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Quotidiano di informazione – Anno 29 n° 299

Posts Tagged ‘higher education’

“Higher Education Learning Analytics Market in the US 2017-2021”

Posted by fidest press agency su domenica, 13 agosto 2017

new yorkNew York. The higher education learning analytics market in the US to grow at a CAGR of 28.74% during the period 2017-2021. Higher Education Learning Analytics Market in The US -2017-2021, has been prepared based on an in-depth market analysis with inputs from industry experts. The report covers the market landscape and its growth prospects over the coming years. The report also includes a discussion of the key vendors operating in this market.
One trend in the market is rise in applications of predictive learning analytics. The field of learning analytics is widening at an exponential rate as providers of learning analytics are exploring ways through which they can further assist institutions while increasing their penetration levels. The users are concerned about tracking current and past developments to address present issues. According to the report, one driver in the market is increased need to develop competitive strategies. Besides providing advantages to teachers, students, and administrators, learning analytics has also proved its importance to other education stakeholders that include curriculum designers, advisors, education policy makers, and school districts. They are entrusted with responsibilities of taking strategic decisions that will impact institutions in short-term and long-term duration. As such, they possess a higher need of such tools that can assist them with actionable intelligence.

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American University opens gates to refugees around th world, tuition free

Posted by fidest press agency su lunedì, 24 novembre 2014

pasadena(Pasadena, University of the People (UoPeople) President Shai Reshef in partnership with the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) in Israel has announced the launch of a collaborative project opening the gates to tuition-free, accredited higher education for refugees and asylum seekers all over the world.UoPeople together with UNHCR have established a special policy to admit refugees and asylum seekers, in cases where official transcripts and documents could not be obtained. The unique policy was approved by DETC, the US national educational accreditation agency of UoPeople, thereby enabling refugees to pursue higher education and earn a university degree.UoPeople is granting scholarships to African refugees and asylum seekers as part of a special pilot made available with the collaboration of Amnesty International, HIAS and ARDC (African Refugee Development Center). The first group of students has now formally begun their first week at the Californian virtual university. President Reshef will meet with students of the first cohort of African refugees in the program at Amnesty International offices.“UoPeople is reaching out to the least upwardly mobile population – refugees and asylum seekers – the ones most in line with our mission, to open the gates to higher education to all qualified students and those most in need of education in order to overcome other barriers,” said Reshef. “This model of collaboration with the UN Refugee Agency and HIAS can be replicated wherever there are refugees and can be scaled to serve millions of refugees around the world, providing them with access to higher education.”
According to Reshef the academic activity of the African asylum seekers who have either been accepted to the University, or who are currently in the process of enrollment, has been built upon UoPeople’s successful experience working with over 250 earthquake survivors and Internally Displaced Persons in Haiti, and will be a model for refugees world-wide who meet the University’s academic criteria and are eager to access higher education.“The number of refugees, asylum-seekers and internally displaced people worldwide, has, for the first time since post World War II, exceeded 50 million people,” said Walpurga Englbrecht, UNHCR Representative in Israel. “In order to improve the welfare of these people we commit ourselves to stepping up the efforts to collaborate with forward-thinking organizations like UoPeople. Accessing education is the key to human dignity, to advancement, and to a better future.” UoPeople has established a special scholarship fund for refugees who can’t afford even the University’s minimal examination fees; the first donation has already been received. A total of 300 African refugees and asylum seekers began the process of applying for the special scholarship.University of the People (UoPeople) is the world’s first non-profit, tuition-free, accredited online university dedicated to opening access to higher education globally. Using open-source technology, Open Educational Resources, peer-to-peer learning, and the assistance of academic volunteers, UoPeople is designed to provide access to college studies for qualified high school graduates, despite financial, geographic, societal or personal constraints.UoPeople offers Associate and Bachelor degree programs in Business Administration and Computer Science and is currently in the process of developing a new program in Health Sciences.
Founded in 2009, UoPeople has partnered with Yale ISP law School for research; New York University (NYU) to accept students; Microsoft for scholarships, access to its certificate programs, mentoring, internships and employment opportunities; and Hewlett-Packard, for general support, scholarships for women and internships. The University has enrolled students from 150 different countries and is supported by a network of over 3,000 dedicated volunteers.The institution has gained the widespread support of leading academics from leading universities around the world. Its Council of Presidents, chaired by New York University President John Sexton, includes Oxford Vice-Chancellor Sir Colin Lucas, U.S. Under Secretary of Education Martha Kanter and UC Berkeley Chancellor Nicholas Dirks, among others. UoPeople is supported by The Gates Foundation, Carnegie Corporation, Hewlett Foundation, Fondation Hoffmann, and companies such as HP, Google, Microsoft, Intel, Western Union, Estee Lauder and many more.
Founder and President of University of the People, Shai Reshef is an educational entrepreneur, with over 25 years of experience in the international education market. President Reshef has been widely recognized for his work with UoPeople. In 2010, the Huffington Post named him the ‘Ultimate Game Changer in Education,’ and WIRED included him in its list of the 50 people who will change the world. He was named one of Fast Company’s 100 Most Creative People in Business as well as a Top Global Thinker by Foreign Policy Magazine. Before founding University of the People, Reshef directed KIT e-learning, the first online university in Europe. More at http://www.uopeople.edu

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Annual Conference in Aarhus, Denmark

Posted by fidest press agency su venerdì, 8 aprile 2011

The European University Association (EUA) will celebrate its 10th Anniversary at its Annual Conference next week (13-15 April) at Aarhus University in Denmark. This conference brings together around 400 university leaders and key stakeholders in higher education from across Europe, and will include a keynote speech by José Manuel Barroso, President of the European Commission. EUA President, Professor Jean-Marc Rapp says: “European universities have a long tradition of collaboration that dates back many decades. This spirit of collaboration is now underpinned by a clear political framework that promotes common European Higher Education and Research Areas. As a consequence, collaboration between Europe’s universities has become increasingly structured in recent years, which is highlighted for example not only in the increasing number of universities which have joined EUA, but also in the increasing number of joint degrees, joint research and exchange programmes.” University leaders will also vote for the next EUA President who will lead the organisation from 2012-2015. The two candidates to replace the current President are Professors Maria Helena Nazaré (Portugal) and Lauritz Holm-Nielsen (Denmark). This conference will seek to identify ways for universities to attract and develop the bright minds of tomorrow. In addition to plenary presentations from leading European experts, four working group sessions will focus on a series of key issues relating to talent:
• The university’s responsibility for building research capacity right from the undergraduate level
• The university’s role in fostering career structures and opportunities for young researchers
• The university as employer: institutional human resource management strategies to create the optimal environment for talent development
• How to effectively identify and train future leaders?Aarhus, DenmarkThe European University Association (EUA) will celebrate its 10th Anniversary at its Annual Conference next week (13-15 April) at Aarhus University in Denmark. This conference brings together around 400 university leaders and key stakeholders in higher education from across Europe, and will include a keynote speech by José Manuel Barroso, President of the European Commission. EUA President, Professor Jean-Marc Rapp says: “European universities have a long tradition of collaboration that dates back many decades.  This spirit of collaboration is now underpinned by a clear political framework that promotes common European Higher Education and Research Areas. As a consequence, collaboration between Europe’s universities has become increasingly structured in recent years, which is highlighted for example not only in the increasing number of universities which have joined EUA, but also in the increasing number of joint degrees, joint research and exchange programmes.” University leaders will also vote for the next EUA President who will lead the organisation from 2012-2015. The two candidates to replace the current President are Professors Maria Helena Nazaré (Portugal) and Lauritz Holm-Nielsen (Denmark). This conference will seek to identify ways for universities to attract and develop the bright minds of tomorrow. In addition to plenary presentations from leading European experts, four working group sessions will focus on a series of key issues relating to talent:
• The university’s responsibility for building research capacity right from the undergraduate level
• The university’s role in fostering career structures and opportunities for young researchers
• The university as employer: institutional human resource management strategies to create the optimal environment for talent development
• How to effectively identify and train future leaders?

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Financial sustainability of European higher education

Posted by fidest press agency su martedì, 22 febbraio 2011

The European University Association (EUA) today (22nd February) publishes a comprehensive new report on the financial sustainability of European universities. This is a crucial issue for Europe’s 5,000 plus universities. As the number of university students continues to rise across Europe, and the economic downturn has led to cuts in public funding in many countries, higher education systems are faced with the challenge of creating sustainable funding models to secure the future of university education. This report underlines that universities need both sufficient resources, and a long-term planning horizon to invest in their future academic and research activities, and thus to continue fulfilling their role in society. EUA believes that future financial sustainability depends on reliable, sufficient public funding, and on the autonomy and support necessary to explore successfully complementary funding options. The report “Financially Sustainable Universities II: European Universities Diversifying Income Sources” will be launched today (Tuesday 22 February) at a reception in Brussels. It is the outcome of a two-year EC-supported project (European Universities Diversifying Income Streams – EUDIS). Its findings are based on an online survey completed by more than 150 universities across 27 countries, by site visits and by workshops involving a wide range of institutions. The report gives a detailed description of how European universities are currently financed, and looks into the sector’s expectations for future evolutions. It also analyses the many different barriers currently preventing universities from pursuing additional income streams (considering internal challenges and external regulatory barriers) and the possible drivers for stimulating ‘income diversification’. Importantly, the study reveals that additional funding sources cannot replace sufficient public funding. It concludes with a series of recommendations for creating more sustainable funding models for the future.

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About efforts to improve access to higher education

Posted by fidest press agency su sabato, 25 aprile 2009

Obama entered the Diplomatic Room (yet another oval room in the White House) at approximately 1:45 p.m. Behind the podium is a painting of George Washington. The oval walls are covered in scenes depicting frolicking Native Americans and the bucolic life of early American settlers. Roughly 25 writers, photo folks and camera people in the pool attended. Stephanie Stevenson, an African American Junior at the University of Maryland who hopes to get her graduate degree in public policy, introduced Obama. Stevenson is a first-generation college student. Obama looked on from Stephanie’s right while she read her introduction. She emphasized the importance of higher education. Her mother stood to her left. Obama wore a dark suit, light blue shirt and slightly darker blue tie with a pattern and, of course, his American flag lapel pin. Stephanie wore a black skirt and a brown patterned blouse. Stephanie’s mother wore a brilliant pink skirt suit in a Jackie O style. Stephanie’s introduction lasted approximately two minutes. She then stood to Obama’s right.Stephanie delivered her introduction smoothly. Obama, when he took the podium, remarked, “She might have to run for something some day. That was terrific.” Obama spoke with the assistance of two Teleprompters. He discussed his administration’s efforts to boost financial assistance for higher education, which he called “sweeping steps” during his first months of office. He called his administration’s efforts the most significant “to open the doors of college to middle class Americans since the GI Bill.” Obama emphasized White House efforts to increase the dollar amounts of Pell Grants and eliminate private lenders from their role as the “middleman” in the process of providing loans to college students. He said he would fight the “special interests” that would fight to keep their role in that process. “They are gearing up for battle. So am I,” he pledged. Obama spoke for approximately nine minutes.

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European university

Posted by fidest press agency su lunedì, 23 marzo 2009

The 500 university leaders who gathered in Prague until this weekend for the 5th EUA Convention of Higher Education Institutions (19-21 March) had a clear message for European governments. They called on them to invest in higher education during the economic and financial crisis and underlined that universities have a key role as a motor for economic recovery by providing the research based education at all levels needed to promote creativity and innovation. Professor Jean-Marc Rapp, President of the European University Association (EUA), told the audience that European universities were a long term investment in Europe’s future. And while there may be a temptation to cut public spending during the downturn, Professor Rapp said it was important to reaffirm both the role of universities as a motor for economic recovery and their ability to respond to the expectations and needs of young Europeans. These messages were reiterated by other plenary speakers at the event, and also by the President of the European Commission, José Manuel Barroso. In a video address he told university leaders that it would be a mistake to cut public and private spending on education and research (during the current downturn) as this could have a ‘direct negative impact’ on future growth. He also stressed that universities themselves could contribute directly to economic recovery by responding to changing labour market needs. Investing more in education and research would also help Europe emerge from recession faster and in better shape, he noted. The theme of the EUA Convention was European strategies for Europe’s universities – and university leaders debated a wide range of crucial issues for European universities against the background of the economic downturn.

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