Higher Education
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Institutional power

Higher Education | Ubiquitous Confucius Institutes spread the influence of China’s Communist government abroad under the guise of teaching language and culture
by June Cheng & Onize Ohikere
Posted 4/12/18, 02:35 pm

Inside the bustling University of Lagos campus in Nigeria’s commercial capital, Chinese and Nigerian flags fly outside a green shipping-container-turned-building with “Confucius Institute” written in both English and Mandarin. Chinese paper lanterns dangle from the eaves while a white scroll painting of Confucius hangs in the hallway. In a courtyard opposite the institute, senior Bolu Nathaniel sits beneath the shade of a tree and belts out a Chinese love ballad. “Because you are my eyes, you show me that the world is right in front of me,” he sings in flawless Mandarin.

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Pedestrian bridge collapse in Florida kills six

by Onize Ohikere
Posted 3/16/18, 11:07 am

Miami officials on Friday ended the rescue operation and declared at least six people had died in the collapse of a pedestrian bridge near Florida International University on Thursday. Rescue workers used trained dogs and listening devices to search for survivors, but Detective Alvaro Zabaleta said Friday the operation changed to a recovery. Zabaleta confirmed the casualties and said responders initially hospitalized 10 people. The bridge had been under construction for less than a week and stretched nearly 200 feet to connect Florida International University with the city of Sweetwater.

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Multiple people died and others remained trapped Thursday afternoon when a pedestrian bridge collapsed at Florida International University. The 950-ton structure just opened for use Saturday at the Miami campus. Florida Highway Patrol Lt. Alejandro Camacho told CBS News there were multiple fatalities and five to six vehicles crushed. There is still an unknown number of people trapped underneath the bridge.

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