University rankings and education – Daily Times

Whenever international bodies release higher education institutions’ rankings, one has to struggle to find the names of Pakistani universities among the top 100 or 500 varsities. A few known universities of the country, however, have been appearing on the lists every year, giving a breath of sigh to those who are concerned with the quality of education. The recently released list of top 650 QS (Quacquarelli Symonds) Asia University ranking for 2021 has 40 universities on it, and of them the National University of Science and Technology (NUST) has secured a spot among the top 100 one. The 100-300 list, however, has the Quaid-i-Azam University, Lahore University of Management Sciences, COMSAT University of Islamabad, University of Engineering and Technology of Lahore, Pakistan Institute of Engineering and Applied Sciences, University of the Punjab, University of Peshawar, Aga Khan University, University of Agriculture Faisalabad and University of Karachi. Overall, 40 Pakistani universities

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McCallum Theatre Education offers high-quality virtual programming for students

Yellow school buses no longer line up outside the McCallum Theatre to offload hundreds of students eager to experience high-quality dance, music and theater. But in true theater tradition, the show must go on.

a group of people on a stage: A scene from the video performance of "The Planets," a virtual event produced by McCallum Theatre Education.

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A scene from the video performance of “The Planets,” a virtual event produced by McCallum Theatre Education.

Vice President of Education at McCallum Theatre, Kajsa Thuresson-Frary, said: “Facing the restrictions of the pandemic has motivated us to creatively continue our mission of making the arts available and accessible to the youth in the area. We want to move students into creative problem-solving and self-expression through the Aesthetic Education Program.” She credits the long-term relationships with 25 school program partners for the ability to deliver the virtual instruction that will reach 91 classrooms before the holidays and many more thereafter.


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We need a college leader as secretary of education

a person standing in front of a crowd: We need a college leader as secretary of education

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We need a college leader as secretary of education

Of the last six U.S. secretaries of education, three rose up from K-12 systems, and three had little or no background in education. The last higher education leader in the role was Lamar Alexander, former president of the University of Tennessee, whom George H.W. Bush appointed in the early 1990s.

President-elect Biden has promised he’ll appoint a former schoolteacher to the post, and all the names under speculation come from K-12. But why not a college teacher?

While many people assume that the Department of Education focuses foremost on K-12 schools, annual federal spending on higher education (about $75 billion) nearly equals that spent on K-12 (about $79 billion). What’s more, several of our biggest national debates center on the federal role in higher education. With student loan debt exceeding $1.5 trillion, many Americans are questioning the value

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Overseas aid budget for education cut by a quarter this year, data shows | Aid

The overseas aid budget for education was slashed by more than a quarter by the government this year, even before this week’s further axing of a third of aid spending, according to analysis seen by the Guardian.

As anger met the government’s announcement this week, it was revealed that it has already reneged on the Tory manifesto pledge by cutting primary and secondary education funding as part of £2.9bn of cuts made by Dominic Raab in July. On Wednesday in parliament, while announcing he would seek to legally cut the aid budget from 0.7% to 0.5% of gross national income, Raab reiterated a promise to prioritise girls’ education, which was immediately dismissed as “empty rhetoric” by the shadow international secretary.

Labour MP Preet Gill said data analysis showed the government had now broken not one, but two manifesto commitments. Save the Children, whose researchers did the analysis, said the government’s

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Support the DMN Education Lab and support a better future for our kids

Here on the editorial board, we work separately from our colleagues in news.

But like every reader of this newspaper, we rely deeply on the reporting work they do to keep us informed and able to draw the best conclusions about our cities, our region and so much more.

That’s why we are thrilled to see an important new development for our newsroom come into full bloom.

We are talking about The Dallas Morning News Education Lab, a community-funded journalism initiative that has quickly expanded coverage of what might be the most important question any community faces — how we educate our children.

We are so grateful to the community-minded people and groups that have stepped forward to support this critical work: The Communities Foundation of Texas, The Meadows Foundation, The Dallas Foundation, Southern Methodist University, Todd A. Williams Family Foundation, the Beck Group, Bobby and Lottye Lyle, and the

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Tammy Bruce: An entire generation is being conned out of a real education

 An entire generation is being conned out of a real education, and “unscrupulous” and “greedy” teachers’ unions are to blame, Fox Nation host Tammy Bruce said Tuesday.

 “The Ingraham Angle” guest host began her monologue by highlighting the ongoing struggles that accompany remote learning, a method she claimed is being promoted by teachers unions “hell-bent on using the pandemic to their advantage.”

Bruce’s comments come after teachers’ unions across America called for a halt to in-person learning last week as coronavirus cases continue to climb. 

Although some state governments have relaxed health restrictions, allowing schools to reopen their doors with precautionary measures in place, the success of virtual learning amidst the pandemic has been a mixed bag. 


“Schools all over our country are still shut down and kids have been forced into online learning — and the cost has 

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Government committed to ensure education under ‘New Normal’ conditions

Mass Media Minister Keheliya Rambukwella yesterday stated that the government is committed to continue education even during the pandemic since it is a basic right of the children.

“There is uncertainty surrounding almost every aspect of the COVID-19 crisis. But taking it as a challenge, the Education Ministry in collaboration with relevant other authorities including health and transport has taken measures to ensure a safe education background for the children,” he said.

The Minister made this observation at a special media briefing held online at the Government Information Department.

Deputy Director General of Health Services, Consultant Community Physician Dr.Susie Perera yesterday stated that the preparations made to follow the health guidelines to prevent the spread of COVID-19 virus in schools are at a very satisfactory level.

Dr. Perera further stated that the risk of developing COVID clusters linked to schools is very low. She also said that and that there

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Shanghai Normal University Establishes Digital Humanities Research Center to Promote Chinese DH Research and Education – Press Release

On November 23, 2020, the International Summit Forum on Digital Humanities and the Opening Ceremony of Digital Humanities Research Center of Shanghai Normal University (SHNUDH) was held in Xuhui campus of Shanghai Normal University. Dozens of experts and scholars from Harvard, UCL, Academia Sinica, PKU and other well-known universities, research and cultural institutions were invited to attend the meeting.


After a brief and warm opening ceremony, the scholars conducted in-depth exchanges on giving full play to the advantages of Humanities in the digital age, responding to the major concerns of the times and society, and enabling the humanities and social sciences to combine the latest progress in the frontier fields of digital technology, methods and artificial intelligence, and realizing the deep integration and collaborative innovation of science and technology and humanities and social sciences. Scholars also discussed on their research theories and methods, history and current situation, development direction of

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Times Higher Education Awards: University of Glasgow named University of the Year.

The University of Glasgow has been named Times Higher Education University of the Year, it has been announced.

Glasgow’s work to redress its historic links to slavery through a significant programme of reparative justice helped it to secure the prestigious at the Times Higher Education (THE) Awards 2020.

The awards shine a spotlight on the exceptional achievements of individuals, teams and institutions working in Higher Education.

The judges hailed Glasgow as a “hugely deserving” University of the Year.

“At a time when universities are too often on the back foot in public debates about value and relevance, Glasgow stood out as a shining example of what a university should be: institutions of courage and action, uniquely placed to tackle the biggest issues facing the world,” they said.

“By taking a moral position and leading the way in facing up to the legacy of slavery and making amends, it has set

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China wields patriotic education to tame Hong Kong’s rebellious youth | Nation

FILE PHOTO: A flag is seen amidst the rain during a rally at Edinburgh Place in Hong Kong

A flag is seen amidst the rain during a rally at Edinburgh Place in Hong Kong on Dec. 29, 2019. REUTERS/Navesh Chitrakar/File Photo

HONG KONG — Cua Chiu-fai is on a mission to rid Hong Kong’s classrooms of what he sees as poisonous anti-China bias. His soldiers: mainly parents. He has recruited hundreds of mothers and fathers to monitor and report on teachers deemed guilty of filling their students with hate for China and urging them to take to the streets in protest.

Using his YouTube channel, which has 114,000 subscribers, Cua says he has enlisted parents and other volunteers as part of an initiative called “Help Our Next Generation.” In a video posted in late October, he talks about seeing pictures of “people who looked like teachers” directing young students to pick up bricks during the demonstrations that roiled Hong Kong last year. These teachers need to

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