Tag Archives: high education

Poland | Power Grab in Poland? Academics see ominous provisions in new higher ed law

by Matthew Reisz

After triggering the biggest student protests seen in Poland since the fall of Communism, controversial plans to reform higher education in the country are set to pass into law.

Academics had warned, in the words of Mateusz Laszczkowski, assistant professor of political and economic anthropology at the University of Warsaw, that the draft Law on Higher Education and Science — known as Law 2.0 — reflected both “Poland’s broader authoritarian turn” and “the sweeping neoliberalization of academia across Europe.”

Lawsuit claims Columbia refused to stop Business School professor’s harassment, fired accuser

Both defendants, Professor Geert Bekaert and the University, have denied all claims.

A former Business School professor has filed a lawsuit claiming that a senior professor harassed her and delayed her research when she rejected his advances. This harassment allegedly led to her wrongful termination, the plaintiff testified in court on Tuesday.

USA | Baruch Invited the CIA to Recruit on Campus, and Faculty Are Steamed

Students and professors alike say that CUNY should stand for educating the people, not helping suppress them worldwide

by Aviva Stahl

Last summer, staff, students, and alumni at Baruch College were surprised to learn that they’d been targeted by the Central Intelligence Agency. The CIA had issued a press release naming Baruch a Signature School, a university partnership initiative launched by the agency in 2016 to increase the diversity of its staff.

After months of ensuing controversy, in early May the Baruch College Faculty Senate called on Baruch leadership not to renew the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the CIA when it expires at the end of this summer. The move followed year-long activism by students and faculty at CUNY schools, who vocally condemned Baruch president Mitchel Wallerstein’s decision to establish a closer relationship with an intelligence agency known for committing torture, toppling democratically elected governments, engaging in targeted assassinations, and committing other human rights abuses.

USA | The CIA Within Academe

Book documents how foreign and domestic intelligence agencies use — and perhaps exploit — higher education and academe for spy operations.

By Nick Roll

Japan | As Japan’s workers are facing increasing economic difficulties, Student Debt is still a major concern in the country

by Tsutomu Teramoto

In Japan, the student loan issue is so serious that at last the government now started a programme of scholarships and grants since this April. Despite its limits, the implementation of this programme was only made possible thanks to the pressure of social movements, making voices heard for improving the student loan system. This year, about 25,000 students can get these scholarships and grants. Of course, the problems are not solved at all.