31 oktober - More and more English youths go to university. However, this increase has not been equally distributed among gender, geography and socioeconomic status. “Young people in the most disadvantaged areas would need to treble their participation rate to match the rate of those from the most advantaged areas.”
30 oktober - “Divestments brought the apartheid regime down, now it is time to do the same to oil companies,” climate guru Bill McKibben says. He urges students to campaign for ‘fossil free’ universities. “The stakes were high during apartheid, but now they are even higher. Climate change affects everybody, everywhere.”
4 oktober - After the hype is over, e-learning will be the norm, Stephen Haggard predicts. Also in this week’s ‘on the agenda: Pupils who rank higher in a subject go on achieve more than similar pupils who had the same test score but lower rank.
25 september - Skills students learn “will have a tremendous impact, not just on their lives but also on the future of societies at large,” the OECD reports in its report ‘Skills Beyond Schools’. While the world is studying ‘Business and Law’, the Fins study ‘Engineering and Science’. Will this benefit Finland in the future?
20 september - “Unpaid internships in the voluntary sector breeds elitism and squeezes entry-level job opportunities”, Charlotte Gerada states. Also in this week’s ‘on the agenda: the UK calls for less sexism during ‘Fresher’s week’ and do old memories fade away?
17 september - He was the lucky one who was picked to design the hat of Education minister Jet Bussemaker for the Dutch National Budget Day. HvA-student Sebastian Pleus designed a piece of fashion to match the “independent and strong” characteristics of Bussemaker as well as “the color of her eyes”.
5 september - The greater a student’s academic achievement, the farther away from home that student is likely to attend college, according to a new research report from American College Testing. "High-achieving, low-income students don’t always take advantage of all of the existing postsecondary opportunities."
29 augustus - What if the brightest scientific minds do not automatically possess leadership skills? An international student organization takes up the gauntlet, and teaches peers the honorable art of cross-cultural collaboration.
12 augustus - British universities are about to become very expensive for students from outside the EU. They will be charged up to four times the fee of UK students, a survey suggests. Some undergraduates have to pay £35,000 per year, in contrast to a maximum of £9,000 paid by British and EU students.
1 augustus - There were rumors that Turkey would no longer grant education loans to students “who engage in resistance, stage boycotts, chant slogans or become involved in similar activities.” It turned out to be a hoax to create more unrest.
24 juli - Many teachers want to increase parent involvement, especially those that teach pupils beyond 7th grade. Strengthening the connection between school and home could lead to a big improvement in both academic and social skills of children. An infografic by Mia MacMeekin offers 27 tips to increase family involvement.
23 juli - This September Amnesty International will launch a new campaign to address the pervasive repression of academic freedom in Iran. Since 2009 over a 100 academics have been dismissed by the state, says Elise Auerbach (AI).
22 juli - Will the introduction of selection criteria for students lead to better, more motivated students? Some talented teenagers might have problems in entering a university when selection is applied. Former ESU-Chair Karina Ufert believes that she would not have passed the test and sees another solution.
17 juli - The American student loan debt is now over a trillion dollar, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau calculated. This news comes a few days after the interest rates on several student loans have doubled from 3.4 percent to 6.8 percent.