University abandons plans to establish joint college in China

first_imgThe University is no longer pursuing plans to establish a joint college with Zhejiang University (ZJU) in China, according to a letter addressed to faculty from J. Nicholas Entrikin, vice president and associate provost for internationalization, sent Monday morning.Eric Richelsen Although Notre Dame will continue to foster a relationship with ZJU through exchange programs and research projects, the two universities decided not to embark on the joint venture due to challenges that arose during the deliberation process, Entrikin said in the letter.“After many hopeful and positive conversations on both curricular and administrative matters related to the joint college, we were more easily able to discriminate and to delineate some of the key challenges as well as advantages in bringing together two very different approaches to higher education,” Entrikin said. “Thorough effort was expended in addressing these complexities, and at times the conversations showed exhilarating signs of progress.“In the end, however, some areas remained challenging for both universities, and we decided that broader cooperation would be a more effective means for achieving our common interests.”Entrikin and Jonathan Noble, acting executive director for the Liu Institute for Asia and Asian Studies, wrote a white paper addressed to Notre Dame faculty members in October 2014 explaining the possible collaboration between the two schools.The white paper said the joint liberal arts college aimed to “advance Notre Dame’s global academic reputation; promote worldwide Notre Dame’s unique and successful blend of teaching, research and service and offer opportunities for Notre Dame faculty and students to gain valuable experience teaching and studying in China.”According to the original white paper proposal, the Notre Dame-ZJU joint liberal arts college would have opened the 2017-2018 academic year. The student body would have been composed of 70 percent Chinese students and 30 percent international students. The college’s faculty would have been composed of members from both universities, and graduating students would have received a joint degree from both Notre Dame and ZJU.Over the past two years, faculty advisory delegations from both universities have made multiple campus visits — to both South Bend and Haining — to examine the project, Entrikin said. The committee reached its final conclusion after the most recent visit to China, made by a delegation that included Entrikin, University President Fr. John Jenkins, Vice President for Mission Engagement and Church Affairs Fr. William Lies and several members of the Board of Trustees.Entrikin said both universities have “gained a more comprehensive mutual understanding” and have agreed to continue discussions about future forms of collaboration. This summer, the University will host eight ZJU rising seniors participating in Notre Dame International’s iSURE program, which allows international students to participate in engineering and science research on campus.Ultimately, Entrikin said the experience has helped the University plan and develop current and new international programs, especially those in China.“Our Zhejiang colleagues now better understand what it means to be an excellent Catholic university, and we now better understand the academic achievements and aspirations of one of China’s leading universities,” he said. “On the foundation of this newly acquired shared understanding, we may now begin to proceed rapidly in building substantial and innovative partnership programs that will benefit both of our academic communities.”Tags: China, joint college, Zhejiang partnership, zhejiang University, ZJUlast_img read more

Home minister downplays concerns about COVID-19 cluster emerging during election preparations

first_imgHome Minister Tito Karnavian has denied that any COVID-19 transmission clusters have emerged from the ongoing preparations for December’s simultaneous regional elections, adding that organizers are enforcing additional protocols to ensure the polls will be safe.Tito said that organizers had conducted individual verification for candidates between June 12 and June 24, which he said was one of the preparation stages predicted to be most prone to COVID-19 transmission. However, he claimed that there had been no reports of transmission from the verification process. Additionally, no clusters were reported when the ministry performed door-to-door checks to update data on the estimated 105 million voters between July 15 and Aug. 13. “I have not heard of any transmission clusters from this activity,” Tito said in a press conference after Tuesday’s Cabinet meeting.Amid reports of candidates violating health regulations while registering for the elections, Tito said that the lack of time to communicate the health protocols effectively could have lead to violations, or that some parties may have intentionally violated the regulations as a “show of force”.Read also: Voter turnout in upcoming elections may drop nearly 50 percent due to COVID-19: LSI To ensure safe elections, KPU chief Arief Budiman said during the conference that organizers would limit the number of attendees allowed at campaign meetings and face-to-face town hall debates to 100 and 50, respectively, while others would be required to participate virtuallyThe KPU will also limit the maximum number of voters at polling sites to 500, and will arrange voting schedules to prevent crowds, in addition to providing masks, face shields and gloves for organizers and voters.“We will also ask organizers to take a COVID-19 rapid test to ensure that they are not infected,” Arief said.Furthermore, Elections Supervisory Agency (Bawaslu) head Abhan said that additional legal tools were needed to enforce heavier sanctions against health protocol violators, such as using laws on health quarantines and infectious disease outbreaks.On Dec. 9, 270 regions will hold simultaneous elections, including nine provinces, 224 regencies and 37 municipalities. Some, however, have raised concerns that holding the elections during the coronavirus pandemic could increase transmissions.Topics :last_img read more

Keen fight for lemon delight

first_imgSix registered bidders took the property to auction with 35 onlookers spilling on to the street.Among the spectators was a couple from Nundah whose pre-auction offer of $835,000 had been rejected. The house at 1 Rose St, Wooloowin is close to schools and the Kedron Brook bikeway. The house at 1 Rose St, Wooloowin that sold at auction on Saturday for $892,000. Picture: supplied.IT WAS a strong start to auction day in Brisbane on Saturday with the first house on offer selling under the hammer just after 9am.The three-bedroom Queenslander on the corner of Rose and Gorman streets at Wooloowin, had been in the one family since Bob Hawke was prime minister in 1990.Its signature lemon facade, and blend of English country and tropical landscaping, had made it a conspicuous landmark for the local Kedron State High School community, just four houses away. Ray White chief auctioneer Phil Parker opened the auction to offers at 8.55am and several bidders stumbled over each other to call out the first bid of $700,000.More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus13 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market13 hours agoBidding then went up in $5000 lots, with the main contenders a couple standing in the middle of the street, another under the Rose St signpost, and a third couple at the back of a blue car parked outside the 602sq m property. MORE REAL ESTATE STORIEScenter_img Renee Chen and Elliott Stumm were tenacious in their bidding, determined to finally have a place to call home.At $875,000 the bidding stalled with the blue car bidders in front.“We’re just warming up,” Mr Parker announced, looking to the underbidders. “You’re having so much fun and you haven’t spent any money.”Mr Parker then paused the auction so Ray White Ascot agents Ian Cuneo and Andrew Flanagan could negotiate to get the house on the market.The pause was at times heated with one person clearly anxious for private conversations to end and the auction proper to restart, which it did after 18 minutes.The blue car bidders had raised their offer to $890,000 and the house was officially on the market.The Rose St signpost couple found another $1000 bid, but Renee Chen and Elliott Stumm, standing behind the blue car, returned volley and the house was sold to them under the hammer for $892,000.“We have been looking for about a year and a half,” Ms Chen said.“We were looking at Wilston and Windsor but then we expanded out.”The couple are currently renting nearby and with four failed auctions under their belt, were determined to make this one count.“We like the corner block and that it’s a Queenslander, and we like the street and the (Kedron) Brook close by.“No, we’re not gardeners. This is our first house together.” SEE WHAT ELSE IS AVAILABLE IN WOOLOOWIN >>>FOLLOW THE COURIER-MAIL REAL ESTATE TEAM ON FACEBOOK<<<last_img read more

Miami-Bound Flight Diverted After Passenger Fakes Medical Emergency

first_imgA woman who demanded a larger seat on an American Airlines flight last week is in custody, after she faked a medical condition that prompted the pilot to return to a Florida airport.Flight crews alerted authorities when the Miami-bound flight arrived back in Pensacola early Friday morning.A Pensacola police spokesman says the plane was evacuated because the woman refused to deplane. Authorities and the plane’s pilot were eventually able to talk the woman off the plane.According to police, the woman was taken into custody under the state’s Baker Act, which allows authorities to hold a person who could pose a threat to themselves or others.There were no injuries.The airline’s website says the flight resumed its trip to Miami at about 7:30 a.m.last_img read more