Universities call for research of Rohingya case
More than half a million Rohingya refugees fled their country and arrived in neighbouring Bangladesh. Many academics call for research on Rohingya group because of possible long-term impact they could have on the entire country. At the same time, many university groups are protesting against their arrival, calling on Myanmar to accept them back. According to some studies, there was up to 80% of illiteracy among Rohingyas in their Rakhine state in 2012. Azarin Afrin, a history lecturer at Jahangirnagar University calls for academics to write more in international journals on the history of Rohingyas since they are often portraited by Myanmar’s government as illegal immigrants from Banglandesh, which is not true.
Universities will accommodate Puerto Rican students after hurricanes
The SUNY board of trustees said that students from Puerto Rico and the United States Virgin Islands who attended the state University of New York will pay in-state tuition this school year. More than 10,000 people have fled Puerto Rico and arrived in Orlando, Miami and Fort Lauderdale, reports the New York Times. A large influx of students who were forced to leave is expected, and several school districts and universities prepare for their arrival. Those who are pursuing a bachelor’s degree could save around $10,000 with their tuition fees reduction. So far, 215 students have been identified as suitable for this kind of aid. Public and elementary schools will be obliged to accept students that arrive, while colleges can choose whether they want to do it or not.
Freshers at the University of Bristol investigated by police
A string of incidents has occured during Freshers’ Week at the University of Bristol, reports the Independent. Many substances used for spiking have been found, and some of the causes include disorientation and nausea. One of the parties took place at Wills Hall, and two more, separate incidents, were subsequently reported. Victims of spiking could easily be subjected to sexual violence or theft. Simon Bray, director of residential and hospitality services at the University of Bristol declared: ” We are extremely disappointed that it’s been reported in one of our halls of residence.”