In this week's news roundup we speak about Vietnamese universities that opened after 6 weeks of closure, South Africa's decision to disable biometric systems at universities and Australian universities' decision to rewrite Confucius Institute contracts.
Vietnamese universities open after 6 weeks of closure
Vietnam News reports that after six weeks of closure due to COVID-19 epidemic, many Vietnamese universities in Ho Chi Minh City decided to reopen. According to the article, the rector of the University of Medicine and Pharmacy, Trần Diệp Tuấn, said that students could serve as reserve personnel if the city lacks adequate doctors and nurses during the outbreak. Ngô Minh Xuân, rector of Phạm Ngọc Thạch University of Medicine, said: “The existing online courses only teach them theory. They need practical lessons at hospitals.”
South African universities disable biometric systems
News24 reports that two South African universities have decided to suspend the use of biometric access control systems as a precaution measure in the midst of coronavirus. The suspension will last “until further notice” and students will need to use their cards for access. The main reason for such action was the use of the finger scanner. Universities also stated that additional security measures will be put in place.
Australian universities rewrite Confucius Institute contracts
The Sydney Morning Herald reports that Australian universities have decided to rewrite Confucius Institute contracts. The University of Melbourne and University of Queensland attempted to safeguard their teaching autonomy. The University of Melbourne clarified “academic and intellectual freedom, including in respect of its research, teaching and operations”. University of Queensland stated that institute’s content “will be solely under the University of Queensland’s ambit and control.”
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