Manchester and Tsinghua launch dual PhD programme - Global Education Times (GET News)

Manchester and Tsinghua launch dual PhD programme

The University of Manchester and Tsinghua University have launched a new dual PhD programme in Synthetic and Systems Biology, with the first cohort of students are to commence studies in September 2020.

The dual PhD programme builds on the existing collaborative agreement between Manchester Institute of Biotechnology and Tsinghua University’s Centre for Synthetic and Systems Biology, signed in 2016.

The United Kingdom-based University of Manchester and the Chinese Tsinghua University have had an ongoing relationship for several years since the establishment of ties in 2007 during the tenures of Professor Alan Gilbert and Professor Gu Binglin.

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Investors falling short on backing gender diversity in boardrooms: INSEAD study - Global Education Times (GET News)

Investors falling short on backing gender diversity in boardrooms: INSEAD study

An INSEAD study has shown that business investors are vocal advocates for gender diversity in boardrooms, but in practice are falling short.

Despite proclamations of support for a move towards a better gender balance, new INSEAD research suggests that investors perceive companies which increase female representation on their board as having a weaker commitment to shareholder value.

The study found specifically that among firms that had made other investments in gender diversity, the appointment of female directors to the board reduced a firm’s market value relative to the value of the company’s physical assets by almost 6 percent.

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China, Singapore and HK dominate QS Asia University Rankings top 10 - Global Education Times (GET News)

China, Singapore and HK dominate QS Asia University Rankings top 10

The top 10 of the QS Asia University Rankings 2020 published last week is dominated by universities in China, Singapore and Hong Kong.

This marks the first year that four of the top 10 are universities located in China.

The QS Asia University Rankings 2020, which are put together by London based QS Quacquarelli Symonds, feature 550 universities, including 68 new entries. The rankings are based on 10 different indicators, including academic and employer reputation.

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UKIBC study reveals top barriers to deeper UK-India HE collaboration - Global Education Times (GET News)

UKIBC study reveals top barriers to deeper UK-India HE collaboration

The United Kingdom’s immigration policy and India’s higher education policy have been found to be the top barriers toward establishing deeper UK-India HE collaboration, a UKIBC study has found.

A report published by the UK-India Business Council (UKIBC) titled Higher Education Collaboration: Futureproofing the UK India Partnership has looked at the benefits that UK Higher Education Institutes (HEIs) gain from India and the barriers that are currently in the way of deeper collaboration.

The report draws from an initial survey of 67 higher education institutions across the UK.

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Political climate impacting international student perception of US - Global Education Times (GET News)

Political climate impacting international student perception of US

A report by World Education Services has suggested that the political climate in the US might be having an adverse effect on the international student perception of the country.

With the current political climate in the US projecting negativity about immigrants and other internationals – in particular President Trump’s pledge to build a border to Mexico and introduction of a travel ban – many are questioning whether the US is welcoming to people of international origin.

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Indian student numbers in UK up by 63% - Global Education Times (GET News)

Indian student numbers in UK up 63%

There has been a 63% year-on-year increase in Indian student numbers in the UK, according to a statement from the British High Commission in New Delhi.

The latest UK Immigration Statistics published this month (28th November 2019) show that over 30,000 Indian students received a Tier 4 (study) visa for the year ending September 2019. This is an increase from almost 19,000 in the previous year.

The 63% increase that the UK has seen has been described as “remarkable” in a statement from the British High Commission in New Delhi given that it is four times as fast as the global rate.

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Sweden approves 6 months extra on visa for international students - Global Education Times (GET News)

Sweden approves 6 months extra on visa for international students

International students and researchers in Sweden will from 1 January 2020 be able to stay in Sweden for up to a year after graduating to look for jobs.

The current permit rules have allowed students who want to stay in Sweden after their course finishes to apply for a residence permit for up to six additional months, providing they fulfil certain criteria.

The approval of new rules around international student residence permits by Sweden’s government at the end of last week will extend the time for up to a year if the students want to look for work or set up their own business in Sweden.

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EXCLUSIVE: CHE to make Israel a top study abroad destination - Global Education Times (GET News)

EXCLUSIVE: CHE to make Israel a top study abroad destination

In an exclusive interview with Global Education Times, the Israel Council for Higher Education has underlined its commitment to making Israel a top study abroad destination.

Professor Yaffa Zilbershats, Chair of the Planning and Budgeting Committee at the Israel Council for Higher Education (CHE), told GET News about the council’s intention to turn Israel into a destination for international students.

Earlier this month, Global Education Times reported the CHE’s intent is to double foreign student numbers from 12,000 (current) to 24,000 as part of its Study in Israel initiative.

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