July 2019: Education Market Review

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

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GLOBAL / US

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Bosnian children fight back against segregation in schools

Post-1995, the Bosnian Federation operated a “two school policy”, also currently known as the “two schools under one roof” phenomena. Students are split based on ethnic minority, however, today, students are fighting back, frustrated at such levels of discrimination sustained within such a system.

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Education powerhouse Pearson moves away from print and adopts ‘digital first’ strategy

Driven by developments in artificial intelligence and data analytics, Pearson, the world’s biggest education publisher, has announced that all new releases of its 1,500 active US titles are to be “digital first”. Pearson hopes that this will create a truly personalised education experience, improving learning outcomes and shortening students’ learning time.

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College-Educated Women Are the Workplace Majority, but Still Don’t Get Their Share

Women in the U.S. have earned more degrees for decades, but it wasn’t until this year that they edged out college-educated men in the work force. Though they still make a lot less money.

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DeVos Repeals Obama-Era Rule Cracking Down on For-Profit Colleges

Education Secretary Betsy DeVos on Friday officially repealed an Obama-era regulation that sought to crack down on for-profit colleges and universities that produced graduates with no meaningful job prospects and mountains of student debt they could not hope to repay.

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An Online Preschool Closes a Gap but Exposes Another

It is not a program for children of the rich. It is geared to lower-income families who have fewer prekindergarten options.

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6 Digital Strategies to Attract International Students

When it comes to making a choice on where to go for higher education, many students opt to study abroad. For colleges and universities across the U.S. and U.K., international students are not only a great source of income but also a valuable part of their student body.

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Marketing Authenticity in Higher Education

The recent college admissions bribery scandals have led to both shock and increased interest in admissions practices among the public. Universities and colleges who proclaim visions of fairness, diversity and merit in their admissions processes were caught on the grift, and folks love a hypocritical scandal of epic proportions.

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37-year-old schoolteacher is India’s newest billionaire

A new breed of self-made entrepreneurs is joining the ranks of the well-heeled.

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The important role of social media in higher education

When it comes to social media and education, some parents and teachers view these platforms as distractions that negatively influence students.

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Education company Chegg is helping pay down its employees’ student loan debt. ‘They are creating value for us’

Chegg has a new plan to help its employees deal with their student loans.

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Immersive tech to change the way students learn

Unis are looking at the possibilities of using VR to create an enhanced learning space.

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MIDDLE EAST

Autistic Emirati teen aims to inspire others after winning scholarship to prestigious music college

Autistic Emirati teen aims to inspire others after winning scholarship to prestigious music college

An Emirati teenager, Sara Al Hashemi has been awarded a coveted scholarship at the Berkley College of Music in the US. Sara was diagnosed with Autism at the age of three, and music, which began as a form of therapy, quickly developed into a passion and dream for the young talented Emirati teenager. She hopes to aspire others on the spectrum to follow in her footsteps.

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UAE beats global average of IB Diploma

2,007 students from 38 schools across the country received their IB Diploma Programme (IBDP) and Career-related Programme (IBCP) results, achieving 32.36, beating the global average of 29.62, with some students scoring a perfect 45.

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New school to make IB curriculum ‘affordable’ in Dubai

Average fees at Ambassador International Academy will start at Dh30,400 for KG.

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Emirati student meets Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed after education success

Ahmed Al Hosani enjoyed an audience with the Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the Armed Forces.

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Dubai launches new rating system for global varsity branches

The initiative helps the government and decision-makers develop a clear vision for higher education.

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Literacy skills suffer as UAE children struggle to ‘switch off’ from social media

A fixation with social media could hamper literacy levels among pupils who are increasingly glued to their phones rather than burying their noses in books.

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Record year for UAE’s International Baccalaureate pupils as results come in

Top universities await highest performers as four Dubai pupils score maximum marks in IB diploma.

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Dubai’s best and worst universities revealed in new league table

The best and worst performing universities in Dubai have been named in a new higher education league table aimed at driving up standards and helping students make more informed choices.

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Over 400 teachers resign in UAE, ministry accepts resignations

The UAE Ministry of Education has approved the resignations of 425 teachers and administrative staff, both expats and Emiratis, on end-of-service basis.

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Emirati teenagers sample the university of life across the globe

Hundreds of young pupils have had valuable experiences while part of an Ambassador’s programme allowing them to study abroad

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Gifted Emirati pupils win scholarship to prepare for university life

New York University Abu Dhabi has selected 32 pupils for the Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Scholarship for Outstanding High School Students.

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Project will help people with Down syndrome tell their stories

The head of a non-government Down syndrome centre wants to hear from young adults and children with the condition as part of an initiative to share their story with the rest of the world.

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UAE to build three schools in cyclone-hit Fiji

The UAE has announced funding the construction of three schools in two cities and a village in Fiji that were hit by a deadly cyclone three years ago.

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UAE students on journey of discovery for sustainable design in the UK

Students from Zayed University met the UAE ambassador to the UK as part of a fact-finding trip on sustainability.

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UAE minister helps to honour country’s brightest young talents

A UAE minister has praised dozens of gifted Emiratis who graduated from a forward-thinking course aimed at nurturing the country’s brightest talents.

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Chinese language courses to be launched at 60 UAE schools from September

Chinese language courses will be taught at 60 schools across the UAE from September, the Ministry of Education has announced.

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Reassurance for would-be medical students over new health sciences subject

The Ministry of Education has assured pupils considering careers in medicine that the health sciences subject introduced to the curriculum last year is widely accepted by leading universities.

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Hands on learning scheme helping potential school dropouts make the grade

A hands-on learning programme at a Ras Al Khaimah school is helping troubled pupils improve their behaviour and appreciate the value of continuing their education.

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Free summer courses at top universities for Emiratis under new programme

Almost 20 Emirati students have enrolled in courses at top universities around the world this summer under a new scheme launched by the Ministry of Education.

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Education systems must adapt to modern demands: UAE minister

Minister explained that UAE began to transform its educational practices in 2014 to better meet the country’s future needs.

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EUROPE / UK

University applications could be after A-levels

Universities have begun discussing potential reform of university admissions and applications process within the UK. The current system is based on predicted A-level results, however, many wonder whether a shift in the admissions process to after A-level results could help remove barriers, transforming the present system to a fairer, more equitable structure.

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Autism awareness: ‘Better teacher training needed’

Parents express discontent and call for increased teacher training as more and more children with Autism are frequently being marginalised within an inclusive setting due to behavioural issues due to a lack of understanding and knowledge of Autism and related disorders.

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Dogs ‘prevent stressed students dropping out’

Stress among students really can be reduced by spending time with animals, according to research from the US.

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Funding request for new Guernsey education model released

Guernsey’s “new model” of secondary education will cost £157m, according to the Education Committee.

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How edtech can unleash pupil creativity

Edtech enables students to engage in topics in innovative ways – and it helps prepare them for the future job market

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Education charity to run UK’s first secure school

Oasis Charitable Trust, which runs 52 academies, will manage the institution at Medway Secure Training Centre in Kent

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Why education must be the chancellor’s top priority

Whoever holds the post of chancellor after the new PM is chosen will face complex challenges, writes David Hughes

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Brexit ‘hitting foreign languages in schools’

Brexit is causing poorer children to fall further behind in learning foreign languages, says the British Council.

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Funding crisis ‘risks permanent damage to schools’

Cross-party group of MPs calls on Philip Hammond to increase funding for schools and special needs education.

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‘Lesson observation is no way to nurture teachers’

Does lesson observation mean we’re on the side of students? No, it means we’re on the back of teachers, writes JL Dutaut.

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Eight ways to embed WorldSkills expertise into FE

Could training managers help to bridge the gap between England’s skills system and WorldSkills’ standards of excellence?

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King’s College London sorry over royal visit student bans

King’s College London (KCL) has apologised and admitted it was wrong to ban a group of students from campus during a royal visit.

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Fix ‘woeful’ overseas student visa service, say universities

International students are “paying through the nose for a woefully inadequate document-checking service” for UK study visas, say universities.

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The children with special needs who stay at home

While most children around the UK are now on their school holidays, many children with special educational needs (SEN) have already been at home for months, in some cases years.

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YolanDa Brown: Music education ‘creates more well-rounded people’

Jazz star YolanDa Brown says pressure must be brought to bear on politicians to understand the social benefits of music education.

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Teachers in Wales set for 2.75% pay rise

School teachers are set to get a pay increase of 2.75% in Wales with a 5% rise for entry level teachers earning the minimum.

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Special needs ‘breaking county council budgets’

The explosion in demand for special educational needs (SEN) support is threatening English county councils’ ability to meet their legal duties.

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Universities spending millions on marketing to attract students

Guardian investigation reveals growing ad budgets among lower and middle ranking institutions.

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Calls for 10% pay rise for TAs and school support staff

Some of the lowest-paid public sector staff need a ‘bold’ pay rise – and it must be funded by the DfE, say unions.

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Three golden rules for supporting autistic pupils

We need to move beyond generalisations and bust some of the myths around autism, says this expert.

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Schools to get £4.6bn extra – but details still unclear

Leader of heads’ funding campaign calls for £12 billion by 2023 with ‘no ifs and no buts’.

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Williamson: Education will be at ‘heart’ of government

Boris Johnson’s new education secretary says brief is a ‘massive privilege’.

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National special schools battle to fill places

Tes Scotland investigation finds Donaldson’s School – founded in 1851 and famous for educating deaf children – now has just 10 pupils.

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Hinds calls for pupils to study languages and computing

Education secretary says pupils need to master the ‘languages of mankind and machines’ for post-Brexit future.

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