Aug 7, 2014

Italian professor in hot water for hosting Costa Concordia captain

A professor who invited the disgraced captain of the capsized Costa Concordia to speak at a criminology seminar has been referred to the ethics committee at Rome’s La Sapienza University, the university said on Wednesday. Professor Vincenzo Mastronardi held the seminar last month reconstructing ...

Osaka bets big on TOEFL to boost English levels

| Jul 27, 2014

Osaka bets big on TOEFL to boost English levels

The Osaka Prefecture Board of Education is pushing through a raft of initiatives to shake up English-language education, chief among them the introduction of TOEFL at top-performing high schools, which will be taught by an elite group of teachers earning approximately ¥8 million a ...

Jul 10, 2014

John Wayne heirs sue university over the name Duke

John Wayne’s heirs are taking Duke University to court to assert the family’s right to market bottles of bourbon branded with the late movie star’s nickname, Duke. A federal lawsuit filed last week is the latest salvo in a long-running legal duel between the ...

China rising in school rankings

Jun 19, 2014

China rising in school rankings

While Japan once again tops this year’s Times Higher Education Asia University Rankings, it is finding its traditional dominance in higher education increasingly challenged by China and South Korea, education experts say. Japan held on to the No. 1 spot in this year’s rankings, ...

New Jersey university offers course on Beyonce

Feb 3, 2014

New Jersey university offers course on Beyonce

Beyonce is one of the world’s most scrutinized pop stars, and now that study is moving to academia. The department of women’s and gender studies at Rutgers University is offering a course called Politicizing Beyonce. Kevin Allred, a doctoral student who is teaching the ...

Obama targets college sexual assault epidemic

Jan 23, 2014

Obama targets college sexual assault epidemic

President Barack Obama shone a light Wednesday on a college sexual assault epidemic that is often shrouded in secrecy, with victims fearing stigma, police poorly trained to investigate and universities reluctant to disclose the violence. A White House report highlights a stunning prevalence of ...