Around The Education World This Week - Issue #44

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UK & EU

WOMEN OUTNUMBER MEN IN ENROLMENT FOR ARCHITECTURE COURSES IN 2021

The architecture undergraduate programs in the UK have received more women than men this autumn. The development came as record numbers of students joined universities this year. According to data by UCAS admissions services, 2,900 female students got into architecture schools this year compared to 2,730 men.

UK TO BE THE FIRST TO FACILITATE EFFICIENT AND SAFE ROLLOUT OF FUSION ENERGY

The UK is all set to be the first country to legislate the effective and safe rollout of fusion energy. The country’s government aims to build a home-grown energy sector to minimize exposure to the volatile global gas prices and reduce dependence on fossil fuels. Fusion power plants will combine hydrogen atoms for energy generation without causing carbon emissions.

A NEW SIMPLIFIED TRAVEL SYSTEM IN THE UK TAKES OFF

The UK had implemented its new simplified travel system to facilitate travel with the countries categorised as red or the rest of the world. It will also ease travel for fully vaccinated passengers and eligible under-18 travellers by allowing them to skip testing and self-isolation requirements.

ARRESTS AFTER CHINESE STUDENTS ASSAULTED IN SHEFFIELD

Sheffield has recently witnessed a string of attacks on international students, most of them from China. Two individuals have been arrested for perpetrating these attacks. The local police stated that the assault incidents took place between September 7 and 26, and both were hate crimes.

GERMANY GOT 15,000 FEWER FIRST-YEAR INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS IN 2020/21

According to recent reports, Germany witnessed a massive decline in the number of first-year international students since the pandemic disruptions began last year. This number was only 64,000 during 2020/21, which is 15,000 lesser than the previous year. Moreover, a quarter of new students took up remote learning from their home countries.

STUDENTS IN IRELAND TO GET VACCINES AT ON-CAMPUS POP-UP COVID-19 CENTRES

15 Irish colleges have opened pop-up COVID-19 vaccination centres in their campuses as a part of an expansion initiative of walk-in vaccination clinics in the country. The initiative involves 30 higher education institutions and facilitates vaccination for all students, whether local or international. These students can get the first or second dose of the COVID vaccine without an appointment during Vaccination Week.

USA

US GOVERNMENT URGED BY 41 EDUCATION ORGANIZATIONS TO SUPPORT AFGHAN STUDENTS

41 education organizations in the US have come together to urge the government to extend support to Afghan students and scholars displaced by the conflict in the country. The situation has been adverse since the Taliban took control of Afghanistan recently. These organizations stated that talented Afghan students, including many women, are struggling to keep their academic goals on track in the current situation.

FEA AND DICKINSON COLLEGE RENEW PARTNERSHIP

Dickinson College in the US has renewed its strategic partnership with the Forum of Education Abroad (FEA) for the fourth time. As a part of the collaboration, 2000 students enrolled at the college will get access to the expertise and leadership of the Forum until 2025.

QUAD FELLOWSHIPS BY THE US, JAPAN, AUSTRALIA, AND INDIA

US, Japan, Australia, and India have launched a Quad Fellowship initiative to fund over 100 students from these countries for pursuing masters and doctoral degree programmes at top STEM universities in the US. The initiative will support 25 students each from the participating countries every year.

ASIA

INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS CANNOT CHINA FOR 555 DAYS NOW

China has barred the entry of international students for 555 days due to the hesitant stance of the Chinese government. International students also claim that higher education institutions in the country do not consider their concerns. Lecturers seldom pay attention to their academic needs, and the government too has a negative outlook towards them.

TEMASEK SUPPORTS SUSTAINABILITY RESEARCH AT NUS

Temasek, a leading investment company, has recently funded sustainability research at the National University of Singapore (NUS). The company has pledged a whopping sum of S$15 million for co-funding a research centre and S$3 million for a sustainability research programme.

INDIA

MINISTRY OF LABOUR & EMPLOYMENT COLLABORATES WITH MICROSOFT INDIA TO TRAIN 10 MILLION JOB SEEKERS IN THE COUNTRY

Microsoft India has joined hands with the Ministry of Labour & Employment to launch a collaborative digital skills training initiative called DigiSaksham. It aims to empower job seekers with the latest tech skills in the evolving economy. Further, it focuses on young people from the rural and semi-urban parts of the country.

COLLABORATION BETWEEN MARWADI UNIVERSITY AND COURSERA TO DELIVER NEW-AGE SKILLS TO STUDENTS

Marwadi University has announced a partnership with Coursera to offer access to thousands of job-relevant programmes for its students and faculty. It also offers a large number of Guided Projects to take on-campus learning to the next level. The collaboration aims to drive employability for the students and incorporate digital programmes into the curriculum of the university.

TCS LAUNCHES UNIQUE TRACK IN YOUTH EMPLOYMENT PROGRAMME IN INDIA

TCS has launched a Youth Employment Programme as a part of its CSR initiative. The programme aspires to empower youth from rural colleges, women, unemployed graduates, and people from economically and socially disadvantaged backgrounds with better employment opportunities in the 21st century.

AUSTRALIA

AUSTRALIA TO ALLOW ONLY STUDENTS AND MIGRANTS, NOT TOURISTS, UNTIL 2022

The Australian Prime Minister recently stated that the country will prioritize the return of students and migrants, while tourists will not be welcome until 2022. As Australia draws close to the 80 percent vaccination benchmark, reopening is on the cards. But the return will happen only in a phased manner, with tourists being the last in line after Australians, international students, and migrants.

AUSTRALIAN UNIVERSITIES OFFSET LOSSES BY SELLING STAKE IN IDP

After being hit hard during the pandemic, Australian universities are making efforts to get back on track. Around 38 universities in the country have sold their stake in the IDP to cover up the losses sustained during the two years of lockdowns and travel restrictions that kept international students from returning.

REST OF THE WORLD

THE UNIVERSITY OF SAO PAULO GEARS UP FOR IN-PERSON CLASSES

The University of Sao Paulo is set to receive students for physical classes starting from October 4th. It is the first time the university is reopening after the closure in March 2020 owing to the surge of the virus in the region. It has used funds to renovate the infrastructure and teaching environments to ensure that the returning students have the best experience on campus.

EAST AFRICA WILL HARMONISE TVET TRAINING

A World Bank initiative will cover seven countries in East Africa to harmonise the qualifications and training for technical and vocational education and institutions in the region. The council has come up with the East African Qualification Framework for Higher Education as a part of the initiative.

Originally published at https://lurnabroad.com on October 7, 2021.

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