Dissident or Expansion? Choices

labrea_gwJune 15, 2013

It seems like NYU has found away around it's expansion problems in China.

NYU isnâÂÂt letting a pesky thing like human rights stand in the way of its expansion in China.

The university has booted a blind Chinese political dissident from its campus under pressure from the Communist government as it builds a coveted branch in Shanghai, sources told The Post.
This is the same University that continues to expand like a fungus in Greenwhich Village over opposition to the Community & it's own faculty.

Here is a link that might be useful: Sexton must go

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"Chen has had little communication with NYU President John Sexton, who has been spearheading the schoolâÂÂs expansion into Shanghai and Abu Dhabi, a source said.

Chen couldnâÂÂt be reached for comment.

Cohen was in China and also couldnâÂÂt be reached."

I'd like to hear more before I jump to (obvious) conclusions,.

    Bookmark   June 15, 2013 at 10:44PM
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Congressman Chris Smith wan'ts an investigation as do others. I trust nothing out of NYU as they have proved untrustworthy in our local dealings with them

Here is a link that might be useful: Ah well

    Bookmark   June 16, 2013 at 10:11AM
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Ah there's your confirmation today's CNN.

"The work of the Chinese Communists within academic circles in the United States is far greater than what people imagine, and some scholars have no option but to hold themselves back," Chen said in the statement. "Academic independence and academic freedom in the United States are being greatly threatened by a totalitarian regime."
NYU is a disgrace on so many levels!~

From 2008 Atlantic

Mary Nolan, a history professor who has been teaching at the university for almost 30 years, describes the Abu Dhabi project as "a quintessentially Sexton operation. He thinks he has some sort of a missionary calling, but he operates in a very autocratic manner. Deans are kept on a very short leash, and faculty governance has been absolutely gutted."

"This is definitely his brainchild," says another senior professor. "It was negotiated secretly and announced to the rest of us with only a veneer of serious faculty consultation, but we knew it was a fait accompli." I ask this professor to speak on the record (he is tenured, after all), but he demurs, fearful of igniting Sexton's wrath. "NYU is a very corporate, top-down kind of institution," he explains. "There is a sense that people who get on Sexton's wrong side get punished. He is someone who doesn't brook much opposition, who keeps lists of those he likes and doesn't like. We are getting a strong message that if a department is willing to send their faculty to this Siberia--rather than follow academic priorities--they will get rewarded."

"Of all of Sexton's projects, Abu Dhabi is really the one where professors are drawing the line," says Andrew Ross, chair of the NYU chapter of the American Association of University Professors.

"If you're an Ivy that has lots of money, you can afford to be principled, and in that regard, Sexton isn't," says Nolan. "He's sold the name of the university so that it can be franchised out to a variety of places, to the point where you don't even know what an NYU degree means anymore."

    Bookmark   June 17, 2013 at 8:39AM
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