Pandemic Drives Working Americans to Seek Further Education

New survey from Bright Horizons EdAssist Solutions® reveals value of education opportunities, including promoting equity in the workplace

The COVID-19 pandemic ignited a shift in how working Americans view continuing education, according to a new survey commissioned by Bright Horizons EdAssist Solutions® (NYSE: BFAM). The survey revealed the 85% of full and part-time employed Americans feel employers need to rethink their benefits offerings in light of the pandemic.

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What are employees looking for in this current climate? Education opportunities. 78% of working Americans believe the pandemic has increased the need for companies to support their employees with education benefits, including tuition reimbursement for degree and non-degree programs and student loan repayment programs.

What’s more, education benefits are not only driving employee motivation, but they may be a key factor in promoting workplace equality. According to the survey, nearly

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Matrics: Don’t Delay Your Higher Education Applications

With about 30 days left before the start of the 2020 Matric exams, the focus of Grade 12s is now firmly on the final preparation for this important milestone. But they should also take some time to finalise their Higher Education plans for next year, as the clock is ticking on closing dates for applications.

“Matrics cannot wait until they receive their results – currently scheduled for release on February 23 next year – before applying, as this will most likely mean they miss out on a space at their institution and for their qualification of choice as deadlines at many institutions are still in place,” says Peter Kriel, General Manager at The Independent Institute of Education, SA’s largest and most accredited private higher education institution.

“Beyond a later start to the higher education academic year it is still not clear what else higher education will need to do in

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With the Coronavirus, Higher Education Suffers Enormous Losses

On university and college campuses, it’s been a back-to-school season like none other. COVID-19 outbreaks have forced entire residence halls and sports teams to quarantine, and, for some institutions, could prompt a premature end to the semester. Other campuses are ghost towns, as instruction has moved completely online. The pandemic has transformed teaching and learning, how research is conducted⎯the very rhythms of campus life.

The contagion’s impact on international education has been especially acute. With closed borders, shuttered consulates and airline restrictions, study abroad and foreign exchange programs have been canceled, while the United States is all but off-limits for new international students. Some have chosen to take classes online, but many have put off their studies. No other demographic group has experienced such deep enrollment declines this fall, according to preliminary data from the National Student Clearinghouse Research Center, an education policy think tank. Estimates suggest as many as

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Nuffic to close Netherlands Education Support Offices

In an online interview Freddy Weima explained that Nuffic would remain responsible for promoting internationalisation across the education sector in the Netherlands, despite some operational changes.

“In the long term, I still think Nuffic has a bright future ahead”

The organisation previously warned that 2019 proposed funding cuts could threaten internationalisation across the Netherlands and impact its work.

“We have to say goodbye to the Neso Network. Our offices abroad will close from 2021,” Weima said, beginning with offices in Turkey, Russia, Brazil, Mexico and China.

“It’s a political decision, and we can only respect it. We obviously think it’s a shame and hope we can find other ways of continuing educational cooperation in some countries.”

Funding for the Holland Alumni Network will end after 2021, but Nuffic “hopes there’s potential for some sort of relaunch, because it would be a real shame if the network was lost”, Weima added.

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S&T alum gives single largest donation in history of Missouri higher education

In the largest single gift in the history of Missouri higher education, St. Louis businessman Fred Kummer and his wife June have donated $300 million to a foundation that will support Missouri University of Science and Technology in Rolla. 

Fred Kummer, 91, graduated from Missouri S&T in 1955 with a degree in civil engineering. He went on to be the founder and chairman of St. Louis-based HBE Corp., which he established in 1960 and built into the world’s leading design-build firm for health care, a Monday news release said. 

He and his wife have been major donors to Missouri S&T for decades, the university said. 

“I owe much of my success to the education I received at Rolla,” Fred Kummer said. “My Rolla experience taught me how to think, how to work hard and how to manage my own career. June and I believe in the mission of this great

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National Tertiary Education Union concerned university course fee hike could lead to more job cuts at La Trobe University | Bendigo Advertiser

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CHANGES to university course fees will disadvantage students and lead to more higher education redundancies, a regional union president says. The federal parliament last week passed a higher education bill, which was expected to more than double the cost of humanities degrees, and increase the cost of law and commerce courses. Degrees like nursing and engineering were expected to drop in cost under the changes. National Tertiary Education Union La Trobe branch president Virginia Mansell Lees said the increased costs to humanities degrees would disadvantage students who came from regional and low-socioeconomic backgrounds, as well as those who entered university later in life. Read more news: “It really just casts university education down in a way that is unnecessary,” she said. “This plan is really shortsighted. “We don’t want people to feel like they have been left behind because

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Report argues for student focused approach to improving higher education outcomes

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How Colleges Can Use a Purple Team to Improve Cyber Resilience

 A New Mindset Improving Higher Education Cybersecurity

In higher education, effective purple teaming may require a new mindset — and a cultural shift among IT stakeholders.

“If you look at higher ed, there are clearly many internal factions and adversarial dynamics. It may be IT versus security, or there may be departmental politics,” says Will Ash, senior director of U.S. public sector security at Cisco. “Purple teams introduce a culture with a more constant flow of information, with teamwork between these different factions.”

For that to happen, senior leadership must set the tone. The provost, dean and CISO should make clear that security is inherently a collaborative effort. “All the teams need to focus on the higher purpose. They need to understand that the overall goal is to improve the organization’s cybersecurity posture,” Ash says. “Having a purple team in place can help put the collective focus on that goal.”

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‘Dual-circulation’ to create jobs across sectors

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More job opportunities are inevitable in the wake of China’s new “dual-circulation” development pattern. For, the said pattern underlines that internal economic circulation will be the mainstay of economic growth from now on even as the domestic and external markets will complement each other.

When we talk of job opportunities, we pay more attention to the number of jobs than other related aspects. But, that won’t be enough as everyone’s knowledge and abilities are different, a fact that creates demand for jobs relevant to such knowledge and skills.

Chinese people’s yearning for a better life encompasses a desire for fulfillment through relevant jobs that can harness their talent, make full use of their knowledge and skills, and actualize their full potential.

With the development of the economy and education, the level of illiteracy among the working Chinese population has dropped to record lows, which is

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