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This week in higher ed: April 3, 2013

University News Editor
Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Yale formalizes online education program

Yale’s President-elect Peter Salovey signed an agreement March 13 formalizing a partnership between Yale and an online education program to encourage “global education” and increase accessibility to international internships, the Yale Daily News reported Tuesday.

The program — named Universia — has more than 1,000 member universities in 23 Portuguese- and Spanish-speaking countries, the Yale Daily News reported. Yale Open Courses, which the university makes available for free online, will be translated into Spanish and Portuguese by Universia to expand Yale’s outreach to Latin America. Universia will also work with Yale’s career services for both undergraduates and graduate students to provide more internships abroad for Yale students, the Yale Daily News reported.


Selection of Tyga for Harvard concert sparks outcry

Harvard’s Office of Student Life asked the student-run College Events Board and Concert Commission to reconsider its invitation to the rapper Tyga for its spring concert after the musician’s selection sparked an outcry among students, the Harvard Crimson reported Monday.

Students who objected to what they deemed sexist and pro-violence lyrics in the rapper’s songs circulated an online petition calling for the CEB and HCC to rescind their invitation to Tyga to perform at Harvard’s annual Yardfest concert this month. But college administrators do not plan on forcing the student groups to change their choice, citing students’ freedom of expression, the Crimson reported.


Prosecutors charge Wisconsin researcher with stealing data for China

Huajun Zhao, an associate researcher at the Medical College of Wisconsin, was charged with stealing cancer research data for a Chinese university, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported Monday.

Zhao was arrested Saturday, and prosecutors charged him with economic espionage, a felony that could result in up to 5 years in prison and a $500,000 fine. Video surveillance revealed Zhao had accessed a colleague’s office where research data related to a possible cancer-fighting compound was stored, the Journal Sentinel reported. The college’s president, John Raymond, said the Medical College is cooperating with the FBI investigation.


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