08 septembre 2013

Universities need more women students, says World Bank

http://enews.ksu.edu.sa/wp-content/uploads/2011/10/UWN.jpgBy Ameen Amjad Khan. The World Bank has called on the Afghan government to increase the proportion of women enrolled in universities. Women currently make up just 19% of students, according to a new report on Afghanistan’s higher education – a decline in the male-female ratio in universities compared to a decade ago even though overall numbers have increased.
“Increasing female enrolent in universities is a top priority for the future development of higher education,” said the report completed last year and launched jointly by the World Bank and Afghanistan’s Ministry of Higher Education in Kabul on 30 August. More...

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New vocational degrees to improve HE opportunities

http://enews.ksu.edu.sa/wp-content/uploads/2011/10/UWN.jpgBy Suvendrini Kakuchi. The Sri Lankan government is to launch new vocational degrees – a landmark step for an education system long dominated at the pinnacle by traditional state universities. It is hoped that the move will also help to reduce youth unemployment.
The new degrees, to be launched within a year under the slogan of a National Vocational Qualification, will combine academic and practical elements. More...

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Teaching graduates fail national competency test

http://enews.ksu.edu.sa/wp-content/uploads/2011/10/UWN.jpgBy María Elena Hurtado. Appalling results in the Prueba Inicia, or Start Test – a voluntary national exam that assesses the competence of Chilean teaching graduates – is forcing the government and universities to improve teacher training and make the teaching profession more attractive. Over half of new teaching graduates who took the test did not know their specific subjects or how to impart them, according to the results of the test, announced on 22 August.
“The results are alarming…extremely worrying,” said Education Minister Carolina Schmidt. More...

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Study abroad for 5,000 former revolutionaries

http://enews.ksu.edu.sa/wp-content/uploads/2011/10/UWN.jpgBy Wagdy Sawahel. In an effort to reconstruct civil war-damaged Libya, 5,000 former rebels will be sent to study abroad this year, according to Minister of Higher Education and Scientific Research Mohamed Hassan Abu Bakr. They are the first of 18,000 revolutionaries who are registered and eligible for study abroad.
An agreement on the initiative was signed in the presence of the director of the Warriors Affairs Commission, or WAC, Mustafa Sagezli and Ahmed Al-Banouni, director of WAC’s board for foreign study programmes, according to the Libya HeraldMore...

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‘World-class’ bid may have caused admissions fiasco

http://enews.ksu.edu.sa/wp-content/uploads/2011/10/UWN.jpgBy Yojana Sharma and Emilia Tan. Malaysia’s bid for world-class university status and the channelling of government funds into research and postgraduate studies at several public universities may have caused this year’s fiasco in which a large number of non-Malay ethnic minority students failed to get into undergraduate courses of their choice despite scoring top marks in school-leaving exams.
Wee Ka Siong, education bureau chief of the Malaysian Chinese Association, or MCA, told local media recently: “I believe this could be one of the reasons why many top scorers failed to get into universities or the courses of their choice.”
In July the allocation of seats at public universities sparked an uproar after ethnic Chinese and Indian students failed to get onto preferred university courses – particularly in medicine and dentistry – despite achieving higher results in school-leaving exams than some Malay students. More...

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Partnership to protect quality of UK transnational HE

http://enews.ksu.edu.sa/wp-content/uploads/2011/10/UWN.jpgBritain’s Quality Assurance Agency and the British Council have announced a new partnership, aimed at “safeguarding and promoting” the reputation of UK transnational higher education. There are more students studying for UK degrees abroad than there are at home. The number of international students taking UK qualifications overseas is now 571,000 “compared with around 488,000 international students in this country”, according to the Higher Education Statistics Agency, the British Council said in a statement last week.
The announcement coincided with the publication on Thursday of a British Council report, The Shape of Things to Come – The evolution of transnational education: Data, definitions, opportunities and impacts analysis, which examines the development of transnational education and environmental factors conducive to its successful delivery. More...

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Falling rupee, restricted loans scupper study abroad

http://enews.ksu.edu.sa/wp-content/uploads/2011/10/UWN.jpgBy Alya Mishra. For thousands of Indian students aspiring to a world-class higher education, the rupee’s continuing depreciation against American and British currencies has been a major setback. Some may have to postpone their studies for a year, while others are desperately seeking additional loans to cover the shortfall. The rupee has depreciated by around 20% against the United States dollar this year alone.
Mallika Ghosh, who secured admission to a leading British university, has requested a deferment. “With the rupee’s depreciation my costs have gone up 20%,” she said. “I hope that by the next term the rupee will have stabilised and regained.”
She added that it was already a struggle to scrape together £12,000 (US$18,700) for tuition fees and another £8,000 (US$12,500) for living expenses. More...

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New jobs site – Higher Education in Africa Recruitment

http://enews.ksu.edu.sa/wp-content/uploads/2011/10/UWN.jpgUniversity World News is delighted to announce the ‘soft’ launch of an African higher education jobs site. Universities across Africa – and indeed those around the world – looking to recruit academics and higher education professionals are now easily able to post job ads, at very reasonable prices and reaching a large audience, on the Higher Education in Africa Recruitment, or HEAR, site. People looking for jobs may post their CVs for free.
The coming weeks will be a ‘live test’ phase for the HEAR site, which is an initiative of the Africa Edition. Higher education institutions, other organisations and individuals will be able to post jobs while the site is being streamlined and its functionality improved and finalised.
Those wishing to negotiate job listings and-or advertisements directly with University World News, and have us upload the associated material, should contact UWN Africa’s Sales Director Debbie van Heerden at:
Email: debbie.vanheerden@gmail.com
Telephone: +27 (0)83 269 9365
The HEAR address is: http://jobs.universityworldnews.com/More...

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Tony Abbott plans to cut ‘wasteful’ research grants

http://enews.ksu.edu.sa/wp-content/uploads/2011/10/UWN.jpgBy Geoff Maslen. Australia's new Prime Minister Tony Abbott, elected in a landslide victory in Saturday’s election, has promised to reverse many of the policies implemented by the defeated Labor government over the past six years – including those intended to lessen the impact of climate change. Abbott created a storm of controversy in the academic and scientific communities last week with a plan to cut grants to research considered ‘wasteful’ by his conservative government. His new ‘commission of audit’ would reprioritise nearly A$100 million (US$91 million) of annual Australian Research Council, or ARC, grants allocated to what members of his team have called “futile” research, and reallocate the money to the National Health and Medical Research Council to spend on research into diseases such as dementia. More...

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Confucius Institutes: China’s Global Presence

http://www.insidehighered.com/sites/default/server_files/styles/blog_landing/public/the_world_view_blog_header.jpg?itok=P3OlGEpQBy Goolam Mohamedbhai. The initiative taken by China to establish university branch campuses in other countries, as reported by Roger Chao, is not at all surprising. It is unquestionable that China wants to play a major role in global higher education to match its aspiration of becoming the world’s leading economic power. China has understood what many countries still fail to appreciate: higher education is a key vehicle not only to achieve economic development but also to attain ‘soft power’ regionally and globally. China has adopted a very strategic approach in its long-term objective, with education playing a crucial role. English being the acknowledged global language, China promotes the teaching of English in its schools and has sent thousands of its teachers to USA, UK and Australia to learn English. Read more...

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