Why there needs to be more education on share codes

“There is a serious lack of understanding about how and when to use government-generated share codes”

Starting a new university course is always going to be a daunting prospect, but for international students it’s also about embarking on life in a new country too, writes Matt Oldham, co-founder of Unizest.

For overseas students, proving their immigration status is one of the many challenges they need to overcome, yet what should in theory be a relatively simple process, often becomes a complex one due to a lack of understanding around share codes.

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Why would any higher education institution treat international students differently in terms of graduate employability?

“I am truly shocked at the suggestion that any institution would, should or could differentiate between home and international students, reducing tailored support solely because of status”

I have worked in the higher education sector for over 25 years at a senior level, so it takes a lot to take my breath away, but the joint report published today by HEPI and Kaplan – Paying More for Less?: Careers and Employability Support for International Students – has achieved exactly that, says Paul Marshall, Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Careers and Enterprise) at University of East London.

The authors strongly question whether the sector has the capacity, resource and, in some cases, the will to meet the career aspiration of international students.

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Restoring and improving international education under the Biden administration

“Supporting international education can not only expand the talent pools but diversify them”

Supporting international education can significantly have its economic advantages globally if the US government can help improve the current status, writes principal attorney for the Oak View Law Group, Lyle Solomon.

Some industries need more educated and skilled people within their talent pools, such as STEM. Therefore, supporting international education can not only expand the talent pools but diversify them.

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How do we define ‘teaching excellence’ in an increasingly globalised world?

“In today’s interconnected, multicultural and globalised world, having a definition of teaching excellence that only works in one place, culture or language is meaningless”

‘What is teaching excellence?’ is a question we ask a lot. We ask it to ourselves, to our award winners and to our members. Predictably, we tend to get wildly different answers depending on who we ask, says Advance HE’s Assistant Director – International, Becky Smith.

A National Teaching Fellowship award winner working at a circus school in Canada once said it was a ‘magic trick’, and for many it may be. Ask a student who their best teacher is, or was, and they’ll be able to tell you in a flash, but they’re far less likely to be able to tell you why.

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Broadening horizons beyond the classroom

“One of the greatest limitations that has undoubtedly been felt within schools across the board has been the removal of opportunities for young people to broaden their horizons beyond the classroom”

For the past 18 months, lockdown restrictions have had a huge impact on young people, arguably more so than any other generation, with schools for the first time in living memory closing their doors in 57 countries across the world. In March 2020, 682 million students worldwide had to continue their studies from home, writes Keith Birch, Principal of Westminster Campus at Southbank International School.

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How to better support international boarding school pupils to make well informed higher education decisions

“There is a growing awareness that UKI students have unique needs that are not necessarily being met by support that is focused on either purely ‘international’ or ‘domestic’ students”

Every year the UK welcomes over 29,000 international students to come and study in UK Boarding schools (UKI students).

Many will then want to stay in the UK for their higher education and indeed this is the goal for many international parents-pay for a great Boarding school education to secure a place at a world renowned UK University.

However, the higher education path for ‘UKI students’ is sometimes not straightforward, says Pat Moores of UK Education Guide.

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Changing the education paradigm with AI

“Artificial intelligence systems are being developed to act as teachers’ aides, leaving teachers more time to give individual students personalised attention”

The world’s current education paradigm relies on an outdated and inefficient model with one teacher helping an entire classroom of students master the same material at roughly the same pace in a predetermined amount of time. The model also assumes that student motivation is relatively constant, and roughly the same for each student, explains YJ Jang, CEO and founder of Riiid.

Even exceptionally talented teachers can overcome only some of these issues, but exceptionally talented teachers are, by definition, rare.

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Between local, national, and global identities: The question of global citizenship in education

“With such a heated clash between nationalist and global identities, many young people may feel forced to pick a side. As an educator, I feel it is part of my job to help them not to make such a false binary choice”

Debate about the nature of globalisation and its impact is never far from the news these days. Populists have drawn on the frustrations of those who have seen globalisation halt progress in their communities, and antipathy has been directed to those that are seen to have benefited most from it, writes Katerina Vackova, UFP Chief Examiner for Humanities, CATS Global Schools.

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Back to the classroom post lockdowns

“One could be forgiven for thinking that a wellbeing need is really just the same as a mental health need”

As children go back to school, and we try to unravel the diverse impacts of the pandemic, the focus has quietly shifted from the long-term – recovering lost learning – to the immediate: student wellbeing, writes Barry Mansfield is Director of the Halcyon London International School.

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The art of data science

“Digital experiences can now offer a level of personalisation that has not been possible before. That is what we need for our students exploring courses”

With the launch of IDP Live planned for the second half of 2021, IDP Chief Data Officer Stuart Nickols explains about how he and his team have used data science to build and improve the app for our students.

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