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November 23, 2001

Canada has opened up its academic jobs market to the world after the government announced that universities could now advertise all vacancies simultaneously in Canada and abroad.
Qualified Canadian citizens will still be offered employment before jobs can be offered to foreign candidates.

A pro-Northern Alliance radio station in Afghanistan reported that a new rector had been appointed at Balkh University and had started work.

Gopal Krishna Mahuri, a Hindu academic at the Nazirhat College, has been shot dead by unidentified assailants.
Tensions have been high since a new Bangladeshi government, which includes two hardline Islamic parties, was elected last month.

Auburn University in Alabama has indefinitely suspended 15 students who wore Ku Klux Klan robes and other offensive costumes to fraternity Halloween parties.
The students could face eventual expulsion.

Haifa University has decided not to accept an MA student's dissertation on an alleged massacre of Arab villagers by Israeli forces in 1948 due to "blemishes".
They have given Teddy Katz six months to re-present it.

Peru's Universidad Nacional de San Mart!n is paralysed by a student occupation.
The occupation follows student allegations of irregularities, which sparked an investigation that led to the rector, vice-rectors, several faculty deans and the heads of legal and financial administration facing charges of embezzlement, fraud and contempt of court.

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