The Rise of ‘’Women-only’’ Jobs at Australian Universities

We’ve highlighted below some of the most recent reports in youth-related news and events. In this week's Friday news summary, we speak about the rise of ''women-only'' jobs at Australian universities, Indian universities' decision to ban junk food and difficulties at Vietnamese provincial universities.

The rise of ‘’women-only’’ jobs at Australian universities

In order to balance traditionally male dominated industry, a number of Australian universities are advertising ‘’women-only’’ positions, reports Daily Mail. The University of Adelaide is the latest institution to advertise eight senior positions for women in IT, engineering and mathematical science. These branches have long been considered the realms of men, and women are traditionally outnumbered as lecturers in these positions. Deputy dean of engineering at the university hopes to balance the gender issue with this move. Earlier this year, the University of Mellbourne sought five women for titles of associate professor and lecturer.

Indian universities want to ban junk food on campuses

Vice-chancellors of all universities have been issued a notice by The University Grants Commission to ban junk food in college premises, reports Ani News. In November 2016, there was an advisory that was issued in order to ban junk food and ”set new standards for healthy food and reduce obesity levels in young learners.” The UGC believed that banning junk food would help to spread awareness and instill a sense of healthy eating. UGC Secretary Rajnish Jain said that this directive was not compulsory, but colleges were expected to comply with it. He also added: “UGC, in the interest of the health of all the students of the universities and colleges, issued an advisory on August 21, which is a reinforcement of an earlier advisory issued on November 10, 2016, where we asked them to sensitise students about the ill effects of junk food and to adopt healthy food practices. It’s not mandatory, but we expect all the universities and colleges to follow it.”

Difficulties at Vietnamese provincial universities

The latest controversy in Vietnam was caused by plans to close down universities in provinces and focus on the way higher education centres are run in big cities, reports Vietnam News. Professor Từ Quang Hiển is the one who suggested this idea while he was speaking at the Việt Nam Education Conference 2018 in Hanoi. His conclusion is that provincial universities are not being effective enough since there is little or no connection with other educational centres as well as many weak spots in management. Hiển suggests that there universities do not have a good model for further development since they are operating almost independently.

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