30 juin 2013

India-US partnership tackles MOOCS, community colleges

http://enews.ksu.edu.sa/wp-content/uploads/2011/10/UWN.jpgBy Alya Mishra. India and the United States have announced eight new partnerships in fields including health, technology, energy and sustainable development, and training of human resources – amounting to around US$2 million – as part of the second round of the Obama-Singh 21st Century Knowledge Initiative.
The announcement was made at the India-US Education Dialogue in New Delhi last week, chaired jointly by Human Resource Development Minister MM Pallam Raju and US Secretary of State John Kerry. Read more...

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Top 10 university student excuses

The Guardian homeWe asked university readers to dish the dirt on the worst student excuses they've encountered – here's our pick of the bunch.
Like a virgin
"A first year turned up for supervision with his essay incomplete, then told me that he had just had sex for the first time. He knew that wasn't really an excuse but explained that in the bar he had told four girls he was a virgin and they had all gone back to his room." Brian Milne. Read more...

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Could social media bridge the divide between business and education?

The Guardian homeBEducation isn't equipping students for the world of work, says James Jefferson – could a new virtual apprenticeship, co-created by universities and business, be the answer? In a world of economic doom and gloom, the creative industries, and digital in particular, provide an enormous ray of light. The digital industry is booming, pumping money into the economy and creating thousands of new jobs each year. Digital is no longer the future – it is the present. So why, at a time of such prosperity and growth, are fewer than 10% of graduates able to find work in their chosen careers? The problem is simple. Read more...

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The big decision: should I take a gap year?

The Guardian homeBy It may not be for everyone, but taking a year out can help you gain valuable experience – and even make you change course. When I applied to university I thought seriously about taking a gap year. After a year at college, I was utterly demoralised. I hated the early mornings, and felt that I wouldn't have the motivation to attend university. I felt the best course of action would be to defer my application and have a year of saving up, hopefully gaining more work experience – and maybe even fit in some travelling. I applied for two universities: one for a 2013 entry, and one for a 2014 entry, so that I could decide what to do at a later date. Read more...

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Student online dating: is it time to ditch the stigma?

The Guardian homeBy . For the past week I've been frozen on the final step of creating an online dating profile – not least because I can't think of a suitably private yet mature username. Before writing about this for the Guardian it was a decision I'd kept completely confidential and I'm still not sure that I'll follow it through. It wasn't something I'd ever even considered until my best friend suggested it. Two of her friends at university highly recommended online dating – and it turns out a few of my friends had quietly been doing it, though it's still not something the majority of my friends are prepared to consider. There are several student dating websites: Date at Uni, Dating for Students and the terribly named FreshMeet that boast tens of thousands of student members. Read more...

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World-class university research requires cutting-edge infrastructure

The Guardian homeTo make the most of the current financial climate, universities could use a clearer picture of funding strategy, says Alex Bols.
UK universities are second only to US higher education for their excellent research, which in turn drives the country's economic growth and pushes forward the boundaries of knowledge. The 1994 Group is running a project this year to identify the key elements policy-makers need to put in place to help institutions to build on this world-class reputation. At the last spending review in 2010, funding for investment in capital, along with many other areas in these financially challenging times, was significantly restricted. This funding has, to a large extent, been supplemented since then with a series of high-profile announcements of funding for particular projects. Does the government's attitude towards investment in capital reflect the current funding environment or a wider shift in the way funding will be allocated in the future? Read more...

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Why art students should go to gallery openings

The Guardian homeBy . Attending private views is a must for building up a network of contacts that will support your artistic career. To get anywhere in the arts you need a following: a crowd of people who support you and your work. These are the people who will eventually, if you are lucky, set you on a path to making a living from your creative talents.Visual artists build up a following by throwing free drinks parties on the opening night of each exhibition they have. These previews – or private views, as they are known in the trade – have a dual benefit of being both highly sociable and incredibly important networking events. Read more...

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Mexican students eye up UK universities as study destination

The Guardian homeWith rising crime and aspiration pushing Latin American students to study overseas,the UK must prepare to compete with the US and Europe to attract them, suggests Laura Aguirre.
Kidnap, murder, extortion – despite recent reports of improvements, Mexico remains gripped by a crisis which, at its peak, saw the army deployed in some areas in an attempt to wrest back control of the streets from violent drug cartels. Between 2007 and 2012 intentional homicides per capita increased by over 65% in Mexico, while kidnappings increased 250% and extortions 94%. Other countries in the region are also facing social and political challenges for everyday security – the situation in Venezuela, for example, is not much better than Mexico, with a leading criminologist tallying 155,788 murders in the country since 1999. Read more...

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Higher education: UGC for increasing fellowships, reservations

http://economictimes.indiatimes.com/photo/6151078.cmsConcerned over the "gaps" in the higher education system, the University Grants Commission (UGC) will undertake a slew of measures to bridge them including increased number of fellowships, reservations and financial assistance to girls.
Announcing this, UGC Chairman Ved Prakash also pointed out that another "key concern" was the low enrolment in teacher education which stood merely at three per cent.

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College in Canada more appealing than ever for Americans?

http://a0.twimg.com/profile_images/2609444766/pg3cwi4ht9fq2d08l7a1_normal.pngBy Devin Karambelas. As Canadian colleges cater to international students -- for a variety of reasons -- Americans are heading north for higher education. When Alexie Rudman graduates from college in May 2015, the Rhode Island native is poised to find herself with a lot less debt than her friends back home.
That's because Rudman, 19, decided to study at McGill University in Montreal, which costs $17,000 for international students, all fees included -- roughly half or even a third of what most American private colleges and some public charge for tuition, according to statistics from the College Board.
"I have a sister at Hofstra, which costs upward of $50,000 a year," says Rudman, a French citizen who attends the university for about $3,000 thanks to an accord between both countries that considers French citizens eligible for Canadian benefits. Read more...

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