China orders its universities to champion socialism, tradition

Jan 20, 2015

China orders its universities to champion socialism, tradition

China’s leadership has issued guidelines requiring universities to strengthen ideological controls in classrooms and telling professors they must champion Marxism, traditional culture and socialist core values. The orders come as President Xi Jinping tightens his grip on political power and cracks down on the ...

Jan 19, 2015

Man sues women's university for rejecting application

A man who applied to a women’s university in the city of Fukuoka filed for damages Monday, arguing the public college’s rejection of his application amounts to gender discrimination and is unconstitutional. In the complaint filed with the Fukuoka District Court, the man in ...

Japanese firms turn to Asia in the hunt for good graduates

Jan 19, 2015

Japanese firms turn to Asia in the hunt for good graduates

by Siti Rahil

As Japan’s youngsters dwindle in number, major companies sent recruiters to Singapore recently to interview high-flying university graduates from elsewhere in Asia. Tokyo-based recruitment firm Recruit Career Co. arranged for seven companies to interview about 60 foreign students with a view to hiring the ...

Dec 18, 2014

More struggling to get handle on student loans

by Makoto Nishimura

An increasing number of students are struggling to pay education loans and more than 6,000 lawsuits were filed over the fallout in the 2013 academic year alone. Kazuya Fujishima, 29, a graduate student at Hokkaido University, owes some ¥10 million in an interest-bearing loan ...

College professors turn to TV's 'Simpsons'

Dec 18, 2014

College professors turn to TV's 'Simpsons'

Bart and Lisa Simpson have been in elementary school for 25 years, but that hasn’t stopped them from showing up on college campuses. Universities across the U.S. are using satirical references from “The Simpsons” to grab students’ attention and convey lessons in literature and ...

Dec 5, 2014

China gains foothold on American campuses, scholars say

China’s authoritarian government is gaining a foothold on American campuses by funding dozens of institutes that project a rose-tinted view of the Asian nation that compromises the academic integrity of U.S. universities, a congressional hearing has been told. Scholars of China testified that these ...

Dec 3, 2014

About 100 brains missing from University of Texas

The University of Texas at Austin is missing about 100 brains — about half of the specimens the university had in a collection of brains preserved in jars of formaldehyde. One of the missing brains is believed to have belonged to clock tower sniper ...

Nov 24, 2014

Korean exam chief resigns over bungled questions

South Korea’s education minister apologized and the head of the national exam board resigned Monday after accepting that there were errors in two questions in the country’s cutthroat college entrance exam. The acknowledgement that mistakes were made followed a flood of complaints to the ...