News in brief

February 8, 2002

University authorities in the capital of the Democratic Republic of Congo are to reopen the campus closed down last December after a number of police were killed by angry students. But student leaders charged with the deaths are to be detained pending a trial and other students will be made to sign a contract of good behaviour.

New York
Julius Silver, a lawyer and former chairman of the executive committee of Polaroid who died aged 101 last month, has left $150 million (£106 million) to New York University to endow 150 faculty chairs over 25 years. 

The British Council is to spend £7 million over three years to create Knowledge and Learning Centres in 50 of its offices worldwide. The centres will help students access distance learning provided by British institutions.

Leading Slovak physician Jozef Durcek has been named vice-chancellor of the new Catholic University in Ruzomberok, Slovakia. He was elected by secret ballot by the academic senate.

New Jersey
Online auction site eBay chief executive Meg Whitman has given Princeton University $30 million (£21 million) to build a residential college for 500 students.

Tenah Shafnitz, Israel's deputy attorney general, has backed university heads who want to end research universities' domination of the council for higher education. The 25-member council will include 12 representatives of the universities rather than the eight proposed by the minister.

The European Union and Japan are considering a scientific and technological cooperation agreement after talks between EU research commissioner Philippe Busquin and Atsuko Toyama, Japan's minister of education.


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