World watch

August 31, 2001

The University of Uyo in Nigeria is to protest to Britain at the refusal of visas for five students and a lecturer to attend a seminar on higher education finance in London. Vice-chancellor Akpan Hogan Ekpo said the British high commission feared that the students might not return to Nigeria.

Washington, DC
A United States federal court of appeal has ruled unconstitutional the University of Georgia's admissions process because it gave an advantage to non-white students.

Ahead of this week's United Nations conference on racism in Durban, Brazilian education minister Paulo Renato Souza has announced free pre-university admission courses reserved for black students to help raise the low percentage at the country's universities. Mr Souza is negotiating $10 million (£6.9 million) from the Inter-American Development Bank to finance the courses.

South African student leaders called on students to join this week's national two-day strike against privatisation organised by the trade union organisation Cosatu. They said privatisation meant families could not afford the escalating costs of higher education.

Riot police used tear gas and batons this week to disperse Sudanese university students demonstrating at a doubling of bus fares.

Two Concordia University student leaders have been expelled after allegedly spray-painting anti-Israeli slogans on the Canadian university's property.

Mexico City
Mexican president Vicente Fox has confirmed that the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de Mexico has been infiltrated by subversives responsible for recent bomb attacks.

Washington, DC
Per Pindstrup-Andersen, head of the non-profit thinktank International Food Policy Research Institute, has won the World Food Prize Foundation's main award of $250,000 (£172,000), ahead of publication of the institute's report on food production prospects until 2020.  

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