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Google chairman cites UK tech gap
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update on Friday, September 2, 2011

Google chairman Eric Schmidt (below left) has attacked the British education system, saying a failure to value computer science is holding back the country in the digital age.

At a lecture in Edinburgh, he accused Britons of "throwing away [their] great computing heritage" by promoting a separation between arts and sciences in education. 

Schmidt said he was shocked that computer science was not taught as standard in British schools. "Your IT curriculum focuses on teaching how to use software, but gives no insight into how it's made." AFP

China's universities faulted for poor online information disclosure  

Over 76.2 per cent of Chinese surveyed online have said university information disclosure in China is inadequate. Some 1,900 people participated in the survey conducted by and published in the China Youth Daily

Over 70 per cent of those surveyed said China's universities should publish more details of their curriculum, teachers and job prospects. Moreover, 74.6 per cent said the universities should give guidance on studying and living on their campuses. Xinhua

Facebook unplugs Deals offering  

Facebook is ending its Deals programme which offered online bargains like Groupon (below right), LivingSocial and other companies. "After testing Deals for four months, we've decided to end [the] product in the coming weeks," the California-based company said. 

Facebook began testing Deals in April in five American cities in a bid to expand its revenue stream beyond advertising and carve out a niche in the online bargain space.

Chicago-based Groupon, which offers subscribers discounts on consumer goods and services, has enjoyed a spectacular rise since its founding in 2008 and rejected a reported US$5 billion takeover offer from Google last year. Google is testing its own online coupon programme, Google Offers. AFP

Illegal Chinese student gets degree  

A Chinese woman who was threatened with deportation for studying at a New Zealand university without a valid visa has finally received her degree, according to media reports.

Earlier this year, Auckland-based AUT University told Mengna Wang, 23, that she could not graduate because she did not hold a valid student permit, but last week awarded her a bachelor of business degree.

An AUT spokeswoman said that the decision would not set a precedent as it was a "unique" situation. Wang returned to China in April, leaving a controversy raging around the university's decision. Xinhua

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