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Italy: Legislation to Improve Government Educational Buildings and Research

(Apr. 22, 2016) On March 29, 2016, new legislation aimed at bettering government-run educational facilities and research was passed in Italy. (Decree Law No. 42 of March 29, 2016, Urgent Provisions on the Functionality of the Education System and Research (D.L. No. 42), GAZETTA UFFICIALE No. 73 (Mar. 29, 2016), available at NORMATTIVA (in Italian).) […]

Brazil: Mandatory Final Assessment Test for Medical Program Graduates

(Apr. 14, 2016) Starting in August 2016, students of medicine in Brazil will have to pass an evaluation exam to graduate from the six-year course of medical studies at the college level.  The requirement was created in 2013 by Law No. 12,871, which determines that a specific assessment of med students must be made every […]

Italy: Decree to Implement European Legislation on Cooperation for Recognition of Professional Degrees

(Mar. 15, 2016) On January 28, 2016, Italy passed new legislation aimed at increasing administrative cooperation for the mutual recognition of academic degrees at the European Union level. (Legislative Decree No. 15 Implementing Directive 2013/55/EU of the European Parliament and of the Council, Amending Directive 2005/36/EC, on the Recognition of Professional Qualifications and Regulation (EU) […]

Sierra Leone: Changes to the 1991 Constitution Proposed

(Feb. 29, 2016) On February 16, 2016, Sierra Leone’s Constitutional Review Committee (an 80-member body established in 2013 to review the 1991 Constitution and a 2008 report proposing changes to it) published an abridged draft report of its findings.  (Ibrahim Tarawallie, New Chapters Proposed in New Constitution, CONCORD TIMES (Feb. 17, 2016).)   The draft report, which took two years […]

Indonesia: Student Visa Rules Eased

(Jan. 27, 2016) Under an agreement of January 21, 2016, between Yasonna H. Laoly, the Minister for Law and Human Rights, and Mohamad Nasir, the Minister for Research and Technology and Higher Education, visa procedures for foreigners planning to study in Indonesia will be simplified and can be completed online. The hope is that the […]

Israel: Policy Document on Regulation of Cyber Security Professions Published

(Jan. 20, 2016) On December 31, 2015, the National Cyber Bureau (NCB) under the Israeli Prime Minister’s office published a policy document on the regulation of cyber security professions in Israel. (Policy of Regulating Cyber Security Professions in the State of Israel (Policy Document) (Dec. 31, 2015), NCB website (in Hebrew).) The NCB advises the […]

Taiwan: Draft Legislation on Indigenous Language Protection

(Dec. 3, 2015) On November 26, 2015, the Executive Yuan (Cabinet) of the Republic of China (on Taiwan) approved a draft law on the promotion of indigenous languages. (Cabinet OKs Indigenous Language Development Bill, TAIWAN TODAY (Nov. 27, 2015).) The Council of Indigenous Peoples (Yuan-chu min-tsu wei-yuan-hui, CIP) proposed the new legislation.  (Id.) The draft […]

Brazil: New Law Creates Program to Combat Bullying Nationwide

(Nov. 13, 2015) On November 6, 2015, Brazil’s legislature enacted Law No. 13,185 on the creation of a national program to combat systematic intimidation (bullying) (Programa de Combate à Intimidação Sistemática). (Lei No. 13.185, de 6 de Novembro de 2015, art. 1, PLANALTO.) Law No. 13,185 defines systematic intimidation (intimidação sistemática) as any act of […]

Uzbekistan: Political Science Studies Terminated

(Sept. 15, 2015) It was reported on September 1, 2015, that the Minister of Higher and Special Education of Uzbekistan, Alisher Vakhabov, had issued an order cancelling the teaching of political science in Uzbekistan’s universities. (Uzbek Officials Renounced Political Studies, RADIO FREE EUROPE/RADIO LIBERTY (Sept. 1, 2015) (in Russian).) A photocopy of the order, which […]

Thailand: Alcohol Banned Near Educational Institutions

(Aug. 14, 2015) On July 22, 2015, the Office of the Prime Minister of Thailand issued an amendment to the country’s Alcoholic Beverage Control Act. It will enter into force 30 days after publication. (Note to Readers: Clarification on New Laws Curbing Alcohol Sales in Thailand, KHAOSOD ENGLISH (July 27, 2015); Alcoholic Beverage Control Act, […]