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Industrial hemp backers narrow proposal for Kansas research

Added: 16.01.2018 18:04 | 1 views | 0 comments

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Advocates of industrial hemp production in Kansas are pursuing a new legislative proposal for allowing state universities to research it. The new bill is narrower than a measure opposed by law enforcement officials last year. The Topeka Capital-Journal reports that the Senate Agriculture and Natural Resources Committee had a hearing Tuesday. [...]

From: www.seattletimes.com

As Universities Go Online, Architects Rework Buildings For 'Active' Learning

Added: 15.01.2018 21:44 | 0 views | 0 comments

Now that students are getting their bread-and-butter learning online, the real world becomes where collaborative, enriching, group learning “experiences” happen. Architects are making that happen.

From: www.forbes.com

#Metoo reaches China: As claims are made against two professors, Beijing struggles to keep a lid on movement

Added: 15.01.2018 10:27 | 0 views | 0 comments


A new chapter in #MeToo appears to be emerging in China after a university professor was sacked and another is facing an investigation over sexual misconduct allegations. The #MeToo campaign spread rapidly in the West in October after multiple accusations against Hollywood movie mogul Harvey Weinstein. Allegations have been made against men in China – particularly within academia - but the movement has struggled to gain momentum in a country where the media and Internet are controlled by a stability-obsessed, male dominated Communist Party. However, on Thursday a Beijing university said it had sacked one of its top scholars after he was accused of sexual misconduct by a group of women. Beihang University said on its official microblog that an investigation found that Chen Xiaowu‘s behavior had violated professional ethics and created an “odious influence on society.” The university said: “Morality and ability, and actions and talent are as one. This is the demand of Beihang‘s values and the school has zero tolerance for violations of professorial ethics,”  A placard with the hashtag "MeToo" is seen on a European Parliament member's desk during a debate Credit: Reuters Beihang also pledged to upgrade mechanisms to identify such cases. The initial allegation against Chen came from one of his former doctoral students, Luo Qianqian, who posted on Sina Weibo, China’s Twitter, that the professor had tried to pressure her into sex 12 years ago. Ms Luo, who lives in the US, tagged WoYeShi, the Chinese translation of #MeToo, and said in her online comments that the campaign had inspired her to act. Several other alleged victims came forward with accounts of Chen’s behaviour. Ms Luo wrote on her Weibo after Chen’s dismissal: “Women who have awoken to themselves are even more powerful! "Kindness and bravery are our most beautiful expressions.” Chen’s case was covered widely in Chinese media, possibly because the allegations originated overseas. And then on Friday, another Beijing professor was at the centre of sexual misconduct claims. Xue Yuan, a professor from the University of International Business and Economics, was accused of sexual harassment in an online posting by an anonymous college student. The student also sent emails to China’s graft body, the Central Commission for Discipline Inspection, the Ministry of Education and the Ministry of Commerce, the China Daily said. A vendor sells #MeToo badges a protest march for survivors of sexual assault and their supporters in Hollywood, Los Angeles Credit: Reuters The university said that it had immediately formed an “investigative team”. It said: “The working team has exchanged emails with the Internet user (who made the allegations), inviting her to supply authentic, correct and original evidence under the condition of protecting her privacy and personal safety." Meanwhile, Xue Yuan, who is carrying out a short term academic project overseas was called back for further investigation. The two cases are being widely discussed on Chinese social media, raising hopes among many that more women might speak out. However, Leta Hong Fincher, an expert on feminism in China, said the authorities will act before the movement becomes too powerful.   “So far, students at around 60 universities in China have joined in the #MeToo campaign, many of them using their real names,” said Hong Fincher, author of Betraying Big Brother: The Feminist Awakening in China. “Women are posting the letters on social media, but censors delete them very quickly. There's no question that the Communist Party is frightened by the prospect of a viral #MeToo movement galvanising Chinese university students." The men have not yet responded to the allegations.  Additional reporting by Christine Wei

The U.S. University Model May Not Be Sustainable, Study Finds

Added: 14.01.2018 22:25 | 0 views | 0 comments

If you’ve been watching the meteoric rise of college tuition over the past few years, the following may surprise you: Nearly half of financial planning staff at U.S. universities don’t feel that the current business model is viable for the long term.

From: www.forbes.com

How Colleges Can Sweep Away The Skills Gap

Added: 14.01.2018 22:25 | 0 views | 0 comments

Colleges and universities that attempt to address graduate employability with various career services initiatives, but without attempting to sweep away hiring friction are probably doomed to failure.

From: www.forbes.com

Universities Risk 'Mis-Selling' Degrees To Unsuspecting Students

Added: 14.01.2018 21:42 | 0 views | 0 comments

A scathing new report has highlighted fundamental weaknesses in the higher education market and the difficulty students face in getting value for money.

From: www.forbes.com

#Metoo reaches China: As claims are made against two professors, Beijing struggles to keep a lid on movement

Added: 14.01.2018 11:42 | 0 views | 0 comments


A new chapter in #MeToo appears to be emerging in China after a university professor was sacked and another is facing an investigation over sexual misconduct allegations. The #MeToo campaign spread rapidly in the West in October after multiple accusations against Hollywood movie mogul Harvey Weinstein. Allegations have been made against men in China – particularly within academia - but the movement has struggled to gain momentum in a country where the media and Internet are controlled by a stability-obsessed, male dominated Communist Party. However, on Thursday a Beijing university said it had sacked one of its top scholars after he was accused of sexual misconduct by a group of women. Beihang University said on its official microblog that an investigation found that Chen Xiaowu‘s behavior had violated professional ethics and created an “odious influence on society.” The university said: “Morality and ability, and actions and talent are as one. This is the demand of Beihang‘s values and the school has zero tolerance for violations of professorial ethics,”  A placard with the hashtag "MeToo" is seen on a European Parliament member's desk during a debate Credit: Reuters Beihang also pledged to upgrade mechanisms to identify such cases. The initial allegation against Chen came from one of his former doctoral students, Luo Qianqian, who posted on Sina Weibo, China’s Twitter, that the professor had tried to pressure her into sex 12 years ago. Ms Luo, who lives in the US, tagged WoYeShi, the Chinese translation of #MeToo, and said in her online comments that the campaign had inspired her to act. Several other alleged victims came forward with accounts of Chen’s behaviour. Ms Luo wrote on her Weibo after Chen’s dismissal: “Women who have awoken to themselves are even more powerful! "Kindness and bravery are our most beautiful expressions.” Chen’s case was covered widely in Chinese media, possibly because the allegations originated overseas. And then on Friday, another Beijing professor was at the centre of sexual misconduct claims. Xue Yuan, a professor from the University of International Business and Economics, was accused of sexual harassment in an online posting by an anonymous college student. The student also sent emails to China’s graft body, the Central Commission for Discipline Inspection, the Ministry of Education and the Ministry of Commerce, the China Daily said. A vendor sells #MeToo badges a protest march for survivors of sexual assault and their supporters in Hollywood, Los Angeles Credit: Reuters The university said that it had immediately formed an “investigative team”. It said: “The working team has exchanged emails with the Internet user (who made the allegations), inviting her to supply authentic, correct and original evidence under the condition of protecting her privacy and personal safety." Meanwhile, Xue Yuan, who is carrying out a short term academic project overseas was called back for further investigation. The two cases are being widely discussed on Chinese social media, raising hopes among many that more women might speak out. However, Leta Hong Fincher, an expert on feminism in China, said the authorities will act before the movement becomes too powerful.   “So far, students at around 60 universities in China have joined in the #MeToo campaign, many of them using their real names,” said Hong Fincher, author of Betraying Big Brother: The Feminist Awakening in China. “Women are posting the letters on social media, but censors delete them very quickly. There's no question that the Communist Party is frightened by the prospect of a viral #MeToo movement galvanising Chinese university students." The men have not yet responded to the allegations.  Additional reporting by Christine Wei

James Franco, Universities Where He Taught Say No Sexual Misconduct Complaints

Added: 13.01.2018 4:25 | 2 views | 0 comments

James Franco is facing 4 sexual misconduct complaints from some of his former acting students at Studio 4 and Playhouse West, so we decided to call around and see if anyone lodged complaints at the various schools where the actor taught, and it...

From: www.tmz.com

May's Reshambles: Toby Young quits, minister who sent woman aide to buy sex toy is shafted, and MPs round on 'pathetically weak' PM

Added: 09.01.2018 6:30 | 0 views | 0 comments

Theresa May suffered fresh humiliation this morning with the resignation of "porn addict" Toby Young as a universities watchdog two days after she publicly defended him.

From: www.standard.co.uk

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