Young universities’ secrets of success
(Times Higher Education- 17 July 2014)
Five youthful institutions that have jettisoned tired thinking are blazing their own paths ahead. “Often, the less there is to justify a traditional custom, the harder it is to get rid of it,” wrote Mark Twain in The Adventures of Tom Sawyer.
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Germany: around 50% of foreign students stay on
 (The Pie News- 17 July 2014)
The number of international students in German universities is higher than ever, with one in ten students hailing from overseas (11.3%), according to statistics published this week by the government-funded German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD). 
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Talking to parents in 140 characters: how are schools using social media?
(The Guardian- 16 July 2014)
Social media and schools are not always a match made in heaven. Instead of being a cause for excitement, the words Facebook and Twitter can be a headache for many headteachers who worry about safeguarding, cyberbulling and abusive messaging.
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Some universities crack code in drawing women to computer science
(The New York Times- 17 July 2014)
One of the reasons so few women work in tech is that few choose to study computer science or engineering. Only 18 percent of computer science graduates in the United States are women, down from 37 percent in 1985. 
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Burundi: Teachers receive training on sex education
(allAfrica- 17 July 2014)
Teachers from Burundi are in Nairobi to learn from their local colleagues about comprehensive sexuality education and how it can best be taught in secondary schools.The session, which ends on Friday, would see the professionals visit the Centre for the Study of Adolescence (CSA).
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Barrowford school's KS2 'proud' letter to pupils goes viral
 (BBC News- 16 July 2014)
A letter sent to pupils at a Lancashire primary school along with their key stage two test results has gone viral on social media sites.The letter to pupils at Barrowford Primary School in Nelson told them the tests do not always assess what makes them "special and unique".
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Ukraine air crash: flight had students and Aids researchers on board
(Times Higher Education- 18 July 2014)
An eminent Aids scientist, two medical researchers, and two British students are among the 298 people killed in the Malaysia Airlines crash in Ukraine. At least 100 passengers aboard flight MH17 were bound for an international global Aids conference in Melbourne...
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Dutch higher education policy refocuses on quality
 (The New York Times- 13 July 2014)
When the Dutch prime minister, Mark Rutte, was deputy minister of education, from 2004 to 2006, the government was committed to the so-called Lisbon Strategy, which aimed to make the European Union a competitive knowledge economy. One goal was that half of the union’s labor force should have had higher education by 2010.
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Top universities told: make 'faster change' to student body
(The Telegraph- 17 July 2014)
Leading universities must make “further, faster change” to their admissions to engineer a more socially-balanced intake, the Government’s higher education access tsar has warned.
Prof Les Ebdon, head of the Office for Fair Access, said there was “a lot further to go”... 
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Leaked report reveals 'aggressive Islamist agenda' in Birmingham schools
 (The Guardian- 18 July 2014)
A damning report into extremist infiltration of Birmingham schools has uncovered evidence of "coordinated, deliberate and sustained action to introduce an intolerant and aggressive Islamist ethos into some schools in the city". The conclusion emerges from a leaked draft of a report...
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