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Traditional and creative people work together

s part of the project "CTCC - Creative Traditional Companies Cooperation", from 21 to 23 January 2019 lectures and workshops were held for companies in the creative sector (design, architecture, game design, software, ...) and the Blue / Green Economy (sustainable Energy industry, maritime industry, maritime tourism, ...).After three previous events in Klaipeda, Szczecin and Karlsham this was the first project event in Germany.Above all, it gave regional traditional and creative companies the opportunity to network better with one another and with international companies and thus jointly develop new creative solutions. The event is being organized by the European Project Center of the Faculty of Business and Economics at the University of Wismar together with the two Rostock partners Season of Creativity eV and the ATI erc. organized gGmbH.

Informational open seminar “Doctoral (PhD) Studies 2019”

Informational open seminar for everyone interested in PhD studies at Kaunas University of Technology will take place on 21 February 2019, at 3 p.m., KTU Santaka Valley (K.Baršausko g. 59, A228).Topics covered:– Research areas and doctoral programmes– Application procedure, important dates and deadlines– Scholarships, mobility and funding opportunities– Discussions with coffee&cookies;Link : https://en.ktu.edu/events/informational-open-seminar-doctoral-phd-studies-2019/

Scientists from VŠB - Technical University of Ostrava are developing a monitoring device for greater safety of firefighters and paramedics.

Monitoring system for measurement, archiving and online evaluation of temperatures affecting firefighters is still missing on the market. "The SAM system – “Safety Ambient Monitor" is primarily intended for firefighters, mining rescue workers and possibly special army forces," says Professor Petr Novák from the Department of Robotics and adds: "We have designed a monitoring device that can measure the outside temperature impacting protective clothing, relative humidity and temperature under the protective clothing and other parameters to which rescuers are exposed. Such device is not on the market yet.” More information about the SAM unit, including a promotional video can be found on the website http://robot.vsb.cz/sam/index.php  Link:- https://www.vsb.cz/en/news-detail/?reportId=28945&linkBack=/en/university/news/index.html

University Representatives in Tel-Aviv

The Dean of International Relations and Study Centre Prof. Ingrida Januleviciene, Dean of Post graduation Centre Dr. Juozas Kupcinskas, International Programme Coordinators Ingrida Inciuriene ir Ruta Antanaitiene had visited Tel-Aviv in January, 2019.  The LSMU representatives took part in the Study Fair arranged by the agency M.D. International. Professor I. Januleviciene made the comprehensive presentation about the University, study possibilities, learning facilities and research activities, as well as the specifics of problem based learning and student exchange programme ERASMUS+.  Link: http://www.lsmuni.lt/en/front/news-and-events/university-representatives-in-tel-aviv.html  

The University of Ostrava as a part of the World Para Ice Hockey Championship

The world's best para ice hockey will be seen in Ostrava in April and May. Eight elite teams of the world group will compete for the world champion title. The University of Ostrava is taking care of the educational activities that will precede the tournament. “In the recent years, Ostrava has become the city where the most prestigious sports tournaments take place. We are glad that we can support the elite world championship for para hockey players. The world championship can be an inspiration for the disabled people and also a guide on how to spend their free time actively and meaningfully. We have a long-term and systematic support of the disabled citizens through the donations to organizations which help these citizens,” said Mayor of the City of Ostrava Tomáš Macura.   Link :- https://www.osu.eu/23236/the-university-of-ostrava-as-a-part-of-the-world-para-ice-hockey-championship/  

Record numbers from China and Hong Kong applying to study in UK

Record numbers of students from China and Hong Kong are applying for places at British universities, overtaking the number of applicants from Wales, according to official figures. Data from the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (Ucas) shows a spike in demand for undergraduate places from mainland China and a small rise in applications from the EU, despite fears over Brexit. The figures taken from Ucas’s January deadline, when the bulk of undergraduate applications are made, show a 1% decline in UK applicants, but a 9% surge from international candidates meant the total number of applications went up for the first time in three years. The number of applications from China and Hong Kong rose from more than 17,000 last year to 21,000 this year. In contrast, only 18,850 applications came from Wales, meaning that if those trends are sustained there will soon be more undergraduates from China studying at British universities than from Wales. Last year there were also more than 100,000 postgraduate students from China and Hong Kong at British universities, out of nearly 350,000 full-time postgraduates. Link: https://www.theguardian.com

VMU Chamber Orchestra organizes a charity concert

February 28, Thursday, 7 pm VMU Chamber Orchestra concert to support Kaunas Hospital House will take place in VMU Great Hall (Gimnazijos Str. 7). The whole VMU community is invited to spread the message about this event and to encourage each other, if possible, to contribute to a charitable idea. Link :- https://www.vdu.lt/lt/vdu-kamerinis-orkestras-organizuoja-labdaros-koncerta/  

For Students - BAFF Professional Internship USA Competition

The Baltic-American Freedom Foundation organizes a competition for a professional internship program that provides full coverage and a guaranteed placement in the United States. Students, postgraduate and graduate students from the last year's Bachelor's program are invited to apply. The Professional Internship Program will provide excellent opportunities for professional internships in various US companies, companies, or organizations. Program participants receive scholarships of up to $ 30,000 per year to cover accommodation, insurance, food and transport costs during the internship. More than 100 students and graduates from a wide range of Lithuanian universities have already benefited from this unique opportunity during the eight years of the Baltic-American Freedom Fund. This program is a great opportunity to gain professional experience, expand the circle of acquaintances, get acquainted with the culture and lifestyle of the USA. Applications are accepted until April 2   Link:- https://www.vdu.lt/lt/studentams-baff-profesiniu-stazuociu-jav-konkursas/

BSB LYON OPEN HOUSE FEBRUARY 27: DISCOVER OUR BACHELOR PROGRAM!

You want to join a Grande Ecole de Management after the Bac, to follow a training in marketing-communication, management-law-finance or commercial management?    Come discover our Bachelor Marketing & Business program, TOP 6 Bachelors in France, on the occasion of the Open House of our campus located in the heart of the Confluence district, on: Wednesday, February 20 from 14:00 to 18:00 42 Cours Suchet 69002 LYON    Link : - https://www.bsb-education.com/actualites/item/bsb-lyon-portes-ouvertes-27-fevrier-venez-decouvrir-notre-programme-bachelor-marketing-business.html  

The University of Ostrava has acquired the institutional accreditation

As only the 6th university in the Czech Republic the University of Ostrava has acquired the so called “institutional accreditation” which confirmes its quality and it gives the university considerable freedom. It has succeeded in seven areas of education, by which it has covered majority of its study programmes.    The university was preparing for two years for the whole process. It was needed to adjust most of the current university international regulations and to accept few new, to establish the Board of internal evaluation of the University of Ostrava, to set a new system of evaluation of study programmes, to accept its own standards of the study programmes quality and to prepare the specific application for the institutional accreditation.     The new system of accreditation means significant changes for the applicants. From the academic year 2019/2020 the universities will be changing the existing arrangement of study programmes which were divided into study fields and will turn to newly accredited study programmes allowing specialization.   So far only five Czech universities have got the institutional accreditation. The first one was the Charles University in Prague, second Masaryk University in Brno, then Palacky University Olomouc, university in Pardubice and the Technical University of Ostrava.  

Stockholm reporting continued growth in international student numbers.

In 2011, the Swedish government decided to introduce higher education tuition fees for non-European Union/non-European Economic Area students. The number of foreign students in Sweden promptly declined and continued to do so until about 2014, when we first observed a modest recovery. A new report from the Stockholm Academic Forum (STAF) – a peak body made up of local government plus the city’s 18 higher education institutions – provides further evidence of continuing growth since 2014, with foreign student numbers in Stockholm now approaching 2011 levels for the first time since the new tuition policy was introduced. Study Destination Stockholm: Report on International Student Mobility, Stockholm 2017-2018 reports just under 10,000 international students in Stockholm as of the 2017/18 academic year. Those numbers have grown by 5% year-over-year, about 20% in total over the last three years, and are on pace to surpass the previous high point from 2011 sometime this year. Roughly one in four international students in Sweden is studying in Stockholm and so the report also provides an interesting directional indicator as to overall student numbers in the country.  

JUMP2Excel launches Public Lecture Series

The Joint Universal activities for Mediterranean PV integration Excellence (JUMP2Excel)  consortium has successfully organised its first Mentoring week thus launching the JUMP2Excel Public Lecture Series. The first lecture, hosted by The Malta Group of Professional Engineering Institutions (MGPEI), was given by Mentor Antoine Guerin de Montgareuil from The French Alternative Energies and Atomic Energy Commission (CEA). He delved into the highlights on technologies developed at CEA and their potential application on insular territories. Guerin de Montgareuil also met with MCAST Energy researchers, MCAST Institute of Engineering and Transport members, and Maltese Stakeholders and discussed a vast range of topics on Photovoltaics integration. During this mentoring week JUMP2Excel Modular Training on modelling photovoltaic energy production was carried out, together with a presentation of MotherPV method developed by CEA.  

RANKING 2019: ISEP AT THE TOP OF THE PODIUM FOR THE SALARY AFTER GRADUATION!

ISEP was ranked at the top of the podium by L’Etudiant magazine (out of 174 institutions) for the criteria “Making a good living in information technology”. This underlines ISEP’s excellence, the strength of its engineering degree and its proximity to businesses and the professional world.     U-Multirank shows: University of Applied Sciences Europe Iserlohn, Berlin, Hamburg is one of the TOP 10 performers of universities in Germany in the field of business Iserlohn, January 22, 2019 . The highly acclaimed international U-Multirank ranks the business studies offered by the  University of Applied Sciences Europe - Iserlohn, Berlin, Hamburg  as one of the best in Germany. Every year, the Europe-wide university ranking "U-Multirank" appears, in which almost 100 universities can be compared in Germany. The faculties of the University of Applied Sciences Europe ranked among the top ten business schools.

Times Higher Education and Wall Street Journal rank SKEMA's masters highly

SKEMA’s Master in Management ranks 17th out of 30 schools (and third out of the French schools represented) and 11th out of 23 schools for its Master in Finance (first out of four French schools represented).

BEST HOSPITALITY MANAGEMENT SCHOOL IN FRANCE

Vatel Group and its campuses throughout the world have won the “Best Hospitality Management School” award in the 17th Worldwide Hospitality Awards, competing against 42 prestigious international schools.  

The Faculty as an International Space Station, bringing together experts from around the world

INTERVIEW. Since 1 February 2019, the TUL Faculty of Art and Architecture has led Osamu Okamura, who wants to connect his new place of work with the world and with new technologies. The news server Libereckezpravy.cz has asked the new dean several questions. The editor of the server Tomáš Tesa? asks: So the key argument why you wanted to become a FA dean was mainly the history and achievements around the SIAL office? Hundred percent. In the area of architecture, I still regard Liberec as a very interesting research center. It is of course given by the people who have worked and worked here at school. And one of my goals here will be to strengthen this page and to invite top experts not only to architecture and urbanism, but also to modern technology. After all, I consider them another specifics of the local faculty. And at the same time something that really interests me. Read the whole interview at Libereckezpravy.cz   

University rankings: the University of Pisa is among the top one hundred universities in the world in five subjects

The results of the QS World University Rankings by subject 2019 have been published    According to the QS World University Rankings by Subject for 2019, the University of Pisa is among the top one hundred in the world in five subjects, confirming its distinction in the sectors where the University has a long tradition of excellence: from the rankings the University is top in “Classics and Ancient History” (26th place), “Mathematics”, “Physics and Astronomy” and “Computer Science and Information Systems” (all between 51st and 100th). This year the University earned an excellent place for the new subject introduced by QS, “Library and Information Management”, where Pisa gained 50th place in the world.

The National Super computing Center is expanding its infrastructure with NVIDIA technology.

IT4Innovations National Super computing Center VŠB - Technical University of Ostrava today officially launched the NVIDIA DGX-2 computing system. The system is designed to deal with the most demanding tasks of artificial intelligence that achieve peak performance of 2 PetaFLOPs. The ceremony was attended by the President of the Moravian-Silesian Region, prof. Ivo Vondrák, Mayor of the City of Ostrava, Ing. Tomáš Macura and Rector of VSB - Technical University of Ostrava, prof. Václav Snášel.  The IT4Innovations supercomputer family is expanding with the NVIDIA DGX-2, which was supplied by Czech company M Computers. The National Supercomputing Center integrates it into its infrastructure, which is provided by a broad base of users from academic, research and commercial institutions from the Czech Republic and abroad. "Our main mission is to enable Czech scientists to access high-tech technologies. This new system will allow them to keep up with the world in the field of artificial intelligence, which, together with digitization, is considered to be key to the development of society. That's why we decided to buy this unique device, "says Vít Vondrák, director of IT4Innovations.   

Students presented LSMU in France and Finland

The LSMU Ambassador Programme was introduced in 2016 and seeks to involve international students into a voluntary activity aiming at promotion of the LSMU in foreign countries. The information about the ambassadors and their contacts are provided in the LSMU website as well as it is spread during the presentations of the LSMU in various countries. The LSMU Ambassador Programme involves 17 international students from 11 countries. Ambassadors consult by e-mails those who are interested in studies at the LSMU and share their experience of studies and life in Lithuania, participate in the University “Open Days” and international study fairs.  A second-year student Emma Gonzales Mourier presented the LSMU at two schools in France. She shared her impressions of the newly gained experiences, “Thanks to the LSMU Ambassador Programme, I had an opportunity to tell French high school students about the study programmes at the LSMU. While this was an invaluable personal experience for me, it was also a great opportunity for the high school students to learn more about the LSMU and to think about their career choices. This experience boosted my self-confidence and, most importantly, I realized that I could contribute to making the dreams of young and motivated people come true.”  

Germany International Student Statistics 2019

Germany is becoming a very popular study destination standing alongside the US, the UK, Canada and Australia. Consequent to this high attractiveness the country has reached its long-term of welcoming 350,000 international students, by 2020, three years earlier in 2017.    Here are a few statistics :- Free higher education: 35.3% of prospective students would choose Germany because of its free-tuition universities World-class professors: 29.3% of international students value professorship at German universities Countless job opportunities after graduation: 69.2% of international students would prefer to remain in the country and find a good job 374,951 international students were enrolled in German higher education institutions 2,842,225 students were seeking a degree at German universities Foreign students shared 13% of the total number of the student population in Germany The number of international students increased by 4.5% as compared to 358,895 students on the Winter semester 2016/17 Since 2009/2010 the international students’ community has grown by 53% (244,775 to 374,951)  

Education experts from around the globe to meet at an international forum ‘World After University’ in April

On 4th of April, 2019 high-ranking politicians, professors, rectors and the best education experts from all around the globe will look into the most relevant topics that Universities are facing today at the international forum ‘World After University’. At the event, University representatives and guests will analyse the spread of Western university model to other civilizations and their interaction with different structures of worldview and knowledge. Keynote speech will be delivered by Jamil Salmi – former coordinator of the World Bank’s tertiary education program. Mr. Salmi consulted universities and governments of more than 100 countries. Also, you will hear John W. Kao from Univerity of Hong Kong, as well as UNESCO Deputy Director for Education, Stefania Giannini, which is a former Minister of Education. Other experts from England, Scotland and China are due to deliver their remarks. Among other disputable topics, experts and philosophers will discuss universities’ mission in reorienting education and economy in a way that would stimulate creativity. Moreover, the problematic issue on other institutions duplicating universities’ functions will be touched. During the forum, a panel discussion on university’s mission in the 21st century will take place, moderated by dr. Irena Vaišvilait?, who is an Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of Lithuania. Moreover, education professionals will talk about universities’ advantages and will try to define its position as a civilizational phenomenon. Also, some fundamental questions will be covered, such as: do universities are still necessary for public development and state progress? Or how should the university culture change in the modern world?   

Special mention in the Hotusa Group's Talent Match contest for the project presented by EUHT StPOL students

The inter-university competition, which awarded the best ideas to face the challenges of the tourism sector, has highlighted the project presented by the students of the University Degree in Hospitality and Tourism Management of the University Hospitality and Tourism School of Sant Pol de Mar (EUHT StPOL ) entitled EASY by Eurostars. The Talent Match contest , organized by the Hotusa Group, was held on March 29, 30 and 31 in Santiago de Compostela. Didac Barnés, Daniel Ubeda, Sofia Pestana and Nathalie Heljkoop are the students of the Degree in Hospitality and Tourism Management of EUHT StPOL that participated in the final of the Talent Match 2019 competition , which was attended by the best projects presented by the 16 university centers registered. .   The project of the students of EUHT StPOL, entitled EASY by Eurostars, consisted of an application designed for the clients of a resort to facilitate their stay. The jury highlighted the novel proposal of the project's functionalities, adapted to the demands and needs of the client in this type of accommodation and gave it special mention.

INTERNATIONAL INTEGRATED CYCLE: INFORMATION ON INTERVIEWS.

INTERNATIONAL INTEGRATED CYCLE: INFORMATION ON INTERVIEWS. ISEP - April 2, 2019 - sthiebault On Parcoursup, you have finalized your file and confirmed your wish for the International Integrated Cycle of ISEP and you wonder when will your interview take place?  Around the 12th of April, an email will be sent directly by ISEP to:   1 / invite you to choose the date that suits you best, between 17 and 26 April and according to the available places: monitor your messages,  we advise you to choose it quickly!   2 / give you details on the progress of this interview.   If you are classified: you will of course be exempt from maintenance!   Final straight for the competition: good preparation!

France posts 4.5% increase in international enrolment for 2017/18

There are now 343,000 international students enrolled in French higher education, representing a 4.5% increase from 2016/17 to 2017/18, and a second straight year of stronger growth for France’s international enrolment. On pace for a new target News of the latest increase in foreign student numbers dovetails with the French government’s announcement of a new international education strategy last fall, one that established a target to host 500,000 international students by 2027. Achieving this goal relies on France welcoming an average of 5% more foreign students per year through 2027. The new strategy, entitled Bienvenue en France, is now backed by a newly announced €10 million (US$11.4 million) support fund from the French government aimed at improving international student services across French universities. Among other goals, the fund is intended to further expand English-taught programmes (ETPs) at French universities. This is an increasingly popular category of programming across Europe due to the ability of ETPs to boost the attractiveness of a study destination for students in a wider field of sending markets. The number of English-medium degrees in France has grown considerably over the last 15 years, from 286 in 2004 to 1,328 as of fall 2018. Of those, 1,015 are currently taught entirely in English, with most of those programmes offered at the master’s level. At the same time, the fund will also support the development or expansion of French as a foreign language courses for foreign students. The Ministry of Higher Education, Research and Innovation has set aside €5 million of the fund for proposals from French institutions seeking funding for ETP and French language programmes, and also for new initiatives to provide support and integration services for visiting students. The funding round will close on 2 May 2019 and is open only to institutions that are participating in the Bienvenue en France branding programme.  

International Scholar and Student Conference ‘The Balkans In, On the Road or Out of the European Union’

On April 15-16, 2019 the Club of Political Science and the Department of Government Studies organized a two-day international conference ‘The Balkans In, On the Road or Out of the European Union’.During the first day, a group of renowned scholars, practitioners, think-tankers and students participated in a plenary session and two round table discussions on the internal political situation in the Balkan states and its applicability to the political processes in the European Union and on the external players and their role in the Balkans. The second day consisted of two round table sessions where selected students presented their research projects and discussed them with scholars in the field of International Relations, history and European Studies, thus bridging youth enthusiasm and scholar experience. Students were encouraged to publish their research findings. The conference was organized by students’ Club of Political Science, with the leading role of Tihana Toki? (3rd year student BA in International Relations) mentored by Dr. Spasimir Domaradzki (Chair of the Government Studies Department). The Conference was supported financially by the Lazarski Honours Programe, the Faculty of Economics and Management, UACES and PTSE. We thank our donors for the financial support of our initiative.

US visa data shows declining international numbers

The US Department of Homeland Security’s Student and Exchange Visitor Information System (SEVIS) is always an interesting window into international enrolment trends in the US – not least for its ability to provide something close to a real-time snapshot of student numbers.The latest quarterly release of SEVIS data for March 2019 continues a downward trend that we first observed last year. In March 2018, the SEVIS numbers, reflecting active student visa holders at all levels of study in the US, showed a very marginal decrease (-.5%) compared to March 2017. The March 2019 data now reveals a second straight year of declining numbers with a nearly 3% drop in the number of foreign students with active US student visas.There were just under 1,170,000 foreign students in the US as of March 2019 compared to slightly more than 1,200,000 as of March 2018 (a decrease of -2.7% year over year). This reflects enrolment at all levels of study – including language courses, degrees, community college, vocational, and K–12 – as well as those students who have graduated but remain in the US for Optional Practical Training placements.The top 15 sending markets for US institutions and schools account for slightly more than three in four foreign enrolments in the country (76%). The following table looks at the number of student visa holders for each of these leading sending markets as of March 2018 and March 2019.As the table reflects, 14 of the top 15 source markets declined year over year. In most cases, these are marginal decreases, the exceptions being South Korea (which continues its longer-term trend with a drop of nearly -8% this year), Saudi Arabia (which fell off -17% as the teach-out of scholarship students continues), and Iran (where the -9% decline has likely been influenced by the US administration’s travel ban and by rising political tensions between the two countries generally).Brazil stands out as the lone sending market among the top 15 to have increased as of March 2019.  

2019 COMPETITION: THE TEAM READY TO RECEIVE THE FUTURE ACTORS OF CHANGE

It's already late May that back oral admission, a busy time on campus Burgundy School of Business (BSB). For 6 weeks, from May 24 to July 3, nearly 4,000 young people from all over France are welcomed. The start of this intense month will be held on May 22 and 23 with the Cap'Oral Days , two days of preparation offered to which hundreds of oral candidates come to participate. For this, 62 admirers of the Team Admissibles are mobilized to ensure a high quality welcome, which is a hallmark of BSB (best reception eligible in 2015 and 2016, 2nd in 2017 and 2018, according to the site Major Prépa). Instill the values of change It is a question of allowing the candidates to project themselves in their future universe and to live all the facets of a School in which they will be able to give meaning to what they do. The time spent on the campus during admission exams is a preview of the "BSB student experience". Future students will thus be immersed in the "Lead For Change" philosophy - aware of the skills expected of an actor of change in a constantly changing world, with academic and pedagogical content offered to BSB, the values of the School, to his tradition of accompaniment, etc

Pre-admission to undergraduate studies at VMU ZUA is underway

Agricultural Academy of Vytautas Magnus University in 2019 At the time of pre-university admission, students will be admitted to the first cycle (undergraduate) for full-time and part-time studies. Entrants can apply only to places not funded by the state . Requests can be made both earlier and in 2019. Secondary education.  University admission process The documents include the list of VMU pre-admission study programs and the structure of the competition score for those entering VMU in 2019. SUBMISSION OF DOCUMENTS Persons wishing to take part in a competition for a non-state-funded study place at Vytautas Magnus University must complete  an online application  and provide the following documents: An identity document (passport or identity card) ; A maturity certificate and its annexes or other documents attesting to secondary education (if the secondary education was acquired in 2018 and earlier); The completed form of the final grades of the semesters of the subjects , signed by the head of the school (if secondary education is acquired in 2019); Diplomas or certificates attesting to the success of international or national Olympiads and competitions  

The cost of false science.The problem of the so-called "predatory journals" in a study carried out by the Universities of Pisa, Warwick in England and Aalto in Finland

  Italian researchers and professors have spent over 2.5 million dollars to publish articles in predatory journals, that is journals which boast scientific standards they do not respect. The data emerges from a study carried out by Mauro Sylos Labini(photo) from the Department of Political Sciences of the University of Pisa, by Manuel Bagues from the University of Warwickin England and by Natalia Zinovyeva from the University of Aalto in Finland. These three researchers examined the CVs of 46,000 researchers and professors who participated in the first edition of the National Scientific Qualification 2012-13, the first stage in the procedure necessary to become a professor in Italian universities. The results of their analyses have just been published in the monographic edition of “Research Policy” journal, which is devoted to the theme of bad scientific practices.  “A conservative estimate based on our study suggests that in order to publish around 6,000 articles, the researchers surveyed spent more than two and a half million dollars, an average of 440 dollars per article,” says Mauro Sylos Labini. “A part of this figure comes directly from the pockets of the researchers, but a part comes from their public research funds, and it is, however, an estimate which does not take into consideration the cost of attending ‘predatory’ conferences often associated with these publications.”  The study reveals that, overall, more than 2,000 researchers, around 5% of the participants in the National Scientific Qualification, have published in ‘predatory’ journals. The scientific sectors most affected are Economics and Business. However, on the financial side, the misuse of resources appears to be higher in Medicine where some researchers have paid up to 2,500 dollars to publish one article. “The financial cost is actually the classic tip of the iceberg,” concludes Sylos Labini. “The fact that many researchers and professors publish articles in these journals and include them in their CVs shows that there are major problems in the evaluation of research. Our results, in fact, suggest that when this assessment is carried out by inexperienced researchers these articles may even receive a positive evaluation.”   

The University of Ostrava Will Open a New Research Centre for SMART Technologies

The University of Ostrava wants to focus more on the future of SMART technologies. In cooperation with research and non-profit organizations, businesses and public administrations, the University will explore their use in cities and municipalities on a more massive scale. The whole research, sponsored by the Faculty of Science of the University of Ostrava, is a response to the development of innovative technologies and the increasing requirements for their application. “It is without a doubt that modern innovative technologies will continue to be more and more important, whether in the area of company management, or in increasing the quality of life in cities and regions. However, a critical approach and evaluation of their actual usefulness are also required for their application. Therefore, the project is designed to examine the advantages of various innovations for their application,” says the main guarantor of the project, doc. RNDr. Petr Rumpel, Ph.D. of the Department of Human Geography and Regional Development.     

David John Woods, a consultant pharmacist, educator, and researcher from the University of Otago in New Zealand paid a visit to the Faculty of Medicine of Vilnius University

David John Woods, a consultant pharmacist, educator, and researcher with a background in medical informatics, rational drug use, evidence-based practice, pharmaceutical education, and paediatric clinical pharmacy paid a visit to the Faculty of Medicine of Vilnius University from the University of Otago in New Zealand. For two weeks, students in the Pharmacy Programme had the great opportunity to attend a short course in clinical pharmacy that he presented. This was the second time that the tutor had visited Lithuania and the first time he had worked at Vilnius University. He came here at the invitation of Prof Vaiva Hendrixson, the vice-dean for studies at the Faculty of Medicine. The main coordinator of his visit was Indr? Tra?iokien?, lecturer in the Pharmacy Study Programme.    Woods was invited to the Faculty of Medicine as a tutor for a 2-week program for forty 4th-year pharmacy students. The specific area of the subject he presented was clinical pharmacy. It is a relatively new branch of pharmacy in which clinical pharmacists provide direct patient care that optimizes the use of medication and promotes health, wellness, and disease prevention. Clinical pharmacists care for patients in all health settings, but the clinical pharmacy movement initially began inside hospitals and clinics. They often work in collaboration with physicians, nurse practitioners, and other health care professionals. Clinical pharmacists can enter into a formal collaborative practice agreement with other health care providers, generally one or more physicians, that allows the pharmacists to prescribe medications and order laboratory tests.

The enigmas of archaeology? These can now be solved using artificial intelligence.

Artificial intelligence can be used to solve one of the most complicated ‘puzzles’ which have occupied archaeologists since time immemorial, namely recognizing and piecing together thousands of pottery fragments which regularly come to light during excavations. This is the result of ArchAID, a project coordinated by the MAPPA Laboratory of the Department of Civilizations and Forms of Knowledge of the University of Pisa which has led to the development of an innovative App based on the system of automated recognition and neural networks which makes use of technology similar to that used in the investigative field for facial recognition.    The project funded by the European Union under the H2020 programme lasted for three years from 2016 until May 2019, and engaged 35 researchers, IT experts, designers and video makers from nine universities, research centres and firms in 5 different countries (Italy, Germany, Great Britain, Israel and Spain).  The goal of the App from the ArchAIDE project is precisely to solve these problems, as it was developed to be a simple and effective field tool. It will be sufficient to photograph fragments using mobile devices (smartphones or tablets), for them to be recognised and the data shared in real time thus creating an archive which can be used by any researcher, academic or enthusiast wherever they are. 

Any­one can de­ve­lop tech­no­lo­gies – this is how the Finnish school sys­tem pro­motes the maker culture

Technology is what we humans make of it, says Kaiju Kangas, assistant professor of technology education. In Finnish schools, many things are done differently than in other countries. How many devices have you already used just this morning? This is how Kaiju Kangas, assistant professor of technology education at the University of Helsinki, usually provokes people into considering their relationship with technology. So, let's give it a thought: the alarm clock on your phone, the light switch, the coffee maker, browsing the latest headlines and social media entries on your phone, flashing your travel card to the scanner in the tram. Technology has inched its way into our lives without us really even thinking about it, something that Kangas wishes to illustrate with her question. As an expert of technology education, Kangas often gets to envision the future, but also to bring others back down to earth. As a rule, technology is very mundane and not something that comes about by itself; instead, we have to design it ourselves. But how can you make people realise that it is precisely themselves who have the ability to design and develop technologies? According to Kangas, this is where school plays a significant role. In the Finnish system, this role is different than in other countries. Finnish craft classrooms could be re­pur­posed as maker fa­cil­it­iesIn Finland technology education is not a separate subject but a cross-curricular and multidisciplinary topic studied within various classes, for example in science or visual arts education. However, it is particularly closely linked with craft education. Craft is a compulsory subject to all pupils in the first seven grades of comprehensive school, in addition to which it is an optional subject in the 8th and 9th grades. This provides good preconditions for using one’s hands, experimentation and building. It is precisely learning by doing that resides in the core of technology education. Kaiju Kangas uses the term ‘maker culture’: people come together to work, making use of the skills of all participants. They cross boundaries, with traditions and modern approaches going side by side. The maker culture revolves around children’s own ideas. “Central to this is adopting a maker-oriented mindset; what can you do with what you know. My students, who are studying technology education in university, organised workshops for children, among other activities, where LED lights are used to create glowing Easter cards or dinosaurs with gleaming eyes. At the same time, the children learn about the basics of electricity and building electric circuits.” Craft classrooms where pupils can, for example, sew or do wood work have been a staple of Finnish schools already for 150 years. In recent years, they have been equipped with digital fabrication technologies, such as 3D-printers and laser cutters. Kangas dreams about having a space dedicated to creative activities as the heart of each Finnish school. Facilities that encourage diverse activities can be used for designing and making various physical or digital artefacts, playing games or just hanging with your friends. “Learning by doing has been a topic of discourse for more than a century now. What is new to this era is the ease that new technology brings. The collision of digital and material things engenders new opportunities, and everything can be shared online,” Kangas says. Maker culture sup­por­ted by a flex­ible cur­riculumIn addition to crafts, an established school subject, and appropriate facilities, Finland has two other assets in technology education. Firstly, crafts – and all other subjects – is taught by subject and class teachers who have a master’s degree in education. Secondly, the Finnish school system is based on the strong autonomy of teachers. The national core curriculum for basic education provides a fairly flexible framework, within which professional teachers are able to personally plan how to organise their teaching, enabling the freedom and playfulness that are part and parcel of the maker world. As regards technology education, the current situation in Finnish schools varies. Enthusiastic teachers can cover a lot of content relating to the subject matter in their teaching, but the range of skills and interest among teachers varies significantly. Today’s students at the University of Helsinki can choose to complete a study module in technology education worth 60 credits. “It’s important to also develop the skills of teachers already practicing their profession,” Kangas notes. Dif­fer­ent per­spect­ives be­ne­fit the en­tire groupCurrently, Kaiju Kangas is investigating children’s activities in co-innovation projects under the Growing Mind research project. She is amazed by the inventiveness of modern children. The groups of pupils monitored in the research projects have been developing fun everyday innovations, such as cleaner robots and smart sportswear that light up automatically in the dark. A range of thinkers and opinions also benefits the groups. Kangas still remembers a particular situation from years ago when she was writing her doctoral dissertation. For her research, she was observing pupil groups involved in maker activities focused on lamp designing. The groupwork mainly appeared to be on an equal footing; everyone was coming up with ideas and developing them further together. It was only later that Kangas found out that a number of the pupils in the groups had been individuals in need of special support. In creative projects, everyone gets to utilise their strengths. Di­verse tech­no­lo­gical com­pet­en­cies needed in the fu­tureIn her conversations with representatives of the technology industry, Kaiju Kangas has noticed that the interests of parties involved in the industry and technology education often meet. For instance, they agree on the need for diverse technological skills in the future. “The aim is to broaden the general understanding of who and which fields place value in technological competencies. The question is how to make young people who are interested in, say, global challenges notice that these things can be solved in technological fields.” As an example, Kangas highlights the efforts needed to curb climate change, something for which education in technology provides a good starting point. “Technology also engenders entirely new challenges. In future, we will need, for example, people specialised in solving questions of ethics related to artificial intelligence.” Kangas believes that visits to technology businesses in the upper secondary school could inspire young people to gravitate towards these fields. Technology is what we make of itWhile technology education could encourage young people to specialise in technological fields, Kangas perceives an even broader significance for her work. “Comprehensive school provides skills for life. Everyone benefits from the maker mindset brought to the fore by technology education, the opportunity to be the maker and designer yourself.” What vexes Kangas is the notion frequently expressed in public discourse of technology as something wicked prescribed to us from above. “Technology is what we make of it. We have the ability to have a say in it. Consideration should be given to the values guiding that work. Is technology used only to increase effectiveness or do we wish to create a humane world?”

“Food for Thought” Scholarship established

The Morehead State University Foundation has announced the establishment of the "Food for Thought” Scholarship, a fund to assist students at Morehead State University in affording an on-campus meal plan to encourage them to complete their education. The first recipient of the award is Janessa Broadhurst, a senior music education major with an area of concentration in vocal performance from Louisville.    The scholarship was established by Brian Gardner (93), who received his Bachelor of Arts in Government from MSU. The Louisville native went on to earn a Master of Arts in Communications from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio, in 1994 and he is currently the vice president of business development for Waites Wireless Sensor Technology in Cincinnati.  Gardner said he recalls his time living on the MSU campus as a college student and his idea in establishing the “Food for Thought” Scholarship was to give students something more tangible than tuition dollars.  “I remember being a student there. When you ate and you ate well, you appreciated it,” he said. “Maybe that student will have a meal and think to themselves, wow, this is something that I earned and it was part of my scholarship package and part of the hard work that I’m doing and just a reminder to keep giving my best in school and applying myself.”   This scholarship was established as part of the Soar to New Heights Scholarship Campaign.  

Long-standing dispute about North American prehistory

Pavel Flegontov,CSc. (University of Ostrava, Czech Republic) and his team have recently published an article in Nature that intends to put an end to a long-standing dispute over North American prehistory combining data and knowledge from paleogenetics and linguistics. Paleogenetics is a rapidly developing scientific discipline at the junction of archaeology and genetics. Due to the rapid progress in the methods of sequencing DNA extracted from ancient bones, as well as in the methods of genetic data analysis, archeogenetics is becoming an integral component of research in human prehistory. However, the study of relatively recent history (the last 5 thousand years) by methods of archeogenetics is, oddly enough, methodologically difficult, despite the abundance of bone samples and their usually good preservation. As population density increased and means of transportation developed, mobility of people increased. And while in the long millennia of the Paleolithic a dominant pattern was genetic isolation of small groups of hunters, then from the beginning of the Neolithic migration and population micture became increasingly common. Thus, in order to clarify genetic history of virtually any region, it is necessary to unravel a very complex network of population splits and mixtures, i.e. a graph. An example of such a complex region is Chukotka and the American Arctic - the vast expanses of tundra and Arctic desert, inhabited by sparse groups of Chukchi, Eskimos, Aleuts, and Inuit. For the first time the tundra zone of Alaska, the Canadian Arctic islands and Greenland was populated by so-called Paleo-Eskimos. This process began about 5,000 years ago with a migration of a small group of caribou, muskox and seal hunters across the Bering Strait. Then a succession of several archaeological cultures culminated in modern Eskimos, Aleuts and Inuit. However, archaeology very rarely can find whether the change in material culture was accompanied by mass migration and population replacement, or these were primarily cultural processes. Therefore, for decades, there have been controversies about the history of the Arctic peoples, about the relationship of Paleo-Eskimos and Inuit, as well as about the interaction of Paleo-Eskimos and native Americans who occupied the forests of Alaska and Canada adjacent to the tundra.

Why does Professor from Loughborough University think that adolescence is the beginning of the end?

  Students, PhD students, tutors, researchers, professionals of different specialties of medicine and public health from the Faculty of Medicine at Vilnius University participated in the lecture titled “Adolescence: The beginning of the end”, led by a very famous professor of Loughborough University (UK) Noel Cameron, the best student of the father of international modern auxology James Mourilyan Tanner (UK). He came here at the invitation of a professor at Vilnius University, the head of the Department of Anatomy, Histology and Anthropology, and the chair of the Doctoral Committee for PhD studies in Medicine at Vilnius University, prof. dr. Janina Tutkuviene. “This first (and we hope not the last) meeting with a world-renowned professor of Human Biology Noel Cameron is a very big honor and a real pleasure to the entire academic society of our ALMA MATER. He is one of the most famous auxologists (auxology studies human growth and development) in the world and works at the widely known School of Sport, Exercise and Health Science at Loughborough University”, prof. dr. Janina Tutkuviene stated. “Noel Cameron is the author of a lot of books, articles, journals (more than 300 papers). He is the newly elected President of the European Anthropological Association (EAA). The next meeting of the EAA will be organized by our Department and will be held at the Old Campus of Vilnius University on August 26-29, 2020. So, we hope to meet with the professor again”. “It is my first time in Lithuania and I feel fascinated by the beauty of Vilnius and hospitality of its inhabitants”, the professor from UK said, expressing his sincere gratitude to prof. Janina Tutkuviene for her kind invitation and fruitful cooperation. He enjoyed visiting the Vilnius University campus and was really surprised that it had such a long history dating back 440 years. “My congratulations to Vilnius University! It seems to me that life here has a strong community feel. I found the students of the Faculty of Medicine very knowledgeable and willing to communicate. They are not indifferent to their own and the public health”, prof. Noel Cameron noticed. He thinks, that it is great to have such a University in Europe with a lot of talents of which to be proud. He explained, that Loughborough University (UK) also takes pride in its long history as an institution of further and higher education: “But we are only 110 years old”. Loughborough University is a public research university in the market town of Loughborough, Leicestershire, in the East Midlands of England. It has been a university since 1966, but the institution dates back to 1909, when the then Loughborough Technical Institute began with a focus on skills and knowledge which would be directly applicable in the wider world. Loughborough was named University of the Year in Great Britain in 2019. In his lecture prof. Noel Cameron presented the idea of adolescence being a crucial period with marked physical, emotional, and intellectual changes, as well as changes in social roles, relationships and expectations. According to him, all of these are important to the development of the individual and provide the basis for health during adulthood. Establishing healthy behavior is a vital part of the lifecourse.  

Winningham celebrates 50 years of teaching at Rice — and 60 years of photographing it

Geoff Winning ham ‘63 found his place at Rice University through photography: first, as an undergraduate who dusted off his adolescent interest in cameras to become the official photographer for the Campanile, and later as a photography professor who returned to his alma mater in 1969. Winning ham is now the Lynette S. Autrey Chair in the Humanities, and in July he will celebrate 50 years of teaching Rice students everything from darkroom development skills to digital layout design. The shelves of his office on the second floor of the Rice Media Centre, a low-slung space with a pleasant amount of natural light, are filled with photo books from students across the years. He can recall, book and page, his favorite images and he shuffles through them with deftness and delight. It almost didn’t happen this way. After graduating with an English degree, Winning ham planned to become a lawyer. Without the influence of one Rice professor, Winningham could very well have added “esquire” to his name. Perhaps he would have pursued photography only as a hobby, like he’d done as a young teen. Gerald O’Grady, who died earlier this year, was a popular English professor at Rice between 1962 and 1967. He was hired away by the University at Buffalo, where he founded its media study program, but O’Grady returned to assist in the creation of the Rice Media Centerat the request of its patrons, Jean and Dominique de Menil, in 1969.

Almost 600 students, teachers and employees participated in the blood call of VSB-TUO

On June 14th, there is the World Blood Donor Day. VSB - Technical University of Ostrava has been organizing a blood challenge since 2016, launched by the Faculty of Economics. Today's time is erratic and having blood stocks is very important. In 2016, the University Hospital Ostrava made contact with the student organization IFMSA CZ (International Federation of Medical Students' Associations) asking for help with blood donation. She then addressed the editorial board of the Sokolska 33 magazine, which supported the project and invited its members and students of the Faculty of Economics to participate in the blood challenge too. Actions Donate Blood with EKF was attended by thirty students and teachers, among whom were not only experienced donors, but also people who came to give blood for the first time. The Faculty of Economics handed over the Faculty of Mining and Geology to the relay. Thanks to the Show what's in your donation, 116 people, 102 of them for the first time.

RSU: Medical students acquire knowledge and experience in cardiothoracic surgery

Practical courses called Insight into Contemporary Cardiothoracic Surgery were held for students of the Faculty of Medicine at the Senate Hall of R?ga Stradi?š University (RSU). The courses are organised by the Cardiac Surgery Centre of Pauls Stradi?š Clinical University Hospital (PSCUH) for the second consecutive year in cooperation with the company Johnson & Johnson and the RSU Student Union. 

Letters of appreciation handed in to LSMU students for participation in voluntary activities

In 2018/2019 study year the Lithuanian University of Health Sciences (LSMU) students were actively involved in the voluntary activities coordinated by the LSMU International Relations and Study Centre. The students performed the functions of Ambassadors, Mentors and Academic Tutors.The LSMU representatives gave the students Letters of Appreciation for their help, effort, warm cooperation and invited them to continue the activities next study year.

IBS Employability Survey 2018

The results of the current survey are indeed exceptional: more than 78% of our students have found full-time or part-time employment in parallel to or immediately after finishing their studies at IBS; the vast majority (80%) of our graduates earn more than 300,000 HUF per month; 40% of the MSc graduates earn more than 600,000 HUF a month; according to our graduates, they significantly improved their employability skills during their studies, primarily communication, collaboration and project management skills;

University of Pécs is among the highest rated universities!

The University of Pécs received an excellent score, a 4.5 in Overall satisfaction, a 4.5 in Student-teacher interaction, a 4.6 in Student diversity and a 4.6 in Quality of student life categories!   University of Pécs has earned 6 Student Satisfaction medals!

Students successfully continue to develop shock electrodialysis. The unique water desalination technology in such a volume is the only one in the world

A scientifically fresh method of shock electrodialysis, which could mean a major shift in energy and industry, was introduced by a student team led by Jaromír Marek from the Faculty of Mechatronics a year ago. They continue to improve it and are successful. The recent MEMPUR 2019 conference brought the students first place for their poster.The MEMPUR Conference - Membrane Processes for Sustainable Development took place in the last May days in Pardubice, it was the second year of the meeting of all Czech and Slovak professionals in the field of water treatment and solutions and the use of membrane technologies in practice.The students took the jury with an innovative theme “Dependence of Diluate Purity on the Set Parameters of the Shock Electrodialysis Cell”. The first prize was awarded to Jan ?ížek, a student of the Faculty of Mechatronics, Informatics and Interdisciplinary Studies at TUL. Secondary school students from the Jeronýmova Gymnasium in Liberec, Ji?í Zlámal and Jan Korytá?, also work in the team that he represented.

QS ranking places RSU among world’s leading universities

The latest international QS World University Rankings has listed R?ga Stradi?š University (RSU) among the leading 801-1000 universities in the world.Last year RSU was ranked among the top 1000 universities in the world in the QS World University Rankings for the first time. Although RSU was already listed among the leading 801-1000 universities, QS data shows a clear improvement in performance over the last year and their evaluation rose to 75%. RSU earned most praise for its ability to attract international students and develop study programmes in English.QS World University Rankings lists the best 1000 universities from 85 countries based upon six criteria: academic reputation, reputation as an employer, number of citations, faculty to student ratio, the ratio of international faculty, and the ration of international students. Two other Latvian universities are included in this year’s ranking in addition to RSU.

Vilnius University will create tasks for the International Physics Olympiad 2020

Vilnius University (VU) has become one the hosts of the world's biggest physics event for schoolchildren. Today the Cooperation Agreement for International Physics Olympiad implementation in 18-26 of July, 2020 was signed by the Minister of Ministry of Education Science and Sport Algirdas Monkevi?ius, VU Rector Prof. Art?ras Žukauskas and Director of Lithuanian centre of non-formal youth education Algirdas Sakevi?ius.The 51st International Physics Olympiad is expecting to receive delegations from 90 counties, 450 students and over 300 team leaders and observers. Therefore, VU is counting that there will be a need for 200 Lithuanian scientists, volunteers and organisers.“Next summer, young physics geniuses from all over the world will be visiting Lithuania. It is a great pleasure to organise such magnitude event. Together we have a responsibility to ensure the best conditions for Olympiad’s participants. I wish everyone good preparation, successful and interesting application of future physics knowledge”, – said A. Monkevi?ius the Minister of Ministry of Education Science and Sport.Young physicists from all over the world, will gather at VU for nine days to solve theoretical and experimental tasks prepared by Lithuanian scientists; and during the leisure time, children will get to know Lithuanian culture. VU rector Prof. A. Žukauskas claims that the International Physics Olympiad 2020 is extremely important event to promote physics discipline. “Lithuania’s physics is known all over the world as this discipline’s traditions in our country are reflected by our achievements. Moreover, every year in Lithuania a Physics Day – a celebration initiated by the students of physics – is held. I believe that the International Physics Olympiad 2020 is a great opportunity for pupils to talk about the importance of this discipline as well as to attract physics’ talents from all over the world to study and create in Lithuania” – stated Prof. A. Žukauskas.

Seminar for freshmen ZGI 2019

For the tenth year in a row, the Riga Stradins University Student Council (RSU SP) is organizing a seminar for beginners at ZGI, and this year its name is ZE GREAT INVESTIGATION. Young students will have the opportunity to take a two-day study to get to know the university, gain knowledge about their faculty and study process, and spend their time with their new members. This year the seminar will take place on 24-25 March. so book your dates and go on an unforgettable adventure that will help you start your first year at university!

CLAUDIA SAMPEL APPOINTED DIRECTOR OF INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS

Since July 1st, 2019, Claudia Sampel is the new Director of International Relations of BSB. She takes over from Marie-José Albert-Batt, who is retiring after 25 years at the School. Of Australian-Brazilian origin, Claudia Sampel has 12 years of experience in the International Relations of the Grandes Ecoles de Management. Passed by EM Strasbourg (2007-2016) where she was in charge of International Relations, she comes from EM Normandy where she held the position of Director of International Development since 2017. Claudia graduated from Leopold Franzens University in Innsbruck (Austria). " It's very motivating for me to join BSB today, " says Claudia Sampel. " My role will be to continue the international development of the School, which already has a very rich network of partners, and with a nugget like the School of Wine & Spirits Business, we have a very original and differentiating asset for to continue to strengthen ourselves internationally, and I must say that it is an honor to succeed Marie-José Albert Batt, whom I have known for over 10 years and for whom I have a great deal of respect and great admiration. "

Plans for East African-German University stalled

Plans to establish a much-awaited binational university of applied sciences in Kenya fronted by the government of Germany have been put on hold, following a decision to draft a new concept document for the institution first mooted four years ago. The concept document for the Eastern African-German University of Applied Sciences, drafted by the Ministry of Education in Kenya will be shared with German implementing agencies including the country’s embassy in Nairobi, the German Academic Exchange Programme (DAAD) and proposed partner universities. “A new project concept note had been written, but the coordination process within the Ministry of Education is still on-going,” she said.“The German Embassy, DAAD and the future German partner universities await the new proposal,” the official told The PIE News, without disclosing further details.Once the document is out it will inform the next course of action in efforts to fast-track setting up of the model institution, Koos noted. The university touted as the first of its kind in the world was conceived as part bilateral of relations between Kenya and Germany to bring to Africa the German model of applied sciences in university education.

UK universities see 30% increase in Chinese applicants

New data from UCAS has revealed that the number of UK university applicants from China has increased by 30% for the 2019/2020 academic year to 19,760, overtaking the 18,520 applicants from Northern Ireland. The UK is the second most popular destination for Chinese students seeking a university education abroad after the US, which is becoming viewed as less attractive destination due to new visa restrictions and warnings from the Chinese Ministry of Education. “The global appeal of UK higher education has never been clearer, with record, demographic beating application rates in England and Wales, and the steep rise in international applications, especially from China,” said Clare Marchant, UCAS’ chief executive, in a statement on the findings. According to the report, applications from within the EU and elsewhere increased by 1% and 8%, respectively. While many countries saw a rise in the number of students applying to UK universities, applications from the Nordic countries decreased, along with those of Germany and Hong Kong.  

Scholarships for Full-time master degree studies

Full-time master degree studiesCall for applications for full-time master's degree or integrated studies at Lithuanian higher education institutions is now openThe Ministry of Education, Science and Sport of the Republic of Lithuania is opening a Call for applications for 50 Lithuanian state grants for full-time Master’s degree at Lithuanian higher education institutions for the 2019/2020 academic year. Funding under the Call shall be provided to the nationals of the Republic of Armenia, the Republic of Azerbaijan, the Republic of Belarus, the People’s Republic of China, Georgia, the State of Israel, Japan, the Republic of Korea, foreigners of Lithuanian origin, the Republic of Moldova and the Republic of Ukraine. All approved candidates will receive a monthly scholarship of 380 euros for the duration of the studies. Only nationals of the Republic of Armenia, the Republic of Azerbaijan, the Republic of Belarus, the People’s Republic of China, the Republic of Georgia, the State of Israel, Japan, the Republic of Korea, foreigners of Lithuanian origin, the Republic of Moldova and the Republic of Ukraine in their Full-time Master’s degree studies will be covered for the cost of the studies, up to a limit not exceeding the national standard study cost.

Participation in the EUROSTUDENT VII International Survey

The Ministry of Education, Science and Sport has joined the implementation of an international survey, the EUROSTUDENT VII – Social and Economic Conditions of Student Life in Europe. Students have been able to participate in the survey since April. At the initiative and proposal of the Ministry, the University of Maribor has decided to assist in the implementation of the survey. The purpose of the survey is to provide an insight into the social and economic background as well as into other characteristics of the student population in Slovenia, thus identifying problems and obstacles students encounter during studies. The survey is aimed at collecting data that will enable comparison of the social and economic conditions of students' life in Slovenia with those in other European countries, and serve as the basis in developing national strategies and policies for the improvement of higher education in Slovenia.

ISEP Welcomes New Leaders to Board of Directors

ISEP welcomes Dr. Ellen R. Babby, Dr. Ann-Charlotte Larsson and Dr. Mark Salisbury to the Board of Directors. Arlington, Va. — Members of the ISEP Board of Directors elected three prominent international education leaders to join the ISEP Board for a 3-year term, effective July 1, 2019: Dr. Ellen R. Babby, Senior Fellow, Center for the Future of Arizona and a nonprofit consultant, has more than 30 years of experience in executive management in the nonprofit arena which she gained during her time as Vice President, Advancement & Strategic Alliances, at the American Council on Education as well as Senior Director, Planning & Development at NAFSA: Association of International Educators. Dr. Ann-Charlotte Larsson, Vice Rector for Innovation and International Relations at Linnaeus University (Sweden), is a chemical engineer with over thirty years’ experience in both academia and environmental engineering, which affords her a unique perspective on the critical role of student mobility and campus internationalization. Dr. Mark Salisbury, co-founder and CEO of the nonprofit company TuitionFit, most recently served as the Assistant Dean of Academic Affairs and Director of Institutional Research and Assessment at Augustana College (Illinois). His research on college impact, including education abroad programs, has been featured by The Chronicle of Higher Education, Inside Higher Ed, TedX and NPR.  

Semester at Berkeley

Two young scientists from Faculty of Mining, Ecology, Process Control and Geotechnologies TUKE succeeded in the call of the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister of the Slovak Republic for Investments and Informatization. The evaluation committee was engaged by their proposed projects and the scientists were given the opportunity to spend a semester at one of the world´s most prestigious universities - UC Berkeley in California. Ing. Michal Taká?Project plan titled:Výskum a implementácia nových technológií do informa?ných systémov ako podpora procesov v logistike a doprave /Research and Implementation of New Technologies in Information Systems for Support of Processes in Logistics and Transport/Ing. Daniel Ma?ugaProject plan titled:Plán mestskej logistiky pre riešenia mobility v Košiciach /Urban Logistics Plan for Mobility Solutions in Košice/

SMK Freshman Festival NEON fest'19

if you want to get to know the SMK community, feel and experience how SMK's coolest students really live - how they entertain, create, generate ideas and organize events - attend the freshman festival - SMK NEON FEST! Surrounded by forests - new friends, adventures, sports, neon fun awaits you at the recreation center "R?ta" at Bebrusai Lake! So don't wait, get your Neon fest image, sign up and see you on September 5-6! IN PROGRAM: "X Factor" winner from group "120" - David Charismatic presenter - Remigijus Grasshopper Artist - Vilius Popendikis The program is still being filled. More news coming soon! SMK Freshman Camps will allow you to stay in huts Festival Entry Fee - 35 € Participant Registration: http://inx.lv/JryA And Millions of Neon Lights in Their Tents Festival Entry Fee - 25 € Participant Registration: http://inx.lv/ Jryp All participants will be transported to the camp site by specially ordered buses from Vilnius, Kaunas and Klaip?da. If you wish, you can travel in your own car, but there is no change in the entry fee. The number of participants is limited and registration is open until 31 August. Further information: Email: email simona.banyte@smk.lt or phone +370 5 236 9160

INCREASING LIVESTOCK DIVERSITY CAN HELP PROMOTE BIODIVERSITY AND ECOSYSTEM FUNCTIONING

An international team including a researcher from the URJC identified the role of herbivore diversity as major regulators of biodiversity and ecosystem functioning in grazed ecosystems. RedactionThe global population is projected to exceed 11 billion by 2100. Such an increase in human population would imply an increment in the demand of meat and dairy, resulting in a larger portion of land surface dedicated to grazing for livestock –over 25% of emerged lands is already dedicated to this. Pasturing is one of the most common methods for raising livestock, and play a critical role in maintaining food production, which is of special importance to developing countries. However, grazing by livestock can also result in multiple negative impacts for biodiversity and ecosystem functioning, resulting in desertification processes. Because of this, “one of the most important challenges we face over the next few decades is to maintain a sustainable production of food for the billions of new inhabitants on Earth, while protecting the health of our ecosystems” explains Dr. Manuel Delgado Baquerizo from the University Rey Juan Carlos (URJC) and co-author of this work.

VMU to Host First-Ever QS in Conversation Summit in the Baltic States

On 14-15 October 2019, VMU will host the first-ever QS in Conversation summit in the Baltic states, “Enhancing Visibility through International Cooperation: Mobility, Recognition, Branding”. QS in Conversation is a unique international summit which is highly focused and discussion-driven, focusing on important current issues in international higher education. While focused in scope, QS in Conversation is wide in diversity and deep in substance, bringing together the leading thinkers and decision makers from around the world. This edition of QS in Conversation is the  first QS event organised in the Baltic states, and it is the result of an international tripartite collaboration between Lithuania’s Vytautas Magnus University, Kazakhstan’s Eurasian National University, and QS. The Baltic region, which has a border with Russia and yet consists of EU member states, plays a unique bridging role in Europe culturally, economically and in science and higher education. Engaging with Baltic institutions is therefore a great way to explore opportunities in Northern Europe and Eurasia as a whole.

BURGUNDY SCHOOL OF BUSINESS HOSTS THE 27TH ENCATC CONGRESS FROM 2 TO 5 OCTOBER 2019

The most important European congress on cultural policy and management, on the theme "Diversity and sustainability in action. Cultural and educational policies and practices" From 2 to 5 October, BSB is hosting the 2019 edition of the International Congress of ENCATC (The European network on cultural management and policy), one of the most important events in Europe for the artistic and cultural management and policy sector. 200 specialists from all over the world, including the distinguished Australian professor David Throsby, are expected to discuss diversity in the cultural and creative sector and education. Hosting this Congress for the first time, BSB sees this trust as a true recognition of its expertise in cultural management

Lecture by Prof. Kascejevs at annual meeting of the Department of Internal Diseases and the Institute of the History of Medicine

The traditional academic meeting of the RSU Department of Internal Diseases and the Institute of the History of Medicine will be held for the 17th consecutive year to celebrate the start of the new academic year. The meeting will take place at 16:00 on 29 August at Pauls Stradi?š Museum for the History of Medicine, 1 Antonijas Iela.The meetings were initiated by two RSU professors, Aivars Lejnieks and Juris Salaks, in 2003. The idea was to hold a meeting at Pauls Stradi?š Museum of the History of Medicine prior to the start of the academic year to look back at the twists and turns of the history of medicine. Over the years this gathering has grown into an open interdisciplinary academic meeting which gathers employees from the Department of Internal Diseases, the Institute of the History of Medicine, the RSU Rector’s Office, the RSU Dean’s Office, various RSU structural units, the heads of RSU clinics, representatives of the Latvian Academy of Sciences and other interested parties. Each year the meeting is enriched by open lectures delivered by invited lecturers. The Head of the Department of Internal Diseases, Professor Aivars Lejnieks, and the Director of the Institute of the History of Medicine, Professor Juris Salaks, will chair the meeting. The lecture is open to all interested parties.

BSB OBTAINS THE “BIENVENUE EN FRANCE” LABEL

Only 25 institutions, including 3 Grandes Ecoles de Management, obtain this reference label for hosting international students BSB has just received the brand new "Bienvenue en France" label, which testifies to the quality of the reception of international students in French higher education institutions. Mrs Frédérique Vidal, Minister of Higher Education, Research and Innovation, awarded this label to 25 institutions during the Rencontres Campus France de la Recherche et de l'Innovation, at the Cité des Sciences et de l'Industrie. With ESSEC Business School and IMT Business School, BSB is one of only three accredited French Grandes Ecoles de Management. This label is one of the main elements of the higher education attractiveness plan developed by France. It is granted by Campus France on the basis of a reasoned self-assessment, in direct contact with the concerns of international students. The criteria observed: the quality and accessibility of information, reception facilities, training opportunities, housing, campus life and the quality of post-graduate follow-up. With the "Bienvenue en France" scheme, international students are guaranteed a national standard. The objective for France is to welcome 500,000 of them by 2027.

Coimbra Polytechnic is "Eco-Polytechnic"

he six Coimbra Polytechnic Schools / Institutes (IPC) were distinguished with the title “Eco-School”, making the Coimbra Polytechnic one of the first “ Eco-Polytechnics  ” in the country, and the only one to have six schools that meet all conditions for the award of this distinction. The Eco-Schools awards will be presented by the European Blue Flag Association (ABAE) to ESAC, ESEC, ESTeSC, ESTGOH, ISCAC and ISEC in a ceremony to be held on October 18 in Guimarães, in recognition of the good practices that have come. to be developed for a more sustainable Polytechnic and Planet. The six schools of the Polytechnic of Coimbra have prepared over the past school year to apply for this award, completing several steps, such as setting up an Eco-Schools Council, conducting an Environmental Audit, outlining a Action, the creation of an Eco-Code, curricular work, monitoring and evaluation and the involvement of the school community, including teachers, non-teachers and students, and the external community, and developing activities related to water, waste, energy, and sea or forest. After completing all the steps, they were able to apply for the ABAE award and the results were now known. For Ana Ferreira, Vice-President of the Polytechnic of Coimbra, “It is a great pride to be part of this movement” and to achieve this result, in the year when the Polytechnic of Coimbra challenged the presidency of all its Organic Teaching Units (UOE) to prepare and submit your application. According to the official, this is the culmination of the work that has been developed for a “more environmentally friendly” CPI, with the implementation of a set of environmental sustainability measures in all six of its schools. ” One of the first measures was the delivery of glass bottles to the various management bodies of the IPC, with the purpose of promoting tap water consumption, namely in meetings, seminars and congresses, thus replacing plastic bottles. This measure was extended to the institution's workers and, at the beginning of the next school year, will also cover the new students of the Coimbra Polytechnic.  

CITYU NAMED 16TH BEST FOUR-YEAR COLLEGE FOR ADULT LEARNERS BY WASHINGTON MONTHLY

City University of Seattle has been highly ranked again as a top choice among adult students looking for quality education with flexible learning opportunities. In fact, the university has been recognized as being among the top 20 Four-year colleges for adult learners, ranked No. 16 in the category for the 2019 Washington Monthly College Rankings. “The Washington Monthly ranking is one that we are especially proud of because it demonstrates our commitment to providing accredited and flexible education to students who cannot put their lives on hold to continue their education,” CityU President Randy C. Frisch said. “We are a university founded on serving working professions with a desire to learn.” Washington Monthly, a District of Columbia publication, reported nearly a third of all undergraduates are twenty-five or older, yet no publication ranks colleges based on how well they serve adult students – except the Washington Monthly. According to statistics provided by Washington Monthly, CityU earned 4 points (5 pts. max) for ease of transferring, 8 points (9 pts. max) for flexibility of programs, and 5 points (6 pts. max) for services for adult students. This study defined four-year colleges as awarding more bachelor’s degrees than certificates or associate’s degrees. The final sample consisted of 1,136 four-year colleges and the top fifty rankings were shared.  Full methodology details can be found here. “Having a survey focused exclusively on adult students allows CityU to be on the map for what we do best, serving the “new traditional” student,” Frisch said. “Our students love us for our scholar-practitioner faculty, who work full-time and teach. Students learn the most current information possible.”  

INTERREG PROJECT "ATTRACTIVE TOURISM" STARTS

The University of Applied Sciences Kufstein Tirol and the University of Applied Sciences Salzburg work together with many partners from Bavaria, Salzburg and Tyrol to develop a cross-border large-scale project with an intermodal framework theme: the attractiveness of tourism as an employer.Modern and agile tourism means a central and measurable economic and prosperity factor for the project regions Tyrol, Salzburg and Bavaria. This positive development and the promising future for the tourism industry is based on top educated people, modern resources and sustainable tourism infrastructure. That's why hoteliers and restaurateurs are looking for people who want to actively shape and develop the industry. Modern and attractive tourism thrives on people who seek fulfillment in everyday life tourism and thus find fulfillment and satisfaction in this living environment. TOURISM AS GAINFUL EMPLOYMENTThe splendor of tourism as a fulfilling place of work for the individual earning a living has experienced a clear and above all a social devaluation in the last years. In spite of those arguments that characterize tourism as an attractive field of activity, such as work in an international environment, enjoyment of people, global job opportunities or a crisis-proof workplace, there are also reasons why tourism is a comparatively less attractive sector for employees. In particular, employment in the hotel and catering industry is often characterized by irregular working hours, many night and weekend work, seasonal structures, an unattractive wage level, stressful conditions during peak business hours and staff shortages. PRE-WORKSHOP AS A BASIS FOR THE JOINT PROJECTThe basis for the development of the project idea was a pre-workshop held in October 2018, in which interested institutions participated in order to submit their suggestions and opinions on the topic. On the part of the FH Kufstein Tirol, the representatives of the study courses Corporate Management, International Business & Management as well as Marketing & Communication Management contributed their technical input. As a result, elementary questions for the tourism industry were discussed, a solution sketch drawn up and a project proposal prepared and submitted. A performance report for pre-workshop is here to find. THE INTERREG PROJECTThe challenges cover several topics: attractiveness and image of the industry, management and organizational development, knowledge management, employee qualification as well as structural change through digitization. These are directly related in a cross-border project. A targeted structure survey of relevant factors of employer and industry attractiveness should create a basis for the development of a digital assessment tool. The aim is to make the attractiveness in tourism (attractiveness of the industry, employer attractiveness ...) measurable and thus comparable. In order to reach a high coverage of the topic in the regions, joint workshops are held, so that a (cross-border) exchange of best practice and an individual transfer of knowledge can be made easier. The project objectives are accompanied by two congresses and an activating image campaign to create a long-term improvement of the perspective of "work" in tourism. Project partners are FH Salzburg (lead partner) and FH Kufstein Tirol, Chiemgau Tourismus eV and the Standortagentur Tirol. In addition, numerous tourism associations and tourism schools are supporting the project as associated partners. Chiemgau Tourismus eV and the location agency Tyrol. In addition, numerous tourism associations and tourism schools are supporting the project as associated partners. Chiemgau Tourismus eV and the location agency Tyrol. In addition, numerous tourism associations and tourism schools are supporting the project as associated partners.                                              

Kaunas Architecture Festival’ 2019 starts this weekend

The Kaunas Architecture Festival (KAFe) is only held once in three years, which makes it one of the most awaited events this autumn. It’s not enough to call it ‘event’, though, as the festival will go on for two months and includes various workshops, exhibitions, walks, talks, books presentations and an international forum, Kaunastic informs. The topic of this year’s edition is: “Landmark architecture – creating or destroying the city’s identity?” Full programme of KAF’e will be published here. However we would like to highlight one of the exceptional events organised together with Kaunas University of Technology (KTU) – Herithon’19. KTU, Kaunas 2022, KAFe is inviting those coming from architecture, art, heritage fields to re-think and activate heritage in Kaunas city. Digitizing, alternative mapping, creating digital platforms and transforming objects of architecture are just among the few options that can be explored at the event, which will take place at KTU Campus over the next weekend.

Mental Health Day for medical students

Psychiatric residents of the Young Psychiatrists Section of the Latvian Psychiatric Association are organising Mental Health Day in collaboration with RSU and the RSU Department of Psychiatry and Narcology. During this day there will be a series of seminars about mental health aimed at medical students. The intention behind this initiative is to distribute knowledge, increase insight into mental health, learn techniques to relieve stress, and to help students endure long exposure to high intensity stress, as unhealthy stress can lead to impaired mental and physical health.   

Ulster University partners with Shaanxi University of Science and Technology to establish Ulster College in Northern China

Hundreds of Chinese students have registered to attend Ulster College in Xi’an China this academic year in an international partnership that will bring together the teaching expertise of Ulster University and Shaanxi University of Science and Technology (SUST).Situated in Shaanxi Province in Northern China, Ulster College opened this week and offers Chinese students Ulster University’s undergraduate programmes in the areas of Mechanical Engineering, Technology with Design and Computer Science. Courses will have a focus on practical skills, informed by research, employer feedback and professional body standards to ensure Ulster College students will graduate with industry-ready skills to secure a graduate job. Students studying at Ulster College will also have the option to complete part of their degree at Ulster University’s Belfast or Jordanstown campuses.The opening ceremony of Ulster College was attended by government & education officials as well as senior Ulster University staff.Since 2014 Ulster University has secured £7.6million in funding for computer related research for 84 projects across a range of sectors and prioritises research-based teaching for students. 90% or Ulster University's computing research has been rated world-leading or internationally excellent and Ulster is ranked in the top 10 universities in the UK for Electronic and Electrical Engineering.

Uppsala University places 102nd in new world ranking

Uppsala University is ranked 102nd place among 1,400 universities throughout the world in the Times Higher Education (THE) ranking of the world’s best universities in 2020.University rankings attempt to compare and rank a number of educational institutions in lists, often based on a quality perspective. Normally the universities themselves do not produce the rankings. Instead, they are compiled by media, government agencies and various organisations.Documentation for the rankings can come from various sources:-official statistics (national or from a certain higher education institution);-bibliometrics (analysis of the publication of scholarly articles and their impact);-analyses via the internet, such as in the form of questionnaires to educational institutions, students, and employers.-These various sources yield a variety of data, and different aspects (indicators) are weighed against each other and combined into a final figure that can be presented as a grade or measure of the quality of a particular university. The following university rankings are among the oldest, best-known and most recognised in the media:-Times Higher Education’s World University Rankings (THE)  -QS World University Rankings-Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU), “the Shanghai Ranking”These three rankings aim to include both education and research but focus mostly on research. That is particularly true of ARWU, which by and large focuses only on research excellence.Uppsala University has placed high on the list among the best universities in the world in the three major international rankings: ARWU, QS and THE. But Uppsala University’s ranking on the lists has varied somewhat over the last seven years, when it has ranged between 60th and 117th place.

Ulster University hosts cross-sector intelligent innovation workshops

The Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC) Hartree Centre took its Intelligent Manufacturing and Intelligent Innovation workshops to Northern Ireland for the first time in collaboration with Siemens, Invest Northern Ireland and Ulster University.The goal was to increase business awareness of the benefits of advanced digital technologies like high performance computing (HPC), data analytics and artificial intelligence (AI), share industry knowledge, explore funding opportunities and stimulate new collaborations between the Hartree Centre and Northern Ireland businesses.Starting out in Cookstown and hosted by Invest NI, the first workshop focussed on local manufacturing companies and how they could potentially tackle industry challenges using the HPC, data analytics, AI and machine learning technologies that the Hartree Centre specialises in. Hartree Centre experts in various disciplines were on hand to provide one-to-one advice for individual companies looking to start out on their digital transformation journey.Next, it was on to the Magee and Jordanstown campuses of Ulster University for cross-sector Intelligent Innovation workshops to explore how businesses across the board can benefit from increased productivity through digitalisation, no matter their industry.At all three workshops, Hartree Centre experts were joined by collaborators Joan Mulvihill and Declan McDevitt from Siemens who provided a keynote on how digital transformation results in better, faster, cheaper products. Attending the workshops were 72 people from 49 different Northern Ireland companies across the three days, with 18 companies registering an interest for potential follow-up collaborative projects after the events.

Artificial intelligence needs the speed of light

The Physics department of UniTrento is working on all-optical devices for machine learning. The work is part of the Pelm project, whose objectives include the development of a cancer monitor. A non-invasive cancer monitor capable of monitoring the evolution of cancer tissues and therefore to provide information on the progress of the disease and the efficacy of the treatment.That is one of the devices that will be developed within Pelm, the research project coordinated by the University of Trento that received almost 1 million euro funding over a period of three years by the Ministry of Education, universities and research as a Research project of national relevance (Prin). Coordinated by Lorenzo Pavesi of the Nanoscience laboratory of the Department of Physics of the University of Trento, the project uses light to build innovative all-optical platforms for artificial intelligence.Machine learning processes, with which machines recognize images, understand human voice and carry out other basic tasks, have relied so far on microelectronic circuits and microprocessors stored on devices. These circuits are not efficient enough for artificial intelligence applications, use too much energy and this limits their use. The purpose of Pelm is to modify the notion of circuit to create energy-efficient, fast and non-invasive devices.

MSc Luxury Marketing: Training change agents in the luxury sector at Neoma Business School!

As part of the programme development initiative, a Master of Science Luxury Marketing will be on offer for the next school year at Neoma University.The luxury sector is unique and one that is constantly changing. The luxury sector is a particularly unique sector and managing the marketing aspects requires a special way of thinking and a specific set of skills. Throughout my professional career, I've dealt with a wide range of unique situations relating to consumer culture, consumer behaviour, the emergence of new consumer profiles... and each time, an adapted and above all rapid response is absolutely necessary.  I'd say that besides image and the financial impact, only one rule prevails: and that is that customer interest comes first! The market is constantly changing and evolving! Future professionals in this sector must be aware of the need for adaptability when it comes to responding to current and even future challenges. Hence the idea for the new MSc.The new programme will enable students to learn about all the different aspects of the sector. They will acquire the knowledge and skills required to be able to move forward in a sector that is constantly evolving. The sector is evolving extremely rapidly. The market is currently experiencing a huge impact from the digital divide. Retailers need to find the right balance between digital and physical, between rarity, which is essential to the luxury sector, and accessibility. The digital transformation and e-commerce also impose challenges that each student will face in a global competitive environment. We need to address these challenges for the students in our courses. Paris is synonymous with luxury. We are fortunate enough to be located in one of the world's luxury capitals and we need to exploit the wealth of these surroundings. Then, the very fact of being in Paris, provides an impressive panel of professional partners! Such wealth is reflected in their involvement in our courses, but also in the network, they can create. Most of our teaching staff come from overseas and they will provide the students with the best possible training.Through this courses students will acquire in-depth market knowledge, analytical skills and the ability to adapt to rapid market changes. Through our courses, they will gain sound knowledge of digital communication and in-store experience. Among the different modules, we will focus on a fast-growing sector, the luxury experience (hotels, travel and the in-store experience, in particular). The behaviour of the millennials (Generation Y) in this area also influences the market and industry players must be aware of this in their decision-making. Finally, graduates will be up to date on new technologies, both online and in stores. In short, they will be able to decode new consumer patterns and be in a position to react and adjust accordingly. One final challenge: to become agents of change and prepare brands and companies for tomorrow's world.

The new fund­ing model for uni­versi­ties em­phas­ises com­pleted de­grees

At the beginning of the year, the Finnish government approved a new funding model for Finnish universities for the term 2021–2024. The model is a tool for allocating core funding to universities. The new model makes it possible to gain funds by streamlining study paths so that students graduate with a bachelor’s or master’s degree within the targeted time frame.The core funding awarded by the Ministry of Education and Culture constituted 58% of the University of Helsinki’s overall income last year. In 2021 funding will be based on the results of 2017–2019, which means that the model is operational in practice.The ministry has stated that the new funding model will establish stronger incentives for strategic planning and reform at universities.

RSU to offer a new business and start-up study programme in English

Through the collaboration between R?ga Stradi?š University (RSU) professors, visiting professors, entrepreneurs, and industry organisations, the university has developed a new highly competitive Bachelor’s study programme in English—International Business and Start-up Entrepreneurship. The programme will welcome its first students in the autumn of 2020. With this programme, RSU will offer full time and part-time studies that will take place in a distinctly international environment, with international students, professors and travel abroad. The programme is set to be licensed in the near future. Madara Ambr?na, Vice Director at the Department of Entrepreneurship and Competitiveness of the Ministry of Economics, emphasised that the start-up ecosystem in Latvia is developing rapidly. There are currently more than 350 start-ups and over 300 million euros in attracted investment. ‘The development of the start-up ecosystem is one of the ministry’s main priorities. Universities play a key role regarding the sustainability of this field. They must serve as the central element in supporting the continuity of start-up development and creating successful synergy,’ explains Ambr?na. Analysing current entrepreneurship trends in Latvia Katr?na Zari?a, a representative of the Latvian Chamber of Commerce and Industry, pointed to the latest research that finds a lack of a highly qualified workforce. Meanwhile, visiting professor Antje Leukens from the University of Applied Sciences Northwestern Switzerland emphasised that the new study programme has been successfully organised and will be internationally competitive. This programme is one of six new internationally competitive study programmes that RSU is planning to develop until 2021 with co-funding from the European Social Fund and the state budget, within the framework of the project.

Financial Times ranks SKEMA's Master in Management 12th worldwide

October 28, 2019 SKEMA's Master in Management has been ranked 12th worldwide, fourth in France, by the Financial Times in the newspaper's ranking of master in management programmes around the globe.One hundred business schools are featured in this ranking. SKEMA's programme has climbed 13 places on last year's ranking.SKEMA has been included in this ranking since its creation in 2009. Its 2019 entry to the FT’s list of the top 15 of the world's best business schools has been dramatic.In France, SKEMA’s Master in Management has been placed fourth among the 22 best French Grandes Ecoles represented.This ranking takes into account, among other factors, graduates' appreciation of their school, their careers and career development over the last three years. SKEMA stands out particularly well in the Aims Achieved category that looks at how graduates have achieved their objectives thanks to the Master in Management degree; we're ranked sixth worldwide on this criterion. In the International Experience category, SKEMA is ranked ninth in the world.The school’s progress in the ranking is a reflection of its teaching model: to share the incomparable wealth of a truly global and multicultural experience with its students, of 120 nationalities, on its seven campuses around the world.Alice Guilhon, the dean of SKEMA, said: "We can measure how far we have come since we entered the ranking in 2009 and be proud of the progress we have made. This is great recognition of the school's internationalisation strategy and the success of our graduates. Being ranked 12th in the world is a deeply satisfying reward as SKEMA celebrates its 10th anniversary this year."

RTU WILL INAUGURATE THE CONFUCIUS CLASSROOM

RTU Confucius Classroom is an affiliation of the Confucius Institute and will be located at RTU Faculty of E-Learning Technologies and Humanities (FELT), Kronvalda Blvd. 1.The opening ceremony will be attended by the Ambassador of the People’s Republic of China to Latvia, Mr. Liang Jianquan, Latvian Director of the Confucius Institute of the University of Latvia P?teris Pildegovi?s and Chinese Director of the Confucius Institute Shang Quanyu, Vice-Rector for Academic Affairs, Professor  Uldis Sukovskis, Deputy Rector for International Academic Cooperation and Studies, Professor Igors Tip?ns, FELT Dean, Professor Marina Platonova,  students of the Chinese language, as well as Chinese students studying at RTU.RTU Confucius Classroom began its operation before its official opening. It has a library, and at present 21 RTU students and staff members learn the Chinese language. During the opening ceremony, the participants of the Chinese language course will read poems in Chinese, demonstrating their newly acquired language skills. The Confucius institutes and classrooms are designed with the support of the Ministry of Education of the People’s Republic of China and their aim is to promote the Chinese language and culture. The Confucius Classroom also grants scholarships for study and research in China.RTU has been actively and purposefully cooperating with China for several years. For example, 20 first-year students from Beijing International Studies University study at RTU. Owing to RTU support, these students learnt the Latvian language in China, and then they spent the study year in Latvia, where they continued studying the Latvian language, the Latvian history and other study courses, thus preparing for studies at RTU already in the Latvian language.  

Bangor University Machine Translation KTP graded as Outstanding by Innovate UK

Bangor University and Cymen Cyf have been awarded an A (Outstanding) rating for their recently completed Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP). Cymen is a translation company located in Caernarfon, and is one of the largest private sector employers of graduates in Gwynedd. The KTP focused on developing domain-specific machine translation between English and Welsh, using Cymen’s large archive of translated documents as training data. This research aims at making language technologies accessible and freely available for supporting the Welsh language and Welsh economic activity. This KTP was an exciting opportunity to transfer and exploit their  expertise in domain specific machine translation with Cymen’s vast archive of legacy translations. Working closely with the KTP associate, Myfyr Prys, they were able to demonstrate and present at a recent European machine translation academic conference in Dublin that Cymen’s bespoke engines gave much better results than larger general purpose translation engines such as those found on the web.   This partnership received financial support from the Knowledge Transfer Partnerships (KTP) programme . KTP aims to help businesses to improve their competitiveness and productivity through the better use of knowledge, technology and skills that reside within the UK knowledge base. This successful Knowledge Transfer Partnership project, funded by the Welsh Government and UK Research and Innovation through Innovate UK, is part of the government’s Industrial Strategy.    The SMART Partnership project is part-funded by the Welsh Government. They offer financial support to innovative collaborative projects that require a range of expertise to help businesses grow, improve productivity and increase competitiveness.  The aim of SMART Partnerships is to increase the capability and capacity of Welsh businesses to undertake RD&I activity through knowledge transfer.

KTU researchers together with partners from Ukraine are developing knitted bulletproof vests

Kaunas University of Technology (KTU), Lithuania researchers together with Kyiv National University of Technologies and Design, Ukraine are developing new generation knitted bulletproof vests that provide a good balance between protection and comfort.  According to Rimvydas Milašius, a professor at the KTU Faculty of Mechanical Engineering and Design, comfortable, user-friendly textile products that are resistant to mechanical damage and fire are of great importance to defence technology.   Textile products should be comfortable to wear and do not restrict freedom of movement. They should also have excellent ventilation, i.e. to be air and sweat permeable in order to release excess heat to the outside while keeping the inner layer dry. Research shows that increased comfort reduces fatigue of the wearer and helps to maintain focus and concentration for longer. Multi-layered textile application with layers of knit construction made from high-strength yarns allows increased energy absorption when a high-speed bullet, shrapnel or other missile hits it. The knitted fabrics provide this feature due to their loop structure, which is the main difference of their technology from the woven fabrics currently used for similar purposes. The usage of knitted structures in protective applications have only become possible with the recent advances in knitting technology.   Due to the war in Ukraine, the country is paying great attention to modernising the defence structure including the development of new products. Lithuania is interested in not only in providing scientific assistance in order to improve the safety of Ukrainian military forces, but also in future cooperation. The researchers believe that the technology developed by the team from the two countries will be produced not only by Ukrainian but also Lithuanian textile companies.

Protecting human rights at school is not a matter of opinion – A course on democratic citizenship and human rights education provided teacher students with knowledge and courage

How can teachers promote democracy in everyday school work? And what responsibilities do teachers have in ensuring that the human rights of all pupils are observed? Many professionals in the field of education do not have an answer or are at a loss when having to take a stand on hate speech or identify a situation where inequality occurs among pupils.A pilot course organised by the University of Helsinki in spring 2019 tested the inclusion of studies in democratic citizenship and human rights education in teacher training. Simultaneously, a material repository (in Finnish only) was compiled to support all teachers and others involved in education.Democratic citizenship and human rights education has gained traction in national curricula, but teaching the topic to teachers has been lacking standardisation. In a report by the Human Rights Centre (summary in English) and another report by the Ministry of Education and Culture (in Finnish only), both published in 2014, democratic citizenship and human rights education in teacher training was found to rely on the activity of individual operators as well as to be unanchored to a legal basis and unsystematic. Furthermore, the lack of a social perspective in teacher training was highlighted. Options for utilising the special pilot course are currently being surveyed. At the University of Helsinki, the aim is to also organise the course in the form of contact teaching and include it in the course offerings.

Ulster University researchers explore the potential of electric vehicles

Transport is widely regarded as the next major challenge in the UK’s decarbonisation journey. Recent developments in electric vehicles (EVs) worldwide mean that this technology is optimally placed to help lower emissions from road transport. Thanks to the recent acquisition of an electric vehicle (EV), researchers at Ulster University are exploring the potential of this new technology. The UK Government has set ambitions to ensure that almost every car and van in the UK is a zero-emission vehicle by 2050, and to make the UK a world leader in EV and battery technologies.Due to their high energy capacity, mass deployment of EVs will have significant impact on power networks. This impact will dictate the design of the electric vehicle interface and charging devices and the way future power networks will be designed and controlled.Ulster University’s SPIRE 2 project has acquired an EV to support essential research that will aim to tackle the identified challenges and better inform policymakers and stakeholders and give direction to further research on the impact of electric vehicles on existing power distribution networks.Ulster University’s SPIRE 2 project is addressing how consumer-owned energy storage can resolve the problem of the variability of renewable energy (RE) output. Researchers are exploring how homes and businesses can store renewable energy effectively, allowing very high levels of RE to be integrated into power grids globally, at the same time as maximising the benefits to consumers.The SPIRE 2 project has received funding of €6.7 million from the EU’s INTERREG VA programme, which is managed by the Special EU Programmes Body (SEUPB). Match-funding for the project has been provided by the Department of Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation in Ireland and the Department for the Economy in Northern Ireland.

The University of Hradec Králové succeeded in international university rankings. It is the best university among Czech higher education institutions!

The Times Higher Education published the results of an international ranking of higher education institutions called European Teaching Ranking 2019. In a competition of hundreds of top European universities, the UHK gained 101.-125. spot. Among Czech universities, University of Hradec Králové is the best!Rector, Kamil Ku?a says the ranking is special because the institutions was evaluated anonymously by its students. and their students gave them a real praise, for which he is immensely grateful.The evaluation is based on fourteen indicators, they combine students' satisfaction with the quality of education, with the environment of the institution and with the attitudes of academics towards students. Other very interesting factors are employability on the labour market, the share of international students and gender balance of the employees and students.

Exciting alternative route into Physiotherapy at Bangor University

With physiotherapists often in short supply, physiotherapy service managers and potential students in Wales have welcomed the development of a new route to qualify as a physiotherapist. A new two-year accelerated post-graduate course at Bangor University, aimed at graduates, is providing an exciting alternative mode of entry to the profession compared to the established undergraduate approach. The Physiotherapy programme has been commissioned by Health Education and Improvement Wales (HEIW). It complements a three year undergraduate degree course at Glynd?r University, ensuring undergraduate and postgraduate routes to a physiotherapy qualification across North WalesThe postgraduate accelerated programme has been designed as an efficient and innovative means to broaden access into the profession, whilst continuing to provide high quality physiotherapy workforce for the local Health Board and beyond.Dr Lynne Williams, Head of the School of Health Sciences said; “We are very pleased to be offering this programme. Bangor University is fully committed to offering a physiotherapy programme as part of the portfolio of the School of Health Science and welcomes this new development as providing one of the key disciplines for promoting inter-professional learning for students."

Palacký University awarded for social responsibility

Palacký University Olomouc has been awarded the National Prize of the Czech Republic for Social Responsibility. The award was granted in the category of large and medium-sized public sector organisations. The prize was accepted by Rector Jaroslav Miller and Vice-Rector Hana Marešová at a gala evening at Prague Castle, where the Ministry of Industry and Trade of the Czech Republic and the Quality Council of the Czech Republic announced the winners of the 2019 Czech National Quality Prizes. Palacký University enrolled in the programme to find out how it stands in the competition with other schools in fulfilling the third role of the university – working for the benefit of society, both in the city and in the region. Recently, UP was particularly and most importantly involved in local and regional action plans for education; volunteer activities such as Civic University, in which students and academics offer their knowledge via lectures to the public; the Euforka project, which seeks to mediate relevant information about Europe; and the student association Sustainable Palacký, which promotes environmentally friendly behavior. “We perceive the university as a community that systematically helps its members even in the public space. This is possible through the involvement of experts, the work of many volunteers and student organizations, and thanks to the extraordinary supportive environment that is still being expanded and modernized,” said Vice-Rector for External Relations Petr Bilík.

Eminent ERC Consolidator Grants awarded to three scholars at the University of Helsinki

Three researchers working at the University of Helsinki have been awarded the Consolidator Grant by the European Research Council. The funding was granted to Kristiina Mannermaa, Henning Trüper and Kirsi Mikkonen. Kristiina Mannermaa is a docent of archaeology specialised in zooarchaeology, whose work focuses on the relationships between animals and humans.The ERC-funded research project entitled ‘Animals Make Identities. The Social Bioarchaeology of Late Mesolithic and Early Neolithic Cemeteries in North-East Europe’ examines how animals affected the identity of Stone Age hunter-gatherers. Among the techniques employed in the project are methods of bioarchaeology and geographic information software.Prehistoric hunter-gatherers not only felt a close kinship with animals, but also believed they had the ability to transform into animals and converse with them. Mannermaa is looking into how these customs of coexisting with animals are reflected on and stand out in the burial material of prehistoric hunter-gatherers. The project helps understand our own society and our relationship with nature, as well as our identity, which has evolved through these two factors. Mannermaa is working as a researcher at the Department of Cultures of the Faculty of Arts and is currently serving as a visiting professor at the University of Tartu.Henning Trüper’s ERC project is about the history of saving lives from shipwreck in Europe since around 1800. It aims to develop a novel understanding of the history of humanitarian morality. From the 1820s onward, a set of loosely interconnected social movements emerged in various countries to institute nationwide associations for aiding the victims of coastal shipping disaster. Within a few decades, urban-bourgeois activists persuaded coastal populations to embrace a universal and unconditional imperative to attempt the rescue of the shipwrecked almost regardless of risk to the rescuers.The ERC project asks why and how this novel imperative emerged, and how it was stabilized and sustained. The analysis will make it possible to develop a new theoretical understanding of the contingent organization of moral norms around “single issues.” This will help to explain why the overall landscape of humanitarian movements remains archipelagic, i.e. structured by insular relief efforts for selected kinds of suffering. In this way, the historical research will also help better understand many present-day concerns, sentiments, and conflicts.Henning Trüper has worked at the University of Helsinki Collegium for Advanced Studies for 3 years. He currently works in Leibniz Center for Literary and Cultural Studies and will transfer to the Department of Philosophy, History and Art Studies at the University of Helsinki.Assistant Professor Kirsi Mikkonen from the Department of Food and Nutrition at the Faculty of Agriculture and Forestry has studied spruce gum and birch gum, i.e.  hemicelluloses from trees. They can be used to stabilise emulsions, or compounds of two mutually insoluble liquids. Mikkonen has also previously developed a more effective method of producing nanoparticles from lignin. With the ERC grant, Mikkonen will develop a pioneering technique, with which double-sided Janus particles will be produced from lignin and hemicellulose. These structures, derived from natural raw materials, can in the future be used as ingredients in food, pharmaceutical agents, chemicals and building materials. The particles bind firmly to surfaces, stabilising them or forming organised structures.  

Scientists study the impacts of the European Digital Single Market on the Czech audio-visual industry

There is no single digital market in the European Union, and Czech customers are discriminated in their access to some online services. The European Commission has failed to ensure that the new legal reform guarantees the free movement of services, including online streaming. Thus, Czech consumers cannot purchase and use the service offered to customers in another member country. The impact of the Digital Single Market Strategy on the Czech audio-visual industry is being studied by scientists from Palacký University Olomouc and Masaryk University in Brno (MUNI). In the several-year project supported by the Technology Agency of the Czech Republic, researchers deal with the impact of European legislation on Czech consumers, authors, directors, producers, and distributors. “We are also interested in which problems have not been solved by the European Commission’s legal reform despite its original intention, and what the likely consequences will be in the future," said Pavel Zahrádka from the Department of Theatre and Film Studies at the UP Faculty of Arts. A multidisciplinary team of sociologists, film industry analysts, and legal experts from UP and MUNI is, among other things, involved in mapping the disputes between copyright holders with online content sharing platforms such as Uloz.to. The team also deals with what attitudes Czech consumers have regarding the use of illegally distributed Internet content as well as the conditions under which domestic customers would be willing to pay, for example, for selected films or TV series.

Triple Ulster University Journalism ‘Awards for Excellence’ nominations

Ulster University staff and students have been shortlisted for three prestigious UK-wide industry awards for journalism excellence, in the National Council for the Training of Journalists (NCTJ) Awards for Excellence 2019.The first NCTJ award nomination is for teaching innovation. The university’s award entry outlined the specialist training developed by the university in resilience building for reporters going into hostile environments like war zones, disaster areas and dealing with terrorism.This specialist training, ‘Resilience building for Hostile Environments’ was headed by the university’s Dr Colm Murphy, from the School of Communication and Media, and delivered under guidance from Pat Deeny, Senior Lecturer, a disaster healthcare specialist at the university, the International Red Cross and several international anti-terrorist experts. Other staff involved included Milne Rowntree and Maggie Swarbrick. Organisations including St John’s Ambulance, Community Rescue, PSNI and Coastal Care also assisted in the training exercises. The training, which took place on the Coleraine campus, involved teaching journalists skills in shelter and community building, first aid, nutrition, hydration, security, safety, cultural awareness, situational awareness, checkpoints and post-traumatic stress.The second award nomination, for the Features category, is Masters’ student Nick Winchester. Nick, who comes from England, is nominated for his feature which examined the experiences of a Syrian family and their difficulties in returning home from a refugee camp in the Lebanon. Nick travelled to the Lebanon last Easter to undertake a series of reports about refugees, cannabis growing and the aspirations of young people in the country once dominated by war, and he has reflected on these experiences in his writing of these issues.The third award nomination, for the category of ‘Top Scoop,’ is for MA Journalism student Brendan Marshall from for his reporting on the St Patrick’s night tragedy at the Greenvale Hotel in Cookstown, Co Tyrone. One of the first reporters on the scene of the tragedy Brendan reported for BBC Five Live and RTÉ, among other international broadcasters, and he has been recognised for his responsible reporting of this incident, in which three teenagers tragically died. Winners of the awards will be announced at a gala dinner at the Stadium of Light, Sunderland, at the end of this month. The awards will be presented by Kevin Maguire, associate editor of The Mirror newspaper.

The "faulty" neurons behind brain tumors

Headaches, nausea, drowsiness, loss of muscle control, difficulty in swallowing: these are the symptoms that characterize most cases of medulloblastoma, the most common brain tumor of childhood which can also affect adults.About seven in one million children are diagnosed with medulloblastoma in Italy based on data from Associazione italiana registri tumori (Italian tumor registry). It seems that the symptoms appear when the cerebrospinal fluid stops circulating inside the central nervous system because of the tumor.But the cause of medulloblastoma and its risk factors are still unknown.Researchers at the University of Trento investigated the onset mechanisms of this type of tumor, and their findings were recently published in Cell Reports.Their research study focused on a subset of medulloblastoma with specific molecular characteristics (sonic hedgehog-associated medulloblastoma-SHH), and was funded by the Armenise-Harvard Foundation and the AIRC Foundation for Cancer Research.The research team coordinated by Luca Tiberi (Armenise-Harvard Laboratory of Brain Cancer, Cibio Department, University of Trento) is of the opinion that this particularly aggressive tumor may be caused by faulty neurons.Tiberi explained: "We identified a new mechanism through which medulloblastoma develops. Previously, the assumption was that only stem cells, which are responsible for tissue growth and propagation especially in children, could develop into tumors. But we demonstrated that neurons too, that are fully developed cells, can develop into tumors. This discovery opens new horizons for cancer research and may even change the way in which tumors are diagnosed and cancer drugs are tested and developed".It is a breakthrough given that brain tumors are very aggressive and there are not many therapeutic options available.Surgery is not always possible, and chemotherapy and radiation therapy are not very effective in these cases. Besides that, it is rather common that the tumor reappears after some time even when treatments are successful. When this occurs, treatments are usually ineffective.The survival rate at five years from the diagnosis of medulloblastoma is around 60-70% (source: AIRC Foundation for Cancer Research).

KU ACCOMPANIES THE YEAR OF 2019 HAVING ACHIEVED THE SET GOALS

Klaipeda University (KU) accompanies the finishing year of 2019 with vivacity. The higher education institution can enjoy the bigger number of students after almost a decade – the possibility to study in the port city has been chosen by more students than the number of graduates this year. KU has also been recognised and listed among the best European universities and together with five universities-partners belongs to a progressive and ambitious consortium “EU-CONEXUS“(“European University for Smart Urban Coastal Sustainability“).“The  year of 2019 was full of challenges for Klaipeda University, but working together we managed to cope with them. One of the most significant and important events for us as a higher education institution is that we were able to get among the best European universities and together five other European universities-partners we are going to create a common European university“, – KU Rector Prof. Dr. Arturas Razbadauskas pointed out the most important events of the finishing year.KU, which has also introduced a new visual identity, can also enjoy having kept stable positions both in the new rankings announced by higher education institutions ratings organisers “QS World University Rankings“ (QS Emerging Europe and Central Asia 2020, QS EECA)  and in subject-based rating of Lithuanian universities, which is compiled and published by the magazine „Reitingai“ (Ratings).„The achievements of our scientists and scientific employees speak for themselves. We have increased the internationality of the university not only with speeches, but also with works. The team of KU Maritime Research Institute scientists together with partners from other universities participated in the expedition to the Arctic, where very important research works have been carried out. The team of our scientists received a permission to patent the blood pressure measurement device invented by them in the European patent organisation. Of course, we can be proud of our achievements in Lithuania, as well. For example, the Institute of Baltic Region History and Archaeology scientific employee‘s  Dr. Indre Zigeu dissertation has been recognised as the best in the fields of Humanities ans Social sciences in Lithuania“, – A. Razbadauskas was glad about the achievements of KU community.However, the university meets the approaching year of 2020 with setting ambitious goals and objectives. The higher education institution, having put great efforts  to increase the quality and attractiveness of studies, is going not to stop and will invite the youth to study in the port city by offering unique and exceptional studies.“We are going to pay great attention to international students. Next year we are going to offer studies in three different foreign languages. Among the programs to be delivered are fourteen Bachelor‘s and seven Master‘s study programmes and it is about one fourth of the study fields we offer. At the moment about one tenth of our students are foreigners, but we notice, that Klaipeda Univesity is becoming more and more attractive, so we hope to have these numbers even higher next year“, – maintained  the Rector of KU.The question of academic personnel salaries raises the anxiety for the university community, as well as almost all other higher education institutions. The salaries of scientists and lecturers are too low, therefore the objectives raised to compete with the biggest foreign universities are hardly achievable, and the present situation is harmful to the quality of the studies, the consequences of which are felt by students, too.“We believe that the Government of Lithuania will hear the voice of Lithuanian higher education institutions and their request to increase the salaries of academic personnel. We all know well the present situation and we all expect to be heard and appreciated appropriately so that we could be competitive in the market of higher education and in the “fight“ for students with foreign higher education institutions“, – A. Razbadauskas looked at the  year of 2020 with hope.

Facial recognition: a step towards brighter future or a march into total surveillance society?

On December, 3rd at Lazarski University there was an open, Oxford style debate on the topic of facial recognition technology. Two teams were invited to debate the issue. Each side presented arguments for and against the motion. They tried to evaluate whether the technology (neither good or bad by itself) will be a force for good and stimulate progress, making our work more productive, and our life easier and pleasant or it will turn out to be a slippery slope leading into total surveillance society, where everybody will be subject to face check and no one will be allowed any privacy.At the beginning of the debate it was evaluated by means of quick voting what attitude the audience had towards the technology, and after the arguments were presented from both sides (opponents and proponents) the voting procedure was repeated to see if the position of the audience has changed. Indeed, at the beginning of the debate there was a clear split 25 “for” and 25 “against”. However, after the arguments were presented the score changed to 19 “for” and 30 “against”. Therefore, it was concluded that the motion against the use of such technology prevailed and the winners of the debate were announced.

Uppsala University in European initiative for new antibiotics

Uppsala University is taking a leading role in COMBINE, a multinational collaboration where 11 partners from academia and the private sector are working together to chart new approaches for the more effective development of antibiotics.With a central position in the new European collaboration COMBINE, Uppsala University is expanding its already strong commitment in speeding the development of new antibiotics. Innovative Medicines Initiative (IMI) – a partnership between the EU and the European Federation of Pharmaceutical Industries and Associations (EFPIA) – is behind this 25-million-euro initiative. Anders Karlén, professor of computational medicinal chemistry, is the project's coordinator.Uppsala University also has a leading role in designing a standardised, preclinical reference model for developing antibiotics. This task includes formulating recommendations for interpreting results and guidance in how these results can predict the outcome of clinical studies.With COMBINE’s combined process support and project support, IMI is improving the potential for achieving the ambitious goals of the ongoing billion kronor initiative Antimicrobial Resistance Accelerator Programme to develop new preclinical pharmaceutical candidates, of which five are to be ready for phase 2 studies within six year. This is an initiative that is even more important considering the approaching end of ENABLE, another IMI-financed European programme where Uppsala University is leading development of potential antibiotics against gram-negative bacteria.  

RTU HAS ACHIEVED THE HIGHEST RESULTS SO FAR IN THE EDUNIVERSAL RANKING

The Faculty of Engineering Economics and Management (FEEM) of Riga Technical University (RTU) and Riga Business School (RBS) have been ranked high – in the 4 palms league – in the world’s best business school ranking «Eduniversal» for the fourth consecutive year for outstanding academic excellence, outstanding quality and strong international influence in business and management education. The Master study program «Innovations and Entrepreneurship» implemented by the FEEM has been rated the best in Eastern Europe.The Eduniversal Best Masters Ranking 2019 includes ten out of 12 RTU FEEM and RBS Master study programs, attesting their quality and international competitiveness. The evaluation of all programs has improved compared to the previous year, for example, the program «Total Quality Management» has risen 19 places. It ranks 12th among the top 100 Master study programs in quality management in the world. The program «Administration of Customs and Taxes», which is the first study program accredited by the World Customs Organization, has also received a higher international rating. It ranks 30th best in the world in its field.Two more study programs implemented by RTU FEEM – «Urban and Regional Engineering Economics» (23rd in Sustainable Development and Environmental Management) and «Entrepreneurship and Management» (36th in Entrepreneurship) – have been included among the top 100 university and business school programs in the world. The program «Civil Construction and Real Estate Management» ranks 18th among the 50 best programs in the world.Among the 200 best university and business school programs in Eastern Europe, the study programs implemented by RTU FEEM take leading positions, for example, the professional study program «Innovations and Entrepreneurship» is recognized as the best in this field. The program develops creative thinking and the ability to create new values, educates and trains entrepreneurs and executives to work at companies and organizations of all sizes and areas. The programs «Business Finance» and «Organization and Management of International Economic Relations» rank 4th in their respective fields, while the academic study program «Economics» ranks 6th. In turn, the study program implemented by RBS «Master of Business Administration» has been evaluated three times – it ranks 14th in Marketing, 4th in Professional MBA and 15th in Executive MBA among the 200 best Eastern European programs.The French rating and consulting company SMBG every year assesses 1,000 best universities and business schools in the Eduniversal ranking and it evaluates the top Master study programs and MBA programs in 50 different specializations in 154 countries worldwide. Eduniversal Business Schools Ranking is a league of five palms. The top 4 palms league includes 200 business schools of outstanding standing and considerable international influence, including RTU and RBS. The ranking aims at helping students choose the most appropriate schools in East Asia, Eastern Europe, Africa, Central Asia, Eurasia and the Middle East, Latin America, Oceania, Western Europe and North America.

Webinar "How to choose your Business School"

Register & attend this LIVE webinar on ‘How to choose your Business School in France‘ by Montpellier Business School and learn- How to differentiate yourself from other professionals by studying in France. Which factors to consider while choosing the right Program and Institution. How to select the Business School that will give you the student experience you are looking for. This Webinar will be animated by Judith Rakotondralay, International Development Manager at MBS. Register and attend the live Webinar here. 

RTU – ONE OF THE TOP 100 GREENEST UNIVERSITIES IN THE WORLD

Riga Technical University (RTU) is ranked among 100 greenest universities in the world, ranking 93–95 in the GreenMetric for green politics and sustainability. RTU has obtained  equal number of points with two Spanish universities. It is a significant achievement compared to 2018, when RTU was ranked 128th. Moreover, RTU remains the only higher education institution in Latvia that has been ranked so high. In the GreenMetric Rankings, world universities are ranked according to their commitment to reducing environmental impact. To reduce human impact on the environment and climate change, RTU is committed to introducing the concept of Green ??psala at its campus by 2023. To achieve the goal, RTU is improving its infrastructure in compliance with sustainability principles, changing student and staff habits, and using innovative green products and technologies developed by RTU researchers in ??psala campus infrastructure.

Guest lecturer from Klaipeda University has started to teach in "Natural Sciences"

In the project “Perfection of the Academic Staff of Liepaja University in the Areas of Strategic Specialization – Natural Sciences, Mathematics and Information Technologies, Art, Social Sciences, Commerce and Law” the guest professor Olga Anne from Klaipeda University (Lithuania) has started to give lectures to Master study programme students of Liepaja University (LiepU) in the strategic specialization field – “Natural Sciences” and the guest professor has been working as a researcher already for half a year in this area at LiepU.Currently the guest professor is giving lectures to 1st year students of the professional Master study programme “Ecotechnologies” in the study course “Economic Activities’ Environmental Impact Assessment” (3 ECTS). This course has been implemented for half a year, involving specialists from environmental field, including the study programme director of Master programme “Ecotechnologies” Lilita ?bele. Moreover, the guest professor has been on a study excursion to Klaipeda city with students, introducing them with different Klaipeda enterprises and their work in this field.The guest professor's teaching activities at LiepU are planned for one more year. The guest lecturer together with two more guest lecturers of Natural Sciences have already published scientific research results in collected articles of scientific conference during this project and will continue to do it.

KTU expert: the number of .lt domains is growing due to expansion of mobile internet

The Internet Service Centre DOMREG at Kaunas University of Technology (KTU) – the registry of .lt top-level domain – informs that the number of domains has reached 198 923 in 2019. Since 2018, the growth of 3.15% is observed. The number of registered .lt domains is expected to reach 200 000 in the near future.The Head of KTU Internet Service Centre Daiva Tamulionien? claims the increasing number of .lt domains is related to both the active local business and the extensive use of mobile internet. According to the data of the Communications Regulatory Authority of the Republic of Lithuania, the number of active SIM cards used for the provision of the internet access services has already exceeded 3 million and is approaching the number of SIM cards used for the provision of the voice services. It shows the substantial growth of the use of the mobile internet, i.e. using phones for web browsing.Lithuanians use their mobile phones constantly which prompts businesses to increase their activities online and create more digital content. The activities of the bloggers and influencers must have reached their peak last year. Therefore, the number of websites, blogs and e-shops that need domains keeps increasing."We are glad that .lt domain remains the most popular in Lithuania: soon there will be 200 000 registered websites, which have .lt ending. On this happy occasion, we have decided to celebrate the growth of the Lithuanian internet by awarding the prize – a tablet – to one lucky holder of .lt domain”, says the Head of KTU Internet Service Centre Tamulionien?.Even though 57% of .lt domains belong to the companies and other legal entities, the number of internet names registered for personal use remains high. The private persons were the holders of almost 85 thousand .lt domains last year. According to the Head of the Centre, the majority of the private users create .lt domains for their personal websites, blogs and emails. She believes that more and more self-employed individuals are creating their representational websites or e-shops instead of relying solely on social media.“There is a delightful idea coming from abroad: to create a family’s internet name before the wedding as well as electronic wedding invitations containing a detailed program or even the map of the event’s location. Later, such a website becomes a family chronicle and all the family promotes their name by using the unique email addresses with .lt domain name”, tells Tamulionien?.Even though nearly 38 thousand new .lt domains were created last year, almost 32 thousand domains were deleted at the will of the domain holders. Most often, the domains are deleted when they are not used anymore or at the end of a specific project or event for which a website was created. Part of the domains is deleted after the termination of activities or bankruptcy of a legal entity.“If you change a trademark or create a new project, we always recommend keeping the old domain for some time with redirection to the new one. In this case, you will not lose the flow of visitors and will be protected from the fraudsters who can re-create the domain after its deletion and mislead the visitors or even commit crimes while using the domain name.The people who create new trademarks for a website or e-shop should choose .lt domain because the Lithuanians trust it and automatically type the Lithuanian ending .lt in the browser”, emphasises Tamulionien?. Currently, the procedural services of .lt domain are provided by 66 Lithuanian and 59 foreign registrars. KTU Internet Service Centre DOMREG is .lt registry; its key tasks are the management of .lt domain infrastructure and insurance of the functioning of the domain name system (DNS) online.

SKEMA Ventures launches study on entrepreneur confidence

Recognised for their work on entrepreneurs and the ecosystems of entrepreneurship, SKEMA Business School’s research teams have developed a measurement index based on different criteria tested in real conditions. This index will evaluate the mindset and confidence of entrepreneurs periodically.The index will help in providing institutional, economic and academic stakeholders with data that will help to (re)develop entrepreneur-centric policies in support of entrepreneurship. The aim of this research is to create a recurring index to measure the mindset and confidence of entrepreneurs by periodically assessing:-How entrepreneurs perceive their ability to handle the uncertainty generated by the current state of their environment-How they feel about the support they currently receive from the stakeholders in their ecosystem-How successful they currently feel in terms of their entrepreneurial venture, their professional life, and achieving the goals they had initially set themselves-Their current perception of the image they project to those around them, as well as their perception of the image entrepreneurship currently has in society in general.  

New Global Competence in Teacher Education Project Launches with an Erasmus+ Grant

Häme University of Applied Sciences (HAMK) together with the University of Hull and three other universities, AFS Intercultural Programs (AFS) and the European Federation for Intercultural Learning (EFIL) in Europe have been awarded a Erasmus+ research and programme development grant of €443,540 to advance global competence in teacher education.Shared global challenges including the climate crisis, rising nationalism and economic injustices, coupled with the advances of the Fourth Industrial Revolution, demand that education systems better prepare learners to embrace flexibility, innovation and work across differences in order to find sustainable solutions together. Global competence is a key learning approach to do this. It encompasses the abilities to master new literacies (e.g. digital, information, media) from multiple perspectives, develop an understanding and appreciation of different cultures, values, beliefs and systems, become an able and adaptive communicator, and learn how to work effectively and appropriately with others.Yet, initial research shows that global competence has not yet been widely incorporated within higher education programs for future teachers in most countries. As a result, new teachers leaving university are often unaware of the need for global competence or how to include it in their curricula.The Global Competence in Teacher Education project will directly address this challenge by working with teacher educators and trainee teachers to develop future cohorts of teachers in Europe and beyond who are both globally competent themselves and have the skills to develop global competence in their students.Begun in September 2019, the project will last three years and establish an international Global Competence Network of Educators to help the project consortium analyse and develop global competence curricula, materials and trainings within national teacher education programs. This project will also foster better intercultural education practices, including through teacher and student mobility and the use of virtual reality technology to enable non-mobility based experiences and sharing.The Global Competence in Teacher Education consortium partners include:? University Of Hull, United Kingdom (Lead organiser)? AFS Intercultural Programs (AFS), United States? European Federation for Intercultural Learning (EFIL), Belgium? Häme University of Applied Sciences (HAMK), Finland? Hellenic Open University (HOU), Greece? University College Leuven-Limburg (UCLL), Belgium? Università Degli Studi Di Genova, ItalyThe consortium partners bring strong experience in project topics, knowledge of European and global realities, and connections with schools? and other education stakeholders – all necessary for developing relevant resources and outcomes.The project partners are initially working on a scoping study and curriculum mapping exercise to gain a better understanding of the existing policies, structures and best practices in global competence education for teachers. Teachers will be directly involved in this activity to help shape the design of improved training practices. Study results will be published in journals and presented at conferences worldwide to inform teacher educators, policy-makers and researchers.  

Groupe ESC Clermont opens its first campus in China

With this new campus, Groupe ESC Clermont aims to develop its academic and research programs in a thriving offshore region, close to a high-tech capital of the world. The campus is housed inside the Guangdong Polytechnic of Science and Technology College (GDPST) in Zhuhai, a top 40 Higher Vocational College*. Zhuhai itself is well-known as a science and tech city of southeastern China. Located in the Special Economic Zone (SEZ) and the « Chinese Riviera », Zhuhai is ideally located next to Macao and within  two hour  of Hong-King, Guangzhou and Shenzhen.One hundred undergraduate Chinese students have already enrolled in our joint program ran in collaboration with GDPST. Thanks to this joint program, French students enrolled in our Bachelor and Master programs will be able to study for one semester in Zhuhai next year. Our DBA program, opening in 2020, will also start a collaborative working relationship with local university professors from the district.These programs are consistent with the Higher Education policy in China, focussed on international and professionalized curricula. They also clearly demonstrate how Groupe ESC Clermont has actively pursued its internationalisation and successfully set up international partnerships since 1949. Today, almost a third of students at Groupe ESC Clermont come from all around the world, currently representing 53 different nationalities.

International collaboration elevates Peace and Conflict Studies

The appointment to the Rotary Peace Center has raised Uppsala University’s already attractive master’s programme in Peace and Conflict Studies to the very highest level. In January master’s student Afaf Doleeb received the Martin Henriksson Holmdahl Prize for her involvement in Sudan’s democratic development.Afaf Doleeb, a master’s student in Peace and Conflict Studies, has been awarded the Martin Henriksson Holmdahl Prize, Uppsala University’s top honour for efforts to promote human rights and freedoms. The explanatory statement emphasises Afaf Doleeb’s great commitment to the peaceful protest movement, which was crucial for Sudan’s democratic development towards rule based on human rights. Doleeb is currently one of 18 Rotary Peace Scholars based in Uppsala, and during her time with the programme, she has played a key role in the formation of a Facebook group that monitors the Sudanese government’s compliance with the agreements it has entered into.In 2011 Rotary International named Uppsala University the world’s sixth international Peace Center. The appointment, which was obtained in competition with several of the world’s highest-ranking universities, means that each year about 10 scholarship holders from around the world begin Uppsala’s highly selective Master Programme in Peace and Conflict Studies. The number of applicants per scholarship is high, and the selection process meticulous.During their two years at Uppsala Rotary Peace Center, the scholarship holders also participate in activities in addition to the regular schedule. These include an Applied Field Experience held in the summer months after the first year of study. Each scholarship holder then participates in peace-promoting activities anywhere in the world based on a self-formulated project plan. In addition to a valuable contribution, it provides an opportunity for each participant to make contacts and to specialise in preparation for their future career.Among the scholarship holders who have already obtained their 120-credit master’s degree at Uppsala University, many have chosen to work in non-governmental peace-building organisations, several of them working close to conflict areas. Others have chosen to build on their academic qualifications, including a couple who have returned to Uppsala for doctoral studies at the Department of Peace and Conflict Research.  

Face the future – Bangor University awarded substantial grant to explore Emotional AI in smart cities

As Emotional Artificial Intelligence (AI) starts to be rolled out in smart cities, a team from Bangor University has won a substantial grant to study ways in which citizens can live harmoniously with technologies that sense, learn and interact with their emotions, moods, attention and intentions.‘Emotional AI in Cities: Cross Cultural Lessons from UK and Japan on Designing for An Ethical Life’ is a 3-year project jointly-funded by British and Japanese research councils and will be led by Andrew McStay, Professor of Digital Life at Bangor University.Japan and the UK are at a critical juncture where technological, social and governance structures can be appropriately prepared before mass adoption of Emotional AI. In the case of smart cities, a mistrust of the latest civic infrastructure and its management has been witnessed recently in social and legal debates surrounding the use of facial detection and recognition technologies.While Japan and UK are advanced nations in AI development and adoption, they differ in social, political, normative and techno-ethics histories. Other issues that will provide a rich scope for the team’s research include the logics of sensing technologies and the extent to which emotion display is universal across cultures; the nature of ethnocentric differences in social media usage and expression of online emotion; and potential differences between Japanese and European conceptions on what constitutes privacy and sensitive data.As well as interviewing key stakeholders developing or deploying emotional AI in smart cities, the international research team will examine governance approaches (laws, norms, values) for collection and use of intimate data about emotions in public spaces to understand how these guide Emotional AI technological developments. It will seek to understand diverse citizens’ attitudes to Emotional AI, and will co-design citizen-led, creative visions of what it means to live ethically and well with Emotional AI in cities. Ultimately, it aims to feed all the research insights, including citizens’ views, back to the diverse stakeholders, including governments, industry and educators shaping usage of Emotional AI in cities.Looking ahead to the study, Professor Andrew McStay said: ‘Only 5 or so years ago, Emotional AI was the preserve of start-ups trying to create services out of affective computing. Today, the largest companies are deploying emotional AI and empathic technology systems in cars, streets, classrooms, homes and more. Its presence is growing in diverse sectors, converging on smart cities. For both Japan and the UK, we urgently need to know what the societal implications of the emergence of these technologies are, how will they be deployed in our cities, what is coming next, how do citizens feel about it, are policies appropriate, and the place of data ethics in societies with quite different histories and demographics.’ 

Montpellier Business School renews its commitment to the professional integration of people with disabilities

In 2018, the unemployment rate of people with disabilities is 19%, while it is 9% for the total labour force. This observation underlines the importance of making companies aware of responsible recruitment for a better professional integration. Based on the values of diversity and inclusion, Montpellier Business School is committed to training future responsible recruiters, and to making the necessary adjustments to the professional development of all its employees.Guaranteeing professional integration through access to higher educationNadège Ortiz-Boris says: “Today, only 1% of young people with disabilities have a “Bac +5” degree. To move the lines, we must act against the self-censorship of these young middle and high school students.“Montpellier Business School has set up actions upstream of its courses whose objective is to develop self-esteem among these young people. “Since 2012, in partnership with the FEDEEH, the school has rolled out the PHARES program (which stands for “Beyond Disability Advancing and Succeeding in Higher Education”); 40 young people were accompanied by 45 tutors to participate in activities whose goal is to lift this self-censorship.“Adapt education conditions and facilitate professionalizationMontpellier Business School puts everything in place so that disability does not hinder the smooth running of studies. “The campus is fully adapted to any form of motor disability. In addition, disability referrals are trained in each school’s educational department to offer schooling and examinations.” Nadège adds.Finally, in addition to the traditional professionalization tools (Career Centre, Entrepreneurship Centre), students have the opportunity to participate in specialized recruitment forums (internship offers, work-study contracts, open-ended contracts and fixed-term contracts), co-organized with the FEDEEH.Personalized follow-up for Montpellier Business School employeesMontpellier Business School pays particular attention to the entire integration process. From the selection of applications and as required by the diversity label held by Montpellier Business School for 10 years now, recruitment is based solely on business skills, linguistic and behavioural and can lead to a process of adapting the position to the profile of the candidate.This support resulted in the signing of the first disability agreements in July 2018 and was formalized by the appointment of a dedicated equality coordinator: Nadège Ortiz-Boris. “We carry out regular individual interviews with the employees and managers, to support employees in adapting to the job, their career and their well-being within Montpellier Business School.”To be recognized to fight against the bias Nadège recognizes that “very often, there is a certain shyness or embarrassment to be recognized as a worker with disabilities. These workers may be afraid of being stigmatized or sometimes minimizing their situation by thinking that their colleagues may be in worse situations. Nevertheless, there is a real interest in being recognized as a worker with a disability. First of all to guarantee a good development of the position and the working time but especially to improve the visibility on the handicap and to validate by the example that it is not a brake on good performance. “   

New call for UP Endowment Fund grants: Students, take advantage of your opportunities!

With the new year and new semester also come new opportunities. One offered to students is from the Palacký University Endowment Fund, which today announced its sixth call, to which students can apply until 30 March in order to get support for their scientific, academic, and artistic projects.The Palacký University Endowment Fund (UP EF) supports outstanding international scientific, research, and artistic activities of students. Since it was founded in 2015, 42 student projects have been supported, in the total amount of €150,000. “This year we will distribute €25,000 to successful applicants. This is money from private donors. Their contributions are intended for all students of Master’s and doctoral programmes, from all faculties of UP. Students can receive up to €8,000 for their projects. We support scientific, academic, and creative projects. We maintain the same principles upon which the UP EF – a unique project in the Czech Republic – was founded years ago: maximum trust and minimal bureaucracy. In addition to the money, students also receive support via training in key areas such as leadership, project management, popularisation of science, and medialisation,” said Dita Palaš?áková of the UP EF.Students can make use of the monies in various ways: e.g. on airfare, accommodation, or purchasing lab materials, etc. What they all however have in common is the effort to manage their own project, become acquainted with top-notch international professional workplaces, and get to meet leaders in their field. Otomar Pešek, a student from the UP Faculty of Science who was successful in the last call, can attest to the programme’s worth. “The entire process of applying was very simple and quick for me. I am very grateful to the coordinators of the UP EF for their help and support in the application process. Thanks to UP EF support, I gained a new insight on academic work and expanded my horizons. I’m very glad for the opportunity to cooperate with other scientific workplaces, for the possibility to gain new contacts, and for the chance to delve into the world of real science,” the student evaluated, and added a comment for his fellow students across the university: “If you have a vision, you are excited about your project and you believe in it, then do not hesitate to apply in order to turn your dream into reality.”František Zálešák has a similar evaluation of his experiences. This student from the Faculty of Science was also successful in the last call. “The UP Endowment Fund meant the opportunity for me to get to the lab of Prof Cristina Nevado, in snowy Switzerland. I have no idea where else I could have obtained the funds for spending three months in such a pricey country. Filling out the application was like taking a stroll through a rose garden. Compared to applications for other grants, where for example I had to get a signed statement from my doctor that I was physically and mentally fit, UP EF has a minimum of bureaucracy,” the doctoral student said. He also considers making contacts with other scientists as crucial. “I was able to spend more than three months among people who share the same passion for chemistry I have, which was enriching for me personally as well as professionally. In a seventeen-member workgroup there were thirteen different nationalities, so I also made contacts from all over the world, which I intend to make use of in the immediate future.”The sixth call for projects is open as of today. On-line applications including all required attachments must be sent by 30 March 2020. Detailed information including the registration system can be found on the pages of the UP EF. The pages also have a list of all the projects supported in the past, as well as information and experiences from supported students.

Vitamin C may shorten ventilation in critically ill patients

Vitamin C administration shortened the duration of mechanical ventilation in critical care patients, but the effect depended on the severity of illness.In five controlled trials including 471 patients requiring ventilation for over 10 hours, vitamin C shortened ventilation time on average by 25% according to a meta-analysis published in Journal of Intensive Care. Vitamin C has numerous biochemical effects. It can influence the cardiovascular system through its involvement in the synthesis of norepinephrine and vasopressin, and energy metabolism through its participation in the synthesis of carnitine. In randomized trials, vitamin C has lowered blood pressure, decreased the incidence of atrial fibrillation and decreased bronchoconstriction. A previous meta-analysis of 12 controlled trials found that vitamin C reduced ICU stay on average by 8%. Critical care patients often have very low vitamin C plasma levels. In healthy people, 0.1 grams per day of vitamin C is usually sufficient to maintain a normal plasma level. However, much higher doses, in the order of grams per day, are needed for critically ill patients to increase their plasma vitamin C levels to within the normal range. Therefore, high vitamin C doses may be needed to compensate for the increased metabolism in critically ill patients.Harri Hemilä from the University of Helsinki, Finland, and Elizabeth Chalker from the University of Sydney, Australia, carried out a systematic review of vitamin C for mechanically ventilated critical care patients. They identified 9 relevant controlled trials, and 8 of them were included in the meta-analysis. On average, vitamin C administration shortened ventilation time by 14%, but the effect of vitamin C depended on the duration of ventilation. Patients who are more seriously ill require longer ventilation than those who are not as sick. Therefore, Hemilä and Chalker hypothesized that the effect of vitamin C might be greater in trials with sicker patients who need longer ventilation. Vitamin C had no effect when ventilation lasted for 10 hours or less. However, in 5 trials including 471 patients who required ventilation for over 10 hours, dosage of 1 to 6 g/day of vitamin C shortened ventilation time on average by 25%."Vitamin C is a safe, low-cost essential nutrient. Given the strong evidence of benefit for more severely ill critical care patients along with the evidence of very low vitamin C levels in such patients, ICU patients may benefit from the administration of vitamin C. Further studies are needed to determine optimal protocols for its administration. Future trials should directly compare different dosage levels," says Dr. Hemilä.  

LSMU Offers Studies for Prospective Students in Ukraine

To expand the geography of international collaboration, representatives of LSMU Jevgenij Razgulin (psychologist for international students) and Anton Rubis (student of Odontology, LSMU student ambassador), had visited Kyiv, Ukraine, on February 7-10.  The Lithuanian University of Health Sciences was presented in the STUDY.UAFair in Kyiv on February 8-9. More than 5000 participants visited this fair. Prospective students and their parents visited the LSMU desk and were consulted about the study programs, accommodation and students' support system provided by LSMU. The most popular study programs in which prospective students were interested were Medicine, Health Psychology, Veterinary Medicine, Physiotherapy, Odontology, and Public Health. Also, a lot of students, who are finishing their studies in Ukraine were looking for Fellowship programs in LSMU. Representatives of LSMU had also visited the office of the biggest students' recruitment agency in Ukraine -"STUDIES.UA" which is now representing the LSMU in Ukraine. During the meeting, Jevgenij Razgulin presented University and discussed the ideas for future collaboration. Many Ukrainians are looking for quality and education which is recognized in Europe and worldwide, that is why there is a great interest in studying at LSMU.

Ulster and Queen’s awarded £2.1million for state-of-the-art high performance computing facility

Ulster University and Queen’s University Belfast have been awarded a major grant of £2.1million for a state-of-the-art computing facility, which will allow researchers to use high performance computing (HPC) technology to address some of society’s biggest challenges. Named “Kelvin-2”, the project has received the funding from the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) via the Engineering and Physical Research Council (EPSRC).The facility, which will be based at Queen’s University’s McClay library, will be used to accelerate research in six specialist areas which both institutions are experts in and are economically and socially important to the UK. These are neurotechnology and computational neuroscience, advanced chemistry, innovative drug delivery, precision medicine, metabolomics and hydrogen safety.In neurotechnology and computational neuroscience, researchers will work on brain modelling and on AI for brain-computer interface based rehabilitation technologies. Research in heterogeneous catalysis will involve modelling chemical processes, which contribute to the production of items used in everyday life. There will also be a focus on innovative drug delivery for improving drug based therapies and for use in diagnostics, as well as on precision medicine where automated tools will be created to analyse data and identify indicators for health conditions.The new facility will also help to advance research in food fingerprinting, including techniques for detecting chemical contaminants in food; and hydrogen deflagration to assist with developing accident prevention and mitigation for hydrogen tanks.  

SKEMA United scholarships awarded after 250 000 km covered

In October 2019, the first edition of SKEMA United, SKEMA's sports challenge for a good cause, took place, bringing together students, employees and graduates to finance scholarship programmes. The original objective was for participants to walk, run or bike the equivalent of a round-the-world tour of SKEMA campuses (i.e. 45,500 km) but was exceeded by so much that this objective was multiplied by five, to reach 250,000 km!Thanks to the kilometres covered during SKEMA United and to the participating companies (Le Groupe Crystal - Expert & Finance, Roquette SA, Société Générale and AVA) who contributed one euro for each kilometre covered, 40% more scholarships have been awarded, bringing the number of scholarship holders to 250 for this academic year.We hope to do even better next time and are already counting on your participation in the second edition.Sheza is a first-year Master in Management student who received a scholarship thanks to SKEMA United. She explains: “I am very grateful to all the participants of this wonderful project which was a real success with more than 250,000 km covered. This allowed us to increase the number of scholarships distributed as well as the amount of each scholarship. I have received a substantial amount of money to help me finance my first year at SKEMA.”

‘The future of our oceans’ – public lecture at Bangor University by prominent scientist

The future of our oceans will be the focus of a public lecture at Bangor University on Wednesday, 4 March.  The speaker is Jacqueline McGlade, Professor of Resilience and Sustainable Development at University College London, and an Honorary Fellow of Bangor University.  The lecture will take place at 5.30pm in the Eric Sunderland Lecture Theatre of the Main Arts Building.  Admission is free, and no tickets are required.  All are welcome.  Professor McGlade said: “Recent evidence about the extent of plastics and litter in our oceans has led to grassroots rejection of single-use plastics.  Banning them is not enough to safeguard the health of our oceans; what is needed is a complete redesign of global production systems.  In this lecture I will outline ways that we can work to ‘conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources for sustainable development’ (one of the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals) in the face of unsustainable consumption and production and the rapidly changing climate.”Jacqueline McGlade is Professor of the Environment at Gresham College.  She holds a Chair in the UCL Institute for Global Prosperity and is also Director of the Sekenani Research Centre of the Maasai Mara University in Kenya.She served as Executive Director of the European Environment Agency from 2003-2013, and from 2014-2017 was Chief Scientist and Director of the Science Division of the United Nations Environment Programme based in Nairobi.  She studied at the Universities of Bangor, Guelph (Canada) and Cambridge.

The first Charity Dinner organized by EUHT StPOL manages to raise more than € 4500 for El Banc dels Aliments Foundation

The facilities of the Hotel Gran Sol hosted the first edition of the Charity Dinner of the University College of Hospitality Management and Culinary Arts of Sant Pol de Mar (EUHT StPOL)on the 27th of February. The Charity Dinner was promoted by the students of the concentration in Gastronomy, Restaurants and Events Management of the Bachelor’s Degree in Hospitality and Tourism Management. In fact, it was the third year student of this concentration who were responsible for organizing the different phases of the project: dissemination, menu design, contact with suppliers, search for sponsors, etc. 132 people participated in the Charity Dinner prepared by the students and the team of teachers of the Hotel-School of Sant Pol de Mar from the products donated by the sponsoring and collaborating companies of the event. In total, the initiative allowed to collect € 4,545 as a result of the sum of the tickets sold for the Charity Dinner, the donations and the tickets for the raffle of gifts given by the companies and collaborating entities. At the end of the Charity Dinner, the CEO of EUHT StPOL, Lluís Serra, together with the students who promoted the event, delivered the funds collected to the delegate of the Maresme area of El Banc dels Aliments, Cesareo Villagrà. The € 4,545 raised will go to the Banc dels Aliments child nutrition project: they will be used to buy A2 continuity infant milk, baby food and porridge.

Pancreatic Cancer Research: What’s New after Another Year in the Lab?

Detection of pancreatic cancer at an early stage. It was precisely a year ago that Professor Michal Hol?apek of the Faculty of Chemical Technology presented a method that may save the lives of hundreds of thousands of patients. Journalists kept asking for interviews, doctors asked for the test results, and Professor Hol?apek kept receiving one phone call after another. Volunteers wanted to join the research project and offered their samples for analysis. It will take some time, however, to implement the method in practice. The research has not finished. What progress has been made since?At the moment, Professor Michal Hol?apek of the Department of Analytical Chemistry and his team try to register a number of patents, and choose the best strategy to implement the national phase in selected countries which plan to focus on pancreatic cancer; the one with worst prognosis.   In ten months, the team of Professor Hol?apek acted upon all the comments, except for the mice tests. The reason is that it is an extremely expensive experiment carried out only by a few laboratories in the world. “At the moment, we have finished all the tests related to the paper, and we plan to amend the manuscript and resubmit the paper to the same journal,” says Professor Hol?apek admitting that he wished he had made more progress. Unfortunately, there are both internal and external factors hindering the research, such as the high price of patent protection, search for a business partner to implement the project, non-existence of an ethical board at the university and slow development with commissioned research for other university hospitals. “The hospitals that have provided the samples ask for results. We are doing our best to publish the key findings about pancreatic cancer and make initial attempts to translate our method to another laboratory.” At the moment, there are no screening procedures for early detection of a number of cancer types. “The methods that are available use glycoproteins, and they are not that reliable. Their reliability rate ranges from 70 to 80%. They fail, however, for early stages,” adds Professor Hol?apek. What is key about the method developed at the University of Pardubice is that it works the same for any stage of the cancer. It is hard to treat patients with late stages of pancreatic cancer. Depending on the stage, the patient may live for a year or two, and is extremely unlikely to cure. If all tests are completed successfully and the method is translated into clinical practice, it will be success for the team of Professor Hol?apek on a global scale, but more importantly it could save human lives thank to early diagnosis.  

Changing the lives of people living with dementia with new memory supporting app

InspireD, which has been developed by Scaffold Digital in partnership with Ulster University, the Public Health Agency (PHA) and Health and Social Care NI (HSCNI ), is designed to help people living with dementia and their carers  to store photographs, music and film clips which can then be used to prompt conversations about past experiences and important life events.It is a revolutionary step in the digitisation of the healthcare sector and will make Scaffold Digital a pioneer in the field with a first-of-a-kind app to be endorsed by prominent healthcare authorities and physicians .InspireD will work by enabling people  living with dementia, their carers and families, to create a digital memory book with photos, video and sound.It boasts a guided uploading and navigation process to allow users to add and organise content as well as recording voice notes and more.Pending final tests from industry evaluation authority Organisation for the Review of Care and Health Apps (ORCHA), the app will be available this summer.

RSU to Run Online Q&A Session for Students on Remote Learning Process

On Wednesday 18 March R?ga Stradi?š University (RSU) will run a Q&A session, during which RSU Vice-Rectors and Deans will answer students’ questions on the study process during the national state of emergency. The links to the live online Q&A sessions will also be available on the e-studies platform and e-mailed to students.11:00-12:00 – Prof. Guntis Bahs, Vice-Rector for Health Studies, and Smuidra Žermanos, Dean of the International Student Department, will answer international students' questions (session will be held in English).13:00-14:00 – Prof. Guntis Bahs and Prof. Jana Pav?re, the Dean of the Faculty of Medicine, and Assist. Prof. Ingus Skadi?š, Vice-Dean of the Faculty of Medicine, will answer healthcare students' questions.15:00-16:00 – Prof. Tatjana Ko?e, Vice-Rector for Studies, will answer social sciences students' questions.

KTU sociologist Audrone Telesiene: stay connected and choose reliable information sources

After the World Health Organization (WTO) declared the COVID-19 virus outbreak a pandemic, quarantine took effect in Lithuania. Most of us understand that this means a high risk of getting ill with coronavirus. Among those who are infected, most will recover. However, the high number of deaths among vulnerable groups is likely to occur. In the current situation, people must listen to the instructions of medical staff and of those responsible for managing the situation. Also, the recommendations from psychologists and educators on how to spend quarantine and self-isolation safely. Sociologists add: be sure to foster social contact remotely; have trust in the authorities’ ability to manage the situation, believe the information which is coming from credible sources. Remote social interaction is essential  There are many suggestions out there for coping with the quarantine. In addition, the sociologists suggest: boost your indirect social relationships to enhance your emotional well-being and that of your loved ones. You can strengthen these relationships by maintaining communication remotely, using all available technological inventions. During your days at home, it is important to think about everybody in your social network. This includes not only your virtual network but also in fellowship, kinship and neighbourhood circle during the days at home. Those who have access to the news and information on the internet, press TV or other media may already have all the relevant information on what measures to take while in isolation. During this crisis, in Lithuania, the communication is well organised. However, not everyone has access to the information. Sometimes people do not understand the information or do not take it seriously. Think about the elderly neighbours who live alone, relatives in rural areas, sceptical friends who do not read the news and about others. Call, write, put up an advertisement in the stairwell of your house or make an indirect contact in other ways. Explain why self-isolation and avoiding contact is important, where to seek help. Make sure that these people are not ill. This way, you can help the most vulnerable populations to better prepare and withstand pandemic reaction. The Italian example shows that when people do not take the situation seriously, it is impossible to prevent the transmission of infection. It is important to understand yourself and to explain to others why it is worth following recommendations and trusting what the authorities are saying.   

4th International Week of the OP RDE Project took place at VSB - Technical University of Ostrava from 9th till 11th March 2020

The event was attended by representatives from eight countries as well as representatives of the University management and faculty coordinators of individual faculties of VSB-TUO. At the opening the participants were welcomed by the Rector of VSB-TUO, Prof. Vaclav Snasel. The launch of this year was also attended by the Deputy Minister for the Legislation and Strategy Section of the Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports Dr. Dana Prudikova and Ladislav Banovec, Director of the International Relations Department of the Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports who mentioned priorities of the Ministry in the field of international cooperation. The Head of the University International Office, Dr. Michaela Vrazelova briefly introduced the history and present of VSB - Technical University of Ostrava. Information on the Moravian-Silesian Region was provided by the Head of the International Relations Department of the Moravian-Silesian Region, Tomas Fiedler. Then the individual representatives of the universities presented information or videos of their home universities. The next morning, the participants met for a round table discussion on the topic of "Study and Mobility". The round table discussion was chaired by the Rector Prof. Vaclav Snasel. The discussion was also led by the Vice-Rector for Studies, Dr. Zdenka Chmelikova, Vice-Dean for Studies at the Faculty of Economics, Assoc. Prof. Lenka Kauerova, and also Vice-Dean for Pedagogical Activities at the Faculty of Materials Science and Technology, Prof. Kamila Janovska. All foreign participants contributed to the discussion and talked about reality connected with their studies and their students' trips abroad. Together they sought ways to convince students that a semester spent at a foreign university is an investment in their future. Several interesting suggestions resulted from this highly beneficial discussion. The University International Office will try to incorporate them into the students’ motivation programs.

TUKE is part of the Ulysseus alliance

Six European universities and a large number of associated partners gathered today in Brussels to sign the Ulysseus Mission Statement. Ulysseus alliance aims to generate a long-term alliance, joint structure and strategy for education and research, linked to the priorities of the members’ regions and cities. Its goal is to contribute to competitiveness, innovation and employability, and to promote active citizenship, social inclusion, cohesion, and personal development of students and staff.The alliance integrates the University of Seville (Spain, coordinator), the University of Genoa (Italy), the Université Cote d’Azur (France), the Management Center Innsbruck (Austria), the Technical University of Košice (Slovakia), and the Haaga-Helia University of Applied Sciences (Finland). But Ulysseus is more than six members, as it gathers the strong support of local councils, regional governments, as well as social and economic actors from all the six institutions involved."The Technical University of Košice is part of a strong consortium of six major European universities and research centres. We are very pleased with the great cohesion and involvement of members of the Ulysseus alliance. We have just signed a joint mission of our European university and we are working intensively on a project proposal. This activity enables us to see the possibility of making studies more attractive and international, connecting research and improving public services. We are delighted that our effort has the support of the city, self-governing region, regional trade and student organizations as well as clusters". prof. Stanislav Kme?, the Rector of TUKE

A brand-new discipline at LSMU - Clinical Health Psychology

A brand-new modern Master programme has been launched at LSMU. Clinical health psychology programme will be conducted in English language from 2020 fall. Two-year Clinical Health Psychology master programme is a specialized programme which combines clinical and health psychology teaching with research methods training and practice.Clinical health psychology focuses on health promotion and wellbeing, managing illness and disability through psychological methods. Students learn psychological counselling and evaluation in various health disorders. In the programme settings, they can learn the interprofessional teamwork with other health care specialists.Students have exclusive opportunities to choose the specialization and get deeper knowledge in psycho-oncology, neuropsychology, rehabilitation psychology, family and child psychology. The programme includes 400 hours of internship. Students can practice in Lithuania, abroad or their native country. Moreover, the semester might be spent abroad with the Erasmus+ exchange programme. 

Bangor University contributes to global COVID-19 related research

Scientists at Bangor University are joining the global fight against the current COVID-19 pandemic. A group of leading academics are to pool their expertise to develop new ways of mass-monitoring levels of SARS-Cov-2, the virus which causes the newly named COVID-19 illness.  Professor Davey Jones of the School of Natural Sciences and one of the project leaders explained: “An accurate estimation of the amount of infection circulating in the whole community would be valuable information for those charged with planning for and controlling the spread of disease. While the number of hospitalisation of COVID-19 cases provides some measure of the disease within the population, it provides no reliable information on mild infections and carriers who show no symptoms.” Random ‘spot checks’ and thermal imaging cameras have been introduced to screen for infections, though these are costly to implement and very imprecise. Better methods are needed to evaluate SARS-CoV-2 prevalence in the wider population.   As SARS-CoV-2 virus is shed in human faeces in high amounts, Bangor University’s research group are to test using wastewater to provide a powerful indicator of disease incidence at any point in time. This is particularly suitable as most UK urban centres are served by only one or two wastewater treatment works, providing a single integrated signal of millions of people in a single sample. This NERC ‘Urgency’ funded project at the Bangor University’s College of Environmental Sciences & Engineering will achieve several goals by using wastewater to provide near real-time information on the incidence of SARS-CoV-2 within the UK population.   Prof Dave Chadwick, a co-leader at the School of Natural Sciences explained further: “Real-time wastewater monitoring of the rise and subsequent decline of SARS-CoV-2 in the UK can be compared to conventional disease reporting metrics such as current COVID-19 hospitalization cases. It will enable similarities in the abundance of SARS-CoV-2 in the major urban centres of the UK to be identified.” Dr Shelagh Malham, also a co- leader of the research at the School of Ocean Sciences explained: “In the longer term, we hope to demonstrate how wastewater can be used for the integrated surveillance of human illness-causing viruses within the human population and provide bodies such as national government, NHS, Public Health England and Wales and water companies with critical scientific information to be able to make informed decisions on disease control and respond and adapt to potential future disease epidemics.”  Prof David Thomas, Pro Vice-Chancellor, Research commented: “While the University has inevitably had to place much of its active research projects on hold due to the national importance of this research, it clearly has to go ahead.”

STUDIES AT RTU CONTINUE TO BE PROVIDED REMOTELY

Studies and scientific work at Riga Technical University (RTU) continue remotely during the period when precautionary measures have to be observed due to Covid-19 and, with the rector’s order, all intramural studies are cancelled until 14 April. Studies are held on different platforms Remote studies are held on three Internet platforms, where online lectures can be provided, and in the RTU E-study environment (Moodle), where the teaching staff can place study courses, presentations, home and test works, as well as other information needed for the studies. Online lectures are provided by RTU on Microsoft Teams, Zoom and Cisco Webex platforms, where video lectures, webinars and online chat can be organised, as well as lectures can be recorded and students can watch them later at any time. Library functions in a restricted mode During the period until 14 April, the RTU Scientific Library invites readers to use its e-resources in the RTU internal network ORTUS or in the library section on the RTU webpage.

Honorary Scholarship Competition

Students (of the first and second cycles, and integrated studies, starting from the third semester) wishing to participate in the Honorary Scholarship Competition shall submit the following documents to LSMU Student Representative Office (LSMU Student? atstovyb?) until April 17, 2020: 1. An application letter to participate in the Honorary Scholarship Contest (addressed to the Rector); 2. A certificate, indicating the grade point average (GPA), approved by the Dean or a person appointed by the Dean; 3. A free-form Curriculum Vitae; 4. Documents supporting active participation in student activity and/or the need for financial aid (students who have lost their parents (adoptive parents) or guardians, students with disabled parents (adoptive parents) or guardians, or students from large families); 5. Other documents supporting the achievements of a student (copies). NOTE: The nbsp;grade point average (GPA) shall be not lower than 8. The scholarship shall not be awarded to students who have already been awarded a scholarship from other funds in year 2019/2020. The submitted documents shall be compiled into one document, saved in PDF format, the title of which must include the Name, Surname, Faculty (abbreviated) and course (year). Documents shall be submitted via e-mail socialinis.komitetas@lsmusa.lt

Politecnico de Lisboa: U!REKA’S new partner

The collaboration platform U!REKA is strengthening its presence in Europe with the addition of two new institutional partners: Politécnico de Lisboa (IPL) and Technical University of Ostrava (VSB-TUO). By expanding its membership to include universities of applied sciences in Portugal and the Czech Republic, U!REKA is establishing itself as an increasingly diversified and comprehensive European network for the exchange of knowledge between higher education institutions. The Urban Research and Education Knowledge Alliance (U!REKA) is a vibrant partnership of urban-focused higher education institutions (HEIs) across Europe. Established in 2016, its ambition is to educate, shape and deliver the EU professionals of tomorrow who will be contributing to an inclusive, intercultural and open minded professional Europe. “Joining the U!REKA consortium brings our institution strategic added value as well as smart and sustainable educational benefits for our students and staff. It will strengthen our ability to forge solutions to urban issues in Lisbon and beyond. IPL’s board is pleased to join this growing network of institutions committed to internationalisation and urban innovation,” says Ana Christina Perdigao, IPL Vice President of Politécnico de Lisboa. 

IX Symposium on the Iberian Atlantic Margin

It will be held from September 4 to 7, 2018, in Coimbra, the IX Symposium on the Iberian Atlantic Margin. The 1st circular can be viewed here. Integrating the themes of Oceanography, Geology of the Margin, Coastal Dynamics, Resources and Sustainability, Di(geodi/biodi)versity, Use and spatial planning of the Atlantic Margin, the IX MIA Symposium will contemplate 4 excursions and associates to the 2nd Workshop and Field trip of IGCP 655 Toarcian Oceanic Anoxic Event: Impact on marine carbon cycle and ecosystems. This event is a joint organization of the Department of Earth Sciences of the University of Coimbra and MARE (Center for Marine Sciences and Environment).

Student nurses join the fight against Covid-19

Over 600 final year Nursing and Midwifery students from Ulster University, Queen’s University Belfast and Open University have joined the fight against Covid-19 by entering the Health and Social Care (HSC) workforce early. These students, in the last six months of their pre-registration education, have elected to take their final clinical placement now to support the HSC during this crisis. Nursing and Midwifery students will play a vital role in delivering high quality care in hospitals and healthcare settings across Northern Ireland during this difficult time. The Nursing & Midwifery Council have worked with?the?Government?Departments of the four nations?to develop legislation to enable final year students within six months of registration to go into the NHS/HSC?in a paid capacity. They will undertake all the duties of a final year student to complete the learning outcomes of their programme whilst providing much needed support to clinical teams on the front line. Chief Nursing Officer Professor Charlotte McArdle paid tribute to the nursing and midwifery students: “It is highly commendable that our nursing and midwifery students are embracing the opportunity to help at this time of great need. As senior students I know they have much to offer and will be a valuable asset to our HSC system. I wish to extend a personal thank you to all nursing and midwifery students and assure them of my full support as they rise to this challenge.” Universities have been working hard over the past few weeks to prepare their students for their early entry into the workforce. This has included an update on clinical skills such as the assessment of the deteriorating patient with emphasis on airway and respiratory management, alongside professional issues in practice for the transition from student to registrant.

Waste2H2 - Waste to Hydrogen

The Polytechnic of Portalegre, through its VALORIZA research center, adds another project to the 30 or so currently underway. The “Waste2H2 - Waste to Hydrogen” project, submitted in November 2019 to the Twinning contest, as part of the Widening program of Horizonte 2020, was one of 13 Portuguese projects recently approved by the European Commission, receiving a financing of around 900 thousand euros. Led by a team of researchers from the Polytechnic of Portalegre, it includes partners from three different countries: Kungliga Tekniska Högskolan - KTH - Royal Institute of Technology, Sweden; ENEA - Italian National Agency for New Technologies, Energy and Sustainable Economic Development, from Italy, and KIT - Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, from Germany. The “Waste2H2” project aims to carry out research and technological development activities in the area of converting waste to hydrogen by thermal gasification technologies, promoting a set of knowledge transfer activities, creating opportunities for networking and collaboration between institutions and companies in the countries involved.

Life as a student in a virtual classroom

Since March 23rd, NEOMA students have been following all their courses in a virtual classroom. Since this date, more than 100 classes are being taught each day to more than 3000 students. There are something like 10,000 ZOOM connections every day, which means almost 100 % student attendance. A new situation during which professors and students exchange ideas, share points of view and hold discussions via their computer screens. How are students finding this new learning method? A number of NEOMA students share their experience.For the professors, the shift to remote teaching has meant a radical rethinking of their teaching methods. For the students, the shift to a 100% digital format is relatively simple as long as they are familiar with the technology. "The classes are in the form of video conferences on Zoom. It is a really good application with a number of practical options such as screen sharing, for example," explains Benjamin, a student. "The transition is going really well, and although oral participation is dense, it isn't too noisy. I honestly don't see a better option than the one we are using at present."David, another student notes just how much more available the teachers are. "They're well prepared and they listen. We receive a lot of teaching material by e-mail, exercises and corrections. The teachers stay online after the video-conference and answer any questions we may have. They try to make themselves available as much as possible and that is highly appreciated, especially under these conditions". Manon, also a student, notes that "the video conference format was a bit surprising at first. But it nevertheless allows for direct exchange with the teachers. It hasn't really had any effect on understanding the course. Plus, we can easily contact our teachers, if we need to."Even if the pedagogical continuity has been assured, the disruption to the students' usual routine has left them with mixed feelings of enthusiasm and nostalgia for traditional classroom teaching. "I'm a real advocate of face-to-face teaching. I don't deny that there are a number of advantages to remote classes, especially from a practical viewpoint. But at times it is complicated to stay concentrated because at home there are a lot of distractions.... However, I have the exams in sight and I'm doing my best to remain focused," says David.Some feels differently and sees digital technology as an opportunity to explore new learning methods. "Paradoxically, we are less intimidated. With the Chat option, we exchange more during the class, speaking is easier and we share more ideas than in the classroom. And all from the comfort of our own home! I am really impressed by this new format. I think it is really, really good!" Benjamin concludes by sharing his secret for success. "The days are passing by really quickly and although we have a lot of work, I try to take a few breaks. It's a question of finding a new balance!" 

Become a mentor for new international students

The International Department of R?ga Stradi?š University (RSU) invites students to become mentors to new international students starting from August 2020.The aim of the mentor programme is to enhance the international students' experience at RSU by assisting them throughout their first study semester. Mentoring offers a great opportunity for students to get to know foreign cultures and establish contacts and friendships with people from different countries. A mentor is an advisor who guides newly-enrolled international students at the university by explaining the study process and academic requirements, as well as giving practical advice on everyday matters and life in Riga. A mentor encourages the new students and helps them settle into their new homes. The new students can approach their mentors with questions about how to act in certain situations, or how public institutions in Latvia work. Mentors play a significant role in the life of newly-admitted students and are often the first person students turn to.To better prepare for mentoring, we will conduct trainings for new mentors. Trainings are scheduled on 17 and 30 June and 12 August, students who do not have experience in mentoring are asked to attend one of the scheduled trainings.We are kindly inviting students to join the mentors’ family, share experience gained during studies at RSU and make friendships with people, who soon will become a part of the RSU community.

More educational places for Jönköping University

Due to the change in conditions of the Swedish labor market as a result of the coronavirus, more people will want to study in higher education. The Swedish Government has therefore proposed an increase in the number of places within higher education. Jönköping University has been granted more educational places for summer courses and basic year studies. To meet the regional and national need, Jönköping University has shown a great interest for more educational places. The decision that Jönköping University has been granted the opportunity to offer more summer courses, as well as to provide more opportunities to study a basic science year and a basic year in finance, came on 23 April. Jönköping University has also actively shown an interest for more educational places for longer educational programmes. New educational places for studies within all shortage occupations at Bachelor’s and Master’s level will be discussed at the Ministry of Education and Research later this spring.“With the changed situation, it is very gratifying that our wishes have been fulfilled and that JU already can give notice of more educational places and thereby contribute to further skills development and further education,” says Agneta Marell, President Jönköping University.The distribution of increased educational places applies to the condition that the Swedish Parliament decides on the revised spring budget in accordance with the Swedish Government's proposal. In connection with the demand for more educational places, Jönköping University has ensured that the resources required to carry out an extended education assignment of high quality are available.

Are you from Europe? Don’t miss your chance to study at KTU for free

This week, the first stage of general admissions to master’s studies at Kaunas University of Technology (KTU) started. During the general admissions, all the applicants are ranked according to their admission score and become candidates to a state-funded study place. All EU nationals and global citizens of Lithuanian origin are granted this opportunity. “KTU grabbed my attention because the Food Science and Safety master’s course is designed to spend your time researching, while also taking the fundamental subjects. It felt like the right fit, it offered something new in the way of studying, they mentioned group works in laboratories, projects that we can build and showcase, this was the kind of hands-on learning experience that I was hoping to find. And Lithuania is part of the European Union, so travelling and living are not strictly regulated, as an EU citizen, I did not have to acquire a visa”, says Nóra Emilia Nagybákay, KTU first-year master’s student from Hungary. Although she was dreaming of studying abroad, the girl was looking for the options to study without needing to pay for tuition. After learning that the state-funded places are available to EU citizens, she contacted the International Office at KTU and I was reassured that she was qualified to apply and to compete for the state funding. So far, Nóra is very happy about her choice: “KTU has the supporting environment, where you can learn and use your knowledge to create, to discover something new and be part of the scientific community. And if you are stuck or have a problem there will always be someone to help you out, be that your groupmate, mentor or academic advisor”. According to national rankings announced on May 6, 2020, KTU’s academic staff is the best in Lithuania, the University’s studies are very well ranked by students and the employers. KTU is the 2nd best university in Lithuania. According to Invest Lithuania Agency, graduates of Lithuanian universities in science, computing, maths, engineering and construction are in the 4th place in EU. If you are thinking about studying in these fields, KTU might be one of the best options for you: KTU is among the world’s best 500 universities in the world in Engineering and Technology, and No. 53 among the universities of emerging Europe and central Asia by QS World Universities rankings. KTU is offering 26 master’s programmes in English. Check them all here. The first stage of general admissions to master’s studies is ending on June 25, 2020. The EU nationals and global citizens of Lithuania descent are automatically eligible for competing for a state-funded study place.

Ulster University playing its part in reducing food wastage across Europe in €4.8m project

Ulster University is playing an important role in reducing food wastage across North West Europe thanks to an innovative €4.8m project which adapts and applies existing innovative technology to food supply chains. ‘REAMIT’ - Improving Resource Efficiency of Agribusiness supply chains by Minimising waste using Big Data and Internet of Things sensors - is an EU project led from the University of Bedfordshire which aims to reduce food waste and improve resource efficiency. Ulster University have been integral to the project having secured funding through the EU Interreg North-West Europe Programme. Ulster’s Dr Joan Condell leads an interdisciplinary team from the university, including Professor Elaine Ramsey (Department of Global Business and Enterprise) and Dr Ruth Price (Trials Manager) alongside Dr Bryan Gardiner, Dr Daniel Kelly and Dr Pratheepan Yogarajah (all from School of Computing, Engineering and Intelligent Systems). With a budget of €4.88m, the project will run for 42 months until 2023, with partners coming from various organisations and companies in the UK, France, Ireland and Netherlands. Reducing food waste is of highest priority for the EU, having committed to halving food waste by 2030 by focusing on all stages in the supply chain. REAMIT focuses on foods typically wasted in large quantities such as fruits, vegetables, meat and fish within the supply chain of farms, packaging sites, food processors, distribution, logistics, wholesalers and retailers. The project’s aim is to adapt existing technologies to best fit the needs of the food supply chain management system in this region of Europe. Through testing and adaptation, these technologies will continuously monitor and record food quality and signal potential food quality issues. This analysis will then help to inform decisions that minimise food waste, such as redistribution to nearby customers.

Biologists have found two new species of Thismiaceae in Borneo

Another two new species of Thismiaceae have been discovered on Borneo by a team of scientists from the Palacký University Faculty of Science and the Crop Research Institute. Thismia ornata is named after the inside of its flower, which is covered with a bright orange net resembling ornate lace. Thismia coronata, on the other hand, was named after the top of the flower, which resembles a crown.The description of the new species was published in the international scientific journal Willdenowia. The team of Czech scientists already has twelve new Thismiaceae species to their credit.Both new species of Thismiaceae were actually found by biologists in Borneo by accident. In the local forests, they were searching for completely different species, which had already been described, but which had not been seen since their discovery. “In the case of Thismia ornata, we set out to find the species described by the Italian botanist Odoardo Beccari in the mid-19th century. Instead, we found a plant whose flower reaches up to 12 cm in diameter and boasts a strong coloration. Especially unique is the inner part of the flower, which is covered with a deep orange net resembling lace – a form not occurring in any other known species of Thismia. This gave us a name for the plant,” described Martin Dan?ák from the Department of Ecology and Environmental Sciences.Thismia ornata is also interesting in that this species is not completely unknown, as it occurs in several localities near the city of Kuching, the capital of the Malaysian state of Sarawak. Therefore, it has not escaped the attention of many amateur photographers, who have published their photos of it on the Internet. “However, no one realised it was a hitherto unknown species. This Thismiaceae also has not so many demands on its environment, and grows even where other species would not occur. For example, we found it on the edge of the forest in the local mini zoo, right next to the crocodile enclosure,” added Michal Sochor from the Crop Research Institute.The second Thismiaceae, Thismia coronata, was discovered by scientists while searching for the species Thismia goodii. Thanks to its bright blue flowers, this plant is one of the iconic species of Thismiaceae. “Interestingly, the two species are actually very similar. Although Thismia coronata has yellow-orange flowers, both species have the top of the flower in the shape of a mitre, which in technical terms is literally used for the upper part of the flower of some Thismiaceae precisely because of its resemblance to a bishop’s mitre. Thanks to its yellow-orange colour and the special skirting around the flower, it also resembles a royal crown, which led us to name it coronata,” described Michal Hroneš from the Department of Botany.This species of Thismiaceae grows in the mountains of northern Borneo, on the border between the Malaysian states of Sarawak and Sabah, and has so far been found in only one place. Like most other Thismiaceae, it grows in deep shady tropical rainforests. “Another piece of good news is that in January this year we finally did find the blue-flowered Thismia goodii,” added Dan?ák.These two species are now the eleventh and twelfth new species of Thismiaceae that Olomouc scientists have found in Borneo. Experts from the Faculty of Science have been going on expeditions to the rainforest in Borneo for several years. Their first discovered Thismiaceae was Thismia hexagona, followed by Thismia brunneomitra, and the third rare species was a Thismia which was given the attribute inconspicua - inconspicuous.

Financial Times - Executive Education - Customised programs – NEOMA ranked for the first time

NEOMA appears in this ranking and is placed 77th in the world and 10th in France.The customised programmes stand out in particular on the following criteria:&bull "Follow up", which assesses the quality of the post-training follow-up (22nd in the world). This criteria is calculated on the basis of responses provided by participants and reflects the satisfaction of our clients.&bull "Faculty Diversity", which assesses teaching staff diversity (ranked 15th worldwide)&bull "Growth", which measures the growth in sales of our custom-built programmes (ranked 20th worldwide)."This remarkable entry is the result of a strong development of tailor-made programs within our Executive Education" explains Delphine Manceau, Dean of NEOMA Business School.

Digitalisation on a New Level: RSU Students’ Experience Studying at Home

Gusto the dachshund takes every opportunity to compete with the laptop and curl up in its owner’s lap, 5th year medical student at R?ga Stradi?š University (RSU), Lauma Gulbe. The puppy was adopted from a shelter and is the biggest (although very pleasant) obstacle to studying from home during the emergency situation, according to Lauma. The University has taken care of the rest – materials on the e-studies platform, Zoom lectures, classes, tests, problem-solving online with faculty management and even additional tools for coping with stress, says Lauma. Her experience is supported by the first results of the RSU survey that 2,071 students participated in.To look out for the health and safety of its students, academic staff and administration, RSU switched to remote studies already on 11 March, before the national emergency situation was declared. Previously, lectures and classes that had been recorded by lecturers on Panopto were watched on average 250 – 300 hours a day. After the national state of emergency, this curve increased dramatically. Over the last weeks, 8,685 virtual classes and consultations have been held, and more than 2,000 new video materials have been created for students. These are not only lectures, but also simulation technologies and demonstrations of various manipulations. All in all, the activity in the RSU e-studies environment has increased from 50,000 activities a day in February to 150,000 activities a day in April.

ESDHEM third-year apprenticeship: opening at SKEMA’s Lille campus

For 25 years, SKEMA has been promoting apprenticeship courses, which combine alternating periods of professional experience and academic learning, often while encouraging social advancement as these courses are exempt of fee.From the start of the new academic year in September 2020, ESDHEM and its partner FORMASUP, which runs the Apprentices Training Centre (CFA) for the Nord-Pas de Calais region, will offer the possibility of studying for a degree in economic management with apprenticeship at our Lille campus.&ldquo For many years, ESDHEM has been offering this apprenticeship-based degree in Paris, and has seen intake grow from 30 apprentices per year to 90. We would like to extend this success to SKEMA’s other campuses, starting with Lille and a first group of 30 apprentices. This branch is unique as it allows apprentices to combine earning a university degree with preparation for the competitive entrance exams for major business schools, in a Grande École environment,” explained Oussama Ammar, director of undergraduate programmes at SKEMA (BBA/ESDHEM).ESDHEM offers a dual course combining a degree programme with preparation for the competitive entrance exams to the Grandes Ecoles business schools.For more than 25 years, the ESDHEM programme in undergraduate learning and apprenticeship has combined a university degree in private law or economy and management, preparation for the competitive entrance exams to the Grandes Ecoles, work placements, a term overseas and community life. ESDHEM prepares its students for the competitive exams known as Admissions sur Titre (AST) which they can enter at the end of the second and / or third year.More than 90% of the students at ESDHEM obtain their degree and more than 80% go on to a Grande École (90% going to a school that is listed within the top 12 in France).

Study at KTU with a scholarship

Education is one of the key factors of success when talking about achieving career goals and overall life satisfaction. Top-quality studies without a hefty price tag is even better. Kaunas University of Technology (KTU), Lithuania is taking care of this: every applicant automatically becomes a candidate to receive the scholarship dedicated to international students with strong academic record and motivation.&ldquo The classes usually aren’t big, the lecturers are friendly and willing to help with any questions you have and you also get a lot of free time outside the university. I like that the university is flexible and the study modules are well adjusted to the job market needs”, says Sona Yavrumyan from Armenia, studying Informatics at KTU with the full scholarship from the University.The girl who had always been passionate about STEM, has chosen computer science for her bachelor’s studies as it is a practical option. Only in her first year, Sona has already joined a GIFTed community – KTU study path for talented students.&ldquo I have had opportunities to develop my soft skills, participate in team projects, hackathons, summer camps, study an extra module, all with some of the best students of KTU”, says Sona.KTU is the 2nd best university in Lithuania, and among the top 53 universities in Eastern and Central Europe and Asia (QS WUR, 2020). The so-called “soft” dimension of humanities, social sciences and arts are included in all study programmes, making the University graduates ready for the global challenges of tomorrow.

Ulster University confirms plans for the 2020/2021 Academic Year

Ulster University’s Interim Vice-Chancellor, Professor Paul Bartholomew has today confirmed that the first term of academic year 2020/21 will commence on 21 September with plans to deliver lectures and other teaching online for semester one.  Some on-campus activities will take place, following a robust local risk assessment and priority will be given to using campus spaces for practice-based learning activities including lab work.Staff who can work from home will continue to do so until at least the end of August and after the summer, the University will look to move to a phased, managed return of all staff within public health guidelines and with the health, safety and wellbeing of staff and students as its primary concern.In order to actively plan for the return of some campus-based activities, there will be a safe, phased return to campus for some staff in early summer and the University’s People & Culture team will be on hand to inform and support those colleagues through this transition. Looking further forward, as staff and students return to campus over time, so too will the required support services, staff and contractors come back on site

New project to analyse novel coronavirus in wastewater

The novel coronavirus SARS-CoV-2 has been detected in wastewater. Scientists from Uppsala University, KTH and SLU have received support from Knut and Alice Wallenberg Foundation and SciLifeLab to determine if wastewater treatment plants can effectively eliminate the virus from raw wastewater. The scientists will also investigate if there is a connection between the amount of virus in the wastewater and the spread of COVID-19 in the community, if you can predict the virus spread from the wastewater concentrations and finally if there are any mutations of the virus.The novel coronavirus SARS-CoV-2 has spread rapidly around the world and permeated all levels of society. Recent studies have shown that it is possible to detect the virus in wastewater. Scientists hope that they can get information about the virus levels in a community by detecting it in wastewater, which is very useful for epidemiologists and authorities.A team of scientists at the department of Ecology and Genetics at Uppsala University and at the department of Biomedical Sciences and Veterinary Public Health at SLU in collaboration with Uppsala Vatten and scientists at the Norwegian University of Life Sciences in Oslo and Karolinska Institute in Stockholm will study the concentration and genomic composition of the virus in wastewater.The project aims to investigate if the concentrations of virus in the wastewater is connected to the spread of the virus in the community, if it is possible to predict the virus spread by monitoring the wastewater virus concentration and finally the scientists want to investigate the mutations and diversity of the virus in the wastewater.The team is led by Dr Anna Szekely, researcher at the department of Ecology and Genetics, Uppsala University. “Opposite to the virus tests done at hospitals that only look at the sickest patients, wastewater can reflect the amount and diversity of the virus within the entire population of a town,” Anna Szekely said. The team plans to monitor the virus at the wastewater treatment plant of Uppsala, as well as analyse and compare wastewater samples from different regions within Sweden and the world where COVID-19 pandemic is in different stages.

Adaptation of on-campus education in the autumn semester at Jönköping University

J ouml;nköping University will plan for on-campus education to start in the beginning of the autumn semester 2020. The decision has been made after discussions within the JU executive team and is based on the scenario that the autumn’s recommendations and guidelines allow for the implementation of on-campus education. The discussions have taken several different scenarios into account and has resulted in the directional decision to plan for the operations at JU to be carried out on-campus from the start of the autumn semester. The spring semester will, as planned, be completed off-campus, and all summer courses will be conducted off-campus.An internal work group will be appointed to investigate and develop criteria and guidelines for how the operations on-campus will be implemented with adaptation and regards to the risk of infection. These criteria will be developed with consideration to the fact that different educational programmes and courses require different resources. “We want to give our staff and our students, both current and future, the vital possibility to plan ahead. Therefore, we have made a directional decision regarding the education this autumn. We are planning for adapted on-campus studies that take national guidelines and recommendations into account”, says Agneta Marell, President of Jönköping University.

Virtual Summer Start-up Week launched to help students become real-world entrepreneurs

Fifty three entrepreneurial students from Bangor have won places on a free online Summer Start-Up week to help get their business ideas off the ground.  The unique Summer Start-Up Week, beginning on Monday 8th June, offers five days of inspiration, learning and networking to nearly 500 students, to turn ideas into businesses, social enterprises and freelancing careers. The Course, which is now full was open to anyone over the age of 16, who is a current student or has studied at a welsh institution.As the coronavirus pandemic has led to unprecedented times for people living in Wales and across the world, the Summer Start-Up Week has been driven and launched collaboratively by all Welsh Colleges and Universities to ensure young people separated by social distancing can join a virtual start-up community and continue to develop their ideas.  The week will be run by experienced entrepreneurs and business experts, including Katy Hayward from honey farm and education centre Felin Honeybees, Teresa Carnall from TBC Marketing, Colwyn Bay, Chris Walker of People Systems International, Anglesey, Sid Madge of Mad Hen Ltd, Gwynedd and Kath Lewis a business mentor from Llandudno.A mix of daily live webinars and Q&A sessions cover topics such as market research, finance, digital marketing and networking, helping participants to develop skills and gain information and contacts to turn ideas into viable businesses or social enterprises. Over twenty Welsh entrepreneurs will be involved in sharing their start up knowledge. Confirmed speakers include Alana Spencer, owner of Ridiculously Rich confectionary business. Winner of BBC One's The Apprentice in 2016, Alana, originally from Aberystwyth, will share her own business experience and advice to the students and graduates taking part.Emma Forouzan, Student Enterprise Manager at USW and Chair of Summer Start-Up Week: "At universities and colleges in Wales, we see first-hand the exceptional entrepreneurial minds of many of our students and we’re continually looking for ways to nurture and support those students with strong business ideas. Even in this current climate, it's important for ambitious young people with a business concept to think about their options and take advantage of free support available to them. Through this all-Wales collaboration of institutions we are taking the opportunity to nurture a national online community, full of ideas and enthusiasm, connected to the wealth of start-up support available here in Wales. 

RTU RETAINS ITS LEADER POSITION IN LATVIA IN THE PRESTIGIOUS QS WORLD UNIVERSITY RANKINGS

Riga Technical University (RTU) has been ranked in the 701 to 750 range of QS World University Rankings 2021, which is the highest score among three Latvian universities included in the ranking. RTU received the highest appraisal for its increase of foreign students, and in this indicator RTU improved its position by 66 places, ranking 371st in the global assessment.RTU has been evaluated on different rankings and with different assessment methods un has been ranked as the best university in Latvia – this is attested by U-Multirank results published on June 9 and by Times Higher Education Impact results published in April, in which RTU was ranked among 200 best universities in the world. On QS Stars ranking as well, RTU was evaluated with five stars, which is the highest evaluation. The achievement of RTU on QS World University Rankings 2021 confirms once more that we are the national leaders. Of course, RTU does not have the success as the University of Tartu, but considering the funding available to us, the results are very good, because our calculations show that as we move towards internationally recognised excellence, among all Latvian universities RTU has the highest return, taking into account budget opportunities, emphasizes Juris Iljins, Director of Administration.1 02 higher education institutions from 93 countries included in the QS World University Rankings 2021 ranking were assessed taking into consideration six criteria – Academic Reputation, Employer Reputation, Citations per Paper, Faculty/Student Ratio, as well as International Faculty and International Students. In four out of six criteria – International Students, Faculty/Student Ratio, Citations per Paper and Academic Reputation – RTU has shown higher results in comparison with the previous year.The assessment of Academic Reputation and Employer Reputation is based on extensive international surveys. Employers and academicians not only from Latvia but also from other countries expressed their opinion about RTU. The performance of higher education institutions in the remaining four criteria was assessed on the basis of submitted data that was verified according to internationally available information. Internationalization is one of the most significant priorities of RTU, which has been emphasised in RTU strategy. Targeted activities have resulted in a rapid increase in the number of foreign students in recent years, and currently there are students from 86 countries studying at RTU.

Partial lifting of restrictions at Lazarski University

Pursuant to Regulation No. 4/2020 of the Rector and President of Lazarski University, conducting didactic activities in direct contact to the extent necessary to continue the implementation of didactic and research tasks.This applies to classes that cannot be completed using distance learning methods and techniques, including:- laboratory classes, classes at the Center of Medical Simulations and clinical classes at the Medical Faculty of the Lazarski University- conducting some exams and final credits with the consent and under the supervision of the relevant Dean- conducting some diploma and final examinations with the consent and under the supervision of the relevant Dean- conducting selected classes for the last years of studies, education of doctoral students and participants of classes conducted by the Postgraduate Education Center with the consent and under the control of the Dean- resumption of the Lazarski University LibraryCampus catering services are also being restored.Students and employees staying at the University is possible to a greater extent, in accordance with the Sanitary and Epidemiological Principles. Preventive procedures for suspected coronavirus infection are still in force, in particular, Rules for the admission of students, post-graduate students, post-graduate students, employees and persons cooperating with the University on the basis of civil law contracts returning from abroad. 

Start of the Academic Year 2020/2021 at HAMK.

HAMK is preparing to return to campuses gradually during autumn.HAMK is planning to start the autumn semester as follows:Beginning student groups will be present at campuses. Teachers will take care of safety in contact teaching.Beginning international groups will start online, apart from hybrid models.Continuing student groups will study the first module online and return to campuses in the beginning of the second module, 26 October.Lab exercises and other situations requiring contact teaching can be arranged for continuing students also during the first module, taking into account social distancing and good hygiene.The presence of teachers and other staff members on campuses will be scheduled in order to prevent wide transmission of the coronavirus and to secure our activities. Staff can for instance be split into two groups that take weekly turns working on campus and online.This plan is based on the current situation and expectations. Should the coronavirus situation change and/or authorities give new guidelines, these instructions will be changed accordingly.

Novel function of platelets in tumour blood vessels found by Scientists at Uppsala University

Scientists at Uppsala University have discovered a hitherto unknown function of blood platelets in cancer. In mouse models, these platelets have proved to help preserve the vascular barrier which makes blood-vessel walls selectively impermeable, thereby reducing the spread of tumour cells to other parts of the body. The study is published in the journal Cancer Research.Platelets, or thrombocytes, as they are also termed, are tiny cell fragments that form in the bone marrow and circulate in the blood. If we are injured and start bleeding they clump together, sealing off the wound while also helping the blood to coagulate.When the platelets are activated – which occurs not only in wounds but also in tumours – the substances known as growth factors contained in the platelets are released into their immediate surroundings. One is platelet-derived growth factor B (PDGFB).In the study, the researchers investigated what happens when the PDGFB in platelets, but not in other cell types, is deleted in individuals with cancer. PDGFB from platelets was found to be essential, to attract supporting cells to the tumour blood vessels. In healthy tissue, on the other hand, the platelets did not to perform this function. If PDGFB was lacking in platelets, the quantity of circulating tumour cells increased and they spread to other parts of the body to a much higher degree.Previous studies have shown that PDGFB from cells of another kind, endothelial cells that line the inside of blood vessels, is necessary to attract supporting cells to the vessels when they form. According to the new study, this function in tumours also requires PDGFB from platelets, which distinguishes them from healthy tissue.From a medical point of view, it may be advantageous, in some situations, to reduce platelet activity in order to prevent blood clots, for example. Moreover, previous research shows that platelets can promote spread of tumour cells.

The University of Pardubice ranks among the TOP 1,000 schools in the world

The University of Pardubice ranks among the TOP 1,000 higher education institutes in the world and one of the TOP 10 in the Czech Republic, as shown by QS World University Rankings 2021, one of the world's most prestigious rankings. According to its authors, the comparison serves not only for future students and their parents as a school selection guide, but also for current students, academics, employers, government and everyone else as an indicator of the university's quality.The methodology of evaluation of individual universities in the QS Rankings is based on six dimensions. A total of 50 percent of ratings are reputations among academics and graduate employers, 20 percent are citations in the Scopus database, 20 percent are the number of students per academic staff member, 5 percent are the percentage of foreign academics, and 5 percent are the percentage of international students.The QS World University Rankings are among the most prestigious in the world, next to the Shanghai Ranking and the Times Higher Education World University Rankings. It is designed to provide a multidimensional view of the relative strengths of the world's leading universities. The QS Rankings began to be published under the original name THE-QS World University Rankings only a year later than ARWU, i.e. in 2004. This second oldest international ranking of universities is compiled by the research company Quacquarelli Symonds Limited (QS).

Magnetic nanoparticles for Covid-19 testing in practical applications

Miniature particles with a magnetic core and a thin silica shell on the surface to isolate viral RNA developed by scientists at the Regional Centre of Advanced Technology and Materials (RCPTM), the Faculty of Science, are now being translated into commercial applications. Commercial companies have already purchased first batches of the magnetic balls for diagnostic purposes. Nanoparticles are an important part of the new Covid-19 testing technology designed at the Institute of Organic Chemistry and Biochemistry (IOCB) of the Czech Academy of Sciences, whose help was fundamental at the time of the culminating coronavirus pandemic.The development of the testing protocol was a response to the lack of commercial test kits at a time of the coronavirus crisis. RCPTM’s researchers responded quickly to the demand of colleagues at IOCB. Thanks to extensive experience with research into nanomaterials for biomedical applications, they prepared, within a couple of days, a new type of magnetic nanoballs, dozens of nanometers in size, with a suitably modified surface to isolate nucleic acids.

SRH Berlin University of Applied Sciences is opening a campus in Hamburg

In the middle of the beautiful centre of the Hanseatic city, within walking distance of the Alster River and easily accessible by train, subways and bus, SRH Berlin will be offering English-language Master's programmes at its new SRH Campus Hamburg. Experts from tomorrow are able to study future- and industry-oriented programmes in the fields of technology, IT, logistics and business.Campus director Sabine Westermann: „The new SRH Campus Hamburg is a valuable addition to Hamburg's educational landscape. Thanks to the high living standards and moder­ate living costs, the Hanseatic city is a perfect study destination not only for Germans but also Europeans, Asians, Indians and the rest of the world.“International students in particular do not only find an open and multicultural atmosphere in Hamburg, but also a strong economy that enables attractive career prospects. The Port of Hamburg is Europe's third largest container handling centre and home to numerous hubs and branches from the maritime sector, logistics and trade. But also companies and agencies around the aviation industry, IT and media, life sciences, finance and insurance as well as renewable energies are also located in the north of the country – that’s why Hamburg is also called “The gate to the world”.

Palacky University Olomouc keeps climbing in international rankings

Palacky University has achieved the best position in its history to date in the current issue of the QS World University Rankings 2021. Among more than a thousand evaluated universities from 93 countries, UP ranked 591st–600th place, improving its position year-on-year and reaching the top 50 percent of evaluated universities. An even better result – being included among the top 2.9 percent of evaluated universities – was achieved by Palacky University Olomouc in the Center for World University Rankings (CWUR), which was also published in early June.While two years ago the Czech Republic had five representatives in the rankings, in this year’s edition there are twice as many. Palacky University Olomouc has been included in the rankings for the fifth time. While in the 2018 edition it was at 701st–750th position, UP has gradually improved its position to this year’s 591st–600th position. In domestic comparisons, UP is ranked fifth after Charles University, the University of Chemistry and Technology Prague, Czech Technical University in Prague, and Masaryk University in Brno.Recently, a comparison of world universities was also brought out by U-Multirank, which includes 1759 universities from 92 countries this year, including 15 Czech universities. This is not a typical ranking, however; universities are compared according to selected parameters. In addition to five basic categories (teaching, research, knowledge transfer, internationalisation, and regional involvement) and their 36 subcategories, in which individual institutions obtain grades A–E, universities are also classified by countries, disciplines, and general characteristics. Palacky University received the highest A grade five times: twice in research, twice in knowledge transfer and once in internationalisation. In nine areas, UP held the first or shared first place in the Czech Republic.

Psychologists From the National Armed Forces Will Start Using Smart Device Created in Latvia

A new smart device has been created as part of the new computerised individual personality assessment system. It was the result of several years of cooperation between researchers from R?ga Stradi?š University (RSU) and Riga Technical University (RTU). The device will make psychological testing in the army more convenient and efficient. Psychologists, like other specialists, need various auxiliary tools in order to perform their work at a high quality. If we compare this work with the work of a doctor, then a doctor might need an electrocardiograph and an X-ray, for example, to be able to make an accurate diagnosis and make decisions about treatment. The tools that psychologists usually have at their disposal are different types of psychological tests for testing intelligence, attention span, etc. There are also personality assessment tests to assess various aspects of someone’s personality.The beginnings for developing this smart device for psychologists can be traced back to 2013, when a discussion was held between RSU and psychologists from the Latvian National Armed Forces. It was concluded that Latvian psychologists lack a clinical personality assessment tool. More precisely, it exists, but it is complicated and expensive to adapt to the Latvian cultural environment. Consequently, there were no instruments for clinical personality assessment that were legally available to psychologists in Latvia at that moment.With the help of CPAS, a psychologist can identify various pathological personality traits, such as depression, anxiety, and post-traumatic stress disorder. At present, the armed forces have ready-made tools at their disposal that are capable of operating both in Latvia and on missions abroad regardless of wireless coverage. A psychologist can carry out a personality assessment of soldiers by asking them to complete the test. It can take from 40 minutes to an hour and a half. The test contains 322 statements with four answer options. The test results are then interpreted by psychologists. It is scientifically proven that the test provides all the necessary information about certain personality traits. CPAS can be used by psychologists from all sectors.

Faculty of Law and Administration of the Lazarski University is the best in Poland

The Faculty of Law and Administration took the first place among private universities in the 14th Ranking of Law Faculties prepared by Dziennik Gazeta Prawna. Thus, for the twelfth time, we have defended our position as leader in the ranking!The faculties of law were evaluated in four categories:-cadre-quality and educational conditions-requirements for students and quality of graduates-graduates yield for legal applicationsDuring the ceremonial gala, which due to the epidemiological threat was held in the online formula, the speech was given by PhD Anna Konert. The Dean of the Faculty of Law and Administration emphasized the commitment of staff, administrative staff and students in a smooth transition to a remote teaching system in connection with a pandemic

RSU Signs Memorandum to Establish European Digital Innovation Center in Latvia

Cancer research published in Science Advances

Cancer is a disease that has touched us all, and although we now know a lot about how cancers develop and grow, we still have a lot to learn.  A major factor in cancer development and in treatment resistance is the presence of genome instability. This essentially involves frequent alterations to the genomic DNA of the cell, including changes to the letters of the genetic code as well as more obvious changes such as chromosome deletions, or even movement of large DNA fragments from one chromosome to another. Work in UKRI Future Leader Fellow Dr Chris Staples’ laboratory housed at the North West Cancer Research Institute (in the School of Medical Sciences at Bangor University) focuses on how cells normally prevent such genome instability from occurring.In many cancers, a phenomenon called replication stress is at the heart of these genome instability issues. All cells have to replicate their DNA to divide into two ‘daughter’ cells, and cancer cells are no exception – indeed, they divide more rapidly than normal cells. The term ‘replication stress’ is used to describe any scenario where the cells DNA replication machinery gets into difficulties, and when this occurs, DNA damage and genome instability can result.When the DNA replication machinery gets stuck, the newly-formed DNA is vulnerable to attack by DNA-chewing enzymes called nucleases, particularly a nuclease called MRE11, which is normally involved in fixing broken DNA.Research in the Staples laboratory led at the bench by Dr Laura Bennett identified a largely unstudied protein called MRNIP, as a novel ‘protector’ of this newly-formed DNA. Cancer cells in which the MRNIP gene is ‘knocked out’ by CRISPR-Cas9 technology exhibit high levels of DNA damage, caused partly by excessive degradation of newly-formed DNA by MRE11. The researchers found that MRNIP binds to MRE11 and functions to reduce the rate at which it digests DNA. Without MRNIP, MRE11 extensively degrades this newly-formed DNA, and DNA damage and chromosomal instability ensues.

University of Pardubice brings Double degree program with TU Dresden

The Faculty of Economics and Administration, University of Pardubice together with the Technische Universität Dresden (TU Dresden), Internationales Hochschulinstitut Zittau (IHI Zittau) in Germany organize a Double Degree programme within the Czech postgraduate Master study programme „Economics and Management“, study specialization „Management of Financial Institutions“. Students in the Double Degree programme carry the third semester out at the IHI Zittau by completing the selected compulsory courses offered by the foreign institution (the study stay is covered from the Erasmus+ fund). The study is carried out in the Czech language, the semester abroad is taught in English. After a successful completion of the programme, students are awarded with two diplomas (from the domestic and foreign university).

University of Helsinki has decided on the criteria for certificate based admission in 2023–2024

The University of Helsinki has made a decision on the criteria for certificate-based admission to the bachelor’s programmes included in the joint application procedure in 2023–2024. The release of the criteria will help future upper secondary school students choose their subjects.In 2021 the programmes will revert to the original criteria for certificate-based admission, published on the Studyinfo website (in Finnish only). The criteria includes the scoring tables and the threshold criteria. Due to the exceptional circumstances brought about by the coronavirus pandemic, the criteria used in the second joint application procedure in spring 2020 only applied to this year's application round.As a rule, the degree programmes offering the certificate-based admission route have decided to adhere to the scoring tables published on the Studyinfo website and threshold criteria, or subject-specific minimum points, until 2024. Exceptions to the scoring tables for 2023–2024 are described in more detail below.Publishing the criteria for certificate-based admission will help upper secondary school students embarking on their studies in autumn 2020 to choose their general upper secondary school subjects.

Montpellier Business School reveals its 2020-2025 strategic plan and builds on its values to meet the needs of a world in transition

In a world in transition and in the face of increasingly complex and fluctuating economic, social and ecological environments, MBS has chosen to build on its convictions to implement a new strategic plan up to 2025. “This plan is organized around 4 main axes, each built with the collaboration of all the school’s stakeholders: teacher-researchers, students, alumni, employees from all departments, governance and corporate partners“, says André Deljarry, President of Montpellier Business School.As a pioneer in the field of social openness, MBS intends to reaffirm its differentiating commitment to serving the general interest through action. “The school is aiming for a campus of 5,000 students, 30% of whom are international and 35% from modest SPCs, by 2025“, explains Bruno Ducasse, Managing Director of MBS. The school is committed to a rational development plan. The sustainable growth of its workforce will be driven by the launch of new programs on the themes of the digital and ecological transition together with the development of postgraduate (after the French baccalaureate) activities in France and abroad.Today nearly 25% of MBS research publications include CSR-related issues and MBS is also one of the Grandes Ecoles with the highest number of teaching hours on this topic. “Our objective is now to structure our expertise around a high-level field”, says Bruno Ducasse.The Programs and Faculty Departments are planning to integrate a new “BEST” (Business Environmental & Social Transition) course of excellence to train women and men who wish to take on an ambassadorial role in the environmental and social transformation of companies and organizations. New modules and certifications will accompany this new area of expertise to give students the keys to “managing diversity”. By 2025, MBS will continue to internationalise its programmes, research and recruitment, with a consolidated presence on three continents (Africa, Asia and America). At the same time, Montpellier Business School will also strengthen its links with regional companies to develop its support in terms of training and consulting. “The aim is to increase the local influence of the school, which will benefit from a new 20,000 m² eco-campus by 2023”, Bruno Ducasse adds.In order to remain concrete and adopt an agile stance, MBS will put in place instruments to measure the impact of its strategy on the lives of its students and the evolution of the society they live in. “The objective is to be able to measure the societal impact of higher education with the establishment of the first observatory of diversities”, reveals Bruno Ducasse. MBS will set up the RIX index (Responsibility Index) to support the local SMEs & ETIs in their social and environmental transformation

Covid-19: the causes of the poor prognosis in patients with diabetes have been identified

Patients with diabetes are particularly at risk in the case of infection with Covid-19, especially as this syndrome is often accompanied by other pathologies such as hypertension, cardiovascular disease and obesity. This is what emerges from a study carried out by 4th year residents from the Scuola di specializzazione in Endocrinologia e Malattie del metabolismo at the University of Pisa and published in Lancet Diabetes & Endocrinology. The article contains a systematic assessment of the reasons why Covid-19 implicates a worse prognosis and higher death rate, often 2 or 3 times higher, in patients with diabetes mellitus than in non-diabetic patients.The study was carried out by Dr. Matteo Apicella, Dr. Maria Cristina Campopiano, Dr. Michele Mantuano and Dr. Laura Mazoni, coordinated by Dr. Alberto Coppelli (Section of Diabetes and Metabolic Diseases of the AOUP) and by Professor Stefano Del Prato (photo on the right), professor of Endocrinology and Chief of the Section.From the outset of the pandemic, scientific studies on the risks from Covid-19 have focused on patients with diabetes precisely because of their intrinsic ‘vulnerability’, whether it be diabetes mellitus type 2 or type 1. Age, sex and ethnicity were also noted to be amongst the many concomitant risk factors. Anti-cholesterol drugs and antiviral treatment may modulate the risks but the limitations to their use and the potential interaction with anti-Covid-19 treatment must be carefully managed. Finally, the acute respiratory syndrome caused by Covid-19 can lead to metabolic complications in patients with diabetes such as diabetic ketoacidosis or the onset of hyperglycaemia in those patients with undiagnosed or recently discovered diabetes, once they are admitted to hospital.

Applicant Numbers Rise by 25% for Social Sciences Programmes at RSU

Ulster’s School of Medicine now recruiting future doctors for September 2021

Ulster University’s new School of Medicine based on the Magee campus is now recruiting Northern Ireland’s future doctors following a successful progression through the next steps of the General Medical Council’s (GMC) rigorous quality assurance process for new medical schools.With support from the Executive, ring-fenced funding was announced last month, combined with the GMC’s recent review of the University's state of readiness, enables Ulster University to recruit staff and students for a September 2021 opening. Ulster University’s School of Medicine will select students who have already completed an undergraduate degree and provide them with four years of innovative, intensive, practical medical education. The School will offer a Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS) medical degree programme that is unique in Northern Ireland.In 2018, The Department of Health commissioned a Review of Medical School Places which recommended that Northern Ireland needs 100 more medical students a year to meet the increasing demand for doctors. Currently, approximately 40% of medical graduates in Northern Ireland tend to stay and live within 10 miles of Queen’s University Belfast after graduation, according to the GMC. The new School of Medicine at Magee will address departmental recommendations by providing access to medical education in the North West, positioning the Derry~Londonderry City region as an attractive place to study and work. It further builds on Ulster University’s capacity to deliver life-changing education and research, supporting the health and well-being agenda in Northern Ireland.Students will benefit from access to clinical placements across the full range of general practice, medical and surgical specialities with primary care-based experience from week one. This will enable students to develop knowledge and appreciation of the interconnectivity between primary, secondary, social and community-based healthcare.The Graduate Entry programme offered at Ulster’s School of Medicine is open to anyone with a minimum of a 2:1 honours degree in any subject:  Applicants are required to sit the GAMSAT entrance exam in September 2020 or March 2021 at the location most convenient for them, with the Magee campus recently added as a  test centre on the island of Ireland. Those successful in the GAMSAT will be invited to Multiple Mini interviews which have to be passed, along with an Enhanced Disclosure from Access NI or other relevant authority before offers can be made. The University will work with key partners to establish a scholarship fund to support students, details will be announced early next year.

Tandem Language Learning - academic year 2020-2021 at University of Trento

The University of Trento proposes the Tandem Language Learning as an opportunity to improve oral competences in a foreign language in an informal and different setting which is not the usual classroom, but a more relaxed and casual environment.Usually the Tandem partners meet each other in person and freely decide where to meet. Responding with caution, accuracy and flexibility to the challenges raised by the Covid-19 pandemic, during the 1st semester of the a.y. 2020/2021 the Tandem activities are planned as online exchanges.Tandem Language Learning lasts one semester (20 conversation hours in total). Upon completion of the tandem participants will be awarded with an Open Digital Badge, which certifies the successful accomplishment of this learning activity.Furthermore if you are a student of the Department of Humanities or an Erasmus student incoming of the Department of Humanities you can also get 1 CFU.To be admitted to the Tandem Language Learning, the university kindly asks you to submit your application from 24th August to 24th September 2020.

NEOMA Business School placed 61st in the QS 2020 worldwide ranking of top Executive MBAs

QS (Quacquarelli Symonds), a British company specialising in the analysis of higher education institutions around the world, publishes its global ranking of the best Executive MBAs today. NEOMA is ranked 61st worldwide (+30 places) and 29th in Europe (+12 places) amongst the 141 institutions appearing in this year's ranking.NEOMA also moves up to 6th position among French Schools and the Executive MBA scores particularly well in the following categories:&bull Executive Profile (quality of graduates' professional experience) with a score of 99.5/100. This excellent score sees NEOMA take 2nd worldwide and 1st European place.&bull Career Outcomes (career progression within 12 months of graduation) with a score of 78.5/100.This prestigious ranking is one of the most comprehensive in its category. Assessment criteria mainly focuses on graduate employability and career progression, the diversity of student profiles, and, more generally, the programme's 'return on investment'.

A new blog designed to make management research useful and accessible!

This new media platform is designed to share the expertise of the NEOMA community members related to management, innovation, performance and entrepreneurship through the analysis of real issues and the formulation of practical recommendations from research articles in management science.A blog to answer current questions enlighted by academic researchThe blog features a wide range of current topics, covering the latest innovative ideas, in French and in English, and remains fully in line with the School's strategic direction and the expertise of its community. For example, maybe you are wondering how to identify and deal with toxic individuals in your professional environment, how to select the members of a board of directors effectively, or how to deal with difficult clients? If so, then this blog will provide you with the answers.In effect, the NEOMA blog seeks to provide companies with the insight to help them understand today's complex issues. It is a space for sharing information and exchange on subjects and lines of thought that resonate with the concerns of management professionals.

Digital Badges: a credible tool to prove soft competencies

Technology is changing the world. Students today need not only hard skills but also so-called soft competencies: leadership, communication, and emotional intelligence. A study by LinkedIn found that 92 per cent of respondents think that soft skills are more important than technical capabilities, while 89 per cent claim that bad employees do not have soft skills. According to Marta Talandyt?, a graduate of European Studies at KTU Faculty of Social Sciences, Arts and Humanities (SHMMF), extra-curricular activities while studying is one of the ways that helps to form soft skills.  To become competitive in today’s job market, one should invest in themselves. According to experts, extra-curricular activities at the university or college improve employability chances. They also help to develop soft skills, such as leadership, communication, teamwork, job interview skills, time management and flexibility.KTU offers a range of different extra-curricular activities available to everyone for free. As a chair of KTU SHMMF Students’ Union, I realised that it is important to remind people to get out of their comfort zone and try themselves in different areas”, says Talandyt?.She believes that extra-curricular activities develop both hard and soft skills that are essential today. They also allow getting involved in different projects, scholarship programmes and internships.Involvement with university’s organisations is not the only possibility to “earn” digital badges. KTU cooperates with business representatives that share their expertise with students. They lead various seminars, invite to different discussions or workshops. Usually, during these seminars, a student does not get any certificate, but digital badges remain as proof acquired via non-formal learning.Today many aspects of life are becoming digitalised, especially, in the job market. Digital badges are a way to receive a personal file of competencies together with a university diploma, both on paper and in digital format. An app on a smartphone or a computer provides access to all the achievements earned that can be shared on social media or professional networks. Digital badges are available in both Lithuanian and English languages, and many international companies recognise the value of it.

Erasmus+ Call 2020: projects for international mobility and the new “European Joint Masters in Management and Engineering of Environment and Energy” (ME3+) have been funded

RSU Pre-courses In Demand Also Online

STUDIES IN THE AUTUMN SEMESTER WILL TAKE PLACE ON-SITE AND ONLINE

In the autumn semester of the new academic year, lectures at Riga Technical University (RTU) will be organized in a mixed mode, both on-site and online. Special attention will be paid to observing epidemiological safety measures when organising on-site studies.Lectures in the autumn semester will be organized in a mixed mode, both on-site and online, giving preference to on-site classes as far as possible. However, lectures in which the estimated number of students exceeds 100 will be organized online.Such organization of lectures will minimize crowding in study rooms and hallways as much as possible. First-year bachelor students are given priority in planning the lectures, they should be provided with on-site lectures as much as possible.In on-site lectures, academic staff members will register students in the attendance sheet, recording students’ name and surname, the place and time of the lecture.By the beginning of the studies, academic staff members should prepare and insert a detailed plan for the implementation of the study course into ORTUS e-study course, indicating the way in which each lecture will be carried out, whether on-site or online, specifying whether the lecture will take place online, what platform will be used, etc.Each faculty and regional study centre shall appoint the responsible person for Covid-19 issues who shall collect information on the identified or suspected cases, as well as coordinate and manage protective and informative activities.If a student or employee is infected with Covid-19, has been in close contact with someone infected, or has returned from abroad and has to observe self-isolation, the responsible person at the faculty should be informed.In cases where students or employees experience acute respiratory infection symptoms during the on-site study process, they must go home immediately, contact the family doctor, and inform the responsible persons at RTU.In study rooms where lectures are held, surface disinfection is carried out once a day. Disinfectants for individual use are available in the study rooms and hallways. Where possible, two metres distance should be observed and crowding should be avoided, as well as other precautions should be taken.

MCAST collaborates with European partners on vocational training and water-related education

In many countries, especially in Europe, we take our clean drinking water for granted. The process of water production is a complex one which requires a skilled workforce to operate. Several European countries are struggling with a shortage of young people interested in water-related education. This is the main reason why European colleges and professionals from the water industry have joined forces to train water professionals at Vocational Training and Education (VET) level.The webinar of the European Platform of Vocational Excellence Water was held online in May. In this meeting, five European regions, including Malta, discussed the future skilled vocational practitioner in the field of water technology.Dutch partners, Learning Hub Friesland, Vitens, Katapult and CIV Water, shared their knowledge and experience on how to achieve good cooperation between VET education and the water industry. During the online meeting knowledge and insights were shared about how to stimulate collaboration and how to strengthen regional networks.The outcomes of the webinar showed that there are still significant differences between the various European regions. Nicola Murray from Glasgow College, Scotland confirmed: “It was surprising to see that we all have a different starting point”.All project partners operate within a particular context with different challenges and opportunities. Speaking about the Maltese context, Edwin Zammit Deputy Director for Innovation at MCAST, said, “One of our biggest challenges and common factor that unites us in Malta is the high freshwater scarcity on the island. It is vital to invest in the right talent and education to provide good and safe water for all.”PoVE WaterPoVE Water is a transnational project that draws on existing and emerging vocational competences and skills needs in the water sector, translating them into an approach of vocational excellence. The project kicked off in January 2020 in Brussels. The project brings together VET institutions, the water industry, research centres, H.E., governmental institutions and water sector representatives from the Netherlands, Scotland, Latvia, Malta and the Czech Republic. These partners share a common interest in developing the full potential of VET institutions to play a proactive role in support of growth, competitiveness and innovation of the water sector.MCAST – Water Research and Training CentreMalta has the lowest water resources index and highest water competition index in the whole of the Mediterranean basin. Challenges are placed for the nation to be at the forefront of both water technology and in the skilling of water operations and management while operating within challenging socio-economic conditions. It is within this setting that the MCAST Water Research and Training Centre holds strong potential. The Centre focuses on water enterprise, as it aims to embody the application of creative ideas and innovations to practical situations in the water field, as well as solving the challenges that are encountered locally. Three main themes characterise the Centre, these being, Water Quality, Water Systems Control and Water efficiency and innovation.

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