Note from the Editor
This news is about the direct request of Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky to US universities to provide the expertise in defense, cybersecurity, aeronautics, and healthcare that is needed to rebuild his country’s war-torn economy and infrastructure. As they planned returning to on-campus teaching and research on a post-pandemic environment earlier this year, an invasion happened which brought Ukrains higher education into much bigger crisis. It is good to know how American universities replied and express their willingness to an immediate assistance with an assuring quote “count on us”.
In an hour-long video conference, US universities vow to help counterparts in Ukraine with reconstruction and in enabling them to play a wider role in repairing the war-torn economy Ukrainian president Volodymyr Zelensky has urged universities in the US to provide the expertise in defense, cybersecurity, aeronautics, and healthcare that is needed to rebuild his country’s war-torn economy and infrastructure. Earlier this year, Ukrainian universities were planning a return to on-campus teaching and research after two years of COVID-19 enforced virtual operations. But the Russian invasion has now propelled the higher education system into a much bigger crisis.
Today, Advanced Education Minister Gene Makowsky signed a renewed Cooperation Agreement with the SaskAlliance which includes representatives from the University of Saskatchewan, University of Regina, Saskatchewan Polytechnic and the Regional Colleges. The SaskAlliance will work collaboratively to advance international priorities in the province’s new International Education Strategy and meet the commitments outlined in Saskatchewan’s Growth Plan to position the province as a destination of choice for research, education, innovation, sustainability, immigration and trade.
Cyprus and China signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) for cooperation in higher education and scientific research, Cyprus education ministry and the Chinese embassy said in separate statements on Friday. The MoU, which will run from 2022 until 2026, was signed on Friday during a ceremony here between Cyprus Education MInister Prodromous Prodromou and the Chinese ambassador to Cyprus Liu Yantao on behalf of China’s Ministry of Education. The MoU covers several areas of cooperation, which include government scholarships, exchanges among higher education institutions, language teaching and research, mutual recognition of academic degrees and online education.
The British Council, yesterday, announced release of £600,000 for UK-Nigeria grant funded partnerships to support systemic change in 20 institutions and organizations in Nigeria. This came as Nigeria and British governments signed a Memorandum of Understanding, MoU, on Transnational Education, TNE, with the aim of boosting transformational education in the country. Speaking during the presentation of an overview of Transnational Education in Nigeria by the National Universities Council, NUC, to a High Powered UK Government Delegation on Higher Education on visit to Nigeria, event, British Council Chief Executive, Scott McDonald, explained that the partnership was aimed at opening up more opportunities for young Nigerians willing to study in the United Kingdom both virtually and physically.
Ukrainian students will not have to pay international fees to access third-level courses in the Irish Republic and will be eligible for State grants, under proposals to be considered by the Coalition shortly. Minister for Further and Higher Education Simon Harris will bring proposals to the Government later this month to ensure incoming Ukrainian students are treated as Irish when accessing college courses. The likely number of Ukrainians seeking to access third level is not yet known. However, a help desk which has been established for newly arrived students and researchers has dealt with 240 queries so far.
The 3rd World Higher Education Conference brings together the global higher education community to reflect on how to address the impact of the pandemic and design the future of higher education to achieve the goals of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. Organised by UNESCO, the Conference takes place from 18 -20 May 2022 in Barcelona, Spain. Education International will attend the event, representing higher education workers around the world. The Education International delegation will highlight key issues including academic freedom, the status of higher education teaching and research personnel, and the need to address the increasing trends towards privatisation and commercialisation of the higher education sector.
India’s higher education regulator has constituted a committee and will soon finalize rules to allow foreign universities to open campuses in India, months after the Union Budget underlined the intention to liberalize the higher education space. The University Grants Commission (UGC), the apex higher education regulator, is not just working to open foreign university campuses at the Gujarat International Finance Tech (GIFT) city, a special economic zone, but also on the mainland. “UGC is working on preparing the regulations to facilitate foreign universities to open their campuses in India. A committee has already been formed by UGC, and their deliberations are in the final stage,” UGC Chairman M Jagadesh Kumar told Moneycontrol on May 16.
It’s time to rebuild the devastated foreign student industry, Minister of Education Chris Hipkins says – but it needs to diversify too. Hipkins told an international education conference he wanted to see higher-quality courses and more diversity in the nations that students were coming from. “We don’t just want to build back the way that we were. We want a sector that delivers higher value, that’s resilient, sustainable and recognised for its innovative international education offerings for both domestic and international students.” There would be less reliance on work rights and residency to attract students and greater diversity in the countries that students were drawn from, he said.
The Western Australia Government has announced an AU $.41.2 million boost to support international education, including scholarships and other financial aid for foreign students. “International education is an important economic sector for Western Australia and the McGowan government is strongly committed to supporting the industry as it continues to reconnect with international partners”, International Education Minister David Templeman said.
RIYADH: Saudi Arabia’s Ministry of Education issued a statement on Thursday saying that a total of 89 agreements had been signed at its International Education Conference Exhibition 2022 in Riyadh this week. The agreements and memoranda signed by ministries, universities, and local and international institutions covered areas including the development of education in the Kingdom, incentives for investment in education, crises and challenges in education, improving the efficiency of educational institutions, reaching international standards and indicators, and achieving the objectives of Saudi Vision 2030.
Among the many foreign tongues heard around the Croatian capital these days is the growing number of students choosing to do their graduate programs in Croatia. A safe, affordable EU country, with a rapidly expanding program of high-quality graduate courses in English, with excellent employment opportunities upon graduation, are just some of the reasons for choosing Croatia. And the quality of that education was highlighted recently, as Algebra University College signed an academic partnership agreement with Goldsmiths, University of London (as reported previously on TCN), thereby allowing Algebra students to study under the approved programs of one of the 500 best universities in the world according to the World University Ranking.
KUALA LUMPUR: Former prime minister Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohamad wants more students and government officials to be sent to Japan for further studies and training under the Look East Policy. The two-time former prime minister also called on the government to develop a more comprehensive approach toward education under the policy. The approach, he said, should focus on the Japanese education system, starting from preschool to university levels. “With the help of the Japanese government, we initiated programs to send students and government officials to Japan for further studies and training.
Multihexa has existed in the province of Quebec since 1986, training more than 5000 IT students. The college in Saguenay has been going since 1995, with more than 1,200 students who have been trained in IT. Over the years we have built a solid reputation with private, governmental and para-governmental companies. Multihexa College is one of the first private companies in Canada to have made computer training its primary focus. The College is located close to important employers which allows the College to offer quality internships and high potential for employment . It is worth mentioning that CGI employees come from 26 different nationalities , a diversity that supports the integration of newcomers.
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