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Monday, 18 February 2019 //

Kiel University bans veils

image: CCKIEL (welt) -- Kiel Christian-Albrechts University has banned full veiling for lectures and examinations, triggering political dispute. The decision was made after a student wore a Niqab, a full facial veil, for a lecture at the end of last year. Her lecturer did not accept the full veiling and asked the university chief for clarification. CDU Minister of Education, Karin Prien, welcomes the decision, whilst the Green party strongly opposes the move ... read more 13.2.19

Lithuania: majority of scientists are women

VILNIUS (baltic course) -- Men were particularly overrepresented in high and medium-high technology manufacturing (83%), according to Eurostat. However, in five EU Member States, the majority of scientists and engineers were women: Lithuania (57% female), Bulgaria and Latvia (both 53%), Portugal (51%) and Denmark (just over 50%) ... read more 12.02.2019

Students protest against rising tuition fees

bannerNANTES (20 minutes) -- Students at the University of Nantes have gone to extreme measures to protest against rising tuition fees for non-European students. Blockades and demonstrations have now turned to hunger strikes for six of the students, who demand the abolition of the proposed measure. Last week, a procession of 150 students marched from the student union to the rectorate, and classes were also disrupted after a new blocking of the campus ... read more 13.2.19

Saturday, 16 February 2019 //

Amazon backs student innovation

image: CCROME (repubblica) -- The technology innovation contest, backed for the first time by e-commerce giant Amazon, for polytechnic students in Rome, Turin and Milan has reached its final stage – designing the use of robots for the management of a warehouse. The young university students have had two months to pitch and produce their product ... read more 12.02.2019

Amazon, like other tech giants, has begun investing in education for some years now. A hot debate is currently taking place in the United States where elementary schools are being targeted by the corporation’s selfless charity ... read more 08.02.2019

Friday, 15 February 2019 //

Hackers reveal weak university security

image: ESNACÓRDOBA (sevilla abc) -- A group of hackers calling themselves the Digital Research Team claims to have accessed the databases of a number of Spanish public institutions, including the University of Córdoba and several federal ministries. The team’s leader has promised that it is an ‘ethical’ hack and that it aims to “only report vulnerabilities on websites to ensure them and repair errors of your web infrastructures” ... read more 13.2.19

White working class students don’t make the cut

LONDON (neon) -- More than half of England’s universities have fewer than 5 percent of poor white students in their intakes, according to a report. The results show low numbers of white students from deprived areas in many top universities. There are only 3 percent at the University of Oxford, compared with 28 percent at Teesside ... read more 14.02.2019

Thursday, 14 February 2019 //

Italian smash-and-grab thieves arrested

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NAPLES (repubblica) -- Thieves who stole over 120 thousand euros worth of electronic devices from the university Suor Orsola Benincasa before fleeing the scenes in a taxi in Naples in January have been arrested and charged. The three thieves, one of which was Giuseppe Tufo, 22, with the two others yet to be identified, entered the multimedia hall of the private university through a window, and then stole 111 electronic tablets ... read more 11.01.2018

Swiss higher education on the up

BERN (swissinfo) -- A government report has indicated that, by 2037, half of Switzerland’s population aged between 25 and 65 will have a higher education degree or vocational qualification. An increased demand from employers, as well as rising student numbers, is causing the upsurge, with a further rise of 21 percent in the next 20 years is expected ... read more 06.02.2019