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Venezuela’s university education mission reaches ten years, 695,000 Students

Bolivarian University of Venezuela

By Tamara Pearson Venezuela’s Mission Sucre has reached ten years of providing higher education to over 695,000 people, 379,000 of who have already graduated. The national government launched Mission Sucre in November 2003 in order to provide university education to those who previously didn’t have access to it. Many of its current students are people who have a low income ... Read More »

South Africa: Universities trying to assist poor students

University of Johannesburg

Tens of thousands of matriculants will be turned away by two leading Joburg universities this year, but the top performers will be offered incentives to study at these institutions. The University of Johannesburg (UJ) said this week it had received more than 75 000 applications from university hopefuls, but it could only accommodate 10 500 first years. UJ’s enrolment plans ... Read More »

Strikes loom at Egyptian universities over minimum wage

Cairo University

Workers at 15 Egyptian universities have threatened to strike on 18 January over their exclusion from the national minimum wage for public sector workers. The university workers club is demanding wage increases in line with the LE1,200 per month (approx. $170) minimum wage for public sector workers. The club’s executive bureau said workers at universities and their hospitals, except emergency ... Read More »

French split over English at universities

Higher Education Minister Genevieve Fioraso

Defenders of the French language are furious at plans to introduce courses taught in English at public universities, arguing that France must protect itself against linguistic encroachment or risk losing its cultural identity. Parliament started to debate the issue as part of a bill on a broader reform of higher education, but all attention has focused on an article that ... Read More »

French MPs ward off English ‘invasion’ at universities

Académie Française

French MPs urged parliament to strike down or heavily amend a bill that would allow universities in France to increase the use of English in classrooms, amid fiery debate over the best way to elevate the country’s standing in international academia. Several intellectuals and the prestigious Académie Française, which is charged with safeguarding the French language, have in recent days ... Read More »

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