World Watch

March 9, 2001

Rebel forces opposed to the government of Pierre Buyoya launched a series of rocket attacks on the National University of Burundi. Students and lecturers fled the campus, which has been temporarily closed.

Actress Jane Fonda is to donate $12.5 million (£8.5 million) to Harvard University's school of education to create a research centre that will concentrate on the influence of gender on development and learning.

New York 
The presidents of Columbia and New York universities are to resign next year. Columbia's George Rupp and NYU's L. Jay Oliva both plan to quit.

China's ministry of education is to cut the number of students admitted to university by recommendation from 20,000 to 5,000 a year. The ministry said some high schools had turned the recommendation into a privilege for children of faculty staff and party officials.

Ukrainian students will today try to prevent president Leonid Kuchma, whom some have implicated in the murder of a whistleblowing journalist, from laying flowers at the statue of Ukrainian poet and hero Taras Shevchenko.

The student representative council at South Africa's University of Wi****ersrand were due to take public HIV tests yesterday. The 15 aim to encourage others to do the same.

The Swedish government is giving SEK4 million (£282,625) to the Baltic University programme, a network of 170 institutions from 14 countries bordering the Baltic Sea.

Rafiq Feyzullayev, a former Azerbaijani minister of education, has been sentenced to 11 years' imprisonment for extorting 1.5 billion manats (£224,800) while he was vice-president of the academy of sciences, on the pretext that he was going to found a private university.

St Petersburg 
Vladimir Troyan, pro-rector of St Petersburg University, has predicted that cuts in spending may reduce the number of universities in the country to "fewer than 25". There are currently 25 in St Petersburg alone.

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