December 2019: Education Market Review

Below is a snapshot of Education and Business-focused news from December 2019, brought to you from the world.

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GLOBAL / US

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Pisa rankings: Why Estonian pupils shine in global tests

Estonia has been deemed Europe’s newest education powerhouse. Reasons for this are varied, but stem from KG from age three, compulsory universal basic non-streamed education from 7 to 16 years old (completely free), enjoyable education from KG (not free) and E-schooling platforms whereby homework is completed and marked online.

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Ghanaian students’ UK refusal rates highest in sub-Saharan Africa

Prospective students from Ghana applying for Tier 4 visas to study in the UK have seen a higher ratio of visa denials compared with other countries across sub-Saharan Africa, government statistics have revealed.

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New MENA specialist uni search platform

A new course search platform connecting students and school counsellors from the MENA region with universities around the world has been launched by a team of British and Jordanian higher education experts.

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Laurent Simons: Belgian child prodigy drops out of university

A Belgian child prodigy who had hoped to graduate from university in the Netherlands this month has dropped out.

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Dreams of Malaysian higher education reform falter

Malaysians’ hopes for a rapid overhaul of their browbeaten higher education system are unrealistic, according to an expert.

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U.S. Schools Aren’t Flunking Out

The latest round of international test scores seems to reinforce the narrative that the U.S. education system is failing, overtaken by overseas rivals despite throwing vast sums of money at schools.

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ASIA / PACIFIC

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China’s education system produces stellar test scores. So why do 600,000 students go abroad each year to study?

In December, China claimed the top spot on the Program for International Student Assessment — PISA — which tests 15-year-olds around the world in math, reading and science every three years. The 2018 test results marked the third time that Chinese students have topped the ranking since students from Shanghai first participated in the test 10 years ago.

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Teens from China’s wealthiest regions rank top of the class in global education survey

Teens from some of China’s wealthiest regions are outperforming their peers in the world’s richest countries in reading, math and science, according to new results from a global education study.

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Vocational offerings for jobs of the future

Australia aims to provide study opportunities across many fields that includes mainstreaming vocational education skills at higher education level, said Dan Tehan in his keynote address at Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (UKM) during his official visit to Malaysia recently.

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Dozens of foreign students expelled from Chinese university amid national crackdown

Wuhan University in Wuhan, Hubei province, expelled 92 students from more than 10 countries amid a national call for colleges to get tougher on students from overseas. In the past, the university expelled just one or two overseas students a year, but the number rose this year in response to the Ministry of Education’s call to improve standards for overseas students. Wuhan University has about 3,300 international students from 120 countries and regions, majoring in subjects ranging from social science to medicine.

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EUROPE / UK

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Times Higher Education Awards 2019: winners announced

Taking on a vital social mission – and excelling in delivering on that goal – ensured that the University of Strathclyde was the big winner at the Times Higher Education Awards 2019, honouring Strathclyde’s success in creating a series of collaborative research centres, and thus developing Scotland’s first innovation district.

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Cairneagle and EY-Parthenon named top education consultancies

Eight consulting firms were shortlisted for the final including Cairneagle Associates, Colliers International, EY-Parthenon and PwC. Following a judging process led by an independent panel of experts, EY-Parthenon came out on top as this year’s winner. Over the past five years, EY-Parthenon has grown its presence in Europe and Asia, and now boasts over 1,500 consultants globally.

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British girls have finally made the global top table … for fear of failure. How terrifying

Last year, in randomly selected school halls across the country, Britain pitted its 15-year-olds in an academic competition of wits against children from 79 other countries. The Pisa (Programme for International Student Assessment) tests have taken place across the globe every three years since 2000, and a country’s score is often used to boast about its smartness (or otherwise). The results this year showed the United Kingdom has finally made it into the top five. But our standout statistic isn’t for academic prowess; it’s for our children’s disproportionately high fear of failure.

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UK school reforms to come under scrutiny as world rankings released

Pisa tests, measuring standards in key subjects, likely to be ‘spun’ in election campaign.

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UK moves up in global education ranking

England raises its ranking by nine places in maths, with improvements in reading and science in the latest PISA global student assessment results.

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British schoolchildren among least satisfied, says OECD report

Influential survey reveals UK 15-year-olds reported biggest declines in life satisfaction.

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Revealed: one in six schools in England require urgent repairs

Exclusive: Guardian investigation finds almost 4,000 schools in need of immediate restoration work.

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‘Britain’s exam-obsessed narrow education system is failing to prepare students for success in life’

The UK may have improved its maths scores, but measures of achievement in science and happiness are down, which is a clear sign that Britain’s “narrow” education system is failing, says Professor Tom McLeish

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Chinese students learn about UK Early Years education in a pioneering project in Cambridge

Chinese students spent two weeks in Cambridge thanks to a pioneering link-up educational project between Cambridge Regional College and PurpleBee Learning.

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MIDDLE EAST

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British Council and Special Olympics complete teacher training to promote social inclusion

32 teachers across the UAE have undertaken a 5-day training course designed to harness their skills to enable them to successfully deliver inclusive sports programmes for students regardless of ability or determination. By adopting the “train the trainer” model, this collaboration between the British Council and Special Olympics aims to create and promote inclusive school environments across the UAE.

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Expo 2020, Dubai Cares collaborate to host global education summit

A ground-breaking global education summit to be held during Expo 2020 Dubai will re-shape the global dialogue concerning education, pushing the boundaries of current thinking to explore new approaches to global challenges. The global education summit provides an opportunity for educators to put forward radical but sustainable solutions, acknowledging that education is the fundamental pillar for addressing all other Global Goals effectively.

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Abu Dhabi school pupil wins UAE Young Journalist Award

Matilda Rice, a student at British International School Abu Dhabi, won the inaugural UAE Young Journalist Award, a competition run by The National and the UK embassy.

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Culture Summit Abu Dhabi 2020 to focus on the cultural economy

Now in its fourth year, the global forum will explore how creative and cultural sectors can remain sustainable and help boost economies.

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UAE students set to flock to the UK after visa reforms, experts say

A growing number of UAE-based students are applying to universities in the United Kingdom, with an overhaul of visa regulations set to spark a further increase.

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English proficiency in UAE among best in region, report shows

The UAE is one of the best Arab countries when it comes to proficiency in the English language, a new report has revealed.

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Teenage boys lagging behind girls in UAE schools, global education rankings reveal

Teenage girls are significantly outperforming boys in UAE schools – with global education rankings revealing the country has one of the widest gender gaps in the world.

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School pupils bring Louvre Abu Dhabi artworks to life

School pupils from across the UAE let their creativity roam free to bring treasured exhibits to life at Louvre Abu Dhabi on Wednesday.

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Pisa results show progress, Ministry of Education says

Nearly two thirds of UAE schools included in the Programme for International Student Assessment (Pisa) have shown progress in mathematics, the UAE’s Ministry of Education said on Tuesday.

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A group of students have put Zaki Nusseibeh’s private art collection on show in Abu Dhabi

Razmig Bedirian Razmig Bedirian Dec 3, 2019 SHARE A group of students have put Zaki Nusseibeh’s private art collection on show in Abu Dhabi The Minister of State’s private collection explores regional issues and themes ‘Go Back to Move Forward’ by British-artist Idris Khan shows a series of nine stamped music sheets.

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UAE schools improve in maths but lag behind in reading and science, international rankings show

The UAE has maintained a stable position in global education rankings, with performance in maths improving but progress “flat” in reading and science.

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Rewind 50 years: From dusty classrooms to AI-powered learning hubs in UAE

From rural schools in the desert to technologically-advanced classrooms with robotics and artificial intelligence (AI) … the UAE’s education landscape has come a long way. With sprawling school and university campuses, new courses and regulations, an increased focus on technology, and a greater focus on student well-being, the growth in the education sector has matched the rapid pace of the country’s development.

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Dubai private school kids score above average in global test

Private school students in Dubai are performing above the international average in mathematics, science and reading, according to the latest results of the Programme for International Student Assessment (Pisa).

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GEMS holds entrepreneurship bootcamp

GEMS Education on Tuesday held a entrepreneurship bootcamp involving 500 of its students from 20 schools and more than 40 corporate mentors, trainers and volunteers.

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Dubai students train robots to compete in sports

Artificial intelligence (AI) is now playing a key role in transforming physical education and sports in schools. And now, some students are building robot athletes to compete in competitions.

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New education summit to held in Dubai

RewirEd, a new global education summit, held in collaboration between Expo 2020 Dubai, Dubai Cares and the UAE Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, will be held at Dubai Exhibition Centre at the Dubai Expo site from March 17-19, it was announced on Monday.

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Dubai private schools rank 19th in PISA tests

Top 20 standing puts emirate on course to meet 2021 UAE National Agenda targets.

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A legacy for the next generation

Here’s how some educational institutes are engaging their students with the showcase event.

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Gulf Medical University (GMU): The medical university of the future

Gulf Medical University (GMU), Ajman, founded by Dr Thumbay Moideen, has emerged as a leading medical university in the region with six colleges and 26 programmes, having prestigious regional and international collaborations, with multiple global accreditations and students from 80 countries.

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