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February 5, 2007

Students return to Lebanese university
Police and soldiers ringed a university today as students returned for the first time since a political spat in the cafeteria mushroomed into street riots that killed four people and inflamed Sunni-Shiite tensions. Security guards at Beirut Arab University searched all students at the entrance and denied access to those without student IDs. Hundreds of police officers and troops in armoured personnel carriers watched the students arrive in a show of force meant to deter troublemakers.
The Guardian

Student takeover is wrecking our neighbourhoods, say campaigners
A campaign group to stop residential areas in university towns being overrun by students is being formed by local authorities. Councillors from university towns and cities across the country met in Nottingham last week "to take positive action to make sure that students and local communities can live together". The councils fear that growing numbers of students are moving in to former family homes, upsetting the locals with noise, litter and parties.
The Daily Telegraph

Carter to collect honorary Oxford degree
Nobel laureate and former US president Jimmy Carter is one of nine figures set to receive an honorary degree from the University of Oxford this year. Mr Carter, who won a Nobel peace prize in 2002 for his "untiring effort to find peaceful solutions to international conflicts", has been marred by controversy since the release of his bestselling book on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, Palestine: Peace not Apartheid . The book traces the ups and downs of the Israeli-Palestinian peace process beginning with Mr Carter's 1977-1981 presidency and the historic peace accord he negotiated between Israel and Egypt in 1978.
The Guardian

Kellogg to offer undergrad courses
For the first time in nearly 40 years, the Kellogg school will offer courses for undergraduates at its parent Northwestern University. Kellogg is following in the footsteps of other top-rated schools such as MIT Sloan, which already runs a programme for engineering undergraduate students at MIT. The first programme will be a certificate programme in financial economics and will begin in September 2007, taught in partnership with the Weinberg college of arts and sciences.
The Financial Times

Business on screen for film students
Students at Nottingham University in the UK are going to the movies this month to learn about business ethics, following a collaboration between the business school and the local cinema, aptly named the Broadway. It will be screening four films showing different aspects of business. The screenings will be open to the public as well as to Nottingham's students. The films will range from the 2003 French film, Work Hard, Play Hard by director Jean-Marc Moutout, to the 2005 US film Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room , directed by Alex Gibney.
The Financial Times

Spin-out technology firm wins six-figure funding for expansion
An Edinburgh-based technology firm, spun out of the University of Strathclyde less than a year ago, is set to "recruit rapidly" having secured six-figure seed funding. Ateeda, which has developed software to speed up the testing of semiconductor circuits thereby offering cost savings, has received the investment from a consortium of backers led by company co-founder and Scottish technology business guru Peter Denyer. The funding package also includes cash from Strathclyde University, the Scottish Seed Fund, which is managed by Scottish Enterprise, and the Synergy Fund - controlled by Scottish Equity Partners.
The Scotsman

Assertiveness can be a flaw, say researchers
It is the news for which the downtrodden and steamrollered workers of the world have been waiting: when it comes to leadership, assertiveness is as often a vice as a virtue. The findings, by American academics, fly in the face of the conventional wisdom espoused by the personal development industry and classic self-help books such as Leadership Secrets of Attila The Hun . The best bosses, according to the research, are those who show enough single-mindedness to get results, while not being so headstrong that they cannot get along with colleagues.
The Times

From the weekend's papers:

Saturday

  • Oxbridge students are educated in the art of boxing. The Daily Telegraph
  • Students hear confidence tricks for life in workplace. The Scotsman

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