Private higher education institutions exempted from running exams in states under conditional MCO, says ministry

PETALING JAYA: Private higher education institutions have been exempted by the Higher Education Ministry to run exams during the conditional movement control order (MCO).

The exemptions are for exams conducted by external examination providers or international exams during the conditional MCO period, according to the schedule that has been set, the ministry said.

“This decision involves a total of 3,031 local students and 195 international students in four states that’s under the conditional MCO.

“Students must get a letter of confirmation from their respective institutions,” the ministry said in a statement on Wednesday (Oct 14).

Exams under three categories are involved in the exemption.

The first group are students undertaking the A-Levels, Australian Matriculation, Canadian pre-university and the like.

The second are students who have registered to sit for the exam with external exam providers or for international exams, and lastly, students who have registered to sit for the Association

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University watchdog warns over online learning saying it will fine institutions which fail to deliver

 The university watchdog has issued a warning over online learning as it says it will fine institutions which fail to deliver for students.

Nicola Dandridge, chief executive of the Office for Students, said it is “vital” that universities “honour the promises” they made to students when they applied.

She said that the regulator is “actively monitoring” the standard of online degrees, adding that where teaching moves online, universities must ensure that quality remains high.

The watchdog said it will investigate any complaints it receives about the quality of online learning, adding that it has the power to issue fines if it finds that universities have breached their conditions of registration.

Close to a quarter of a million students across the country are now being taught online, according to an analysis by The Telegraph, with Liverpool becoming the latest university to axe all face-to-face classes as cases.

Cases in the city

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Elizabeth City is home to three institutions of higher education ::

This article was written for our sponsor, Visit Elizabeth City.

Elizabeth City is home to not one, but three different institutions of higher education: Elizabeth City State University, the College of the Albemarle, and Mid-Atlantic Christian University. From one-of-a-kind programs to valuable community partnerships, each school is using its strengths to benefit the students and communities in Elizabeth City and beyond. Schools in Elizabeth City have experienced rare growth — and they’re ready for their reputations to start making waves across the region.

“At ECSU, this is our third admission cycle under my leadership, and this year we are 13 percent above where we were last year. To grow in double digits when we’re in a pandemic is significant, and so I’m grateful for the work that the faculty, staff, and alumni have put in,” said Chancellor Karrie G. Dixon, ECSU’s current chancellor. “For

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Alfond Foundation grants $500M to Maine higher ed and research institutions

A prominent Maine philanthropic organization said Tuesday that it is granting more than $500 million to “high-performing” institutions that it said will help build Maine’s future.

The Harold Alfond Foundation said the grants, which range from $5 million to $240 million, will be given to innovative higher education and research organizations that can help create jobs, educate and build skills.

“Our state faces unprecedented challenges,” said Greg Powell, chair of the Harold Alfond Foundation. “In the face of these challenges, we still see a bright, prosperous future for the people of Maine.”

Gov. Janet Mills said the investment will “fuel new opportunities for Maine people and diversify and expand our economy at a critical moment in our state’s history.” The institutions that will receive the grants will support the goals of Maine’s 10-year economic development plan.

The grant recipients are the new Roux Institute at Northeastern University in Portland, the

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Opinion: A chance to rebuild better, if health care, education institutions allow it

John A. Kitzhaber

Kitzhaber was governor of Oregon from 1995 to 2003 and from 2011 to 2015.

From the skybridge at OHSU, in a neighborhood where the median annual income is $42,000 and poverty is less than 15%—you can see neighborhoods six miles away with incomes half the size and the poverty rate twice as big. Between the skybridge and those neighborhoods, poverty and its associated health disparities increase over 2.8% per mile. This “social gradient” exists in cities across our nation and illustrates institutional racism hidden in plain sight.

The Black Lives Movement has powerfully highlighted one important manifestation of social injustice—the issue of police brutality and the need for more transparency and accountability in law enforcement. But the root causes of institutional racism run far deeper; they are embedded in the conditions of injustice that drive the widening disparities in health and income, and in the diminishing economic

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We Surveyed 500 Women, Found 1 in 10 Had Been Sexually Assaulted in Higher Education Institutions

The lack of safety for women in India’s streets flows into its campuses, which fail to be the inclusive and safe spaces they aspire to be, not just for students but also for teachers and staff members.

To address these issues, universities and educational institutions had introduced the Committee Against Sexual Harassment (CASH) or Internal Complaint Committee (ICC) in accordance with Article 21 of the constitution and the law on sexual harassment at the workplace. The primary function of such a committee is to look into cases of sexual harassment, and promote gender sensitivity. The ambit of this committee ideally extends to all students, faculty and staff, residents of, and visitors to, the university. 

The frequency of sexual harassment cases makes it imperative to study and discuss this issue at length. An increase in higher education enrolment of females is not an end in itself. Hostile campus environments might compel

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Do student registration process online, govt urges all higher education institutions

PETALING JAYA: All higher education institutions should carry out their registration processes for the new semester online.

The Higher Education Ministry (MoHE) said this should also include all teaching and learning activities, in light of the recent spike in Covid-19 cases nationwide.

“Therefore, MoHE recommends all higher education institutions to postpone their physical registration of new and old students at the campus,” it said in a statement on Friday (Oct 2).

This follows an earlier announcement by Higher Education Minister Datuk Dr Noraini Ahmad that only students from red zones would not be allowed to register face-to-face at their institutions.

“For students who have been on campus and have begun their academic activities, they can remain on their respective campuses,” it said.

MoHE added that the institutions should postpone all activities involving mass gatherings and to help students who are already on campus.

The ministry also said it has been

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Six UAE higher education institutions lose licences

The Ministry of Education has cancelled the licences of six higher education institutions in the UAE as they failed to meet a host of academic and administrative criteria, according to a report of Arabic daily Al Bayan. Six other institutions were placed under monitoring.

Four new licences for universities and colleges were approved, while another four were rejected, the report added.

Professor Mohammad Yousuf Bani Yas, higher education adviser and director of the Academic Accreditation Commission at the Ministry of Education, said a set of criteria is being implemented in monitoring trust levels in universities in the UAE. They could achieve either ‘high’, ‘medium’, ‘low’ or ‘very low’ trust levels.

Among the factors that affect an institution’s evaluation are how good its academic programmes are; how clear its strategy is; and how much it cares about its students, especially during exams.

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All higher education institutions to move mostly to online teaching

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All higher-level education institutions across the country will be asked to deliver their lectures remotely.

For the next two weeks, face-to-face teaching will be limited to classes such as labs, practicals and tutorials.

‘The next two to three weeks represent a critical juncture. The Higher Education sector has put in place robust plans and protective measures,’ Higher Education Minister Simon Harris said.

a person sitting at a table: All higher-level education institutions across the country will be asked to deliver their lectures remotely. Pic: Getty

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‘However, at the request of the Department of Health, it has been agreed to introduce enhanced protective measures across the country to ensure safe continuation or beginning of the academic term.’

The restrictions were already in place in Co Dublin and include all further level institutions including universities, institutes of technology and colleges of further education.

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UGC asks institutions to share roadmap for full-fledged online education

The university grants commission (UGC) has kicked-off the exercise to open up higher education sector for full-fledged e-learning degrees, to bridge the physical-digital divide in tertiary education.

The regulator has asked institutions and universities to share a roadmap and roll out online degree courses from Jan 2021.

According to UGC, “higher educational institutions having an accreditation score of 3.26 (in a scale of 4) and above or having a rank in top 100 best university category of National Institutional Ranking Framework (NIRF) shall be permitted to start full-fledged online programmes without prior approval.”

Mint has seen a copy of the notification. It says a university must be in the top 100 NIRF list at least twice in three preceding cycles at the time of application.

Earlier in May, government had said that top 100 universities will soon be allowed to offer online degrees.

India’s higher education sector

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