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

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Schools celebrated at International Schools Award 2019 Ceremony

British School Muscat, Oman were the overall winners, awarded for Outstanding Strategic Leadership Initiative for its teacher and teacher assistant training programme for Omani Nationals and was also a Creativity in Learning finalist.

Dulwich College Seoul, British International School Riyadh, GEMS Jumeirah Primary School, Dubai, Dulwich College Beijing, JESS Dubai and Shrewsbury International School Bangkok also received awards.

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Harry and Meghan arrive in Morocco’s Atlas Mountains to champion girls’ education

The overall purpose of the trip is to promote girl’s education, empower young people and support children from disadvantaged backgrounds.

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10 Global megatrends facing education

What are the big international trends coming over the horizon that are going to affect education systems around the world?

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Arab League stresses developing education to pursue global changes

Arab League Secretary-General Ahmed Abul-Gheit underlined on Saturday the importance of studying conditions of education in the Arab world and developing it to tackle the rapid changes in the world.

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Scholarships making Turkey hub for education

The scholarship program offered by Turkey’s Presidency for Turks Abroad and Related Communities (YTB) is making the country a global hub for higher education, the head of the presidency said on Feb. 13.

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China : State Council encourages vocational education reform

The State Council issued a circular on Feb 13, detailing the reform plan for China’s vocational education to cultivate high-quality workers and technical personnel.

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UK – UNICEF Partnership to support education reform in Egypt

A three-year project (GBP 12 million) agreed among the Government of Egypt, Foreign Commonwealth Office (FCO) and UNICEF

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STEM Higher Education Reimagined

The winter edition of Issues in Science and Technology is dedicated to reimagining higher education in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM).

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United States : MiSTEM Advisory Council Awards Over $3 Million to 21 STEM Projects

Twenty-one educational entities across Michigan are sharing over $3 million in state grants for Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) programs, the Michigan Department of Education (MDE) announced today.

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Year of Tolerance – Empathy within education

In light of the UAE’s proclamation of 2019 as the Year of Tolerance, spotlight will be placed on the role empathy and emotional intelligence to enrich learning. The 2019 Global Educational Supplies and Solutions Conference (GESS), which will held in Dubai later this month and in collaboration with the UAE Ministry of Education.

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Al Maktoum Foundation donates AED175,000 to Future Rehabilitation Centre

The Al Maktoum Foundation has donated AED175,000 in support of the Future Rehabilitation Centre in Abu Dhabi.

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Emirati scholarships students abroad reflect cultural image, rooted values of UAE: His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed

His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, has emphasised that the UAE scholarships students abroad mirror the UAE’s cultural image and noble values and traditions.

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International Defence Conference 2019 highlights importance of education, 4IR technologies

The International Defence Conference (IDC) 2019, held under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, President of the UAE and Supreme Commander of the Armed Forces, wrapped up today in Abu Dhabi.

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Online education market expands into Middle East

DUBAI, Coursera, an online learning platform, today announced its expansion into the Middle East region during an event in Dubai.

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UK learning from UAE e-government model

The United Kingdom is seeking to grow the number of UK universities in the UAE as well as to learn from the UAE e-government programme model, according to Nadhim Zahawi, Member of Parliament and Minister Responsible for Special Education Needs in UK.

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UAE Exchange Partners with Princess Haya Award for Special Education

The UAE Exchange has announced that it partnered with the Princess Haya Award for Special Education, PHASE, to support the seventh edition of the award this year.

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‘Scottish education system needs a fundamental reboot’

Curriculum for Excellence should provide personalisation, breadth and choice, however, this is a country-wide trait whereby teachers now emphasise evidence of learning, rather than ensuring a valuable learning experience.

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Replace GCSEs with baccalaureate, says Conservative MP

GCSE exams in England should be scrapped and replaced with a baccalaureate for school leavers that includes vocational skills and personal development.

“All young people should have access to the technical and creative subjects that will give them the skills that employers are looking for. These are not ‘soft skills’ developed at the expense of knowledge, but the essential skills that will enable young people to interpret, manipulate and communicate that knowledge.” Robert Halfon, MP for Harlow

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Ofsted asks government to look closely at Steiner schools in England

After multiple inspections reveal safeguarding issues, chief inspector asks for examination of underlying principles of schools.

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The meaning of a good, well-rounded education

Readers share their perspectives on the charitable status of private schools, and the importance of music lessons for pupils of all backgrounds.

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Record numbers from China and Hong Kong applying to study in UK

Record numbers of students from China and Hong Kong are applying for places at British universities, overtaking the number of applicants from Wales, according to official figures.

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