May 2019: Education Market Review

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

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GLOBAL

Augmented reality and virtual reality in schools 2019

Number of international students are steadily rising in this Eastern European country

The Ukrainian State Centerfor International Education has revealed that international student numbers in 2018 grew by 13%, with 75,605 international students enrolled. Ukraine is becoming a popular destination for international students, particularly those from India, Morocco, Azerbaijan, Turkmenistan and Nigeria due to low living costs and quality teaching at a fraction of the international norm.

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Jay-Z collaborates with IIE for an unmissable international scholarship programme

The Shawn Carter Foundation, established in 2003 for individuals who face socio-economic hardship and struggle to further their education at post-secondary institutions, has forged a new partnership with the Institute for International Education (IIE)/Gilman International Scholarship Programme providing disadvantaged students the chance to study overseas, expand their international outlook and develop into global leaders.

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Teacher uses new Marvel movie spoilers to control class

The teacher threatened to give away the plot of the latest Marvel blockbuster Avengers: Endgame ‘every time the class got too loud’.

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Washington State Moves Toward Free and Reduced College Tuition, With Businesses Footing the Bill

Washington State lawmakers have taken a major step toward offering free or reduced college tuition using funds from businesses there, including Amazon and Microsoft, in a move that is being applauded by policy analysts for its innovation and reach.

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Nigeria’s higher education sector faces a number of issues, here’s what the West African country can do to fix it

It is apparent that Nigeria has failed to deliver quality education due to a number of factors.

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Govenment’s plan on course to transform Ghana into ‘learning nation’

The Ministry of Education says it is on course with the government’s plan to transform Ghana into a ‘learning nation.’

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Virtual and augmented reality lab launches in capital school to help kids learn

NUR-SULTAN – The virtual and augmented reality laboratory NurLab recently opened in the 73rd lyceum in the Kazakh capital. The lab gives students there the opportunity to interact with augmented or virtual reality content and create multi-dimensional environments for learning.

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MIDDLE EAST

Hessa Buhumaid, Minister of Community Development, (second right, back) inaugurates Dubai Down Syndrome Centre. Courtesy Ministry of Community Development (Photo from thenational.ae)

Dubai Down’s Syndrome Centre Opens

Offers 5 to 18-year-olds with Down’s Syndrome a safe environment where they can acquire life, social and independence skills. The team comprises of occupational and speech therapists and specialist art, music, drama, and physical educational teachers.

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Employers In UAE Looking Beyond Grades When Hiring

In a survey conducted by Oliv, Dubai, it was revealed that higher marks do not increase the likelihood of landing a job. Apple and Google have recently announced that a college degree is no longer a requirement. Although achieving high grades at university is important, the working world is a different scenario altogether reliant upon interpersonal and communicative skills and decision-making abilities, amongst others which are not necessarily reflected within university results.

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Wave of social enterprise empowers people of determination

There is a growing global trend of social enterprises – firms that aim to do good as well as make a profit.

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Streamlined digital system to boost teacher recruitment in Abu Dhabi

Private schools regulator Adek turning to technology to make services more efficient.

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Kids First Group: Bringing up resilient, global citizens of tomorrow

The group operates 13 early childhood centres across the UAE.

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How successful are Arabic classes in Dubai schools?

A UAE-based study revealed the weaknesses when teaching the Arabic language in schools.

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First Emirati astronaut shares incredible journey with school pupils

Schoolchildren were chosen to complete similar microgravity experiments as those planned by Hazza Al Mansouri

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As the world tiptoes towards the Fourth Industrial Revolution, Dubai is embracing AI

Artificial intelligence is not only a reality but stands to drastically improve our lives.

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‘Overworked’ UAE teachers deserve better salaries and more support

Teacher wellbeing should be a priority as staff grapple with demands of job, says expert.

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Volunteers help pack 50,000 school kits in Dubai

2,000 residents take part in Dubai Cares’ back-to-school campaign.

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Thousands more children with disabilities being taught in Dubai schools, report finds

Latest school inspections highlight an improvement in provision for disabled children

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EUROPE / UK

Children in Exam room with teacher overlooking the exam in the corridor

Schools that ‘teach to the test’ to be penalised by inspectors

New Ofsted inspection framework will reward schools that provide a broad and balanced curriculum. As children prepare to take their Sats, schools that “teach to the test” and fail to offer a “rich education” including art, sport and music will be penalised.

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Self-harming pupils turned away four times in CAMHS crisis

Amidst CAMHS crisis, mental health services in the UK are deteriorating, as Mental Health services in the UK claim that they are being overstretched. Understaffing, long waiting lists, and privatisation of specialists have all been identified as reasons contributing to increasing mental health issues amongst children and teenagers within the region.

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Universities told to tackle race attainment gap

Universities must “accelerate efforts” to close a gap in degree attainment between white and black, Asian and minority ethnic students, a study says.

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New curriculum for Wales scraps traditional subjects

Draft ’21st-century’ curriculum proposes traditional subjects will be scrapped and replaced by six areas of learning and experience

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‘It’s time to end the negative cycle of GCSE resits’

Too many students can’t progress in English and maths. Functional skills could be the answer, says Stewart Foster

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Oxford University promises 25% of places to disadvantaged

University of Oxford is promising a “sea-change” in admissions, with plans for a quarter of students to come from disadvantaged backgrounds by 2023.

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DfE ‘increasingly’ quizzing academy trusts about merger plans

Regional schools commissioners are also challenging MATs that have all-male boards or an individual school that is over-represented

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Excluded pupils’ results ‘to be part of league tables’

Schools in England will have to stay accountable for pupils they exclude, a government-backed review has said.

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Subject choice has narrowed, say teachers

Eight in 10 teachers say subject choice has been reduced, with most blaming a lack of specialist teachers

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School break times ‘cut short to cram in more lessons’

School break times have been getting shorter over the past two decades, as teachers try to pack more lessons into the day, a long-term study suggests.

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‘Children have a right to education – regardless of immigration status’ ​​​​​​​

Teachers need to appreciate the support required by refugee children, say Jennifer Davidson and Chrissie Gale

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The Times view on private education: Marginal Disadvantage

Independent schools are wrong to complain about Oxbridge discrimination

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Broomlands Primary: Does a ‘stunning school’ help learning?

At first glance, it looks like a giant crown sitting on top of the grass or a spacecraft that has landed in a traditional Borders market town.

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Stevenage pupil taking GCSEs using eye movement

A 16-year-old boy with cerebral palsy is taking his GCSEs using just his eyes.

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ASIA / PACIFIC

admission scandal at stanford

Admissions Scandal: When ‘Hard Work’ (Plus $6.5 Million) Helps Get You Into Stanford

Sitting in a plush chair and wearing a white blouse buttoned up to the neck, the young woman looks into the camera, smiles and offers advice about getting into a top American university.

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Bringing the Arts and Sciences together

THE Education Ministry is in the early stages of studying the operating mechanisms to implement the streamless schools approach.

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China-developed smart classrooms to improve education in Egypt

A shipment of container-like smart classrooms developed by a Chinese company will arrive in Egypt soon, bringing smart education to the north African country.

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ISHCMC: Celebrating 25 years of innovative education

Internationally-known for its commitment to educational innovation and preparing students for a rapidly-changing world, International School Ho Chi Minh City (ISHCMC) is celebrating a 25-year milestone in achieving academic excellence.

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