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Chile students' debts go up in smoke

Chile students' debts go up in smoke | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Artist named Fried Potatoes removed tuition contracts he says were worth up to $500m from private university and burned them.

 

For a whole year, a Chilean artist using the name Fried Potatoes (Papas Fritas) planned his revenge. Saying he was collecting material for an art project, the 31-year-old visual artist sneaked into a vault at a notorious private, run-for-profit university and quietly removed tuition contracts. (...) - by Jonathan Franklin, The Guardian, 23 May 2014

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Chilean police evict student protesters from schools

Chilean police evict student protesters from schools | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Government insists forceful end to protests was necessary in order to allow voting in weekend's primary elections. (...) - Reuters in Santiago, guardian.co.uk, Thursday 27 June 2013

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Not Another Brick in the Wall: Capitalism and Student Protests in Chile

A few days ago, I visited a high school in a poor urban area in Western Santiago and met with the junior and senior classes to discuss the student movement of 2011 in Chile. “What were the mobilized youth demanding?” I asked the students in the San Alberto Hurtado School. “Did they succeed?” The questions were relevant enough to keep the students engaged. They voiced their opinions and argued for a while, beating the somnolence induced by the heat and the preceding lunch. As I left, my thoughts went to Pink Floyd: these kids, many of whom had joined the protest the previous year, did not want to become just another brick in the edifice of a market economy. (...) Academic Matters, By Andrés Bernasconi | From the November 2012 Issue

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Chile abre acceso gratuito a revistas científicas

Chile abre acceso gratuito a revistas científicas | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Estado chileno pagará suscripción a más de 5.000 publicaciones en línea para dar acceso a todos los centros científicos sin fines de lucro. - SciDev.Net

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The challenges of higher education in Chile

Education should impart knowledge and skills as well as attitudes and values. Undeniably, there are other important objectives in education. There is not much sense in working for more equitable access or a higher retention rate if the kind of education being offered is not adequately preparing students or giving them the tools they need for the labour market.(...) - University World News, by Ignacio Sanchez, 14 August 2013 Issue No:283

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[Chile] Politics of science: why governance of research must stay independent

[Chile] Politics of science: why governance of research must stay independent | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

As Chilean scientists rally against changes in national science policy, Pablo Astulillo says it's time for global efforts to improve the governance of research. (...) - The Guradian, December 4 2012

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Critics raise alarm bells over basic science funding

Chilean universities have spoken out against a high-level proposal that the country’s primary research funding agency be moved to the economy ministry.

The misgivings were sparked by a suggestion last month from Economy Minister Pablo Longueira that the National Commission for Science and Technology Research (Conycit) should be in his department and no longer in the Education Ministry, where it has been housed since its creation in 1967. (...) - by María Elena Hurtado, University World News, 04 November 2012

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