Ex-education official vouches for Kake papers, says he has copies

The education ministry’s former top bureaucrat fired up the simmering Kake Gakuen scandal at a news conference Thursday by vouching for the authenticity of documents that suggest Prime Minister Shinzo Abe swayed its decision to approve the opening of a new veterinary medicine department run by his friend at a university in Shikoku. The government flatly denied Abe was involved in the decision, and the ruling coalition led by his party spurned a call by the opposition camp to summon former Vice Education Minister Kihei Maekawa as an unsworn witness…

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UK HE: non-EU enrolments flatline as Indian students plummet

The figures from the Higher Education Statistics Authority, published today, show a 1% drop in first-year non-EU enrolments in 2015/16, with overall non-EU enrolments falling very slightly – by less than 1% – to total 310,575. “The UK could be doing much better than this” China remained far and away the biggest provider of non-EU students to UK higher education institutions, climbing to 91,215 in 2015/16. Meanwhile, Malaysia overtook both the US and India to become the UK’s second largest non-EU student source country, as Indian student numbers continued to drop. Indian…

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UK: HE, schools comparison site launched

UK Education guide offers international students filtered search options based on metrics including tuition price, accommodation price, percentage of international students in the total student body and employability statistics. Co-founder Pat Moores said the site was created to help international students make more informed decisions when choosing to study in the UK. “Our aim is not to provide information about every provider-there are many sources that offer that- our aim has been to independently review the market” “The complexity of the decision making process for international families is staggering,” she told…

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Student unions sign global accord on HE values

The Bergen Declaration, led by the European Students’ Union and the Norwegian students’ union, Norsk studentorganisasjon, lays out a set of joint principles for what education and student rights should look like. “The Bergen Declaration sets the foundations from which a global student movement can be shaped” “We believe that quality education should be free and inclusive for all, and our education systems should be democratic, built on the principles of academic freedom, and where all students have the right to representation and to self organise,” it reads. It sets out a…

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English to be second language in Vietnam HE

The Minister of Education and Training, Phung Xuan Nha, has initially aimed this regulation at 61 universities, academies and colleges under the Ministry. Announced last month, the regulation will ensure that lecturers at universities hold their meetings in English, with students also required to give presentations and discussions in English. “It sends a very strong signal that English proficiency is important for Vietnam” Autonomous universities will be asked to review and report on the difficulties in implementing English as a second language on campus, and suggest resolutions. “Once English becomes…

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HE alliance to pilot MOOC credit score transfer system

The initiative, spearheaded with the aid of Delft university of generation within the Netherlands, also consists of EPFL in Switzerland, the Australian national college, the college of Queensland, the university of British Columbia and Boston college, and is about initially a pilot programme later this 12 months. “despite our seven hundred,000 newcomers, there are certain target groups that we have no longer reached yet” The intention of the assignment is to permit college students to gain credit for MOOCs taken at any of the institutions involved to count number towards…

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Futurists say tech key to HE get entry to, grad readiness

using video photos of the 2011 tsunami in Japan, Yuri van Geest, founder of think tank SingularityU, referred to as on educators to act before the rising tide of technological improvements. bringing up examples that already exist these days, consisting of voice recognition technology used by human aid departments, Geest stated technological development is transferring from the ice section, to water and now steam. “people and ideas are interacting like in no way earlier than” “humans and ideas are interacting like never before,” he commented, predicting a new model of…

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HE alliance to pilot MOOC credit transfer system

Six universities around the world are developing a MOOC credit transfer system that would enable students to gain credit towards their degrees from online courses at other institutions. Delft University of Technology in the Netherlands is spearheading the MOOC credit transfer initiative. Photo: Flickr/IMBiblio. Beckie graduated from the University of Leeds with a degree in Japanese, during which she lived in Kyoto for a year. She can often be found debating feminism, politics and the media or looking for the best gin cocktails in London. She’s addicted to Spotify and is…

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Futurists say tech key to HE access, grad readiness

The pace of technological developments is set to increase at an unprecedented rate in the next ten years, but how this will impact learning environments, skills training and access to education was discussed by futurists and education leaders at the StudyPortals Student of the Future conference this week. Dean Zvi Galil addresses the delegates at the conference. Photo: StudyPortals 23% of international students use a university’s career advice and only a third of them are satisfied with the service Using video images of the 2011 tsunami in Japan, Yuri van…

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