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  • The downsides to Singapore’s education system: streaming, stress and suicides

    CHINA, 2017/09/23 Singapore’s education system is reputed for producing children who top the world rankings in standardised tests. The city national took initial place in the last Pisa (world education rankings. The country’s school system is geared towards high succcess in exams, but the emphasis on rote learning and memorisation, combined with pressure to succeed, affects children’s social skills, health and in general happiness .Run by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development, Pisa tests, conducted each three years, are intended as a measure of problem-solving and cognition. From presently on Singapore’s superiority in the rankings may be coming at an equally high price.
  • Higher earning Why a university degree is worth more in some countries than others

    AFGHANISTAN, 2016/12/11 A university education may expand your mind. It will as well fatten your wallet. Data from the OECD, a club of rich nations, show that graduates can expect far better lifetime earnings than those without a degree. The size of this premium varies. It is greatest in Ireland, which has a high GDP per chief and rising inequality. Since 2000 the unemployment rate for under-35s has swelled to 8% for those with degrees – but to additional than 20% for those without, and nearly 40% for secondary school drop-outs. The country’s wealth presently goes disproportionately to workers with letters next their names.
  • Chinese government scholarships a great help to Kenya

    CHINA, 2016/09/04 The scholarships offered by the Chinese government to Kenyan students have been a great help to the country that has been struggling to enrol all qualified school leavers in public universities for a lot of years, a senior government official has said. Professor Colletta Suda, the Principal Secretary in the national department of higher education, says one of the greatest challenges in the country's education sector is the opportunity to increase access to higher education.
  • Liberia lauds Confucius institute donations to boost education

    CHINA, 2016/03/23 The Liberian government has commended China's Confucius Institute at the University of Liberia for donating assorted educational, medical, sports and nutritional supplies to children at Lolognta Childhood Development Center in Sinkor, Monrovia. The donation is an extra manifestation of the authentic people to people friendship between China and Liberia, Minister of National for appropriate duties, Sylvester M. Grigsby, said at the handing over ceremony on Friday.
  • Hakubun Shimomura, Former Minister of Education

    JAPAN, 2015/12/07 An international approach by Japan’s universities – helped by funding from the government – is set to improve educational standards Education has become a vital aspect of Japan’s economic reorientation through Abenomics but reforms are set to be felt far beyond its own shores. Improving relationships with international universities and forging links with U.S. institutions has emerged as a vital play that will provide its younger generation with a world outlook on the world. “We do not have that steadily increasing people anymore [in Japan],” says Dr. Susumu Satomi, President of Tohoku University. “We do not have that steadily growing domestic request anymore either. We need to go out and engage additional with the rest of the world.”
  • South Africa: China Sponsors Govt to Teach Mandarin in Schools

    CHINA, 2015/08/13 China is helping to fund a South African programme to introduce Mandarin into the national public school curriculum as an optional language in 2016, officials have said. A leading expert in Sino-Africa relations said the move will be a game changer in the country's dealings with China, but the plan has as well run into criticism, with the South African Democratic Teachers' Union (SADTU) describing the programme as "tantamount to a new form of colonisation". The Department of Basic Education confirmed that China will train hundreds of South African teachers and build three Confucius Institutes in a bid to promote Chinese culture.
  • Chinese Firm Offers Scholarships to Students of Lome University

    CHINA, 2015/04/26 China Merchants Group Ltd has offered scholarships totalling to 200,000 U.S. dollars to the best performing students at Lome University. In this regard, the company's director Li Xiaopeng handed over a cheque to Togo's Higher Education Minister Octave Broohm during a ceremony held on Monday in Lome in the presence of China's ambassador to Togo Liu Yuxi and the university's vice-chancellor Messanvi Gbeassor. The donation is part of the corporate social responsibility for China Merchants Group Ltd, a member of the consortium formed to execute the Lome Container Terminal project that is aimed at making Lome port one of the key ports in West Africa with capacity to receive large ships from Asia.
  • China’s largest money managers has sent 23 executives to a London business school

    CHINA, 2013/11/04 One of China’s major money managers has sent 23 executives to a London business school to learn about the UK fund market, suggesting it has plans to set up in Europe, according to the course director. China Jiantou Trust requested its executives learn about UK competition analysis, the legal and regulatory environment and how to go about merger and acquisitions during a two-day course at the London School of Business and Finance. The company, which has issued 646 investment trusts in the Chinese market with total assets of Rmb193bn ($32bn), was as well keen to learn about how the European Ucits fund passport operates.
  • Chinese student summer program at a prestigious Western school.

    CHINA, 2013/06/30 For Chinese parents obsessed with the success of their offspring, the new must-have experience is a summer program at a prestigious Western school.  Students in China are hardly slackers, spending an average of 40 weeks a year at school, compared with 36 weeks for the U.S. school year. And while parents have long sent their children to academic programs to keep them busy during the summer, presently the growing trend is for them to attend top-notch U.S. and U.K. schools.  They are drawn to these expensive overseas programs for three reasons. Initial, parents want their kids to get a break from China's notoriously test-based curriculum, and be exposed to Western-style, seminar-type teaching. Second, such immersion programs can boost students' spoken English skills significantly and broaden their exposure to other cultures.
  • School enrollment, primary (% gross)

    EUROPE, 2013/03/19 Gross enrolment ratio. Primary. Total is the total enrollment in primary education, regardless of age, expressed as a percentage of the population of official primary education age. GER can exceed 100% due to the inclusion of over-aged and under-aged students because of early or late school entrance and grade repetition. UNESCO Institute for Statistics Catalog Sources World Development Indicators