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December 7, 2001

Universities and colleges in China enrolled more than 2.6 million freshmen this year, 800,000 more than last year. The most popular fields of study were science and engineering and liberal arts.

An international investigation into how European universities can operate at the forefront of the Knowledge Revolution has been launched by the Europaeum, an association of European universities. The study will take the form of three conferences over two years. The first, this week, was at Humboldt-Universitat zu Berlin. It included a focus on the challenges of borderless education.

Israel's universities are trying to make up study time lost during a three-week lecturers' strike that ended in a 4 per cent pay rise. Lecturers had asked for a 16 per cent pay increase and a further 4 per cent a year above the cost of living for the next three years.

The Democratic Republic of Congo has lodged a protest to the United Nations over the killing of four students in Kisangani DRC. It alleges that Rwandan soldiers opened fire on students protesting against the occupation of part of their campus by the soldiers.

Mexico City   
A strike by staff at Mexico City's Universidad Pedag"gica Nacional brought lectures to a halt last week. Staff want better pay including a 10,000 pesos (£763) Christmas bonus.

The 17-nation Central European Initiative is to establish a "central European university" in northeastern Italy.

Macedonia's University of South-East Europe, envisaged as a solution to the ten-year conflict over Albanian-taught higher education, opened last month. The university has 850 Albanian and Slav students, compared with 13,000 at the unofficial Albanian language University of Tetovo.

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