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July 26, 2006

Business looks to recruit Chinese students
Businesses are turning to MBA students from China because they believe too few British graduates have Chinese language skills, according to a report. Meanwhile, staff at Liverpool John Moores University used graduation ceremonies this week to protest against the cutting of Chinese studies as part of a reform of its language school. Forty-one per cent of business leaders surveyed by the Hay Group consultancy said they planned to recruit Chinese MBA graduates. Universities produce fewer than 500 graduates a year from programmes in which Mandarin forms a substantial part and the report's authors said the lack of linguists would lose the UK opportunities in the Chinese market.
Financial Times

Vaccine maker announces avian flu breakthrough
The UK drugs giant GlaxoSmithKline today announced a breakthrough in the development of a vaccine against the deadly H5N1 strain of bird flu. GSK said test results had shown that its H5N1 pandemic flu vaccine was more effective than any other vaccines to date. With today's announcement, GSK has moved into pole position in the race to find a "blockbuster" weapon against H5N1.
The Guardian

University's cancer drug windfall
A Scottish university is in line for a multi-million-pound windfall after a cancer drug it pioneered was licensed for sale in the United States. Strathclyde University has already earned about £6 million in royalties thanks to the 6S-Leucovorin drug, which is currently only available in Europe. The drug is used in the treatment of colorectal cancers and is also given to patients following chemotherapy. It has now been licensed to Targent Inc and acquired by Spectrum Pharmaceuticals, which aims to distribute it across North America.
The Scotsman

Forget uni: dead-end jobs teach much more
The explosion in the number of people going into higher education has created such a glut of degrees that graduates are now trapped in the sort of work they had while they were students: washing dishes, stacking shelves and waiting tables. New figures suggest that a third of those who graduated from university last year are in work that doesn't require a degree. It should be a brutal wakeup call for those waiting for their A-level results next week. There simply aren't enough plum jobs.
The London Evening Standard

The flight of the bumblebee is measured at record eight miles
For a bumblebee, the flight was more long haul than short hop. Picking through farmland, labyrinthine council estates and ancient grazing sites, bumblebees have navigated a record eight miles home to a nest, in research aimed at boosting efforts to conserve Britain's beleaguered bee population. Scientists at Newcastle University tagged 100 bumblebees with tiny, body-hugging ribbons and took them to sites near and around the city where they were released. Some came from the the Angel of the North sculpture, while others flew in from the Tyne bridge, the Gateshead Metro shopping centre and a McDonald's car park half an hour down the A1.
The Guardian

Obituary
Professor Frank Willett, who died on June 15 aged 80, was the director of the Hunterian Museum and Art Gallery at the University of Glasgow from 1976 to 1990.
Daily Telegraph

Letter
Drive to attract newer students.
The Independent

Letter
Hawking fails to understand embryonic stem-cell research.
The Independent

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