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This news reflects the current situation of Ukrainian students in the US. How do they remember their hometowns before the war against Russia started and what images they currently see now in various news that are very much crushing their hearts. Unable to concentrate on in-person classes while thinking of their friends that are on the front line and relatives living in fear.
The former Ryerson University has officially changed its name to Toronto Metropolitan University. The school’s board of directors voted last August to change the school’s name over concerns about the man the institution had been named for and his links to Canada’s residential schools. Egerton Ryerson is considered one of the primary architects of the residential school system and, in recent years, staff and students had been calling for the university to change its name.
When Solomia Dzhaman thinks of Ukraine, she thinks of her grandparents’ farm plucking ripe strawberries to eat, pulling apples off trees in the orchard, and picking currants off the vine so her grandparents could sell them at the market. “Pastoral, tranquil memories like that,” she said. “That’s the scene that’s been playing in my head when I think about Ukraine. She’s trying to hold on to the images of the home she knew, not the images that saturate the news now: men with gunshots to the head lying on the road, people fleeing over bridges, bombs shattering homes. She left the campus of Columbia University, unable to concentrate on her engineering classes in person while friends are on the front lines and relatives are living in fear.
AAs employers scramble to fill hundreds of thousands of vacant positions across Canada, Immigration Minister Sean Fraser has loosened immigration rules to encourage qualified candidates to apply for permanent residence “With the economy growing faster than employers can hire for new jobs, Canada needs to look at every option so that we have the skills and labor needed to fuel our growth,” Mr. Fraser said in a statement on Friday. “Immigration will be crucial to address our labor shortage, and these measures aim to address pressing needs in all sectors across the country while providing more opportunities for recent graduates and other applicants to build their lives in Canada and continue contributing to our short-term recovery and long-term prosperity.”
Robertson College is set to open its doors once more to international students this Spring. Robertson College’s Winnipeg campus has seen growth despite the challenges the COVID-19 pandemic presented in the past two years. “Our focus has been on expanding the program offerings and improving the overall international student experience at Robertson,” says Belinda Loschiavo, Vice President of International and Special Projects at Education Canada Group, the parent company of Robertson College. “We’ve added new programs, established new partnerships, and further refined our post-graduation support services. We are very excited about seeing international students in these halls again.”
In a bid to attract top-ranking foreign higher educational institutes to set up their campuses in India, the University Grants Commission (UGC) has set up a five-member committee. The committee has prepared rules and regulations for these foreign institutes. The committee was set up on April 11, as per reports, and will be announcing its report by end of the month. Reportedly, the first institutes to come up will be in the areas of science and technology, however, more details will be out soon when UGC will officially announce the report and the rules suggested by the committee. These measures are part of the National Education Policy (NEP) 2020. Under the NEP, the government had suggested setting up of Indian colleges abroad and foreign colleges in India.
Starting from 100 students over a decade ago, by 2019 this number had shot up to 5,000 students, says Education in Ireland’s Barry O’Driscoll. From consistent global ranking to lower living expenses and better job opportunities and internships, the education system in Ireland offers the best to students looking to study in the country, said an official with Education in Ireland. In the latest edition of QS World University Rankings 2022, Trinity College Dublin scored better on parameters of international student ratio than the USA’s Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), which is the world’s top-ranked university.
International students in Australia will not be able to change their course of study without receiving approval from the Minister, according to the new Australian visa rules. As the NRI Affairs reports, the Australian government has amended the Migration Act 1958 and is expected to change the rules for Australian student visa (subclass 500) holders as of this July. According to the portal, an explanatory statement issued by the federal home minister says that the legislation inserts a condition for Australian student visa (subclass 500) holders studying or wishing to pursue higher education that they cannot change their course of study unless they receive an approval from the Minister.
Germany continues to be the most common country of origin for international students in the Netherlands, followed by Italy, according to figures by the international education agency Nuffic show. Data show that Romania has sent more students to the Netherlands than before during the 2021/22 academic year, an increase of 30%, becoming the third most common country of origin and overtaking China, Erudera.com reports. Similarly, the number of students from Poland has increased by 47% compared to 2020/21.
The Indian Economic Strategy to 2035 brought out by the Australian government states that one in every five students studying in Australian universities is from India. According to the December 2021 statistics, Indian from 19% of its students, making it the largest foreign student community in the country ( Chinese students stand at 17%). The recently signed India-Australia FTA or the Australia-India Economic Cooperation and Trade Agreement (AI-ECTA)aims at creating about 10 lakh job opportunities in Australia in the next five to seven years.
Consultants believe such advisories are meant to alert Indian students so that they won’t land up with degrees that are incompatible with Indian regulations. A joint statement issued on Friday by Indian higher education regulatory bodies that advised college students against enrolling in Pakistan was dictated by security concerns, according to consultants. It differs from a similar cautioning earlier of Indian students against studying in China and Ukraine for medical programs, they added.
Technology is now being used by universities all over the world to improve student performance. Transformative AI technology is enabling universities throughout the world to tap into the growing pool of students interested in studying abroad. Universities are using data-driven AI techniques to forecast enrollment patterns and improve recruiting and retention. Universities around the world are teaming up with EdTech start-ups that are using data to revolutionize the study abroad scene.
New Delhi: Marking the occasion of English Language Day, a seminar on “Need for English Skills training in India was held at British Lingua, an institute of international repute for English communication skills, on 23rd April 2022 here with fanfare. “Language and literature have no nationality and are ever the common heritage of all humankind. English is also the most beautiful and lyrical language which has captured the imagination of people all over the world.
Quest University is one of Canada’s well-known institutions in terms of higher learning. Starting from an experiment, their post-secondary education is now a groundbreaking success. Quest University uses a novel and innovative philosophy curriculum to reinvent the undergraduate sciences and arts. Quest University believes in preparing students for any endeavor they choose, from traditional careers to independent paths and from graduates to professional programs. Quest University also offers an environment of personal enrichment and intellectual rigor. This is to help students delve deep into topics they are passionate about and design their own education. The very first secular liberal arts and science university, a not-for-profit and independent school in Canada that is devoted entirely to excellence in undergraduate education.
Bachelor of Arts (BA) programs prepare students for careers in their respective fields while providing them with a rich Liberal Arts education. These programs offer students the chance to study business, economics, finance, international relations, data science, and IT alongside courses in subjects such as political science, environmental studies, mathematics, and history, all in the nation’s capital. Through small class sizes with outstanding faculty, students hone their academic skills, bond with classmates and mentors, form new personal and professional goals, and gain an appreciation of a global perspective.
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