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March 2, 2001

Washington DC
In his first budget, United States President George W. Bush is to include aid for higher education and science, including a doubling of the allocation for the National Institutes of Health. Although he announced an 11.5 per cent increase for education, he will not submit a detailed budget until April. Officials have indicated that there will be a rise in the typical amount available per student from the Pell Grant Program, the government's largest university financial aid programme.

Up to 40 per cent of Russian university students need therapeutic physical training and remedial treatment, according to education minister Vladimir Filippov, who has called for a "systematic propaganda effort" to promote a healthy lifestyle among young people.

Tokyo University has appointed its first blind and deaf lecturer. Satoshi Fukushima, an assistant professor of education at Kanazawa University, will specialise in welfare and barrier-free access for disabled people.

Slovak nationalists have demonstrated against the establishment of a Hungarian Pedagogic Faculty at Nitra University.

Universities in the Turkish Republic of North Cyprus have banned women from wearing Islamic headscarves. A similar ban provoked violent demonstrations on mainland Turkey.

Chilean senior police official Norman Vargas Arag"n has been sentenced to two years' imprisonment for killing a student during protests at the Universidad de Tarapac in Arica in May 1999.

Lund University is building a centre for research and education in languages, cultures, communication and cognition. The centre hopes to promote collaboration between humanities and science researchers.

Police in the Russian enclave of Kaliningrad have confiscated a law diploma from Yurii Sinelnik, former head of the Russian state committee on fishery. The Kaliningrad University diploma is alleged to be a forgery.

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