For many in the international education industry, January isn’t the beginning of a new year but the continuation of the previous, especially for those working to academic cycles. It follows suit that some seeds for business and collaboration in 2015 were sown last year, although developments in the sector will also be dictated by the unpredictable global marketplace. Whether you’re picking up where you left off in 2014 or starting afresh, here are the emerging trends to look out for in the new year. READ MORE
Germany is the third most popular destination among international students in the world. More than twelve percent of students at German universities come from abroad – just like you. And studying in Germany makes more and more sense.
Teaching and research have a long tradition. German Universities have a very good reputation, especially when it comes to technical subjects. And with the introduction of bachelors and masters degrees, as well as more courses and lectures being held in English, Germany can finally compete to attract the world’s brightest.
Germany is the top higher education destination among non-English speaking countries. Deutsche Welle recently published the list of the most popular universities for foreign students. READ MORE
A lot of kids have the luxury of being driven in a warm car or bus to a good school nearby. This is not the case for the children in this gallery.
The following photos are snapshots of the treacherous trips kids around the world take each day to get an education. Considering there are currently 61 million children worldwide who are not receiving an education—the majority of which are girls—these walks are seen as being well worth the risk.
The most remote school in the world – Gulu, China
5-hour journey into the mountains on a narrow path to probably the most remote school in the world, Gulu, China. Image credits – Sipa Press
School in Zhang Jiawan village, Southern China
Anxious parents of ‘Zhang Jiawan’ village have no other choice rather to let brave school-children clamber down these dangerous ladders if they want to get an education .. as the school situated in valley below. Image credits – Imaginachina/Rex Features
Kids traveling to a boarding school through the Himalayas
Kids traveling to a boarding school through the Himalayas, Zanskar, Indian Himalayas. Image credits – Christoph Otto
125-Mile journey to a boarding school in China
125-Mile journey to a boarding school through the mountains, Pili, China.
Pupils crossing a damaged suspension bridge in Lebak, Indonesia
Pupils crossing a damaged suspension bridge, Lebak, Indonesia. Image credits – Christoph Otto
After the story spread, Indonesia’s largest steel producer, PT Krakatau Steel, built a new bridge, so that the children could cross the river safely.
Pupils canoeing to a school in Riau, Indonesia
Pupils canoeing to school, Riau, Indonesia. Image credits – Nico Fredia
Riding auto rickshaw to a school in Beldanga, India
Riding a tuktuk (auto rickshaw) to a school in Beldanga, India. Image credits – Dilwar Mandal
School in Pangururan, Indonesia
Children traveling on the roof of a wooden boat in Pangururan, Indonesia. Image credits – Muhammad Buchari
Schoolchildren riding a horse cart back from a school in Delhi
Schoolchildren riding a horse cart back from a school in Delhi, India.
Students crossing Ciherang River on a makeshift bamboo raft
Students crossing Ciherang River on a makeshift bamboo raft, Cilangkap Village, Indonesia.
Pupils walking on Tightrope
Pupils walking on a tightrope 30 feet above a river, Padang, Sumatra, Indonesia. Image credits – Panjalu Images/Barcroft Media
Elementary school students crossing a river on inflated tire tubes in Rizal province
Elementary school students crossing a river on inflated tire tubes, Rizal Province, Philippines. Image credits – Bullit Marquez/AP
Staying above water to get to a classroom at an elementary school in the Philippines
Students wearing rubber boots use chairs as a makeshift bridge to get to a classroom at their elementary school in the Taytay, Rizal province, north of Manila in the Philippines. Teachers claim that the school grounds, built on a former garbage dump site, have no drainage and are constantly inundated with water. Image credits – Romea Ranoco/Reuters
Kids flying 800m on a steel cable 400m above the Rio Negro River
Kids flying 800m on a steel cable 400m above the Rio Negro River, Colombia. Image credits – Christoph Otto
Kashmiri children cross a damaged footbridge built over a stream in India
Kashmiri children cross a damaged footbridge built over a stream in India. The kids are on their way back home from their school in Srinagar. Image credits – Danish Ismai/Reuters
According to UNESCO, progress in connecting children to schools has slowed down over the past five years. Areas that lack suitable school routes can often flood, making it even harder for kids to commute. Dangerous paths are one of the main reasons why many children decide to quit school.
US universities continue to dominate the upper echelons of world rankings, taking 16 of the top 20 spots in Shanghai ranking.
The 2014 Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU) – compiled by Shanghai Jiao Tong University (SJTU) and colloquially known as the “Shanghai ranking” – was released earlier this month with Asian universities, particularly those from China, gaining ground in this year’s list of the world’s top 500 universities.
However, American universities continued their dominance in the Shanghai tables, taking 16 of the top 20 spots, 52 of the top 100, and accounting for 146 of the 500 institutions listed overall. Harvard was named the top university for the 12th year in a row, with Stanford University, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), University of California, Berkeley, and the UK’s University of Cambridge rounding out the top five.
British universities also fared well, placing three in the top 20 (in addition to Cambridge, Oxford was 9th and University College London 20th) and 38 in the top 500. Germany had 39 universities in the top 500. Switzerland showed strong improvement, with ETH Zurich slipping into 19th spot, joining four other Swiss universities in the top 100, the third highest total among nations.
The Shanghai rankings (see the full list here) also showcase strengths in particular subject disciplines, providing additional tables of the world’s top 200 universities in the fields of natural science and mathematics; engineering/technology and computer sciences; life and agricultural sciences; clinical medicine and pharmacy; and social science. In addition, subject rankings are produced for mathematics, physics, chemistry, computer science, and economics.
American universities fared particularly well in the subject rankings, with Princeton taking top spot in mathematics, Berkeley in physics and chemistry, Harvard in economics/business, and Stanford in computer science. The mathematics rankings showed perhaps the greatest diversity of universities in the top ten, with two French universities (Pierre and Marie Curie University and University of Paris Sud) joining Cambridge, Oxford, and King Abdulaziz University from Saudi Arabia (which had been 22nd in 2013) in the top ten. All universities placing in the top ten for economics, on the other hand, were American.
China continues slow, steady rise
A closer look at the tables demonstrates the growing strength of Asian universities, in particular universities in China. Chinese institutions vaulted up the rankings and now occupy 44 of the top 500 spots (with 32 based in Mainland China), although only nine managed to rank in the top 200, with Peking University, Tsinghua, and Shanghai Jiao Tong all placing in the 101-150 bracket.
The top-ranked universities from Asia were both Japanese, with the University of Tokyo at number 21 and Kyoto University at 26. Japan was the only nation from East and Southeast Asia to place in the top 100. Singapore’s two leading universities, National University of Singapore (NUS) and Nanyang Technological University (NTU) also both showed strong gains.
In all, 16 nations had universities in the top 100 and 42 placed at least one institution in the top 500. Traditional research powerhouse Germany placed four universities in the top 100, with Heidelberg University the top-ranked German institution at 49th. The highest-ranking Australian university was Melbourne at 44th, and the top Canadian entry was the University of Toronto at 24th.
Brazil fared relatively well, with six universities in the top 500, although none reached the top 100. South Africa and Egypt were the only countries in Africa to break the top 500, with Cape Town, University of the Witwatersrand, KwaZulu-Natal, and Stellenbosch University from South Africa joining the University of Cairo in Egypt among this year’s top-500 institutions.
The Shanghai rankings are compiled on the basis of six measures:
- the number of alumni winning Nobel prizes and Fields Medals;
- the number of staff winning Nobel prizes and Fields Medals
- the number of highly cited researchers;
- the number of articles published in nature and science;
- the number of articles indexed in the Science Citation Index Expanded (SCIE) and Social Science Citation Index (SSCI);
- per capita performance (that is, “The weighted scores of the [other] five indicators divided by the number of full-time equivalent academic staff”).
In total, more than 1,200 universities are measured via the ARWU factors each year with the top 500 resulting scores published online in the annual Shanghai tables.
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Students are inundated from a young age by pushy marketing tactics. They are justifiably skeptical about the objectivity of educators’ claims, so they often seek reassurance from others who have had to make the same decision that they are about to. Therefore, testimonials can play a powerful role in enhancing integrated marketing communications, particularly for international student recruitment. Unfortunately, testimonials are not used enough by educators, and when they are used, the messages are often polished, providing no authenticity. READ MORE