18 augustus - About 100 students and volunteers from different countries will travel to the Finnish Juuka this winter to build an ice bridge. The hundred-meter long bridge will get a free span of 50 meters and is made of ice and paper.
13 augustus - “Upper secondary education works as a springboard to continuing education and lifelong learning.” OECD-chef Dirk van Damme warns students for dropping out as “completing upper secondary school has become a kind of threshold to the rest of life.”
24 juni - A new MOOC-platform is set to shake up education for aspiring artists. ‘Welcome to the future of creative education’, Kadenze says, offering courses ranging from arts culture in the 19th century to reïnventing the piano.
10 juni - China is facing difficulties to match the skills of its graduates with the demands of emerging markets. A new OECD-report sheds light on this matter. “Inequalities in educational opportunities, stemming in particular from the urban-rural divide and from the social background, shape careers and lives.”
2 juni - Jo Johnson is UK’s new Minister of State for Universities and Science. At a London higher education conference he gave us a first glance at his policy on the internationalization of British higher education. “We will continue to ensure that our excellent education system remains a magnet for brilliant minds.”
9 april - Kiyohito Yamasawa, the president of Shinshu University is waging war against the smartphone. At a speech for 2.000 new freshman at his college he told them to either ditch their smartphone or quit university. Smartphones are “nothing more than poison to intelligence, personality and creativity.”
13 maart - “Growing up is often quite a challenging period. Ensuring that kids have a wide variety of skills to help them cope with some of life’s challenges may not always occur naturally. Sometimes they will need help in building social and emotional skills,” writes Andreas Schleicher of OECD.
12 maart - Barack Obama wants to ensure protection for students who have to get a loan for college education. In a Student Aid Bill of Rights the president emphasises that “every student deserves access to a quality, affordable education at a college that’s cutting costs and increasing learning.”
31 oktober - Solving the world’s issues of today is not about getting the highest grade for your exam tomorrow. It is about leadership and cross-cultural cooperation, skills that most universities do not teach. The global ‘whizkids’ of STeLA do, after Delft and Stanford, next year in Beijing.
15 september - Teachers are told they are the problem ánd the solution in the development of schools in Finland. “Do not ask the ones about to drown to swim faster,”says Tommi Laitio, Director of Youth Affairs in Helsinki. “Schools are still very much their own islands. Teachers deserve more.”
22 juli 2014 - “The British government loses around 45p on every £1 it loans out to students.” A British parliamentary committee recommends change. “We are concerned that Government is rapidly approaching a tipping point for the financial viability of the student loans system.”
4 juli 2014 - CERN celebrates its sixtieth anniversary. Also in this week’s ‘On the Agenda’: Half of Germany is now powered by solar energy and researchers plan to demo an artificial leaf in coming months. But can technology improve on photosynthesis?
3 juli 2014 - “We entrust our children – and our countries’ future – to teachers; but do we really know how they feel about teaching?” asks OECD’s Andreas Schleicher. In TALIS more than 100,000 teachers were asked about how their work is recognized.
23 juni 2014 - Spain considers to replace their student grant system with a British-style loan system, to stop the rising costs of higher education. Education State Secretary Gomendio explained that British students "borrow money from a student loan company, paying it back in comfortable, interest-free quotas."
6 juni 2014 - Coursera restores MOOC access to students in Iran; and American students might be able to refinance their student loans. Also in this week’s ‘on the agenda’: There is a party in deep space and Hubble’s got the photos.