Tag Archives: high education

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.

USA | Professors Back Free Speech

By Scott Jaschik

France | Student Strikers Attacked; ‘fascist’ Dean Jailed

By Richard Greeman

firstly published on April 3

Not an April Fool’ joke. Here are the facts:

Four days ago, (March 29) the ultra-conservative Dean of the Montpellier University Law School was summoned to police headquarters, interrogated, hauled into court, and held over in jail for arraignment by the Chief Prosecutor – all on the complaint of nine student strikers, who claim to have been brutally assaulted with Dean Philippe Pétel’s active complicity while ‘occupying’ a school auditorium.

UK | Lecturers’ strike update: no capitulation

by Des Freedman and Vladimir Unkovski-Korica

he deal reached between the employers and UCU negotiators to end the pensions strikes is a huge blow to thousands of university staff who are determined to fight for fair pensions. We should reject the deal and lobby the Higher Education Committee of UCU to show the same commitment to our futures as the ordinary members who have thrown themselves into this dispute.

UK | Lecturers strike day one: A bad day for the casino

University strikers across the UK are reporting the most successful and well supported industrial action for years

‘Casinos are for the rich to gamble in. They are not places to put our wages.’ That is how one Manchester lecturer summed up the spirit behind the growing rebellion over pensions in the universities. A colleague reported a mood of anger and determination at the university, ‘At least 15  buildings had their separate entrances well covered by staff angry at another great pension robbery. Most people were surprised by the turnout and then overjoyed to see a student march turn up soon after 8am!’