Google invests $30m in language-learning platform Duolingo - Global Education Times (GET News)

Google invests $30m in language-learning platform Duolingo

Language-learning platform Duolingo has received a $30 million investment from Google Capital G, putting its market value at approximately $1.5 billion.

Duolingo is one of the world’s most downloaded education apps, with 30 million monthly active learners.

The company’s founder claims the app’s mission is to make education ‘accessible’ to all, and Duolingo’s website states ‘we believe true equality is when spending more can’t buy you a better education’.

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Why access to education matters for refugees - Global Education Times (GET News)

Why access to education matters for refugees

The Second World War and its aftermath – when millions of people were displaced and unable to return to their homeland – prompted an international response, leading to the formation of the agencies and laws in place today to protect and assist refugees.

Refugees now technically have the protection of the 1951 Refugee Convention and the 1968 Protocol Relating to the Status of Refugees. But has the situation really improved?

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NEOMA Business School partners with EdTech France - Global Education Times (GET News)

NEOMA Business School partners with EdTech France

NEOMA Business School has formalised a partnership with the professional association EdTech France to jointly drive innovation of educational technologies.

NEOMA believes this partnership will strengthen its mission to provide quality education and specialised training to its students.

It is hoped that the partnership between NEOMA and EdTech France will allow them to reflect on various innovative educational technologies to better learning experiences for students.

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UK students EU’s least language proficient by over a half - Global Education Times (GET News)

UK students EU’s least language proficient by over a half

A report has found UK students to be the least language proficient in the EU with only 32% able to read and write in other languages.

An illuminating Higher Education Policy Institute (HEPI) report, undertaken by third year University of Oxford Classics undergraduate Megan Bowler, has revealed that the UK has the EU’s least language-proficient students by over a half.

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La Trobe joins SGroup universities network - Global Education Times (GET News)

La Trobe joins SGroup universities network

Australia’s La Trobe University has joined the SGroup network of universities, with its membership coming into effect this month.

By joining the network, La Trobe becomes the first university from Australia to become an SGroup member.

La Trobe University’s statement said it ‘looked forward to collaborating with other SGroup members to advance La Trobe’s international links in academic research, strategic partnerships and exchange programs for students and staff’.

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New Estonia bill seeks to curtail foreign students rights - Global Education Times (GET News)

New Estonia bill seeks to curtail foreign students rights

The Interior Ministry of Estonia is looking to curtail employment and temporary resident permit rights for foreign students coming from third countries.

The Estonian government has suggested ‘labour migration’ concerns have pushed the state to make amendments in the Aliens Act for foreign students, resulting in harsh steps against non-EU students.

The proposed restrictions include capping the weekly working rights at 16 hours, eliminating state subsidies, and limiting foreign students from bringing their families to Estonia.

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International students in Australia’s Northern Territory up 62% since 2016 - Global Education Times (GET News)

International students in Australia’s Northern Territory up 62% since 2016

The number of international students in the Northern Territory has increased by 62% in 3 years, the Australian territory’s Chief Minister Michael Gunner has stated.

Chief Minister Gunner noted that international students and the education sector remain a key area of focus for the territory’s government, and recognised the role it plays in contributing to the economy and creating jobs in the region.

At the end of 2019, there are 3300 international students in the Northern Territory. This constituted an increase of 1270 students since 2016’s figure of 2030, a growth of 62 per cent.

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India launches Study in Gujarat initiative - Global Education Times (GET News)

India launches Study in Gujarat initiative

The education department of Gujarat state in India has launched a Study in Gujarat initiative to attract more international students to the state in order to increase cultural and regional diversity on campuses in the region.

To showcase Gujarat as the educational hub of India for international students, and to increase on-campus diversity, the Study in Gujarat initiative has been launched by the state formerly led by current Prime Minister of India Narendra Modi.

The government is also hoping to bring down the large number of vacant seats in Gujarat through this campaign.

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