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LSU together with AgCenter-MENDELU Partnership has been recognized as the most innovative and successful model for developing and expanding international education in practice today. This citation aims to remove institutional barriers and broaden the base of participation in international teaching and learning. On the other side of our news, ACT Government shared how international students play a vital part in Canberra’s diversity and make a significant contribution to their community and how their current students share their own experiences of living, working, and studying in the ACT.
The Global Education Office held its first Global Learning & International Student Achievement Ceremony on Friday to honor study abroad scholarship winners, English Language Program completion, international student graduation achievement, and the induction of members to Phi Beta Delta. Jill Blondin, Ph.D., executive director of the Global Education Office and keynote speaker at the ceremony, said the heart of global learning is “curiosity and growth.” “It’s about flexibility and adaptability. It’s about changing,” she said. “It is about changing perspectives, and it’s about figuring out ways to do things that might be better than you knew before because you’ve been exposed to those new perspectives.”
The Indiana University of Pennsylvania has been selected for a program designed to help students to achieve their dreams of international study or travel abroad. IUP is one of 40 universities in the nation selected for the Institute of International Education American Passport Project grant. This grant funds up to 25 IUP students who are first-year enrolled students who meet financial eligibility requirements to obtain a U.S. passport to support their study abroad journeys. However, IUP is taking this program far beyond just funding passports. Dr. Jessica Mulvihill, director of Education Abroad in IUP’s Office of International Education who authored the grant application, has developed a comprehensive support and mentoring program for students who qualify for the project.
A growing number of English-language students are being forced to sleep on the streets, in cars, or on couches in friends’ homes because they cannot find rental accommodation after traveling to Ireland. Some are opting to return home without completing their courses or transferring to other countries because they couldn’t find, or afford, a place to live. One student, who spoke to the Irish Examiner, recently spent two nights sleeping on the streets in Cork City center because the hostel he had been staying in was booked out for a weekend. Sebastian Carvallo Farina, from Chile, is now couch surfing. Another student in Dublin bought an old car for €800 to sleep in because it was her only option. She is now sleeping on a couch in the home of an acquaintance.
Innovation in International Education in the category of Strategic Partnerships for the LSU AgCenter-MENDELU Partnership. This award from the Institute of International Education, or IIE, recognizes the most innovative and successful models for developing and expanding international education in practice today. The IIE Heiskell Awards were created in 2001 to promote and honor the most outstanding initiatives being conducted in international higher education by IIENetwork members, particularly those that address a specific need, remove institutional barriers and broaden the base of participation in international teaching and learning.BATON ROUGE – LSU is the co-recipient of the 2022 IIE Andrew Heiskell Award for.
The number of Pakistani students pursuing higher education in the United Kingdom has increased by 66% during the academic year 2020-21. According to statistics provided by Erudera, an education search platform backed by Artificial Intelligence, within just one academic year, the number of students from Pakistan in UK universities has increased by 66%. A total of 7,830 Pakistani students pursued higher education in the UK during the 2019/20 academic year, and the number claimed to 12,975 by 2020/21.
The United States is not the only destination for international students wishing to pursue a degree overseas, but it is the top one in the global higher education market. Over a million international students go to the US to study each year, contributing almost US$40 billion (S$55.4 billion) annually to its economy. The second most popular destination, the United Kingdom, attracts more than half a million students each year. Other choice targets for international learners tend to be English-speaking countries; Canada and Australia are not far behind.
European university groups have underscored the need for international collaboration in research amid EU moves to unify and formalize the bloc’s stance on the issue. Germany’s U15, France’s Udice, and the Guild of European Research-Intensive Universities published a joint statement on 27 April, saying that they “wish to reiterate their commitment to strengthen international cooperation in research, while mitigating the challenges associated with international partnerships”. They said that the Russian invasion of Ukraine increased the need for international partnerships to tackle global economic, societal, and technological challenges, and they proposed a set of principles for international collaboration, including that EU programs for research, innovation, and education should be more open to countries outside the bloc.
International students are a vital part of Canberra’s diversity and make a significant contribution to our community. Prior to the pandemic, international education was the ACT’s first billion-dollar export industry, with more than 18,000 international students studying in one of our world-class institutions. Recovering our international education sector is a key economic priority for the ACT Government. To support universities to attract more international students to Canberra, the ACT Government has developed a digital toolkit of resources designed to showcase the lifestyle and opportunities Canberra offers, with current students sharing their own experiences of living, working, and studying in the ACT.
RIYADH: Preparations are underway in Riyadh for the launch of the International Education Conference and Exhibition 2022 on May 8, with experts and specialists from around the world taking part. It will be one of the largest education forums to be held in the Middle East since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, and will focus on “urgent issues in education, presenting opportunities for developing education, and exchanging expertise and experiences that reflect the desire for global competitiveness,” said Ahmed Al-Nashwan, chairman of the conference’s scientific committee.
European Region Action Scheme for the Mobility of University Students (ERASMUS), is a program established in 1987 by the European Union to support education, training of youth, and sports for students across the globe, in partner universities, and in partner countries across Europe. Since then, it has grown into the largest-ever program in the world for mobility opportunities and also funds cooperation projects. With a budget of €26.2 billion (Rs. 2,096,94 crore) for the 2021-2027, the main aim of this program is to promote academic and youth mobility and cooperation within Europe or between Europe and other regions in the world, including Asia.
Between the countless hours spent scrolling through job sites, pouring over resume edits, and rewriting cover letters, job seekers have more than enough challenges on their hands. But for international students, those troubles only scratch the surface of their job hunt experience. In the wake of COVID, international student enrollment in the 2020-2021 school year dropped by 15%, according to the Institute of International Education. Diana Vicezar, who spent her first semester of college online in her home country of Paraguay rather than at the California-based Pitzer College where she’d planned to be pre-2020, knows firsthand that the lack of support for international students became only more glaring over the course of the pandemic.
Moving to a new country to study means learning about a lot of things: academics, adapting to a new culture, and making new friends. It’s also important to learn about your health coverage, so you know what to expect when you need it. The International Centre is offering three information sessions on the Manitoba International Student Health Plan (MISHP) as part of International Student Welcome and Orientation so that international students can learn all about their health coverage while they are registered as a student at the University of Manitoba. “We recommend that all new students and also current international students attend one of these sessions,” says Gitan Armour, Acting Director of the International Centre. “It is very important to learn about your health coverage so you know how it works before you need it.”
Established in 2014, Bay Atlantic University is a private, nonprofit university that offers the very best in higher education programs to the US and international students. BAU is located in Washington DC, just a short walk from the White House. Bay Atlantic University is a new generation university that is defined by six key aspects: Focused, Affordable, Connected, Global, Central, and Dynamic. These aspects are measured within the strategic planning process. BAU began its academic offerings with a strong MBA Program and subsequently, added undergraduate programs in Business Administration & Management, Economics & Finance, Political Science & International Affairs in 2017, and Data Science, and Information Technology in 2019. In 2019, BAU started to offer new graduate degree programs, MS in Big Data Analytics, and MS in Cyber Security.
Unique among college programs focusing on fashion, this degree prepares students for leadership roles, social equity, and ethical practices within fashion. This course also helps the students to transform the industry and develop creative strategies to support sustainability. Students in sustainable fashion programs will also learn the benefits of operating a business under a new paradigm, eschewing the former singular goal of profit for shareholders and replacing that with the need to serve a wide range of stakeholders. This program prepares graduates to understand the full range of business needs from the supply chain to merchandising to marketing messaging.
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