Ethical Quandaries for Higher Education

If universities withdraw from their international initiatives each time there is a violation of human rights or an act of violence committed by academic partner’s government, soon all international academic engagement would probably come to a screeching halt. Following the murder of Jamal Khashoggi, Harvard and MIT are reexamining their relationships with Saudi Arabia. Yet, these elite institutions continue to engage with other countries (China, Russia, etc.) where there is evidence of crimes, abuse of human rights and violent assaults on individuals. In March, Sergei Skripal and his daughter, Yulia, were…

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5G Set to Open New Doors for Education Technology in Higher Ed

Integration of 5G, the fifth generation of wireless networks, is on its way and is poised to have an impact on the way higher education institutions interact with connected devices and new classroom technology on campus. Experts working to develop the new technology have noted three key areas where 5G will improve on the current 4G LTE networks that are used right now: increased device capacity, faster network speed and lower latency. Forecasters expect 5G access to increase more dramatically through 2019, with the number of 5G devices becoming more ubiquitous in 2020. And…

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Bengaluru students opt for short-term online courses to further their higher education

Last summer, Himanshi Sharma, 17, a student of 12th grade at Greenwood High International School decided to take her interest in mathematics to the next level. She undertook professional foundation courses in data sciences, programming language python through an online platform. “I want to major in mathematics in college and needed to understand the various applications of the subject. The only way I could test my skills in data sciences, business analytics were through online courses, which reinforced my belief that I wanted to pursue these during my higher education,” says Sharma,…

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If you can’t afford a master’s in the UK, try studying abroad

If you want to do a master’s degree but need to keep costs down, studying in Europe may be a solution. Over the past five years there has been an explosion in the number of graduate programmes taught in English at universities in non-English speaking nations. Even better, master’s courses lasting one or two years are free of charge in Norway, Sweden, Finland and Denmark for citizens of the European Economic Area. Universities in the Netherlands offer the greatest range of English-taught master’s and although they charge fees, they are…

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UK leads European university rankings – Top 100 list

The top 200 universities in Europe have been published in new rankings today; revealing that the UK is leading the way with nearly a quarter of all places on the list. However, despite the UK having 46 institutions in the top 200, Germany is catching up, with 36 universities in the rankings and a spot in the top 10, according to the Times Higher Education (THE). According to the figures, the University of Oxford is the top ranked institution in Europe, while the University of Cambridge is placed second, with…

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Union Budget 2016: Govt to create higher education financing agency

Creation of a Higher Education Financing Agency (HEFA) to finance educational institutions to ensure 20 such places of learning emerge as world class and opening of 62 Navodaya Vidyalayas are among the announcements of the Union Budget 2016-17 presented on Monday. The Union HRD Ministry also witnessed a sharp increase in its budgetary allocation. The Department of School Education and Literacy has got an allocation of Rs 43,554 crore in the financial year 2016-17 as compared to Rs 42,186 crore as per the revised estimates for 2015-16. The Department of…

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Govt working on creation of Higher Education Financing Agency

The HRD ministry is actively working on the contours of a Higher Education Financing Agency (HEFA), which has been proposed with the aim of funding infrastructure creation at top educational institutions like the IITs and IIMs. Senior officials said deliberations are on and HEFA is likely to be formed as a company under Section 8 of the Companies Act. It will be chaired by the higher education secretary. Since it is going to be a Non-Banking Financial Company (NBFC), the HEFA CEO would have to be a professional, most likely…

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Government to create higher education financing agency

Government on Monday, announced the creation of a Higher Education Financing Agency (HEFA) with an initial capital base of Rs 1,000 crore which will leverage funds from the market and work to create infrastructure in India’s top institutions like the IITs. In his budget speech, finance minister Arun Jaitley also spoke about creating a regulatory architecture for ten public and ten private institutions to emerge as world-class teaching and research institutions. The finance minister also announced the establishment of a Digital Depository for academic certificates and also opening of 62…

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Madhya Pradesh inks $300mn pact with World Bank on education

Union government, Madhya Pradesh government and the World Bank signed a US$ 300 million credit agreement on Tuesday for the ‘MP higher education quality improvement project’. The credit is from the International Development Association (IDA) -World Bank’s concessionary lending arm with a maturity of 25 years, including a five year grace period. Acceding to an official statement by World Bank, “The project will also help increase the overall effectiveness of the higher education system in Madhya Pradesh to improve student learning outcome in select government-run higher education institutions in the…

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