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CUET may promote a coaching culture

Posted on: April 12, 2022

Delhi University has announced that it will no longer be taking admissions based on the board's percentage of students. Common University Entrance Test will be a criterion for admission to all the famous government universities. But recently an association of private schools have written a letter to the government stating the ill impacts this might have on students. According to them, another entrance exam increases the competitive pressure on the students to perform well and get a good rank just like CAT or JEE. For that, they have to take coaching which not only increases the financial burden but also the mental stress. These tests are conducted around or just after boards so students have to prepare for that as well. So private schools have requested the government to consider their suggestions and not make education a burden on students. 

 

Top STEM talent targeted by Australia in the interim agreement

Posted on: April 11, 2022

The new Australia-India agreement is meant to accelerate the economic relations of both the countries in areas ranging from critical minerals, professional services, education and tourism as said by the Australian Minister for Trade Tourism and Investment. In the 31 sectors and sub-sectors, both higher and adult education are included. According to the agreement, all these sectors and sub-sectors will be assured to receive the best treatment accorded by India. Australia will not only be providing more job opportunities but also will be extending the stay of Indian students receiving first-class bachelor's degrees from Australia from two to three years. This way they will be strengthening their STEM and IT sector. The Al ECTA will look after the licensing, registration and recognition of professional degrees. The agreement is substantial for both countries.

 

Dutch Universities receive record-breaking international students’ applications

Posted on: April 11, 2022

According to the latest data, the Netherlands has witnessed a 12 per cent hike in the enrolment rate of international students in its universities as compared to last year. Currently, there are 115068 international students in the Netherlands. German students account for the majority of the international students but the number has decreased as compared to the previous years while the percentage from other countries has increased. Experts say that the shift can be attributed to Brexit as post Brexit many students are avoiding studying in the UK and have made the Netherlands their primary choice. Universities are increasing their intake capacity because of the hike in the applications.

 

Ireland to be prepared for competition from European nations

Posted on: April 11, 2022

Trinity College Dublin which is a very famous Irish University saw a rise of 8 per cent in student applications whereas the University of Limerick and Maynooth University saw a hike of 34 and 28 per cent respectively over the last two years. There has been an average increase of 20 per cent in the overall enrolment percentage of the students. Post Brexit students see Ireland as an interesting study option with a lower fee structure and high-quality education. The interest from countries like Pakistan, Saudi Arabia and South Africa has increased the most. Ireland has also been collaborating with some top global universities to increase its credibility. But Ireland should not overlook the fact that still, countries like Germany, Netherlands and Spain etc are its tough competitors. Just like Ireland, these countries have also attracted a lot of international students this year. So to consider itself superior and unparalleled will be a mistake for Ireland as all the countries have buckled up for the competition. 

 

Indian students can now pursue two degrees at a time

Posted on: April 11, 2022

The University Grants Commission has taken a landmark decision by allowing students to pursue two degrees at one time in physical mode. Students can avail of this option from session 2022 to 2023. Along with the decision guidelines regarding the same have also been announced. Students can opt for combinations like a diploma programme and a UG course, two master's degrees and two bachelor's degrees at a time. The student must ensure that the classes of the degrees don't crash. The decision was a consequence of NEP which emphasized opening multiple pathways for students and not restricting their careers to conventional paths. 

 

Why is the UAE becoming a global hub for students?

Posted on: April 11, 2022

Contrary to the present popular tradition where UAE has acquired its position in the top hotspots for international students, a few years ago it used to be nowhere on the list. Initially being a prominent exporter of students to countries like the USA, the UK and Canada it hardly had any acclaimed institutions. But for the past several years the world has witnessed exponential growth in the education sector of India. The country worked on both quality and quantity aspects and gained a position like no other. At present just Dubai itself is home to 34 universities that offer around 600 programs across different fields. All the credit goes to the initiatives taken by the government in making sure that there is multi-faceted progress. New policy reforms have made the country more accommodating and friendly. It has also come out as a new knowledge hub and profited a lot from its online courses and degrees.

 

Three international money transferring services students must know about

Posted on: April 09, 2022

Funds are a very integral part of a student's journey specially when he/she  is studying abroad. Even after the tuition fee is paid there are hundreds of other miscellaneous expenses that students have to look after. For this they need a reliable source of money transfer to remain safe from any type of fraud. Students must undertake the factors such as transfer rates, sum of money being transferred, forex rates and reliability of the transaction while deciding the mode of transaction. Western Union is one such money transferring service which has a transfer rate between 1% to 6%. It takes upto five days to transfer money for account based transactions and mobile based transactions can happen between minutes. Remitly is another service where the transfer rate depends upon the sum of the money and the time chosen to transfer the money. Moneygram takes 10 minutes to transfer money if it's done through their cash pickup option. The charges may vary depending upon many factors.

 

Pune students to receive free counseling about study abroad exams

Posted on: April 09, 2022

On 8th of April 2022 a MoU was signed between Savitri Bai Phule Pune University's international Center under which students will receive free knowledge regarding exams such as IELTS, TOEFL, GRE and other exams meant for study abroad purposes. The agreement has been signed with a Delhi based organisation. As many students want to migrate to foreign countries for education purposes but lack the required information and education, it is very feasible to provide them with the needed information in the school itself. Not only will it streamline their process of application and admission but also save them from extra expenses they would have to spend on agents and other sources like them .

 

Why brain drain is expected to rise in the coming years

Posted on: April 09, 2022

Brain drain refers to a phenomenon in which the youth of a country shifts to another country for better life and opportunities. Even though it is said that they often come back and use the imparted education for the good of their own country only but smaller countries with compactor GDP don't get to witness. This as well. The USA alone gave study permits to 8598 Bangladeshis in the year 2020-2021. Besides the USA, other rich countries such as Canada, Australia, Japan etc give hundreds of scholarships to students from underdeveloped countries. This may sound very charitable and considerate, but it causes a huge drain of youth from these countries. Very often these students settle in the same countries where they study and leave their home countries behind. The situation is very much similar to rich getting richer and poor getting poorer. 

 

Why are QS Rankings considered important?

Posted on: April 09, 2022

Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) which is an US based education firm very renowned for its annual rankings of universities and colleges across different fields and in different categories has pretty much become an important criteria in deciding one's university.The rankings are made in 51 subjects, five composite faculty areas and five independent and five independent regional tables, namely Asia, Latin America, Emerging Europe and Central Asia, the Arab Region, and BRICS. The QS team consists of trained personnel that consider a variety of parameters while ranking these universities. Over the years QS has increased its credibility, so much that now it is almost a deciding agent at the time of University selection. It considers factors such as placements, student teacher ratios, infrastructure, ROI etc while assessing ranks. 

 

Percentage of students taking loans in Gujarat falls down

Posted on: April 09, 2022

With the shutting of international flights and sealing of borders, there was a pause on students studying abroad. Due to this the number of students who took education loans for the purpose of studying in the foreign universities were very low from April to December in the year 2022 in Gujarat. According to data the number fell down from 18248 in 2020 from April - December to 16636 in 2021 from April- December. Banks blame this on the newly formed restrictions like isolation and banning of students from several countries etc and are hoping that this year they will be able to revive their past figures and make up for the losses.

 

International student experience and education to get better with UNL global strategy

Posted on: April 08, 2022

Students of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln can anticipate new global engagement programs and better global support because of the new global strategy introduced by the university. In the 2021 Global Nebraska Annual Report released by the Office of Global Partnerships and Initiatives at UNL, the topic of forwarding together global strategy was highlighted in order to recognize the progress that Global Affairs have made so far. The assistant director of the global strategies said that this has given them a great opportunity to think big and have an international perspective.

 

UniAthena-UCAM partnership gets into the second year with 230+ enrollments

Posted on: April 08, 2022

On their second anniversary of the partnership, UniAthena and UCAM have enrolled more than 230 learners in a number of programs. This partnership has created hundreds of opportunities for people who want to upgrade their skills. All of the courses offered are online and can be accessed from anywhere in the world. Another great thing about these courses is that they are flexible and can be used at any point in the time in the form of recorded lectures. Students can clear their doubts through the tutors that are available for them. These courses are also shorter than the otherwise full-length degrees like MBA and DBA courses. UCAM is a very reputed university in Europe and ranked among the top 10 universities by Times Higher Education.

 

CIMP records 100 per cent placements

Posted on: April 08, 2022

Chandragupt Institute of Management recently organized its summer placement drive for the batch 2021-2023 and recorded 100 per cent placements. The institution has secured its place in the top 100 universities according to NIRF rankings. CIMP has also launched its study India program to attract international students to study in India. Due to the good overall record of the university, the companies coming to place the students have also increased their stipends. The Chairperson of the university has said that strong collaborations and understanding of the importance of infrastructure have helped in the overall growth of the university.

 

2022 MacVicar Faculty Fellows announced

Posted on: April 08, 2022

The 2022 MacVicar Faculty Fellows have been announced by the Vice-Chancellor and the Registrar’s office. The names are as follows-

  •  Professor of Mechanical Engineering: Kenneth Kamrin
  •  Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science: Jeffrey Lang
  • Professor of Earth, atmosphere and planetary science: W. David McGee 
  •  Professor of Chemistry: Matthew Shoulders

The 2022 fellows are an elite group of scholars who will be committing their time to innovation, research and enhancing the quality of education teaching, leadership, mentoring and advising.  

 

AICET exam to be held in April

Posted on: April 07, 2022

All India Common Entrance Test for diploma courses will be held on the 28th of April. Online candidates are also welcome to appear for the examination. The Directorate General Of Training under the Ministry Of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship gives a variety of vocational training courses for the purpose of fulfilling the needs of the different sectors of the economy. The exam is attempted by students from across the country every year and is considered a highly competitive exam. The job prospects after the passing of examination are also pretty high and pay scales are also genuine. 

 

PAL initiative started by Ekya School

Posted on: April 07, 2022

Ekya School of Bengaluru has promoted its students to start a PAL initiative which stands for Passionate Animal Lovers. Under the initiative students will be passively adopting animals and some endangered species from Bannerghatta Biological Park. The adopting parent is likely to cover the maintenance, feeding and veterinary expenses of the adopted animal. This will have a double food benefit as not only the adopted animal will be benefited but the students will also develop a sense of responsibility and empathy towards animals from an early age. Initiatives like these should be promoted in schools as they make school a more learning and fun place to be while also teaching moral values and duties. 

 

Swarnostav celebrated by Swarrnim University

Posted on: April 07, 2022

Sawrrnim Start-up Innovation and University celebrated its fifth founding day called the Swarnostav celebration. On the occasion of it 20 women in extraordinary performance from different fields were awarded with Women Excellence Award 2022 initiated by the Swarrnim University to promote and motivate the women in urban areas, women who are artisans as well for the students of the university to gain practical knowledge about the contemporary world and its hardships. The event was full of performances by students and students were also awarded for exceptional performances in sports, extracurriculars and academics. 

Unacademy signs a MoU

Posted on: April 07, 2022

Unacademy signs a MoU with the Backward Classes Welfare Department Telangana to spot out underprivileged meritorious students from Telangana and to prepare them for competitive examinations that are completely covered under the scholarship. Under the plan 4500 plus students will be receiving a subscription of one year of Unacademy Plus to prepare for competitive exams. Unacademy has also signed a MoU with Delhi Police to empower students and to increase their awareness. They will also organise a series of workshops at Delhi Police Public School to make students acquainted with career opportunities that are newly emerging as a result of modern requirements.

New research method at the the University of Otago

Posted on: April 07, 2022

Researchers at the University of Otago have found a new way of obtaining ancient genomic data  without damaging the source material which will be creating new opportunities for museums, archaeological institutions and historical researchers. The research was published in a very famous journal called the Molecular Ecology. The science behind this method is obtaining genomics data from small vertebrates without causing any visible damage to the underlying bone. This will prove to be a revolution for this century and will help modern scientists in a lot of ways and will also make its possible to preserve the fossils for more intense research.

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