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black and minority ethnic (BME) staff at Manchester University

According to news reports, Manchester University, in a new drive to appoint more black and minority ethnic (BME) staff to senior posts is moving as close to posi¬tive discrimination as it can without breaking the law. The move is part of what Manchester claims is a unique Race in Leadership programme to boost equal opportunities at senior level. It has been hailed by the university and college union leaders as a model that should be adopted across the sector. In 2004-05 BME staff made up only 4.7% of professors across the UK.

Aneez Esmail, a profes¬sor of general practice and Manchester’s associate vice-president for equality and diversity, is heading the initiative.

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Student Writing Competition New York State Bar Association

New York State Bar Association is the committee that provides the information resources for the New York State Bar Association’s members and the public about non-human, animal related humane issues. It provides the law students with an incentive and opportunity to learn more about this area of law.

1. Must submit written by a student currently enrolled an ABA-accredited law school
2. No paper that has been previously published in any form shall be considered.

First Prize: $1,000 and a certificate of achievement
Second Prize: $500 and a certificate of achievement

Important dates:
06/15/09 – Last date for submission of entry to contest

Contact detail:
New York State Bar Association,
Albany, NY 12207
Phone: (518) 463-3200
Fax: (518) 487-5517

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Schools Planting Their Own Cabbage Patches

Friday, March 04, 2005

Third-grade students at 25 Guilford County elementary schools are getting their own cabbage plant to nurture and tend, courtesy of Bonnie Plant Farm.

These aren`t just run-of-the-mill cabbages, either. They are OS Cross variety — and the OS stands for “oversized.”

“These cabbages will get bigger than a basketball,” said Steve Driggers, a Bonnie Plant Farm salesman based in Fayetteville. The company distributes more than 200,000 cabbage plants to third-graders nationally. The purpose, Driggers said, is to offer students a hands-on lesson in horticulture and science.

Wednesday morning, he and a truckload of cabbage plants visited Morehead Elementary in Greensboro. Driggers told the students to plant the cabbages where they can get direct sunlight and to make sure they get watered every day.

“Plant it deep,” Driggers said. Only about one-third of the plant should stick above the soil, he said. He brought along charts so Morehead students can monitor their progress during the 10 weeks or so it takes to grow a cabbage.

Driggers also left a few extra plants for Morehead`s Environmental Fitness and Good Health Club, which grows a garden on campus.
“We are planting some of the cabbages in front of the school,” third-grader Loren Bibler, a club member, said.

Third-grader Lia Thompson said she thought she could get her cabbage plant to grow.

“I would like to take it home and either plant it in my garden or fill up a pot with soil and fertilizer and put it in there,” she said.

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PG in Management and Insurance

ICICI Prudential Life Insurance Company has joined hands with the International School of Business and Media (ISBM) to launch a postgraduate programme in Management and Insurance (PGPMI), to provide a one-year management programme for students aspiring to make it big in the Insurance industry.

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Minorities biased at Oxford.

One of the most prestigious Institutions in the world, Oxford University, UK has admitted that blacks and ethnic minority staff is under-represented at the senior administrative and academic levels of the university, says a news report.

To encourage more participation from these sectors, the university has now advertised 15 career development fellowships for fixed term research and teaching positions, which aims at creating a more diverse pool of candidates for academic posts at the university, besides taking other initiatives.

According to John Hood, Vice Chancellor of the university, Working to remove any real or perceived barriers that might deter people of the highest quality from applying to Oxford, either as a staff or a student, is very much part of our mission.

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World Press Freedom Day At Colombo

The Colombo Declaration calling for freedom of the press to be recognised as a core element in development strategies was recently adopted at an international conference on media, development and poverty eradication, held to commemorate the ‘World Press Freedom Day! According to Koichiro Matsuura, director general, UNESCO, “This year, World Press Freedom Day is dedicated to the consideration of how protecting and furthering the fundamental human rights of freedom of expression and press freedom can assist in assuring another human right — the right to be free from poverty.”

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Presentation on Russian varsities

Chennai, With a view to attracting students for medical and engineering graduate courses offered by various universities in Russia and highlighting their standards, a two-day presentation of Russian Universities begins here tomorrow.
Counselling and spot admissions would be provided for aspiring students, to enable them to get admissions to recognised medical and engineering universities in Russia, a delegation of representing Russian universities told reporters here last night.
The delegation said Russia provided world-class and unique educational facilities and the standard of higher education is considered to be one of the most advanced and sophisticated in the world.
The medical and engineering universities have been recognised by All India Association of Indian Universities, The World Health Organisation and UNESCO, they said.

There are totally 48 medical universities in Russia, which are listed in the Directory of Medical Schools of the WHO thus making the students eligible to appear for the screening test, they said.
Depending upon the university, place of study and course, the fee structure ranged between 1700 USD to 4000 USD per annum in the case of Russian medium instruction, and the tuition fee for English medium ranged between 2300 USD to 5500 USD, the delegation said.

In some universities, hostel fee was collected separately, which was about 300 USD per year. Each student would additionally need about 800 USD to 1000 USD for his or her food and personal expenses per year, they said.

The delegation comprised K Tatiana Anatolievna, chief expert, department of Cultural, Education and Scientific programmes, Russian Centre for International Scienctis and Cultural Cooperation, S Ivan Ivanovich and R Kristina Bazarbekovna of Tomsk Polytechnic University, Z Victoria Valentinovna of Vogograd state Medical University, D Valeriy Ivanovich and S Sergey Vladimirovich of Moscow Power Engineering Institute, B Vladimir Igorevich of Moscow Aviation Institute and G Sergey Nikolayevich of Belgorod State Technical University. (Our Correspondent)

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BVIMR, New Delhi organised its second international conference on, Mergers and Acquisitions

BVIMR, New Delhi organised its second international conference on, Mergers and Acquisitions

Bharati Vidyapeeth university Institute of Management and Research (BVIMR), New Delhi organised its second international conference on, Mergers and Acquisitions-The Global Dimensions of Cross Cultural Relations, recently in the capital. The conference started with auspicious presence of representatives from 12 countries across the globe. All sessions spanned over various issues covering aspects like causes and effects of merger and acquisitions with emphasis on India as a global player.

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Role of Foreign Univeristy in Educational Development in India

Foreign universities have played a significant role in the Indian higher education scene for many years, attracting many thousands of Indian students to their campuses each year. From 2004 to 2005 alone, 80,466 Indians enrolled in US institutions and at least eight other countries have been actively recruiting Indian students in the meantime.

Graduates of accredited foreign institutions, upon their return home, play important roles in the development of India. Imagine how many more opportunities would be available to Indian students if accredited external institutions offered degree programs in India to expand higher education access to local students.
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Kochi hosts Young World Quiz

The biggest national-level quiz for high school students to be held at Kochi in October. The quiz is organised by The Hindu Young World. The sixth edition of the quiz got underway at Vishakahpatnam last month and moved on to Vijaywada, Hyderabad, Mangalore, Bangalore, Coimbatore, Tiruchi, Madurai and Chennai. The finals will be held at Thiruvananthapuram, Kochi and Kozhikode.

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AIDS Scourge Hits Education Sector In Zimbabwe

Teachers are at substantial risk of getting infected with HIV/AIDS and already one third of them are likely to be infected with the virus, local newspaper The Herald reported on Tuesday.

The Zimbabwe National Commissioner for United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), Josiah Mhlanga, was quoted as saying that an evaluation of the Life Skills Program had shown that most HIV/AIDS initiatives focused on pupils with little emphasis on the teachers.

Teachers are a key resource in responding to HIV/AIDS in the education sector and need to be trained and equipped to maximize the impact of education on the epidemic along the prevention to care continuum, said Mhlanga.

Mhlanga said it was crucial that teachers have the skills to educate children on sexuality, reproductive health and the impact of HIV and AIDS on their work and daily lives.

UNESCO, in collaboration with the Ministry of Higher and Tertiary Education, held a week-long workshop recently to review the HIV/AIDS syllabus for teachers` colleges and build the teacher `s capacity on issues to deal with post-test support services.

This would complement the compulsory teaching of HIV/AIDS and Life Skills Education in primary and secondary schools, which the government initiated in 1995.

All these initiatives have resulted in people, even young children, having some forms of knowledge about HIV/AIDS.

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Students To Pitch Tents, Protest Tuition Increase

Tuesday, March 22, 2005

Students tired of tuition increases will join forces this April with Tent State University to pitch tents in the quad.

Tent State University (TSU) is a national five-day event scheduled for April 11-18 on campuses across the country, protesting the slashed state budgets, massive military spending and tax cuts for the wealthy. Part of its stated goal is to embody the homelessness of education in an increasingly violent and fearful society.

“The response has been 99 percent positive,” said UMKC student and TSU member Julie Coon. “We are a voice for the student.”

Missouri Representative Beth Low will be speaking at the event. Dr. Bryan LeBeau, dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, has also express support for TSU.

The event is the brainchild of students at Rutgers University in New Brunswick, NJ. It was founded in 2003 and was so successful, it is returning in 2005 for its third year.

Over 50 student groups, faculty and staff joined forces in support of the event on the Rutgers campus. Around 75 tents were set up on the lawns of their campus.

Members of TSU will enrol students in the Royal Hall cafeteria every Wednesday from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. They will also serve complimentary bagels and coffee.

Students can take part in the event with or without camping on the quad. If needed, tents will be provided for those who do not have one.

TSU will take place on the lawn of the UMKC quad from April 11-15. To take part in this event, sign up in person on Wednesday`s or visit for more information.

“We`re not encouraging students to miss their classes to attend this event,” said Coon. “We just want them to join us.”

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WMU Open Houses Describe Ph.D. In Public Administration

Monday, March 28, 2005

Western Michigan University`s School of Public Affairs and Administration is holding two informational open houses about the university`s Ph.D. in public administration program in Lansing.

The open houses are Tuesday, March 29, from 4 to 7 p.m. in the Emeriti Lounge of Walwood Hall and Thursday, March 31, from 4 to 7 p.m. at the WMU-Lansing Campus. The Emeriti Lounge is located on the second floor of the west side of Walwood on WMU`s East Campus in Kalamazoo.

The doctoral program in public administration is intended to advance the careers of those in the public, nonprofit and healthcare sectors, as well as to prepare individuals for academic and research-based careers, including teaching at the university level and working for think tanks or major consulting firms. The program offers a convenient approach to advanced education because coursework is conducted in the evenings at WMU`s Lansing Campus. Applications to the program are currently being accepted for the fall 2005 semester. The application deadlines are April 30 for first consideration, and June 15 for final.

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Aptech Computer Education at San Salvador, El Salvador

Aptech Computer Education, the flagship brand of India’s global learning solutions major Aptech Limited, has launched a state-of-the-art centre at San Salvador, El Salvador.

Aptech launched the new learning centre at the Universidad Francisco Gavidia (UFG) campus, the firm said in a statement here Wednesday.

UFG is San Salvador’s premier university for technology and science studies, with over 10,000 students.

The Aptech Certified Computer Professional (ACCP) programme is being offered as one of the higher education professional programmes, from the Centro de Educación Continua (Centre of Continuing Education), housed within the university campus.

“With the opening of Aptech’s centre in El Salvador, a new horizon of new-age technology has been thrown open for students in El Salvador”, said Pramod Khera, CEO and managing director of Aptech.

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Councilwoman Says Pupils Need Their Test Results Quicker

Tuesday, March 01, 2005

The growing emphasis on high-stakes testing in city schools will not lead to better instruction, mainly because the results arrive too late in the year to be of any use in the classroom, a New York City lawmaker charged yesterday.

At a three-hour hearing on testing and assessment, City Councilwoman Eva S. Moskowitz, chairwoman of the Council`s Education Committee, said she found it troubling that under the current system, a typical general education student would be required to take 21 citywide and statewide tests, in addition to 42 diagnostic assessments, from kindergarten through 12th grade. She found fault with the multimillion-dollar price charged by the companies that make the tests. She objected to teachers` being out of the classroom for days at a time to grade the exams – and to the notion given by city education officials that such grading time counted as “professional development.”
But she seemed most dissatisfied with what she called the test scores` slow rate of return. She cited an example: Results for students in grades 3, 5, 6, and 7 who take the citywide English language arts exam in the spring at a cost of $1.2 million to the city are not available to schools until June, once the school year is over.

“You can`t give students test results after the school year, and you can`t expect teachers to change instruction without enough time,” Ms. Moskowitz said.
Ms. Moskowitz seemed frustrated at times because only two education officials, Lori Mei, the city`s senior instructional manager for testing and assessment, and her deputy, were present to answer questions and because a state education official declined her invitation, citing a prior commitment.

Ms. Mei said that schools use a number of tests during the year to tailor instruction, not just the citywide and statewide tests. And she said the formal tests are valuable in helping decide which students will be invited to summer school, and for instructional purposes in the next school year.
She also explained that under the federal education law, No Child Left Behind, both the number and importance of required tests had increased. She said that the purpose of tests is accountability, and that they help education officials identify schools that are failing their students.

But Ms. Moskowitz said she did not see a link between labeling a failing school and helping it succeed. “I`m still troubled that the burden seems squarely on the kids,” she said.

Ms. Moskowitz also pressed Ms. Mei on what the Education Department calls “low-stakes” tests, the quarterly diagnostic assessments. Those scores are not mailed home to parents, although Ms. Mei said they are available online. Ms. Moskowitz said she strongly believed those scores should be released without parents having to use the Internet.
Ms Moskowitz also took issue with the fourth- and eighth-grade statewide science tests from the 2003-4 school year, whose scores have never been sent home with students.
“I find it unbelievably offensive that you would make a kid take a test, then not give them the results,” she said.
Ms. Mei said that the results have been available to the schools in computerized form since October, and were there for any parent who asked. She said distribution was limited because of a shortage of resources.

Toward the end of the hearing, reinforcing her central point, Ms. Moskowitz told, “If we`re giving these tests and not changing educational practices, we`re spitting in the wind.”

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European Aeronautics Defence and Space Company Was During The Awards Innovator of the Year

Noel Forgeard, CEO of European Aeronautics Defence and Space Company, was awarded the Innovator of the Year during the European Business Leaders Awards ceremony in London recently. On receiving the award Forgeard said: This award recognises our courage as we have dared to launch the giant of skies, which has now become the European symbol of innovation. It is essential to prepare for future and we must remain ahead of technological revolutions if we are to keep our place at the top.

(Online Resource)

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CIIS to offer global job oriented courses

Canadian Institute of International Studies (CIIS) is on all India promotional tour is offering courses in various fields. With thorough discussion on the variety of courses available in current scenario and the array of seminars organized under the aegis of experts, students are expected to get benefit out of it.
According to Manager Marketing Amit Sood the thrust of the sessions is the direct interface of students with the opportunities available globally. During the seminar proceedings various courses available at CllS were discussed.
Sood while giving more details about the institute , he said that Canadian Institute for International Studies (CIIS) Mohali- Chandigarh, as a unique Institution engaged in imparting World-Class International Education to the Students right here in India.
It is now a flourishing Institution, with over 600 studying in Mechanical Engineering Technology- Automobile Manufacturing, Automotive Marketing Programs, Computer Sciences and Nursing while accumulating credits towards graduation.

He said that CllS is also a CISCO certified academy and a part time certificate course in networking technology gearing the students for CCNA certification is being run under the same.

The courses presently being offered at CllS are, Computer Programmer Analyst (Georgian College 3 year Diploma), Business Administration – Automotive Marketing (Georgian College 3 year Diploma), Mechanical Engineering Technology – Automotive Manufacturing (Georgian College 3 year Diploma), Bachelor of Nursing for Registered Nurses He further said that CIIS is bridging the gap between the industry and professional training and believes in imparting value education. A counseling session .was also held to help students to find the areas of interest during the seminar and apart from Automotive engineering a career in fashion designing remained to be hot topic thronged with the queries about latest induction of fashion related courses He said adding that a collaboration with Fanshawe College, Canada experts also highlighted the future prospects of the field and discussed its impact all over the world.

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Bauchi, India Partner On Education

The Bauchi state government and the Republic of India are to sign a memorandum of understanding (MOU), on how to enhance the teaching of technology in Bauchi state.

Already, talks for the MOU have been held between the Bauchi state government and two institutions, the Amity Educational Institute and IEC College of Technology, both in India.

Alhaji Ahmadu Adamu Muazu, the Governor of Bauchi state, said that the talks were part of the achievements of his recent two weeks trip to the Asian country, stressing that the Bauchi state government has requested the two institutions to train its citizens at both the undergraduate and graduate levels.

Alhaji Mu`azu explained that he was impressed with the curriculum of the two institutions and hence his believe that their presence in Bauchi state, would make the much touted transfer of technology a reality.

The governor, while stressing his government`s policy to transform Bauchi state into a technology hub in the country, said technology is gradually making the impossible to be possible, and that that`s the surest way to catch up with the developed world.

Governor Muazu, while defending his choice of these two institutions explained that Amity, the largest private university in India, has over thirty thousand students and in its ten years of existence, as contributed immensely to the highly trained skilled manpower for that country. It has 130 programmes which he said is spread in 22 integrated campuses across the continent.

Alhaji Muazu also stated that the government has started integrating primary and secondary education into its free Universal Basic Education (UBE), programme beginning next academic session.

He said that as part of the philosophy of the programme, each school will be equipped with integrated science and computer sections to start training its youths properly from the primary levels.

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School Audit In Westbury Finds Flaws

Monday, February 21, 2005

State audit of the Westbury Union Free School District has found a lack of internal controls, which resulted in inappropriate reimbursement to school officials – including the superintendent – for travel and unused sick time.

The audit by State Comptroller Alan G. Hevesi, which was released yesterday, also criticized the way the district handled perks. It did not, however, find any fraud.

The district is the third on Long Island to be audited by Mr. Hevesi`s office after the scandal in the Roslyn school district last year. Three Roslyn school officials have been indicted since the discovery that millions of dollars in district funds were unaccounted for. Audits by Mr. Hevesi`s office already completed in the Baldwin and Plainedge school districts did not find any fraud or significant wrongdoing.

The 50-page Westbury audit released by Mr. Hevesi covered the period from July 1, 2002, to Aug. 31, 2004. The audit raised questions about the district`s lack of adequate documentation for more than $10,000 in credit-card reimbursements and more than $80,000 in refreshments for Board of Education meetings and other gatherings.

The audit also found that Superintendent Constance Clark had received $15,700 in cash payments for unused sick time, in violation of her contract, which permits such a cash-out only if she leaves office.
The report noted that Dr. Clark had provided auditors with written approval of the cash-outs from various presidents of the Board of Education and that last month the board voted to ratify the payments.
“The school district should not provide officials with any employee benefits that the Board of Education has not approved in employment contracts or by resolution and written policy,” the report said.

In a telephone interview yesterday, Dr. Clark said that she had acted completely above-board and had received the money with the board`s approval. She accused the auditors of looking for fire where none existed. “I just felt it was a very petty way of doing an audit,” she said. “The big thing here was there was no fraud.”

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Johns Hopkins University To Team Up With IITs

Thursday, February 10, 2005

The Johns Hopkins University of Maryland has signed a memorandum of understanding with the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Madras.

The American university will also sign similar pacts with the IITs of Mumbai and New Delhi, Chris Foster, Maryland deputy secretary for business and economic development, said. “Computer science, informatics, electrical engineering and micro electrical engineering are areas of partnership identified for cooperation with Indian institutions of technology and science”, he said.

He said he held talks for collaboration with the Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore, earlier in the week.

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