How the National University of Singapore has adapted for the pandemic

Tan Eng Chye, president of the National University of Singapore, told CNBC that he does not foresee any return to pre-coronavirus learning. 

“No I do not see things going to (a) pre-Covid-19 period,” Tan told CNBC’s “Squawk Box Asia” Monday, as he explained the university’s three-pronged approach to prevent outbreaks of the coronavirus on its campuses. 

“Containment” was the first of these strategies, dividing the university’s three campuses into five self-contained zones. Staff and students must stay within their designated zone. 

“Decongestion” is the second of the NUS’s strategies — using a hybrid of physical in-person and virtual learning to minimize the density of people on its campuses, along with a “business continuity plan” for working at the university. Tan said this had reduced the number of people on site to no more than three-fifths of total capacity. 

Thirdly, the university has implemented contact tracing and sensing, with a customized

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U.S. Universities Received Billions in Unreported Foreign Funds, Education Department Finds, Warning of ‘National Security Risk’

The Department of Education on Tuesday warned that funding from foreign adversaries at U.S. universities could pose a risk to national security in a report detailing its year-long investigation that found a number of universities had not appropriately reported funding received from entities in China, Qatar, and Russia.

The department found that “many large and well-resourced institutions of higher education have aggressively pursued and accepted foreign money,” while failing to properly report the funding.

“The Department’s investigations highlight the fact that foreign adversaries are likely targeting specific institutions for their R&D and technologies. This information highlights the critical national and economic security risks created by institutions’ failure to be fully transparent with respect to foreign gifts and contracts,” the 34-page report warned. 

The agency says foreign state and non-state actors have, for decades, “devoted significant resources to influence or control teaching and research, to the theft of intellectual property or

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Milwaukee Area Colleges Commit to National “Moon Shot for Equity”

EAB launches initiative to erase equity gaps in college completion for underserved student populations

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Washington, DC, Oct. 21, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Education firm EAB today announced the launch of “Moon Shot for Equity,” an initiative that aims to close equity gaps within regional cohorts of two- and four-year colleges and universities by 2030. Participating institutions will work together and with EAB to help more underrepresented students of color and other historically underserved populations graduate from college. The first regional consortium of institutions to commit to Moon Shot for Equity includes the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, Milwaukee Area Technical College, Carthage College, and University of Wisconsin-Parkside. The four schools announced their commitment to the project in a joint statement earlier today.

“NASA’s original moon shot proved that Americans can overcome nearly any obstacle if we fully commit ourselves and work together

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Feds say US colleges ‘massively’ underreport foreign funding | National News

The report did not identify which universities were connected to those entities. Since coming under federal scrutiny, the 12 schools disclosed a combined $6.5 billion in foreign funding that was previously unreported, the department said.

The Association of American Universities, which represents research universities, said the report is “less a serious security assessment than it is a partisan and politically driven attack on America’s leading research universities.”

“While the Department of Education purports to be concerned about threats, it has consistently failed to respond to repeated requests for clarity, transparency, and guidelines,” the group said in a statement.

Some universities had previously acknowledged errors in reporting and sought to correct them. Yale said it failed to submit foreign funding reports for the years 2014 to 2017 but later corrected the omission.

The department said its review is ongoing and that it is still gathering information from universities.

In announcing the

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Education Department warns about ‘national security risks’ posed by Chinese funding on campus

The Department of Education released a new report on Tuesday with details on its wide-ranging investigation into foreign funding on campus, including specific warnings that U.S. university partnerships with foreign adversaries, most notably China, could pose a risk to national security.

“American higher education is a critical human and technological strategic resource. The intellectual dynamism created by our nation’s historic commitment to academic freedom, free inquiry, and free speech on campus has substantially contributed to America’s economic and national security,” the 34-page report from the Education Department’s office of general counsel noted. “Accordingly, for decades, foreign state and non-state actors have devoted significant resources to influence or control teaching and research, to the theft of intellectual property or even espionage, and to the use of American campuses as centers for propaganda operations and other projections of soft power.”

The agency argued that “under Secretary Betsy DeVos’ leadership, the Department

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Illinois community colleges see big drop in enrollment amid the coronavirus pandemic, reflecting national declines in higher education

Enrollment at Illinois community colleges plunged nearly 14% this fall, an indication that low-income and older students who typically favor the institutions might be struggling to pursue higher education because of the coronavirus pandemic.

a large brick building with grass in front of a house: Enrollment at Oakton Community College, whose Skokie campus is shown here, dropped this fall by about 12.4% to 7,079 students.

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Enrollment at Oakton Community College, whose Skokie campus is shown here, dropped this fall by about 12.4% to 7,079 students.

All but three of the state’s 48 community colleges saw substantial headcount declines, according to initial data from the Illinois Community College Board. Compared to last year, about 37,200 fewer students enrolled in for-credit classes this fall. Some of the biggest drops were among students over age 30 and in career-track courses such as nursing, construction and welding.


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The preliminary data, collected in an online survey at the end of class registration, mirrors national trends. The latest analysis by the National Student Clearinghouse Research Center shows community

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Ohio can help end the Electoral College by joining National Popular Vote compact

As a system designed for the country’s government as it existed in the 18th century, the Electoral College has become an antiquated and ineffective means of ensuring democracy. Using the “winner takes all” approach in 48 out of 50 states has created a severe discrepancy between the popular vote and the outcome of the presidential election. Additionally, each state being granted a minimum of three electoral votes, regardless of its size, further contributes to unequal representation and influence among voters.

As a sophomore at Kent State University, I have been researching the Electoral College and am convinced that it is no longer a suitable structure for our government. I believe the most feasible solution to this issue is the states’ adoption of the National Popular Vote Interstate Compact (NPVIC), which ensures that the presidency will be granted to the candidate who has received the greatest percentage

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NSW National Parks and Wildlife deploy drones in post-bushfire recovery

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Following the devastating Black Summer bushfires, New South Wales National Parks and Wildlife has been using drones to assist with post-fire recovery.

Speaking as part of the digital DroneDeploy Conference this week, NSW National Parks and Wildlife chief remote pilot Gareth Pickford explained that using drones to assist various stakeholders within the NSW government to assess the damage caused by bushfires last summer is a cost-effective and efficient way to collect data.

“The types of data that we actually were planning on getting out in the field was around fire severity areas that were affected by fires, not just in local parks that are open to tourism, but also wilderness areas, which are natural habitats to certain species that may have been affected by fire,” he said.

“We wanted to understand how much they were going to be affected by the fire, and its post-effects.”

Some of the

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New National Biotech Training Programs to Support Youth Employment

BioTalent Canada launched its new national online training program: “Essential Skills Fundamentals for the Canadian bio-economy” today. The training program has been developed to address skills gaps identified by both post-secondary institutions and Canada’s fastest-growing bio-economy employers.

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The courses will be available to hundreds of students and employer participants from BioTalent Canada’s Student Work Placement Program (SWPP) and other wage subsidy programs in both English and French online. The courses were funded in part by the Government of Canada’s Adult Learning, Literacy and Essential Skills Program.

Bio-economy employers have long identified an essential skills and knowledge gap in new bio-economy employees, as discussed in BioTalent Canada’s most recent Labour Market Information research brief “The Talent Differential: The case for work-integrated learning in the bio-economy.”

“As the Canadian biosciences sector continues its rapid growth, it’s imperative that the workforce—and new

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Education system | Finnish National Agency for Education

The Finnish education system

The Finnish education system consists of

  • early childhood education and care
  • pre-primary education
  • basic education
  • general upper secondary education
  • vocational education 
  • higher education
  • adult education

Compulsory schooling consists of one-year pre-primary education for 6-year-olds and nine-year basic education for children aged 7-16.

Post-compulsory education consists of three-year general and vocational upper secondary education and training.  General upper secondary lead to matriculation examination and vocational to vocational qualification. 

Higher education system in Finland

The Finnish higher education system comprises universities and universities of applied sciences. Universities engage both in education and research and have the right to award doctorates. Universities of applied sciences are multi-field institutions of professional higher education. Universities of applied sciences engage in applied research and development.

First and second cycle higher education studies are measured in credits. Study courses are quantified according to the work load required. One year of full-time study is

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