18 MILLION IN 53 COUNTRIES BENEFITED FROM DUBAI CARES’ PROGRAMMES IN 2017

Dh150.78 million spent on programmes in 53 countries Dubai: Some 18 million people from 53 developing countries benefited from the programmes of Dubai Cares in 2017, the “Year of Giving”. Dubai Cares, a part of Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Global Initiatives, spent a total of Dh150.78 million ($41 million) in 2017, as well as

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EU refuses to claim back student debt for Denmark

The European Union has rebuffed the Danish government’s request for the EU to help it claim back unpaid student debt owed by citizens in EU member states who studied in Denmark and left the country, the major Danish newspaper, Politiken, has reported. The EU’s response has renewed political opposition in the Danish parliament to the ruling

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UK : NHS crisis puts nurse training efforts in spotlight

Loss of bursaries is not only cause of dramatic fall in applications for UK nursing courses, say university leaders Mounting pressures on the UK’s healthcare services are never far from the headlines, but growing concerns over a crippling shortage of nurses have focused attention this month on universities’ efforts to train the next generation of

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ANOTHER DUBAI SCHOOL SLASHES FEES FOR COMING ACADEMIC YEAR

Fees at premium British school, Horizon International School, to drop up to 33% Dubai: Horizon International School (HIS) in Dubai has reduced tuition fees by up to 33 per cent for the next academic year, joining at least two other premium Dubai schools that also slashed fees for the 2018-19 cycle. The upmarket British school,

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UAE : FACILITIES MAKE THE DIFFERENCE TO PARENTS’ CHOICE OF SCHOOL.

When choosing a school in the UAE, are parents attracted to big-ticket items such as technology labs and sporting facilities? Or  do they prefer basics such as fresh paint and non-slip flooring? The reality lies somewhere in between. Speaking generally on local standards compared to other countries, Shar Dean says Dubai schools do well on

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One year of Donald Trump: how are US universities faring?

If there is a new kind of culture war being waged over America’s universities and colleges then the University of California, Berkeley has been the definitive battleground. The university’s decision last February to cancel right-wing provocateur Milo Yiannopoulos’ scheduled talk on security grounds, in the face of a protest by “black bloc” protesters, was seized

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Germany : Court overturns university admissions restrictions regime 


According to a recent Federal Constitutional Court ruling, the procedure for allocating places to study medicine in Germany is unfair. The court calls on federal and state governments to establish new procedures. Disputes over the so-called numerus clausus system, regulating admissions to university programmes via applicants’ average mark in the Abitur – the German general certificate of higher secondary

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Continuing dilemmas for higher education in 2018

Let us try to forget 2017. It was the year of xenophobic nationalism in parts of Europe and the United States. The year of Trump, the Brexiteers, and let us not forget Hungary, Poland and perhaps Austria and the Czech Republic. There has been a noticeable tightening of political controls in China. All of these

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US share of international students will keep falling

I suspect that many readers of this article will either dismiss the premise that colleges and universities in the United States will continue to lose international student market share or dispute the facts I list. Some may hope that the decline in international student enrolments in the United States for the autumn 2017 semester was

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India : Higher education access rising but challenges lie ahead

The proportion of young people in higher education in India has risen to 25.2%, up from under 20% in 2010-11, with the country setting an ambitious goal of attaining a gross enrolment ratio, or GER, of 30% by 2020. There was a marginal increase of 0.7% in higher education participation in the past year, up

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