June 2019: Education Market Review

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

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GLOBAL / US

Singapore: Tech will never replace teachers

Minister Ong Ye Kung has expressed that although technology has changed various industries in Singapore, including education, teachers will never be replaced. The Minister added that education is a highly personalised, values-transmission process, and that teachers and principals are fundamental to ensuring the delivery of quality education.

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Where education has no borders

Each day, almost 3,000 Venezuelan children cross the border for the Colombian city of Cúcuta – just to get to school.

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Kenya banking on innovative financing to revitalize higher education

Kenya will adopt innovative financing models to revitalize tertiary education that is key to realization of the country’s growth and transformation agenda, a government official said.

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India must once again become global educational hub, says VP Venkaiah Naidu

The Vice President Venkaiah Naidu said the students must not only be employable but also possess life skills, language skills, technological skills and entrepreneurial skills to enable them to be gainfully employed or self-employed.

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Online Classrooms Look to Improve Higher Education Across Africa, but Face Skepticism

Everywhere is a classroom for Emily Kamizi, even the buses in Lusaka, Zambia’s congested capital. It can take an hour or more to cross the city, so Ms. Kamizi puts on her headphones, turns up Taylor Swift and concentrates on her M.B.A. studies.

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The teenager with Down’s syndrome swimming in the Arctic

Trym is the first person to live on the Svalbard Islands with Down’s syndrome and he isn’t letting it hold him back.

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Forget Tanning Beds. College Students Today Want Uber Parking

Student housing is shifting away from recreational dazzle and toward amenities that reflect the gig economy: stronger Wi-Fi, room for collaboration and 3-D printers.

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MIDDLE EAST

New system of education announced in Abu Dhabi

As part of Abu Dhabi’s ‘Ghadan 21’ initiatives, a new system of education will be introduced to a dozen government schools in Abu Dhabi. Charter schools will be free of charge for Emiratis living within the school catchment area. Boasting a unique curriculum, the Education Partnership Schools program (“EPS”) will enable public schools to benefit from private sector knowledge and expertise, as the schools will be operated by leading private sector operators.

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SHARE Emirati students abroad are pride of the UAE, says Sheikh Mohamed

HH Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed al Nahyan met with Emirati students studying abroad at various institutes in Germany. The Emirati students, currently placed abroad through scholarships, were praised by Abu Dhabi’s Crown Prince and recognised as well-educated, competent and ambitious individuals, acquiring the necessary skills to enhance the UAE’s development.

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Dubai university figures show nearly half study business degrees, as science lags behind

Close to half of Dubai’s university students are studying business administration degrees – and less than 1 per cent are on science courses, according to new figures.

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The College of Fashion & Design: Cut a high-flying career in fashion

Getting a degree in fashion in Dubai can put you on a path towards a rewarding career.

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Top tips for choosing the right course

This guide will help students make realistic decisions about what and where to study.

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Top Universities rankings: UAE’s status boosted in new global league table

UAE universities continued to boost their global standing on Wednesday, with eight institutions ranked in the top 1,000 around the world.

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Father of boy who died on bus in Dubai calls for stricter safety laws

Mohamed Faisal Karakunhi is calling for more training for bus drivers and attendants to ensure no other family experiences what his has.

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Fujairah special needs centre to move to new home after facing closure

Staff at the Dimensions Centre say a generous donation has secured new premises.

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Irish teachers in the UAE raise concerns to education minister

Teachers say uncertainty over jobs landscape at home means they are more likely to stay in UAE for now.

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Dubai Police secure school after parent performs ‘suspicious activity’ on site

Pupils at Gems Wellington Academy on Al Khail Road were sent home on Wednesday.

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Hearing impaired Emiratis dare to dream big ahead of graduation date

Al Ain University of Science and Technology is offering tailored courses to open up access to education to all sections of society.

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Dubai pupils to get work experience as part of school curriculum

The programme falls under a flexible learning scheme by the Knowledge and Human Development Authority.

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RAK charity pays off Dh3m in tuition fees for expat students

The university students and school pupils come from low-income families.

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Children screened after suspected tuberculosis case at Abu Dhabi’s Brighton College

A private school in the capital has alerted parents after a suspected case of tuberculosis was identified. Brighton College Abu Dhabi said a member of the school community was receiving medical treatment with a suspected case of the infectious lung disease.

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People of Determination to sew uniforms for UAE school pupils

Young people with disabilities are to sew uniforms for thousands of pupils attending government schools.

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GEMS Education participates in UK MENA Education Summit

Global Chief Education Officer of GEMS Education Sir Christopher Stone chaired the summit and delivered keynote address.

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EUROPE / UK

England’s schools ‘worst for cyber-bullying’

Head teachers in England are more likely to face problems with pupils bullying online and misusing social media than in any other developed country, an international study says.

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Teachers in England work longest hours in Europe

Talis survey shows teachers in England working more than five years ago – and spend more time keeping order in class

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Oxford University accepts £150m from US private equity boss

The largest single donation to a UK university has been given to Oxford for a new institute that will study the ethics of artificial intelligence.

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All pupils should learn Welsh history say opposition AMs

A call for every school pupil in Wales “without exception” to be taught the history of the country has been backed by assembly members.

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Record high in positive school-leaver destinations

The proportion of young people who enter work, training or further study within nine months of leaving school is now the highest on record.

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Sir James Dyson donates £19m to his old school in Holt

Billionaire businessman Sir James Dyson has donated £18.75m to his former school, whose “generosity” helped pay for his education after his father died.

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Can you tell the difference between autism and shyness?

Shyness and autism may look similar, but being able to identify them properly will enable you to provide the right support for your students

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Reporter’s take: Why SEND funding is in crisis

As thousands of parents of children with SEND call for more funding, why has the newly-reformed system already started to buckle?

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Many EAL pupils outperform native English peers

EAL pupils who join in Reception doing better than native English speakers in end-of-primary Sats, research shows

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I was dumb to let ‘outstanding’ schools off inspection

Former adviser to Michael Gove ‘very much’ regrets Ofsted policy he helped to introduce

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Crossing Divides: Healing young and old with a singalong

A care home is bringing children with special needs together with older people with dementia for a therapeutic singalong.

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ASIA / PACIFIC

Elite British school to open branch in China

300-year old British boarding school, Lady Eleanor Holles has announced a joint venture with Trumptech in opening their first international school in Foshan, China. The School will be solely secondary, accommodating 750 day and boarding pupils, enabling pupils to complete iGCSEs and A-Levels abroad.

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Mega charitable trust launched to focus on China education development

EIJING, May 20 (Xinhua) — A mega charitable trust has been launched to support education development worldwide, especially in China.

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