China Tones Down Elite Education

Due to increasing western influences in private and elite education Chinese schools, Beijing is attempting to tone down and reduce the costs of elite education to reduce the growing gap in education quality.

New elite schools with higher costs are offering world-class education to prepare Chinese children for education and employment worldwide. Beijing is worried that western perspectives may cause havoc in its education system.

According to Beijing No.4 private school Program Principal Shi Guopeng, government officials don’t want to see many students going abroad.

Beijing had stopped approving and providing international programs. Shanghai had placed programs with reduced fees to the level of ordinary Chinese schools to standardise. The reduced costs have compromised their operation standards.

According to Shanghai educators, international education isn’t being encouraged now. The changes in costs is a “nice way” of saying it has to stop.

Once, the Shanghai municipal education commission said international curricula could help improve China’s education system. International curricula in schools must include Chinese history and morals education if it operates.

About 459,800 Chinese students studied overseas as the programs flourished. The outflow, according to observers, showed how China’s ordinary schools were inadequate. It would also mean plenty are seeing the ways of the Communist Party and its priorities as conflicting with theirs.

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Would You Let Your Child Attend To Ginger Spice’s School?

Geri Haliwell of the all-time famous UK female supergroup Spice Girls is to discuss her proposals for opening a free educational institution with the Department for Education.

Haliwell, who had launched designer clothing ranges, children’s books and other institutions, said:

“I believe in education. It’s an empowering fundamental human right that everyone deserves. Education is a foundation for life.”

A DfE Spokeswoman confirmed the meeting but said the plans with Haliwell are still at an early stage.

Working With The DfE

Haliwell is among the hundreds applying to open a free educational institution in the United Kingdom. Encouraged by the government, the free schools program succeed when the planners find a proper location, planning permission and sufficient backers for their curriculum and educational efficacy.

Ginger Spice plans to open her school in north London by 2018.

Five Hundred More Free Schools – Cameron

The DfE has an official statement about free schools.

“Free schools are giving thousands more children the access to an excellent and innovative education and we welcome applications from all groups interested in setting one up. All applications are rigorously assessed and must meet our high standards before approval can be given.”

According to British Prime Minister David Cameron at the Conservative party conference, his target is 500 more free schools to add along with the 252 in the United Kingdom and 52 in due process.

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“Ethical Dramas” Oversimplified By International Students

Ethics training on international and US students are streamlined in most universities. But according to the journal Science and Engineering ethics, there’s a difference between the two as to how they approach ethical decision-making, biases and compensatory strategies. Ethical research conduct has become questionable for most international students.

Asians, mostly had a low level of ethical decision-making as they oversimplify dilemmas. However, according to industrial and organisational psychology PhD student Logan Steele in The University of Oklahoma, Asian students and other international students are quite unfamiliar with US’ cultural and interpersonal norms.”

Most Asians, according to Steele, rely heavily on “rules, guidelines, and principles” that resolve  with “less ambiguous” results.

Ethical dilemmas involve using unethical methods to achieve outcomes of ethical decisions. Most US students focus on positive results. Meanwhile, international students tend to focus on results intended rather than methods or positive contribution.

The study suggests that instructors and educators must respect the alternative styles of international students during research.

Ethics involves doing research and studies where moral ground is not compromised. The rule of law must not be violated and all methods will involve not killing a life to achieve positive or negative results.

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Nearing Retirement? You Could Still Get Employed If You Wanted To. You Just Need Three Things

Despite the alluring promise of a grand retirement as soon as you hit your middle age, people who are supposed to have retired still continue to work. Would you like to work during your retirement? Don’t ever think that you don’t have what it takes. Here’s three key employment tips that can help you!

  1. Credit For Your Knowledge

Even the best business start-up sellers work during their retirement as consultants. Consultants have credit for their knowledge. Their deep personal experience helps them become qualified to succeed at their jobs.

If you think your experience is still lacking upon retirement, you could enrol in certification programs or have third party credentials. If you’re a creative, build your portfolio and you’ll be amazed with the demand of work waiting for you.

  1. Offer Your Service

Nobody will know that you’re a retired person seeking an occupation or job that would make the best use of your abilities. It would be wise to rebuild your resume and express your career values. Upload them to the headhunting websites of your choice.

  1. Technology

Retirees are scared of their technology gap. But the best way to overcome it is to jump right into it.

Computer and technology training programs are available for free online. You won’t even have to enrol. Video streaming websites even offer these courses for free (or you could create your own playlist).

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Five Ways To Sustain Your Finances As A Student

With the high college fees and with repayment to worry about, the average student graduating from a reputable public or private university has more to worry about their household spending. Unfortunately, it’s a necessity. So here are five ways to sustain your finances as a student. All it takes is a little pro-activity and discipline.

  1. A Weekly Budget

Always make sure to check your weekly budget. Assess how much allowance you have daily, weekly or monthly. Work within your spending. Don’t’ go overboard.

  1. A Need and Want

Here’s what separates the disciplined from the ill-disciplined. Know which items you need and want. When buying things, never let yourself get anything you do not need at the moment.

  1. Learn About Loans, Financing and Student Benefits

Knowing about student loans, credit scores and other sources of financial relief such as student benefits helps you gain access to things that could possibly relieve you of your financial burden.

  1. Student Sources of Incomes

Check to see if you’re eligible for a scholarship or grant. Read about part-time jobs and how much tax you might owe. Don’t let an opportunity to lighten your financial load pass up.

  1. Take Care Of Your Money

Set your priorities straight. Don’t let your money go into places where they wouldn’t reap you any benefits. This develops your sense of financial discipline, which can make future saving easier for you.

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Why Do Students Need Wifi in Campus? [Infographic]

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Harvard Is Now Teaching Architecture As a Liberal Art

Getting tired of doing a draft for a building because you couldn’t express yourself? Maybe it’s time to go overseas and study in Harvard.

The Harvard Garduate School of Design takes a new twist with their new Architecture studio course. Instead of focusing primarily on industrial design, the course would concentrate in teaching about the History of Art and Architecture.

While many Bachelor of Architecture courses in different universities would disagree, teaching Architecture as thinking in its own form of liberal arts practice, and focusing on the technical aspect of the practice, will help complement and reinforce one another, as Harvard expects.

Harvard has long planned to create its own Architecture studio course. Most students looking to learn Architecture had to transfer to MIT.

The new course will introduce the first cross-disciplinary approach called “Transformations” and “Connections”, which would teach students a common design language.

Student response to the program has been very positive so far. Many are interested in the foundational studies of Architecture. The program aims not just to prepare students for professional practice, but treat the practice as something belonging to the liberal arts.


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Education Secretary Stresses That Fundamental British Values Should Be Taught

UK Education Secretary Nicky Morgan said to British MPs that schools should not fold from teaching “fundamental British values” in the school system. She stressed that “different ideologies” should still be present in schools. The response came after five Birmingham schools had done special measures to combat Islamist Extremism in “Trojan Horse” schools.

The education controversy began when schools became concerned with Islamist educators inflaming student ideologies resulting to school staff mistrusting other educators. UK education watchdog Ofsted said that “safeguarding students” remains a legitimate concern” to maintain rapid and sustained progress in UK education.

According to Morgan, schools who do not uphold British values allow people with different ideologies to push their own ideologies across. Implementing “mutual respect”, “equality”, “democracy” and “tolerance” should be “woven” into the curriculum, says Morgan.

The Commons education committee reported highlighted some unqualified school staff that were unqualified for the subjects. Most UK schools are suffering from “unbalanced curriculums” in the schools. Morgan stressed that action has been taken to ensure the balancing of internal school academic systems. She also said that disciplinary procedures against staff committing this act had been enforced.

Morgan iterates that the five Birmingham schools are not victims of academisation or lacking local government finance.



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UK’s Decreased College Funding Could Increase Skills Gap

A new education loans system in the UK will decrease funding for higher level courses, which could see a large drop in students attending college in the country.

This new system could also widen the skills gap, according to analysts.

A consultation document the UK government submitted in June concerns advanced learning loans, which would cut the adult skills budget by 40% by 2015 to decrease pressure against the Treasury with an increase of private funders offering higher-level qualifications.

The proposals of the consultation document highlighted the funding and regulation of higher education qualifications below degree level. The Skills Funding Agency rather than the Higher Education Funding Council for England will fund these qualifications.

Colleges will be severely affected given that it will underdevelop many higher education programmes in existence. Most higher education programmes train people with specific skillsets for specific industries. The programmes will be unlikely to attract funding similar to what it received from the Council.

The consultation also said that maintenance loans for higher-level programmes should be introduced, but it does not make clear if students will still be eligible for maintenance grants.

Analysts said that this new proposal, along with the increases in college tuition fees will make the educational situation in England worse.


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University of Leicester Affordable for Most Freshmen and Sophomores

College education can be very expensive with horror stories of students and families buried in expensive educational debt for years after their graduation. Included in these expenses are board and lodging, daily consumables and pocket money. However, according to financial institutions, the University of Leicester is the most affordable.

Freshmen in Leicester are expected to only spend £196 on an average week. The amount includes their rent, food and university supplies, bus pass, and even includes their £15 for five pints of beer and £14 for two bottles of wine. Freshmen and sophomores could decide to live outside, which is cheaper than living in halls. It also reduces the total spending to £169 a week.

Next to the University of Leicester, the University of Nottingham and Cardiff, which only has freshmen and sophomores spend only £207 and £227 respectively, are also good options. The amount also lessens when students consider living off-campus, again including more than just a student’s basic needs such as beer and other amusement funds.

The first few years of college is a deciding factor to which college to attend to for many new students.

Average UK student has increased to £19,000 in the last year a 14% increase from the earlier years. The debts may fluctuate between the amount, including having an additional £200-300 on some occasions. For second year students, the debt is higher at £22,000-23,000 on average.


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