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The 100 most international universities in the world 2015
(Times Higher Education- 23 January 2015)
A university’s international outlook matters. How can an institution expect to attract the very highest calibre of staff and students if it fails to look beyond its own national borders? Both the diversity of a university’s student body and the extent to which its academics collaborate with international...
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Last witnesses of the Holocaust
(BBC News- 25 January 2015)
For more than 20 years, Harry Bibring has been telling his story to thousands of pupils. He's been a living witness. He's talked about what he saw as a Jewish child in the 1930s when the Nazis took over his home city of Vienna in Austria. He last saw his parents in March 1939 when he caught a train...
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Russian science minister explains radical restructure
(Nature Publishing Group- 26 January 2015)
Once a scientific powerhouse, Russia has experienced over the past 25 years a dramatic decline of its research and development capacities and is now lagging far behind other industrialized nations in terms of scientific output. And in the past year, Russia’s economy has suffered multiple blows...
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States move to make citizenship exams a classroom aid
(The New York Times- 27 January 2015)
Like high school civics students around the country, the juniors and seniors in Darcy White’s government class here will have to take a final exam. But these students — and all others in Arizona — will soon face an extra hurdle: To graduate, they will have to pass the test that is given to immigrants...
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Kenya: Busia boy 'stressed beyond comprehension' after admission to girls' high school
(allAfrica- 27 January 2015)
A boy who sat for 2014 KCPE exams in Teso North, Busia county has been enrolled at a girls' school. Ambrose Ikedi did his exams at Ikapolok Primary School and scored 345 marks. Ikedi had hoped to join St Patrick's, Iten or Butula boys' high schools but was called to Kolanya Girls' Secondary School. 
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As education costs rise, so do number of "sugar babies" on Canadian campuses
(Sun News- 27 January 2015)
Rising tuition costs and living expenses are driving the city's post-secondary students to seek out older, richer dates. Dating website SeekingArrangement.com is helping poor students hook up with "sugar daddies" and "sugar mommas," and MacEwan University boasts the fifth fastest-growing user base among post-secondary institutions in Canada.
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Kenyan grandmother at school with her great-great-grandchildren
(BBC News- 23 January 2015)
A 90-year-old Kenyan woman who goes to class with six of her great-great-grandchildren is believed to be the oldest primary school pupil in the world. Sitting at the front of class four in her school uniform, Priscilla Sitienei listens intently while she writes the English names of animals in her notebook. 
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A quiet revolution in helping lift the burden of student debt
(The New York Times- 24 January 2015)
Has the student loan crisis already been solved? This might seem an absurd question. Student loan debt is at a record high of $1.1 trillion, and the average undergraduate who borrows to attend school graduates nearly $30,000 in debt. Almost 20 percent of student borrowers are in default.
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Catholic education in Northern Ireland: Faith of their fathers
(The Economist- 29 January 2015)
It was one of those improbable internet sensations. A routine report on local television about the hardships of going to school in freezing weather became a global hit after millions of users were baffled and charmed by the thick rural accent of a teenager from a County Derry village who declared: “Oh God, you wouldn’t be long getting frostbit ..."
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China says no room for 'western values' in university education
(The Guardian- 30 January 2015)
China’s education minister has vowed to ban university textbooks which promote “western values”, state media said, in the latest sign of ideological tightening under President Xi Jinping. “Never let textbooks promoting western values appear in our classes,” minister Yuan Guiren said, according to a report late Thursday by China’s official Xinhua news agency.
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