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May 18, 2001

Athens
All Greece's university presidents have threatened to resign unless the government substantially modifies legislation being voted on in parliament today to upgrade the country's technical colleges to university status.

Toronto
Seventeen University of Toronto law school students have been suspended for a year after being accused of submitting false marks to prospective law firms. The first-year students were part of a group of 25 who were disciplined for taking advantage of the school's policy of not giving law firms the results of Christmas exams. The firms asked for them anyway, and about 15 per cent of the first-years are now accused of misrepresenting the marks.

Washington DC
The $6 billion-per-year (£4.2 billion) Hope Scholarship Program, introduced by the Clinton administration to encourage more middle-income students into higher education through tax relief, has failed to achieve its object and has reduced benefits for low-income students, according to a report today from the Washington-based Institute for Higher Education Policy.

Messina
A Messina University hospital administrator has been arrested on corruption charges regarding a e2.75 million (£1.7 million) cleaning contract with a local firm.

Harare
Zimbabwe's school-leavers will be required to complete national service before they can be admitted to university under a plan unveiled by the ruling Zanu-PF party.

Bouake
Violence has broken out between rival factions of the Confederation of Côte d'Ivoire Students Union over a disputed union election result. Lecturers decided to suspend lectures and the campus has been closed.

Santiago
Chile's student unions demonstrated this week at cuts to grant and loan facilities despite not having official permission for the demonstrations.

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