Prince Charles backs $10 million new education bond for marginalised children in India

Prince Charles backs $10 million new education bond for marginalised children in India

Britain’s Prince Charles and his wife Camilla attend a cultural event at the British Council in New Delhi on Wednesday. Photo: AFP London: Britain’s Prince Charles, on a two-day visit to India, has given his backing to a new development bond for India to provide education to marginalised children in the country. The $10 million education development impact bond (DIB) has been created by the British Asian Trust, founded by the Prince of Wales to fight poverty in south Asia, and is designed to improve learning outcomes for thousands of marginalised…

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Kent State receives $1 million grant for distance-learning translation program

Kent State receives $1 million grant for distance-learning translation program

Kent State University has received a $1 million grant to develop a distance-learning translation studies program. (Karen Farkas, cleveland.com) KENT, Ohio – Kent State University has received a $1 million grant to develop a state-of-the-art distance learning translation studies program. The Institute for Applied Linguistics received the grant from from the Gawlicki Family Foundation of Hartford, Connecticut. The institute was founded at Kent State in 1988 and serves more than 100 undergraduate and graduate students. It is the only program that offers training from the bachelor’s level to doctorate, and it…

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Federal budget 2017: Police recruitment drive to get $321.4 million

Federal budget 2017: Police recruitment drive to get $321.4 million

The Australian Federal Police will receive $321.4 million in this year’s federal budget to go on a big recruitment drive for anti-terrorism specialists, such as bomb squad technicians, tactical response officers, forensic scientists and negotiators. The cash splash has been described by Justice Minister Michael Keenan as the “largest single domestic policing funding boost in a decade”, and is more than double the $153.6 million the AFP and the Australian Crime Commission received in last year’s budget, to be rolled out over five years, to boost security arrangements. Australian Federal Police…

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Trump executive order: Million sign petition to stop UK visit

Trump executive order: Million sign petition to stop UK visit

A petition to stop US President Donald Trump’s UK state visit has gathered more than a million signatures. Numbers of signatories have been rising rapidly since a US clampdown on immigration came into effect over the weekend, causing anger worldwide. PM Theresa May announced the visit during her recent US trip. Downing Street has rejected calls for it to be cancelled as a “populist gesture”. Labour’s Jeremy Corbyn urged the PM to postpone the visit. The petition is now the second-most popular on the government’s website. MPs will discuss it…

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For-profit college DeVry to forgive $30 million in student loans

For-profit college DeVry to forgive $30 million in student loans

DeVry Education Group DV, +0.47% the operator of a chain of for-profit colleges, will forgive $30.35 million in student loans over claims the company misled prospective students about their ability to get jobs after graduation. The loan forgiveness, which covers all unpaid student loans made through DeVry between Sept. 1, 2008 and Sept. 30, 2015, is part of a larger settlement with the Federal Trade Commission totaling $100 million. The deal doesn’t include any federal student loans made to students who attended the school during the period of the lawsuit….

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Over 1.5 million education loan defaulters listed in CCRIS

Over 1.5 million education loan defaulters listed in CCRIS

KUALA LUMPUR: A total of 1,574,700 borrowers, who failed to repay their National Higher Education Fund Corporation (PTPTN) loans totalling RM32.07bil, have been listed in the Central Credit Reference Information System (CCRIS) as of Nov 10. Deputy Higher Education Minister Datuk Dr Mary Yap Kain Ching said CCRIS was not a mechanism for PTPTN to blacklist the hardcore borrowers as claimed by certain quarters. “The record in the CCRIS serves as the best practice for all financial institutions to ensure that the borrowers repay (their) loans accordingly,” she said at…

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Nigeria: Jigawa Senator to Build N80 Million ICT Complex for Distance Learning

Nigeria: Jigawa Senator to Build N80 Million ICT Complex for Distance Learning

Senator Muhammad Ubali Shitu is to provide an Information Communication Technology (ICT) complex worth over N80 million in Hadejia, to boost distance-learning education in the area. Senator Shitu who is representing Jigawa North-East Senatorial District in Jigawa State, said at a distance education stakeholders’ sensitisation meeting in Hadejia recently that the high cost of education through the conventional universities was denying people the opportunity to further their education, adding that distance learning mode was now a viable alternative. A statement from the University of Abuja by the Deputy Registrar (Information…

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New EBLS distance learning service avoids more than $2.7 million

New EBLS distance learning service avoids more than $2.7 million

Benjamin Franklin believed time is money; Theophrastus, Greek philosopher and pupil of Aristotle, said time is the most valuable thing a man can spend; and John Randolph, a U.S. representative and senator from Virginia in the 1800s, thought that time is at once the most valuable and the most perishable of all our possessions. Air Education and Training Command has developed a financially savvy, innovative service, the Enterprise Blended Learning Service, which is capable of providing education and training opportunities to the entire Air Force, while demanding less of Airmen’s…

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Online education – the way forward for 10 million hungry Indian minds

Online education – the way forward for 10 million hungry Indian minds

Education is the key to inclusive growth in any society. India is a young country with nearly 300 million people in the 19-35 age group. Based on the recent FICCI–EY report, currently India’s gross enrolment at 22 percent (30 million) is one of the lowest in the world, compared to 90 percent in the US, 62 percent in the UK and 31 percent in China. If we need to push our ratio even high enough to match China’s, then that amounts to educating an additional 15 million students – which…

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