9/8/2018: International Education Headlines

  • Higher education’s key role in sustainable development

According to UNESCO, education for sustainable development“empowers people to change the way they think and work towards a sustainable future”. It therefore involves making access to good-quality education available at every stage of life. More specifically, it involves educating students on the necessity of sustainable development by integrating sustainable development issues into all aspects of teaching, research and service. Read more here.

  • Canada’s Affordability Policies Are Worth a Good Long Look

Canada does not get a lot of love from international higher education scholars.  Partly, it’s because no one wants to wade through the tedium of deciphering our ten different systems, and partly it’s because very few innovative ideas in higher education emerge here (we’re good at copying, less so at originating).  But in affordability policy, Canada has been genuinely – if somewhat accidentally – innovative.  Canada is perhaps the one country which is getting “high tuition/high aid” right, and for that reason is worth careful study. Read more here.

  • 10,000 students get on board with #DMUglobal scheme

The pioneering #DMUglobal scheme, which offers international experiences for De Montfort University Leicester (DMU) students, has hit an incredible milestone with the number of participants breaking through the 10,000 mark. #DMUglobal was launched by the Vice-Chancellor Professor Dominic Shellard in 2014 so that students could enrich their studies, broaden cultural horizons and develop key skills valued by employers. Read more here.

  • More options for Singapore Management University undergrads to explore

In an effort to get students to move away from just focusing on scoring As, the Singapore Management University (SMU) is cutting the number of core modules for undergraduates, introducing six-month internships, and rolling out a new Exploratory Course scheme where students can try out different courses without affecting their grades. With the new scheme effective immediately, a current law undergraduate could, for example, do a foreign language or pick up a psychology elective, and declare up to two of his passed grades for non-compulsory modules to be excluded from his cumulative grade point average (GPA) computation. Read more here.

 

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