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.
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.
Students must apply early and before time as it does give them a first come first serve benefit.
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.
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.
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.
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.
O.P Jondal Global University has signed a MoU with the Spanish Government. The agreement is signed between the Spanish Agency for International Development Cooperation (AECID) and the Spanish Ministry of External Affairs. JGU becomes the only private university in India to partner with Spanish Government and one among the 12 universities in a select group of 12 universities in India and Sri Lanka. The course introduced is called B.A Hons in Spanish which commence from the session 2022-2025. The MoU consists of 22 other agreements and instructions. The university displayed its gratitude and happiness about the signing of MoU.
Five Universities from the Saudi Arab region have been added to the QS World Rankings 2022 which makes their contribution to 14 which was earlier just 9 in 2019. The universities that have improved in their rankings are King Abdulaziz University, King Saud University, and King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals, which have been ranked between 51 and 319 globally. The improvement and jump can be credited to the Ministry of Education. The Ministry of Education’s Vision of 2030 to improve vocation and education is showing its results. QS World Rankings are one of the most celebrated criteria of assessing university performance around the world.
On April 9th Lok Sabha speaker Om Birla visited the Assam Royal Global University and interacted with the faculty and the staff. He was accompanied by the ducation minister of Assam Dr. Ranoj Pegu and Lakhimpur Manab Deka who is an MLA from Assam. Om Birla in his speech applauded the university for offering more than 100 courses and the whole Royal Group for offering education from nursery to PhD level students. He also motivated students to initiate new avenues and innovations as that is what India needs the most and that is how the dream of Shresth Bharat can be achieved. The Chancellor of the University Dr. Pansari in his speech emphasized on the importance of regional languages and thanked the honourable Prime Minister Mr. Narendra Modi for emphasizing on the development of regional languages and national language.
In a survey conducted among Indian students it is found that 56% of them think that the imprints that pandemic has left on the education system are irreversible and will probably last forever. The way that students learn and intake information has shifted to digital trends and that will be difficult to change now. 86% of them think that digital criteria of learning has taken over the education market completely and 44% of Gen Z and Gen Y population think that the consequences of pandemic on the education will be imperative even in the coming times. A lot of top universities across India, Australia, China, the USA etc were asked about the effects of inclination towards digital education on them. They said that the pattern has shifted a lot and students are now demanding quality online education and the world has become a smaller place to live in.
Thousands of teachers in Assam are protesting against the BJP government in order to get their long standing demands fulfilled out of which regularization of their jobs is the biggest. In Assam 41000 teachers are working in elementary schools and lower primary schools. These teachers passed their Teacher’s Eligibility Test (TET) and joined their jobs but haven’t been qualified even now. Thousands of teachers across Assam gathered together at the Veterinary College ground in Guwahati. The security officials locked the gate from outside preventing them to rally towards Dispur. Primary Teachers have been facing a lot of humiliation and disrespect in their fight. Without regularization there is always a fear of losing their jobs as the number of job applicants and the competition keeps on increasing exponentially.
Having a scholarship can help students in easing their burden to a huge extent. Today we will discuss the scholarships for students who are planning to study abroad and can take it into consideration before they plan to move out of the country.
ERASMUS MUNDUS JOINT MASTER’S DEGREE: This is a scholarship by the European Union and is considered one of the best scholarships as it covers everything including your travel expenses, accomodation, tuition fees, monthly expenses and a lot more.
ONTARIO TRILLIUM: This is applicable to students who are studying in Canada and have completed their postgraduate degree with an average score of 80% for pursuing their doctorate. 40000 ; CAD are granted annually.
VANIER CANADA GRADUATE: This is also given to Canadian students who want to pursue their doctorate. 50000 CAD are granted annually.
BRITISH CHEVENING SCHOLARSHIPS FORINTERNATIONAL: It is given to scholars in the UK and covers all the expenses of their one year post graduate degree.
OXFORD AND CAMBRIDGE SOCIETY OF INDIA (OCSI)This is specially for Indian students across all educational levels to encourage them to study in the Oxford University.
TATA SCHOLARSHIP CORNELL UNIVERSITY: This scholarship is awarded regardless of financial status to students for easing up their admission journey in their undergraduate courses.
FULBRIGHT: This is a very famous scholarship that covers all the expenses and offers a monthly stipend as well. All the graduates except those from the field of medical can apply.
Number of jobs has been growing fast in the UK so much that the country needs around one million graduates to fill up the places. The graduate route has come up with a new idea that will prove as a win win for both students as well as students looking for jobs. Demand for graduates in the UK has increased after the pandemic which is good news for the students who are currently studying in the UK or plan to study there. The Graduate Route that was launched back in 2021 serves as a mutual platform between students and the employers. Students have the opportunity to make the best use of their skills and employers can get employees as per their requirements.
During the pandemic and following it, Kerala has seen its students choosing lesser known countries for their higher education. Ukraine topped the charts with the highest number of students allocated there which was 322, followed by China at 244 and Canada with 174. What's more interesting is the fact that malayali students are inclining towards lesser conventional study destinations like Mexico, Iceland, Vietnam, Kyrgyzstan, Barbados and the Caribbean, Slovenia and Slovakia. The reason assumed is the fact that after the pandemic students have broadened their perspective in terms of choosing their study abroad destinations. For instance Kyrgyzstan has the lowest fee structure for MBBS where students can complete their degree under 20 lakhs contrary to other popular destinations which cost much heftier amounts.
Every year thousands of students apply for bank loans to study abroad. According to data by the Ministry of External affairs in 2021, 1.1 Million students went to study abroad and by 2024 the number will rise to 1.8 Million. Many students are unable to study abroad because of the difficulty or rejection that they face from banks regarding their education loans. There are some factors that students must consider before choosing their University. First is the reputation of the college. Very often students choose universities or countries that are budget friendly but do not have a good reputation because of which their application doesn't get accepted. A good credit score is also very important. Make sure you have paid all your previous loans on time. Look for scholarships and make sure that all your documents are complete.
Following the endemic that is the end of the pandemic, there has been a 98% hike in the loan applications to study abroad comparing the first three months of 2020 and first three months of 2021. Tier 2 and tier 3 cities have contributed 176% in this growth. The top 5 business schools for Indian applicants were INSEAD, London Business School, IESE Business School, Wharton School, Booth School of Business. Top 5 engineering colleges for Indian schools which received the most number of applications were Northeastern University, Carnegie Mellon University, University of Texas at Arlington, Arizona State University, University at Buffalo. The most preferred streams of students included Business, Engineering, Law, Public Policy and Science. The average loan amount that students applied for was 42k dollars.
In a latest advisory UGC has warned students regarding taking admissions in Pakistan for pursuing higher studies as it may cause them employment issues. A student who has obtained his/her education from Pakistan will not be eligible to work in India and neither study more. There is an exception for those people who have migrated from Pakistan and had completed their previous education there. They can study or work in India after obtaining a clearance from the Ministry of Home Affairs. Earlier UGC also warned students about being careful regarding their decision to study in China as the country has not opened its borders for international students since the end of 2020.
According to a research by Cornell University, earnings of women decrease across all the education groups after the birth of their child. The effect of pandemic was a double hit for women who were planning to get back after the birth of their children. Not only they faced huge salary drops, many of them were not even able to get themselves a job worthy of their degrees. While the income of men remain oblivious to the birth of their children and they have to hardly face any work related problems after childbirth, women have to be a perpetual victim of after birth related work prejudices.
CBSE will be starting its term -2 exams from April 26. Term-1 exams were held in November of 2021. The results will be announced after the term-2 exams have been evaluated and checked by the teachers. This year students who have tested positive for COVID will also be allowed to appear for examinations although they would have to sit in isolated areas and appear for exams. CBSE will be releasing the results of each and every student even if they have missed one of the two terms or failed one of the two or both the terms. If the reason for unavailability to appear for the exam is considered genuine by the CBSE officials then the result will be calculated through a substitute method.
A survey conducted by the Department of School Education Research Training concluded that 30% of students in India were deprived of education after the outbreak of the pandemic. Many students didn't have smart phones at their homes to attend classes and many didn't have a smooth internet connection to support regular and uninterrupted classes. In monsoon many areas go through days without electricity. In those cases electronic devices get exhausted after a period of time. Hence weather and demographic situations are also a factor when it comes to understanding the scenario of online education. It has been suggested that the ministry needs to coordinator on a ground level by getting in touch with regional schools and their teachers who can fetch them important information regarding students and their problems on a personal levels when it comes to their studies.