World Watch

September 7, 2001


Bonn University is facing criticism for failing to detail the record of Joseph Goebbels, a former student and Nazi propaganda minister, in an illustrated book that lists details of other illustrious ex-students such as Friedrich Nietzsche, Karl Marx and Konrad Adenauer.


The World Intellectual Property Organisation has ruled that an Australian cybersquatter must surrender the domain name The University of Oxford, which has registered a number of domain names, including, challenged his right to the name.


Columbia University has topped the first ranking of the 85 universities that offer master of law degrees in the United States. The league table was drawn up by the American University Admission Program, which says that record numbers of international students are applying for the course, considered necessary for a career in international law.


Xiamen University in East China's Fujian province is to be transformed into a world-class institution as part of a 600 million yuan (£50 million) investment in the region's education over the next three years.


Archaeologists from the University of Sofia claim that a boat found by Bulgarian fishermen in the Black Sea is about 8,000 years old, making it the oldest sea vessel in the world.

Kuala Lumpur

Forty per cent of Malaysians will have access to higher education by 2010, the Malaysian government has promised.


A rail chief is to become rector of the Technical University of Denmark from November. Lars Pallesen was managing director of the Danish state railway's local trains division in Greater Copenhagen.

La Plata

Teachers at the National University of La Plata, Argentina, resumed strike action against cuts on Wednesday, 24 hours after returning to work following a 35-day strike. The 80,000 students back their demands but have asked them to guarantee three days of lectures a week until the strike ends.

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