"Surfing the Crisis" /Anomalous Waves from Universities in Europe and around the world/
Written by Anoumalous Wave Netherlands   
Tuesday, 03 March 2009 11:20

Thursday 5th March.
At De Peper, Overtoom 301, Amsterdam
h. 20.30

In autumn 2008 students from Italy started to protest against the approval of a Berlusconi's government's decree that intended to make a radical transformation in the educational system in Italy. The decree's aims were to cut the public education budget, cut down on university personnel and to allow universities to turn themselves into private foundations to seek funds in the private market. In few words the goal was to disqualify the public university system and with the excuse of the economic crisis move public funds to save banks and private institutions.
 
The political reactions of students, precarious workers and researchers led to a new movement - the biggest in 30 years - which was soon referred to as the 'Anomalous Wave'. The common slogan was: " We won't pay for your crisis" The Wave soon reached other countries: Greece, Spain, France and UK, as the commodification of knowledge is a neoliberal design promoted by the technocratic institutions of the EU through the so-called 'Bologna Process'.
In preparation of the international demonstration against the inter-ministerial conference about the Bologna process in Leuven, Belgium, 28-29 April 2009 we will discuss the ideas and strategies of the Anomalous Wave with:

Claudia Bernardi, Gigi Ruggero, Paolo Do, Andrea Ghelfi and Camillo Imperore from /Uniriot /and /Edufactory/

Uniriot is the Italian "network of rebel Universities"  www.uniriot.org
Edufactory is a global discussion network focusing on role of education in contemporary capitalism  www.edu-factory.org


Organized by Anoumalous Wave Netherlands aw.nl@autistici.org



Occupation of university government building in Helsinki
Written by edu-factory collective   
Thursday, 19 February 2009

We - university students, researchers, professors and staff -are currently occupying the director's floor in the building of the university administration in Finland.

This happened spontaneiously as an offshoot of a demonstration against a new draconian law to be presented to the Finnish parliament for approval tomorrow. The law (check for details) would change the choice of the governing councils of the university, essentially depriving the universities of all autonomy, putting non-university board members in key positiions (likely business and politics) and importantly, introducing the possibility of charging fees for non-EU students.. which is usually a precedent followed by demanding tuition fees from everyone - the failed free-market model. Many words of have been heard in reference to other movements to Greece, France, Italy, India and others.



L'Appel De La Sorbonne Occupee
Written by Les occupants de la Sorbonne   
Saturday, 21 February 2009

Si nous occupons la Sorbonne, ce 19 février 2009, c'est que nous demandons l'abrogation de l'ensemble des réformes organisant la casse de l'enseignement et que nous nous opposons à la marchandisation de tous les secteurs de la société. C'est pourquoi nous exprimons, par notre présence ici, notre solidarité avec les deux départements en grève générale et toutes les luttes actuelles. Nous appelons l'ensemble de la population, étudiants, travailleurs, sans-papiers, lycéens, retraités, précaires, à s'auto-organiser en prenant part à ces luttes. Pour ce faire, nous appelons à bloquer et occuper les lieux de pouvoir, les axes de circulation des hommes et des marchandises. Il est aujourd'hui nécessaire d'unir les luttes et de suivre l'exemple de la Grèce et de la Guadeloupe : c'est la seule manière de faire reculer le gouvernement.



Appel de la Coordination Nationale Etudiante du 15/16 février 2009   Written by Sorbonnard   
Monday, 16 February 2009

http://sorbonneengreve.revolublog.com/

Les docs de la Grève Nous, étudiants de 63 universités réunis en coordination nationale à Rennes les 14 et 15 février, appelons à amplifier la mobilisation sur les universités par la grève réelle et reconductible des étudiants. Les enseignants chercheurs exigent le retrait du projet de décret qui vise à transformer profondément leur statut. Cette réforme fait de l'enseignement une sanction. Cela va réduire considérablement la qualité des enseignements, donc celle de nos diplômes et donc celle de nos conditions de travail. L'enseignement supérieur est frappé par une série d'attaques majeures. Depuis plusieurs années et en particulier depuis l'adoption en catimini de la Loi LRU en 2007, contre laquelle s'était mis en place une forte mobilisation étudiante, une série de mesures visent à transformer profondément l'enseignement supérieur. Les objectifs de la classe dirigeante sont simples : soumettre les universités à des logiques de compétitivité, de rentabilité, les mettant en concurrence les unes avec les autres, les obligeant à recourir aux financements privés. Nous, étudiants mobilisés, refusons la privatisation des universités et la soumission aux intérêts privés, nous refusons le développement d'un enseignement supérieur à deux vitesses. Nous refusons de nous voir délivrer des diplômes qui ne protègent pas dans le monde du travail et qui conduisent à la précarité. Nous ne serons pas de la chair à patrons. La LRU est le cheval de bataille commun aux étudiants enseignants et personnels.
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Why We Finally, Really Took Back NYU !   Written by Take Back NYU!   
Monday, 23 February 2009

A group of student-empowering, social-justice-minded rabblerousers have occupied the Marketplace at Kimmel and we refuse to move until our demands are met. All are encouraged to join us on the third floor and help us sustain this occupation until NYU complies with our demands. (Our demands are listed below)

We apologize for inconveniencing the loyal lunchgoers of the Kimmel Marketplace, but we are not sorry for causing a disruption! Established channels have been insufficient to make our voices heard by the administration, and we have waited too long to be taken seriously. By disrupting the University's functioning now, we are forcing the administration to deal with those people it depends upon the most—we, the students!
Our demands, though many and varied, are united by the desire to empower students to take part in the governance of their University.

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WE won't pay for YOUR Crisis! New Struggles in the University Economy
Written by Anna Curcio   
Wednesday, 18 February 2009

When: Tuesday, Feb. 24: 7pmWhere: Saunders 220, UNC-CH

Is the current financial crisis affecting the university? University of Arizona is apparently over the brink, Princeton is bankrupt, and university job offers are being erased in the NY area. Is the crisis accentuating a threatening tendency in higher education towards a university model as "post-fordist knowledge factory + corporate research laboratory", as some are claiming? At the same time, is there a better place to be than a university in times of crisis? how can we defend that space? what opportunities might this crisis open? Join us to hear how others have been organizing in and around the university. How people have blasted open the narrow vision of the university as an ivory tower to demand rights to a just livelihood and access to education. Speakers from New York, Sydney-Australia and Rome-Italy will join us to discuss new ways that students, faculty and employees are taking the university to task for what it is- a tower of power not ivory.

anna curcio: postdoctoral associate, John Hope Franklin Humanities Institute, Duke University, founder member of the edu-factory collective ( www.edu-factory.org) and co-editor of Global University. Hierarchies and Self-education in the Knowledge Market (Autonomedia forthcoming).

brett neilson: associate professor in social and cultural analysis, University of Western Sydney, founder member of the edu-factory collective and co-editor of Global University. Hierarchies and Self-education in the Knowledge Market (Autonomedia forthcoming)

michael palm: assistant professor of communications, UNC-CH, co-editor of The University Against Itself: The NYU Strike and the Future of the Academic Workplace, and organizer of the 2005 NYU graduate employees strike.

related links:
The Anomalous Wave (www.uniriot.org)

Co-sponsored by the Counter Cartographies Collective and the Social
Movements Working Group


The Statement of Occupation
Written by University of Ryukyu, Okinawa, Japan   
Friday, 13 March 2009 13:27

March 9th 2009

University of Ryukyu, Okinawa, Japan
http://loudaisei.seesaa.net/article/115398821.html

The authorities at the University of the Ryukyus in Okinawa, Japan, have decided to lay off its adjunct language faculty members and massively reduce the number of foreign language courses without fully disclosing why such policies were necessary. Alarmed by the situation, we, the students, have demanded direct negotiations with the university officials twice in the past. But the university dismissed our first demand through writing, and decided to ignore our second request. The university officials thus deliberately failed to create a democratic forum where the students and they could openly discuss the issues and seek possible solutions.

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university's struggles
Written by edu-factory collective   
Monday, 09 February 2009

York University - Toronto

Four people were arrested during a march to Queen's Park Tuesday where supporters of striking York University staff gathered to protest back-to-work legislation.

http://www.thestarphoenix.com/Business/Four+arrested+York+rally/1223993/story.html

Bangladesh- Student protests

A Bangladeshi riot police officer subdues a student (C) with a baton during a demonstration in Dhaka on January 27, 2009. At least 50 people including policemen were injured as Jagannath University students clashed with police, the violence sparked by a dispute over occupation of halls. Students allege that local leaders and businessmen have taken over 12 halls outside the campus.
http://discuss.flickrfan.org/2009/01/27/0637045.html

Kenya teachers, gov't, reach deal, call off strike:

Nearly a quarter of a million public school teachers in Kenya have ended at strike after the government offered to more than double their pay over the next three years, officials said Thursday.

http://www.aol.com.au/news/story/Kenya-teacher-strike-sends-millions-of-pupils-home/1565731/index.html

1,000 Ariz. students protest budget cuts:

More than 1,000 students from Arizona state universities staged a protest at the Capitol on Wednesday, calling for lawmakers to spare higher education from draconian budget cuts.
http://www.azcentral.com/news/articles/2009/01/28/20090128studentprotest0129-ON.html

Liverpool SOS - Save our Subjects
Written by Administrator   
Wednesday, 11 March 2009 11:18
Liverpool University is to hold a meeting on wednesday to decide the fate of its Politics & Communications, Philosophy and Statistics departments. LSMedia understand that all three departments are threatened with closure. Whilst complete closure of the departments wouldn't take place for four years to allow current students to complete their course, scrapping the department could result in the early departure of staff resulting in a loss of choice in modules and reduced access to the best teaching staff.
 


http://www.liverpoolconfidential.com/index.asp
 
http://www.liverpoolstudentmedia.com/sos-save-our-subjects
 
http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=54685808820


Guild President Danielle Grufferty stated: “Under-investment for years and then it's taken out on students as usual! Papers on this went to Senate before students got a look in! We must demand a say!”. The proposals to close the departments are going ahead in spite of the recent 8.8% rise in the universitiy's overall funding.

The university senate is due to meet on Wednesday and the Guild is helping organise a protest against the closure, with those wishing to take part meeting at 1PM at the Guild Courtyard. A facebook group has also been created to keep students updated on the events and can be found at :
http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=54685808820