UAE to invest Dh5bn in school system overhaul over six years

Cabinet, chaired by UAE vice-president, reviews progress of Emirati School Model. Abu Dhabi: The UAE government has allocated Dh5 billion to invest in “state-of-the-art” infrastructure for schools over the period of six years, Emirates News Agency (WAM) reported after a meeting of the UAE Cabinet on Sunday. During the meeting, the Cabinet, chaired by His

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INDIA : EXTENSION OF CASTE QUOTAS TO SHAKE UP HIGHER EDUCATION

A new law extending caste-based quotas in government jobs and education to economically disadvantaged people of dominant castes, approved by India’s parliament this month, will shake up the higher education sector by reserving an additional 10% of seats – or an estimated additional 3.5 million places – for the new category. The bill, extending affirmative

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GLOBAL : PROTECTING INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS FROM FRAUD REMAINS A TOP CONCERN

Ever more sophisticated fraud tactics put students and the reputation of their host countries at risk. International students are streaming into Australia, with numbers up 11 per cent on last year. While Chinese students make up the largest proportion, the number of Indian students in Australia reached a seven-year high in 2018, driven largely by favourable

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USA : STUDENTS IN RURAL AMERICA ASK, ‘WHAT IS A UNIVERSITY WITHOUT A HISTORY MAJOR?’

STEVENS POINT, Wis. — Chancellor Bernie Patterson’s message to his campus was blunt: To remain solvent and relevant, his 125-year-old university needed to reinvent itself. Some longstanding liberal arts degrees, including those in history, French and German, would be eliminated. Career-focused programs would become a key investment. Tenured faculty members could lose their jobs. The

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UK : UNIVERSITY TIES IN SPOTLIGHT AS WESTERN ANXIETY OVER HUAWEI GROWS

Institutions seek guidance over links to Chinese company but are told that it is not their role to start a ‘new Cold War’. With Huawei set to spend $20 billion (£15.7 billion) a year on research and development globally, the Chinese technology giant is now a growing presence in university research. The Shenzhen-based company, which sold more smartphones

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UK : LONDON STATE SCHOOL SAYS 41 STUDENTS OFFERED OXBRIDGE PLACE

Many of the successful applicants at Brampton Manor academy are from minority ethnic backgrounds. A state school in east London is celebrating after 41 of its students – almost all of them from minority ethnic backgrounds – secured offers to study at the universities of Oxford and Cambridge later this year. Brampton Manor academy in Newham opened

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GLOBAL : IS INTERNATIONALISATION CREATING INEQUALITY IN HIGHER EDUCATION?

Inequality is a word that has recently dominated public discourse, mainly with regard to its economic meaning of income and wealth inequality, but also in terms of social and educational inequality. Many researchers and organisations around the world have addressed the subject of inequality, and its reduction within and among countries is one of the

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UK : NOVEMBER TERM START PROPOSED FOR POST-QUALIFICATION APPLICATIONS

University and College Union revives call for admissions shake-up in hope of making unconditional offers ‘defunct’. First-year undergraduates could start their courses in November under a post-qualification applications system in the UK that would make unconditional offers “defunct” and could “eliminate the need for clearing”, according to the University and College Union. A UCU paper published on

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USA : UC MERCED CHANCELLOR, DOROTHY LELAND, GROWS HER YOUNG CAMPUS

UC Merced Chancellor Dorothy Leland presides over the University of California’snewest, smallest and most diverse campus. More than half of her 8,000 students are low-income and underrepresented minorities; nearly three-fourths are the first in their families to attend college. This year, in U.S. News and World Report’s rankings of public universities, those students helped the campus

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MALAYSIA : IRELAND AND NEW ZEALAND DRAW IN THE CROWD AT THE ‘STAR EDUCATION FAIR’

KUALA LUMPUR: There was a lot of interest in the medical, engineering, accounting and psychology programmes at the Education in Ireland booths. Most of the questions parents and students had were about the fees, cost of living and eligibility, said Education in Ireland regional manager (Asia) Elizabeth McHenry. “Ireland is very strong in STEM (science,

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