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University of Canberra ranked number for reducing inequalities

Posted on: April 25, 2022

The University of Canberra has been ranked number one again for the second time consequently by Times Higher Education for keeping its promise to promote equity and sustainable changes. This year the university also got back its global ranking of 57th position. This ranking is based majorly on how the University of Canberra works in ensuring equality of education and resources and the quality of research that happens in the university. Canberra is thought to be a fairly homogeneous city but the university has 28th percent of its student population internationally which is surprising. Professors have said that the university has a lot of measures to ensure equality and non-discrimination and makes sure that the students and staff have a good experience all together.

 

Rankings of Greek Universities decline

Posted on: April 25, 2022

Greek Universities have slipped from their positions in global university rankings. The University of Athens gained 275th positionThe Aristotle University of Thessalonik which was the second highest ranking Greek university gained 417th place. It has been said that Greek Universities have failed to compete with latest educational innovations and restricted itself to an education system that is very old. While the whole world is progressing and improving every day, Greece on the other hand has failed to make any remarkable change that can be termed as revolutionary or very innovative. So the number of students traveling to Greece for higher studies has not been very high in the past few years. Unlike countries like Ireland that developed their education system from a previously not so famous legacy Greece has been quite stiff with its approach. It is hoped that Greece will be able to make a mark in the field of education very much like it has made in the field of tourism in the coming years.

 

American universities mandate masks again as coronavirus cases rise

Posted on: April 25, 2022

Dozens of universities across the United States of America have made masks compulsory again as the coronavirus cases rise again. This includes Columbia University, Johns Hopkins University and Georgetown University, among a lot more. Philadelphia became the first major US city to mandate indoor masking again. There has been a huge controversy regarding if masks should be reinforced in the country again or not. There are two factors to be considered. One is health care and the other is politics and it's inevitable to separate them both from each other. But the rising COVID cases have tensed many and it is for everyone's better to start wearing masks again.

 

US leads in subject rankings given by QS

Posted on: April 25, 2022

United States of America dominates the 2022 QS World Rankings in Subjects with 239, followed by the United Kingdom with 131, Switzerland (31), Singapore (23), Canada (19), Netherlands (15), Australia (13), Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (SAR) (7), France and Italy (6 each) and China (mainland) with 4. The rankings were released on the 6th of April and were the 12th edition of the list. The rankings compare 1543 universities offering 15200 individual programs across 88 different locations. The most represented universities were from the United States of America followed by the United Kingdom, then China and then Australia. Canada's University of Toronto is the university with the largest number of top 50 programs. Harvard and Massachusetts Institute of Technology were the top performers offering 12 of the world's best departments each. In Europe ETH Zurich was the top continental performer. 

 

Are all foreigners with Indian students visa studying in Indian universities?

Posted on: April 25, 2022

According to data between 2016 and 2019 289592 students came to India on student visa but during this period only 190494 students enrolled into Indian universities. As per a statement released by MEA spokesperson the numbers vary because the enrollment count includes students who pursue graduation or even higher degrees but student visas are also given to yoga practitioners as well as school students. According to foreign students, getting a student visa for India is very easy. All they have to do is apply for a provisional student visa of six months duration from the Indian Mission abroad and once he/she gets the confirmed admission. The visa can be extended to 5 years by providing a bonafide certificate.

 

Tie-ups between foreign universities and Indian universities now simplified

Posted on: April 23, 2022

The University Grants Commission (UGC) has made it easier for Indian universities to offer courses in collaboration with foreign universities through a new Memorandum of Understanding (MoU). In a recent meeting of UGC it was decided that any Indian University that has has a National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC) grading of 3.01 or above, or is among the top 1,000 QS World University or Times Higher Education rankings, or is among the top 100 universities under National Institution Ranking Framework,will be able to collaborate with any foreign university which also features under the top 1000 QS World University rankings easily. The previous regulations of UGC which were launched in 2016 required universities to take UGC' approval. The chairperson of UGC said that the previous rules were too strict and now the process has been simplified for the benefit of students.

 

Psychology behind students wanting to study abroad

Posted on: April 23, 2022

A few years ago one or two exceptions out of a social circle would send their students to study abroad. This was seen as a sign of status symbol and trendsetter in those times. Now we see that this trend has been more rampant and generic. Every other student is going abroad to pursue their higher education. The reason can be bandwagon trends, quality lifestyle, better education, exposure, social networking, travel or anything. But this has surely taken over the education world like another pandemic which is doing good to people. The cost of studying abroad can go as high as 25 -30 lakhs per annum minus the eating, travelling and other miscellaneous expenses. While most students opt for bank loans, banks have started treating education loans like any other commodity loans. Interest rates on education loans are pretty high and become hard for students to pay back. 

 

UGC forms a news panel to make rules for branches of foreign universities in India

Posted on: April 23, 2022

UGC has formed a new panel that will form the latest rules regarding the establishment of new campuses of foreign universities in India and vice versa. The panel consists of 16 members and will regulate everything that falls under this category. Last year IIT Delhi had sought approvals to open 2 campuses, one in Saudi Arabia and the other in Egypt.  The International Institute of Technology Research Academy in Mauritius decision saw a lot of objections and against stances. Recently, New Education Policy (NEP) specified that if an Indian University wants to open its campus then it has to seek approval from three Union ministries – education, external affairs and home affairs.

 

UGC recommends to deliver 40% of instructions through online mode

Posted on: April 23, 2022

The University Grants Commission has recommended a new proposal due to which higher education might undergo huge changes. According to the latest proposal given by UGC 40% of higher education will be completed under the online mode. This proposal was created keeping in mind the NEP which encourages all the modes of learning. Teachers will be given the instruction to complete 40% of their syllabus through online mode and rest 60% through offline mode. The proposal is meant to increase the academic performance of the students, improve their skills and knowledge and make them use-to hybrid learning. Teachers can also make the best use of blended education by putting together online and offline resources in an effective manner to make the learning process more engaging.

Bulgaria lifts travel restrictions on students from May 1

Posted on: April 23, 2022

Bulgaria's health ministry has announced that it will be lifting travel restrictions related to the pandemic from May 1. According to the ministry all the international students coming to Bulgaria must have an EU certificate of vaccination or a document proving that they had been earlier infected by COVID. Bulgaria had sealed its borders for international tourists and students since the onset of the pandemic and now that the borders are opening it's great news for all those who are doing their higher studies in Bulgaria.

 

Why studying abroad can be beneficial for you?

Posted on: April 22, 2022

Today we will list down the reasons why studying abroad can be beneficial for you. 

  • Improves your network

As you study with a group of diverse students your network is bound to diversify. 

  • Helps you learn a new language

Even if you do not have a fluency with the language of the country you are shifting to, by being with those people on a regularity makes you learn a new language.

  • Learn about new culture

Growing up we get to experience likewise traditions and cultures around us but shifting to a new country makes you live in a whole new culture.

  • Better jobs 

More often students who shift abroad for studies find better jobs there than they would have found here. 

  • Travel and see the world

Traveling is another benefit that comes along with studying abroad.

  • Gives you international experience

Like you, hundreds of students from different countries study with you at the same time. This gives you the ability to learn from them and build your character.

 

100K Dollars gifted by Political Science professor to study abroad program

Posted on: April 22, 2022

Reenford Reese, who is a professor in the Department of Political Science has donated 100K Dollars for student's study abroad programs. Reese who has been teaching now for 26 years believes that teaching must not be limited to only classrooms and shall be explored beyond that. Reese sold a parcel of his land to a non profit organization and donated the received money. Reese wants this money to benefit those students who are not able to avail the already available study abroad programs that universities offer due to money restrictions. Prior to this students were encouraged to apply for scholarships either based on their merit or their financial status. Prior to the pandemic most of these trips were held outside the country but now since the pandemic had started the trips have been restricted within the country itself.

 

5 common challenges Indian students have to face of they plan to study abroad

Posted on: April 22, 2022

There are some common problems that all Indian students have to face while shifting abroad. These are-

  • Other's opinions

Deciding where to study for your higher education is solely your decision. People are likely to pass judgements and give their opinions but everything should be based solely on your decision.

  • Too many universities or courses

Universities in foreign offer more courses than those in India and this becomes overwhelming for students. In this case they must maintain their calm and keep in mind their interest field and choose accordingly.

  • Managing Finances

Finances are a major aspect to handle when you are moving abroad. Make sure you plan them wisely and efficiently.

  • Dealing with paperwork

This process involves a lot of paperwork at each and every step whether you are applying for a visa or submitting your application in college. Make sure you are ready with everything beforehand.

  • Fear of failure

Often students feel burdened with extra expectations of their families and people around them. Make sure that you don't feel stressed and faith in yourself is the key to success.

 

Ohio University' update on vaccination

Posted on: April 22, 2022

Ohio University has released its latest guidelines regarding the vaccination requirements. In the upcoming session employees and non-residential students are no longer required to be vaccinated but the OHIO community members are strongly encouraged to get their vaccination done. To avoid any risk involved with coronavirus this measure has been taken. All those students who choose to live in the on-campus accommodation will have to provide information regarding their vaccination status before shifting here. At this point of time the university doesn't plan on conducting regular corona tests although it may test some groups involved in particular activities. 

 

Brighton College to open seven new campuses in Vietnam

Posted on: April 22, 2022

Brighton College of UK has planned to open seven new campuses in Vietnam in collaboration with Vingroup which happens to be a private economic group. The first campus is expected to be built in Vinhomes Ocean Park, Hanoi. Brighton Group has international institutions in Abu Dhabi, Al Ain, Bangkok, Dubai and Singapore. Vingroup and Brighton College share the same vision of transforming the lives of 21st century Vietnamese students. Brighton's work will include hiring teachers and looking after the curriculum that is followed which will comply with the national policies and still be highly influenced from the UK's international standards. Vingroup's work is to invest in infrastructure and provide administrative help. 

 

How to apply for your student visa wisely?

Posted on: April 21, 2022

International students have become an integral part of the global economy. The trend to move out of your native country to study somewhere else has been increasing over the years no matter what type of country you belong to. In this process, the approval of a visa is a major milestone that most people fumble at. Here are some tips to consider while applying for your visa. 

  • Check the requirements of the country

Each country has its own visa requirements and students must form their application keeping in mind those requirements to avoid rejection.

  • English Test Scores

A lot of countries require you to undergo an English proficiency test, so make sure you are done with that. 

  • Keep your passport ready

Make sure that you have your passport ready with you even before you apply for a visa and don't wait till the end.

  • Apply early

Students must apply early and before time as it does give them a first come first serve benefit. 

 

New initiative started by Indian government for students who want to study abroad

Posted on: April 21, 2022

Many students in India aspire to study abroad. Merit of the student and his determination and hardwork are the most important factors, but support of parents and government also play a major role in this journey of a student. The government of India has started a new initiative to help students who want to pursue their education in foreign countries. The India Center for Migration, the Ministry on Migration Issues think tank,  launched a handbook called "Student Handbook for Studying Abroad" back in March 2021. The content of the handbook covers all the stages of your process in moving out of the country. In 2015 MADAD portal which is managed by the Ministry of Foreign exchange. It is  meant for the purpose of raising consular grievances by Indian people living abroad with the Indian government. The registration mode helps the government of India to track Indian students studying abroad and help them in the time of emergency. The Indian government is all set to launch the Global Indian Students Portal in 2022 which is an all source destination for students. The portal will have everything from universities offering which course country-wise to even having the option to submit your application from there only. 

 

Demand for international education on rise in 2022

Posted on: April 21, 2022

For many students these days, study abroad is not just about getting quality education but more of a holistic and overall development and growth. Students have the opportunity to witness different cultures and share their own. This gives them confidence and candour which no university or college can teach you otherwise. Students choose their dream destinations keeping in mind different factors like if they want to settle there or not. Another important factor is the course they want to study because different countries are famous for different courses and job opportunities. Currently students prefer Management, Engineering, Business Economics, IT Systems, Cyber Security, Artificial Intelligence and Robotics. By 2025 the number of students migrating to study abroad annually is likely to rise to 8 Million as compared to 5 Million in 2014. 

 

Why are funds a major roadblock in international study?

Posted on: April 21, 2022

International education is meant to be expensive. Not just the living and tuition fees expenses but there are thousands of other expenses which makes the whole criteria so heavy on the pocket. Mostly students go for bank loans. Now as easy as they might sound, getting a bank loan is not a cakewalk. Banks look into a lot of parameters before giving you the loan for eg the reputation of your institute, the employability, the amount you are seeking and the alumni placement records. Even after you clear all these requisites, the local branch of your city may disapprove your loan for a reason as small as not offering loans to a particular course or not giving loans above a particular margin. There are a lot of difficulties involved with paperwork and collateral. Even if you get the education loan, most of them only cover your tuition fees  and accommodation as well sometimes. So you would have to arrange funds for other expenses like travelling and food etc yourself.

 

Students react on the banning of Pakistani degrees in India

Posted on: April 21, 2022

As UGC announced that degrees from Pakistan will no longer be eligible in India and people with these degrees can no longer look for employment legally, there was a mixed reaction on this news. Many consider this as a long overdue move that will serve for the best interest of Indians whereas the others thought that it was a very biased and cynical move by the government of India. Many kashmiri people choose Pakistan over India for pursuing their higher education and this is a topic of major concern for the Indian government. But in their defence all the students studying in Pakistan currently said that if the government considers degrees from other South Asian countries like Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Nepal valid then why do they want to run their careers in particular. Students who have completed their education in last from Pakistan and those who had enrolled before the order was released are yet looking for clarity regarding the topic. 

 

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