Education

The Guardian view on Cecil Rhodes’s legacy: the empire strikes back – good Editorial

An Oxford college is right to be uneasy about its connections with the great imperialist, but his statue has a meaning that must not just be airbrushed from history A statue of Cecil Rhodes is bound by straps as it awaits removal from the University of Cape Town in April 2015, after protests by students. Last week Oxford University’s Oriel ... Read More »

Holiday Celebrations Abound on Arab Region Campuses

Students at Arab region universities can celebrate national and religious holidays in a variety of ways – which can help them adjust. Georgetown University School of Foreign Service celebrated Qatar National Day with a cultural performance. ​From the Great Turkey Hunt at American University in Cairo to a Christmas caroling flash mob ​atAmerican University of Beirut, the holidays bring a variety ... Read More »

The committed medical students sacrificing their time for refugees

Cambridge student volunteers talk to the owners of a restaurant in the Calais refugee camp. Photograph: Hannah Vandersluis Students in the UK have been instrumental in organising aid collections andshowing support for refugees since this summer, spurred on by heightened media coverage of the crisis that has gripped Europe. Since then, the number of people taking refuge in the Calais ... Read More »

Dena Bank Ties Up With SBI Life for Group Life Insurance

Dena Bank on Friday said it has tied up with SBI Life Insurance Company to provide group life insurance coverage to its housing loan borrowers under the Dena Grihaswami Suraksha scheme. Under the memorandum of understanding (MoU), insurance cover will be given to all housing loan borrowers at a very low premium, Dena Bank said in a release issued here. ... Read More »

Coursera expands learning spaces in seven countries

Coursera, the largest platform supporting Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs), has announced eight new partners in its blended learning programme, Learning Hubs, in seven distinct countries including China and the USA The hubs were launched last year in order to provide physical spaces where students could access the internet to take Coursera courses and participate in interactive learning sessions with ... Read More »

African leaders call for more internet access to improve education

Expanding broadband infrastructure is the key to improving education in Africa a roundtable of ministers from across the continent concluded last month. The gathering was part of the 9th eLearning Africa conference in Kampala Uganda where over 1,500 education and technology stakeholders met to discuss innovations in learning technology and increasing affordable internet access. “A 10% increase in investment in ... Read More »

Online university application guide BridgeU launches

An online ‘software-as-service’ platform that coaches prospective international students through the US university application process has launched this month, before expanding to UK institutions in March. For a monthly fee of around £15, BridgeU guides students through each stage of the application process, providing expert advice and calendar reminders and helping them to sell themselves to universities. Guidance is tailored to students’ experience, academic ... Read More »

Filling skills gaps spells big profits for Udemy

The US-based platform connects over 10,000 instructors to four million students across 190 countries to sell courses ranging from web development to photography. It also works with multinational conglomerates through its corporate training division, Udemy for Business. At the end of last year it enrolled its five millionth user, small scale compared to Coursera’s 22 million, however the platform’s model ... Read More »

US State Dept hosts first virtual study abroad fair

The US Department of State has hosted its first ever virtual study abroad fair with the Institute of International Education and CollegeWeekLive, an online platform which provides video conferencing facilities and resources for prospective students. More than 3,000 people logged on to the virtual fair, which took place on the 25 February. Fifty university representatives, US department of state officials and other ... Read More »

LatAm’s leading online ESL school moves into the US

Open English, the leading online English-language school in Latin America, this month began rolling out its services for the US market. On the back of its success in Brazil and Latin America, reaching over 300,000 students, the company aims to target Hispanic communities, the county’s largest growing minority group. There are some 53 million Hispanics in the US and, according ... Read More »