To prevent unconscious bias against candidates from minority groups, Prime Minister David Cameron has expressed plans to remove names from university applications forms starting 2017.
In response to this UCAS chief executive, Mary Curnock Cook, said it would consult with degree-awarding institutions on name-blind applications as this would impact applications from black and ethnic minority students.
- Between the fall of 2013 and fall of 2014, first-time graduate enrolment in the US went up by 3.5%
- Over the same period, first-time enrolment for international students grew by 11.2%
- Over two-thirds of the growth over the past decade has been fuelled by international students
- The main focus areas for international students in the US is in STEM fields
Earlier this month, the US Council of Graduate Schools (CGS) reported that first-time graduate enrolment in the country went up by 3.5%. The growth, tracked between the fall of 2013 and fall 2014, is the largest one-year increase since 2009. While this bodes well for future enrolment trends, America’s graduate enrolment remain below its peak in 2009 growing only by 0.4% between 2013 to 2014. Read more
With the advent of the new era of technology over the last two decades, perhaps the most oft-cited buzzwords circling around both academia and businesses is “innovation”. However, its usage is anything but consistent. While it can mean encouraging a team to think creatively with disruptive ideas, it can also mean an organization consistently creating new ideas or products or even that its internal processes and procedures are different from its competitors.
– Canada new Electronic Travel Authorization (eTA) for visitors from visa-exempt countries
– All prospective international students planning to study in Canada are affected
– The Electronic Travel Authorization will be mandatory from March 15, 2016; applications can be done online from August 1, 2015
In recent weeks, The Chronicle of Higher Education recently reported that the US House of Representatives has passed a bill that would require all colleges and universities in the US that enrol foreign students with the issuance of I-20’s to be accredited.
Lawmakers in the US approved the H.R. 3120 bill, making it mandatory for all institutions of higher education enrolling 25 foreign students or more, to have certified accreditation, nationally or regionally, that is recognized by the US Department of Education.
This move comes as part of the effort by the US to close a major loophole in the foreign student visa system passed in the wake of 9/11 attacks, wherebyfraudulent colleges have taken in foreign students by the thousands by luring them the right to work in the United States. Senator Chuck Grassley said, “This is a national security matter. Foreign student visas were issued to terrorists who attacked the United States both in 1993 and on September 11.” Representative Zoe Lofgren lauded the approval of the bill by the US House of Representative, believing that the accreditation requirements will prevent unauthorized institutions from deceiving genuine foreign seeking education in the United States. He further added, “In addition, this requirement will prevent fly-by-night institutions from engaging in student-visa fraud to smuggle or traffic persons into the country.” Read more