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This news report tells us how Ukrainian students who live in the US think of their families back in Ukraine. Despite the ongoing war happening in their home country, students still manage to continue their studies while organizing different rallies and fundraising efforts to support Ukraine and its people from the Russian invasion.
Prominent U.S. colleges and universities are reporting a surge in international applications over the past two years, fueled by the easing of pandemic travel restrictions and new policies that allow potential students to apply without SAT or ACT scores. The Common Application, an online platform for hundreds of schools, found that as of March 15 the number of international applicants had grown 34 percent since 2020. That far exceeded the 12 percent rate of growth for U.S. applicants. The data reveals a tantalizing source of potential students as colleges nationwide grapple with significant enrollment losses since the pandemic.
Despite being thousands of miles away from the shelling in Ukraine, Marta Hulievska gets anxious when she hears loud sounds. The freshman at Dartmouth College is often thinking about her family who fled the Russian military, her dad who remains in their hometown, and when she’ll be able to return home. Since the Russian invasion of Ukraine, Hulievska, 19, has continued studying medieval history and creative writing while fundraising and organizing rallies with the newly formed Ukrainian Student Association at Dartmouth in New Hampshire.
The University of Toronto ranked first in Canada across all five of the broad subject categories evaluated in the QS World University Rankings by Subject 2022 – and remained the only university in the world to rank in the top 50 for 46 specific subjects. The 2022 subject rankings, released this week by London-based Quacquarelli Symonds, placed U of T in the top 10 globally in seven subject areas: education (4), sports-related subjects (5), anatomy and physiology (8), pharmacy and pharmacology (9), philosophy (10), medicine (10) and nursing (10).
Today, World Education Services (WES) is convening leaders from hospitals, long-term care, and home care alongside other key health care stakeholders to talk about the role of immigrant health professionals in their sectors. This is the first time these stakeholders will assemble to share their vision of how to rebuild Ontario’s health workforce with the deliberate inclusion of internationally educated health professionals (IEHPs). IEHPs looking to contribute to Ontario’s health care system face challenges at every stage of their journey, including immigration, professional registration (licensure), and integration into the workplace at levels that match their skills.
On her first visit to Zambia since her appointment as Minister for Africa, Vicky Ford saw how the UK is supporting Zambia’s education system in order to further remove the barriers preventing children – especially teenage girls – from accessing formal education. The Minister visited Mulola School in Kapete District, where she saw how international support for sanitation, nutrition, and sexual and reproductive health is important to removing the non-financial barriers that can prevent the poorest from getting the education they need.
A poll shows nearly half of teachers in England plan to quit within the next five years. Ahead of the National Education Union (NEU) annual conference in Bournemouth this week, it published data on Monday revealing that 44% of teachers plan to leave the profession by 2027. In a survey of 1,788 teachers, a fifth (22%) said they would leave within two years. Teachers said their heavy workload was a significant factor in their decision to leave. More than half of respondents (52%) said the workload was “unmanageable” or “unmanageable most of the time”, up from 35% in 2021.
A new funding model for further and higher education is due to be announced soon. Third-level funding in Ireland has always been a contentious issue, one that has been “ducked and dodged” for far too long in the words of Minister Simon Harris, and an integrated strategy for fiscal and structural support is sure to be welcomed by those in the sector. But as we await the details of this model, it is important that we examine our investment strategy in higher education more generally and that we pose a related set of questions pressing on the role of the university in 2022 and beyond.
On 10 January, the Study Australia Experience education platform was launched by the Austrade LATAM education team in Spanish and Portuguese. The platform is dedicated to students, institutions, and education agents in Latin America and was developed to accelerate the recovery of student enrolments in Australia and lift the volume of Higher Education participation in the region. Events are run almost weekly by the Austrade team and participating clients, with students and clients interacting to discuss Australia: our locations, institutions, and education system.
Immigration New Zealand figures show fewer than 12,000 foreign students remain in the country. That is down from nearly 52,000 when the pandemic started two years ago. However, the University of Auckland’s 2021 annual report showed that it had a record number of students enrolled last year, including 5391 foreign students, 500 more than in 2020 and only 63 fewer than it had before the pandemic in 2019. Immigration New Zealand says study visas for half the 11,800 students still here will expire this year.
Italian government forecasts showing a steady decline in education spending triggered an angry reaction on Monday from the country’s trade unions, which threatened strikes and protests. The government’s multi-year economic planning document (DEF) published on Friday showed education expenditure projected to fall to 3.5% of the gross domestic product in 2025 from 4% in 2020. The 2020 level was already well below the European Union average of around 5% of GDP, Eurostat data shows.
The main reason young people from all over the world come to Germany is to receive a high-quality education while also getting the chance to soak in a unique cultural experience. But before applying to any universities in Germany, make sure you understand the living costs and associated study fees. The “Studying in Germany portal provides a valuable online tool that allows prospective overseas students to rapidly access practical information about various German universities.
Mumbai, India is the new address for foreign schools wanting to expand beyond their home campus. Founded initially to school the sons of the Maharajah of Dhrangadhra, Gujarat, and later transplanted to England, Millfield School is making a comeback to its original birthplace, this time making it their second home. It is not the only one entering India’s shores. The UK Harrow School has partnered with Amity Education Group to open Harrow International School Bengaluru in September 2023.
MANILA – Commission on Higher Education (CHED) Chairman Popoy de Vera recently led a High-level Higher Education Partnership Mission in Canada to expand opportunities to engage in academic and research partnerships on health sciences, renewable energy, agriculture, engineering and technology, data science, and disaster risk management, among others. “CHED’s mission to Canada is a testament to the strong collaboration between Canada and the Philippines on higher education internationalization,” de Vera.
Founded in 1921 by the Society of the Holy Child Jesus, Rosemont College is a private, coeducational institution rooted in Catholicism and welcomes people of all faiths. Rosemont College is located on a tranquil 58-acre campus in the historic residential neighborhood of Rosemont, Pennsylvania, 11 miles west of Philadelphia on what is known as the suburban Main Line. The area surrounding campus is both scenic and safe, with many options for shopping and dining within walking distance to campus. When students want to adventure beyond the local area, they can easily adventure into Philadelphia – the sixth-largest city in the United States – via the train stop just a few blocks from campus. Or they can travel to New York City, which is less than a two-hour drive.
The brewing and fermentation industries play a vital role in the food industry, making a wide range of high-quality goods that utilize the production of the land-based sectors. The Bachelor of Science (Brewing and Fermentation) degree will make a graduate student highly employable in the brewing and fermentation industries around the world. With its core of science fundamentals, it will equip the student with skills and knowledge to design, analyze, and produce a range of fermented products such as kombucha, beer, cider, cheese, and yogurt, and to innovate new and high-quality products to meet the demands of existing and future consumers. In this course, the student will work alongside industry partners in developing a particular fermented product to develop valuable hands-on skills, learn the production principles, and gain experience. Lastly, a graduate student will be able to step into the fermentation or brewing industry after graduation or put up his or her own business.
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