Oxford “Must Go Private”

first_imgOxford University should cut its ties with UK government to go private “loudly and proudly,” according to a senior research professor at the University, rather than continue reasoning and begging with the state sector. Concerned with the current financial situation of publicly funded institutions Nick Trefethen (the American head of the Numerical Analysis project and fellow at Balliol) advocated privatisation in latest edition of Oxford Magazine, the historic discussion forum of the University. Emphasising the necessary support required from alumni contributions, Professor Trefethen’s proposals would nonetheless require large student contributions, comparable to the £40 000 plus paid by undergraduates in the States. “We can embrace the reality that there is not a single state-run university, not one on earth, that Oxford and Cambridge are worried about” he wrote. “In our self-selected peer group, we are poorer than Yale, poorer than Princeton, and far, far poorer than Harvard or Stanford.” He believes that in order to remain great in the 21st Century the University has to lead public opinion away from its commitment to state funded education and place itself in fairer competition with the Ivy League. Professor Nick Trefethen joined Oxford in 1997 after distinguished work at Harvard and Stanford universities and now researches for the Universities Computer Laboratory. By going private Trefethen believes the University can end its attempt at “reasoning with parliament, begging the Higher Education Funding Council, entreating the UK to fund us better and control us less.” However Professor Trefethen’s proposals have received little credibility within the University. The University Press Office told Cherwell that the Oxford Magazine represents the views of Oxford academics only, “The University feels it has a future within the sector of state funding.” The Student Union showed a similar lack of concern with the article, President Will Straw labelled the proposals as “laughable.” He further questioned, “How does Trefethen propose to increase access and wider participation by unleashing market forces upon those considering applying to university?” By abandoning state funding Oxford would move alongside Britain’s only current private university, Buckingham. Its Vice- Chancellor Dr Terence Kealey commented that private institutions “are excellent not only because, by charging full fees, they are prosperous, but also, by being independent, they are not bound by government targets”. Undergraduates at Buckingham pay £40 320 for a two-year course qualification, but with grants being available for students from the Home Counties. Although the University is openly considering the movement the private sector, Trefethen’s comments have aroused concern among students. It is feared that removal of the cap for tuition from the level of £3000 currently proposed will facilitate an effective move to private funding with state’s backing.ARCHIVE: 4th week TT 2003last_img read more

Jokowi promises Microsoft simple regulation for data center investment

first_imgPresident Joko “Jokowi” Widodo has promised United States-based technology company Microsoft it will create a simple regulation to allow the tech giant to invest in a data center in the country.“Microsoft would like to immediately invest in Indonesia, so we will decide within a week to issue a simple regulation to support investment in a data center,” Jokowi said after a meeting with Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella in Jakarta on Thursday.The decision to issue a new regulation was made as the House of Representatives’ deliberation of a data protection bill continues to lag. The bill mandates the formation of an independent data protection authority (DPA) to monitor and analyze personal data usage by corporations. The DPA must also ensure data regulations do not interfere with technological developments.Read also: Google, Facebook to set up data centers in Indonesia: MinisterThe President said Nadella wanted to push the country’s businesses to be more efficient and effective in line with the government’s vision.“We predict that [businesses] will continue improving after the development of our telecommunication infrastructure, namely the Palapa Ring,” said Jokowi, referring to a billion-dollar fiber optic development project to connect all corners of the country.He explained that the government would continue improving internet network across the country, adding that the development of the country’s digital economy was crucial to boost the marketing of local products.Indonesia’s digital economy is expected to dominate Southeast Asia, with its market expected to triple in value to US$130 billion by 2025 from $40 billion in 2019, according to the annual e-Conomy Southeast Asia study published last year by American tech giant Google, Singaporean holding company Temasek and management consulting firm Bain & Company. (awa)Topics :last_img read more