World Watch

May 11, 2001


Princeton University's trustees have chosen its first female president. Shirley Tilghman, a senior molecular biology professor, will take over from Harold Shapiro in June.


The ExxonMobil Foundation has given more than $6.9 million (£4.9 million) in unrestricted grants to 224 colleges and universities in Louisiana, New York, Texas and Virginia to match educational gifts made in 2000 by the company's employees.


Siena's association of tourist guides has accused a history of art professor of breaking its statutory monopoly. It said members were deprived of customers when the professor took students to visit artistic and historical sites.


Peru's national federation of university teachers this week delivered a petition to the constitutional court demanding the implementation of a high court decision to award them salaries equivalent to those of court magistrates.


Chile's Jewish community has begun a criminal action against a professor of Arab studies at the University of Chile in Santiago. It says the professor incited religious and racist hatred by saying in a newspaper interview: "If the Jews were able to kill the Messiah, then they could be expected to kill anyone."


Most universities in Algeria have been closed by protests against the repression of students in Kabyle province who want recognition of the Berber non-Arabic language and culture.


Some 40 per cent of Poles who graduated last summer have yet to find jobs, said Andrzej Pilat, head of a working group on employment of the opposition Democratic Left Alliance.

Addis Ababa

Two leading Ethiopian academics have been arrested on suspicion of instigating student protests that ended with 30 deaths last month.


Harvard University students have ended a three-week occupation in support of a minimum "living wage" for Harvard employees after the university agreed to set up a committee to make recommendations on policies for lower-paid workers.

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