jo Burton, who is the Russell Group’s Senior Policy Analyst, said: “With the UK’s future relationship with the EU still unclear, there is appetite on both sides of the Channel to formalize these links and protect the flow of people and ideas so vital for our universities, and our economies too.”
Subsidies cut off to Tokyo Medical University over entrance exam discrimination
Japanese government stated that it will not provide any subsidies to Tokyo Medical University in the next year after the institution discriminated female applicants in the entrance examinations, reports Japan Times. The ministry said that seven other universities were also found to have manipulated their entrance exams. Nihon University will face a 35 percent cut in subsidies, while Fukuoka University, Iwate Medical University, Juntendo University, Kanazawa Medical University, Kitasato University and Showa University will face a 25 percent cut. Education minister Masahiko Shibayama said: “I demand that each university ensure the fairness of its entrance exams.”
Swiss students organize national strike for climate protection
20 thousand of Swiss students took part in the worldwide strike for climate protection, reports Swissinfo. The protest was inspired by Greta Thunberg, who accused world leaders ”of behaving like irresponsible children by not doing enough to address climate problems.” Student protestors gathered in Geneva, Lausanne, Neuchâtel, Fribourg, Sion, canton Jura, Lucerne, Zug, Baden, Aargau and Chur. Additionally, her statements were also supported by thousand students around the globe, and the strikes occured in Belgium, Japan, the USA, Australia and the UK. Another strike is planned for the 2nd of February.