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Lessons in love: Chinese university teaches seduction

Tianjin - Chinese university tutor Xie Shu's core subject is Communist ideology, but he has diversified from the dry annals of political doctrine for a more hands-on subject: seduction.

Leader of Garissa University attack killed in Somalia raid

Mugadishu - A senior Shabaab commander suspected of organising the 2015 attack on Kenya's Garissa University has been killed in a special forces raid in southern Somalia, a local official said Wednesday, as the Al-Qaeda-linked group launched a deadly assault on a ...

Kenya marks Garissa university massacre anniversary

Garissa - Kenyans on Saturday commemorated the first anniversary of a terrorist attack that killed 148 people, mostly students, at a university in Garissa in the country's worst massacre since 1998.

No charges filed in balcony collapse that killed 6 in Berkeley

Berkeley - California prosecutors will not bring criminal charges over last year's fatal balcony collapse that killed six young people.

University of Texas allows guns in classrooms

Chicago - The University of Texas at Austin begrudgingly agreed Wednesday to allow students to carry guns into classrooms, months after state lawmakers passed a bill outlawing gun bans at public universities.

Cecil Rhodes statue to remain at Oxford college despite race row

London - A statue at Oxford University of 19th century British imperialist Cecil Rhodes will not be taken down despite protests, the college at the centre of the dispute said Friday, to the fury of campaigners.

Swedish university closed after 'massacre' threat

Stockholm - The University of Orebro in central Sweden said it would close on Monday after an anonymous threat raised fears of a planned massacre.

Erdogan warns Turkey academics they will pay price over petition

Ankara - Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Wednesday launched a blistering attack on academics who criticised his policies in the Kurdish-dominated southeast, warning they would pay a price after falling into a "pit of treachery".

Chemistry teacher defies Taliban in Pakistan university attack

Charsadda - A chemistry teacher who tried to shield his students by opening fire on Taliban militants during a deadly attack at a Pakistani university was known as "The Protector" even before his death in a hail of bullets Wednesday.

Death toll in Pakistan university attack rises to 21, operation ended

Charsadda - The death toll in a gun and explosives attack on a university in northwestern Pakistan has risen to 21, police told AFP, adding that security forces had ended the operation against the gunmen.

Students trickle back to Kenya university nine months after massacre

Garissa - Students trickled back on Monday for classes at a university in northeastern Kenya where at least 148 people were killed by Islamist gunmen nine months ago.

Oxford statue row stirs ghosts of British colonialism

London - The toxic legacy of colonialism in Africa has stirred up a heated debate in Britain involving a prestigious Oxford University college, some high-powered alumni and a student campaign boosted by social media.

Rhodes scholar wants Rhodes statue removed and French flag banned

A law student at Oxford University in Britain wants to ban the French flag on all campuses. He is also the co-founder of a movement to remove a statue of British colonialist Cecil Rhodes.

FBI arrests Chicago student after race revenge threat

Chicago - FBI agents arrested a black student who allegedly threatened to shoot 16 whites -- one for each bullet that hit a teen in a notorious police shooting.

S.African students win university language victory

Cape Town - After months of turmoil at South African universities, student protesters on Friday won the right to be taught in English at Stellenbosch University, the intellectual home of Afrikaners during apartheid.

University receives funding to tackle antimicrobial resistance

Loughborough - Loughborough University has received $750,000 of funding to explore the issue of bacterial resistance to antibiotics and to look for new candidate compounds to use as antimicrobials.

Five people stabbed on US campus, suspect killed: police

Los Angeles - A male student stabbed and wounded five people Wednesday on a university campus in north-central California before being shot dead, campus police said.

343 UK academics announce Israeli universities boycott

London - Hundreds of British academics said Tuesday they would boycott contact with Israeli universities over the state's "intolerable human rights violations" towards Palestinians.

Op-Ed: College memories about the Mill town of Steubenville Ohio Special

The changing of summer to fall, stirred a harvest of memories for this reporter. The sudden shift of summer heat to cool brisk air. And, the changing of leaves brought me to thoughts of college days.

German defence minister defends Stanford claims on CV

Berlin - German Defence Minister Ursula von der Leyen on Sunday defended claims on her CV of stints at Stanford University, after a report that the prestigious US institution had called them into question.

British universities tumble down global league tables

British universities have tumbled down the latest league tables, with only Cambridge in the top five. However, the metrics used for assessing the placements have recently been changed.

Italy student crowdfunding PhD to fight mafia

Rome - An Italian student is appealing for the public to crowdfund his PhD research into the mafia so he can shed new light on organised crime on the streets of Naples where the powerful Camorra syndicate holds sway.

From Damascus to Glasgow: Syrian academics' escape to freedom

London - Hounded by both religious extremists and state officials at the Syrian university where they were teaching, Muhammad and Joury left on a journey helped by a British charity that has taken them to Scotland.

Charity that helped academics flee Nazis aids Syrians, Iraqis

London - A British foundation created in 1933 to help academics flee Nazi Germany has found a new calling helping Syrian and Iraqi academics escape in the hope that one day they will return and rebuild.

US prof allegedly kills woman, shoots colleague on campus

Chicago - A geography instructor was accused of killing a woman he lived with then driving hours to a university in the southern state of Mississippi and shooting a professor dead on Monday.

One dead, one injured in California college shooting

Los Angeles - One man was killed and another seriously wounded in a shooting at a Sacramento, California college campus, police said ."Campus is clear...

U.S. institutions dominate China ranking of top universities

US universities ruled the top 10 spots in a global ranking conducted by a Chinese research centre with Harvard taking the crown for the 13th year.

ASU professor brings back spotlight on plagiarism

Author and educator Matthew Whitaker is once again accused of plagiarizing. Technology is making plagiarism easier to catch and easier to commit.

Irish students killed in U.S. balcony collapse flown home

Los Angeles - The bodies of five Irish students killed in a balcony collapse in California are set to return home, and a sixth Irish-American victim was buried in the state, as parents appealed for privacy to mourn the deaths.

Ireland mourns balcony death students

Dublin - The Irish national flag flew at half mast and parliament was suspended Wednesday in tribute to the six young people who died when an apartment balcony collapsed during a 21st birthday party in California.
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