NZ government granted emergency powers over education sector due to Coronavirus - Global Education Times (GET News)

NZ government granted emergency powers over education sector due to Coronavirus

The NZ government has been granted stronger emergency powers over the country’s education institutions to help limit the spread of Coronavirus.

The Parliament of New Zealand has passed the COVID-19 Response Legislation Bill which amends the Education Act 1989 and gives the Secretary for Education the authority to issue binding instructions to New Zealand education providers.

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FutureLearn and LSHTM offer free online Coronavirus course - Global Education Times (GET News)

FutureLearn and LSHTM offer free online Coronavirus course

FutureLearn and London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine (LSHTM) have partnered to launch a course to spread awareness about Coronavirus.

In an effort to spread awareness about the pandemic, FutureLearn and London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine have collaborated to launch a free online course – COVID-19: Tackling the Novel Coronavirus.

The course focuses on the outbreak of Covid-19 and what is known about the outbreak till date.

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Languages Canada warns sector “being decimated” by Coronavirus - Global Education Times (GET News)

Languages Canada warns sector “being decimated” by Coronavirus

The damage caused by the Coronavirus outbreak has put multiple language schools and SMEs facing the risk of closure, Languages Canada has warned.

Languages Canada, the accreditation body for English and French language Education in Canada, represents around 200 member institutions in 180 study locations all over the country.

As a result of the Coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic, Languages Canada believes that Canada’s language education sector is “being decimated”.

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Coronavirus: China postpones Gaokao exam to July 2020 - Global Education Times (GET News)

Coronavirus: China postpones Gaokao exam to July

China has postponed its Gaokao university entrance examination by a month to July as it battles the Coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic.

The Gaokao exam, also known as the National College Entrance Examination (NCEE), which is held every year from 7 to 8 June, has been postponed to 7 to 8 July, as China battles the Coronavirus outbreak.

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NZ student visa applications drop 31% - Global Education Times (GET News)

NZ student visa applications drop 31%

The latest New Zealand immigration statistics have revealed a pronounced 31% drop in student visa applications from foreign students looking to study in NZ.

In 2019-20, there were 77,045 applications for student visas, which was a 31% drop from 2018-19’s 111,809 applications.

These numbers mean that the financial year of 2019-20 in NZ saw the lowest number of student visa applications for over 10 years.

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Online learning platform Preply raises $10 million funding to pursue expansion - Global Education Times (GET News)

Online learning platform Preply raises $10 million funding

Online learning platform Preply has announced that it has raised an extra $10 million in funding to finance its expansion, doubling its previous fundraising total.

Preply plans to invest the $10 million funding into: the growth of its network of 10,000 tutors; scaling its marketplace; introducing new tools, assessment and homework functions; and developing their mobile applications.

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UAE flying home all citizens who are students abroad - Global Education Times (GET News)

UAE flying home all citizens who are students abroad

The United Arab Emirates (UAE) has announced that it is flying home all of its citizens who are students currently studying abroad with immediate effect due to the global Coronavirus outbreak.

According to The National, this week, UAE authorities stated that they will repatriate all of their citizens who are students abroad within 48 hours.

This comes as the next step in the worldwide tightening of travel restrictions, as part of global attempts to limit the spread of the virus.

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Estonia offers digital education solutions for free to help Coronavirus fight - Global Education Times (GET News)

Estonia offers digital education solutions for free to help Coronavirus fight

In the wake of the Coronavirus crisis, Estonia has offered to support the educational systems of other countries with digital education services delivered at no cost.

Startup Estonia along with the Ministry of Education and Research and a few other entities have collaborated to roll out a new initiative which will allow other countries access to their digital education tools.

This step has been taken by the government of Estonia as most countries are facing school closures due to the Coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic.

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