Category: Universities

Dark Days for Our Ivory Towers

Commentary Dear class of 2026, Welcome to the beginning of the rest of your life! Ahead of you is four years of a lacklustre education which will saddle you with debt from which you may never emerge. Your professors will teach you not how to think but what to think, and their invitation to question…


GOPs Press Defense Secretary on Federal Funds to Colleges Tied to Beijing

A group of Republican lawmakers is pushing Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin on federal funds flowing to U.S. universities with ties to Beijing. Republican Study Committee Chairman Jim Banks (R-Ind.) and 56 of his GOP colleagues sent a letter to Austin on July 25, asking the secretary why federal funds were going to schools that are…


Chinese Applicants to UK Universities up 60 Percent in 3 Years, Raising Fears of Over-Reliance

The number of Chinese applicants to British universities has risen by almost 60 percent in three years to a record 31,400, raising fears that UK institutions have become overly reliant on China. The number of Chinese applicants is over 8,000 more than the number of applications from all 27 countries of the European Union, which…


Republican Lawmakers Seek to Crack Down on Beijing’s ‘Trojan Horse’ Activities in US Universities

A Republican congressman and his colleagues are hoping to crack down on the Chinese Communist Party’s “trojan horse” activities taking place in U.S. universities. Rep. August Pfluger (R-Texas) recently introduced H.R.7779, which proposes “to establish Department of Homeland Security funding restrictions on institutions of higher education that have a relationship with Confucius Institutes.” There are currently…


UK to Scrutinise University Adverts to Crack Down on ‘Dead-End’ Courses

The British government has called for more “clarity and honesty” in advertisements for university courses to prevent students from being trapped in “dead-end courses.” Under new guidance published on July 1, universities will have to include in their adverts comparable data on the proportion of students who drop out and the likelihood of going on…


UK Higher Education Minister Warns of ‘Chilling Effect’ of Diversity Schemes at Universities

The Minister of State for Universities has written a letter to universities warning them about signing up for equality and diversity schemes that could hamper free speech. Michelle Donelan told the universities there is growing concern that a “chilling effect” on university campuses leaves students, staff, and academics unable to express “lawful views without fear of…


Majority of Students in British Universities Have Grown Much More Intolerant of Free Speech Since 2016: Report

The Higher Education Policy Institute has polled 1,000 full-time undergraduates on free speech issues, concluding that students are significantly less supportive of free expression than they were just a few years ago. The new results show a solid increase from 2016 with things seemingly swinging “too far in one direction,” with students wanting greater restrictions…


The American People Have Spoken: It’s Time to End Affirmative Action

Commentary Contrary to popular belief, most Americans are not in favor of affirmative action. In fact, an increasing number of Americans want it removed from the college admission process. Will U.S. Supreme Court officials act? In a recent piece for The Atlantic, Adam Harris warned readers that, once the court overturns Roe v. Wade, it…


Watchdog to Investigate 8 UK Universities Over Course Quality

England’s higher education watchdog on Thursday said it will investigate the quality of business and management courses at eight universities. The Office for Students (OfS) said the investigation will examine whether the universities had replaced in-person teaching with poor-quality online learning after the CCP (Chinese Communist Party) virus pandemic. It will also look at how effective the…


Australian Government Backs Research into Neurological Conditions

The Australian government has promised $10.7 million (US$7.5 million) in funding for eight projects across six universities to progress in new fields of neurological research. The commitment comes under the $20 billion Medical Research Future Fund (MRFF), and Health Minister Greg Hunt said in a release on Tuesday that the projects could revolutionise how medical…