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Ireland's brilliant education system

Posted on: May 18, 2022

In latest QS Rankings the university of Dublin scored better than Massachusetts Institute of Technology in many parameters. Trinity College Dublin achieved a score of 94.2, whereas MIT stood at 91.4. Other universities of Ireland like Trinity College Dublin, University College Dublin, and the National University of Ireland Galway, scored an international faculty ratio score of 99.9, 99.2, and 90.6, respectively.The overall living and studying experience has improved quite a lot in the past few years in Ireland. This includes living costs, internships, scholarships and the quality of education. The Irish education system has been getting a place in the top 10 education systems globally for some years now consistently. There are a lot of course options to choose from. This makes it a very versatile and accommodating choice as well. Also the economy of Ireland is decently stable and there are a lot of job opportunities for students who would like to settle there after their education. 


The sudden rise of Calcutta University

Posted on: May 18, 2022

Calcutta University is a place of great historical significance. It has a lot of firsts attached to its name like establishing the first college for women to the first medical college in India under its name. Rabindranath Tagore who is the first nobel laureate is also associated with this college. Though famous for its heritage and the national lineage, the college couldn't keep up with the contemporary education revolutions. The curriculum has been almost the same from the past many decades. The university was recently ranked the top university in The Times Higher Education Rankings 2022. The university also grabbed 14th position globally in the ‘Decent Work and Economic Growth’ sub-category of the THE Impact Rankings 2022. In the ARWU 2022 rankings, it was ranked second in the country. What sets the university apart is not just its treasurable history but also its different aspects that sets it different from the rest like departments in Tamil, Buddhist studies, Pali, linguistics. Many colleges that now have an autonomous status were started under the name of CU only. 


Abu Dhabi University and the University of Dublin partner with each other

Posted on: May 18, 2022

Abu Dhabi University and the University of Dublin are already existing education partners. ADU offers education to students through the very prestigious University of Dublin in Ireland. Now both the universities have taken their partnership one step ahead. Under the new partnership program students will have the opportunity to study in Any Dhabi University for the first two years and then shift back to Ireland for the last two years of their education. ADU has been known for its global collaborations and this new partnership has added a feather on its cap. University of Dublin is also a very prestigious university of Europe very renowned for its research. The joint program will also give students the opportunity to get an internship anywhere in Europe. Further Ireland will also provide post-study visas to students who want to stay in Ireland and work there.


University of Ghana has the best scientists in the country

Posted on: May 18, 2022

University of Ghana is a nationally top ranked university famous for its research. The university has over 270 scientists that work continuously on research activities. The premier institution’s scholars represented 30% to 70% of the top 20 ranked scientists in seven of the eleven subject areas as follows:

  • Agriculture and Forestry – 11 out of the top 20 Scholars in Ghana
  • Business and Management – 9 
  • Economics and Econometrics – 11 
  • Engineering and Technology – 7 
  • Medical and Health Sciences – 6
  • Natural Sciences – 6
  • Social Sciences – 14

The 2022 AD Scientific Index also listed the University of Ghana as 15th out of the 2,049 universities in Africa, and at 1,704 out of 14,284 universities surveyed globally. 

Durham University's 90% research called 'world leading'

Posted on: May 18, 2022

90% of the research activities at Durham University have been called 'world leading' from the Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2021. The results were delayed by a year because of the pandemic implications. Six subject areas were ranked in top 10 nationally and four were ranked in top 5. Geography was ranked on the top spot in the whole UK followed by Archaeology and Education ranking second in their respective UK research rankings. The university has over the years made a good reputation for itself throughout Europe and globally as well.


US welcoming only new applications for the F-1 Student Visa

Posted on: May 17, 2022

If you want to study in any of US's accredited college or university then you must have an F-1 student visa with yourself. It allows international students to study full-time in the US. This year the students who have been rejected previously for F-1 student visa will not be eligible to apply and only fresh applications will be welcomed. There will be a different slot later on for previously rejected applicants separately. The session for summer visas will begin in June and the first half of July. The American embassy says that they want this session only for fresh applicants who have just graduated from high school or completed their previous degree. 


Irish students experience visa travels

Posted on: May 17, 2022

Irish students have expressed their concerns over the delay of their summer J-1 visas due to which they might not be able to work in the United States of America. There are students who have received their job offer letters and are due to fly in the coming weeks or a month but their visa process is not completed. Some students have received calls regarding their interview for a visa whereas their friends who applied at the same time as them haven't. The USIT is answering their calls, emails or messages. Their online portal is also not accessible. The Chief Marketing Officer of USIT says that this inefficiency is due to the pandemic, festival holidays and illness related to COVID. He assured that every mail and phone call will be answered and all those who have proper documents will be flying to the US this summer.


UGC seeks collaborations

Posted on: May 17, 2022

The University Grants Commission has written to 63 countries seeking collaborations amongst the educational institutes of India and whichever country is concerned. The commission has listed 529 foreign and 229 Indian universities which are eligible for this collaboration. Under the collaboration three types of degrees will be offered- 

  • Dual where both colleges award the degree, albeit in the same subject.
  • joint and twinning where part of the course is completed overseas with the upper limit being 30% in twinning programmes.

Some of the 63 countries that are eligible are Spain, Thailand, UAE, Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Indonesia, Iran, Kazakhstan, Malaysia, South Africa, Qatar, Oman, Lebanon, Lithuania, Greece, Cyprus, Iceland, Turkey, UK, Australia, Canada, Germany, Japan, Netherlands, Russia, South Korea, Italy, Sweden, Switzerland, and Taiwan.


List of India's happiest institutions

Posted on: May 17, 2022

QS Rankings have announced India's happiest academic institutions for this year. 33 institutions have been selected for the lost after a tedious work of separation and sorting. These institutions are called "Institutions of Happiness (IOH)." Hon’ble Union Minister for Women and Child Development, Smt Smriti Zubin Irani, was also present during the event and said that it is important that educators gain insights into the level of happiness of students, their well-being, quality of life, and engagements in sustainability and social change projects, which will enable institutions to advance forward for outcomes. The top universities are Chandigarh University, Chitkara University, Devi Ahilya Vishwavidyalaya, GITAM University, Hindustan University, Indira Gandhi Delhi Technical University for Women, JSS Academy, Manav Rachna Group of Institutions, Shiksha 'O' Anusandhan University, Shoolini University, Northcap University, University of Petroleum and Energy Studies, VELS university etc. 


Mineral and Mining is becoming popular among students

Posted on: May 17, 2022

In the latest QS Rankings by Subject, three Indian institutes were among the top Mining institutions. The Indian Institute of Technology (Indian School of Mines), Dhanbad [abbreviated as IIT (ISM)], became the second highest ranked university at 26th rank, two public Institutes of Eminence (IoEs) made it to the top 50 with IIT Kharagpur securing 37th rank and IIT Bombay pegged at 39th position. Although Minerals and Mining is a very old field still it managed to succeed from the contemporary disciplines such as data sciences, electronics and automobile etc. The field has become more dynamic involving Mechanical Engineering, Geophysics, Petroleum Engineering, Electronics among many others. 


Protest outside white house against Boden's attack on Charter Schools

Posted on: May 16, 2022

Charter school advocates I'm huge numbers mainly consisting of Black and Hispanic school leaders, teachers, students and parents protested outside the white House against  the Biden administration and Education Secretary Miguel Cardona and told them to back off. The issue is the long standing proposed regulation for the federal Charter Schools Program that will help in providing them with funds to start new charter schools and also for the already established ones. If this is adopted then the applicants would be required to conduct a “community impact analysis” in order to determine if the new charter school has community support and if its unmet demands are being fulfilled or not. It will also increase segregation among the schools.


How to tackle Math anxiety?

Posted on: May 16, 2022

In a recent survey among adults, 93% of them reported feeling some sort of apprehensiveness  regarding the subject of maths. The fact that this problem is so rampant and severe that it has been studied for the past seven decades speaks a lot for itself. It is defined as a feeling of tension and anxiety that interferes with the manipulation of numbers and the solving of mathematical problems in ordinary life and academic situations. Like other forms of anxiety,  math anxiety also has different levels. According to a report, 17% of the US population has a high level of anxiety whereas some reports say that girls have higher levels of anxiety than boys. This like any other problem develops in childhood and then has a lifelong impact. Parents and teachers can offer great help to students in this case. Paying more attention to maths and also studying the subject regularly can tackle the problem very well. 


Sandstorms closes schools in Iraq

Posted on: May 16, 2022

Heavy sandstorms have hit Iraq in unanticipated numbers in the past week. The Baghdad authorities including the Education Ministry declared a day off for the local government institutions leaving just the health care department. The locals say that it has become a regular site and occurs once in every 3-4 days. The cause is said to be a lack of rainfall and whenever there is some wine it kicks off the dust which causes the sandstorm. Iraq is the fifth most vulnerable country to the climate crisis according to the UN. Many Greenlands are becoming barren and deserted due to lack of rainfall. 


How to take care of your twice-exceptional child?

Posted on: May 16, 2022

Twice exceptional children are those children who are academically gifted and at the same time experience some learning difference or disability. Twice exceptional students have dynamic qualities. You may come across a student suffering from ADHD or autism who performs exceptionally well in maths. One of the common challenges is spotting these children. They are present around us and since they have special needs it is important to identify them as early as possible. It might be difficult to identify them as they may come across differently abled  as well gifted at the same time. The problem is sometimes only one area identification is made. When a child is diagnosed a written detailed education plan is formed for them by the school and they are taught accordingly. Schools are bound under Individualised Education Program legally to offer this help to special students. These children are sometimes not very expressive and hence it is important for the caregiver to remember that they may not be able to express everything that they want to.


US steps up the visa process for students

Posted on: May 16, 2022

For the upcoming summertime students visa, the US has made special arrangements. Last year they had issued a record number of 62000 and this year they are keen on breaking the record. The special arrangements made for students are-

  • A large number of students visa appointments will be rolled out in the coming months.
  • Students who are already studying in the US will get dropbox appointments which will open more opportunities for them.
  • A special slot for rejected students will be opened between August 15th and September 1 with 15000 seats.
  •  Parents who have visas or dropbox can travel with their children.

Signs common to all the colleges that are rising

Posted on: May 14, 2022

Every student and even the faculty members want themselves to associate with a school that is on the track of progression and is rising.  A lot of factors have an influence on the overall performance of the college which includes research activities, rankings, studies abroad, distinguished alumni lists, ethnic diversity programs, state-of-the-art facilities and return on investment can indicate an institution’s growth in academic status. Other criteria is that all the colleges that mostly accommodate Gen X students i.e the students born after 1993 are also the trending colleges as they teach the young brains who can learn more. Other factors such as students' success and external engagement levels are also crucial in deciding whether a college is worth enrolling in or not.


Higher College of Technology of the UAE gets five star rating by the QS

Posted on: May 14, 2022

Higher College of Technology in the UAE becomes the first ever college to receive a five star rating in the QS Environment, Sustainability and Governance (ESG) category. The rating was done on the basis of its sustainability in environmental operations, education and research related to the United Nations Sustainability Development Goals. HCT has shown a remarkable dedication towards following sustainability goals. QS very carefully looks into the judgement criteria and looks if the institutes are actually following the guidelines or not. HCT has an excellent environment policy, climate action plan and research endeavours due to which it was bestowed with the title.


Three new collaborations started at the Global Impact Summit 2022

Posted on: May 14, 2022

The Global Impact Summit  2022 that is being concluded at Kamkole in Munipally Mandal, Sangareddy in the outskirts of Hyderabad became witness to three new academic collaborations. The collaborations are meant to promote better learning experiences among students. Woxsen University, School of Arts & Design and Department of Design, Banaras Hindu University(BHU), an institute of eminence agreed to collaborate in the areas of Joint Research, Training, Workshops and Conferences. A design innovation lab will also be set up with the collaboration of BHU. The collaborations have just been announced till now. The further process will take six months and the MoU will be signed. Plannings to make it inclusive of other domains are also in discussions.


Types of opportunities in pharmaceutical industry

Posted on: May 14, 2022

Pharmaceutical industry developed from the old chemical and apothecaries industries. Now the industry is so deeply penetrated in the human needs list, that one cannot imagine their life without it. The UK pays you from 25,000 to 100,000 pounds if you have years of experience whereas in the US you can expect around US$30,000 to US$100,000, depending on the job. Some famous colleges for this field are-

  • Trinity College Dublin: School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Science
  • Uppsala University          
  • Universidad Católica San Antonio de Murcia
  • Masaryk University

How college clubs can become your future prospects?

Posted on: May 13, 2022

As soon as you step into college, you also get acquainted with the concept of societies in colleges and clubs. The number of clubs and the versatility can be very confusing at times, but it is very important to choose one's clubs and societies as wisely as you can. Just like extracurriculars play an important part in your college application process, these clubs and societies benefit you during your recruitment process. A lot of times it helps in finding your true fashion. It is a popular concept for engineering students in technical colleges to join music societies and eventually pursue music ahead in their life. Not just these clubs provide you with a practical taste of reality. A business or marketing club will actually assign you to form a start-up, raise funds and even sell your products. So students must not underlook the importance of clubs and societies.


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