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Will Cuba roll out the welcome mat for US students?
(Times Higher Education- 15 January 2015)
Banging on their cutting tables with the flats of their tools, the torcedores in the Fábrica de Tabacos Francisco Donatien take a break from rolling the world’s best cigars to welcome a new group of trainees. They know that these young apprentices, smiling nervously under a poster of Che Guevara...
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Universities worry about fallout from research ranking
(The Guardian- 20 January 2015)
It took six years and cost around £60m – yet the recent attempt to sort world-class from mediocre research in UK universities appeared remarkably undiscriminating. At least that seemed the case when results of the ResearchExcellence Framework (REF) were published last month. 
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Losing my Welsh: what it feels like to forget a language
(The Guardian- 20 January 2015)
If someone had told me 10 years ago that I would one day start forgetting how to speak Welsh, I would have been incredulous. Growing up, the Welsh language was such a central part of my life and identity that forgetting it would have seemed as likely as my arm spontaneously falling off. And yet here I am, 10 years later, shamefully putting Welsh words into Google translate to make sure I’ve got them right.
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Higher education: Zero tuition
(The Economist- 17 January 2015)
Ashley Martinez studies accounting at LaGuardia Community College in New York. She is also the mother of a toddler and worries about the cost of textbooks and daycare. She is exactly the type of person Barack Obama is trying to help with a new proposal to make at least two years of community college free. Mr Obama says 9m students could benefit...
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Falling ruble entails higher costs of education in Russia
(TASS- 19 January 2015)
The falling ruble exchange rate has triggered 30-35% hikes in cost of higher education in Russia, and some of the institutes have even switched over to education fees charged in hard currency, First deputy chairman of the Duma Committee on education Vladimir Burmatov confirmed...
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Boys Town’s rehab vision remains, now sharpening minds and skills
(The New York Times- 18 January 2015)
Juan Lopez, 17, lives in this home for wayward and neglected youths because he “got in trouble back in school, skipping and taking drugs.” Here he got the nickname Guns, because of a sudden affinity for carrying a piece — it shoots roofing nails. 
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Chicago's schools: Hard work rewarded
(The Economist- 17 January 2015)
“No family should go to the poorhouse because they are giving their kid a crack at the American dream,” said Rahm Emanuel on January 9th. Chicago’s mayor was presenting his plans for education at Kenwood Academy, a high school on the city’s South Side. On the same day in Tennessee, President Barack Obama announced plans to exempt qualified students from tuition fees at community colleges. 
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President comes under fire for words on inclusive education, handicapped children
(Radio Prague- 16 January 2015)
The Czech head-of-state has once again made headlines by going against the grain, stating this week he was against so-called inclusive education, whereby children with special needs share classrooms with non-handicapped kids. Here is what Miloš Zeman said in Brandýs nad Orlicí this week:...
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Internet college: Some students never set foot on campus
(BND.com- 17 January 2015)
Local universities and colleges are increasingly embracing the trend of schools offering more Internet-based courses. Students, in many cases, can now go to school from start to finish and never set foot on campus – unless they choose to walk in graduation ceremonies.
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Helping the poor in education: The power of a simple nudge
(The New York Times- 17 January 2015)
There are enormous inequalities in education in the United States. A child born into a poor family has only a 9 percent chance of getting a college degree, but the odds are 54 percent for a child in a high-income family. These gaps open early, with poor children less prepared than their kindergarten classmates.
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