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STU presented the potential of MTF workplaces in Trnava for international cooperation

  The scientific research and innovation potential of top modern research institutes of the Faculty of Materials Technology, STU in Trnava was presented by the management of the university and the faculty by ambassadors accredited in Slovakia. This happened as part of the "Innovation Day in the Trnava region", which was organized by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and European Affairs of the Slovak Republic (MZVaEZ SR) together with the Trnava self-governing region. A delegation of managers of more than two dozen embassies operating in the Slovak Republic, employees of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Slovak Republic and TTSK visited the Slovakion Scientific Research Center of Excellence for Materials and Interdisciplinary Research and the Center of Excellence for 5-Axis Machining. For these top workplaces in the field of materials research, advanced production technologies and industrial automation, it was an opportunity for wider promotion abroad. "I believe that this event will significantly help to mediate new cooperation for innovative Slovak companies and scientific research institutions, including STU," said Acting Vice-Rector Stefan Stanko. The significance of the event for MTF STU was also confirmed by Dean Milos Cambal. He considers the fact that if MZVaEZ wanted to show ambassadors in the region one exceptional company and one exceptional educational institution, it directed them directly to MTF STU in Trnava as an award for the faculty. He sees it as a confirmation of the quality of the faculty, which has a lot to offer in the field of education, cooperation with practice in the field of science and research, but also in solving specific problems of companies. "On the one hand, it is good feedback, which confirms that they know about MTF abroad, on the other hand, ambassadors from more than twenty countries will report to companies in their countries that we are a faculty with which they could cooperate," said the dean. MTF STU Milos Cambal. Reference Link:https://www.stuba.sk/sk/diani-na-stu/prehlad-aktualit/stu-predstavila-potencial-pracovisk-mtf-v-trnave-pre-medzinarodnu-spolupracu.html?page_id=14529


Registration is now open for the 1st edition of the postgraduate course in Environmental and risk communication - E.Ri.C promoted by the University of Genoa, Department of Education - DISFOR, in partnership with TICASS - Innovative Technologies for Environmental Control and Sustainable Development. The course provides theoretical and practical knowledge necessary to promote the environmental image of public and private environmental protection bodies, companies and associations. The general reference figure is that of the "environmental information technician" defined in the National Atlas of qualifications. In particular, environmental communicators are responsible for detecting, in the context of both public and private reference, the need for environmental information to promote the sustainability of the proposed initiatives and to plan and manage awareness and information campaigns, with particular attention to environmental policies. Risk prevention. The course meets the requirements for the Liguria Region initiative "Specialize to compete" which provides for the financing of vouchers for the full reimbursement of the registration fee to residents of Liguria under 35. All participants are provided with support and assistance in compilation of the application on the website of the Liguria Region. Course structure: 250 hours entirely online starting from February 2022.  Application deadline: January 11, 2022 Reference Link:https://unige.it/it/news/13683-aperte-le-iscrizioni-al-corso-in-environmental-and-risk-communication-eric

Computer science: the State University algorithms in the new version of Java

The pseudorandom number generators developed by Sebastiano Vigna, professor of the IT department, are available in the new version of Java. An important contribution of the State University of Milan, with its Laboratory of Algorithmics for the Web ( LAW ) of the "Giovanni Degli Antoni" Department of Computer Science , to one of the main innovations of the latest version of one of the most popular programming languages, Java , of which Oracle has just released version 17. In fact, thanks to the work of Sebastiano Vigna , computer science teacher and scientific manager of the LAW, Java 17 uses a new package for the generation of pseudorandom numbers, which are fundamental for artificial intelligence technologies, video games and simulation. The new Java 17 package, in particular, provides all programmers with two generators designed by Professor Vigna and a new family of generators, LXM, designed in collaboration with Guy Steele, one of the original authors of Java. "Many commercial and scientific applications - explains Sebastiano Vigna -they need to simulate random behaviors, such as movement in video games, the behavior of particles in physics, or changes in weather in climatology. To achieve this, it is necessary to quickly generate random numbers, that is, numbers that come from a random source, such as the repeated toss of a coin. But using a truly random source such as flipping a coin would be a very slow process: efficient pseudorandom number generation algorithms, such as those in the new Java 17 package, are capable of generating billions of pseudorandom numbers per second. The name "pseudorandom" derives from the fact that the numbers seem to come from a random source, but are actually generated by algorithms ”. The University's Laboratory of Algorithmics for the Web (LAW), founded in 2002, is a center of excellence for this sector: already in 2016, an algorithm for the generation of pseudorandom numbers designed by Sebastiano Vigna was in fact adopted by all major browsers (Chrome, Edge, Safari, Firefox) by fixing a flaw in the JavaScript generator.   Reference Link:https://lastatalenews.unimi.it/informatica-algoritmi-statale-nuova-versione-java  

The new publication portal brings out the expertise of TAMK's experts from one address

TAMK's publication series, the online magazine TAMKjournal and TAMK's blogs are easily accessible under a common portal. The publications can be found at: https://sites.tuni.fi/tamk-julkaisut/tamk-journal/ the portal is maintained by TAMKjournal's editorial board. TAMKjournal - an online journal and learning environment The TAMKjournal online magazine offers a window into Tampere University of Applied Sciences' multidimensional activities: education, research, development and innovation. TAMKjournal has been serving as a platform for making the activities of the university community visible for six years now, and the magazine is constantly being developed. It is published as an online magazine in Finnish and English. - This autumn, we are especially familiar with taking accessibility requirements into account, says the magazine's editor-in-chief Liisa Marttila. The editorial board also includes Tuula Isosuo, Eija Lahteenmaki and Kirsi Saarinen. Reference Link:https://www.tuni.fi/fi/ajankohtaista/uusi-julkaisuportaali-tuo-tamkin-asiantuntijoiden-osaamisen-esille-yhdesta?navref=curated--grid 

Virtual institutes for research and doctoral training highlighted in the EC2U forum

The virtual institutes to be built within the joint EC2U alliance of Turku and six other European universities will be presented on October 27-28. at the EC2U Forum. Research and innovation cooperation is also highlighted through the Joint Research & Innovation for Cities & Citizens project. The forum will be held in Salamanca, but can also be attended remotely. The EC2U Alliance creates innovative collaborations and forms of free movement between seven European universities and cities. The universities of Coimbra, Iasi, Jena, Pavia, Poitiers, Salamanca and Turku have been cooperating for a long time, but EC2U was accepted as an alliance of the European Universities Initiative last year. According to Piia Bjorn, Vice Rector of EC2U at the University of Turku, EC2U, which celebrates its first year of operation on November 1, has met all expectations. - Cooperation within and between work packages are open and close. Problem areas have also emerged, as decision-making bodies vary from country to country and from university to university, but so far no issues have been resolved. The international program of the University of Turku, which will be launched soon, and its measures will be implemented in many ways already in EC2U activities, Bjorn says. The meetings of the project management team have already turned their attention to the application for the extension period.   Reference Link: https://www.utu.fi/fi/ajankohtaista/uutinen/tutkimuksen-ja-tohtorikoulutuksen-virtuaali-instituutit-esille-ec2un


Scientists from the professorship for power electronics at TU Dresden and the industrial companies SEMIKRON and FREQCON are pooling their expertise to develop the next generation of wind converters. In the “NextWIND” research project, energy storage systems are being integrated into wind power converters, which in future will allow electricity to be supplied exclusively with renewable energies. For many years, wind energy has provided the largest share of renewable energies in Germany's electrical energy supply. In 2020, wind was the energy source with the largest share in total energy production. So far, electricity from renewable energies has been integrated into a network in which the majority of the output was provided by conventional power plants (coal and nuclear power plants). With the gradual shutdown of these generators, the rotating masses used to stabilize the grid are no longer necessary (instantaneous reserve). In conventional power plants, these short-term power reserves can provide the required power during an abrupt generation outage or a sudden increase in the consumer load in the electrical network. This is where the “NextWIND” joint research project comes into play: By integrating and using energy storage systems in wind turbines, the above-mentioned network services should be able to be provided reliably and cost-efficiently by wind turbines in the future. For this, the mode of operation of the wind converter must also be further developed from a network-downstream to a network-forming operation. A wind energy installation with an integrated energy store and a converter, which is equipped with a grid-forming control system, can thus function as a voltage source in a power grid. This means that such wind turbines are not only able to In addition, the new system has to withstand the strong fluctuations in load due to the frequently changing wind conditions for many years. In the “NextWIND” project, solutions are being developed which are intended to help ensure the desired network services cost-effectively in a wide operating range while at the same time being robust against errors. The project is funded by the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy as part of the 7th energy research program “Innovations for the Energy Transition” with a total of 1.8 million euros. Reference Link:https://tu-dresden.de/tu-dresden/newsportal/news/dresdner-forscher-innen-entwickeln-windstromrichter-fuer-das-energienetz-der-zukunft

New TUM School of Social Sciences and Technology starts

With the conversion from faculties to schools, the Technical University of Munich (TUM) has initiated a historic structural reform. The next step on Thursday was the TUM School of Social Sciences and Technology. The transformation of the Technical University of Munich (TUM) is making strong progress: the new TUM School of Social Sciences and Technology has “revolutionary potential”, said TUM President Thomas F. Hofmann at the founding ceremony in Munich on Thursday. In addition to scientific and technical excellence and entrepreneurship, this school opens up an important third dimension - on the way to people-centered, socially acceptable and trustworthy innovations. Engineers, natural scientists and social sciences have to learn from each other, work together as equals and as a matter of course, stressed Hofmann. With the new school, TUM is bringing the governance and educational sciences faculties and the Munich Center for Technology in Society under one roof at the heart of the university. According to THE ranking, the education sector has taken first place this week among all German universities. The new school has 39 chairs and professorships and around 2,200 students. TUM is thus committed to shaping the social and political relationship between science and technology. The new school is intended to provide answers to the rapidly growing need for knowledge, understanding and explanation of technical sciences. Reference Link:https://www.tum.de/die-tum/aktuelles/pressemitteilungen/details/36961  

A new international Master’s Programme in Pharmacy at the University of Helsinki

The English-language Master's Programme focuses on the study, development and safety of drugs and pharmacotherapy, with a close link to the sustainable development of pharmacy and green pharmacy. In 2022, the University of Helsinki’s Faculty of Pharmacy is taking an expected step, as the international Master’s Programme in Pharmaceutical Research, Development and Safety will be launched. In the first application round, 20 student places are available in the two-year programme, whose scope is 120 credits. The degree completed in the international master’s programme is the Master of Science. Up to now, only a Finnish-language bachelor’s degree in pharmacy has provided eligibility for master's degree studies at the Faculty of Pharmacy. “The University of Helsinki’s Admission Services has received a great deal of enquiries from outside Finland about the opportunity to study pharmacy at the University. Thanks to the new international master’s programme, we will be expanding the opportunity to complete a degree to students of other fields. Specialists in drugs and drug therapies are needed in academic research and other fields of society. Graduates of the Faculty of Pharmacy can choose from a number of career options, in both the public and private sectors,” says Dean Jouni Hirvonen of the Faculty of Pharmacy. Reference Link: https://www.helsinki.fi/en/news/education/new-international-masters-programme-pharmacy-university-helsinki

A new international Master’s Programme in Pharmacy at the University of Helsinki.

The English-language Master's Programme focuses on the study, development and safety of drugs and pharmacotherapy, with a close link to the sustainable development of pharmacy and green pharmacy. In 2022, the University of Helsinki’s Faculty of Pharmacy is taking an expected step, as the international Master’s Programme in Pharmaceutical Research, Development and Safety will be launched. In the first application round, 20 student places are available in the two-year programme, whose scope is 120 credits. The degree completed in the international master’s programme is the Master of Science. Up to now, only a Finnish-language bachelor’s degree in pharmacy has provided eligibility for master's degree studies at the Faculty of Pharmacy. “The University of Helsinki’s Admission Services has received a great deal of enquiries from outside Finland about the opportunity to study pharmacy at the University. Thanks to the new international master’s programme, we will be expanding the opportunity to complete a degree to students of other fields. Specialists in drugs and drug therapies are needed in academic research and other fields of society. Graduates of the Faculty of Pharmacy can choose from a number of career options, in both the public and private sectors,” says Dean Jouni Hirvonen of the Faculty of Pharmacy. Reference Link: https://www.helsinki.fi/en/news/education/new-international-masters-programme-pharmacy-university-helsinki

New educational centre for Craigmillar

Two new learning centers have officially opened in Edinburgh and Glasgow this week and are set to empower thousands of young people to achieve their academic and career ambitions. The centers in Craigmillar and Govan are a ground-breaking collaboration between the University of Edinburgh, the University of Glasgow and education charity IntoUniversity to provide additional educational support to those aged 7-18. The collaboration will connect young people, who may never have dreamed of going to university, with two of the world’s leading Higher Education Institutions, providing exceptional opportunities to support their learning and nurture their ambitions, whatever those might be. IntoUniversity Craigmillar is based at The White House. The community cafe and venue is run by the Community Alliance Trust for the benefit of the Greater Craigmillar Neighbourhoods. IntoUniversity Govan is based at The Pearce Institute in Govan, Glasgow, and a third centre in Maryhill, Glasgow, will be launched in Spring 2022. Reference Link:https://www.ed.ac.uk/news/2021/craigmillar-education-centre-opens

BeviMI: the app for responsible consumption at the University is coming

The BeviMI Project "takes off" on 13 October , the initiative that brings together the State University of Milan, the University of Milan-Bicocca, the Milan Polytechnic and the Italian Committee on the World Water Contract (CICMA) to promote the use of mains water, the reduction and recycling of plastic starting from the university classrooms. Students from the State University and other partner universities will therefore be able, from 13 October, to download the new app on their smartphone , to use it every time they draw water from the dispensers present in the universities. In this way, with each withdrawal, the BeviMI app will measure the CO? avoided and the amount of new plastic saved in real time , a way to become aware of the impact on the environment generated by daily consumption choices. The app will also allow a virtuous 'challenge' between female students and students who are more attentive to their consumption. On 13 October, from 12 to 14, each University will simultaneously promote events for the presentation of the BeviMI app at its offices. near dispensers and water houses, where students can also collect gadgets and water bottles. In Statale , in particular, it will be possible to participate in the two launch and presentation events of the BeviMI app at the dispenser in via Festa del Perdono 3 (ground floor) and at the Casetta acqua in via Golgi 19 , where you can also collect a free bottle, previously booked , to start using the BeviMI app right away. The University will deliver a maximum of 300 water bottles per site. On the occasion of the release of the app (13 October), an eco-compactor will also be installed in each University (in Città Studi for the State University), offered by Coripet, another partner of the BeviMI project, for the selective collection of PET bottles to be used for the production of R-PET bottles for food use, according to the principles of the circular economy. At the end of the day, at 6 pm, it will be the turn of the round table, at the Centrale dell'Acqua in Milan and in streaming on all MM's social channels , which will see the presence of Cristiana Capotondi , who has been committed to promoting sustainable behavior for years , of the sustainability delegates of the three Universities (for the State University, Stefano Bocchi, professor of the Department of Environmental Sciences and Policies) and of the representatives of the Italian Committee on the World Water Contract, Coripet and MM on the interdisciplinary approach to sustainability for the promotion of responsible behavior capable of contributing to the ecological transition of the city of Milan. Finally, during the round table,contents and methods of inter-university research, based on LCA analysis, on the impact of the different water supply chains (from the network or with plastic bottles) and of the different treatments of PET waste, as well as videos related to the BeviMI project such as the video tutorials on the BeviMI app and on the operation of the eco-compactors. A page on the unimi.it portal is also dedicated to the BeviMI project , where, starting from 13 October, the QR code will be available to download the app.   Reference Link: https://lastatalenews.unimi.it/bevimi-arrivo-lapp-per-consumi-responsabili-universita

Last Campus Mundi application opportunity for the spring semester

The scholarship program is coming to an end, so apply now, spend your spring semester at a foreign university or company, and gain lifelong knowledge and experience! International experience and confident language skills - here’s your last chance to explore the world with Campus Mundi and gain an unbeatable advantage in the job market! Campus Mundi part-time - passport for your semester of life! Get to know yourself and the culture of a distant country while studying and developing at any university in the world! The amount of Campus Mundi part-time scholarships varies from country to country, which can mean HUF 200,000-250,000 per month. Details in the call for proposals . The program has adapted to the changed circumstances since the pandemic, so the scholarship is available in physical, virtual ( digital credit acquisition ) and semi-virtual, i.e. blended mobility forms ( details in the call for proposals ). As the entry rules of the countries are also constantly changing, you can change the form in which you participate in university education abroad even after winning the application. Campus Mundi internship - connect the pleasant with the useful! Are you planning to complete your compulsory internship for your spring semester? Gain credits and international experience at the same time! Find the right company for you and get the most out of your Campus Mundi internship abroad! Reference Link: https://u-szeged.hu/sztehirek/2021-szeptember/utolso-campus-mundi?objectParentFolderId=19355

Students interested in the EU "Erasmus +" program take an English exam

  On September 22-23, ASUE Department of International Relations organized an English exam at the university for those students who are interested in "Erasmus +" program , but do not have a document certifying English proficiency (IELTS, TOEFL or Cambridge Assessment English). According to the International Relations Department, the exam participants will receive the exam results in their personal email within 1-2 days, and the students can get acquainted with the new announcements and news of "Erasmus +" program by following ASUE official website, Facebook page, Facebook of the International Relations Department page: In addition to international relations of the department of information that students this year during an English exam may be passed only one time, so those who have passed from this time, will not be able to participate in the current academic year, the department 's organized in other investigations.   Reference Link: https://asue.am/am/news/students-interested-in-the-eu-erasmus-program-take-an-english-exam


  8-10 Until October, teams of 2 to 5 will take part in a smart task to tackle a special task - to create digital data-based solutions that will save the environment and lead to a sustainable future for the world. Register your digital genius team no later than September 30th. A prize fund of 5,000 euros has been set up for the best teams, but the strongest participant will also be directly in the top 50 of Prototron.  The international competition DeepHack takes place virtually for three days. This means that the teams do not meet each other and communication with mentors and other participants also takes place via the Internet.  On the first and second days of the brainstorming sessions, the teams meet with mentors and active work towards the completion of the solution begins. During lunch on the third day, the teams will present the already completed solutions. Students interested in technology, data and the environment, representatives of start-ups and companies, and freelance specialists are welcome to compete. In particular, the aim is to create innovative digital solutions that help facilitate energy savings and support the transition to a circular economy and more efficient use of resources. Top-level mentors and renowned jury members The role of the mentors is to support and assist the teams during the hacking by answering their questions and specifying the challenges. Taibutalgute mentors for the Cleantech Finland project manager Kadri Piho , Tallinn University of technology transfer expert and patent attorney  Mart Enn Koppel , Tallinn Strategy Center data analyst Hanna-Greta Veersalu , TCachet founding member of Kalle Palling , Tehnopol's green technology cluster manager Ragmar Saksing , RagnSellsi Marketing and Communications Rainer Pest , Upper City green revolution leader Mati Fjodorov , CEO of Cleantech Estonia Erki Ani ,  and Kaido Sipelgas, Team Leader of Enterprise Estonia Innovation Funding . The list may be extended. The winner of this third day of the final solutions for the presentation of the jury members, who are the Tallinn University of the green revolution, Vice-Rector Helen Sooväli-Sepping, Tallinn innovation leader Toomas Türk , Ülemiste City innovation leader Ursel Velve , K FINEST Bay Area Development Kustaa Valtonen, Telia IoT department head Vyacheslav Antipenko and IEEE Estonia expert and researcher of the Thomas Johann Seebeck Institute of Electronics Alar Kuusik. The competition is organized by TalTech together with EIT Digital, EIT Raw Materials and UltraHack. As such, this is the first similar test of strength in Estonia. Competitors and ideas that need to be solved are expected until September 30. Sign up HERE.     Reference Link:https://taltech.ee/uudised/digigeeniused-otsivad-taibutalgutel-keskkonnalahendusi


  This year, more students than ever will be offered to participate in Aalborg University's (AAU) brush-up course in mathematics prior to the start of studies in September. The offer must strengthen the students' academic and social preconditions in order to get a good start in their studies and help to ensure that fewer students drop out. Mathematics is a cornerstone of all engineering and science educations, but also of a number of social science educations, solid mathematical competencies are a necessary prerequisite for getting off to a good start in the study. Therefore, AAU offers a brush-up course in mathematics as a prelude to the start of studies on 1 September. Here, prospective students who already have mathematics at A- or B-level will have the opportunity to refresh and practice the mathematical concepts before starting their studies. The initiative must both give the students a better start to their studies and ensure that fewer drop out because the basic mathematical competencies have not been properly dusted off. - We can see that students, who come in with a low grade in mathematics from high school or have had a longer break, often have a harder time at the beginning of their studies. This means something both for the well-being of the individual and for the risk of dropping out. Therefore, it is a really good idea to accept the offer, says Henrik Brohus, who is the leader of the First Year of Study and Admission Course and responsible for the brush-up course.   Reference Link: https://www.nyheder.aau.dk/2021/nyhed/matematisk-haandsraekning-til-kommende-aau-studerende.cid515972

The new university-wide course will help with starting a business

  Favorite workshops come to do business! Focused on business know-how, teamwork and the preparation of own projects, this year has been transformed into a university-wide subject Development and implementation of a business idea. In the course, students will gain knowledge and skills, thanks to which they can evaluate the potential of their business idea. At the same time, they will learn to plan, create cash flow, work in a team, and assess risks and approaches to problem solving. The course will include interactive lectures and exercises, but also teamwork on projects. "One subject will not make you an entrepreneur, but it will help you find answers to where to get an idea and how to work with it? Students will learn how to find customers and how to sell. But they will also think about how much it will all cost and what not only will they gain by business, but they will also lose, "says the subject guarantor Vít Chlebovský from the Faculty of Entrepreneurship, BUT. Experts from the JIC and other experts will also be actively involved in teaching. Those interested can register in the StudIS system on September 15 from 8 am to 10 pm. The capacity of the course is 80 students per semester. In the winter semester 2021/2022, the course is scheduled for Monday afternoon, in the case of regular full-time teaching, the course will be taught once in 14 days for 4 hours. In the case of online lessons every week on Monday for 2 hours. Reference Link: https://www.vut.cz/vut/aktuality-f19528/novy-celouniverzitni-predmet-pomuze-s-rozjezdem-podnikani-d215077

TUZVO begins full-time teaching on September 20, 2021 in all study programs and forms of study

Reference Link: https://www.tuzvo.sk/sk/tuzvo-zacina-prezencnu-vyucbu-20-septembra-2021-vo-vsetkych-studijnych-programoch-formach-studia The Operational Working Group of the TUZVO Crisis Staff (OPP KŠ TUZVO) decided at its meeting on 31 August 2021 to start teaching in the academic year 2021/2022 in full-time form, in all study programs and forms of study. This resolution applies unless the pandemic conditions deteriorate radically. The Rector appeals to the responsibility of students and staff of the university. In terms of ensuring the operation and educational process of TUZVO students, OPS KŠ TUZVO has decided, based on the valid Covid Automata, to adopt the protocol of the educational process in compliance with all principles in terms of Covid automat, ie ROR (drape, distance, hand disinfection). Entry and stay in the university, resp. participation in full-time teaching, accommodation in student dormitories (except foreign students and teachers), will be available to all employees and students of TUZVO with a strict recommendation for OTP (vaccinated, negatively tested or after overcoming Covid-19). The process of students entering accommodation in TUZVO student dormitories will begin on September 6, 2021. The TUZVO management supports the maintenance of full-time teaching in the academic year 2021/2022 to the maximum extent possible, taking into account the current conditions of the Covid vending machine. With the new academic year approaching, management is appealing to students and staff to be vaccinated as soon as their health allows. Rector prof. Rudolf Kropil asks staff and students to be responsible:"Our effort is to implement teaching in person as long as possible. Although distance learning methods are an adequate substitute for full-time, students' personal contact with teachers is irreplaceable. In the coming days, the TUZVO Crisis Staff will meet and determine the conditions of full-time teaching in the academic year 2021/2022, as well as guidelines for boarding and accommodating students in the TUZVO Student Homes. Students and staff will be informed about the conditions through the communication channels of the university, " he said. More detailed information on ensuring the educational process in the academic year 2021/2022, the regime of accommodation in TUZVO student dormitories and the regime of boarding in the student canteen during the new academic year will be the subject of a separate guideline of the TUZVO Crisis Staff, which will be available.


The Technical University invites all its employees, students and alumni to think about how to create donation habits in the university family. The best proposals will receive up to 10,000 euros to implement the idea. Reference Link:  https://taltech.ee/uudised/ulikool-kutsub-kaasa-motlema-kuidas-edendada-annetamiskultuuri-0 At the world's leading universities, fundraising and donation is very common, and many of the university's activities have been funded by donations through various funds, research projects and scholarships. Each of us can also contribute to the progress of TalTech, to the more exciting projects of future generations, and through it also to change society.  How can you help?  Suggest a specific solution that could significantly contribute to the collection of donations, whether in the form of a specific donation campaign or by improving the donation process.           For what specific purposes should we raise donations?          How could the donation process ideally take place?          How do we ensure that donations are used in the best possible way?          How to involve alumni to donate?  Submit your idea by October 7!  THE BEST IDEAS WILL RECEIVE UP TO 10,000 EUROS FOR TESTING AND IMPLEMENTATION AND THE ASSISTANCE OF SPECIALISTS.??  “Each of us has the opportunity to contribute to the development of the University of Technology, to the more exciting projects of future generations and through it to change society. TalTech could be one of the examples and pioneers for the development of the donation culture in Estonian society at large, ”explained Vice-Rector for Entrepreneurship  Sven Illing , who leads the co-creation initiative and the topic of scholarships and donations at the university. "So far, the University of Technology has been supported for many years primarily by our alumni, mainly with scholarships for students," the Vice-Rector for Entrepreneurship noted.?  Donations benefit students, researchers, companies, university staff and future generations. Each donation contributes to the university's pioneering research and education activities.??  How exactly do ideas come true?           Submit your idea by October 7th.           We get to know the ideas and invite the best to brainstorming to develop the ideas, put together teams to implement them and validate the ideas with stakeholders.           The wisdom campaigns will take place on November 12 and 19. Project plans for piloting ideas are completed.           The jury will evaluate the project plans and in early December we will announce 1-3 ideas for implementation in the first half of 2022.            These ideas will receive expert advice and funding of up to € 10,000 according to the budget.?  Donation is the first topic of TalTech's new co-creation initiative, which annually specifies challenges and seeks solutions in one specific area. In 2022, we will create solutions together on the next topic.  Read more:  www.taltech.ee/koosloome.  


Reference Link: https://www.elte.hu/content/uttoro-mesterkepzes-indult-elte-s-reszvetellel.t.24100 “Global Challenges to Sustainability” is the first internationally accredited full master's degree of the European Universities Initiative. On 2 September 2021, the CHARM-EU Association held the official opening ceremony of the Master's Degree Program in “Global Challenges of Sustainability”, attended by the Rector of the Association's five partner universities and the European Commission, industry leaders, the student community and external partners. also gave a speech. Minister of Innovation and Technology László Palkovics also welcomed the event , describing the many centuries of history of European universities as a continuous development and the European Universities initiative as the latest milestone in this development, expressing his pleasure that Hungarian universities play an active role in the development of Hungarian higher education. He emphasized that Hungary intends to spend 1.2% of GDP this year on the higher education sector, which is currently undergoing the biggest transformation in its history. At the Hungarian venue of the ceremony, on the ELTE Lágymányos campus, Rector László Borhy greeted the gathered new students and colleagues working in CHARM-EU. Demonstrating the internationality of Eötvös Loránd University, he said that he still has students from about 100 countries and has Erasmus connections with more than 500 universities. He called it an honor that Eötvös Loránd University could be one of the founders of the innovation association. He recalled that ELTE had played an important role in the project: it was responsible for the "Mobility" and "Inclusivity" work packages. In conclusion, he highlighted that a new university is being set up with new students, partners and staff.

Aquarium System Development And Optimization: Another Step Towards Sustainable Food Production (FoodOASIS)

Reference Link: https://www.uth.gr/news/anaptyxi-kai-beltistopoiisi-systimatos-enydreioponias-ena-akomi-bima-gia-tin-aeiforiki-paragogi In the framework of the Research Program entitled: “Development and optimization of an aquarium system: another step for sustainable food production (FoodOASIS) we present to you the Prospectus of the program for the month of August. In addition, on the official page of the research program   http://foodoasis.eu/  you will find all the newsletters of the research program available. The FoodOasis project involves research teams from the two Departments of Agriculture (1: Plant Production and Rural Environment & 2: Ichthyology and Aquatic Environment) of the School of Agricultural Sciences of the University of Thessaly as well as the companies Agrostis and EMMANOUILIDIS BROS. Scientific Project Manager: Professor Nikolaos Katsoulas. Scientific Research Officers: Professor Nikolaos Katsoulas, Professor Elena Mende, Professor Konstantinos Kormas, Assistant Professor Efthymia Levizou. The program is implemented in the framework of the RESEARCH-CREATE-INNOVATE Action, co-financed by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) of the European Union and national resources through the OP. Competitiveness, Entrepreneurship & Innovation (EPANEK) (project code: T1EDK-01153) »

New discoveries about the role of mitofusin 2 in the energy metabolism of the cell

Reference Link: https://www.ub.edu/web/ub/ca/menu_eines/noticies/2021/07/048.html Mitofusin 2 is a key protein in regulating the physiology of mitochondria — the energy-producing cell organelles — that is involved in various neurodegenerative and cardiovascular diseases and cancer. Now, an article published in the journal EMBO Reports reveals that the regulation of bioenergetic activity in mitochondria requires that mitofusin 2 is also found in the endoplasmic reticulum, a system formed by a complex network of membranes in the cell cytoplasm. The work is directed by Professor Francesc Soriano, from the Faculty of Biology and the Institute of Neurosciences of the UB (UBNeuro). The authors are also Ofelia M. Martínez and Francesc Villarroya, from the UB Faculty of Biology and the UB Institute of Biomedicine (IBUB), and Manuel Reina, from the Faculty of Biology, among others.

Personality of International Cooperation is from TUKE

Reference Link: https://www.tuke.sk/wps/portal/tuke/university/news/osobnost-medzinarodnej-spoluprace-je-z-tuke On Tuesday, 29 June 2021, five Slovak scientists received the prestigious award Scientist of the Year of the SR 2020 in the Moyzesová sie? /Moyzes Hall/ of the Faculty of Arts of the Comenius University in Bratislava. They have achieved extraordinary success in the fields of molecular biology, biobanking, virology, engineering, and geotechnology, and have succeeded in strong competition – this year the jury selected the winning five out of a record 84 nominations. The 24th annual awards event for the most significant scientists, technologists, and young researchers was held under the auspices of Ms Zuzana ?aputová, the President of the Slovak Republic. The ceremony afternoon was made more pleasant by the string quartet VIVA QUARTET. One of the laureates was from the Technical University of Košice. Awarded in the Personality of International Cooperation category was: Dr. h. c. prof. Ing. Michal Cehlár, PhD., (Faculty of Mining, Ecology, Process Control and Geotechnologies, TUKE) – for significant development of international cooperation in the field of projects, science, and research at the Faculty of Mining, Ecology, Process Control and Geotechnologies, TUKE.

Project Effective teaching for student engagement and success in digital learning environment (StudES)

Reference Link: http://www.bg.ac.rs/sr/vest.php?id=1603   The project entitled Effective teaching for student engagement and success in digital learning environment (StudES) has been approved for co-financing by the ERASMUS + K2 program (KA226 Partnerships for Digital Education Readiness), within the call 2020, first round. The online environment became the primary environment for the teaching process during the COVID-19 pandemic. Teachers and students jointly recognized the untapped potential of the online environment in higher education, as well as the need to adopt new pedagogical approaches that would support success and a greater degree of student engagement. For this reason, the goal of this project is to: - Provide an effective teaching process in the digital environment; - Provide academic staff with knowledge, skills and tools to properly adapt to a wide range of teaching methods and content; - To revise existing standards and guidelines related to online learning. In this way, teachers will have the opportunity to develop and apply new, innovative learning methods and adopt new pedagogical approaches that will support a higher level of student engagement, ensure their advancement and success in the online environment. As partners, the University of Belgrade, the Center for e-Learning at the AGH University of Science and Technology and the University of Maribor are participating in the project . You can follow all past and future results through the StudES project website and through the LinkedIn profile of the project.

The second enrollment deadline for enrollment in basic academic, integrated academic and basic vocational studies has been announced

Reference Link: http://www.bg.ac.rs/sr/vest.php?id=1604 After the session of the University Enrollment Commission, the second enrollment deadline for enrollment in basic academic, basic vocational and integrated academic studies has been announced, for the school year 2021/2022. year. There are 1286 places left on the budget and 1495 self-financing places (a total of 2781 places). Second enrollment deadline for basic academic, basic vocational and integrated academic studies: - Candidate registration: September 2 and 3, 2021; - taking the entrance exam: September 6 and 7, 2021; - Candidate registration: until September 16, 2021. You can see an overview of vacancies at the University of Belgrade here.

Summer opening hours at the university

Current processing times, telephone and reception times for study guidance and contact information for our activities during the summer. University-wide activities For the university-wide student service functions' opening hours during the summer - see the respective website:          General study guidance          Libraries at Lund University - lub.lu.se          Educational support for you with a disability          Student health          The student reception             ·  The study workshop


Reference Link: https://news.ubbcluj.ro/event/din-noul-an-universitar-ubb-va-utiliza-o-noua-paradigma-educationala-de-tip-hightech/ Babe?-Bolyai University of Cluj-Napoca (UBB) will use, from the academic year 2021-2022, a HighTech technology in the academic education process, through a paradigm shift towards a new university pedagogy, which will be presented on Wednesday, July 14, 2021, at 18.00 , at the Creative Industries Center of UBB in Cluj Innovation Park (CREIC - 1 Valea Chintaului Street). In this sense, UBB founded, a few months ago, together with the American company EON Reality, an academic center called UBB-EON-XR Center for Higher Education ( https://news.ubbcluj.ro/ubb-introduce-in -the country-standard-of-education-of-the-future-establishing-ubb-eon-xr-center / ), the first and planned to be the largest center of this kind in Romania and neighboring countries, with two fundamental components: (1) an educational one, to introduce a new standard in teaching / learning, based on a “new university pedagogy” in virtual / augmented / mixed reality and (2) a research-development-innovation (RDI), to generate innovative products and services to society (for example the product VR Mind -https://news.ubbcluj.ro/noua-structura-academica-ubb-eon-xr-center-lanseaza-in-romania-formula-comerciala-a-vr-mind/ ). The rector of UBB, prof. Univ. Dr. Daniel David, states that, “ so far, several hundred UBB teachers and researchers (approximately 500) are enrolled in the first training modules organized by EON Reality, to implement the reality of the academic year 2021-2022 virtual / augmented / mixed in the teaching-learning process. The presentation of this new "university pedagogy" - which combines innovative education strategies with advanced technologies - will be made on Wednesday, July 14, 2021, with concrete examples, at the UBB-EON-XR Center for Higher Education at the UBB Creative Industries Center in Cluj Innovation Park. Indeed, through these developments, which change the academic paradigm, UBB students can enter a new educational era ”. UBB-EON-XR Center for Higher Education also benefits from the collaboration and coordination with the new Institute of Artificial Intelligence, Virtual Reality and Robotics of UBB (founded on the centers of Computational Intelligence, Machine Learning, Data Mining, Metaheuristics for Complex Systems, Virtual Reality, Modeling and Simulation - from the Faculty of Mathematics and Informatics within UBB) and with the already known Matrix Platform of the Institute of Advanced Studies of Psychotherapy and Applied Mental Health (Robotherapy and Virtual Reality Therapy Platform - Faculty of Psychology and Educational Sciences of UBB) . Sequences of the educational act in the new paradigm ( https://eonreality.com/platform/ )


  CEU and Qubit's first joint essay competition for university and college students has been closed, in which writings reflecting on or reflecting on what has been said at CEU's Infinite Knowledge events were awaited. The main prize was won by Dormán Hanga, a master's student at ELTE PPK, who also finished second and third place at ELTE.  The   aim of the competition, launched in May , was to get as many young people as possible to take an active part in the public discourse and professional discourses on the results of modern science. In the Infinite Knowledge series of the CEU Institute for Democracy, Hungarian scientists present their research results in topical topics such as climate change, network research, data science, religious history, economics, psychology or even prehistory. In the end, 42 applications met the medium-stringent formal and content requirements emulating scientific work, citing a wide range of topics, from the social impact of the epidemic on climate change and biodiversity, to the use of artificial intelligence for military purposes, and the latest network. The received essays were judged by renowned experts, prestigious scientists and researchers: Zsolt Enyedi, political scientist, György Fábri, sociologist of science, El?d Gáspár Merse, cognitive researcher, János Kertész, Széchenyi Prize-winning physicist, climate researcher, senior analyst at the IPCC and geneticist Máté Varga. Hanga Dormán , a graduate student of the MSc in Computer and Cognitive Neuroscience at Eötvös Loránd University, a member of the Rajk Vocational College , won the 1st place in the competition with  her dissertation entitled It is difficult but worthwhile to rely on foreign minds , the winning article can be read here . The 2nd place  Bagi Esther , ELTE Cultural Anthropology Department of master's student performed during Grief, trauma and "good death" epidemic work on, while the 3rd place both share: Békefi Valentine of the University of Chester graduate theology-Master student ( Religion and corporeality in a modern approach : on Christian physicalism ) and  Nikol Janszky-Máriás , an English-Chinese teacher at Eötvös Loránd University ( Climate Change - Crisis in the World and at Home ). The lectures and discussions on which the competition is based can be viewed on the   pages  of Infinite Knowledge , and regular  reports and interviews about the events can be read on Qubit. Source: Qubit  The cover image is an illustration of Róbert Jónás Tóth (Qubit) for the winning work.   Reference Link: https://www.elte.hu/content/hallgatoink-sikere-a-magyar-tudomanyos-eredmenyek-nepszerusiteseben.t.23979

Enrollment in the EU-CONEXUS Minor Programs continues!

  During the UTCB Minor Open Day event , organized on May 6, we started a new stage of enrollment in the courses of the EU-CONEXUS Minor programs: Blue Economy and Growth and Coastal Development and Sustainable Maritime Tourism ! EU-CONEXUS Minor Programs open up opportunities for EU-CONEXUS university students to build flexible, international, multidisciplinary curricula and to receive up-to-date skills that are highly needed in the labor market. During the event, the offer of confirmed Minor courses for the next semester was presented, which you can also consult here - Minor Programs - Technical University of Constructions Bucharest (utcb.ro) Also, UTCB students already enrolled in these programs had the chance to share their experiences from this semester, explaining both the advantages and the responsibilities of this opportunity. For the following registrations, we address the target group represented by UTCB students enrolled in the Bachelor's degree - English speakers - minimum B2, who aim to expose themselves to an international, multidisciplinary and interactive learning environment. Regarding the conduct of Minor courses, EU-CONEXUS is developing a Smart Campus - a virtual learning space that helps the students and teachers of each partner institution to share information and work together. Therefore, the services of this Smart Campus, the Moodle platform and the POD were briefly presented during the same event. Last but not least, out of the desire to have as many informed UTCB students enrolled in Minor as possible, we also presented the proposal for Academic Mentoring for Minors , the initiative of Package 5, coordinated by UTCB. Therefore, a mentoring period is proposed between the teachers of the Minor courses for the next semester and the interested students who have questions about the courses offered for the next semester. We hope that all these initiatives will convince as many UTCB students to apply by May 20! Contact person: Ramona Diac, EU-CONEXUS Minor Mobility Coordinator, ramona.diac@utcb.ro   Reference Link: https://utcb.ro/inscrierile-la-programele-de-minor-eu-conexus-continua/


Reference Link: https://www.uni-lj.si/aktualno/novice/2021071911294777/ As part of its work program for 2022, the European Research Council (ERC) plans to award € 2.4 billion in grants to around 1,100 European researchers.  Funds will be awarded in a series of calls, and applications will be evaluated by commissions of internationally renowned researchers. The funds are intended to support research projects that push the boundaries of human knowledge.  Some application deadlines are already open. The European Research Council (ERC) , established by the European Union in 2007, is the leading European organization for funding cutting-edge pioneering research in all scientific fields. Each year, the ERC selects and funds the most creative individuals to carry out their projects. It offers four long-term and financially rich research project schemes, which you can read more about  here . The ERC's total budget from 2021 to 2027 is more than € 16 billion under Horizon Europe, under the responsibility of the European Commissioner for Innovation, Research, Culture, Education and Youth, Mariya Gabriel. The work program includes several schemes of research projects: ERC project for the start of an independent research path (Starting Grant) with an application deadline of  13 January 2022 , ERC project for consolidation of an independent research path (Consolidator Grant) with an application deadline of  17 March 2022 , ERC project for Advanced Researchers with an application deadline of  28 April 2022,  for the ERC project for research synergy (Synergy Grant) with an application deadline of  10 November 2021. More information on the program and application deadlines can be found on the  ERC website  and in the full  2022 work program . In the autumn, we will start conducting workshops at the University to prepare ERC projects. For more information, write to the e-mail address  erc@uni-lj.si .  


Reference Link:  University College "LOGOS" in partnership with the Department of Finance - Accounting, Faculty of Economics and Agribusiness of the Agricultural University of Tirana organizes on July 27, 2021 the Student Conference on "Studying economics to address its challenges". The purpose of this conference is: Collaboration with students to address economic challenges and problems by future professionals. All students are invited to become part of this Conference through a paper, which will be mentored by professors of the University College "LOGOS" and the Agricultural University of Tirana. University College "LOGOS" supports students in creating scientific research methods during their studies. IMPORTANT DATES: • July 7: Opening the call • July 12: Deadline for accepting abstracts • July 14: Evaluation of abstracts • July 25: Submission of the final paper • July 26: Delivery of Power Point presentations • July 27: Conference Day Submit your paper within the above mentioned dates to studenti4@kulogos.edu.al. Welcome! For more information contact us: Tel: +35569 30 30 277 Email: students@kulogos.edu.al. University College "Logos" - Light and life force!

Recommended Annual Instruction Time in Full-time Compulsory Education in Europe 2020/21

  Effective learning depends on many factors, but undoubtedly, the instruction time available to students plays a key role in their learning process. Along with the quality of instruction and the time available for learning after school, the increase in the amount of instruction time allocated to a discipline can help to raise students’ interest in that subject and can have positive effect on students’ performance. Moreover, the positive relationship between increased instruction time and student achievement is more apparent when the increase is accompanied by other support measures and directed at disadvantaged students. This report analyses the recommended minimum instruction time in full-time compulsory general education in 37 European countries. The data refer to the minimum requirements set for the compulsory curriculum by the competent authorities of 39 education systems for the year 2020/21. Special attention is paid to four core subject areas: reading, writing and literature; mathematics; natural sciences; social studies. The analysis shows that annual minimum instruction time tends to increase with the education level, and differences between countries become less significant. At primary level, the focus for most countries is on reading, writing and literature (about 25 % of total instruction time), while in secondary education the teaching of mathematics and natural sciences becomes equally important. The report also identifies the main changes in total instruction time that have taken place in the last year especially due to the COVID-19 pandemic. In addition to the comparative analysis, the report includes national diagrams that illustrate data by country and by subject, jointly collected by the Eurydice and the OECD NESLI networks. Reference Link: https://eacea.ec.europa.eu/national-policies/eurydice/content/instruction-time-full-time-compulsory-education-europe-202021_en  

Poland: National Reading Development Programme 2.0

Over one billion PLN will be allocated to the National Reading Development Programme (NPRCz) 2.0 for 2021-2025, to support the various forms of promoting reading habits in Poland.  NPRCz 2.0 is an extension of the previous Programme, implemented during 2016-2020 and is the largest and one of the most important – in terms of scale, impact sought and budget – amongst the national multi-annual Programmes. The Programme NPRCz 2.0 aims to create conditions for the development and growth of readership in Poland by shaping and promoting pro-reading attitudes and strengthening the role of the public, as well as the pedagogical and school libraries (as local centres of social life) that constitute a centre of access to culture and knowledge. The new elements of the NPRCz 2.0 Programme include, among others features: a subsidy to activate new and/or local communities; a national campaign promoting the objectives of the Programme; connecting about 500 libraries to the national platform; making content available on the National Library;  support actions to better understanding of readers' needs and librarian’s expectations and improve competences. Implementation of measures in public libraries are foreseen in several steps.  First, in continuing the key tasks of the previous Programme, i.e. the purchase of new publications and the acquisition of services of remote access to content in digital formats – eBook, audiobook or synchro-book.  Second, institutions located in cities with up to 100,000 inhabitants can apply for funding for infrastructural investments under NPRCz 2.0, which is an increase in relation to the previous Programme, which took into account smaller centres with up to 50,000 inhabitants.  Third, particular support will be given to historic library buildings and libraries in an inadequate technical condition, with preference to the construction or adaptation of new, energy-efficient facilities.  In this context, an important element is the continuation of the activities aimed at schools’ and pedagogical libraries. With a total budget of 1.080 million PLN, 59% is financed with public funds –representing an increase of nearly 40% of state subsidies in relation to the previous Programme.  The remaining 41% come from private investment.  NPRCz 2.0 includes four priority areas of support: Priority 1 - Improving the supply of public libraries Priority 2 - Investment in infrastructure of public libraries  Priority 3 - Purchase of new publications for pre-school, school and pedagogical libraries Priority 4 - Subsidy programme for libraries, promotion of reading. The Ministry of Culture, National Heritage and Sport is responsible for the coordination the Priorities 1, 2 and 4, implemented by its subordinate institutions: National Library (Priority 1), Book Institute (Priority 2) and National Centre of Culture (Priority 4), acting at the same time as the Programme Evaluation and Monitoring Unit. Coordination of works with regard to Priority 3 lies within the competences of the Ministry of Education and Science. Public funds of approximately PLN 14.5 million will be allocated to public libraries for purchasing new releases. This amount comprehends the activation of digital formats – e-Books, audiobooks or synchro books; the construction of a nationwide network of 500 libraries, through an integrated system for management of resources; the development of infrastructures; development of competencies of library staff and a social and information campaign.  At the same time, approximately 10.3 thousand school and pedagogical libraries will receive co-financing for the purchase of approximately 4 million new publications and equipment items.  A novelty is the inclusion in the programme of more than 1.3 thousand pre-schools establishments. The estimated impact is that, resulting from purchasing new books – under Priority 1 and 3 – e the NPRCz 2.0, over PLN 500 million will reach the publishing market (including public and private funds). A new grant Programme called CLOSER (BLISKO) will be launched under the auspices of the NPRCz. As part of the Programme, 180 public libraries will have the opportunity to receive funds, totaling PLN 24.5 million, to improve the competence of library staff, develop partnerships, involve new communities and activate local communities in activities to promote reading. It has been estimated that during the five years of the CLOSER programme more than a thousand projects may be implemented. The NPRCz 2.0 additionally provides for funds for monitoring and evaluation of the activities carried out, as well as management and functioning of the Programme.  More information:  https://www.gov.pl/web/edukacja-i-nauka/narodowy-program-rozwoju-czytelnictwa-20-na-lata-20212025-zostal-przyjety-przez-rade-ministrow Reference Link: https://eacea.ec.europa.eu/national-policies/eurydice/content/poland-national-reading-development-programme-20_en  

FFUL research with Tel Aviv University selected for “Nanotechnology Characterization Laboratory” program

  The study, coordinated by  Helena Florindo  (FFUL) and  Ronit Satchi-Fainaro  (UTA), focuses on an immunotherapy consisting of nanoparticles that aims to activate immune cells with the aim of improving therapeutic effectiveness and enhancing the elimination of cancer. The  integration of the work into the NCL characterization program  provides a detailed characterization of the physicochemical properties of the formulation, allows the evaluation (by an independent laboratory) of its safety and efficacy and also validates its feasibility for clinical use. The results of the characterization process will be crucial to accelerate the conversion of immunotherapy into new therapies for cancer patients.   Reference Link: https://www.ulisboa.pt/noticia/investigacao-fful-com-universidade-de-tel-aviv-selecionada-para-programa-do-nanotechnology


Reference Link: https://taltech.ee/uudised/hanno-tomberg-ulikoolid-pakuvad-sugisel-uutmoodi-opet Until now, traditional higher education has been based on defined curricula in bachelor's and master's studies and a prescribed curriculum. They have been taught in this way for at least the last hundred years, if not longer. However, the modern approach to learning forces us to take more into account the needs and opportunities of students themselves, which also forces universities to change. This autumn, at least three major Estonian public universities will start with microcredit programs or programs, which are primarily intended for working students who cannot commit to full-time studies and who would like to acquire education in parts or so-called learning opportunities. Universities therefore offer smaller curricula from the new academic year, starting with one to two subjects per year and lasting up to six to eight subjects per year and a half. The subjects passed through the microcredit program form a unified whole, which gives the student certain competencies. Depending on the university, you can choose between 10-30 microcredit programs in the next academic year. Successful completion of the microcredit program provides a certificate of in-service training, which helps the employer to prove that they have improved their qualifications or acquired new competencies as a result of their studies. However, for many good people, the acquisition of a microcredit allows them to continue their studies in the future and thus achieve a bachelor's or master's degree in their chosen field. European education ministers agreed to create flexible learning pathways with last year's Rome-Bologna communiqué, which aims to ensure equal access to education regardless of previous levels of education. The same principle is enshrined in the European Skills Action Plan, which was also adopted last year. Both documents emphasize the role of universities in ensuring lifelong learning and quality education, which could grow significantly by 2030. The strength of universities is that microcredit programs are compiled on the basis of subjects included in higher education curricula, which ensures the content of subjects and the quality of teaching. As an added value, it is possible to combine subjects from different curricula in microcredit curricula and to develop new curricula based on the needs of future jobs (eg green circle or circular economy) in cooperation with entrepreneurs. The increased role of universities in in-service training and retraining has also been discussed in US higher education publications over the past five years. One part is certainly to adapt curricula to the needs of the labor market, but there is also talk of a lasting link that universities could make with their alumni. After graduating from university, the graduate usually loses touch with the university, but it could be re-established, for example by offering the opportunity for continuous in-service training through microcrats. The twenty microcredit programs offered by Tallinn University of Technology in the autumn range from marketing and digital society business processes to strategic management and policy analysis in the public sector, from the circular economy of crustal resources to mathematical modeling and environmental data analysis, We are probably convinced today that while the World Economic Forum proposed eight scenarios for the future of work three years ago (EF Futures of Work, WEF 2018), technological change and talent mobility will continue to evolve rapidly over the next ten years. Therefore, the education system has a choice between maintaining the status quo or changing it. In the first case, there is a risk that, as a result of technological developments, existing jobs will simply disappear and that lower-skilled jobs will move to where high technology is already ahead and create demand for the services they provide. If the education system is able to change and provide quality lifelong learning opportunities, we will be able to adapt to the great changes that technological development has already brought about. The Competitiveness Expert Group, which contributed to the creation of the Estonian Education Strategy 2035, found that the Estonian education system must be streamlined and it must be ruled out that a student's educational path ends because he or she can no longer enter the next level. This can be supported through the creation of a lifelong learning system that provides flexible retraining and further training for people of all ages. The creation of microcrats also bridges the gap between different levels of education and helps to create a more flexible way of continuing education after completing upper secondary or vocational secondary education. According to surveys, 68% of today's students go to work, including 53% working regularly (Eurostudent VII, 2020). The latter is also the reason why many young people drop out of higher education at some point and choose to work. Microcrats make it possible to continue interrupted studies and choose a study path that is better suited to the desired career path in order to raise one's current level and acquire additional competencies. The future could bring micro-degree schemes that are not only internal to one institution, but are grouped together across several universities, and could also cover different levels of education, thus increasing cooperation between vocational and higher education. Internationally, the first examples of higher education institutions already exist in Europe, and the University of Technology also wants to offer micro-degrees in the coming years as part of a consortium of six European universities of technology, EuroTeQ. Microcredit schemes allow for the integration of different disciplines, the subjects concentrated in the scheme create cross-curricular knowledge that gives students a key advantage for future jobs, and they could include project-based subjects that address real problems that cut across different areas. The world is undergoing great change, especially after the defeat of the COVID-19 pandemic, so microcredit schemes are sure to gain popularity in the coming years. It is important to keep in mind that microcrats should be based on the needs of the labor market and allow subjects to be combined in such a way that they best take into account the needs of students and future tasks.

SUA in Nitra was included in the QS World University Ranking. It is one of the most prestigious rankings of world universities.

  For the first time, the Slovak University of Agriculture in Nitra was included in one of the most prestigious rankings of world universities: QS World University Ranking. In the edition for 2022, it was placed in the shared 1001st - 1200th position. Thousands of universities were evaluated in collaboration with Elsevier. In the accompanying QS EECA University Ranking focused on the evaluation of universities from Eastern Europe and Central Asia, SUA ranked 154th out of 400 ranked universities. QS WUR evaluates universities according to six criteria:          research reputation (40%),          Scopus citation per employee ratio (20%),          ratio of number of students to teacher (20%),          reputation among employers (10%),          ratio of the number of foreign students (5%),          ratio of the number of foreign teachers (5%). In addition to SUA, Slovakia was represented in the ranking by five other universities - Comenius University in Bratislava, Slovak University of Technology in Bratislava, Technical University in Košice, University of Žilina in Žilina and the most successful was PJ Šafárik University in Košice, which ranked 601st - 650th. . The top five places were taken by universities from the USA and Great Britain: Massachusetts Institute of Technology (USA), University of Oxford (UK), Stanford University (UK), University of Cambridge (UK), Harvard University (USA). See QS WUR 2022 for more information.   Reference Link:https://www.uniag.sk/en/news-reader/sua-in-nitra-was-included-in-the-qs-world-university-ranking-it-is-one-of-the-most-prestigious-rankings-of-world-universities/ 

Lucian Blaga University of Sibiu supports access to online teaching activities

Reference Link:https://www.ulbsibiu.ro/news/universitatea-lucian-blaga-din-sibiu-sprijina-accesul-la-activitati-didactice-on-line/ The Operational Competitiveness Program ensures the development of information and communication technology (ICT) for a competitive digital economy "Lucian Blaga" University of Sibiu has won a new investment project within the Competitiveness Operational Program 2014-2020. The amounts from this project will be used to increase the quality of online university education, by purchasing tablets for school use with internet access for 526 students of the "Lucian Blaga" University of Sibiu who meet the criteria to benefit from social scholarships and / or or occasional social scholarships, as well as the endowment with equipment and devices necessary for the teaching activity: laptops, conference webcams, interactive whiteboards, so that the online teaching activities can be carried out in the best conditions. The project is in the contractual stage, will be financed with ERDF support, and its total value is over 1.1 million lei. The project was submitted under Priority Axis 2 - Information and Communication Technology (ICT) for a competitive digital economy, Investment Priority 2c. - Strengthen ICT applications for e-government, e-learning, e-inclusion, e-culture, e-health, Specific Objective OS 2.4 - Increasing the use of the Internet, Action 2.3.3 - Improving digital content and systemic ICT infrastructure in the field of e-education, e-inclusion, e-health and e-culture - E-EDUCATION SECTION of the Competitiveness Operational Program 2014-2020. The total value of the financing request is 1,101,999.80 lei, of which the value of the non-reimbursable financing allocated for the investments is 1,079,959.80 lei, respectively 98.00% of the eligible value of the project .The difference is the contribution of ULBS to the eligible expenses of the project, namely 22,040 lei (2%). The project entitled "Digital solutions to increase student participation and improve the quality of the online teaching process" - Smis code 149674 is in line with strategic line ED1. “Providing ICT infrastructure in schools” within the Digital Agenda Strategy for Romania 2014-2020. The project envisages equipping students from the "Lucian Blaga" University of Sibiu with ICT hardware equipment, respectively tablets for school use with internet subscription for min. 24 months and the endowment with equipment and devices necessary for the teaching activity: 24 laptops, 21 conference webcams, 21 interactive whiteboards, so that the teaching activities can be carried out online, to prevent the risk of infection with SARS-CoV- 2. The project is in the contractual stage, will be financed with ERDF support, and its total value is over 1.1 million lei. The project was submitted under Priority Axis 2 - Information and Communication Technology (ICT) for a competitive digital economy, Investment Priority 2c. - Strengthen ICT applications for e-government, e-learning, e-inclusion, e-culture, e-health, Specific Objective OS 2.4 - Increasing the use of the Internet, Action 2.3.3 - Improving digital content and systemic ICT infrastructure in the field of e-education, e-inclusion, e-health and e-culture - E-EDUCATION SECTION of the Competitiveness Operational Program 2014-2020. The total value of the financing request is 1,101,999.80 lei, of which the value of the non-reimbursable financing allocated for the investments is 1,079,959.80 lei, respectively 98.00% of the eligible value of the project .The difference is the contribution of ULBS to the eligible expenses of the project, namely 22,040 lei (2%). The project entitled "Digital solutions to increase student participation and improve the quality of the online teaching process" - Smis code 149674 is in line with strategic line ED1. “Providing ICT infrastructure in schools” within the Digital Agenda Strategy for Romania 2014-2020. The project envisages equipping students from the "Lucian Blaga" University of Sibiu with ICT hardware equipment, respectively tablets for school use with internet subscription for min. 24 months and the endowment with equipment and devices necessary for the teaching activity: 24 laptops, 21 conference webcams, 21 interactive whiteboards, so that the teaching activities can be carried out online, to prevent the risk of infection with SARS-CoV- 2.

Ural Federal University: Slovenia Will Support The Development Of The Ural Research Center

Reference Link: https://indiaeducationdiary.in/ural-federal-university-slovenia-will-support-the-development-of-the-ural-research-center/ Ural Federal University and Iskratel will sign an agreement at Innoprom on cooperation in the areas of the Ural Research Center. On July 2, Victor Koksharov, rector of Ural Federal University, and Branko Rakovets, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of Slovenia, agreed on this. “The university is interested in joint research and development in the field of urban environment and industry, new energy, new materials and technologies. Thanks to the new agreement Iskratel will join the implementation of the projects of the Urals Interregional Scientific and Educational Center,” said Victor Koksharov. Iskratel develops software and also provides the whole lifecycle of products for industrial companies. The capacities of the company were presented by zeljko Pulic Director General of Iskratel, and Vladislav Davydov, Director General of Iskra-UralTel. According to them, the courses given by the company’s experts in fifth generation network technology and communication and telecommunication technologies might be adapted for UrFU students. We are interested in developing students’ competencies in the field of 5G technologies and the Internet of Things, these areas may become the first experience of cooperation with the University of Ljubljana. UrFU specialists are ready to organize joint educational programs, summer and winter schools for Russian and Slovenian students,said Victor Koksharov. Cooperation between Ural Federal University and scientific centers of Slovenia is developing in the field of nanomaterials and materials science, mathematics, and social sciences, and scientists have prepared 14 joint scientific publications. The University of Maribor is among UrFU’s partner universities over the past five years, seven students from Slovenia have visited UrFU on exchange programs.

Ghent University leaves its mark on energy transition with five new projects

Reference Link: https://www.ugent.be/nl/actueel/ugent-drukt-stempel-op-energietransitie-met-vijf-nieuwe-projecten UGent is project leader or partner in five projects of the latest Energy Transition Fund, raising 3.7 million euros The purpose of the Energy Transition Fund is to encourage and support energy research, development and innovation within the federal energy powers. These competences have been translated into three thematic axes: renewable energy sources in the Belgian exclusive economic zone of the North Sea and biofuels; nuclear energy applications; security of supply and grid balance. Every year a call is launched to submit projects that fall within these themes and this year Ghent University is allowed to coordinate or supervise five of these projects.

Germany Removes India and Other Countries from Red Zone List, Eases Travel Ban on Indian and British Travellers

Germany has reclassified few countries, including India as “high-incidence areas", removing them from the red zone list of countries with high case load of Delta variant of coronavirus. The Robert Koch Institute (RKI) said India, Nepal, Russia, Portugal and the UK, currently listed as so-called virus variant countries, would be reclassified from Wednesday as “high-incidence areas". On Monday, Germany’s health agency said it would lift a ban on most travellers from India and four other countries hit by the Delta variant of Covid-19. The change in status will ease travel ban on non-German travellers to the country. With rising cases of Delta variants, Germany banned flights of India this April, and only German citizens were allowed to travel back to the country. The new rule means anyone will be able to enter as long as they observe quarantine and testing rules. Germany earlier introduced its “virus variant country" travel category in a bid to stop new coronavirus variants that have not yet spread widely on home soil. Chancellor Angela Merkel also hinted at a potential softening in Germany’s stance towards travellers from Britain during a visit to London on Friday. Last month, Merkel had called for tough restrictions, including longer quarantine, for people travelling from Britain, where the Delta variant has caused a surge in cases. But she indicated that the stance could soften as travel advice was reviewed. “We think that in the foreseeable future, those who have received double jabs will… be able to travel again, without having to go into quarantine," she said. Only citizens and residents of Germany are permitted to enter from a variant country and are subject to a two-week quarantine, regardless of whether they are fully vaccinated or can provide a negative Covid-19 test. By contrast, anyone can enter from a high-incidence country as long as they provide a negative test on arrival. They must in principle enter a 10-day quarantine but can end it after five days with another negative test. Travellers from high-incidence areas are also exempt from quarantine if they have been fully vaccinated. Countries where variants other than Delta are circulating, such as Brazil and South Africa, remain in the variant category.

Fact Check: Are 9 EU Countries Accepting Covishield Vaccines for Travel In Spite of EU’s Decision Not To

It has recently been reported that as many as nine European Union and Schengen Area Member States are accepting the AstraZeneca vaccine manufactured by the Serum Institute India (SII) known as Covishield, as proof of immunity for travel. The news comes just days after it was reported that travellers vaccinated with Covishield are not allowed to enter the member states under EU digital vaccination passport. According to media reports, the Covishield vaccines are accepted as proof of immunity when travelling to these countries, Austria,Estonia, Germany. Greece,Iceland,Ireland,Slovenia,Spain,Switzerland Even BBC has reported that countries as Austria, Germany, Slovenia, Greece, Ireland and Spain have made Covishield eligible for travel after, according to it, the Indian Foreign Affairs Ministry requested from the EU states to individually consider extending the exemption to people who had taken COVID-19 vaccines in India – Covishield and Covaxin – and “accept the vaccination certificate” issued by the government. SchengenVisaInfo.com has looked into these news and has found that so far, not all of these countries are actually accepting Covishield, and so far have not made any official statements whether they will accept the vaccine or not.

Innovative ink developed at the University of Coimbra allows the printing of flexible multilayer circuits

Reference Link: https://noticias.uc.pt/universo-uc/tinta-inovadora-desenvolvida-na-universidade-de-coimbra-permite-a-impressao-de-circuitos-flexiveis-multicamadas/ The technology can be widely used in healthcare monitoring, to produce artificial skin, flexible solar panels, LCDs, or wearables. The paint composition patent belongs to the University of Coimbra and Carnegie Mellon University. A recent article from the “Soft and Printed Microelectronics” Laboratory (SPM-UC) of the University of Coimbra, led by Mahmoud Tavakoli – member of the Carnegie Mellon University ( CMU) Portugal team and Principal Investigator (PI) of the WOW project – was selected to be the cover of the scientific journal “ ACS Applied Materials and Interfaces ”. The research work in question presents a unique printable ink that allowed for the first time the digital printing of multilayer flexible circuits, electronic artificial skin and medical adhesives for electrophysiological surveillance. The paint composition patent belongs to the University of Coimbra and Carnegie Mellon University . The article is by Pedro Alhais Lopes, Daniel Félix Fernandes, André F. Silva, Daniel Green Marques, Aníbal Traça de Almeida and Mahmoud Tavakoli, researchers at the Institute of Systems and Robotics (ISR) of the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Faculty of Science and Technology of the University of Coimbra; and also Carmel Majidi, from  Carnegie Mellon University, in Pittsburg, Pennsylvania, United States. The work presents the first report on materials and methods that allow the scale manufacture of flexible circuits, using extrusion printers. These electrical circuits can be printed on a medical adhesive for biomonitoring patients in an elastic polymer to artificial skin for robotic application or even in tissues used in wearable monitoring devices ( wearable ). According to Mahmoud Tavakoli, “to integrate electronics into textiles for wearablesor in polymers for biomonitoring adhesives, these electronic circuits need to be extensible and elastic. Although many researchers have been working on extensible electronics over the last decade, it has been difficult to produce these types of circuits quickly.” With this new invention “these circuits can be easily printed using low-cost printers”, using a technology that will allow companies to produce billions of these circuits quickly and profitably. As everything is done at room temperature, the ink is compatible with heat resistant materials such as medical wound adhesives and is now being used in the “WoW” project to make electronic skin adhesives.”  

Plant physiology: How three proteins regulate photosynthesis

Reference Link: https://www.lmu.de/de/newsroom/news-und-events/news/pflanzenphysiologie-wie-drei-proteine-die-photosynthese-regeln.html LMU biologists found that a partial step in photosynthesis only works properly if a “controller” and a “motivator” control the activity of the central protein. Plants, algae and cyanobacteria extract energy-rich biomolecules from sunlight, carbon dioxide and water. This process, also known as photosynthesis, is extremely complex. So far, researchers have understood important steps, but by no means all of the details: a topic that Prof. Dr. Dario Leister from the Department of Biology I at LMU. He studies how photosynthesis is controlled. Leister's team has now found that three proteins, namely PGRL1, PGRL2 and PGR5, control each other during a partial process of photosynthesis. PGRL2 has now been rediscovered in the course of the work. Background: Photosynthesis consists of several partial reactions. In the beginning, various pigments absorb electromagnetic radiation from sunlight. Light energy is converted into chemical energy via complex steps. Certain molecules serve as energy stores or as building materials for the growth of living things. Photosynthesis involves two basic mechanisms. The best known is the linear path with two pigment-protein complexes, the photosystems I and II. Linear means that electrons are transferred from one complex to the next, starting from the water. Your energy increases gradually. In addition to the energy currency ATP, reduction equivalents are formed which plants need to build up sugar. In addition, scientists know the cyclical path. It only takes place in the area of photosystem I; Electrons return to their original position via other proteins. Only ATP is created here. “Plants need both ways,” says Leister. "The cyclical reaction is particularly important under stress conditions, when more ATP is required." Without this mechanism, plants would not be able to survive in the wild.

Increase energy efficiency: help for smaller companies

Reference Link: https://www.uni-bremen.de/universitaet/hochschulkommunikation-und-marketing/aktuelle-meldungen/detailansicht/energieeffizienz-steigern-hilfe-fuer-kleinere unternehmen In the future, smaller companies will receive tools, knowledge and an infrastructure to support them via a platform in order to be able to use energy more efficiently. Research on this has now begun under the direction of the BIBA - Bremen Institute for Production and Logistics at the University of Bremen. The way from the prototype from the research laboratory to the market is arduous and takes a long time. The step into operational application, especially by small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), is still too seldom taken. The research and technology platform ecoKI aims to remove hurdles and accelerate the processes. The project focuses on the transfer of knowledge and developments from publicly funded research. The aim of the partners: to collect knowledge about digitization and AI methods especially for machine learning and make it easily and clearly accessible, build up further knowledge and network experts with users in order to gain a low-threshold and fast entry into the benefits of the new technologies Enabling increase in energy efficiency. Permanently available solutions Permanently available, expandable solutions are to be created - with the platform itself as well as through the implementation of individual projects in the company with the aim of increased energy efficiency. In addition, the network partners expect new questions and further insights into the needs of the industry through their research. A central task in the ecoKI project is the development and organization of the platform as the basis for a long-term, functional business model. The second major work is the development of standard building blocks for the platform. These should serve the users as a knowledge base and be used for new tasks. The reusable modules implemented in the platform are intended to offer companies support in further developing their processes cost-effectively and efficiently through the use of AI methods. Synergies from different use cases should be able to be used.  The economic prospects for exploitation of the project are long-term strategic and are based primarily on the future cooperation between developers and users of innovative AI technologies in operational practice, which will be improved by ecoKI. With CRISP-DM, rigorous models and machine learning When collecting, processing and using the data, the project partners rely on the CRISP-DM (Cross Industry Standard Process for Data Mining) method. This is a tried and tested, standardized process model with the help of which a uniform approach to the development of data mining processes is achieved in order to be able to recognize trends and relationships. To develop the generic building blocks for the platform, the project also deals with so-called rigorous models and - in the field of artificial intelligence - with deep learning, a sub-area of machine learning. Rigorous models represent a technical mechanism with exact scientific methodology. You have the advantage of being able to understand simulated processes more precisely with their help. In contrast to formalized specialist knowledge, machine learning deals with the automated creation of prediction models based solely on data. Due to the development of deep learning approaches and their successful applications, the use of machine learning has been growing rapidly for years. Key data on the ecoKI joint project The idea arose in the workshop "Increasing energy efficiency in production through digitization and AI", initiated by the BIBA - Bremen Institute for Production and Logistics, with representatives from the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi) and the project sponsor Jülich (PtJ) for the realization of a research and technology platform and network structure geared to the issues of sustainable energy efficiency. In particular, it is intended to make innovative R&D results more accessible to SMEs and to promote their application. In addition to the BIBA as coordinator, the partners in the resulting ecoKI research project are the German Research Center for Artificial Intelligence (DFKI) in Kaiserslautern, the Institute for Neuroinformatics (INI) of the Ruhr University Bochum and the Professorship of Process Control Technology / Working Group System Process Engineering of the Technical University of Dresden. The four-year project ends on November 30, 2024. It is funded by the BMWi as part of the Federal Government's 7th Energy Research Program and supervised by Project Management Jülich (PtJ).

Enhance science communication

Reference Link:  https://www.tudarmstadt.de/universitaet/aktuelles_meldungen/einzelansicht_320832.de.jsp The TU Darmstadt anchors the Strategic Communication department in the Presidium. The TU Darmstadt will in future attach particular importance to strategic science communication: The newly created department will be anchored in the Presidium with the position of Chief Communication Officer (CCO) from July 1st. In future, strategic science communication will be an independent area of responsibility in the Presidium of the TU Darmstadt, where the Chief Communication Officer will be responsible. Science contributes to dealing with societal challenges. As TU Darmstadt, we will communicate our scientific methods and results in an even more transparent and understandable way. Open, fact-based communication is the best way to secure the public's trust in science, emphasizes the President of TU Darmstadt, Professor Tanja Brühl. Our focus is increasingly on a pluralistic and equal exchange with society, said the President. We want to adapt specifically to their different values, interests, wishes for participation and communication preferences. Dr. Patrick Honecker. He set up the Department of Communication and Marketing at the University of Cologne and headed it for many years. The trained journalist and science manager has already supported numerous universities and non-university institutions in establishing strategic communication structures. With Dr. Honecker, we have gained an experienced and excellent communicator who, with his profound knowledge, will advance TU Darmstadt in many areas says TU President Brühl. Among other things, the new CCO will further develop and implement the communication and branding strategy of the university and also involve partners and networks, such as the Alliance of Rhine-Main Universities. Another field is the expansion of the national and international reputation by providing strategic advice to scientists. As a holistic task, science communication takes into account both the strategic interests of an organization and the common good, emphasizes Dr. Patrick Honecker. With its excellent research, the TU Darmstadt makes significant contributions to relevant global challenges. As a new member of the TU Darmstadt, I look forward to contributing to a broader understanding of these scientific processes.

The UAIC leadership decided to conclude a partnership with the National University of Economics in Odessa

Reference Link: https://www.uaic.ro/conducerea-uaic-a-decis-incheierea-unui-parteneriat-cu-universitatea-nationala-de-economie-din-odesa/ On Monday, June 7, 2021, the "Alexandru Ioan Cuza" University of Iasi (UAIC) participated in an online meeting with representatives of the National University of Economics in Odessa (UNEO). UAIC was represented at the meeting by prof. Univ. Dr. Tudorel TOADER - rector, prof. univ. dr. Daniela COJOCARU - vice-rector for international relations and study and research partnerships, associate professor dr. Florin BRINZA - vice-rector for master's programs, doctoral studies, quality management and UAIC Extensions and Assoc. dr. Constantin-Iulian DAMIAN - vice-rector for bachelor's programs and training activities for teachers in pre-university education, while from UNEO participated prof. dr. hab. Anatoliy KOVALYOV - rector, Oleksandr LITVINOV - vice-rector for scientific activity, ES Tiberiu-Leonida SARPE, During the talks, a partnership was established between the "Alexandru Ioan Cuza" University of Iasi and the National University of Economics in Odessa, through the Consulate General of Romania in Odessa, Ukraine, and the Cross-Border Cooperation Agency "Lower Danube Euroregion". The partnership aims to initiate projects in areas of common interest, collaborate in community programs, train specialists to access grants. The meeting also discussed the possibility of developing joint programs with a double degree or setting up an extension of the UAIC in Odessa. Currently, the "Alexandru Ioan Cuza" University of Iasi has concluded bilateral agreements with nine higher education institutions in Ukraine. During 2010-2020, 250 academic visits were made by UAIC students, professors and researchers to universities or other organizations in Ukraine, in the form of study, teaching or internships, research visits or participation in various scientific events.


Reference Link: https://cscuk.fcdo.gov.uk/the-csc-alumni-community-engagement-fund-2020-2021/ The CSC’s Alumni Community Engagement Fund (ACEF) supports Commonwealth Alumni in raising awareness of key development issues at the community level through an event or engagement activity. Each year, the CSC selects the focus themes and invite alumni to draw on their knowledge and skills in delivering a community engagement activity addressing the theme. This year, the theme was to address two international days: World Water Day on 22 March and World Health Day on 7 April. In 2020/21 ACEF was adapted to an online delivery method and alumni had the opportunity to design and create a video information session for their chosen community. The aim of the session was to communicate key information and raise awareness about valuing water or tackling a health concern. Six alumni were selected to develop a video information session from over fifty applicants. You can read more about this year’s selected ACEF videos below and visit the Alumni Community Engagement Fund 2020-21 page to read the full report on the project. All the videos are available to watch on the CSC’s YouTube channel now.

Volume 3 Number 1 of the Journal of Baroque Studies now out!

The International Institute for Baroque Studies at the University of Malta has just published Volume 3 number 1 of its scholarly Journal of Baroque Studies. This peer-reviewed academic journal is edited by Professor Frans Ciappara. Beautifully produced and illustrated by Hermann Bonnici, this journal contains eleven original contributions, a 53-page supplement and four book reviews.This issue of the Journal of Baroque Studies features an interesting contribution by Christine Muscat entitled Women Entrepreneurs in Malta’s Porto Grande in the Baroque Age.Charmaine Falzon of the University of Malta writes about Late Baroque Sociability, the Culture of Sensibility and the Queen of the Night’s Rage in Mozart’s The Magic Flute.Mario Pace of the University of Malta discusses in depth Il linguaggio della comicità e dell’amore nelle commedie di tre drammaturghi mediterranei del seicento: Carlo Magri, Francesco Cavanna, Niccolò Amenta.Carmen Depasquale of the University of Malta contributes an article on Les Lumières à travers la correspondance de trois chevaliers de Malte.Martin Micallef writes about A seventeenth-century artistic and venerated crucifix at the Capuchin Church in Gozo while Chiara Cecalupo from the Universidad Carlos III de Madrid discusses as a conclusion to her recent research Le radici europee della collezione di Giovanni Francesco Abela who is also the subject of a contribution by Thomas Freller of the University of Applied Sciences in Aalen, Germany, on Aspects of Scientific Exchange in the Age of Baroque.Hilary Spiteri and Reno Saliba respectively discuss Filial Churches in Malta: A historical-artistic outline and The Baroque – a sensual explosion which touches the heart and lifts up the soul.Francesco Frasca from the La Sapienza University in Rome offers an interesting contribution on L’ascesa degli imperi iberici: Esplorandazioni ed insediamenti coloniali nei secoli XVII-XVIII while in his contribution titled La Cappella Sistina di Sicilia: The Baroque Church of the Benedictine nunnery of S. Giovanni Evangelista in Piazza Amerina in Sicily, Denis De Lucca writes about a little-known Baroque church in Sicily with professionally restored Borremans frescoes by the Sopraintendenza per I beni culturali e Ambientali di Enna, treated within the context of the political and cultural history of Piazza Armerina.This issue of the Journal of Baroque Studies also contains a supplement dealing with the Jesuit contribution to the compilation of the fascinating Spanish Escuela de Palas treatise on the fortification of cities in the Baroque Age. This supplement was prepared by the director of the International Institute for Baroque Studies, Professor Denis De Lucca.Four book reviews on John Debono’s Documentary Sources on the Maltese Eighteenth Century Carnival: Il Ballo del Battito or Parata; Mario Pace’s Marco Largi ovvero Carlo Magri drammaturgo maltese (1617-1693): Vita e Opere; Jonathan Farrugia’s Ir-Redentur: History, art and the Cult of the Miraculous Effigy of Christ the Redeemer at Senglea, Joan Abela and Emanuel Buttigieg’s Malta: Parallel Existences. The Notarial Archives: A Photographer’s Inspiration and Charles J. Farrugia’s Maltese Archives.This issue of the Journal of Baroque Studies which bears witness to the multi-faceted nature of Baroque Studies, is dedicated to the memory of Monsignor John Azzopardi, a former member of the Board of the International Institute for Baroque Studies, whose commitment to the promotion of research on the cultural history of the Maltese islands with special reference to the Baroque, has been widely appreciated.  


The consortium formed by Martin Metal Product Kft. Eotvos Loránd University won a non-refundable grant in excess of HUF 574.5 million in the tender entitled “Support for Market-Driven Research and Development and Innovation Projects”. The MOBOT to be developed as part of the project could help the work of companies storing raw materials and semi-finished products in the future.The investment with a total budget of more than HUF 964.2 million will result in the creation of an automatic warehouse storage robot system based on machine vision, supported by artificial intelligence. MOBOT allows fully robotic inventory of raw material and semi-finished product warehouses as long as the stored goods are clearly visible and accessible. The system to be developed consists of a new inventory robot unit to be developed in the project, a central control unit and a telephone application based on an existing robot platform. The operator can schedule a pre-set time or start the inventory using the telephone application on an ad hoc basis. The inventory robot unit continuously communicates with the central unit and travels the storage space in a fully automatic manner according to a pre-programmed route. At each storage location, it is positioned using the identification marks affixed to the visible point on the shelving system and then starts the inventory process supported by machine vision. Depending on the type of product programmed, the inventory can be performed by counting a pipe, section, plate, bale, or automatically by recognizing and reading the barcode.MOBOT can be a great help in the future for companies that store both domestic and international raw materials and semi-finished products. Reference Link: https://www.elte.hu/content/leltarozo-robot-keszul-az-elte-n.t.23558

Czech Companies Looking To Increase Hiring In 2021

A survey conducted by ManpowerGroup on the Labor Market for the second quarter of 2021 found that Czech companies are planning to hire more employees soon. These findings were revealed by a regular survey among 607 private and public sector employers in the Czech Republic. The most optimistic recruitment plans were reported in the Moravian and Silesian regions in sectors such as construction, manufacturing, finance, insurance, and real estate. Employers in the accommodation and catering sectors are more pessimistic.   Reference Link: https://brnodaily.com/2021/03/17/news/business/czech-companies-looking-to-increase-hiring-in-2021/

Recovery plan: UGA and Grenoble INP - UGA are mobilizing with companies to develop jobs through innovation

The University of Grenoble Alpes (UGA) and Grenoble INP, an engineering and management institute of the UGA have responded to the State's call to help companies overcome the crisis as part of the first wave of France Relance scheme in favor of the creation of private R&D jobs. Thanks to this mobilization and the financial contribution of the State, 59 R&D jobs will be preserved or created in the partner companies of the UGA in the Grenoble Alpes territory. The preservation device to use R & D in France Recovery is to maintain and develop employment in businesses while increasing their capacity for innovation to prepare for the crisis. Through public-private research collaborations massively supported by the State, companies are trained at the highest level of the doctorate and forge research partnerships with the university. UGA and Grenoble INP - UGA mobilized with companies Concretely, the 59 private sector personnel benefiting from the measure (31 for the UGA, 28 for Grenoble INP - UGA) will be accommodated in the public research laboratories of the UGA and of the Grenoble INP - UGA component establishment for jointly carry out research programs lasting a maximum of two or three years. The beneficiaries can be current people or recruited young people, thus ensuring the preservation and creation of R&D jobs. The State will cover up to 80% of the salary of the staff thus accommodated. More than 1,700 R&D jobs funded nationally At the national level, the system represents a budget of 300 million euros obtained by the Ministry of Higher Education, Research and Innovation. A total of 70 research structures were mobilized and 1,727 high-level jobs thus secured in France. This support for innovation is part of the first wave of the France Relance system. A second wave begins with the census of companies interested in driving between May 10 and June 11. The UGA and Grenoble INP - UGA, key players in their territory, mobilized massively from the first wave on this system which resonates perfectly with their values and missions: developing innovation through a partnership policy and ensuring the professional integration of our young graduates. Reference Link: https://www.univ-grenoble-alpes.fr/francais/plan-de-relance-l-uga-et-grenoble-inp-uga-se-mobilisent-aupres-des-entreprises-pour-developper-les-emplois-par-l-innovation-862134.kjsp?RH=2320611992734654

Russia to Soften Visa Policy for Tourists, Relatives of Russians

Russian lawmakers have moved toward easing visa rules for tourists and relatives of Russian citizens. The reforms introduced last week will allow foreign tourists with valid hotel bookings to stay in Russia for up to six months, up from the current maximum visa stay of one month. The new visa policy will also allow Russian citizens to apply for their relatives’ entry through a diplomatic mission without requesting an invitation through the Interior Ministry. Reference Link:  https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2021/03/22/russia-to-soften-visa-policy-for-tourists-relatives-of-russians-a73317  

E-residency, education, e-governance drives India-Estonia ties

India has announced the opening of an Embassy in Tallinn, capital of Estonia, by year-end and there are a number of reasons why New Delhi has decided to do so as part of its efforts to enhance diplomatic presence in Europe including Baltics. Estonia also continues to be an attractive destination for higher education seekers as several programs in English are available and Estonia is known for its high quality of education. Reference Link: https://economictimes.indiatimes.com/news/politics-and-nation/e-residency-education-e-governance-drives-india-estonia-ties/articleshow/81588487.cms


EU was awarded a maximum five stars for employability which reflects the tremendous achievements of its alumni, and in recognition of its reputation among employers, its employer presence on campus and level of graduate employment: EU achieved the remarkable score of 91.4% in graduate employment. This result clearly indicates the success of its career’s strategy comprising personalized advice to students, coaching services, professional workshops and guest speaker sessions. EU’s online campus attained a top five-star rating in acknowledgement of the engaging experience of its online campus, founded in 2012. Its online learning was recognized for high student-faculty engagement, student interaction and its services and technology. EU recognizes that its online campus was a key success factor behind the successful teaching experience the school has offered students during the worldwide health crisis. Its online MBA program ranks #11 worldwide in the QS Online MBA rankings. Five stars were also awarded to EU’s Master of Business Administration (MBA), achieving 92% as a graduate employment rate and 100% for its international student body.   

The University of Vienna offers students virtual guidance to choose the right study program

Is studying at the university right for me? And if so, what goal do I want to pursue? The University of Vienna supports prospective students with a wide range of digital services when choosing a course. With a comprehensive digital offer, the University of Vienna allows prospective students to learn about their future studies and student life. The University of Vienna invites prospective students from 6. until April 12th for this year's digital study fair "uniorientiert" . In live and service sessions, lecturers, employees, and students present the respective courses. They offer prospective students the opportunity to ask questions and find out about the individual courses' content. They will also answer questions on admission procedures, the start of studies and scholarships. Besides, further information will be available for a conscious study choice. The comprehensive online tool "uni: check" provides general information about studying at the university and offers interactive decision-making aid when choosing a future study course. The tool is aimed specifically at students but also at everyone else who is considering starting a new course of study. A team of psychologists and education experts was responsible for uni:check to support prospective students in making a thoughtful decision.  

Conference on the future of Europe: Have your say on the future of education in the EU

How can we ensure quality education, lifelong learning and more opportunities for all?On 24 March 2021, the European Parliament, Council of the European Union (EU) and the European Commission officially launched the Conference on the Future of Europe. Its multilingual digital platform is now available for European citizens, including young people, authorities at the national, regional and local levels, civil society and other organisations, to contribute.How can you take part?Share your ideas, attend or organise an (online) event to discuss the future of education in Europe, the Union’s priorities and how to address the challenges we face together.Have your say on the following topics and more: lifelong learning early childhood education and care schools vocational education, training and traineeships higher education adult education multilingualism mobility opportunities mutual recognition of diplomas networks across universities in Europe education, business and innovation Your input will be collected, analysed and published on the platform, furthering the discussions taking place in the European citizens’ panels and plenaries.  Next stepsA feedback mechanism will ensure your ideas are followed up on with concrete recommendations for EU action.The final outcome of the Conference will be presented in a report to the Joint Presidency of the Council of the EU.In spring 2022, the Parliament, Council of the EU and the Commission will then examine how to effectively action its conclusions within their respective competences.   Link: https://ec.europa.eu/education/news/conference-future-europe-have-your-say-education_en

Vaccine rollout makes UK a more attractive study location

The United Kingdom’s successful rollout of COVID-19 vaccines is making the country more attractive to international students, according to new global research.Nearly one in five (17%) prospective international students interested in studying in the UK think it is the best country in the world in terms of distributing the vaccine to its population.Almost half (47%) of students think the UK is becoming a more attractive destination to international students as a result of its vaccine distribution – which is more complete than in countries that are key competitors for international students, such as the United States, Canada, Australia and Germany – according to the research from Quacquarelli Symonds, the higher education think-tank and compilers of the QS World University Rankings.Director of Marketing at QS Paul Raybould said: “Education is one of the UK’s greatest exports, and it’s therefore extremely encouraging to see that the successful vaccination rollout is having a positive impact on student perceptions.“The sector must capitalise on this as a key opportunity to help expand international student recruitment and strengthen the UK’s position as a global study destination.”The data comes from QS’ annual International Student Survey (ISS), published on 26 April.   Link: https://www.universityworldnews.com/post.php?story=20210426133819563  


Dr Jackie Batey, Senior Lecturer in Illustration, has been named winner of the annual International Award for Excellence by the Information, Medium and Society: Journal of Publishing Studies. Dr Batey’s article Are You Okay? was selected for the award from among the journal’s ten highest-ranked articles. Dr Batey is invited to be a featured speaker at the next conference, where she will be acknowledged with a short presentation. Dr Batey is an internationally recognised academic researcher and practitioner, responsible for the construction of Zineopolis, a field defining digital research and dissemination platform for the genre, which has increased the participation and visibility of non-academic artists. In her writings and lectures, Dr Batey has shown how zines can reveal visual narratives often from voices that usually remain unheard. She is particularly focused on what we can learn from visual narratives about lived experiences concerning mental health. Link:- https://www.port.ac.uk/news-events-and-blogs/news/portsmouth-academic-named-winner-of-international-award-for-excellence

EU outlines proposed COVID 'vaccine passport' that could boost travel this summer

As the vaccination roll-out accelerates around the world, many countries are starting to think about how they can enable vaccinated citizens to travel and visit public places such as restaurants and sports stadiums. The EU has unveiled its proposed digital vaccine passport in time for the summer tourism season.What will it do to help restart travel in Europe?Vaccine passports - which aren't passports as we know them, but rather a certificate of vaccination - will provide evidence to other countries that a traveller has received full vaccination against COVID-19.This means that, in theory, people will gain unrestricted access to flights, restaurants, bars, tourist attractions and festivals. It also means quarantine protocols, like locking down for up to 14 days in a hotel, can be avoided.What is the EU vaccine passport going to look like?On Wednesday (17th March), European Commission president Ursula von der Leyen outlined proposals for the EU's ‘digital green pass’.Officially called the "Digital Green Certificate," the pass will be free, bilingual in the language of the issuing member state and English, secure, non-discriminatory, and available in digital or paper formats, both of which will have QR codes, according to von der Leyen. Link: https://www.euronews.com/travel/2021/03/17/eu-plans-to-boost-summer-travel-with-its-proposal-for-a-digital-vaccine-passport

2021 Marks the 20th Anniversary of the European University Association

It has been 20 years since European university representatives and national rectors’ conferences joined forces to form the European University Association (EUA) with the aim to create a single organization to speak for the interests of all higher education representatives, universities and national associations.This anniversary allows us to look back at the achievements in the field of higher education in general. Over the years, EUA has been one of the key driving forces that has encouraged peers to come together and address important challenges to European higher education. It has also helped developments in education policy resonate within learning and teaching, research and innovation.Today the independent voice of European higher education is made up of more than 800 universities and rectors’ conferences from 48 countries, which cooperate with leading organizations worldwide and represent the interests of almost 20m students and 2m lecturers, researchers and administrative staff.The main task of EUA is to increase the strength of universities and the quality of activities in implementing its mission. EUA President Michael Murphy believes that ‘Europe will be as strong as its universities,’ which embodies this motto. This can only be fully realized through a close cooperation network and by sharing experience.Link  https://www.rsu.lv/en/news/2021-marks-20th-anniversary-european-university-association

Great success. Students of the Faculty of Economics scored unprecedentedly in the investment competition

Students of the Faculty of Economics TUL managed to overwhelmingly beat other competitors from other universities involved in the autumn round of the investment student game Studentbroker. A fifteen-member group of our "brokers" won first place in the Stocks category. She left behind teams from eight Czech and Slovak universities. In addition, individuals occupied all the front rungs . 366 participants entered the international competition in the autumn. "This great success may be due to the fact that they are students in the field of Systems Engineering and Informatics, so they probably approached the task 'informatics' and 'data'. In other words, it was not a coincidence, but their targeted effort to monitor the markets. The success came perhaps due to the fact that they now spend more time at the computer and had time to watch what is happening in the markets, " thinks their teacher, Vice-Dean of the Faculty of Economics TUL (EF) Lenka Strý?ková.    

Swiss hospitality schools top global ranking

Eight of the ten best hotel schools in the world are located in Switzerland, according to the annual Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) university ranking by subject.A total of 29 Swiss programmes landed in the top ten in 2021, compared to 26 in 2020, making the Swiss higher education system the third best in the world, after the United States and the United Kingdom. In the hospitality and leisure management discipline, there were twice as many Swiss schools in the top ten this year as in 2020. The Ecole hôtelière de Lausanne retained the top spot.The FederalTechnology Institute ETH Zurich came in first place in three disciplines – earth and marine sciences, geology and geophysics – and made the top ten in twelve additional disciplines. Its sister institute in Lausanne, the EPFL, was among the ten best universities in four disciplines: chemistry, computer science, civil and structural engineering, and electrical/electronic engineering.    

Ireland focuses on UK/EU relationship in three-year higher ed strategy

The Irish government has pledged to “promote continuing linkages and deeper connections” between higher education institutions in Ireland and the UK, as well position itself as a leading knowledge economy, it has said as it set out its 2021-23 higher education strategy. The plan also focuses on the country’s relationship with Europe, and covers a raft of strategic goals, from talent, innovation, inclusion, governance and capacity. It has been widely welcomed by stakeholders in the country. Five targets within the international stratum include: becoming a leading knowledge economy; developing an updated strategic framework for international education and research; advancing partnership with the EU; enhancing cooperation between the North/South; and foster “deeper connections” with UK partners. “The department has ambitious goals to reform our higher education sector, to grow our research and innovation system and to develop the skills agenda,” minister for Further and Higher Education, Research, Innovation and Science Simon Harris said. The minister has also suggested that institutes of technology and new technological universities, which will be central in the “next step in the evolution of Irish higher education”, will boost international reach. This latest strategy reaffirms a commitment to work with the European Commission and EU partners to support the recovery of the region’s economy, achieve the European Education Area, and promote green and digital transitions. It will also seek to build a future relationship with the UK along with other EU member states, following the UK’s withdrawal from the EU. Harris has also suggested this week that a doubling of application numbers to Irish universities from other EU countries could be the result of a Brexit.

EU to Allocate €95.5 Billion for Horizon Europe Research & Innovation Programme for 2021-2027

The European Parliament and the EU Council have reached a political deal on the budget for 2021-2027 for Horizon Europe programme, the largest transnational programme ever supporting research and innovation. The Parliaments negotiators and the Council have agreed to allocate a budget of around €95.5 billion for the next seven years, including €5.4 billion in current prices from NextGenerationEU, and additional reinforcement of €4.5 billion both in current prices. In comparison to the current research and innovation programme, the budget for the new Horizon programme represents an increase of 30 per cent. Commenting on the deal, the German federal minister of education and research Anja Karliczek applauded the deal, noting that the new Framework Programme provides a strong signal by the EU for a competitive and forward-looking Europe.  

Coventry University launches the first International Conference in Techno-Auditing for 2021

The Centre for Financial and Corporate Integrity (CFCI) are inviting paper submissions for the first ever International Conference in Techno-Auditing 2021 (ICTA2021). The free two day conference will be led by CFCI in collaboration with ISACA. The event will draw from the centre’s expertise in finance and governance and analyse new and emerging research to understand how technology is shaping the future of the external audit profession. The virtual conference, which is free to attend, will take place on 28 and 29 June 2021. Developments in IT systems such as artificial intelligence (AI), machine learning (ML) and big-data analytics are changing the way that business is conducted with the external audit industry increasingly relying on IT for fraud detection and prevention.    

Germany to test travellers from risk areas twice for coronavirus: Merke

Travellers arriving in Germany from risk regions will have to test for the coronavirus twice, Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Tuesday after announcing an extension of an existing lockdown as well as some tougher measures. Even if a first test was negative, travellers from risk regions would in future have to enter quarantine for five days and take a second test, Merkel said.

The Erasmus+ charter renewed until 2027 for SKEMA

SKEMA will continue to develop European and international academic cooperation by actively participating in the Erasmus+ programme.With SKEMA, over 300 Erasmus mobility programmes are financed each year as well as 10 mobility programmes for team members or professors, and there are over 45 European academic partners and partnership opportunities with countries outside Europe, like the one already established with the American University of Armenia (financed by the Erasmus+ International Credit Mobility programme)."We are delighted with this success and the top score of 100/100 awarded to SKEMA. The Erasmus+ mobility programmes are jointly managed by the International Department and the Talent & Careers Department. The finalisation of the application to renew our Erasmus+ charter also owes a great deal to the Quality & Accreditation Department headed by Elise Tosi, to whom I extend my warmest thanks," said Amanda Nagèle, Head of the International Service (Student Office).Erasmus+ is the European Union's programme promoting education, training, youth and sport in Europe. With a budget of €14.7 billion, Erasmus+ provides a chance for over 4 million Europeans to study, train and gain experience abroad. Its main goals for the next few years include the roll-out of a comprehensive digitisation process, the automatic recognition of credits, environmental protection and a broader inclusion of people from disadvantaged backgrounds.

Uni­versi­ties pre­par­ing to or­gan­ise en­trance ex­am­in­a­tions on cam­puses

Universities have continued to prepare student admissions for 2021, taking into account the current coronavirus situation. The aim is to organise the spring and summer entrance examinations on campuses or other physical facilities.  Entrance examinations for the University of Helsinki will be held at the Messukeskus Expo and Convention Centre. The tests are supervised and follow strict safety arrangements.Universities have also decided that no changes will be made to the selection criteria. This means that the quotas for students selected based on diplomas and entrance exams will remain unchanged regardless of the progression of corona.Although the aim is to organise the exams on campuses and other physical facilities, universities are also prepared in case the corona situation becomes significantly worse and orders from authorities prevent organising the entrance exams in physical locations.Applicants will be informed how the exams will be carried out before the start of the application period, by 16 March 2021 at the latest."Applicants can rest assured that they will be informed, by mid-March at the latest, of all the information relevant to the application process: How students are selected for different degree programmes and how the pandemic may affect the organisation of entrance examinations. The preparations carefully consider the safety of student admissions and the legal protection of applicants", says Petri Suomala, the Chair of the Unifi meetings for vice presidents for education.

Coronavirus News – Vaccine Development

The University of Pecs is working on vaccine development in partnership with the Austrian biotechnology company CEBINA. The Virological Research Group of the UP Szentágothai Research Centre started working with the Austrian company last year on active substance testing, and now they have achieved breakthrough success in vaccine development, so animal testing could begin soon. Prof. Ferenc Jakab, the leader of the Group explained that the vaccine developed by researchers in Pecs and Austria is different from Pfizer-BioNtech and Moderna vaccines now available in Hungary.

A unique education introduces new profession in Sweden.

Pedorthist (in Swedish: Fotortist) is a brand new vocational education starting this spring at Jönköping University. The education is conducted as a distance programme and introduces Pedorthist as a professional role in Sweden.A Pedorthist is a professional working in a diabetic team which handles all foot-related issues and aspects. In many ways the profession is similar to a certified prosthetics and orthotist, but with a specialization in only foot-related issues – meaning they become experts in the foot and shoe-area with patient/customer responsibilities.&ldquo To cover the need of well-educated patient handlers within this area spread over the entire country, the School of Health and Welfare has, together with the prosthetic and orthotic sector, worked on developing a distance education. In the current plan, the students will be in Jönköping for about five physical meetings during their two-year educational period, each of those occasions will have a duration of between 2-5 days. During these meetings in Jönköping the students will mainly focus on important practical elements as well as examinations,” says Simon Ramstrand, who has led the team behind the application to start the Pedorthist programme. Besides Simon, three external representatives from the orthopedic business sector have been part of the team.All theoretical education will be conducted via a distance learning platform. The practical part of the education will be done through internship-placements at orthopedic departments, with support from the school in the form of instructions, seminars, and individual supervision. Hopefully, this will be a good arrangement for the departments, as the students can be a resource both during the educational period and then, after two years, as a fully trained new member of staff.&ldquo It is great to finally have managed to make this education happen and that Jönköping University together with the business sector is bringing a whole new professional role to Sweden,” says Rickard Bergman, responsible for the Pedorthist education.This form of education also means that a student can remain in their hometown during the entire educational period, as long as an internship can be offered there. The student can thereby be a resource already used to working within the team during their education and when they have graduated, they would have a natural place to work in their home region.

Montpellier Business School reveals its 2020-2025 strategic plan and builds on its values to meet the needs of a world in transition.

UP digitally interlinks health scientists with companies across Europe

Easier access to information and faster implementation of medical knowledge in practice – this is the goal of the Digital Innovation Hub DIGI2Health. Within its framework, data from scientific institutions, medical facilities, and commercial entities from all over Europe will be mutually accessible. The project of Palacký University Olomouc and its partners makes the Olomouc region a Central European leader in the use of IT technologies in medicine. According to the founders of the hub, there is great potential for the development of business activities as well as for the future of patient care in the digitisation and sharing of knowledge and experience. “We have formed this consortium and initiated the creation of the Digital Innovation Hub DIGI2Health to make the results of medical science research available, by means of digital technology, to all who need it – be it in molecular and translational medicine, spiritual health, the health of athletes at Palacký University, or in telemedicine at University Hospital Olomouc,” said Roman Jure?ka, Director of the UP Science and Technology Park, which serves to connect the academic environment with the application and commercial spheres. The results of their work, experience, and knowledge will be shared within the Digital Innovation Hub of UP workplaces, such as the Department of Geoinformatics which focusses on collecting, managing, analysing, and visualising spatial information in various areas of society, or the Institute of Molecular and Translational Medicine (IMTM) whose team, among other things, developed the CovIT software solution enabling the computerisation of processes associated with high-capacity blanket testing of COVID-19. The newly created Digital Innovation Hub DIGI2Health is part of an emerging network of centres enabling the digitisation of small and medium-sized enterprises and public administration with the use of knowledge and research findings of universities, large companies, and other entities across science disciplines. This network based on mutual cooperation is the result of the European Union’s Digital Europe programme which aims to support the digital transformation of European society and economy.

A unique education introduces new profession in Sweden

Pedorthist  is a brand new vocational education starting this spring at Jönköping University. The education is conducted as a distance programme and introduces Pedorthist as a professional role in Sweden. A Pedorthist is a professional working in a diabetic team which handles all foot-related issues and aspects. In many ways the profession is similar to a certified prosthetics and orthotist, but with a specialization in only foot-related issues – meaning they become experts in the foot and shoe-area with patient/customer responsibilities. All theoretical education will be conducted via a distance learning platform. The practical part of the education will be done through internship-placements at orthopedic departments, with support from the school in the form of instructions, seminars, and individual supervision. Hopefully, this will be a good arrangement for the departments, as the students can be a resource both during the educational period and then, after two years, as a fully trained new member of staff. This form of education also means that a student can remain in their hometown during the entire educational period, as long as an internship can be offered there. The student can thereby be a resource already used to working within the team during their education and when they have graduated, they would have a natural place to work in their home region.

Develop Your Business Idea at B-Space

Starting from 14 December, prospective entrepreneurs can apply to INK, the R?ga Stradi?š University (RSU) Business Incubator B-Space incubation programme.Teams with a business idea in which at least one member is an RSU student, employee or graduate can apply. Experienced mentors will help the teams to develop their ideas over the course of four months.On 10 December, B-Space held an online meeting on with M?ris Gr?vis, who founded RB Café (the only café in the Baltic States run by a team of people with physical or mental disabilities), Antibrux, the team that won the Health Tech Hackathon, and J?nis Zalt?ns, a Business Developer at Unifiedpost.B-Space launched this autumn and around 30 participants in the pre-incubation programme (PINK) attend a weekly online course. The INK programme is available both to PINK alumni and other interested parties. ‘After having created a business idea, which is the main focus of the PINK programme, the next step is to test, develop and realise that idea. Interdisciplinary teams have unique strengths and talents, and each team member is an important resource to realise these ideas. The INK programme focuses on helping teams research their market, create a prototype of their product or service and test it on the end user. This helps participants prepare for Demo Day, which is scheduled to take place the end of the programme, and start their business successfully,’ says Kristaps Za?ais, B-Space Manager.INK will take place in three stages: first teams will define a business idea and possible business model and build their team, then they will conduct market analysis and create a project or service sketches with the help of a mentor, and finally teams will create the financial and legal structure of a company and develop their pitching skills in preparation for Demo Day. Teams will have access to all B-Space resources including the common rooms at 12 V?lipa iela in P?rdaugava, MakerSpace equipment for creating product prototypes as well as the support of mentors.Applications for the INK incubation programme are open until 12 January and the programme is scheduled to begin in February.

Foreign Language Centre recognises additional alternative certificates: Language Cert IESOL and Language Cert of English (LTE)

Do you want to study in English at Lazarski University? Instead of taking an exam, you can confirm your language competence by submitting a foreign language certificate.Foreign Language Centre recognises extra alternative certificates that candidates can submit:Language Cert IESOL (B2 level)Language Cert Test of English (LTE)Candidates for studies in English have to score the minimum of 60 points, which confirms the English language skills at the B2 level. 

Educational Sciences at the University of Helsinki ranked 52nd in THE ranking

Educational Sciences at the University of Helsinki are ranked 52nd in the Times Higher Education by Subject comparison 2020. Improvement was eight positions from last year. Johanna Makela, Dean of the Faculty of Educational Sciences, is delighted of the Education subject results. “We are ranked almost among the top 50 worldwide. The results show that the hard and purposeful work of the faculty members is paying off. I am very proud of the achievements of our staff. I'm hopeful that we continue to improve our result which on their behalf show how competent our researchers and teachers are.”

UP holds its positions in THE World University Rankings, improving in research

Palacky University Olomouc is ranked 601st–800th in the prestigious international ranking of universities THE World University Rankings 2021. UP has thus confirmed its position from previous years. In the domestic comparison, UP shares second place with Masaryk University in Brno; domestic leader Charles University in Prague occupies the 401st–500th positions once again. In five monitored areas, UP performed best in the International Outlook category, where it finished in 432nd place. The oldest Moravian university is making its sixth appearance in the evaluation. In this year’s edition, along with Charles University and Masaryk University, it has maintained its positions in global and domestic comparison. Czech higher education is represented by 18 universities in the THE rankings; the University of South Bohemia in ?eské Bud?jovice has also managed to be included among the one thousand best universities in the world. The indicators monitored by THE World University Rankings are divided into five areas: International Outlook, Citations, Teaching, Research, and Industry Income. UP has improved its position in the Research category compared to the previous year, as it leaped from 681st to 572nd position, and defended the third position in the Czech Republic after Charles University and Masaryk University. Traditionally, UP has high standings in Citations, with a score of 49.5 points compared to 46.9 last year. Among Czech universities, only Charles University had a better result (56.3 pts). For example, the University of South Bohemia scored 40.4 points and Masaryk University 33.9 points. The rest of domestic universities did not even reach 30 points. The rankings, which are one of the three most recognized global rankings of universities and higher education institutions, have been published by the British newspaper Times Higher Education since 2010. The THE rankings are dominated by the University of Oxford, followed by Stanford University and Harvard University. For example, neighbouring Poland is represented by nineteen universities, Slovakia by six, Hungary by nine, and Germany by 48. More detailed information is available here.

HAMK partnering with European vocational education institutes to develop marketing education in Europe.

Another success of VSB-TUO in the world of medicine

The team led by doc. Radek Martinek from the Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at VSB-TUO has developed the Foetal Electrodiagram Phantom technology, which is used to model the activity of the foetus’s and mother’s heart.It is based on devices used in clinical practice. The team is already working with a private investor to use the technology in practice.The Foetal Electrodiagram Phantom technology evaluates the foetal response. “By measuring the foetal pulse, many emerging diseases can be prevented. Thus, mothers can make sure their baby is all right,” explain the scientists. The technology enables accurate modelling of the electrical activity of the foetus’s and mother's heart within the 3D model of the pregnant woman’s body. The researchers model different foetal positions, gestational age, or physiological or pathological course. The key feature of this technology is the possibility of simulating pathological conditions that cannot be obtained by measurement in clinical practice, since these conditions are the basis for surgical abortion. “Heart rate is an essential indicator that the foetal condition is good. During the delivery, it is the basic diagnostic tool for the determination of hypoxia (oxygen deficiency) of the foetus. Natural birth can then turn into Caesarean section,” the scientists add.The equipment of the scientists at the Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science is also innovative in that the expectant mother will be able to take the device home, and the measurements will be easy for her. “We do not plan to send data to the hospital yet, but the mother will be able to view and monitor the foetus’s condition on a mobile device. She will know that her baby is all right. In case of any anomaly, she will go to the doctor immediately – thanks to the device, we will avoid many possible problems.”

ULa in 3rd place in the Ranking of Law Departments of “Rzeczpospolita”

The editors of Rzeczpospolita for the ninth time awarded universities best educating young lawyers. Lazarski University took the 3rd place among private universities."The position in the ranking was decided by, among others application reliance and scientific potential - that is, staff who transfer knowledge to students. " - Rzeczpospolita wrote in the justification for the classification."In 2019, graduates of 51 universities took part in exams: 19 public, 25 non-public and seven foreign. The average pass rate of exams of law graduates at private universities was 34.8%, and at state universities 58.9%. 2862 graduates of the 2019 year group from 39 Polish universities took the entrance exams in 2019. 1844 of them obtained a positive result; the average pass rate was 64.4 percent.As can be seen from the ranking data, the quality of education translates into the success of graduates taking application exams. The data on the incidence of applications also shows that the higher the grade obtained in the diploma, the greater the likelihood of getting to the dream legal application. "- the newspaper says.

The FM UPJS took and examined samples for COVID-19 from foreign students free of charge

The Faculty of Medicine, UPJŠ takes a responsible approach to the risk of spreading the new coronavirus and provided free of charge testing for its foreign students by the highly sensitive RT PCR method. The Faculty ordered testing for each of its international students prior to a teaching period, involving approximately 1,300 students.The nine samplings were carried out and a total of 1271 students were tested from September 3, 2020 to September 30, 2020. We captured eighteen SARS-CoV-2 positive students and about half of them were from so-called safe countries.measuThe samplings were carried out by the students of our Faculty at the mobile sampling site of the L. Pasteur University Hospital in Košice under the supervision of a doctor from the Department of Infectology and Travel Medicine under strict hygienic measures. The samples were examined by the staff of the Department of Epidemiology and the Department of Medical and Clinical Biochemistry of the Faculty of Medicine, in a joint laboratory established for the diagnosis of SARS-CoV-2 virus, which is accredited by the Ministry of Health of the Slovak Republic.


Bangor University is delighted to announce that a recent Athena SWAN application for a Bronze award from the School of Computer Science and Electronic Engineering has been successful.These awards recognise the Schools’ and University’s ongoing commitment to gender equality for staff and students.Dr Iestyn Pierce, Head of School of Computer Science and Electronic Engineering, said: “We are delighted to have been awarded Athena SWAN Bronze in recognition of our commitment to gender equality. The School has outreach activities at its core, with Technocamps Bangor an integral part of the School. We have been working hard for many years to attract more girls and women to our subject areas and are delighted that our hard work has been recognized. The School will continue to place equality at the forefront of its activities to broaden opportunities and contribute towards increasing diversity amongst staff and students”.Professor Iwan Davies, Vice-Chancellor, said "I would like to congratulate the School of Computer Science and Electronic Engineering on their successful application. I am delighted that another School has been awarded an Athena SWAN awards in recognition of our work towards gender equality at Bangor. We are fully committed to continuing our work in this area and to embedding equality into everything we do.”  The Athena SWAN charter was established in 2005 to encourage and recognise commitment to advancing the careers of women in science, technology, engineering, maths and medicine (STEMM) in higher education. The charter was expanded in 2015 to include all academic departments and professional services staff. Athena SWAN now recognises work undertaken to address gender equality more broadly and the awards recognise commitment to gender equality and diversity, excellent working practices, and the inclusive culture we promote for staff and students at all levels.

Ulster University partners with the Antonio Carluccio Foundation to promote access to higher education

Ulster University has entered a partnership with the Antonio Carluccio Foundation to encourage young people in Northern Ireland to consider studying in the fields of Hospitality and Culinary Arts Management. The outreach programme, officially launched on 30 September 2020, is specifically aimed at those who may not be considering university as an option.Antonio Carluccio, the chef and restaurateur considered by many to be the godfather of Italian gastronomy in the UK, established the Foundation in his name to provide resources and development opportunities to aspiring chefs and hospitality professionals. Forming part of the university’s ambitious widening access and participation agenda, the Antonio Carluccio Outreach Programme will involve university lecturers, students and representatives of the local hospitality industry engaging with school leavers through a series of workshops and field-trips that highlight the many exciting career opportunities available in this sector.The launch of the Antonio Carluccio Outreach programme comes as Ulster University has been ranked first in the UK for Hospitality, Leisure, Recreation and Tourism (Complete University Guide 2021).

Study­ing and well­be­ing: Stu­dents of the University of Helsinki offered ways to de­ve­lop their stress man­age­ment skills

A course developed by Henna Asikainen and Nina Katajavuori, senior lecturers in university pedagogy working on Viikki Campus, University of Helsinki, helps students practise the promotion of their wellbeing, stress management and study skills. The aim is to make the course available to all University of Helsinki students, and to doctoral students and staff later on.Research has shown that as many as half of higher education students have experienced exhaustion, inadequacy and cynisism in their studies. New students struggle with the changes brought about by beginning their studies and the heavy demands of studying at university.As an initial reaction, they may avoid situations that cause anxiety or procrastinate. However, distressing situations occur all the time, and studies do not progress if you are unable to get things done.Henna Asikainen and Nina Katajavuori, senior lecturers in university pedagogy on Viikki Campus of University of Helsinki, have already been offering an online course for a couple of years in which students can, through various exercises, identify things that are important to them, learn to work in spite of stressful thoughts and, in this way, increase their wellbeing. The course is based on the development of psychological flexibility.“Studies have demonstrated that psychological flexibility has a strong connection with wellbeing. In our research, we have also identified a strong link with the progress of studies, which is why we came to the conclusion that this must be promoted in one way or another,” says Henna Asikainen.Psychological flexibility means that people are able to differentiate between their negative thoughts and their self. They are able to base their actions on their personal values and goals in spite of being anxious and stressed in certain situations.With the help of the digital leap in education funding granted to the project, Henna Asikainen and Nina Katajavuori aim to establish the course as an online offering available to all students of the University of Helsinki. Another goal is to add new material in order to provide a more comprehensive perspective on wellbeing.“We already have notable professors of education involved, such as Minna Huotilainen, Katariina Salmela-Aro and Mari Tervaniemi. We could also add to the course information on the significance of sleep, exercise and nutrition for wellbeing, among other things. Still, the course focuses on psychological flexibility and related support,” Katajavuori outlines.The development of the course is associated with WELLS, a more extensive research project. Last autumn, a case-control design was utilised in the organisation of the course, and research activities have also been carried out with the help of technical solutions.

Ulster University launches Northern Ireland’s first BSc Paramedic Science degree

With funding support from the Department of Health, the new three year, BSc Hons Paramedic Science course will be based within Ulster University’s multi award winning School of Nursing on the Magee campus.Educating the next generation of paramedics, this course will help meet the growing workforce demands for more paramedics in Northern Ireland.These future Paramedics will be required in the Northern Ireland Ambulance Service and will also have a wider role to play in the transformation of the provision of health and social care within primary and secondary care in Northern Ireland as outlined in the Bengoa Report.The BSc Hons Paramedic Science degree will provide students with the knowledge, critical understanding, skills, values and resilience to apply to enter the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) register as a qualified Paramedic.Students will develop confident clinical decision-making skills and leadership attributes that will empower them to provide safe and effective patient care as a Paramedic across a range of settings.Ulster University has been working in partnership with the NI Ambulance Service Health and Social Care Trust (NIAS HSCT) since 2018 and other care providers, delivering a Foundation degree in Paramedic Practice.A change in HCPC Standards of Education and Training requires that from September 2021, people seeking entry to the HCPC register as a paramedic must have completed a HCPC approved course at the level of Bachelor degree with honours.Ulster’s BSc Hons Paramedic Science course has been recommended for HCPC approval, intaking the first cohort of 40 students in September 2021.


Bangor University is to become a world-leading nuclear research site after a £3 million Welsh Government investment in 15 new science posts.The highly qualified jobs will be at the university’s Nuclear Futures Institute and have recharged the region’s nuclear ambitions after the disappointment of Hitachi’s pull-out from the Wylfa Two project.The cash injection has been welcomed by NFI Director Professor Bill Lee, one of the UK’s leading nuclear scientists, who says it will enable the university to expand its work in the nuclear field into medicine, control and instrumentation, structural materials and fusion energy.He said that it could open the doors to further investment of hundreds of millions of pounds across North Wales as the region becomes one of the UK’s carbon-free energy hubs.&ldquo If we are going to convert the whole country to electricity for transport and home heating by 2050 then we are going to have to double or even treble current capacity so we will need wind, solar, hydro and nuclear and we have them all here in North Wales – then you can wind down coal, gas and oil,” he said.The money for the new positions comes from the Welsh Government’s Sêr Cymru programme and the European Regional Development Fund and the University is also funding one additional post at the Institute.Professor Lee, formerly at Imperial College London and one of the world's top material scientists, added: "This support from the Welsh Government and Europe gives us a real opportunity to put Bangor University at the heart of developments in low carbon energy.&ldquo This is a great opportunity for North Wales, providing excellent research and training infrastructure along with a much more significant nuclear programme.&ldquo It’s a key benefit for North Wales that we have two licensed nuclear sites at Wylfa and Trawsfynydd and although Hitachi-GE pulled out of the Wylfa Newydd project there are ongoing conversations with other companies – that site will be used by someone.”The NFI was set up in 2017 to focus on research into nuclear technologies in North Wales where nuclear energy has played a key role at Wylfa and Trawsfynydd and where the University and the M-SParc science park provide academic and industrial support.The new investment will help NFI expand into the fields of nuclear medicine, using radioactive chemicals to diagnose and treat heart disease and many cancers, structural materials, to prevent radioactive leaks from nuclear reactors, and nuclear fusion.Professor Lee said: “The new appointments will become part of a world-leading team supporting large regional projects funded through the North Wales Growth Deal such as the Low Carbon Energy Centre of Excellence at M-SParc on Anglesey.&ldquo There are also significant projects such as the National Thermal Hydraulics Facility slated for North Wales in the Nuclear Sector Deal.&ldquo There are a number of elements you need to worry about when developing the sort of capability we need here, including money and facilities but the most important is people and this investment in people gives Bangor a head start.”He has been backed by Welsh Education Minister Kirsty Williams who said: “I’m pleased our Sêr Cymru scheme can support this programme at Bangor University, creating several high-quality jobs and strengthening the University’s research base even further.”

Private Renting: Guidance for Students

Many students live away from home when they go to university, so if you are living in privately rented accommodation or university halls it is important to know what your rights and responsibilities are.Luckily UUSU are here to help and have collaborated with Housing Rights NI to develop an in-depth overview of how to rent safely. UUSU and Housing Rights have experienced an increase in renting issues during the pandemic and this resource is designed to help those who are or may experience issues. Unfortunately, the pandemic has not advanced renters’ rights much and your tenancy agreement remains a legally binding document-so please read it with care before signing.

The University of Ostrava Will Open a New Research Centre for SMART Technologies.

The University of Ostrava wants to focus more on the future of SMART technologies. In cooperation with research and non-profit organizations, businesses and public administrations, the University will explore their use in cities and municipalities on a more massive scale. The whole research, sponsored by the Faculty of Science of the University of Ostrava, is a response to the development of innovative technologies and the increasing requirements for their application.The University of Ostrava and its partners received a subsidy from the Operational Programme of Research, Development and Education for the project of long-term inter-branch cooperation entitled “SMART Technologies for Improving Life in Cities and Regions”. The Ministry of education will allocate about 87 million Czech crowns among the involved subjects. Moreover, the project has also received a subsidy from the ITI Programme (Integrated Territorial Investments) of the Moravian-Silesian Region.A science and research centre for the area of SMART technologies will be set up in the region. It will have two parts – one at the University of Ostrava and one at the Silesian University in Opava. These two centres will provide proposals for methods and procedures for the creation and implementation of social-technical innovations on the basis of SMART technologies that will improve the life in cities and municipalities of the Moravian-Silesian Region. They will deal with experimental use of modern technologies in telemedicine, within digital inclusion of seniors and disadvantaged social groups, for determining the needs of citizens and for communication of citizens with public administration authorities. In addition, both centres will also explore the application of such technologies in air quality and traffic monitoring, intelligent building or urban district management, electromobility and mobility. However, there might be many more areas of application in relation to the fast development of technologies.Besides solving the aforementioned tasks, the members of the individual research groups will also participate in SMART conferences in the Czech Republic and abroad in relation to the expansion of competences. Naturally, cooperation with selected partners in the form of businesses, cities and municipalities will be established.

The largest in the Baltics career fair KTU WANTed Career Days will take place online

SKEMA and Nanjing Audit University hold project management summer school

From 3 to 13 August, 32 finance and audit students from China took part in the very first project management programme offered online by SKEMA and its partner Nanjing Audit University (NAU).For eight days, the students attended 20 hours of classes taught in English on Teams. The seminar was led by professor Yves Alliot.A leading specialist in project management within the Airbus group, Yves Alliot furthers the development of new markets and key international projects. He adapted his course to the students' backgrounds and requirements, alternating between teaching basic knowledge of project management and sharing his invaluable experience, with numerous illustrations from real life.Project-based learning enabled students to acquire essential knowledge and to grasp and implement project management tools and techniques.Through these combined efforts, all of them successfully completed the programme and are now ready to take part in international projects.

Fin­land con­tin­ues its quest to teach 1 % of the world the ba­sics of AI – Open on­line course Build­ing AI pub­lished

A new open online course by the University of Helsinki and technology company Reaktor explains the algorithms behind AI. Building AI is a sequel to Elements of AI, the international phenomenon that has been voted the world’s best computer science course.As Artificial Intelligence impacts all industries and individuals, everyone should have an opportunity to understand what it is and how to use it. To democratize information and empower people to shape the future, the University of Helsinki and Reaktor now continue their quest to teach 1 % of the world the basics of AI.The new massive open online course Building AI looks into the actual algorithms behind AI. Some basic Python programming skills are recommended to get the most out of the course, but it also offers exercises with no programming needed. The level of assignments can be changed over the duration of the course, which encourages students to pick the more challenging ones.Building AI is a continuation of Elements of AI, the world’s first online course published in all official EU languages. With over half a million participants, Elements of AI has been voted the best AI course on Class Central and Forbes.&ldquo Artificial intelligence appears in our lives, for example, as the recommendation algorithms of streaming services and facial recognition techniques. We wish to familiarize people with the tools used to create AI-based systems, engaging them in this societal transformation instead of people just adapting to the doings of a technological elite,” said Professor of Computer Science Teemu Roos from the University of Helsinki, Lead Instructor for Building AI.&ldquo Europe is only at the beginning of realizing how much is possible with AI. You can’t recognize the potential functions of Artificial Intelligence without getting to know the technology and context. That’s why we want to provide people with concrete tools to recognize these possibilities,” said Hanna Hagström, Business Director of AI at Reaktor.The courses focus on people who are most often left out of technology discussions has paid off: Nearly 40% of participants in Elements of AI are women, and 25% are over the age of 45. Elements of AI also won the grand prize in MIT’s Inclusive Innovation Challenge in 2019.From Building AI, students can earn a maximum of two ECTS credits by completing the course, depending on the level of difficulty of the assignments. Students have the opportunity to purchase an official certificate of course completion for €50. The certificate is not a requirement, as the entire course can still be completed and the credits earned completely free of charge.

New master's degree in computer science at JU

Jönköping University is increasing its educational offering and will start a new master's degree programme in computer science at the School of Engineering next autumn, 2021.“There are many companies in the region, and also nationally, that need to employ qualified students who have deeper technical knowledge in IT. That is why we are starting a five-year master's degree programme in computer science. The new programme is developed in collaboration, based on the companies’ needs, and is linked to JU’s research in artificial intelligence (AI) and computer science,” says Patrik Cannmo, Associate Dean of Education at the School of Engineering.The Master’s degree programme in Computer Science and Engineering is in Swedish only. The two final years of the education will be in English as it is a complete joint reading with the international master's program AI Engineering.The two final years of the education will consist of the master’s program in AI Engineering.The School of Engineering has greatly expanded its research in recent years and the number of registered students in the study programmes has increased significantly. The Master of Science in Computer Science is the second master's degree in engineering that starts after industrial product development. The School of Engineering already provides Bachelor of Science in Engineering (högskoleingenjör), as well as bachelor’s and master’s programmes.The master's degree programme in computer science will start in August 2021, but already in January the basic science year begins, which is linked to the new master's degree programme. This is for students who need to improve their qualifications in mathematics, physics and chemistry before the programme starts.


In the autumn semester of the new academic year, lectures at Riga Technical University (RTU) will be organized in a mixed mode, both on-site and online. Special attention will be paid to observing epidemiological safety measures when organising on-site studies.Lectures in the autumn semester will be organized in a mixed mode, both on-site and online, giving preference to on-site classes as far as possible. However, lectures in which the estimated number of students exceeds 100 will be organized online.Such organization of lectures will minimize crowding in study rooms and hallways as much as possible. First-year bachelor students are given priority in planning the lectures, they should be provided with on-site lectures as much as possible.In on-site lectures, academic staff members will register students in the attendance sheet, recording students’ name and surname, the place and time of the lecture.By the beginning of the studies, academic staff members should prepare and insert a detailed plan for the implementation of the study course into ORTUS e-study course, indicating the way in which each lecture will be carried out, whether on-site or online, specifying whether the lecture will take place online, what platform will be used, etc.Each faculty and regional study centre shall appoint the responsible person for Covid-19 issues who shall collect information on the identified or suspected cases, as well as coordinate and manage protective and informative activities.If a student or employee is infected with Covid-19, has been in close contact with someone infected, or has returned from abroad and has to observe self-isolation, the responsible person at the faculty should be informed.In cases where students or employees experience acute respiratory infection symptoms during the on-site study process, they must go home immediately, contact the family doctor, and inform the responsible persons at RTU.In study rooms where lectures are held, surface disinfection is carried out once a day. Disinfectants for individual use are available in the study rooms and hallways. Where possible, two metres distance should be observed and crowding should be avoided, as well as other precautions should be taken.

MCAST collaborates with European partners on vocational training and water-related education

In many countries, especially in Europe, we take our clean drinking water for granted. The process of water production is a complex one which requires a skilled workforce to operate. Several European countries are struggling with a shortage of young people interested in water-related education. This is the main reason why European colleges and professionals from the water industry have joined forces to train water professionals at Vocational Training and Education (VET) level.The webinar of the European Platform of Vocational Excellence Water was held online in May. In this meeting, five European regions, including Malta, discussed the future skilled vocational practitioner in the field of water technology.Dutch partners, Learning Hub Friesland, Vitens, Katapult and CIV Water, shared their knowledge and experience on how to achieve good cooperation between VET education and the water industry. During the online meeting knowledge and insights were shared about how to stimulate collaboration and how to strengthen regional networks.The outcomes of the webinar showed that there are still significant differences between the various European regions. Nicola Murray from Glasgow College, Scotland confirmed: “It was surprising to see that we all have a different starting point”.All project partners operate within a particular context with different challenges and opportunities. Speaking about the Maltese context, Edwin Zammit Deputy Director for Innovation at MCAST, said, “One of our biggest challenges and common factor that unites us in Malta is the high freshwater scarcity on the island. It is vital to invest in the right talent and education to provide good and safe water for all.”PoVE WaterPoVE Water is a transnational project that draws on existing and emerging vocational competences and skills needs in the water sector, translating them into an approach of vocational excellence. The project kicked off in January 2020 in Brussels. The project brings together VET institutions, the water industry, research centres, H.E., governmental institutions and water sector representatives from the Netherlands, Scotland, Latvia, Malta and the Czech Republic. These partners share a common interest in developing the full potential of VET institutions to play a proactive role in support of growth, competitiveness and innovation of the water sector.MCAST – Water Research and Training CentreMalta has the lowest water resources index and highest water competition index in the whole of the Mediterranean basin. Challenges are placed for the nation to be at the forefront of both water technology and in the skilling of water operations and management while operating within challenging socio-economic conditions. It is within this setting that the MCAST Water Research and Training Centre holds strong potential. The Centre focuses on water enterprise, as it aims to embody the application of creative ideas and innovations to practical situations in the water field, as well as solving the challenges that are encountered locally. Three main themes characterise the Centre, these being, Water Quality, Water Systems Control and Water efficiency and innovation.

Erasmus+ Call 2020: projects for international mobility and the new “European Joint Masters in Management and Engineering of Environment and Energy” (ME3+) have been funded

RSU Pre-courses In Demand Also Online

A new blog designed to make management research useful and accessible!

This new media platform is designed to share the expertise of the NEOMA community members related to management, innovation, performance and entrepreneurship through the analysis of real issues and the formulation of practical recommendations from research articles in management science.A blog to answer current questions enlighted by academic researchThe blog features a wide range of current topics, covering the latest innovative ideas, in French and in English, and remains fully in line with the School's strategic direction and the expertise of its community. For example, maybe you are wondering how to identify and deal with toxic individuals in your professional environment, how to select the members of a board of directors effectively, or how to deal with difficult clients? If so, then this blog will provide you with the answers.In effect, the NEOMA blog seeks to provide companies with the insight to help them understand today's complex issues. It is a space for sharing information and exchange on subjects and lines of thought that resonate with the concerns of management professionals.

Digital Badges: a credible tool to prove soft competencies

Technology is changing the world. Students today need not only hard skills but also so-called soft competencies: leadership, communication, and emotional intelligence. A study by LinkedIn found that 92 per cent of respondents think that soft skills are more important than technical capabilities, while 89 per cent claim that bad employees do not have soft skills. According to Marta Talandyt?, a graduate of European Studies at KTU Faculty of Social Sciences, Arts and Humanities (SHMMF), extra-curricular activities while studying is one of the ways that helps to form soft skills.  To become competitive in today’s job market, one should invest in themselves. According to experts, extra-curricular activities at the university or college improve employability chances. They also help to develop soft skills, such as leadership, communication, teamwork, job interview skills, time management and flexibility.„KTU offers a range of different extra-curricular activities available to everyone for free. As a chair of KTU SHMMF Students’ Union, I realised that it is important to remind people to get out of their comfort zone and try themselves in different areas”, says Talandye

Tandem Language Learning - academic year 2020-2021 at University of Trento.

The University of Trento proposes the Tandem Language Learning as an opportunity to improve oral competences in a foreign language in an informal and different setting which is not the usual classroom, but a more relaxed and casual environment.Usually the Tandem partners meet each other in person and freely decide where to meet. Responding with caution, accuracy and flexibility to the challenges raised by the Covid-19 pandemic, during the 1st semester of the a.y. 2020/2021 the Tandem activities are planned as online exchanges.Tandem Language Learning lasts one semester (20 conversation hours in total). Upon completion of the tandem participants will be awarded with an Open Digital Badge, which certifies the successful accomplishment of this learning activity.Furthermore if you are a student of the Department of Humanities or an Erasmus student incoming of the Department of Humanities you can also get 1 CFU.To be admitted to the Tandem Language Learning, the university kindly asks you to submit your application from 24th August to 24th September 2020.

NEOMA Business School placed 61st in the QS 2020 worldwide ranking of top Executive MBAs.

QS (Quacquarelli Symonds), a British company specialising in the analysis of higher education institutions around the world, publishes its global ranking of the best Executive MBAs today. NEOMA is ranked 61st worldwide (+30 places) and 29th in Europe (+12 places) amongst the 141 institutions appearing in this year's ranking.NEOMA also moves up to 6th position among French Schools and the Executive MBA scores particularly well in the following categories:&bull Executive Profile (quality of graduates' professional experience) with a score of 99.5/100. This excellent score sees NEOMA take 2nd worldwide and 1st European place.&bull Career Outcomes (career progression within 12 months of graduation) with a score of 78.5/100.This prestigious ranking is one of the most comprehensive in its category. Assessment criteria mainly focuses on graduate employability and career progression, the diversity of student profiles, and, more generally, the programme's 'return on investment'.

University of Pardubice brings Double degree program with TU Dresden

The Faculty of Economics and Administration, University of Pardubice together with the Technische Universität Dresden (TU Dresden), Internationales Hochschulinstitut Zittau (IHI Zittau) in Germany organize a Double Degree programme within the Czech postgraduate Master study programme „Economics and Management“, study specialization „Management of Financial Institutions“. Students in the Double Degree programme carry the third semester out at the IHI Zittau by completing the selected compulsory courses offered by the foreign institution (the study stay is covered from the Erasmus+ fund). The study is carried out in the Czech language, the semester abroad is taught in English. After a successful completion of the programme, students are awarded with two diplomas (from the domestic and foreign university).

University of Helsinki has decided on the criteria for certificate based admission in 2023–2024

The University of Helsinki has made a decision on the criteria for certificate-based admission to the bachelor’s programmes included in the joint application procedure in 2023–2024. The release of the criteria will help future upper secondary school students choose their subjects.In 2021 the programmes will revert to the original criteria for certificate-based admission, published on the Studyinfo website (in Finnish only). The criteria includes the scoring tables and the threshold criteria. Due to the exceptional circumstances brought about by the coronavirus pandemic, the criteria used in the second joint application procedure in spring 2020 only applied to this year's application round.As a rule, the degree programmes offering the certificate-based admission route have decided to adhere to the scoring tables published on the Studyinfo website and threshold criteria, or subject-specific minimum points, until 2024. Exceptions to the scoring tables for 2023–2024 are described in more detail below.Publishing the criteria for certificate-based admission will help upper secondary school students embarking on their studies in autumn 2020 to choose their general upper secondary school subjects.

Montpellier Business School reveals its 2020-2025 strategic plan and builds on its values to meet the needs of a world in transition

In a world in transition and in the face of increasingly complex and fluctuating economic, social and ecological environments, MBS has chosen to build on its convictions to implement a new strategic plan up to 2025. “This plan is organized around 4 main axes, each built with the collaboration of all the school’s stakeholders: teacher-researchers, students, alumni, employees from all departments, governance and corporate partners“, says André Deljarry, President of Montpellier Business School.As a pioneer in the field of social openness, MBS intends to reaffirm its differentiating commitment to serving the general interest through action. “The school is aiming for a campus of 5,000 students, 30% of whom are international and 35% from modest SPCs, by 2025“, explains Bruno Ducasse, Managing Director of MBS. The school is committed to a rational development plan. The sustainable growth of its workforce will be driven by the launch of new programs on the themes of the digital and ecological transition together with the development of postgraduate (after the French baccalaureate) activities in France and abroad.Today nearly 25% of MBS research publications include CSR-related issues and MBS is also one of the Grandes Ecoles with the highest number of teaching hours on this topic. “Our objective is now to structure our expertise around a high-level field”, says Bruno Ducasse.The Programs and Faculty Departments are planning to integrate a new “BEST” (Business Environmental & Social Transition) course of excellence to train women and men who wish to take on an ambassadorial role in the environmental and social transformation of companies and organizations. New modules and certifications will accompany this new area of expertise to give students the keys to “managing diversity”. By 2025, MBS will continue to internationalise its programmes, research and recruitment, with a consolidated presence on three continents (Africa, Asia and America). At the same time, Montpellier Business School will also strengthen its links with regional companies to develop its support in terms of training and consulting. “The aim is to increase the local influence of the school, which will benefit from a new 20,000 m² eco-campus by 2023”, Bruno Ducasse adds.In order to remain concrete and adopt an agile stance, MBS will put in place instruments to measure the impact of its strategy on the lives of its students and the evolution of the society they live in. “The objective is to be able to measure the societal impact of higher education with the establishment of the first observatory of diversities”, reveals Bruno Ducasse. MBS will set up the RIX index (Responsibility Index) to support the local SMEs & ETIs in their social and environmental transformation.

Covid-19: the causes of the poor prognosis in patients with diabetes have been identified

Patients with diabetes are particularly at risk in the case of infection with Covid-19, especially as this syndrome is often accompanied by other pathologies such as hypertension, cardiovascular disease and obesity. This is what emerges from a study carried out by 4th year residents from the Scuola di specializzazione in Endocrinologia e Malattie del metabolismo at the University of Pisa and published in Lancet Diabetes & Endocrinology. The article contains a systematic assessment of the reasons why Covid-19 implicates a worse prognosis and higher death rate, often 2 or 3 times higher, in patients with diabetes mellitus than in non-diabetic patients.The study was carried out by Dr. Matteo Apicella, Dr. Maria Cristina Campopiano, Dr. Michele Mantuano and Dr. Laura Mazoni, coordinated by Dr. Alberto Coppelli (Section of Diabetes and Metabolic Diseases of the AOUP) and by Professor Stefano Del Prato (photo on the right), professor of Endocrinology and Chief of the Section.From the outset of the pandemic, scientific studies on the risks from Covid-19 have focused on patients with diabetes precisely because of their intrinsic ‘vulnerability’, whether it be diabetes mellitus type 2 or type 1. Age, sex and ethnicity were also noted to be amongst the many concomitant risk factors. Anti-cholesterol drugs and antiviral treatment may modulate the risks but the limitations to their use and the potential interaction with anti-Covid-19 treatment must be carefully managed. Finally, the acute respiratory syndrome caused by Covid-19 can lead to metabolic complications in patients with diabetes such as diabetic ketoacidosis or the onset of hyperglycaemia in those patients with undiagnosed or recently discovered diabetes, once they are admitted to hospital.

Applicant Numbers Rise by 25% for Social Sciences Programmes at RSU

Ulster’s School of Medicine now recruiting future doctors for September 2021

Tandem Language Learning - academic year 2020-2021 at University of Trento

The University of Trento proposes the Tandem Language Learning as an opportunity to improve oral competences in a foreign language in an informal and different setting which is not the usual classroom, but a more relaxed and casual environment.Usually the Tandem partners meet each other in person and freely decide where to meet. Responding with caution, accuracy and flexibility to the challenges raised by the Covid-19 pandemic, during the 1st semester of the a.y. 2020/2021 the Tandem activities are planned as online exchanges.Tandem Language Learning lasts one semester (20 conversation hours in total). Upon completion of the tandem participants will be awarded with an Open Digital Badge, which certifies the successful accomplishment of this learning activity.Furthermore if you are a student of the Department of Humanities or an Erasmus student incoming of the Department of Humanities you can also get 1 CFU.To be admitted to the Tandem Language Learning, the university kindly asks you to submit your application from 24th August to 24th September 2020

NEOMA Business School placed 61st in the QS 2020 worldwide ranking of top Executive MBAs

QS (Quacquarelli Symonds), a British company specialising in the analysis of higher education institutions around the world, publishes its global ranking of the best Executive MBAs today. NEOMA is ranked 61st worldwide (+30 places) and 29th in Europe (+12 places) amongst the 141 institutions appearing in this year's ranking.NEOMA also moves up to 6th position among French Schools and the Executive MBA scores particularly well in the following categories:&bull Executive Profile (quality of graduates' professional experience) with a score of 99.5/100. This excellent score sees NEOMA take 2nd worldwide and 1st European place.&bull Career Outcomes (career progression within 12 months of graduation) with a score of 78.5/100.This prestigious ranking is one of the most comprehensive in its category. Assessment criteria mainly focuses on graduate employability and career progression, the diversity of student profiles, and, more generally, the programme's 'return on investment'.

Psychologists From the National Armed Forces Will Start Using Smart Device Created in Latvia

A new smart device has been created as part of the new computerised individual personality assessment system. It was the result of several years of cooperation between researchers from R?ga Stradi?š University (RSU) and Riga Technical University (RTU). The device will make psychological testing in the army more convenient and efficient. Psychologists, like other specialists, need various auxiliary tools in order to perform their work at a high quality. If we compare this work with the work of a doctor, then a doctor might need an electrocardiograph and an X-ray, for example, to be able to make an accurate diagnosis and make decisions about treatment. The tools that psychologists usually have at their disposal are different types of psychological tests for testing intelligence, attention span, etc. There are also personality assessment tests to assess various aspects of someone’s personality.The beginnings for developing this smart device for psychologists can be traced back to 2013, when a discussion was held between RSU and psychologists from the Latvian National Armed Forces. It was concluded that Latvian psychologists lack a clinical personality assessment tool. More precisely, it exists, but it is complicated and expensive to adapt to the Latvian cultural environment. Consequently, there were no instruments for clinical personality assessment that were legally available to psychologists in Latvia at that moment.With the help of CPAS, a psychologist can identify various pathological personality traits, such as depression, anxiety, and post-traumatic stress disorder. At present, the armed forces have ready-made tools at their disposal that are capable of operating both in Latvia and on missions abroad regardless of wireless coverage. A psychologist can carry out a personality assessment of soldiers by asking them to complete the test. It can take from 40 minutes to an hour and a half. The test contains 322 statements with four answer options. The test results are then interpreted by psychologists. It is scientifically proven that the test provides all the necessary information about certain personality traits. CPAS can be used by psychologists from all sectors.

Faculty of Law and Administration of the Lazarski University is the best in Poland

The Faculty of Law and Administration took the first place among private universities in the 14th Ranking of Law Faculties prepared by Dziennik Gazeta Prawna. Thus, for the twelfth time, we have defended our position as leader in the ranking!The faculties of law were evaluated in four categories:-cadre-quality and educational conditions-requirements for students and quality of graduates-graduates' yield for legal applicationsDuring the ceremonial gala, which due to the epidemiological threat was held in the online formula, the speech was given by PhD Anna Konert. The Dean of the Faculty of Law and Administration emphasized the commitment of staff, administrative staff and students in a smooth transition to a remote teaching system in connection with a pandemic.  

RSU Signs Memorandum to Establish European Digital Innovation Center in Latvia

On Wednesday, July 22, the Latvian IT Cluster signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to establish a European Digital Innovation Hub in Latvia together with several cooperation partners, including Riga Stradins University (RSU). Among the signatories are Latvia’s leading universities and scientific institutions, as well as a number of sectoral organisations. The MoU envisages that the parties involved agree on a common vision and work plan to promote the digital transformation of Latvian business and to jointly develop a national petition for the establishment of a European Digital Innovation Hub in Latvia.The aim of establishing a European Digital Innovation Hub in Latvia is to promote the digital development of small and medium-sized enterprises, thus strengthening the competitiveness of companies’ production processes, products and services in accordance with the European Commission’s Digital Europe Programme. This will be achieved through the use of digital technologies and by providing access to technical knowledge and experimentation. The Digital Innovation Hubs and their network, which will cover the entire European Union, will enable public administrations and private companies to exchange information, receive support, and try and test digital innovations. The Latvian IT Cluster initiated the MoU, which unites leading industry partners – both leading Latvian economic associations as well as universities and science hubs.The MoU was signed by the Latvian Electrical Engineering and Electronics Industry Association, the Institute of Electronics and Computer Science, the Latvian Information and Communications Technology Association, the Association of the Latvian Chemical and Pharmaceutical Industry, the Latvian Forest Industry Federation, the University of Latvia, Latvia University of Life Sciences and Technologies, the Association of Mechanical Engineering and Metalworking Industries of Latvia, the Latvian Federation of Food Companies, the Advisory Board of Riga Business School, RSU, Riga Technical University and Ventspils High Technology Park.The association will also promote closer cooperation among universities, research centres and the industry. This will ensure the development of research and development projects by creating an innovation ecosystem, developing an interdisciplinary approach to higher education in computer sciences, strengthen the quality of Latvian higher education, bring international recognition and create more sustainable computer science in accordance with labour market requirements. The parties involved undertake to jointly develop an petition for the establishment of a European Digital Innovation Hub in Latvia, defining the vision, mission and goals of the digital transformation of the national economy, which envisages grounding on the maturity, trends and needs of the digital development of Latvian companies.

Cancer research published in Science Advances

Cancer is a disease that has touched us all, and although we now know a lot about how cancers develop and grow, we still have a lot to learn.  A major factor in cancer development and in treatment resistance is the presence of genome instability. This essentially involves frequent alterations to the genomic DNA of the cell, including changes to the letters of the genetic code as well as more obvious changes such as chromosome deletions, or even movement of large DNA fragments from one chromosome to another. Work in UKRI Future Leader Fellow Dr Chris Staples’ laboratory housed at the North West Cancer Research Institute (in the School of Medical Sciences at Bangor University) focuses on how cells normally prevent such genome instability from occurring.In many cancers, a phenomenon called replication stress is at the heart of these genome instability issues. All cells have to replicate their DNA to divide into two ‘daughter’ cells, and cancer cells are no exception – indeed, they divide more rapidly than normal cells. The term ‘replication stress’ is used to describe any scenario where the cells DNA replication machinery gets into difficulties, and when this occurs, DNA damage and genome instability can result.When the DNA replication machinery gets stuck, the newly-formed DNA is vulnerable to attack by DNA-chewing enzymes called nucleases, particularly a nuclease called MRE11, which is normally involved in fixing broken DNA.Research in the Staples laboratory led at the bench by Dr Laura Bennett identified a largely unstudied protein called MRNIP, as a novel ‘protector’ of this newly-formed DNA. Cancer cells in which the MRNIP gene is ‘knocked out’ by CRISPR-Cas9 technology exhibit high levels of DNA damage, caused partly by excessive degradation of newly-formed DNA by MRE11. The researchers found that MRNIP binds to MRE11 and functions to reduce the rate at which it digests DNA. Without MRNIP, MRE11 extensively degrades this newly-formed DNA, and DNA damage and chromosomal instability ensues.

Palacky University Olomouc keeps climbing in international rankings

Palacky University has achieved the best position in its history to date in the current issue of the QS World University Rankings 2021. Among more than a thousand evaluated universities from 93 countries, UP ranked 591st–600th place, improving its position year-on-year and reaching the top 50 percent of evaluated universities. An even better result – being included among the top 2.9 percent of evaluated universities – was achieved by Palacky University Olomouc in the Center for World University Rankings (CWUR), which was also published in early June.While two years ago the Czech Republic had five representatives in the rankings, in this year’s edition there are twice as many. Palacký University Olomouc has been included in the rankings for the fifth time. While in the 2018 edition it was at 701st–750th position, UP has gradually improved its position to this year’s 591st–600th position. In domestic comparisons, UP is ranked fifth after Charles University, the University of Chemistry and Technology Prague, Czech Technical University in Prague, and Masaryk University in Brno.Recently, a comparison of world universities was also brought out by U-Multirank, which includes 1759 universities from 92 countries this year, including 15 Czech universities. This is not a typical ranking, however; universities are compared according to selected parameters. In addition to five basic categories (teaching, research, knowledge transfer, internationalisation, and regional involvement) and their 36 subcategories, in which individual institutions obtain grades A–E, universities are also classified by countries, disciplines, and general characteristics. Palacky University received the highest A grade five times: twice in research, twice in knowledge transfer and once in internationalisation. In nine areas, UP held the first or shared first place in the Czech Republic

SRH Berlin University of Applied Sciences is opening a campus in Hamburg

In the middle of the beautiful centre of the Hanseatic city, within walking distance of the Alster River and easily accessible by train, subways and bus, SRH Berlin will be offering English-language Master's programmes at its new SRH Campus Hamburg. Experts from tomorrow are able to study future- and industry-oriented programmes in the fields of technology, IT, logistics and business.Campus director Sabine Westermann: „The new SRH Campus Hamburg is a valuable addition to Hamburg's educational landscape. Thanks to the high living standards and moder­ate living costs, the Hanseatic city is a perfect study destination not only for Germans but also Europeans, Asians, Indians and the rest of the world.“International students in particular do not only find an open and multicultural atmosphere in Hamburg, but also a strong economy that enables attractive career prospects. The Port of Hamburg is Europe's third largest container handling centre and home to numerous hubs and branches from the maritime sector, logistics and trade. But also companies and agencies around the aviation industry, IT and media, life sciences, finance and insurance as well as renewable energies are also located in the north of the country – that’s why Hamburg is also called “The gate to the world”.

The University of Pardubice ranks among the TOP 1,000 schools in the world

The University of Pardubice ranks among the TOP 1,000 higher education institutes in the world and one of the TOP 10 in the Czech Republic, as shown by QS World University Rankings 2021, one of the world's most prestigious rankings. According to its authors, the comparison serves not only for future students and their parents as a school selection guide, but also for current students, academics, employers, government and everyone else as an indicator of the university's quality.The methodology of evaluation of individual universities in the QS Rankings is based on six dimensions. A total of 50 percent of ratings are reputations among academics and graduate employers, 20 percent are citations in the Scopus database, 20 percent are the number of students per academic staff member, 5 percent are the percentage of foreign academics, and 5 percent are the percentage of international students.The QS World University Rankings are among the most prestigious in the world, next to the Shanghai Ranking and the Times Higher Education World University Rankings. It is designed to provide a multidimensional view of the relative strengths of the world's leading universities. The QS Rankings began to be published under the original name THE-QS World University Rankings only a year later than ARWU, i.e. in 2004. This second oldest international ranking of universities is compiled by the research company Quacquarelli Symonds Limited (QS).

Magnetic nanoparticles for Covid-19 testing in practical applications

Miniature particles with a magnetic core and a thin silica shell on the surface to isolate viral RNA developed by scientists at the Regional Centre of Advanced Technology and Materials (RCPTM), the Faculty of Science, are now being translated into commercial applications. Commercial companies have already purchased first batches of the magnetic balls for diagnostic purposes. Nanoparticles are an important part of the new Covid-19 testing technology designed at the Institute of Organic Chemistry and Biochemistry (IOCB) of the Czech Academy of Sciences, whose help was fundamental at the time of the culminating coronavirus pandemic.The development of the testing protocol was a response to the lack of commercial test kits at a time of the coronavirus crisis. RCPTM’s researchers responded quickly to the demand of colleagues at IOCB. Thanks to extensive experience with research into nanomaterials for biomedical applications, they prepared, within a couple of days, a new type of magnetic nanoballs, dozens of nanometers in size, with a suitably modified surface to isolate nucleic acids.

Start of the Academic Year 2020/2021 at HAMK.

HAMK is preparing to return to campuses gradually during autumn.HAMK is planning to start the autumn semester as follows:Beginning student groups will be present at campuses. Teachers will take care of safety in contact teaching.Beginning international groups will start online, apart from hybrid models.Continuing student groups will study the first module online and return to campuses in the beginning of the second module, 26 October.Lab exercises and other situations requiring contact teaching can be arranged for continuing students also during the first module, taking into account social distancing and good hygiene.The presence of teachers and other staff members on campuses will be scheduled in order to prevent wide transmission of the coronavirus and to secure our activities. Staff can for instance be split into two groups that take weekly turns working on campus and online.This plan is based on the current situation and expectations. Should the coronavirus situation change and/or authorities give new guidelines, these instructions will be changed accordingly.

Novel function of platelets in tumour blood vessels found by Scientists at Uppsala University.

Scientists at Uppsala University have discovered a hitherto unknown function of blood platelets in cancer. In mouse models, these platelets have proved to help preserve the vascular barrier which makes blood-vessel walls selectively impermeable, thereby reducing the spread of tumour cells to other parts of the body. The study is published in the journal Cancer Research.Platelets or thrombocytes, as they are also termed, are tiny cell fragments that form in the bone marrow and circulate in the blood. If we are injured and start bleeding they clump together, sealing off the wound while also helping the blood to coagulate.When the platelets are activated – which occurs not only in wounds but also in tumours – the substances known as growth factors contained in the platelets are released into their immediate surroundings. One is platelet-derived growth factor B (PDGFB).In the study, the researchers investigated what happens when the PDGFB in platelets, but not in other cell types, is deleted in individuals with cancer. PDGFB from platelets was found to be essential, to attract supporting cells to the tumour blood vessels. In healthy tissue, on the other hand, the platelets did not to perform this function. If PDGFB was lacking in platelets, the quantity of circulating tumour cells increased and they spread to other parts of the body to a much higher degree.Previous studies have shown that PDGFB from cells of another kind, endothelial cells that line the inside of blood vessels, is necessary to attract supporting cells to the vessels when they form. According to the new study, this function in tumours also requires PDGFB from platelets, which distinguishes them from healthy tissue.From a medical point of view, it may be advantageous, in some situations, to reduce platelet activity in order to prevent blood clots, for example. Moreover, previous research shows that platelets can promote spread of tumour cells

The employee scholarship: a new opportunity for the MBS teams to contribute to equal opportunities

The scholarships awarded by the MBS Foundation and its business partners celebrate the skills, the academic level and the potential of students for whom financial barriers could’ve prevented their ambition to pursue the studies they deserve.MBS Foundation stands out by reinvesting all the donations it receives in actions in favour of equal opportunities. Its mission is to finance the various mechanisms aimed at helping students both socially and financially through grants.It also supports and encourages entrepreneurship with the Young Innovative and Responsible Company prize which finances the project of young entrepreneur students and fresh graduates (less than 3 years).

Riga Stradins University (RSU) is ranked among the 25 best universities in the world in the research category on Open Access publications in the U-Multirank international university rankings published on 9 June 2020.

Overall RSU has received the seven of highest grade A, which is a significantly better result than a year ago. RSU received the most As in the field of regional involvement, which evaluates the employment opportunities of bachelor's and master's degree graduates in the region, as well as the proportion of publications with co-authors from the region.RSU also received A ratings in other areas of the U-Multirank performance evaluation – 2 in the research category, for example. In these areas, the results from creative activities and the availability of publications in open access journals were assessed.Compared to the previous year, RSU has managed to improve significantly in one of the international indicators, where the A grade was given for the high proportion of international academic staff. RSU also has significantly increased its results in the Knowledge Transfer category where the A grade was given for publications cited in international patents.RSU also achieved good results in the Teaching and Learning section, where it received the second-best grade B, for example for the graduation rate in master's programs, and for graduating in the time allocated in the bachelor's programs. In total, the rating evaluates more than 30 criteria in five areas of performance.

Start of the Academic Year 2020/2021 at HAMK

HAMK is preparing to return to campuses gradually during autumn.HAMK is planning to start the autumn semester as follows:Beginning student groups will be present at campuses. Teachers will take care of safety in contact teaching.Beginning international groups will start online, apart from hybrid models.Continuing student groups will study the first module online and return to campuses in the beginning of the second module, 26 October.Lab exercises and other situations requiring contact teaching can be arranged for continuing students also during the first module, taking into account social distancing and good hygiene.The presence of teachers and other staff members on campuses will be scheduled in order to prevent wide transmission of the coronavirus and to secure our activities. Staff can for instance be split into two groups that take weekly turns working on campus and online.This plan is based on the current situation and expectations. Should the coronavirus situation change and/or authorities give new guidelines, these instructions will be changed accordingly.

Novel function of platelets in tumour blood vessels found by Scientists at Uppsala University

Scientists at Uppsala University have discovered a hitherto unknown function of blood platelets in cancer. In mouse models, these platelets have proved to help preserve the vascular barrier which makes blood-vessel walls selectively impermeable, thereby reducing the spread of tumour cells to other parts of the body. The study is published in the journal Cancer Research.Platelets or thrombocytes, as they are also termed, are tiny cell fragments that form in the bone marrow and circulate in the blood. If we are injured and start bleeding they clump together, sealing off the wound while also helping the blood to coagulate.When the platelets are activated – which occurs not only in wounds but also in tumours – the substances known as growth factors contained in the platelets are released into their immediate surroundings. One is platelet-derived growth factor B (PDGFB).In the study, the researchers investigated what happens when the PDGFB in platelets, but not in other cell types, is deleted in individuals with cancer. PDGFB from platelets was found to be essential, to attract supporting cells to the tumour blood vessels. In healthy tissue, on the other hand, the platelets did not to perform this function. If PDGFB was lacking in platelets, the quantity of circulating tumour cells increased and they spread to other parts of the body to a much higher degree.Previous studies have shown that PDGFB from cells of another kind, endothelial cells that line the inside of blood vessels, is necessary to attract supporting cells to the vessels when they form. According to the new study, this function in tumours also requires PDGFB from platelets, which distinguishes them from healthy tissue.From a medical point of view, it may be advantageous, in some situations, to reduce platelet activity in order to prevent blood clots, for example. Moreover, previous research shows that platelets can promote spread of tumour cells.

Partial lifting of restrictions at Lazarski University

Pursuant to Regulation No. 4/2020 of the Rector and President of Lazarski University, conducting didactic activities in direct contact to the extent necessary to continue the implementation of didactic and research tasks.This applies to classes that cannot be completed using distance learning methods and techniques, including:- laboratory classes, classes at the Center of Medical Simulations and clinical classes at the Medical Faculty of the Lazarski University- conducting some exams and final credits with the consent and under the supervision of the relevant Dean- conducting some diploma and final examinations with the consent and under the supervision of the relevant Dean- conducting selected classes for the last years of studies, education of doctoral students and participants of classes conducted by the Postgraduate Education Center with the consent and under the control of the Dean- resumption of the Lazarski University LibraryCampus catering services are also being restored.Students and employees staying at the University is possible to a greater extent, in accordance with the Sanitary and Epidemiological Principles. Preventive procedures for suspected coronavirus infection are still in force, in particular, Rules for the admission of students, post-graduate students, post-graduate students, employees and persons cooperating with the University on the basis of civil law contracts returning from abroad.  


Riga Technical University (RTU) has been ranked in the 701 to 750 range of QS World University Rankings 2021, which is the highest score among three Latvian universities included in the ranking. RTU received the highest appraisal for its increase of foreign students, and in this indicator RTU improved its position by 66 places, ranking 371st in the global assessment.RTU has been evaluated on different rankings and with different assessment methods un has been ranked as the best university in Latvia – this is attested by U-Multirank results published on June 9 and by Times Higher Education Impact results published in April, in which RTU was ranked among 200 best universities in the world. On QS Stars ranking as well, RTU was evaluated with five stars, which is the highest evaluation. The achievement of RTU on QS World University Rankings 2021 confirms once more that we are the national leaders. Of course, RTU does not have the success as the University of Tartu, but considering the funding available to us, the results are very good, because our calculations show that as we move towards internationally recognised excellence, among all Latvian universities RTU has the highest return, taking into account budget opportunities, emphasizes Juris Iljins, Director of Administration.1 02 higher education institutions from 93 countries included in the QS World University Rankings 2021 ranking were assessed taking into consideration six criteria – Academic Reputation, Employer Reputation, Citations per Paper, Faculty/Student Ratio, as well as International Faculty and International Students. In four out of six criteria – International Students, Faculty/Student Ratio, Citations per Paper and Academic Reputation – RTU has shown higher results in comparison with the previous year.The assessment of Academic Reputation and Employer Reputation is based on extensive international surveys. Employers and academicians not only from Latvia but also from other countries expressed their opinion about RTU. The performance of higher education institutions in the remaining four criteria was assessed on the basis of submitted data that was verified according to internationally available information. Internationalization is one of the most significant priorities of RTU, which has been emphasised in RTU strategy. Targeted activities have resulted in a rapid increase in the number of foreign students in recent years, and currently there are students from 86 countries studying at RTU.

Ulster University develop COVID-19 symptom checker, diagnostic and contact tracker app

Researchers from Ulster University’s Schools of Engineering and Computing have developed an app to check for COVID-19 symptoms and provide advice. The app collects information, checks for symptoms, helps perform diagnostics and provides advice. Data from the app can also be used to aid contact tracing and inform policy and decision makers in their overall recovery strategy. A novel add-on to improve overall result accuracy is the ability to read an antibody test result that is performed in the home setting.  Led by Professors Jim McLaughlin and Chris Nugent, the Connected Health Innovation Centre Team project team used technology based on their Xprize Tricorder success in 2017 where they finished joint third in a global competition to address similar diagnostic solutions currently required to combat the COVID-19 pandemic.The App is available to download for open access development purposes and the team have presented the App to local, national and international government bodies to demonstrate the new integrated concept of register, symptom check, diagnose (via lateral flow) and then contact track. The multimodal diagnostic algorithm improves the overall operating characteristics by increasing sensitivity and specificity.  It is hoped the app will also form the basis of a new Ulster University led clinical trial on the use of integrated apps and antibody testing.  The app asks questions about the users’ age, gender, postcode, and involvement in the general flu vaccine programme. And checks for symptoms: fever, continuous cough, sore throat, muscle/joint pain, loss of sense of smell or taste, and exhaustion. The presence of any of these symptoms triggers additional questions: the duration of the symptoms, if there are difficulties in breathing, problems with the immune system, difficulty in doing normal activities, and if s/he lives with other people or not. Advice is then given accordingly depending on the severity of the symptoms and risk factors.Clear instructions are provided, which were sourced from HSCNI and NICE guidelines. Emphasis is given in staying at home when possible and in severe cases hospitalisation procedures are detailed. The user can opt-in to send anonymous collected data to a server including current and historical GPS locations via the user’s smartphone. The app is also capable of handling data from biomarkers tests such as RT-PCR tests (to test if you have the virus up to 14 days of infection) and antibody home tests (blood based to check if you have had the virus) such as low cost rapid Lateral Flow diagnostics systems.Data from the app can be summarized within our cloud based viewer and then data can be alerted, trended and monitored for policymakers, decision makers and epidemiology reports which will aid the overall recovery strategy and eventual Exit. The app also uses Bluetooth to exchange anonymous keys with nearby smartphones that have the app installed. These keys are saved in a server. Should one user report a positive result of the biomarker through the app, the users that exchanged keys are notified through their app. This can prompt users to look for testing for COVID-19.

Virtual Summer Start-up Week launched to help students become real-world entrepreneurs

Fifty three entrepreneurial students from Bangor have won places on a free online Summer Start-Up week to help get their business ideas off the ground.  The unique Summer Start-Up Week, beginning on Monday 8th June, offers five days of inspiration, learning and networking to nearly 500 students, to turn ideas into businesses, social enterprises and freelancing careers. The Course, which is now full was open to anyone over the age of 16, who is a current student or has studied at a welsh institution.As the coronavirus pandemic has led to unprecedented times for people living in Wales and across the world, the Summer Start-Up Week has been driven and launched collaboratively by all Welsh Colleges and Universities to ensure young people separated by social distancing can join a virtual start-up community and continue to develop their ideas.  The week will be run by experienced entrepreneurs and business experts, including Katy Hayward from honey farm and education centre Felin Honeybees, Teresa Carnall from TBC Marketing, Colwyn Bay, Chris Walker of People Systems International, Anglesey, Sid Madge of Mad Hen Ltd, Gwynedd and Kath Lewis a business mentor from Llandudno.A mix of daily live webinars and Q&A sessions cover topics such as market research, finance, digital marketing and networking, helping participants to develop skills and gain information and contacts to turn ideas into viable businesses or social enterprises. Over twenty Welsh entrepreneurs will be involved in sharing their start up knowledge. Confirmed speakers include Alana Spencer, owner of Ridiculously Rich confectionary business. Winner of BBC One's The Apprentice in 2016, Alana, originally from Aberystwyth, will share her own business experience and advice to the students and graduates taking part.Emma Forouzan, Student Enterprise Manager at USW and Chair of Summer Start-Up Week: "At universities and colleges in Wales, we see first-hand the exceptional entrepreneurial minds of many of our students and we’re continually looking for ways to nurture and support those students with strong business ideas. Even in this current climate, it's important for ambitious young people with a business concept to think about their options and take advantage of free support available to them. Through this all-Wales collaboration of institutions we are taking the opportunity to nurture a national online community, full of ideas and enthusiasm, connected to the wealth of start-up support available here in Wales.

Adaptation of on-campus education in the autumn semester at Jönköping University

J ouml;nköping University will plan for on-campus education to start in the beginning of the autumn semester 2020. The decision has been made after discussions within the JU executive team and is based on the scenario that the autumn’s recommendations and guidelines allow for the implementation of on-campus education. The discussions have taken several different scenarios into account and has resulted in the directional decision to plan for the operations at JU to be carried out on-campus from the start of the autumn semester. The spring semester will, as planned, be completed off-campus, and all summer courses will be conducted off-campus.An internal work group will be appointed to investigate and develop criteria and guidelines for how the operations on-campus will be implemented with adaptation and regards to the risk of infection. These criteria will be developed with consideration to the fact that different educational programmes and courses require different resources. “We want to give our staff and our students, both current and future, the vital possibility to plan ahead. Therefore, we have made a directional decision regarding the education this autumn. We are planning for adapted on-campus studies that take national guidelines and recommendations into account”, says Agneta Marell, President of Jönköping University.

New project to analyse novel coronavirus in wastewater

The novel coronavirus SARS-CoV-2 has been detected in wastewater. Scientists from Uppsala University, KTH and SLU have received support from Knut and Alice Wallenberg Foundation and SciLifeLab to determine if wastewater treatment plants can effectively eliminate the virus from raw wastewater. The scientists will also investigate if there is a connection between the amount of virus in the wastewater and the spread of COVID-19 in the community, if you can predict the virus spread from the wastewater concentrations and finally if there are any mutations of the virus.The novel coronavirus SARS-CoV-2 has spread rapidly around the world and permeated all levels of society. Recent studies have shown that it is possible to detect the virus in wastewater. Scientists hope that they can get information about the virus levels in a community by detecting it in wastewater, which is very useful for epidemiologists and authorities.A team of scientists at the department of Ecology and Genetics at Uppsala University and at the department of Biomedical Sciences and Veterinary Public Health at SLU in collaboration with Uppsala Vatten and scientists at the Norwegian University of Life Sciences in Oslo and Karolinska Institute in Stockholm will study the concentration and genomic composition of the virus in wastewater.The project aims to investigate if the concentrations of virus in the wastewater is connected to the spread of the virus in the community, if it is possible to predict the virus spread by monitoring the wastewater virus concentration and finally the scientists want to investigate the mutations and diversity of the virus in the wastewater.The team is led by Dr Anna Szekely, researcher at the department of Ecology and Genetics, Uppsala University. “Opposite to the virus tests done at hospitals that only look at the sickest patients, wastewater can reflect the amount and diversity of the virus within the entire population of a town,” Anna Szekely said. The team plans to monitor the virus at the wastewater treatment plant of Uppsala, as well as analyse and compare wastewater samples from different regions within Sweden and the world where COVID-19 pandemic is in different stages.

Study at KTU with a scholarship

Education is one of the key factors of success when talking about achieving career goals and overall life satisfaction. Top-quality studies without a hefty price tag is even better. Kaunas University of Technology (KTU), Lithuania is taking care of this: every applicant automatically becomes a candidate to receive the scholarship dedicated to international students with strong academic record and motivation.&ldquo The classes usually aren’t big, the lecturers are friendly and willing to help with any questions you have and you also get a lot of free time outside the university. I like that the university is flexible and the study modules are well adjusted to the job market needs”, says Sona Yavrumyan from Armenia, studying Informatics at KTU with the full scholarship from the University.The girl who had always been passionate about STEM, has chosen computer science for her bachelor’s studies as it is a practical option. Only in her first year, Sona has already joined a GIFTed community – KTU study path for talented students.&ldquo I have had opportunities to develop my soft skills, participate in team projects, hackathons, summer camps, study an extra module, all with some of the best students of KTU”, says Sona.KTU is the 2nd best university in Lithuania, and among the top 53 universities in Eastern and Central Europe and Asia (QS WUR, 2020). The so-called “soft” dimension of humanities, social sciences and arts are included in all study programmes, making the University graduates ready for the global challenges of tomorrow.

Ulster University confirms plans for the 2020/2021 Academic Year

Ulster University’s Interim Vice-Chancellor, Professor Paul Bartholomew has today confirmed that the first term of academic year 2020/21 will commence on 21 September with plans to deliver lectures and other teaching online for semester one.  Some on-campus activities will take place, following a robust local risk assessment and priority will be given to using campus spaces for practice-based learning activities including lab work.Staff who can work from home will continue to do so until at least the end of August and after the summer, the University will look to move to a phased, managed return of all staff within public health guidelines and with the health, safety and wellbeing of staff and students as its primary concern.In order to actively plan for the return of some campus-based activities, there will be a safe, phased return to campus for some staff in early summer and the University’s People & Culture team will be on hand to inform and support those colleagues through this transition. Looking further forward, as staff and students return to campus over time, so too will the required support services, staff and contractors come back on site.

Digitalisation on a New Level: RSU Students’ Experience Studying at Home

Gusto the dachshund takes every opportunity to compete with the laptop and curl up in its owner’s lap, 5th year medical student at R?ga Stradi?š University (RSU), Lauma Gulbe. The puppy was adopted from a shelter and is the biggest (although very pleasant) obstacle to studying from home during the emergency situation, according to Lauma. The University has taken care of the rest – materials on the e-studies platform, Zoom lectures, classes, tests, problem-solving online with faculty management and even additional tools for coping with stress, says Lauma. Her experience is supported by the first results of the RSU survey that 2,071 students participated in.To look out for the health and safety of its students, academic staff and administration, RSU switched to remote studies already on 11 March, before the national emergency situation was declared. Previously, lectures and classes that had been recorded by lecturers on Panopto were watched on average 250 – 300 hours a day. After the national state of emergency, this curve increased dramatically. Over the last weeks, 8,685 virtual classes and consultations have been held, and more than 2,000 new video materials have been created for students. These are not only lectures, but also simulation technologies and demonstrations of various manipulations. All in all, the activity in the RSU e-studies environment has increased from 50,000 activities a day in February to 150,000 activities a day in April.

ESDHEM third-year apprenticeship: opening at SKEMA’s Lille campus

For 25 years, SKEMA has been promoting apprenticeship courses, which combine alternating periods of professional experience and academic learning, often while encouraging social advancement as these courses are exempt of fee.From the start of the new academic year in September 2020, ESDHEM and its partner FORMASUP, which runs the Apprentices Training Centre (CFA) for the Nord-Pas de Calais region, will offer the possibility of studying for a degree in economic management with apprenticeship at our Lille campus.&ldquo For many years, ESDHEM has been offering this apprenticeship-based degree in Paris, and has seen intake grow from 30 apprentices per year to 90. We would like to extend this success to SKEMA’s other campuses, starting with Lille and a first group of 30 apprentices. This branch is unique as it allows apprentices to combine earning a university degree with preparation for the competitive entrance exams for major business schools, in a Grande École environment,” explained Oussama Ammar, director of undergraduate programmes at SKEMA (BBA/ESDHEM).ESDHEM offers a dual course combining a degree programme with preparation for the competitive entrance exams to the Grandes Ecoles business schools.For more than 25 years, the ESDHEM programme in undergraduate learning and apprenticeship has combined a university degree in private law or economy and management, preparation for the competitive entrance exams to the Grandes Ecoles, work placements, a term overseas and community life. ESDHEM prepares its students for the competitive exams known as Admissions sur Titre (AST) which they can enter at the end of the second and / or third year.More than 90% of the students at ESDHEM obtain their degree and more than 80% go on to a Grande École (90% going to a school that is listed within the top 12 in France).

Biologists have found two new species of Thismiaceae in Borneo

Another two new species of Thismiaceae have been discovered on Borneo by a team of scientists from the Palacký University Faculty of Science and the Crop Research Institute. Thismia ornata is named after the inside of its flower, which is covered with a bright orange net resembling ornate lace. Thismia coronata, on the other hand, was named after the top of the flower, which resembles a crown.The description of the new species was published in the international scientific journal Willdenowia. The team of Czech scientists already has twelve new Thismiaceae species to their credit.Both new species of Thismiaceae were actually found by biologists in Borneo by accident. In the local forests, they were searching for completely different species, which had already been described, but which had not been seen since their discovery. “In the case of Thismia ornata, we set out to find the species described by the Italian botanist Odoardo Beccari in the mid-19th century. Instead, we found a plant whose flower reaches up to 12 cm in diameter and boasts a strong coloration. Especially unique is the inner part of the flower, which is covered with a deep orange net resembling lace – a form not occurring in any other known species of Thismia. This gave us a name for the plant,” described Martin Dan?ák from the Department of Ecology and Environmental Sciences.Thismia ornata is also interesting in that this species is not completely unknown, as it occurs in several localities near the city of Kuching, the capital of the Malaysian state of Sarawak. Therefore, it has not escaped the attention of many amateur photographers, who have published their photos of it on the Internet. “However, no one realised it was a hitherto unknown species. This Thismiaceae also has not so many demands on its environment, and grows even where other species would not occur. For example, we found it on the edge of the forest in the local mini zoo, right next to the crocodile enclosure,” added Michal Sochor from the Crop Research Institute.The second Thismiaceae, Thismia coronata, was discovered by scientists while searching for the species Thismia goodii. Thanks to its bright blue flowers, this plant is one of the iconic species of Thismiaceae. “Interestingly, the two species are actually very similar. Although Thismia coronata has yellow-orange flowers, both species have the top of the flower in the shape of a mitre, which in technical terms is literally used for the upper part of the flower of some Thismiaceae precisely because of its resemblance to a bishop’s mitre. Thanks to its yellow-orange colour and the special skirting around the flower, it also resembles a royal crown, which led us to name it coronata,” described Michal Hroneš from the Department of Botany.This species of Thismiaceae grows in the mountains of northern Borneo, on the border between the Malaysian states of Sarawak and Sabah, and has so far been found in only one place. Like most other Thismiaceae, it grows in deep shady tropical rainforests. “Another piece of good news is that in January this year we finally did find the blue-flowered Thismia goodii,” added Dan?ák.These two species are now the eleventh and twelfth new species of Thismiaceae that Olomouc scientists have found in Borneo. Experts from the Faculty of Science have been going on expeditions to the rainforest in Borneo for several years. Their first discovered Thismiaceae was Thismia hexagona, followed by Thismia brunneomitra, and the third rare species was a Thismia which was given the attribute inconspicua - inconspicuous

Financial Times - Executive Education - Customised programs – NEOMA ranked for the first time

NEOMA appears in this ranking and is placed 77th in the world and 10th in France.The customised programmes stand out in particular on the following criteria:&bull "Follow up", which assesses the quality of the post-training follow-up (22nd in the world). This criteria is calculated on the basis of responses provided by participants and reflects the satisfaction of our clients.&bull "Faculty Diversity", which assesses teaching staff diversity (ranked 15th worldwide)&bull "Growth", which measures the growth in sales of our custom-built programmes (ranked 20th worldwide)."This remarkable entry is the result of a strong development of tailor-made programs within our Executive Education" explains Delphine Manceau, Dean of NEOMA Business School.

Ulster University playing its part in reducing food wastage across Europe in €4.8m project

Ulster University is playing an important role in reducing food wastage across North West Europe thanks to an innovative €4.8m project which adapts and applies existing innovative technology to food supply chains. ‘REAMIT’ - Improving Resource Efficiency of Agribusiness supply chains by Minimising waste using Big Data and Internet of Things sensors - is an EU project led from the University of Bedfordshire which aims to reduce food waste and improve resource efficiency. Ulster University have been integral to the project having secured funding through the EU Interreg North-West Europe Programme. Ulster’s Dr Joan Condell leads an interdisciplinary team from the university, including Professor Elaine Ramsey (Department of Global Business and Enterprise) and Dr Ruth Price (Trials Manager) alongside Dr Bryan Gardiner, Dr Daniel Kelly and Dr Pratheepan Yogarajah (all from School of Computing, Engineering and Intelligent Systems). With a budget of €4.88m, the project will run for 42 months until 2023, with partners coming from various organisations and companies in the UK, France, Ireland and Netherlands. Reducing food waste is of highest priority for the EU, having committed to halving food waste by 2030 by focusing on all stages in the supply chain. REAMIT focuses on foods typically wasted in large quantities such as fruits, vegetables, meat and fish within the supply chain of farms, packaging sites, food processors, distribution, logistics, wholesalers and retailers. The project’s aim is to adapt existing technologies to best fit the needs of the food supply chain management system in this region of Europe. Through testing and adaptation, these technologies will continuously monitor and record food quality and signal potential food quality issues. This analysis will then help to inform decisions that minimise food waste, such as redistribution to nearby customers.

Are you from Europe? Don’t miss your chance to study at KTU for free

This week, the first stage of general admissions to master’s studies at Kaunas University of Technology (KTU) started. During the general admissions, all the applicants are ranked according to their admission score and become candidates to a state-funded study place. All EU nationals and global citizens of Lithuanian origin are granted this opportunity. “KTU grabbed my attention because the Food Science and Safety master’s course is designed to spend your time researching, while also taking the fundamental subjects. It felt like the right fit, it offered something new in the way of studying, they mentioned group works in laboratories, projects that we can build and showcase, this was the kind of hands-on learning experience that I was hoping to find. And Lithuania is part of the European Union, so travelling and living are not strictly regulated, as an EU citizen, I did not have to acquire a visa”, says Nóra Emilia Nagybákay, KTU first-year master’s student from Hungary. Although she was dreaming of studying abroad, the girl was looking for the options to study without needing to pay for tuition. After learning that the state-funded places are available to EU citizens, she contacted the International Office at KTU and I was reassured that she was qualified to apply and to compete for the state funding. So far, Nóra is very happy about her choice: “KTU has the supporting environment, where you can learn and use your knowledge to create, to discover something new and be part of the scientific community. And if you are stuck or have a problem there will always be someone to help you out, be that your groupmate, mentor or academic advisor”. According to national rankings announced on May 6, 2020, KTU’s academic staff is the best in Lithuania, the University’s studies are very well ranked by students and the employers. KTU is the 2nd best university in Lithuania. According to Invest Lithuania Agency, graduates of Lithuanian universities in science, computing, maths, engineering and construction are in the 4th place in EU. If you are thinking about studying in these fields, KTU might be one of the best options for you: KTU is among the world’s best 500 universities in the world in Engineering and Technology, and No. 53 among the universities of emerging Europe and central Asia by QS World Universities rankings. KTU is offering 26 master’s programmes in English. Check them all here. The first stage of general admissions to master’s studies is ending on June 25, 2020. The EU nationals and global citizens of Lithuania descent are automatically eligible for competing for a state-funded study place.

Become a mentor for new international students

The International Department of R?ga Stradi?š University (RSU) invites students to become mentors to new international students starting from August 2020.The aim of the mentor programme is to enhance the international students' experience at RSU by assisting them throughout their first study semester. Mentoring offers a great opportunity for students to get to know foreign cultures and establish contacts and friendships with people from different countries. A mentor is an advisor who guides newly-enrolled international students at the university by explaining the study process and academic requirements, as well as giving practical advice on everyday matters and life in Riga. A mentor encourages the new students and helps them settle into their new homes. The new students can approach their mentors with questions about how to act in certain situations, or how public institutions in Latvia work. Mentors play a significant role in the life of newly-admitted students and are often the first person students turn to.To better prepare for mentoring, we will conduct trainings for new mentors. Trainings are scheduled on 17 and 30 June and 12 August, students who do not have experience in mentoring are asked to attend one of the scheduled trainings.We are kindly inviting students to join the mentors’ family, share experience gained during studies at RSU and make friendships with people, who soon will become a part of the RSU community.

More educational places for Jönköping University

Due to the change in conditions of the Swedish labor market as a result of the coronavirus, more people will want to study in higher education. The Swedish Government has therefore proposed an increase in the number of places within higher education. Jönköping University has been granted more educational places for summer courses and basic year studies. To meet the regional and national need, Jönköping University has shown a great interest for more educational places. The decision that Jönköping University has been granted the opportunity to offer more summer courses, as well as to provide more opportunities to study a basic science year and a basic year in finance, came on 23 April. Jönköping University has also actively shown an interest for more educational places for longer educational programmes. New educational places for studies within all shortage occupations at Bachelor’s and Master’s level will be discussed at the Ministry of Education and Research later this spring.&ldquo With the changed situation, it is very gratifying that our wishes have been fulfilled and that JU already can give notice of more educational places and thereby contribute to further skills development and further education,” says Agneta Marell, President Jönköping University.The distribution of increased educational places applies to the condition that the Swedish Parliament decides on the revised spring budget in accordance with the Swedish Government's proposal. In connection with the demand for more educational places, Jönköping University has ensured that the resources required to carry out an extended education assignment of high quality are available.

Waste2H2 - Waste to Hydrogen

The Polytechnic of Portalegre, through its VALORIZA research center, adds another project to the 30 or so currently underway. The “Waste2H2 - Waste to Hydrogen” project, submitted in November 2019 to the Twinning contest, as part of the Widening program of Horizonte 2020, was one of 13 Portuguese projects recently approved by the European Commission, receiving a financing of around 900 thousand euros. Led by a team of researchers from the Polytechnic of Portalegre, it includes partners from three different countries: Kungliga Tekniska Högskolan - KTH - Royal Institute of Technology, Sweden; ENEA - Italian National Agency for New Technologies, Energy and Sustainable Economic Development, from Italy, and KIT - Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, from Germany. The “Waste2H2” project aims to carry out research and technological development activities in the area of converting waste to hydrogen by thermal gasification technologies, promoting a set of knowledge transfer activities, creating opportunities for networking and collaboration between institutions and companies in the countries involved.

Life as a student in a virtual classroom

IX Symposium on the Iberian Atlantic Margin

It will be held from September 4 to 7, 2018, in Coimbra, the IX Symposium on the Iberian Atlantic Margin. The 1st circular can be viewed here. Integrating the themes of Oceanography, Geology of the Margin, Coastal Dynamics, Resources and Sustainability, Di(geodi/biodi)versity, Use and spatial planning of the Atlantic Margin, the IX MIA Symposium will contemplate 4 excursions and associates to the 2nd Workshop and Field trip of IGCP 655 Toarcian Oceanic Anoxic Event: Impact on marine carbon cycle and ecosystems. This event is a joint organization of the Department of Earth Sciences of the University of Coimbra and MARE (Center for Marine Sciences and Environment).

Student nurses join the fight against Covid-19

Over 600 final year Nursing and Midwifery students from Ulster University, Queen’s University Belfast and Open University have joined the fight against Covid-19 by entering the Health and Social Care (HSC) workforce early. These students, in the last six months of their pre-registration education, have elected to take their final clinical placement now to support the HSC during this crisis. Nursing and Midwifery students will play a vital role in delivering high quality care in hospitals and healthcare settings across Northern Ireland during this difficult time. The Nursing & Midwifery Council have worked with?the?Government?Departments of the four nations?to develop legislation to enable final year students within six months of registration to go into the NHS/HSC?in a paid capacity. They will undertake all the duties of a final year student to complete the learning outcomes of their programme whilst providing much needed support to clinical teams on the front line. Chief Nursing Officer Professor Charlotte McArdle paid tribute to the nursing and midwifery students: “It is highly commendable that our nursing and midwifery students are embracing the opportunity to help at this time of great need. As senior students I know they have much to offer and will be a valuable asset to our HSC system. I wish to extend a personal thank you to all nursing and midwifery students and assure them of my full support as they rise to this challenge.” Universities have been working hard over the past few weeks to prepare their students for their early entry into the workforce. This has included an update on clinical skills such as the assessment of the deteriorating patient with emphasis on airway and respiratory management, alongside professional issues in practice for the transition from student to registrant.

Bangor University contributes to global COVID-19 related research

Scientists at Bangor University are joining the global fight against the current COVID-19 pandemic. A group of leading academics are to pool their expertise to develop new ways of mass-monitoring levels of SARS-Cov-2, the virus which causes the newly named COVID-19 illness.  Professor Davey Jones of the School of Natural Sciences and one of the project leaders explained: “An accurate estimation of the amount of infection circulating in the whole community would be valuable information for those charged with planning for and controlling the spread of disease. While the number of hospitalisation of COVID-19 cases provides some measure of the disease within the population, it provides no reliable information on mild infections and carriers who show no symptoms.” Random ‘spot checks’ and thermal imaging cameras have been introduced to screen for infections, though these are costly to implement and very imprecise. Better methods are needed to evaluate SARS-CoV-2 prevalence in the wider population.   As SARS-CoV-2 virus is shed in human faeces in high amounts, Bangor University’s research group are to test using wastewater to provide a powerful indicator of disease incidence at any point in time. This is particularly suitable as most UK urban centres are served by only one or two wastewater treatment works, providing a single integrated signal of millions of people in a single sample. This NERC ‘Urgency’ funded project at the Bangor University’s College of Environmental Sciences & Engineering will achieve several goals by using wastewater to provide near real-time information on the incidence of SARS-CoV-2 within the UK population.   Prof Dave Chadwick, a co-leader at the School of Natural Sciences explained further: “Real-time wastewater monitoring of the rise and subsequent decline of SARS-CoV-2 in the UK can be compared to conventional disease reporting metrics such as current COVID-19 hospitalization cases. It will enable similarities in the abundance of SARS-CoV-2 in the major urban centres of the UK to be identified.” Dr Shelagh Malham, also a co- leader of the research at the School of Ocean Sciences explained: “In the longer term, we hope to demonstrate how wastewater can be used for the integrated surveillance of human illness-causing viruses within the human population and provide bodies such as national government, NHS, Public Health England and Wales and water companies with critical scientific information to be able to make informed decisions on disease control and respond and adapt to potential future disease epidemics.”  Prof David Thomas, Pro Vice-Chancellor, Research commented: “While the University has inevitably had to place much of its active research projects on hold due to the national importance of this research, it clearly has to go ahead.”


Studies and scientific work at Riga Technical University (RTU) continue remotely during the period when precautionary measures have to be observed due to Covid-19 and, with the rector’s order, all intramural studies are cancelled until 14 April. Studies are held on different platforms Remote studies are held on three Internet platforms, where online lectures can be provided, and in the RTU E-study environment (Moodle), where the teaching staff can place study courses, presentations, home and test works, as well as other information needed for the studies. Online lectures are provided by RTU on Microsoft Teams, Zoom and Cisco Webex platforms, where video lectures, webinars and online chat can be organised, as well as lectures can be recorded and students can watch them later at any time. Library functions in a restricted mode During the period until 14 April, the RTU Scientific Library invites readers to use its e-resources in the RTU internal network ORTUS or in the library section on the RTU webpage.

TUKE is part of the Ulysseus alliance

Six European universities and a large number of associated partners gathered today in Brussels to sign the Ulysseus Mission Statement. Ulysseus alliance aims to generate a long-term alliance, joint structure and strategy for education and research, linked to the priorities of the members’ regions and cities. Its goal is to contribute to competitiveness, innovation and employability, and to promote active citizenship, social inclusion, cohesion, and personal development of students and staff.The alliance integrates the University of Seville (Spain, coordinator), the University of Genoa (Italy), the Université Cote d’Azur (France), the Management Center Innsbruck (Austria), the Technical University of Košice (Slovakia), and the Haaga-Helia University of Applied Sciences (Finland). But Ulysseus is more than six members, as it gathers the strong support of local councils, regional governments, as well as social and economic actors from all the six institutions involved."The Technical University of Košice is part of a strong consortium of six major European universities and research centres. We are very pleased with the great cohesion and involvement of members of the Ulysseus alliance. We have just signed a joint mission of our European university and we are working intensively on a project proposal. This activity enables us to see the possibility of making studies more attractive and international, connecting research and improving public services. We are delighted that our effort has the support of the city, self-governing region, regional trade and student organizations as well as clusters". /prof. Stanislav Kme?, the Rector of TUKE/  

A brand-new discipline at LSMU - Clinical Health Psychology

A brand-new modern Master programme has been launched at LSMU. Clinical health psychology programme will be conducted in English language from 2020 fall. Two-year Clinical Health Psychology master programme is a specialized programme which combines clinical and health psychology teaching with research methods training and practice. Clinical health psychology focuses on health promotion and wellbeing, managing illness and disability through psychological methods. Students learn psychological counselling and evaluation in various health disorders. In the programme settings, they can learn the interprofessional teamwork with other health care specialists. Students have exclusive opportunities to choose the specialization and get deeper knowledge in psycho-oncology, neuropsychology, rehabilitation psychology, family and child psychology. The programme includes 400 hours of internship. Students can practice in Lithuania, abroad or their native country. Moreover, the semester might be spent abroad with the Erasmus+ exchange programme. 

KTU sociologist Audrone Telesiene: stay connected and choose reliable information sources

After the World Health Organization (WTO) declared the COVID-19 virus outbreak a pandemic, quarantine took effect in Lithuania. Most of us understand that this means a high risk of getting ill with coronavirus. Among those who are infected, most will recover. However, the high number of deaths among vulnerable groups is likely to occur. In the current situation, people must listen to the instructions of medical staff and of those responsible for managing the situation. Also, the recommendations from psychologists and educators on how to spend quarantine and self-isolation safely. Sociologists add: be sure to foster social contact remotely; have trust in the authorities’ ability to manage the situation, believe the information which is coming from credible sources. Remote social interaction is essential  There are many suggestions out there for coping with the quarantine. In addition, the sociologists suggest: boost your indirect social relationships to enhance your emotional well-being and that of your loved ones. You can strengthen these relationships by maintaining communication remotely, using all available technological inventions. During your days at home, it is important to think about everybody in your social network. This includes not only your virtual network but also in fellowship, kinship and neighbourhood circle during the days at home. Those who have access to the news and information on the internet, press TV or other media may already have all the relevant information on what measures to take while in isolation. During this crisis, in Lithuania, the communication is well organised. However, not everyone has access to the information. Sometimes people do not understand the information or do not take it seriously. Think about the elderly neighbours who live alone, relatives in rural areas, sceptical friends who do not read the news and about others. Call, write, put up an advertisement in the stairwell of your house or make an indirect contact in other ways. Explain why self-isolation and avoiding contact is important, where to seek help. Make sure that these people are not ill. This way, you can help the most vulnerable populations to better prepare and withstand pandemic reaction. The Italian example shows that when people do not take the situation seriously, it is impossible to prevent the transmission of infection. It is important to understand yourself and to explain to others why it is worth following recommendations and trusting what the authorities are saying.   

4th International Week of the OP RDE Project took place at VSB - Technical University of Ostrava from 9th till 11th March 2020.

The event was attended by representatives from eight countries as well as representatives of the University management and faculty coordinators of individual faculties of VSB-TUO. At the opening the participants were welcomed by the Rector of VSB-TUO, Prof. Vaclav Snasel. The launch of this year was also attended by the Deputy Minister for the Legislation and Strategy Section of the Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports Dr. Dana Prudikova and Ladislav Banovec, Director of the International Relations Department of the Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports who mentioned priorities of the Ministry in the field of international cooperation. The Head of the University International Office, Dr. Michaela Vrazelova briefly introduced the history and present of VSB - Technical University of Ostrava. Information on the Moravian-Silesian Region was provided by the Head of the International Relations Department of the Moravian-Silesian Region, Tomas Fiedler. Then the individual representatives of the universities presented information or videos of their home universities. The next morning, the participants met for a round table discussion on the topic of "Study and Mobility". The round table discussion was chaired by the Rector Prof. Vaclav Snasel. The discussion was also led by the Vice-Rector for Studies, Dr. Zdenka Chmelikova, Vice-Dean for Studies at the Faculty of Economics, Assoc. Prof. Lenka Kauerova, and also Vice-Dean for Pedagogical Activities at the Faculty of Materials Science and Technology, Prof. Kamila Janovska. All foreign participants contributed to the discussion and talked about reality connected with their studies and their students' trips abroad. Together they sought ways to convince students that a semester spent at a foreign university is an investment in their future. Several interesting suggestions resulted from this highly beneficial discussion. The University International Office will try to incorporate them into the students’ motivation programs.

Changing the lives of people living with dementia with new memory supporting app

InspireD, which has been developed by Scaffold Digital in partnership with Ulster University, the Public Health Agency (PHA) and Health and Social Care NI (HSCNI ), is designed to help people living with dementia and their carers  to store photographs, music and film clips which can then be used to prompt conversations about past experiences and important life events.It is a revolutionary step in the digitisation of the healthcare sector and will make Scaffold Digital a pioneer in the field with a first-of-a-kind app to be endorsed by prominent healthcare authorities and physicians .InspireD will work by enabling people  living with dementia, their carers and families, to create a digital memory book with photos, video and sound.It boasts a guided uploading and navigation process to allow users to add and organise content as well as recording voice notes and more.Pending final tests from industry evaluation authority Organisation for the Review of Care and Health Apps (ORCHA), the app will be available this summer.

RSU to Run Online Q&A Session for Students on Remote Learning Process

On Wednesday 18 March R?ga Stradi?š University (RSU) will run a Q&A session, during which RSU Vice-Rectors and Deans will answer students’ questions on the study process during the national state of emergency. The links to the live online Q&A sessions will also be available on the e-studies platform and e-mailed to students.11:00-12:00 – Prof. Guntis Bahs, Vice-Rector for Health Studies, and Smuidra Žermanos, Dean of the International Student Department, will answer international students' questions (session will be held in English).13:00-14:00 – Prof. Guntis Bahs and Prof. Jana Pav?re, the Dean of the Faculty of Medicine, and Assist. Prof. Ingus Skadi?š, Vice-Dean of the Faculty of Medicine, will answer healthcare students' questions.15:00-16:00 – Prof. Tatjana Ko?e, Vice-Rector for Studies, will answer social sciences students' questions.

The first Charity Dinner organized by EUHT StPOL manages to raise more than € 4500 for El Banc dels Aliments Foundation

The facilities of the Hotel Gran Sol hosted the first edition of the Charity Dinner of the University College of Hospitality Management and Culinary Arts of Sant Pol de Mar (EUHT StPOL)on the 27th of February. The Charity Dinner was promoted by the students of the concentration in Gastronomy, Restaurants and Events Management of the Bachelor’s Degree in Hospitality and Tourism Management. In fact, it was the third year student of this concentration who were responsible for organizing the different phases of the project: dissemination, menu design, contact with suppliers, search for sponsors, etc. 132 people participated in the Charity Dinner prepared by the students and the team of teachers of the Hotel-School of Sant Pol de Mar from the products donated by the sponsoring and collaborating companies of the event. In total, the initiative allowed to collect € 4,545 as a result of the sum of the tickets sold for the Charity Dinner, the donations and the tickets for the raffle of gifts given by the companies and collaborating entities. At the end of the Charity Dinner, the CEO of EUHT StPOL, Lluís Serra, together with the students who promoted the event, delivered the funds collected to the delegate of the Maresme area of El Banc dels Aliments, Cesareo Villagrà. The € 4,545 raised will go to the Banc dels Aliments child nutrition project: they will be used to buy A2 continuity infant milk, baby food and porridge.

Pancreatic Cancer Research: What’s New after Another Year in the Lab?

Detection of pancreatic cancer at an early stage. It was precisely a year ago that Professor Michal Hol?apek of the Faculty of Chemical Technology presented a method that may save the lives of hundreds of thousands of patients. Journalists kept asking for interviews, doctors asked for the test results, and Professor Hol?apek kept receiving one phone call after another. Volunteers wanted to join the research project and offered their samples for analysis. It will take some time, however, to implement the method in practice. The research has not finished. What progress has been made since?At the moment, Professor Michal Hol?apek of the Department of Analytical Chemistry and his team try to register a number of patents, and choose the best strategy to implement the national phase in selected countries which plan to focus on pancreatic cancer; the one with worst prognosis.   In ten months, the team of Professor Hol?apek acted upon all the comments, except for the mice tests. The reason is that it is an extremely expensive experiment carried out only by a few laboratories in the world. “At the moment, we have finished all the tests related to the paper, and we plan to amend the manuscript and resubmit the paper to the same journal,” says Professor Hol?apek admitting that he wished he had made more progress. Unfortunately, there are both internal and external factors hindering the research, such as the high price of patent protection, search for a business partner to implement the project, non-existence of an ethical board at the university and slow development with commissioned research for other university hospitals. “The hospitals that have provided the samples ask for results. We are doing our best to publish the key findings about pancreatic cancer and make initial attempts to translate our method to another laboratory.” At the moment, there are no screening procedures for early detection of a number of cancer types. “The methods that are available use glycoproteins, and they are not that reliable. Their reliability rate ranges from 70 to 80%. They fail, however, for early stages,” adds Professor Hol?apek. What is key about the method developed at the University of Pardubice is that it works the same for any stage of the cancer. It is hard to treat patients with late stages of pancreatic cancer. Depending on the stage, the patient may live for a year or two, and is extremely unlikely to cure. If all tests are completed successfully and the method is translated into clinical practice, it will be success for the team of Professor Hol?apek on a global scale, but more importantly it could save human lives thank to early diagnosis.

SKEMA United scholarships awarded after 250 000 km covered

In October 2019, the first edition of SKEMA United, SKEMA's sports challenge for a good cause, took place, bringing together students, employees and graduates to finance scholarship programmes. The original objective was for participants to walk, run or bike the equivalent of a round-the-world tour of SKEMA campuses (i.e. 45,500 km) but was exceeded by so much that this objective was multiplied by five, to reach 250,000 km!Thanks to the kilometres covered during SKEMA United and to the participating companies (Le Groupe Crystal - Expert & Finance, Roquette SA, Société Générale and AVA) who contributed one euro for each kilometre covered, 40% more scholarships have been awarded, bringing the number of scholarship holders to 250 for this academic year.We hope to do even better next time and are already counting on your participation in the second edition.Sheza is a first-year Master in Management student who received a scholarship thanks to SKEMA United. She explains: “I am very grateful to all the participants of this wonderful project which was a real success with more than 250,000 km covered. This allowed us to increase the number of scholarships distributed as well as the amount of each scholarship. I have received a substantial amount of money to help me finance my first year at SKEMA.”

‘The future of our oceans’ – public lecture at Bangor University by prominent scientist

The future of our oceans will be the focus of a public lecture at Bangor University on Wednesday, 4 March.  The speaker is Jacqueline McGlade, Professor of Resilience and Sustainable Development at University College London, and an Honorary Fellow of Bangor University.  The lecture will take place at 5.30pm in the Eric Sunderland Lecture Theatre of the Main Arts Building.  Admission is free, and no tickets are required.  All are welcome.  Professor McGlade said: “Recent evidence about the extent of plastics and litter in our oceans has led to grassroots rejection of single-use plastics.  Banning them is not enough to safeguard the health of our oceans; what is needed is a complete redesign of global production systems.  In this lecture I will outline ways that we can work to ‘conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources for sustainable development’ (one of the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals) in the face of unsustainable consumption and production and the rapidly changing climate.”Jacqueline McGlade is Professor of the Environment at Gresham College.  She holds a Chair in the UCL Institute for Global Prosperity and is also Director of the Sekenani Research Centre of the Maasai Mara University in Kenya.She served as Executive Director of the European Environment Agency from 2003-2013, and from 2014-2017 was Chief Scientist and Director of the Science Division of the United Nations Environment Programme based in Nairobi.  She studied at the Universities of Bangor, Guelph (Canada) and Cambridge.

LSMU Offers Studies for Prospective Students in Ukraine

To expand the geography of international collaboration, representatives of LSMU Jevgenij Razgulin (psychologist for international students) and Anton Rubis (student of Odontology, LSMU student ambassador), had visited Kyiv, Ukraine, on February 7-10.  The Lithuanian University of Health Sciences was presented in the Study.uaFair in Kyiv on February 8-9. More than 5000 participants visited this fair. Prospective students and their parents visited the LSMU desk and were consulted about the study programs, accommodation and students' support system provided by LSMU. The most popular study programs in which prospective students were interested were Medicine, Health Psychology, Veterinary Medicine, Physiotherapy, Odontology, and Public Health. Also, a lot of students, who are finishing their studies in Ukraine were looking for Fellowship programs in LSMU. Representatives of LSMU had also visited the office of the biggest students' recruitment agency in Ukraine - Studies.ua which is now representing the LSMU in Ukraine. During the meeting, Jevgenij Razgulin presented University and discussed the ideas for future collaboration. Many Ukrainians are looking for quality and education which is recognized in Europe and worldwide, that is why there is a great interest in studying at LSMU.

Ulster and Queen’s awarded £2.1million for state-of-the-art high performance computing facility

Ulster University and Queen’s University Belfast have been awarded a major grant of £2.1million for a state-of-the-art computing facility, which will allow researchers to use high performance computing (HPC) technology to address some of society’s biggest challenges. Named “Kelvin-2”, the project has received the funding from the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) via the Engineering and Physical Research Council (EPSRC).The facility, which will be based at Queen’s University’s McClay library, will be used to accelerate research in six specialist areas which both institutions are experts in and are economically and socially important to the UK. These are neurotechnology and computational neuroscience, advanced chemistry, innovative drug delivery, precision medicine, metabolomics and hydrogen safety.In neurotechnology and computational neuroscience, researchers will work on brain modelling and on AI for brain-computer interface based rehabilitation technologies. Research in heterogeneous catalysis will involve modelling chemical processes, which contribute to the production of items used in everyday life. There will also be a focus on innovative drug delivery for improving drug based therapies and for use in diagnostics, as well as on precision medicine where automated tools will be created to analyse data and identify indicators for health conditions.The new facility will also help to advance research in food fingerprinting, including techniques for detecting chemical contaminants in food; and hydrogen deflagration to assist with developing accident prevention and mitigation for hydrogen tanks.  

KTU students design new belt to monitor the fetus during pregnancy

A team of students from Kaunas University of Technology (KTU) BeltaMom has designed a belt for pregnant women that monitors the condition of the fetus from the 2nd trimester. It helps to keep track of the baby's heart rate, his or her movements, weight and water volume. The innovation was labelled as the best in the healthcare field at the annual Silicon Valley Innovation Challenge organized by San Jose State University, US. The belt has four ultrasonic sensors (to count fetal weight and water volume) and one stethoscope sensor (to count motion and heart rate). All the information collected is transmitted via Bluetooth to a mobile application that performs data analysis, tracks dynamics and reports changes. BeltaMom is a joint team of students from Kaunas University of Technology (KTU) and biomedical engineering students of San Jose State University. KTU students are representing the School of Economics and Business, Faculties of Mechanical Engineering and Design, and Civil Engineering and Architecture: Paulius Sudintas, Simonas Burneika, Mantas Murauskas, Arnas Pranckevicius, Vytaute Razutyte, Samanta Cepononyte, Paulina Bistrickaite.

Germany has 4th strongest Higher Education System in the world The country in the heart of Europe has a lot to offer to international students.

According to a recent survey by QS (Quacquarelli Symonds) Germany ranks 4th in the new QS Higher Education System Strength Rankings.Germany ranks 2nd among European countries, after the United Kingdom and is among strong rivals such as the United States and Australia - known as major destinations for international students.The criteria for the ranking are: Strength of the education system compared to the the rest of the world, accessability to international students, the number of leading institutions and the strength of the country's economy.More information: https://www.qs.com/the-strongest-higher-education-systems-by-country-overview/

New call for UP Endowment Fund grants: Students, take advantage of your opportunities!

With the new year and new semester also come new opportunities. One offered to students is from the Palacký University Endowment Fund, which today announced its sixth call, to which students can apply until 30 March in order to get support for their scientific, academic, and artistic projects.The Palacký University Endowment Fund (UP EF) supports outstanding international scientific, research, and artistic activities of students. Since it was founded in 2015, 42 student projects have been supported, in the total amount of €150,000. “This year we will distribute €25,000 to successful applicants. This is money from private donors. Their contributions are intended for all students of Master’s and doctoral programmes, from all faculties of UP. Students can receive up to €8,000 for their projects. We support scientific, academic, and creative projects. We maintain the same principles upon which the UP EF – a unique project in the Czech Republic – was founded years ago: maximum trust and minimal bureaucracy. In addition to the money, students also receive support via training in key areas such as leadership, project management, popularisation of science, and medialisation,” said Dita Palaš?áková of the UP EF.Students can make use of the monies in various ways: e.g. on airfare, accommodation, or purchasing lab materials, etc. What they all however have in common is the effort to manage their own project, become acquainted with top-notch international professional workplaces, and get to meet leaders in their field. Otomar Pešek, a student from the UP Faculty of Science who was successful in the last call, can attest to the programme’s worth. “The entire process of applying was very simple and quick for me. I am very grateful to the coordinators of the UP EF for their help and support in the application process. Thanks to UP EF support, I gained a new insight on academic work and expanded my horizons. I’m very glad for the opportunity to cooperate with other scientific workplaces, for the possibility to gain new contacts, and for the chance to delve into the world of real science,” the student evaluated, and added a comment for his fellow students across the university: “If you have a vision, you are excited about your project and you believe in it, then do not hesitate to apply in order to turn your dream into reality.”František Zálešák has a similar evaluation of his experiences. This student from the Faculty of Science was also successful in the last call. “The UP Endowment Fund meant the opportunity for me to get to the lab of Prof Cristina Nevado, in snowy Switzerland. I have no idea where else I could have obtained the funds for spending three months in such a pricey country. Filling out the application was like taking a stroll through a rose garden. Compared to applications for other grants, where for example I had to get a signed statement from my doctor that I was physically and mentally fit, UP EF has a minimum of bureaucracy,” the doctoral student said. He also considers making contacts with other scientists as crucial. “I was able to spend more than three months among people who share the same passion for chemistry I have, which was enriching for me personally as well as professionally. In a seventeen-member workgroup there were thirteen different nationalities, so I also made contacts from all over the world, which I intend to make use of in the immediate future.”The sixth call for projects is open as of today. On-line applications including all required attachments must be sent by 30 March 2020. Detailed information including the registration system can be found on the pages of the UP EF. The pages also have a list of all the projects supported in the past, as well as information and experiences from supported students.  

Vitamin C may shorten ventilation in critically ill patients

Vitamin C administration shortened the duration of mechanical ventilation in critical care patients, but the effect depended on the severity of illness.In five controlled trials including 471 patients requiring ventilation for over 10 hours, vitamin C shortened ventilation time on average by 25% according to a meta-analysis published in Journal of Intensive Care. Vitamin C has numerous biochemical effects. It can influence the cardiovascular system through its involvement in the synthesis of norepinephrine and vasopressin, and energy metabolism through its participation in the synthesis of carnitine. In randomized trials, vitamin C has lowered blood pressure, decreased the incidence of atrial fibrillation and decreased bronchoconstriction. A previous meta-analysis of 12 controlled trials found that vitamin C reduced ICU stay on average by 8%. Critical care patients often have very low vitamin C plasma levels. In healthy people, 0.1 grams per day of vitamin C is usually sufficient to maintain a normal plasma level. However, much higher doses, in the order of grams per day, are needed for critically ill patients to increase their plasma vitamin C levels to within the normal range. Therefore, high vitamin C doses may be needed to compensate for the increased metabolism in critically ill patients.Harri Hemilä from the University of Helsinki, Finland, and Elizabeth Chalker from the University of Sydney, Australia, carried out a systematic review of vitamin C for mechanically ventilated critical care patients. They identified 9 relevant controlled trials, and 8 of them were included in the meta-analysis. On average, vitamin C administration shortened ventilation time by 14%, but the effect of vitamin C depended on the duration of ventilation. Patients who are more seriously ill require longer ventilation than those who are not as sick. Therefore, Hemilä and Chalker hypothesized that the effect of vitamin C might be greater in trials with sicker patients who need longer ventilation. Vitamin C had no effect when ventilation lasted for 10 hours or less. However, in 5 trials including 471 patients who required ventilation for over 10 hours, dosage of 1 to 6 g/day of vitamin C shortened ventilation time on average by 25%."Vitamin C is a safe, low-cost essential nutrient. Given the strong evidence of benefit for more severely ill critical care patients along with the evidence of very low vitamin C levels in such patients, ICU patients may benefit from the administration of vitamin C. Further studies are needed to determine optimal protocols for its administration. Future trials should directly compare different dosage levels," says Dr. Hemilä.  

Face the future – Bangor University awarded substantial grant to explore Emotional AI in smart cities

As Emotional Artificial Intelligence (AI) starts to be rolled out in smart cities, a team from Bangor University has won a substantial grant to study ways in which citizens can live harmoniously with technologies that sense, learn and interact with their emotions, moods, attention and intentions.‘Emotional AI in Cities: Cross Cultural Lessons from UK and Japan on Designing for An Ethical Life’ is a 3-year project jointly-funded by British and Japanese research councils and will be led by Andrew McStay, Professor of Digital Life at Bangor University.Japan and the UK are at a critical juncture where technological, social and governance structures can be appropriately prepared before mass adoption of Emotional AI. In the case of smart cities, a mistrust of the latest civic infrastructure and its management has been witnessed recently in social and legal debates surrounding the use of facial detection and recognition technologies.While Japan and UK are advanced nations in AI development and adoption, they differ in social, political, normative and techno-ethics histories. Other issues that will provide a rich scope for the team’s research include the logics of sensing technologies and the extent to which emotion display is universal across cultures; the nature of ethnocentric differences in social media usage and expression of online emotion; and potential differences between Japanese and European conceptions on what constitutes privacy and sensitive data.As well as interviewing key stakeholders developing or deploying emotional AI in smart cities, the international research team will examine governance approaches (laws, norms, values) for collection and use of intimate data about emotions in public spaces to understand how these guide Emotional AI technological developments. It will seek to understand diverse citizens’ attitudes to Emotional AI, and will co-design citizen-led, creative visions of what it means to live ethically and well with Emotional AI in cities. Ultimately, it aims to feed all the research insights, including citizens’ views, back to the diverse stakeholders, including governments, industry and educators shaping usage of Emotional AI in cities.Looking ahead to the study, Professor Andrew McStay said: ‘Only 5 or so years ago, Emotional AI was the preserve of start-ups trying to create services out of affective computing. Today, the largest companies are deploying emotional AI and empathic technology systems in cars, streets, classrooms, homes and more. Its presence is growing in diverse sectors, converging on smart cities. For both Japan and the UK, we urgently need to know what the societal implications of the emergence of these technologies are, how will they be deployed in our cities, what is coming next, how do citizens feel about it, are policies appropriate, and the place of data ethics in societies with quite different histories and demographics.’   

Montpellier Business School renews its commitment to the professional integration of people with disabilities

In 2018, the unemployment rate of people with disabilities is 19%, while it is 9% for the total labour force. This observation underlines the importance of making companies aware of responsible recruitment for a better professional integration. Based on the values of diversity and inclusion, Montpellier Business School is committed to training future responsible recruiters, and to making the necessary adjustments to the professional development of all its employees.Guaranteeing professional integration through access to higher educationNadège Ortiz-Boris says: “Today, only 1% of young people with disabilities have a “Bac +5” degree. To move the lines, we must act against the self-censorship of these young middle and high school students.“Montpellier Business School has set up actions upstream of its courses whose objective is to develop self-esteem among these young people. “Since 2012, in partnership with the FEDEEH, the school has rolled out the PHARES program (which stands for “Beyond Disability Advancing and Succeeding in Higher Education”); 40 young people were accompanied by 45 tutors to participate in activities whose goal is to lift this self-censorship.“Adapt education conditions and facilitate professionalizationMontpellier Business School puts everything in place so that disability does not hinder the smooth running of studies. “The campus is fully adapted to any form of motor disability. In addition, disability referrals are trained in each school’s educational department to offer schooling and examinations.” Nadège adds.Finally, in addition to the traditional professionalization tools (Career Centre, Entrepreneurship Centre), students have the opportunity to participate in specialized recruitment forums (internship offers, work-study contracts, open-ended contracts and fixed-term contracts), co-organized with the FEDEEH.Personalized follow-up for Montpellier Business School employeesMontpellier Business School pays particular attention to the entire integration process. From the selection of applications and as required by the diversity label held by Montpellier Business School for 10 years now, recruitment is based solely on business skills, linguistic and behavioural and can lead to a process of adapting the position to the profile of the candidate.This support resulted in the signing of the first disability agreements in July 2018 and was formalized by the appointment of a dedicated equality coordinator: Nadège Ortiz-Boris. “We carry out regular individual interviews with the employees and managers, to support employees in adapting to the job, their career and their well-being within Montpellier Business School.”To be recognized to fight against the bias Nadège recognizes that “very often, there is a certain shyness or embarrassment to be recognized as a worker with disabilities. These workers may be afraid of being stigmatized or sometimes minimizing their situation by thinking that their colleagues may be in worse situations. Nevertheless, there is a real interest in being recognized as a worker with a disability. First of all to guarantee a good development of the position and the working time but especially to improve the visibility on the handicap and to validate by the example that it is not a brake on good performance. “ 

Groupe ESC Clermont opens its first campus in China

With this new campus, Groupe ESC Clermont aims to develop its academic and research programs in a thriving offshore region, close to a high-tech capital of the world. The campus is housed inside the Guangdong Polytechnic of Science and Technology College (GDPST) in Zhuhai, a top 40 Higher Vocational College*. Zhuhai itself is well-known as a science and tech city of southeastern China. Located in the Special Economic Zone (SEZ) and the « Chinese Riviera », Zhuhai is ideally located next to Macao and within  two hour  of Hong-King, Guangzhou and Shenzhen.One hundred undergraduate Chinese students have already enrolled in our joint program ran in collaboration with GDPST. Thanks to this joint program, French students enrolled in our Bachelor and Master programs will be able to study for one semester in Zhuhai next year. Our DBA program, opening in 2020, will also start a collaborative working relationship with local university professors from the district.These programs are consistent with the Higher Education policy in China, focussed on international and professionalized curricula. They also clearly demonstrate how Groupe ESC Clermont has actively pursued its internationalisation and successfully set up international partnerships since 1949. Today, almost a third of students at Groupe ESC Clermont come from all around the world, currently representing 53 different nationalities.  

International collaboration elevates Peace and Conflict Studies

The appointment to the Rotary Peace Center has raised Uppsala University’s already attractive master’s programme in Peace and Conflict Studies to the very highest level. In January master’s student Afaf Doleeb received the Martin Henriksson Holmdahl Prize for her involvement in Sudan’s democratic development.Afaf Doleeb, a master’s student in Peace and Conflict Studies, has been awarded the Martin Henriksson Holmdahl Prize, Uppsala University’s top honour for efforts to promote human rights and freedoms. The explanatory statement emphasises Afaf Doleeb’s great commitment to the peaceful protest movement, which was crucial for Sudan’s democratic development towards rule based on human rights. Doleeb is currently one of 18 Rotary Peace Scholars based in Uppsala, and during her time with the programme, she has played a key role in the formation of a Facebook group that monitors the Sudanese government’s compliance with the agreements it has entered into.In 2011 Rotary International named Uppsala University the world’s sixth international Peace Center. The appointment, which was obtained in competition with several of the world’s highest-ranking universities, means that each year about 10 scholarship holders from around the world begin Uppsala’s highly selective Master Programme in Peace and Conflict Studies. The number of applicants per scholarship is high, and the selection process meticulous.During their two years at Uppsala Rotary Peace Center, the scholarship holders also participate in activities in addition to the regular schedule. These include an Applied Field Experience held in the summer months after the first year of study. Each scholarship holder then participates in peace-promoting activities anywhere in the world based on a self-formulated project plan. In addition to a valuable contribution, it provides an opportunity for each participant to make contacts and to specialise in preparation for their future career.Among the scholarship holders who have already obtained their 120-credit master’s degree at Uppsala University, many have chosen to work in non-governmental peace-building organisations, several of them working close to conflict areas. Others have chosen to build on their academic qualifications, including a couple who have returned to Uppsala for doctoral studies at the Department of Peace and Conflict Research.

SKEMA Ventures launches study on entrepreneur confidence

Recognised for their work on entrepreneurs and the ecosystems of entrepreneurship, SKEMA Business School’s research teams have developed a measurement index based on different criteria tested in real conditions. This index will evaluate the mindset and confidence of entrepreneurs periodically.The index will help in providing institutional, economic and academic stakeholders with data that will help to (re)develop entrepreneur-centric policies in support of entrepreneurship. The aim of this research is to create a recurring index to measure the mindset and confidence of entrepreneurs by periodically assessing:-How entrepreneurs perceive their ability to handle the uncertainty generated by the current state of their environment-How they feel about the support they currently receive from the stakeholders in their ecosystem-How successful they currently feel in terms of their entrepreneurial venture, their professional life, and achieving the goals they had initially set themselves-Their current perception of the image they project to those around them, as well as their perception of the image entrepreneurship currently has in society in general.

New Global Competence in Teacher Education Project Launches with an Erasmus+ Grant

Häme University of Applied Sciences (HAMK) together with the University of Hull and three other universities, AFS Intercultural Programs (AFS) and the European Federation for Intercultural Learning (EFIL) in Europe have been awarded a Erasmus+ research and programme development grant of €443,540 to advance global competence in teacher education.Shared global challenges including the climate crisis, rising nationalism and economic injustices, coupled with the advances of the Fourth Industrial Revolution, demand that education systems better prepare learners to embrace flexibility, innovation and work across differences in order to find sustainable solutions together. Global competence is a key learning approach to do this. It encompasses the abilities to master new literacies (e.g. digital, information, media) from multiple perspectives, develop an understanding and appreciation of different cultures, values, beliefs and systems, become an able and adaptive communicator, and learn how to work effectively and appropriately with others.Yet, initial research shows that global competence has not yet been widely incorporated within higher education programs for future teachers in most countries. As a result, new teachers leaving university are often unaware of the need for global competence or how to include it in their curricula.The Global Competence in Teacher Education project will directly address this challenge by working with teacher educators and trainee teachers to develop future cohorts of teachers in Europe and beyond who are both globally competent themselves and have the skills to develop global competence in their students.Begun in September 2019, the project will last three years and establish an international Global Competence Network of Educators to help the project consortium analyse and develop global competence curricula, materials and trainings within national teacher education programs. This project will also foster better intercultural education practices, including through teacher and student mobility and the use of virtual reality technology to enable non-mobility based experiences and sharing.The Global Competence in Teacher Education consortium partners include:? University Of Hull, United Kingdom (Lead organiser)? AFS Intercultural Programs (AFS), United States? European Federation for Intercultural Learning (EFIL), Belgium? Häme University of Applied Sciences (HAMK), Finland? Hellenic Open University (HOU), Greece? University College Leuven-Limburg (UCLL), Belgium? Università Degli Studi Di Genova, ItalyThe consortium partners bring strong experience in project topics, knowledge of European and global realities, and connections with schools? and other education stakeholders – all necessary for developing relevant resources and outcomes.The project partners are initially working on a scoping study and curriculum mapping exercise to gain a better understanding of the existing policies, structures and best practices in global competence education for teachers. Teachers will be directly involved in this activity to help shape the design of improved training practices. Study results will be published in journals and presented at conferences worldwide to inform teacher educators, policy-makers and researchers.  

Guest lecturer from Klaipeda University has started to teach in "Natural Sciences"

In the project “Perfection of the Academic Staff of Liepaja University in the Areas of Strategic Specialization – Natural Sciences, Mathematics and Information Technologies, Art, Social Sciences, Commerce and Law”the guest professor Olga Anne from Klaipeda University (Lithuania) has started to give lectures to Master study programme students of Liepaja University (LiepU) in the strategic specialization field – “Natural Sciences” and the guest professor has been working as a researcher already for half a year in this area at LiepU.Currently the guest professor is giving lectures to 1st year students of the professional Master study programme “Ecotechnologies” in the study course “Economic Activities’ Environmental Impact Assessment” (3 ECTS). This course has been implemented for half a year, involving specialists from environmental field, including the study programme director of Master programme “Ecotechnologies” Lilita ?bele. Moreover, the guest professor has been on a study excursion to Klaipeda city with students, introducing them with different Klaipeda enterprises and their work in this field.The guest professor's teaching activities at LiepU are planned for one more year. The guest lecturer together with two more guest lecturers of Natural Sciences have already published scientific research results in collected articles of scientific conference during this project and will continue to do it.

KTU expert: the number of .lt domains is growing due to expansion of mobile internet

The Internet Service Centre DOMREG at Kaunas University of Technology (KTU) – the registry of .lt top-level domain – informs that the number of domains has reached 198 923 in 2019. Since 2018, the growth of 3.15% is observed. The number of registered .lt domains is expected to reach 200 000 in the near future.The Head of KTU Internet Service Centre Daiva Tamulionien? claims the increasing number of .lt domains is related to both the active local business and the extensive use of mobile internet. According to the data of the Communications Regulatory Authority of the Republic of Lithuania, the number of active SIM cards used for the provision of the internet access services has already exceeded 3 million and is approaching the number of SIM cards used for the provision of the voice services. It shows the substantial growth of the use of the mobile internet, i.e. using phones for web browsing.Lithuanians use their mobile phones constantly which prompts businesses to increase their activities online and create more digital content. The activities of the bloggers and influencers must have reached their peak last year. Therefore, the number of websites, blogs and e-shops that need domains keeps increasing."We are glad that .lt domain remains the most popular in Lithuania: soon there will be 200 000 registered websites, which have .lt ending. On this happy occasion, we have decided to celebrate the growth of the Lithuanian internet by awarding the prize – a tablet – to one lucky holder of .lt domain”, says the Head of KTU Internet Service Centre Tamulionien?.Even though 57% of .lt domains belong to the companies and other legal entities, the number of internet names registered for personal use remains high. The private persons were the holders of almost 85 thousand .lt domains last year. According to the Head of the Centre, the majority of the private users create .lt domains for their personal websites, blogs and emails. She believes that more and more self-employed individuals are creating their representational websites or e-shops instead of relying solely on social media.“There is a delightful idea coming from abroad: to create a family’s internet name before the wedding as well as electronic wedding invitations containing a detailed program or even the map of the event’s location. Later, such a website becomes a family chronicle and all the family promotes their name by using the unique email addresses with .lt domain name”, tells Tamulionien?.Even though nearly 38 thousand new .lt domains were created last year, almost 32 thousand domains were deleted at the will of the domain holders. Most often, the domains are deleted when they are not used anymore or at the end of a specific project or event for which a website was created. Part of the domains is deleted after the termination of activities or bankruptcy of a legal entity.“If you change a trademark or create a new project, we always recommend keeping the old domain for some time with redirection to the new one. In this case, you will not lose the flow of visitors and will be protected from the fraudsters who can re-create the domain after its deletion and mislead the visitors or even commit crimes while using the domain name.The people who create new trademarks for a website or e-shop should choose .lt domain because the Lithuanians trust it and automatically type the Lithuanian ending .lt in the browser”, emphasises Tamulionien?. Currently, the procedural services of .lt domain are provided by 66 Lithuanian and 59 foreign registrars. KTU Internet Service Centre DOMREG is .lt registry; its key tasks are the management of .lt domain infrastructure and insurance of the functioning of the domain name system (DNS) online.

Webinar "How to choose your Business School"

Register & attend this LIVE webinar on ‘How to choose your Business School in France‘ by Montpellier Business School and learn- How to differentiate yourself from other professionals by studying in France. Which factors to consider while choosing the right Program and Institution. How to select the Business School that will give you the student experience you are looking for. This Webinar will be animated by Judith Rakotondralay, International Development Manager at MBS. Register and attend the live Webinar here.   


Riga Technical University (RTU) is ranked among 100 greenest universities in the world, ranking 93–95 in the GreenMetric for green politics and sustainability. RTU has obtained  equal number of points with two Spanish universities. It is a significant achievement compared to 2018, when RTU was ranked 128th. Moreover, RTU remains the only higher education institution in Latvia that has been ranked so high. In the GreenMetric Rankings, world universities are ranked according to their commitment to reducing environmental impact. To reduce human impact on the environment and climate change, RTU is committed to introducing the concept of Green ??psala at its campus by 2023. To achieve the goal, RTU is improving its infrastructure in compliance with sustainability principles, changing student and staff habits, and using innovative green products and technologies developed by RTU researchers in ??psala campus infrastructure.  


The Faculty of Engineering Economics and Management (FEEM) of Riga Technical University (RTU) and Riga Business School (RBS) have been ranked high – in the 4 palms league – in the world’s best business school ranking «Eduniversal» for the fourth consecutive year for outstanding academic excellence, outstanding quality and strong international influence in business and management education. The Master study program «Innovations and Entrepreneurship» implemented by the FEEM has been rated the best in Eastern Europe.The Eduniversal Best Masters Ranking 2019 includes ten out of 12 RTU FEEM and RBS Master study programs, attesting their quality and international competitiveness. The evaluation of all programs has improved compared to the previous year, for example, the program «Total Quality Management» has risen 19 places. It ranks 12th among the top 100 Master study programs in quality management in the world. The program «Administration of Customs and Taxes», which is the first study program accredited by the World Customs Organization, has also received a higher international rating. It ranks 30th best in the world in its field.Two more study programs implemented by RTU FEEM – «Urban and Regional Engineering Economics» (23rd in Sustainable Development and Environmental Management) and «Entrepreneurship and Management» (36th in Entrepreneurship) – have been included among the top 100 university and business school programs in the world. The program «Civil Construction and Real Estate Management» ranks 18th among the 50 best programs in the world.Among the 200 best university and business school programs in Eastern Europe, the study programs implemented by RTU FEEM take leading positions, for example, the professional study program «Innovations and Entrepreneurship» is recognized as the best in this field. The program develops creative thinking and the ability to create new values, educates and trains entrepreneurs and executives to work at companies and organizations of all sizes and areas. The programs «Business Finance» and «Organization and Management of International Economic Relations» rank 4th in their respective fields, while the academic study program «Economics» ranks 6th. In turn, the study program implemented by RBS «Master of Business Administration» has been evaluated three times – it ranks 14th in Marketing, 4th in Professional MBA and 15th in Executive MBA among the 200 best Eastern European programs.The French rating and consulting company SMBG every year assesses 1,000 best universities and business schools in the Eduniversal ranking and it evaluates the top Master study programs and MBA programs in 50 different specializations in 154 countries worldwide. Eduniversal Business Schools Ranking is a league of five palms. The top 4 palms league includes 200 business schools of outstanding standing and considerable international influence, including RTU and RBS. The ranking aims at helping students choose the most appropriate schools in East Asia, Eastern Europe, Africa, Central Asia, Eurasia and the Middle East, Latin America, Oceania, Western Europe and North America.

Uppsala University in European initiative for new antibiotics

Uppsala University is taking a leading role in COMBINE, a multinational collaboration where 11 partners from academia and the private sector are working together to chart new approaches for the more effective development of antibiotics.With a central position in the new European collaboration COMBINE, Uppsala University is expanding its already strong commitment in speeding the development of new antibiotics. Innovative Medicines Initiative (IMI) – a partnership between the EU and the European Federation of Pharmaceutical Industries and Associations (EFPIA) – is behind this 25-million-euro initiative. Anders Karlén, professor of computational medicinal chemistry, is the project's coordinator.Uppsala University also has a leading role in designing a standardised, preclinical reference model for developing antibiotics. This task includes formulating recommendations for interpreting results and guidance in how these results can predict the outcome of clinical studies.With COMBINE’s combined process support and project support, IMI is improving the potential for achieving the ambitious goals of the ongoing billion kronor initiative Antimicrobial Resistance Accelerator Programme to develop new preclinical pharmaceutical candidates, of which five are to be ready for phase 2 studies within six year. This is an initiative that is even more important considering the approaching end of ENABLE, another IMI-financed European programme where Uppsala University is leading development of potential antibiotics against gram-negative bacteria.    


Klaipeda University (KU) accompanies the finishing year of 2019 with vivacity. The higher education institution can enjoy the bigger number of students after almost a decade – the possibility to study in the port city has been chosen by more students than the number of graduates this year. KU has also been recognised and listed among the best European universities and together with five universities-partners belongs to a progressive and ambitious consortium “EU-CONEXUS“(“European University for Smart Urban Coastal Sustainability“).“The  year of 2019 was full of challenges for Klaipeda University, but working together we managed to cope with them. One of the most significant and important events for us as a higher education institution is that we were able to get among the best European universities and together five other European universities-partners we are going to create a common European university“, – KU Rector Prof. Dr. Arturas Razbadauskas pointed out the most important events of the finishing year.KU, which has also introduced a new visual identity, can also enjoy having kept stable positions both in the new rankings announced by higher education institutions ratings organisers “QS World University Rankings“ (QS Emerging Europe and Central Asia 2020, QS EECA)  and in subject-based rating of Lithuanian universities, which is compiled and published by the magazine „Reitingai“ (Ratings).„The achievements of our scientists and scientific employees speak for themselves. We have increased the internationality of the university not only with speeches, but also with works. The team of KU Maritime Research Institute scientists together with partners from other universities participated in the expedition to the Arctic, where very important research works have been carried out. The team of our scientists received a permission to patent the blood pressure measurement device invented by them in the European patent organisation. Of course, we can be proud of our achievements in Lithuania, as well. For example, the Institute of Baltic Region History and Archaeology scientific employee‘s  Dr. Indre Zigeu dissertation has been recognised as the best in the fields of Humanities ans Social sciences in Lithuania“, – A. Razbadauskas was glad about the achievements of KU community.However, the university meets the approaching year of 2020 with setting ambitious goals and objectives. The higher education institution, having put great efforts  to increase the quality and attractiveness of studies, is going not to stop and will invite the youth to study in the port city by offering unique and exceptional studies.“We are going to pay great attention to international students. Next year we are going to offer studies in three different foreign languages. Among the programs to be delivered are fourteen Bachelor‘s and seven Master‘s study programmes and it is about one fourth of the study fields we offer. At the moment about one tenth of our students are foreigners, but we notice, that Klaipeda Univesity is becoming more and more attractive, so we hope to have these numbers even higher next year“, – maintained  the Rector of KU.The question of academic personnel salaries raises the anxiety for the university community, as well as almost all other higher education institutions. The salaries of scientists and lecturers are too low, therefore the objectives raised to compete with the biggest foreign universities are hardly achievable, and the present situation is harmful to the quality of the studies, the consequences of which are felt by students, too.“We believe that the Government of Lithuania will hear the voice of Lithuanian higher education institutions and their request to increase the salaries of academic personnel. We all know well the present situation and we all expect to be heard and appreciated appropriately so that we could be competitive in the market of higher education and in the “fight“ for students with foreign higher education institutions“, – A. Razbadauskas looked at the  year of 2020 with hope.

Facial recognition: a step towards brighter future or a march into total surveillance society?

On December, 3rd at Lazarski University there was an open, Oxford style debate on the topic of facial recognition technology. Two teams were invited to debate the issue. Each side presented arguments for and against the motion. They tried to evaluate whether the technology (neither good or bad by itself) will be a force for good and stimulate progress, making our work more productive, and our life easier and pleasant or it will turn out to be a slippery slope leading into total surveillance society, where everybody will be subject to face check and no one will be allowed any privacy.At the beginning of the debate it was evaluated by means of quick voting what attitude the audience had towards the technology, and after the arguments were presented from both sides (opponents and proponents) the voting procedure was repeated to see if the position of the audience has changed. Indeed, at the beginning of the debate there was a clear split 25 “for” and 25 “against”. However, after the arguments were presented the score changed to 19 “for” and 30 “against”. Therefore, it was concluded that the motion against the use of such technology prevailed and the winners of the debate were announced.

Triple Ulster University Journalism ‘Awards for Excellence’ nominations

Ulster University staff and students have been shortlisted for three prestigious UK-wide industry awards for journalism excellence, in the National Council for the Training of Journalists (NCTJ) Awards for Excellence 2019.The first NCTJ award nomination is for teaching innovation. The university’s award entry outlined the specialist training developed by the university in resilience building for reporters going into hostile environments like war zones, disaster areas and dealing with terrorism.This specialist training, ‘Resilience building for Hostile Environments’ was headed by the university’s Dr Colm Murphy, from the School of Communication and Media, and delivered under guidance from Pat Deeny, Senior Lecturer, a disaster healthcare specialist at the university, the International Red Cross and several international anti-terrorist experts. Other staff involved included Milne Rowntree and Maggie Swarbrick. Organisations including St John’s Ambulance, Community Rescue, PSNI and Coastal Care also assisted in the training exercises. The training, which took place on the Coleraine campus, involved teaching journalists skills in shelter and community building, first aid, nutrition, hydration, security, safety, cultural awareness, situational awareness, checkpoints and post-traumatic stress.The second award nomination, for the Features category, is Masters’ student Nick Winchester. Nick, who comes from England, is nominated for his feature which examined the experiences of a Syrian family and their difficulties in returning home from a refugee camp in the Lebanon. Nick travelled to the Lebanon last Easter to undertake a series of reports about refugees, cannabis growing and the aspirations of young people in the country once dominated by war, and he has reflected on these experiences in his writing of these issues.The third award nomination, for the category of ‘Top Scoop,’ is for MA Journalism student Brendan Marshall from for his reporting on the St Patrick’s night tragedy at the Greenvale Hotel in Cookstown, Co Tyrone. One of the first reporters on the scene of the tragedy Brendan reported for BBC Five Live and RTÉ, among other international broadcasters, and he has been recognised for his responsible reporting of this incident, in which three teenagers tragically died. Winners of the awards will be announced at a gala dinner at the Stadium of Light, Sunderland, at the end of this month. The awards will be presented by Kevin Maguire, associate editor of The Mirror newspaper.

The "faulty" neurons behind brain tumors

Headaches, nausea, drowsiness, loss of muscle control, difficulty in swallowing: these are the symptoms that characterize most cases of medulloblastoma, the most common brain tumor of childhood which can also affect adults.About seven in one million children are diagnosed with medulloblastoma in Italy based on data from Associazione italiana registri tumori (Italian tumor registry). It seems that the symptoms appear when the cerebrospinal fluid stops circulating inside the central nervous system because of the tumor.But the cause of medulloblastoma and its risk factors are still unknown.Researchers at the University of Trento investigated the onset mechanisms of this type of tumor, and their findings were recently published in Cell Reports.Their research study focused on a subset of medulloblastoma with specific molecular characteristics (sonic hedgehog-associated medulloblastoma-SHH), and was funded by the Armenise-Harvard Foundation and the AIRC Foundation for Cancer Research.The research team coordinated by Luca Tiberi (Armenise-Harvard Laboratory of Brain Cancer, Cibio Department, University of Trento) is of the opinion that this particularly aggressive tumor may be caused by faulty neurons.Tiberi explained: "We identified a new mechanism through which medulloblastoma develops. Previously, the assumption was that only stem cells, which are responsible for tissue growth and propagation especially in children, could develop into tumors. But we demonstrated that neurons too, that are fully developed cells, can develop into tumors. This discovery opens new horizons for cancer research and may even change the way in which tumors are diagnosed and cancer drugs are tested and developed".It is a breakthrough given that brain tumors are very aggressive and there are not many therapeutic options available.Surgery is not always possible, and chemotherapy and radiation therapy are not very effective in these cases. Besides that, it is rather common that the tumor reappears after some time even when treatments are successful. When this occurs, treatments are usually ineffective.The survival rate at five years from the diagnosis of medulloblastoma is around 60-70% (source: AIRC Foundation for Cancer Research).  

Eminent ERC Consolidator Grants awarded to three scholars at the University of Helsinki

Three researchers working at the University of Helsinki have been awarded the Consolidator Grant by the European Research Council. The funding was granted to Kristiina Mannermaa, Henning Trüper and Kirsi Mikkonen. Kristiina Mannermaa is a docent of archaeology specialised in zooarchaeology, whose work focuses on the relationships between animals and humans.The ERC-funded research project entitled ‘Animals Make Identities. The Social Bioarchaeology of Late Mesolithic and Early Neolithic Cemeteries in North-East Europe’ examines how animals affected the identity of Stone Age hunter-gatherers. Among the techniques employed in the project are methods of bioarchaeology and geographic information software.Prehistoric hunter-gatherers not only felt a close kinship with animals, but also believed they had the ability to transform into animals and converse with them. Mannermaa is looking into how these customs of coexisting with animals are reflected on and stand out in the burial material of prehistoric hunter-gatherers. The project helps understand our own society and our relationship with nature, as well as our identity, which has evolved through these two factors. Mannermaa is working as a researcher at the Department of Cultures of the Faculty of Arts and is currently serving as a visiting professor at the University of Tartu.Henning Trüper’s ERC project is about the history of saving lives from shipwreck in Europe since around 1800. It aims to develop a novel understanding of the history of humanitarian morality. From the 1820s onward, a set of loosely interconnected social movements emerged in various countries to institute nationwide associations for aiding the victims of coastal shipping disaster. Within a few decades, urban-bourgeois activists persuaded coastal populations to embrace a universal and unconditional imperative to attempt the rescue of the shipwrecked almost regardless of risk to the rescuers.The ERC project asks why and how this novel imperative emerged, and how it was stabilized and sustained. The analysis will make it possible to develop a new theoretical understanding of the contingent organization of moral norms around “single issues.” This will help to explain why the overall landscape of humanitarian movements remains archipelagic, i.e. structured by insular relief efforts for selected kinds of suffering. In this way, the historical research will also help better understand many present-day concerns, sentiments, and conflicts.Henning Trüper has worked at the University of Helsinki Collegium for Advanced Studies for 3 years. He currently works in Leibniz Center for Literary and Cultural Studies and will transfer to the Department of Philosophy, History and Art Studies at the University of Helsinki.Assistant Professor Kirsi Mikkonen from the Department of Food and Nutrition at the Faculty of Agriculture and Forestry has studied spruce gum and birch gum, i.e.  hemicelluloses from trees. They can be used to stabilise emulsions, or compounds of two mutually insoluble liquids. Mikkonen has also previously developed a more effective method of producing nanoparticles from lignin. With the ERC grant, Mikkonen will develop a pioneering technique, with which double-sided Janus particles will be produced from lignin and hemicellulose. These structures, derived from natural raw materials, can in the future be used as ingredients in food, pharmaceutical agents, chemicals and building materials. The particles bind firmly to surfaces, stabilising them or forming organised structures.

Scientists study the impacts of the European Digital Single Market on the Czech audio-visual industry

There is no single digital market in the European Union, and Czech customers are discriminated in their access to some online services. The European Commission has failed to ensure that the new legal reform guarantees the free movement of services, including online streaming. Thus, Czech consumers cannot purchase and use the service offered to customers in another member country. The impact of the Digital Single Market Strategy on the Czech audio-visual industry is being studied by scientists from Palacký University Olomouc and Masaryk University in Brno (MUNI). In the several-year project supported by the Technology Agency of the Czech Republic, researchers deal with the impact of European legislation on Czech consumers, authors, directors, producers, and distributors. “We are also interested in which problems have not been solved by the European Commission’s legal reform despite its original intention, and what the likely consequences will be in the future," said Pavel Zahrádka from the Department of Theatre and Film Studies at the UP Faculty of Arts. A multidisciplinary team of sociologists, film industry analysts, and legal experts from UP and MUNI is, among other things, involved in mapping the disputes between copyright holders with online content sharing platforms such as Uloz.to. The team also deals with what attitudes Czech consumers have regarding the use of illegally distributed Internet content as well as the conditions under which domestic customers would be willing to pay, for example, for selected films or TV series.

Palacký University awarded for social responsibility

Palacký University Olomouc has been awarded the National Prize of the Czech Republic for Social Responsibility. The award was granted in the category of large and medium-sized public sector organisations. The prize was accepted by Rector Jaroslav Miller and Vice-Rector Hana Marešová at a gala evening at Prague Castle, where the Ministry of Industry and Trade of the Czech Republic and the Quality Council of the Czech Republic announced the winners of the 2019 Czech National Quality Prizes. Palacký University enrolled in the programme to find out how it stands in the competition with other schools in fulfilling the third role of the university – working for the benefit of society, both in the city and in the region. Recently, UP was particularly and most importantly involved in local and regional action plans for education; volunteer activities such as Civic University, in which students and academics offer their knowledge via lectures to the public; the Euforka project, which seeks to mediate relevant information about Europe; and the student association Sustainable Palacký, which promotes environmentally friendly behavior. “We perceive the university as a community that systematically helps its members even in the public space. This is possible through the involvement of experts, the work of many volunteers and student organizations, and thanks to the extraordinary supportive environment that is still being expanded and modernized,” said Vice-Rector for External Relations Petr Bilík

Exciting alternative route into Physiotherapy at Bangor University

With physiotherapists often in short supply, physiotherapy service managers and potential students in Wales have welcomed the development of a new route to qualify as a physiotherapist. A new two-year accelerated post-graduate course at Bangor University, aimed at graduates, is providing an exciting alternative mode of entry to the profession compared to the established undergraduate approach. The Physiotherapy programme has been commissioned by Health Education and Improvement Wales (HEIW). It complements a three year undergraduate degree course at Glynd?r University, ensuring undergraduate and postgraduate routes to a physiotherapy qualification across North WalesThe postgraduate accelerated programme has been designed as an efficient and innovative means to broaden access into the profession, whilst continuing to provide high quality physiotherapy workforce for the local Health Board and beyond.Dr Lynne Williams, Head of the School of Health Sciences said; “We are very pleased to be offering this programme. Bangor University is fully committed to offering a physiotherapy programme as part of the portfolio of the School of Health Science and welcomes this new development as providing one of the key disciplines for promoting inter-professional learning for students."

Ulster University researchers explore the potential of electric vehicles

Transport is widely regarded as the next major challenge in the UK’s decarbonisation journey. Recent developments in electric vehicles (EVs) worldwide mean that this technology is optimally placed to help lower emissions from road transport. Thanks to the recent acquisition of an electric vehicle (EV), researchers at Ulster University are exploring the potential of this new technology. The UK Government has set ambitions to ensure that almost every car and van in the UK is a zero-emission vehicle by 2050, and to make the UK a world leader in EV and battery technologies.Due to their high energy capacity, mass deployment of EVs will have significant impact on power networks. This impact will dictate the design of the electric vehicle interface and charging devices and the way future power networks will be designed and controlled.Ulster University’s SPIRE 2 project has acquired an EV to support essential research that will aim to tackle the identified challenges and better inform policymakers and stakeholders and give direction to further research on the impact of electric vehicles on existing power distribution networks.Ulster University’s SPIRE 2 project is addressing how consumer-owned energy storage can resolve the problem of the variability of renewable energy (RE) output. Researchers are exploring how homes and businesses can store renewable energy effectively, allowing very high levels of RE to be integrated into power grids globally, at the same time as maximising the benefits to consumers.The SPIRE 2 project has received funding of €6.7 million from the EU’s INTERREG VA programme, which is managed by the Special EU Programmes Body (SEUPB). Match-funding for the project has been provided by the Department of Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation in Ireland and the Department for the Economy in Northern Ireland.

The University of Hradec Králové succeeded in international university rankings. It is the best university among Czech higher education institutions!

The Times Higher Education published the results of an international ranking of higher education institutions called European Teaching Ranking 2019. In a competition of hundreds of top European universities, the UHK gained 101.-125. spot. Among Czech universities, University of Hradec Králové is the best!Rector, Kamil Ku?a says the ranking is special because the institutions was evaluated anonymously by its students. and their students gave them a real praise, for which he is immensely grateful.The evaluation is based on fourteen indicators, they combine students' satisfaction with the quality of education, with the environment of the institution and with the attitudes of academics towards students. Other very interesting factors are employability on the labour market, the share of international students and gender balance of the employees and students.

Bangor University Machine Translation KTP graded as Outstanding by Innovate UK

Bangor University and Cymen Cyf have been awarded an A (Outstanding) rating for their recently completed Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP). Cymen is a translation company located in Caernarfon, and is one of the largest private sector employers of graduates in Gwynedd. The KTP focused on developing domain-specific machine translation between English and Welsh, using Cymen’s large archive of translated documents as training data. This research aims at making language technologies accessible and freely available for supporting the Welsh language and Welsh economic activity. This KTP was an exciting opportunity to transfer and exploit their  expertise in domain specific machine translation with Cymen’s vast archive of legacy translations. Working closely with the KTP associate, Myfyr Prys, they were able to demonstrate and present at a recent European machine translation academic conference in Dublin that Cymen’s bespoke engines gave much better results than larger general purpose translation engines such as those found on the web.   This partnership received financial support from the Knowledge Transfer Partnerships (KTP) programme . KTP aims to help businesses to improve their competitiveness and productivity through the better use of knowledge, technology and skills that reside within the UK knowledge base. This successful Knowledge Transfer Partnership project, funded by the Welsh Government and UK Research and Innovation through Innovate UK, is part of the government’s Industrial Strategy.    The SMART Partnership project is part-funded by the Welsh Government. They offer financial support to innovative collaborative projects that require a range of expertise to help businesses grow, improve productivity and increase competitiveness.  The aim of SMART Partnerships is to increase the capability and capacity of Welsh businesses to undertake RD&I activity through knowledge transfer.

KTU researchers together with partners from Ukraine are developing knitted bulletproof vests

Kaunas University of Technology (KTU), Lithuania researchers together with Kyiv National University of Technologies and Design, Ukraine are developing new generation knitted bulletproof vests that provide a good balance between protection and comfort.  According to Rimvydas Milašius, a professor at the KTU Faculty of Mechanical Engineering and Design, comfortable, user-friendly textile products that are resistant to mechanical damage and fire are of great importance to defence technology.   Textile products should be comfortable to wear and do not restrict freedom of movement. They should also have excellent ventilation, i.e. to be air and sweat permeable in order to release excess heat to the outside while keeping the inner layer dry. Research shows that increased comfort reduces fatigue of the wearer and helps to maintain focus and concentration for longer. Multi-layered textile application with layers of knit construction made from high-strength yarns allows increased energy absorption when a high-speed bullet, shrapnel or other missile hits it. The knitted fabrics provide this feature due to their loop structure, which is the main difference of their technology from the woven fabrics currently used for similar purposes. The usage of knitted structures in protective applications have only become possible with the recent advances in knitting technology.   Due to the war in Ukraine, the country is paying great attention to modernising the defence structure including the development of new products. Lithuania is interested in not only in providing scientific assistance in order to improve the safety of Ukrainian military forces, but also in future cooperation. The researchers believe that the technology developed by the team from the two countries will be produced not only by Ukrainian but also Lithuanian textile companies.

Protecting human rights at school is not a matter of opinion – A course on democratic citizenship and human rights education provided teacher students with knowledge and courage

How can teachers promote democracy in everyday school work? And what responsibilities do teachers have in ensuring that the human rights of all pupils are observed? Many professionals in the field of education do not have an answer or are at a loss when having to take a stand on hate speech or identify a situation where inequality occurs among pupils.A pilot course organised by the University of Helsinki in spring 2019 tested the inclusion of studies in democratic citizenship and human rights education in teacher training. Simultaneously, a material repository (in Finnish only) was compiled to support all teachers and others involved in education.Democratic citizenship and human rights education has gained traction in national curricula, but teaching the topic to teachers has been lacking standardisation. In a report by the Human Rights Centre (summary in English) and another report by the Ministry of Education and Culture (in Finnish only), both published in 2014, democratic citizenship and human rights education in teacher training was found to rely on the activity of individual operators as well as to be unanchored to a legal basis and unsystematic. Furthermore, the lack of a social perspective in teacher training was highlighted. Options for utilising the special pilot course are currently being surveyed. At the University of Helsinki, the aim is to also organise the course in the form of contact teaching and include it in the course offerings.


RTU Confucius Classroom is an affiliation of the Confucius Institute and will be located at RTU Faculty of E-Learning Technologies and Humanities (FELT), Kronvalda Blvd. 1.The opening ceremony will be attended by the Ambassador of the People’s Republic of China to Latvia, Mr. Liang Jianquan, Latvian Director of the Confucius Institute of the University of Latvia P?teris Pildegovi?s and Chinese Director of the Confucius Institute Shang Quanyu, Vice-Rector for Academic Affairs, Professor  Uldis Sukovskis, Deputy Rector for International Academic Cooperation and Studies, Professor Igors Tip?ns, FELT Dean, Professor Marina Platonova,  students of the Chinese language, as well as Chinese students studying at RTU.RTU Confucius Classroom began its operation before its official opening. It has a library, and at present 21 RTU students and staff members learn the Chinese language. During the opening ceremony, the participants of the Chinese language course will read poems in Chinese, demonstrating their newly acquired language skills. The Confucius institutes and classrooms are designed with the support of the Ministry of Education of the People’s Republic of China and their aim is to promote the Chinese language and culture. The Confucius Classroom also grants scholarships for study and research in China.RTU has been actively and purposefully cooperating with China for several years. For example, 20 first-year students from Beijing International Studies University study at RTU. Owing to RTU support, these students learnt the Latvian language in China, and then they spent the study year in Latvia, where they continued studying the Latvian language, the Latvian history and other study courses, thus preparing for studies at RTU already in the Latvian language.

RSU to offer a new business and start-up study programme in English

Through the collaboration between R?ga Stradi?š University (RSU) professors, visiting professors, entrepreneurs, and industry organisations, the university has developed a new highly competitive Bachelor’s study programme in English—International Business and Start-up Entrepreneurship. The programme will welcome its first students in the autumn of 2020. With this programme, RSU will offer full time and part-time studies that will take place in a distinctly international environment, with international students, professors and travel abroad. The programme is set to be licensed in the near future. Madara Ambr?na, Vice Director at the Department of Entrepreneurship and Competitiveness of the Ministry of Economics, emphasised that the start-up ecosystem in Latvia is developing rapidly. There are currently more than 350 start-ups and over 300 million euros in attracted investment. ‘The development of the start-up ecosystem is one of the ministry’s main priorities. Universities play a key role regarding the sustainability of this field. They must serve as the central element in supporting the continuity of start-up development and creating successful synergy,’ explains Ambr?na. Analysing current entrepreneurship trends in Latvia Katr?na Zari?a, a representative of the Latvian Chamber of Commerce and Industry, pointed to the latest research that finds a lack of a highly qualified workforce. Meanwhile, visiting professor Antje Leukens from the University of Applied Sciences Northwestern Switzerland emphasised that the new study programme has been successfully organised and will be internationally competitive. This programme is one of six new internationally competitive study programmes that RSU is planning to develop until 2021 with co-funding from the European Social Fund and the state budget, within the framework of the project.

Financial Times ranks SKEMA's Master in Management 12th worldwide

October 28, 2019 SKEMA's Master in Management has been ranked 12th worldwide, fourth in France, by the Financial Times in the newspaper's ranking of master in management programmes around the globe.One hundred business schools are featured in this ranking. SKEMA's programme has climbed 13 places on last year's ranking.SKEMA has been included in this ranking since its creation in 2009. Its 2019 entry to the FT’s list of the top 15 of the world's best business schools has been dramatic.In France, SKEMA’s Master in Management has been placed fourth among the 22 best French Grandes Ecoles represented.This ranking takes into account, among other factors, graduates' appreciation of their school, their careers and career development over the last three years. SKEMA stands out particularly well in the Aims Achieved category that looks at how graduates have achieved their objectives thanks to the Master in Management degree; we're ranked sixth worldwide on this criterion. In the International Experience category, SKEMA is ranked ninth in the world.The school’s progress in the ranking is a reflection of its teaching model: to share the incomparable wealth of a truly global and multicultural experience with its students, of 120 nationalities, on its seven campuses around the world.Alice Guilhon, the dean of SKEMA, said: "We can measure how far we have come since we entered the ranking in 2009 and be proud of the progress we have made. This is great recognition of the school's internationalisation strategy and the success of our graduates. Being ranked 12th in the world is a deeply satisfying reward as SKEMA celebrates its 10th anniversary this year."

The new fund­ing model for uni­versi­ties em­phas­ises com­pleted de­grees

At the beginning of the year, the Finnish government approved a new funding model for Finnish universities for the term 2021–2024. The model is a tool for allocating core funding to universities. The new model makes it possible to gain funds by streamlining study paths so that students graduate with a bachelor’s or master’s degree within the targeted time frame.The core funding awarded by the Ministry of Education and Culture constituted 58% of the University of Helsinki’s overall income last year. In 2021 funding will be based on the results of 2017–2019, which means that the model is operational in practice.The ministry has stated that the new funding model will establish stronger incentives for strategic planning and reform at universities.

Applications for RSU International Student Conference 2020 now open!

Riga Stradins University (RSU) will host the annual RSU International Student Conference 'Health and Social Sciences' on 27 and 28 March 2020. This will be the 70th iteration of the largest international student conference in the Baltics! The conference will bring together domestic and international students, experienced participants and professionals from the field. The leader of this year's conference is Marija Luize Kalnina, a 5th-year student from the Faculty of Medicine. She aims for the grand anniversary to be celebrated with a conference of unprecedented scope and innovation.The conference is organised by the RSU Student Council with the aim of promoting students' interest in science, provide a venue for sharing their experiences and, of course, for networking and making new contacts. Over the two days of the conference participants will have the opportunity to attend several social science as well as healthcare sections. This year's programme will also offer larger master classes where participants will be able to try their hand at various medical manipulations. The conference program is designed to ensure that each participant will acquire new knowledge, skills and experience, as well as that every guest of the city will get acquainted with a small part of Riga and with Latvian culture. The 2020 RSU International Student Conference will bring together science enthusiasts and a diverse group of young people from all over the world. Everyone is welcome to the guest lectures and workshops!

MSc Luxury Marketing: Training change agents in the luxury sector at Neoma Business School!

As part of the programme development initiative, a Master of Science Luxury Marketing will be on offer for the next school year at Neoma University.The luxury sector is unique and one that is constantly changing. The luxury sector is a particularly unique sector and managing the marketing aspects requires a special way of thinking and a specific set of skills. Throughout my professional career, I've dealt with a wide range of unique situations relating to consumer culture, consumer behaviour, the emergence of new consumer profiles... and each time, an adapted and above all rapid response is absolutely necessary.  I'd say that besides image and the financial impact, only one rule prevails: and that is that customer interest comes first! The market is constantly changing and evolving! Future professionals in this sector must be aware of the need for adaptability when it comes to responding to current and even future challenges. Hence the idea for the new MSc.The new programme will enable students to learn about all the different aspects of the sector. They will acquire the knowledge and skills required to be able to move forward in a sector that is constantly evolving. The sector is evolving extremely rapidly. The market is currently experiencing a huge impact from the digital divide. Retailers need to find the right balance between digital and physical, between rarity, which is essential to the luxury sector, and accessibility. The digital transformation and e-commerce also impose challenges that each student will face in a global competitive environment. We need to address these challenges for the students in our courses. Paris is synonymous with luxury. We are fortunate enough to be located in one of the world's luxury capitals and we need to exploit the wealth of these surroundings. Then, the very fact of being in Paris, provides an impressive panel of professional partners! Such wealth is reflected in their involvement in our courses, but also in the network, they can create. Most of our teaching staff come from overseas and they will provide the students with the best possible training.Through this courses students will acquire in-depth market knowledge, analytical skills and the ability to adapt to rapid market changes. Through our courses, they will gain sound knowledge of digital communication and in-store experience. Among the different modules, we will focus on a fast-growing sector, the luxury experience (hotels, travel and the in-store experience, in particular). The behaviour of the millennials (Generation Y) in this area also influences the market and industry players must be aware of this in their decision-making. Finally, graduates will be up to date on new technologies, both online and in stores. In short, they will be able to decode new consumer patterns and be in a position to react and adjust accordingly. One final challenge: to become agents of change and prepare brands and companies for tomorrow's world.  

Ulster University hosts cross-sector intelligent innovation workshops

The Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC) Hartree Centre took its Intelligent Manufacturing and Intelligent Innovation workshops to Northern Ireland for the first time in collaboration with Siemens, Invest Northern Ireland and Ulster University.The goal was to increase business awareness of the benefits of advanced digital technologies like high performance computing (HPC), data analytics and artificial intelligence (AI), share industry knowledge, explore funding opportunities and stimulate new collaborations between the Hartree Centre and Northern Ireland businesses.Starting out in Cookstown and hosted by Invest NI, the first workshop focussed on local manufacturing companies and how they could potentially tackle industry challenges using the HPC, data analytics, AI and machine learning technologies that the Hartree Centre specialises in. Hartree Centre experts in various disciplines were on hand to provide one-to-one advice for individual companies looking to start out on their digital transformation journey.Next, it was on to the Magee and Jordanstown campuses of Ulster University for cross-sector Intelligent Innovation workshops to explore how businesses across the board can benefit from increased productivity through digitalisation, no matter their industry.At all three workshops, Hartree Centre experts were joined by collaborators Joan Mulvihill and Declan McDevitt from Siemens who provided a keynote on how digital transformation results in better, faster, cheaper products. Attending the workshops were 72 people from 49 different Northern Ireland companies across the three days, with 18 companies registering an interest for potential follow-up collaborative projects after the events.

Artificial intelligence needs the speed of light

The Physics department of UniTrento is working on all-optical devices for machine learning. The work is part of the Pelm project, whose objectives include the development of a cancer monitor. A non-invasive cancer monitor capable of monitoring the evolution of cancer tissues and therefore to provide information on the progress of the disease and the efficacy of the treatment.That is one of the devices that will be developed within Pelm, the research project coordinated by the University of Trento that received almost 1 million euro funding over a period of three years by the Ministry of Education, universities and research as a Research project of national relevance (Prin). Coordinated by Lorenzo Pavesi of the Nanoscience laboratory of the Department of Physics of the University of Trento, the project uses light to build innovative all-optical platforms for artificial intelligence.Machine learning processes, with which machines recognize images, understand human voice and carry out other basic tasks, have relied so far on microelectronic circuits and microprocessors stored on devices. These circuits are not efficient enough for artificial intelligence applications, use too much energy and this limits their use. The purpose of Pelm is to modify the notion of circuit to create energy-efficient, fast and non-invasive devices.

Sign language translator app created by KTU students aims to bridge the gap between deaf and hearing

Sign language is expressed through movements and position of hands and other body parts. Although hearing people often think that sign language is international, it has different grammar and lexicon in every language. Today’s market lacks systems that could recognise not only the sign alphabet but also other signs characteristic to the sign language.The first Lithuanian mobile app for sign language translation developed by Lukas Gužauskas, a graduate of the Kaunas University of Technology (KTU) Faculty of Informatics, and Laurynas Bi?kauskas, a master’s student at KTU, aims to fill this gap. The app is also an alternative way of text typing.According to the World Health Organisation, over 5% of the world’s population – around 466 million people – have a hearing disability. It is estimated that by 2050 this number will reach more than 900 million. A smartphone for an easier communicationThe app created by the KTU students allows learning the international sign language alphabet. It has a list of sign language imagery that consists of 29 different letters of the international sign alphabet. KTU graduate Lukas Gužauskas, one of the creators of the app“We plan four basic functions available to the app user: a preview of the international sign language alphabet; a real-time alphabet letter prediction from camera view, recording text on the screen; and human language translation – from audio to on-screen text,” explains Gužauskas, a graduate of the Software Systems study programme. While using the app, communication between a sign language user and a hearing person will no longer require a piece of paper. The smartphone camera scans the gestures of a person with a hearing disability shown in their native language, and the other person is speaking. The app delivers both ways in a textual format. According to Gužauskas, the app has several settings. The first is the hand detection setting. The user can toggle between left- and right-handed usage. The other is the speed and accuracy of the prediction. According to the creators of the app, there are open source software based sign language translator versions in the market, however, all of them are designed for computer use. The aim of the team was to design the first app for a readily accessible device, a smartphone. A challenge turned into an advantageThe communication with a person having a hearing disability can be challenging if one doesn’t know sign language. It is hard to understand for a hearing person because the sign language has a different sentence structure and grammar.  “Problems are common because hearing people often don’t understand what the deaf person writes and vice versa. The sign language cannot be translated literally. Because of the hearing impediment, it can become hard for a deaf person to write a grammatically correct sentence, and hearing readers can get the message wrong. I have noticed that live communication with the hearing can often be too difficult for a deaf person”, – says Gužauskas, who has the hearing disability and knows the problem first-hand. The diploma project of Gužauskas and Bi?kauskas was awarded by Indeform company. The student says that deaf people usually have to use the services of the sign language interpreters, but they need to be booked in advance.Mantas Lukoševi?ius, a researcher at the KTU Faculty of Informatics and the supervisor of the final project of the students, says that in the process, he had also encountered the communication barrier. “They have turned a challenge into an advantage: knowing the problem well they created a tool for everyone. It’s great to work with students like Laurynas and Lukas. They went all the way from the idea to the final result. The students have identified and refined the problem they are solving and collected the necessary data – the images of the sign language alphabet. They have also done experiments with modern artificial intelligence methods that best recognise those images, and successfully transferred the trained neural network model into a smartphone”, says Lukoševicius. The beta version of the Gesture Alphabet Translator app is now available on Google Play.

Uppsala University places 102nd in new world rankings

Uppsala University is ranked 102nd place among 1,400 universities throughout the world in the Times Higher Education (THE) ranking of the world’s best universities in 2020.University rankings attempt to compare and rank a number of educational institutions in lists, often based on a quality perspective. Normally the universities themselves do not produce the rankings. Instead, they are compiled by media, government agencies and various organisations.Documentation for the rankings can come from various sources:-official statistics (national or from a certain higher education institution);-bibliometrics (analysis of the publication of scholarly articles and their impact);-analyses via the internet, such as in the form of questionnaires to educational institutions, students, and employers.-These various sources yield a variety of data, and different aspects (indicators) are weighed against each other and combined into a final figure that can be presented as a grade or measure of the quality of a particular university. The following university rankings are among the oldest, best-known and most recognised in the media:-Times Higher Education’s World University Rankings (THE)  -QS World University Rankings-Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU), “the Shanghai Ranking”These three rankings aim to include both education and research but focus mostly on research. That is particularly true of ARWU, which by and large focuses only on research excellence.Uppsala University has placed high on the list among the best universities in the world in the three major international rankings: ARWU, QS and THE. But Uppsala University’s ranking on the lists has varied somewhat over the last seven years, when it has ranged between 60th and 117th place.

Students join emergency services in simulated terrorism training incident

Nursing students have taken part in a staged firearms training event designed to give doctors and paramedics a taste of working in a mass casualty terrorist incident.Northumbria University worked in partnership with the Great North Air Ambulance Service and Northumbria Police on the simulated learning experience, which was being run for clinicians from around the country as part of an annual training course.Six paramedics and six doctors took part in the live training event, which featured dozens of casualties displaying signs of blast and gunshot injuries. They had been 'injured' in the simulated terrorist incident and had been given realistic, bleeding wounds requiring treatment. The patients were all played by student volunteers from the Department of Nursing, Midwifery and Health who had volunteered for the experience.The training session was held at Northumbria Police’s Operational Tactical Training Centre in Gateshead. Several officers from the force took part in the scenario, using firearms and explosives to add to the realism.The students taking part in the session were from Northumbria’s Adult, Child and Learning Disabilities nursing programmes. They all volunteered their services after receiving a detailed brief about the training and were informed about the support available to them afterwards

University to become a national training centre for NHS Blood and Transplant healthcare professionals

Northumbria University, Newcastle has been selected by NHS Blood and Transplant as a national training centre for organ donation.The University will now play a leading role in helping to train those working in this critical area, with hundreds of specialist nurses and critical care doctors from across the UK receiving the latest in simulation education training at Northumbria to boost their skills.An NHS Blood and Transplant service spokesman said: “We are delighted to be working alongside Northumbria University as one of our centres for both Specialist Nurse in Organ Donation training and courses for Intensive Care Medicine senior doctors. The state of the art facilities as well as the expertise of Northumbria’s staff enable us to simulate, in as real way as possible, both emotive communication scenarios and clinical situations that enable delegates to both learn and gain confidence in their skills in a safe and wholly supportive environment.” There will be a greater focus on organ donation next year with a law change in England. From spring 2020, organ donation in England will move to an ‘opt out’ system. It means that all adults in England will be considered to have agreed to be an organ donor when they die – unless they have recorded a decision not to donate or are in an excluded group.

Mental Health Day for medical students

Psychiatric residents of the Young Psychiatrists Section of the Latvian Psychiatric Association are organising Mental Health Day in collaboration with RSU and the RSU Department of Psychiatry and Narcology. During this day there will be a series of seminars about mental health aimed at medical students. The intention behind this initiative is to distribute knowledge, increase insight into mental health, learn techniques to relieve stress, and to help students endure long exposure to high intensity stress, as unhealthy stress can lead to impaired mental and physical health.

Ulster University partners with Shaanxi University of Science and Technology to establish Ulster College in Northern China

Hundreds of Chinese students have registered to attend Ulster College in Xi’an China this academic year in an international partnership that will bring together the teaching expertise of Ulster University and Shaanxi University of Science and Technology (SUST).Situated in Shaanxi Province in Northern China, Ulster College opened this week and offers Chinese students Ulster University’s undergraduate programmes in the areas of Mechanical Engineering, Technology with Design and Computer Science. Courses will have a focus on practical skills, informed by research, employer feedback and professional body standards to ensure Ulster College students will graduate with industry-ready skills to secure a graduate job. Students studying at Ulster College will also have the option to complete part of their degree at Ulster University’s Belfast or Jordanstown campuses.The opening ceremony of Ulster College was attended by government & education officials as well as senior Ulster University staff.Since 2014 Ulster University has secured £7.6million in funding for computer related research for 84 projects across a range of sectors and prioritises research-based teaching for students. 90% or Ulster University's computing research has been rated world-leading or internationally excellent and Ulster is ranked in the top 10 universities in the UK for Electronic and Electrical Engineering.

Northumbria academic receives £1.2 million to deliver world-class forensic research

A Lecturer in Forensic Science at Northumbria University, Newcastle, has been awarded more than £1 million to develop a world-leading new technique that will unveil details to help solve investigations relating to unidentified bodies. Dr Noemi Procopio of Northumbria’s department of Applied Sciences is one of the second wave of researchers to be awarded the UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) Future Leaders Fellowship. One of UKRI’s flagship schemes, the Future Leaders Fellowships is a £900 million government investment fund that is helping to establish the careers of world-leading researchers and innovators across UK academia and business. The initiative provides Fellows with the support, flexibility and time they require to work on ambitious programmes of research. For Dr Procopio, the award of £1.2 million, of which £930k is funded by UKRI, will enable her to benefit from outstanding support to develop her career and to tackle challenging research in the field of forensic science. At present it is estimated that 1,500 unidentified bodies are present in the UK and 40,000 in the USA, and it is thought that these numbers could represent just the tip of the iceberg. Dr Procopio’s research utilises some of the most cutting-edge technologies available to address two vital questions that a forensic scientist is asked to solve a crime or to assist in the identification of unknown victims: the time elapsed from his or her death, which is known as the post-mortem interval of the victim and the age at death of the victim. Although several different approaches can currently be used to answer these questions, they have been criticised for their lack of objectivity, quantifiability and accuracy. This is largely due to the fact that the approaches are mostly based on the morphological examination of the skeletal remains and on the expertise of the forensic anthropologist who performs the analysis.

Kaunas Architecture Festival’ 2019 starts this weekend

The Kaunas Architecture Festival (KAFe) is only held once in three years, which makes it one of the most awaited events this autumn. It’s not enough to call it ‘event’, though, as the festival will go on for two months and includes various workshops, exhibitions, walks, talks, books presentations and an international forum, Kaunastic informs. The topic of this year’s edition is: “Landmark architecture – creating or destroying the city’s identity?” Full programme of KAF’e will be published here. However we would like to highlight one of the exceptional events organised together with Kaunas University of Technology (KTU) – Herithon’19. KTU, Kaunas 2022, KAFe is inviting those coming from architecture, art, heritage fields to re-think and activate heritage in Kaunas city. Digitizing, alternative mapping, creating digital platforms and transforming objects of architecture are just among the few options that can be explored at the event, which will take place at KTU Campus over the next weekend.

Lithuanian scientists contributed to creating the record-breaking solar cell

Tandem perovskite-CIGS solar cells, produced as a result of the collaboration between Lithuanian and German researchers, have reached an efficiency of 23.26 percent, which currently is a world record value in this type of cells. One reason for the success lies in the cell’s intermediate layer of organic molecules: they self-assemble to cover even rough semiconductor surfaces. The self-assembling materials were synthesized at Kaunas University of Technology (KTU), Lithuania.   The team of KTU chemists has been studying the use of the self-assembling molecules to form the electrode layer for a couple of years. The material, synthesized at KTU, was applied in the production of a functioning solar cell with just a monolayer-thick selective contact by HZB physicists. They could produce a monolithic tandem solar cell from perovskite and CIGS that achieved an officially certified efficiency of 23.26 percent, which currently is a world record value. The tandem cell has an active area of one square centimeter and thus reaches another milestone, as perovskite CIGS tandem cells have so far been significantly smaller.   A new world-record tandem solar cell was presented at EU PVSEC, the world’s largest international photovoltaic and solar energy conference and exhibition, in Marseille, France on September 11, 2019, by Prof Steve Albrecht from the HZB. Two patents have been filed for the layers of the cells. 


The University of Applied Sciences Kufstein Tirol and the University of Applied Sciences Salzburg work together with many partners from Bavaria, Salzburg and Tyrol to develop a cross-border large-scale project with an intermodal framework theme: the attractiveness of tourism as an employer.Modern and agile tourism means a central and measurable economic and prosperity factor for the project regions Tyrol, Salzburg and Bavaria. This positive development and the promising future for the tourism industry is based on top educated people, modern resources and sustainable tourism infrastructure. That's why hoteliers and restaurateurs are looking for people who want to actively shape and develop the industry. Modern and attractive tourism thrives on people who seek fulfillment in everyday life tourism and thus find fulfillment and satisfaction in this living environment.TOURISM AS GAINFUL EMPLOYMENTThe splendor of tourism as a fulfilling place of work for the individual earning a living has experienced a clear and above all a social devaluation in the last years. In spite of those arguments that characterize tourism as an attractive field of activity, such as work in an international environment, enjoyment of people, global job opportunities or a crisis-proof workplace, there are also reasons why tourism is a comparatively less attractive sector for employees. In particular, employment in the hotel and catering industry is often characterized by irregular working hours, many night and weekend work, seasonal structures, an unattractive wage level, stressful conditions during peak business hours and staff shortages.PRE-WORKSHOP AS A BASIS FOR THE JOINT PROJECTThe basis for the development of the project idea was a pre-workshop held in October 2018, in which interested institutions participated in order to submit their suggestions and opinions on the topic. On the part of the FH Kufstein Tirol, the representatives of the study courses Corporate Management, International Business & Management as well as Marketing & Communication Management contributed their technical input. As a result, elementary questions for the tourism industry were discussed, a solution sketch drawn up and a project proposal prepared and submitted. A performance report for pre-workshop is here to find.THE INTERREG PROJECTThe challenges cover several topics: attractiveness and image of the industry, management and organizational development, knowledge management, employee qualification as well as structural change through digitization. These are directly related in a cross-border project. A targeted structure survey of relevant factors of employer and industry attractiveness should create a basis for the development of a digital assessment tool. The aim is to make the attractiveness in tourism (attractiveness of the industry, employer attractiveness ...) measurable and thus comparable. In order to reach a high coverage of the topic in the regions, joint workshops are held, so that a (cross-border) exchange of best practice and an individual transfer of knowledge can be made easier. The project objectives are accompanied by two congresses and an activating image campaign to create a long-term improvement of the perspective of "work" in tourism. Project partners are FH Salzburg (lead partner) and FH Kufstein Tirol, Chiemgau Tourismus eV and the Standortagentur Tirol. In addition, numerous tourism associations and tourism schools are supporting the project as associated partners. Chiemgau Tourismus eV and the location agency Tyrol. In addition, numerous tourism associations and tourism schools are supporting the project as associated partners. Chiemgau Tourismus eV and the location agency Tyrol. In addition, numerous tourism associations and tourism schools are supporting the project as associated partners.

Coimbra Polytechnic is "Eco-Polytechnic"

he six Coimbra Polytechnic Schools / Institutes (IPC) were distinguished with the title “Eco-School”, making the Coimbra Polytechnic one of the first “ Eco-Polytechnics  ” in the country, and the only one to have six schools that meet all conditions for the award of this distinction. The Eco-Schools awards will be presented by the European Blue Flag Association (ABAE) to ESAC, ESEC, ESTeSC, ESTGOH, ISCAC and ISEC in a ceremony to be held on October 18 in Guimarães, in recognition of the good practices that have come. to be developed for a more sustainable Polytechnic and Planet. The six schools of the Polytechnic of Coimbra have prepared over the past school year to apply for this award, completing several steps, such as setting up an Eco-Schools Council, conducting an Environmental Audit, outlining a Action, the creation of an Eco-Code, curricular work, monitoring and evaluation and the involvement of the school community, including teachers, non-teachers and students, and the external community, and developing activities related to water, waste, energy, and sea or forest. After completing all the steps, they were able to apply for the ABAE award and the results were now known. For Ana Ferreira, Vice-President of the Polytechnic of Coimbra, “It is a great pride to be part of this movement” and to achieve this result, in the year when the Polytechnic of Coimbra challenged the presidency of all its Organic Teaching Units (UOE) to prepare and submit your application. According to the official, this is the culmination of the work that has been developed for a “more environmentally friendly” CPI, with the implementation of a set of environmental sustainability measures in all six of its schools. ” One of the first measures was the delivery of glass bottles to the various management bodies of the IPC, with the purpose of promoting tap water consumption, namely in meetings, seminars and congresses, thus replacing plastic bottles. This measure was extended to the institution's workers and, at the beginning of the next school year, will also cover the new students of the Coimbra Polytechnic.  


City University of Seattle has been highly ranked again as a top choice among adult students looking for quality education with flexible learning opportunities. In fact, the university has been recognized as being among the top 20 Four-year colleges for adult learners, ranked No. 16 in the category for the 2019 Washington Monthly College Rankings. “The Washington Monthly ranking is one that we are especially proud of because it demonstrates our commitment to providing accredited and flexible education to students who cannot put their lives on hold to continue their education,” CityU President Randy C. Frisch said. “We are a university founded on serving working professions with a desire to learn.” Washington Monthly, a District of Columbia publication, reported nearly a third of all undergraduates are twenty-five or older, yet no publication ranks colleges based on how well they serve adult students – except the Washington Monthly. According to statistics provided by Washington Monthly, CityU earned 4 points (5 pts. max) for ease of transferring, 8 points (9 pts. max) for flexibility of programs, and 5 points (6 pts. max) for services for adult students. This study defined four-year colleges as awarding more bachelor’s degrees than certificates or associate’s degrees. The final sample consisted of 1,136 four-year colleges and the top fifty rankings were shared.  Full methodology details can be found here. “Having a survey focused exclusively on adult students allows CityU to be on the map for what we do best, serving the “new traditional” student,” Frisch said. “Our students love us for our scholar-practitioner faculty, who work full-time and teach. Students learn the most current information possible.”  

Global business trusts us: Continental Automotive Lithuania and KTU became official partners

Kaunas University of Technology (KTU) and Continental, a German manufacturer of technology and automotive components signed the official cooperation agreement. With the long-term agreement, signed by KTU Rector Eugenijus Valatka and Shayan Ali, Managing Director at Continental Automotive Lithuania the University and Continental have formalised the collaboration which has been going on for more than a year. The partnership will include solving technological problems, implementing research and development projects, initiating closer collaboration among science, studies and industry practitioners. “We no longer discuss the need for collaboration between science and business – it is the reality we are living in. KTU has been working in this direction for many years, and the cooperation agreement with one of the largest foreign investors in Lithuania is only demonstrating that we have gained the trust of the business. This trust is a crucial condition for a successful partnership”, says KTU rector Professor Eugenijus Valatka.


Only 25 institutions, including 3 Grandes Ecoles de Management, obtain this reference label for hosting international students    BSB has just received the brand new "Bienvenue en France" label, which testifies to the quality of the reception of international students in French higher education institutions. Mrs Frédérique Vidal, Minister of Higher Education, Research and Innovation, awarded this label to 25 institutions during the Rencontres Campus France de la Recherche et de l'Innovation, at the Cité des Sciences et de l'Industrie. With ESSEC Business School and IMT Business School, BSB is one of only three accredited French Grandes Ecoles de Management. This label is one of the main elements of the higher education attractiveness plan developed by France. It is granted by Campus France on the basis of a reasoned self-assessment, in direct contact with the concerns of international students. The criteria observed: the quality and accessibility of information, reception facilities, training opportunities, housing, campus life and the quality of post-graduate follow-up.    With the "Bienvenue en France" scheme, international students are guaranteed a national standard. The objective for France is to welcome 500,000 of them by 2027. 

Lecture by Prof. Kascejevs at annual meeting of the Department of Internal Diseases and the Institute of the History of Medicine

The traditional academic meeting of the RSU Department of Internal Diseases and the Institute of the History of Medicine will be held for the 17th consecutive year to celebrate the start of the new academic year. The meeting will take place at 16:00 on 29 August at Pauls Stradi?š Museum for the History of Medicine, 1 Antonijas Iela.The meetings were initiated by two RSU professors, Aivars Lejnieks and Juris Salaks, in 2003. The idea was to hold a meeting at Pauls Stradi?š Museum of the History of Medicine prior to the start of the academic year to look back at the twists and turns of the history of medicine. Over the years this gathering has grown into an open interdisciplinary academic meeting which gathers employees from the Department of Internal Diseases, the Institute of the History of Medicine, the RSU Rector’s Office, the RSU Dean’s Office, various RSU structural units, the heads of RSU clinics, representatives of the Latvian Academy of Sciences and other interested parties. Each year the meeting is enriched by open lectures delivered by invited lecturers. The Head of the Department of Internal Diseases, Professor Aivars Lejnieks, and the Director of the Institute of the History of Medicine, Professor Juris Salaks, will chair the meeting. The lecture is open to all interested parties.

Vice President asks Indian community in Lithuania to strengthen economic and cultural ties between the two nations

  The Vice President, Shri M Venkaiah Naidu today called upon the Indian community in Lithuania to serve as a bridge in strengthening economic and cultural relations between the two countries. Addressing the Indian community at Vilnius, the capital of Lithuania on the second day of his three nation tour to the Baltic region, he said the bilateral trade between the countries was below potential and added that Lithuania could be an important technology partner for India, especially in areas such as lasers, renewable energy, agro-food processing and life sciences.   Observing that India has become one of the fastest growing large economies in the world, he said the business sentiment following the numerous initiatives implemented by the Government of India was positive and upbeat. “The New India’s mantra is “Reform, Perform and Transform”, he added. Shri Naidu also stressed that India was one of the most open economies of the world and is placed now at 77th rank among 190 countries in the World Bank’s Ease of Doing Business Index. The Vice President said that the “Make in India” campaign was establishing India as the hub of manufacturing and investment. He said that “Smart Cities”, “Digital India” and “Skill India” Missions were not only transforming our nation but also providing immense opportunities to collaborate and work together. “Our youth are driving the digital revolution, powering the start-up ecosystem and pioneering artificial intelligence. The Start-up India flagship initiative is intended to build a strong Eco-system for nurturing innovation and entrepreneurship in the country”, he added. Shri. Naidu said that India was making rapid strides in the development journey and has an ambitious plan to build next-generation infrastructure including 100 Smart Cities, 10 green-field airports, 7 high-speed train corridors, 5 major ports, highways and nation-wide broadband connectivity linking our villages and urban areas. The Vice President praised the Indian diaspora for acting as a bridge to integrate the cultures of India and Lithuania. He told them to be conscious of the rich culture of their motherland and strive to spread India's message of peace and goodwill, symbolized by the universal and timeless philosophy of Vasudaiva Kutumbam. Appreciating the keen interest showed by Lithuania in Indian culture, philosophy, arts and spirituality, the Vice President described the members of the diaspora as India’s cultural ambassadors. Mentioning the technological progress made by India, Shri. Naidu referred to the successful launch of ‘Chadrayaan 2’, India’s second mission to moon, which had been fully fabricated in India, last month. ‘The mission is really a glowing testimony to the rapid advances the country has been making in Science and Technology in the last few years’, he added. Applauding the Vilnius University for being at the forefront in promoting Indology studies, including Hindi, the Vice President said that interest in Indian philosophy, films and cuisine had risen phenomenally. Shri. Naidu expressed his happiness that Lithuanian Universities had become a destination of choice for Indian students whose numbers increased significantly in recent years. He appealed to the young Indian students to be sensitive to local culture and sensitivities. Referring to the 150th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi, the Vice President said that Lithuania held a special place of importance because Gandhi ji’s closest friend and soul mate, Hermann Kallenbach was from Lithuania. He thanked the Government of Lithuania for commemorating their friendship by installing a sculpture of Gandhi and Kallenbach in Rusne. Earlier, the Vice President visited the city of Kaunas and met with the Mayor, Mr. Visvaldas Matijosaitis, who hosted a lunch to Shri Naidu and the Indian delegation. The Mayor also presented the ‘Key to the City’ and ‘The Coat of Arms of Lithuania’, also known as Vytis, to the Vice President. The Vice President also invited the Mayor to visit India with business delegation to explore business opportunities between our two countries. The Vice President also visited the laboratory area of the Institute of Material Sciences and the Ultra Sound Research Institute at the Santaka Valley of the Kaunas University of Technology in Kaunas. He also witnessed a presentation on the Krunois Hydro Power Plant at the University. The former President of the Republic of Lithuania, Mr.Vytautas Landsbergis called on the Vice President and discussed the bilateral ties between the two countries.

Lithuania can be important technology partner for India: .

    More for VILNIUS: Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu has said Lithuania could be an important technology partner for India, as he underlined the immense potential for growth in bilateral trade. Addressing the Indian community at the Lithuanian capital Vilnius on Sunday, Naidu also called upon the diaspora to serve as a bridge in strengthening economic and cultural relations between the two countries. Noting that the bilateral trade between the two countries was below potential, he said Lithuania could be an important technology partner for India, especially in the of lasers, renewable energy, agro-food processing and life sciences. Naidu, who arrived here on Saturday, is on a five-day three-nation tour to Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia, the first ever high-level visit from India to the three Baltic countries. Observing that India has become one of the fastest growing large economies in the world, the vice president said the business sentiment following the numerous initiatives implemented by the government was positive and upbeat. "The new India's mantra is 'Reform, Perform and Transform'," he said. Naidu also stressed that India was one of the most open economies of the world and is placed now at the 77th rank among 190 countries in the World Bank's 'Ease of Doing Business' index. The vice president said the 'Make in India' campaign was establishing India as the hub of manufacturing and investment. Besides, 'Smart Cities', 'Digital India' and 'Skill India' initiatives are providing immense opportunities to collaborate and work together. "Our youth are driving the digital revolution, powering the start-up ecosystem and pioneering artificial intelligence," he said. Naidu praised the Indian diaspora for acting as a bridge to integrate the cultures of India and Lithuania. Appreciating the keen interest showed by Lithuania in Indian culture, philosophy, arts and spirituality, the vice president described the members of the diaspora as India's cultural ambassadors. Applauding the Vilnius University for being at the forefront in promoting Indology studies, including Hindi, the vice president said interest in Indian philosophy, films and cuisine had risen phenomenally. Referring to the 150th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi, Naidu said Lithuania held a special place of importance because Gandhiji's closest friend and soul mate, Hermann Kallenbach, was from Lithuania. Kallenbach was a Lithuanian born Jewish South African doctor who was one of the foremost friends and associates of Mahatma Gandhi. Naidu thanked the Lithuanian government for commemorating their friendship by installing a sculpture of Gandhi and Kallenbach in Rusne. TOP COMMENT It''s right think to nation Pk Rai SEE ALL COMMENTSADD COMMENT Earlier, the vice president visited the city of Kaunas and met with Mayor Visvaldas Matijosaitis, who hosted a lunch to Naidu and the Indian delegation. He also visited the Institute of Material Sciences and the Ultra Sound Research Institute at the Santaka Valley of the Kaunas University of Technology in Kaunas

SMK Freshman Festival NEON fest'19

if you want to get to know the SMK community, feel and experience how SMK's coolest students really live - how they entertain, create, generate ideas and organize events - attend the freshman festival - SMK NEON FEST! Surrounded by forests - new friends, adventures, sports, neon fun awaits you at the recreation center "R?ta" at Bebrusai Lake! So don't wait, get your Neon fest image, sign up and see you on September 5-6! IN PROGRAM: "X Factor" winner from group "120" - David Charismatic presenter - Remigijus Grasshopper Artist - Vilius Popendikis The program is still being filled. More news coming soon! SMK Freshman Camps will allow you to stay in huts Festival Entry Fee - 35 € Participant Registration: http://inx.lv/JryA And Millions of Neon Lights in Their Tents Festival Entry Fee - 25 € Participant Registration: http://inx.lv/ Jryp All participants will be transported to the camp site by specially ordered buses from Vilnius, Kaunas and Klaip?da. If you wish, you can travel in your own car, but there is no change in the entry fee. The number of participants is limited and registration is open until 31 August. Further information: Email: email simona.banyte@smk.lt or phone +370 5 236 9160


An international team including a researcher from the URJC identified the role of herbivore diversity as major regulators of biodiversity and ecosystem functioning in grazed ecosystems. Redaction The global population is projected to exceed 11 billion by 2100. Such an increase in human population would imply an increment in the demand of meat and dairy, resulting in a larger portion of land surface dedicated to grazing for livestock –over 25% of emerged lands is already dedicated to this. Pasturing is one of the most common methods for raising livestock, and play a critical role in maintaining food production, which is of special importance to developing countries. However, grazing by livestock can also result in multiple negative impacts for biodiversity and ecosystem functioning, resulting in desertification processes. Because of this, “one of the most important challenges we face over the next few decades is to maintain a sustainable production of food for the billions of new inhabitants on Earth, while protecting the health of our ecosystems” explains Dr. Manuel Delgado Baquerizo from the University Rey Juan Carlos (URJC) and co-author of this work.  

Semester at Berkeley

Two young scientists from Faculty of Mining, Ecology, Process Control and Geotechnologies TUKE succeeded in the call of the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister of the Slovak Republic for Investments and Informatization. The evaluation committee was engaged by their proposed projects and the scientists were given the opportunity to spend a semester at one of the world´s most prestigious universities - UC Berkeley in California. Ing. Michal Taká?Project plan titled:Výskum a implementácia nových technológií do informa?ných systémov ako podpora procesov v logistike a doprave /Research and Implementation of New Technologies in Information Systems for Support of Processes in Logistics and Transport/Ing. Daniel Ma?ugaProject plan titled:Plán mestskej logistiky pre riešenia mobility v Košiciach /Urban Logistics Plan for Mobility Solutions in Košice/

ISEP Welcomes New Leaders to Board of Directors

ISEP welcomes Dr. Ellen R. Babby, Dr. Ann-Charlotte Larsson and Dr. Mark Salisbury to the Board of Directors. Arlington, Va. — Members of the ISEP Board of Directors elected three prominent international education leaders to join the ISEP Board for a 3-year term, effective July 1, 2019: Dr. Ellen R. Babby, Senior Fellow, Center for the Future of Arizona and a nonprofit consultant, has more than 30 years of experience in executive management in the nonprofit arena which she gained during her time as Vice President, Advancement & Strategic Alliances, at the American Council on Education as well as Senior Director, Planning & Development at NAFSA: Association of International Educators. Dr. Ann-Charlotte Larsson, Vice Rector for Innovation and International Relations at Linnaeus University (Sweden), is a chemical engineer with over thirty years’ experience in both academia and environmental engineering, which affords her a unique perspective on the critical role of student mobility and campus internationalization. Dr. Mark Salisbury, co-founder and CEO of the nonprofit company TuitionFit, most recently served as the Assistant Dean of Academic Affairs and Director of Institutional Research and Assessment at Augustana College (Illinois). His research on college impact, including education abroad programs, has been featured by The Chronicle of Higher Education, Inside Higher Ed, TedX and NPR.  

Scholarships for Full-time master degree studies

  The Ministry of Education, Science and Sport has joined the implementation of an international survey, the EUROSTUDENT VII – Social and Economic Conditions of Student Life in Europe. Students have been able to participate in the survey since April. At the initiative and proposal of the Ministry, the University of Maribor has decided to assist in the implementation of the survey. The purpose of the survey is to provide an insight into the social and economic background as well as into other characteristics of the student population in Slovenia, thus identifying problems and obstacles students encounter during studies. The survey is aimed at collecting data that will enable comparison of the social and economic conditions of students' life in Slovenia with those in other European countries, and serve as the basis in developing national strategies and policies for the improvement of higher education in Slovenia. Full-time master degree studiesCall for applications for full-time master's degree or integrated studies at Lithuanian higher education institutions is now openThe Ministry of Education, Science and Sport of the Republic of Lithuania is opening a Call for applications for 50 Lithuanian state grants for full-time Master’s degree at Lithuanian higher education institutions for the 2019/2020 academic year. Funding under the Call shall be provided to the nationals of the Republic of Armenia, the Republic of Azerbaijan, the Republic of Belarus, the People’s Republic of China, Georgia, the State of Israel, Japan, the Republic of Korea, foreigners of Lithuanian origin, the Republic of Moldova and the Republic of Ukraine. All approved candidates will receive a monthly scholarship of 380 euros for the duration of the studies. Only nationals of the Republic of Armenia, the Republic of Azerbaijan, the Republic of Belarus, the People’s Republic of China, the Republic of Georgia, the State of Israel, Japan, the Republic of Korea, foreigners of Lithuanian origin, the Republic of Moldova and the Republic of Ukraine in their Full-time Master’s degree studies will be covered for the cost of the studies, up to a limit not exceeding the national standard study cost.

Participation in the EUROSTUDENT VII International Survey

The Ministry of Education, Science and Sport has joined the implementation of an international survey, the EUROSTUDENT VII – Social and Economic Conditions of Student Life in Europe. Students have been able to participate in the survey since April. At the initiative and proposal of the Ministry, the University of Maribor has decided to assist in the implementation of the survey. The purpose of the survey is to provide an insight into the social and economic background as well as into other characteristics of the student population in Slovenia, thus identifying problems and obstacles students encounter during studies. The survey is aimed at collecting data that will enable comparison of the social and economic conditions of students' life in Slovenia with those in other European countries, and serve as the basis in developing national strategies and policies for the improvement of higher education in Slovenia.

UK universities see 30% increase in Chinese applicants

New data from UCAS has revealed that the number of UK university applicants from China has increased by 30% for the 2019/2020 academic year to 19,760, overtaking the 18,520 applicants from Northern Ireland. The UK is the second most popular destination for Chinese students seeking a university education abroad after the US, which is becoming viewed as less attractive destination due to new visa restrictions and warnings from the Chinese Ministry of Education. “The global appeal of UK higher education has never been clearer, with record, demographic beating application rates in England and Wales, and the steep rise in international applications, especially from China,” said Clare Marchant, UCAS’ chief executive, in a statement on the findings. According to the report, applications from within the EU and elsewhere increased by 1% and 8%, respectively. While many countries saw a rise in the number of students applying to UK universities, applications from the Nordic countries decreased, along with those of Germany and Hong Kong.

Plans for East African-German University stalled

Plans to establish a much-awaited binational university of applied sciences in Kenya fronted by the government of Germany have been put on hold, following a decision to draft a new concept document for the institution first mooted four years ago. The concept document for the Eastern African-German University of Applied Sciences, drafted by the Ministry of Education in Kenya will be shared with German implementing agencies including the country’s embassy in Nairobi, the German Academic Exchange Programme (DAAD) and proposed partner universities. “A new project concept note had been written, but the coordination process within the Ministry of Education is still on-going,” she said.“The German Embassy, DAAD and the future German partner universities await the new proposal,” the official told The PIE News, without disclosing further details.Once the document is out it will inform the next course of action in efforts to fast-track setting up of the model institution, Koos noted. The university touted as the first of its kind in the world was conceived as part bilateral of relations between Kenya and Germany to bring to Africa the German model of applied sciences in university education.

Seminar for freshmen ZGI 2019

For the tenth year in a row, the Riga Stradins University Student Council (RSU SP) is organizing a seminar for beginners at ZGI, and this year its name is ZE GREAT INVESTIGATION. Young students will have the opportunity to take a two-day study to get to know the university, gain knowledge about their faculty and study process, and spend their time with their new members. This year the seminar will take place on 24-25 March. so book your dates and go on an unforgettable adventure that will help you start your first year at university!


  Since July 1st, 2019, Claudia Sampel is the new Director of International Relations of BSB. She takes over from Marie-José Albert-Batt, who is retiring after 25 years at the School. Of Australian-Brazilian origin, Claudia Sampel has 12 years of experience in the International Relations of the Grandes Ecoles de Management. Passed by EM Strasbourg (2007-2016) where she was in charge of International Relations, she comes from EM Normandy where she held the position of Director of International Development since 2017. Claudia graduated from Leopold Franzens University in Innsbruck (Austria). " It's very motivating for me to join BSB today, " says Claudia Sampel. " My role will be to continue the international development of the School, which already has a very rich network of partners, and with a nugget like the School of Wine & Spirits Business, we have a very original and differentiating asset for to continue to strengthen ourselves internationally, and I must say that it is an honor to succeed Marie-José Albert Batt, whom I have known for over 10 years and for whom I have a great deal of respect and great admiration. "

Researchers probe cell division defects to gain insight into cancer

From bugs to plants to animals, for all living things to grow they must create more cells. To do so, each existing cell, whether in an embryo or an adult, receives cues to copy its chromosomes — large pieces of DNA that contain each cell’s entire genetic code. In a carefully and elegantly controlled process, each cell then divides into two. However, this process can also go awry. If chromosomes are not correctly distributed to the two “daughter” cells, the new cells may die or grow uncontrollably, a hallmark of cancer. In fact, up to 90 percent of solid tumours are marked by a condition known as aneuploidy, where cells contain an incorrect number of chromosomes. “It’s really important to understand the basic mechanisms of how chromosomes segregate in normal cells, and then looks at whether those mechanisms are different in cancers,” says researcher Mark Burkard. COURTESY OF UW CARBONE CANCER CENTER “We don’t really understand how chromosome mis-segregation happens in cancer,” says Mark Burkard, a medical oncologist and researcher with the University of Wisconsin–Madison Carbone Cancer Centre. “One of the big disappointments, and opportunities, is that we know all these other genes that are mutated in cancers, but no one have really found the smoking gun for how chromosome segregation goes wrong.”  

Vilnius University will create tasks for the International Physics Olympiad 2020

Vilnius University (VU) has become one the hosts of the world's biggest physics event for schoolchildren. Today the Cooperation Agreement for International Physics Olympiad implementation in 18-26 of July, 2020 was signed by the Minister of Ministry of Education Science and Sport Algirdas Monkevi?ius, VU Rector Prof. Art?ras Žukauskas and Director of Lithuanian centre of non-formal youth education Algirdas Sakevi?ius.The 51st International Physics Olympiad is expecting to receive delegations from 90 counties, 450 students and over 300 team leaders and observers. Therefore, VU is counting that there will be a need for 200 Lithuanian scientists, volunteers and organisers.“Next summer, young physics geniuses from all over the world will be visiting Lithuania. It is a great pleasure to organise such magnitude event. Together we have a responsibility to ensure the best conditions for Olympiad’s participants. I wish everyone good preparation, successful and interesting application of future physics knowledge”, – said A. Monkevi?ius the Minister of Ministry of Education Science and Sport.Young physicists from all over the world, will gather at VU for nine days to solve theoretical and experimental tasks prepared by Lithuanian scientists; and during the leisure time, children will get to know Lithuanian culture. VU rector Prof. A. Žukauskas claims that the International Physics Olympiad 2020 is extremely important event to promote physics discipline. “Lithuania’s physics is known all over the world as this discipline’s traditions in our country are reflected by our achievements. Moreover, every year in Lithuania a Physics Day – a celebration initiated by the students of physics – is held. I believe that the International Physics Olympiad 2020 is a great opportunity for pupils to talk about the importance of this discipline as well as to attract physics’ talents from all over the world to study and create in Lithuania” – stated Prof. A. Žukauskas.

RSU: Medical students acquire knowledge and experience in cardiothoracic surgery

Practical courses called Insight into Contemporary Cardiothoracic Surgery were held for students of the Faculty of Medicine at the Senate Hall of R?ga Stradi?š University (RSU). The courses are organised by the Cardiac Surgery Centre of Pauls Stradi?š Clinical University Hospital (PSCUH) for the second consecutive year in cooperation with the company Johnson & Johnson and the RSU Student Union.    

Letters of appreciation handed in to LSMU students for participation in voluntary activities

In 2018/2019 study year the Lithuanian University of Health Sciences (LSMU) students were actively involved in the voluntary activities coordinated by the LSMU International Relations and Study Centre. The students performed the functions of Ambassadors, Mentors and Academic Tutors.The LSMU representatives gave the students Letters of Appreciation for their help, effort, warm cooperation and invited them to continue the activities next study year.  

IBS Employability Survey 2018

The results of the current survey are indeed exceptional: more than 78% of our students have found full-time or part-time employment in parallel to or immediately after finishing their studies at IBS; the vast majority (80%) of our graduates earn more than 300,000 HUF per month; 40% of the MSc graduates earn more than 600,000 HUF a month; according to our graduates, they significantly improved their employability skills during their studies, primarily communication, collaboration and project management skills;

University of Pécs is among the highest rated universities!

The University of Pécs received an excellent score, a 4.5 in Overall satisfaction, a 4.5 in Student-teacher interaction, a 4.6 in Student diversity and a 4.6 in Quality of student life categories!   University of Pécs has earned 6 Student Satisfaction medals!

Almost 600 students, teachers and employees participated in the blood call of VSB-TUO

On June 14th, there is the World Blood Donor Day. VSB - Technical University of Ostrava has been organizing a blood challenge since 2016, launched by the Faculty of Economics. Today's time is erratic and having blood stocks is very important. In 2016, the University Hospital Ostrava made contact with the student organization IFMSA CZ (International Federation of Medical Students' Associations) asking for help with blood donation. She then addressed the editorial board of the Sokolska 33 magazine, which supported the project and invited its members and students of the Faculty of Economics to participate in the blood challenge too. Actions Donate Blood with EKF was attended by thirty students and teachers, among whom were not only experienced donors, but also people who came to give blood for the first time. The Faculty of Economics handed over the Faculty of Mining and Geology to the relay. Thanks to the Show what's in your donation, 116 people, 102 of them for the first time

Why does Professor from Loughborough University think that adolescence is the beginning of the end?

  Students, PhD students, tutors, researchers, professionals of different specialties of medicine and public health from the Faculty of Medicine at Vilnius University participated in the lecture titled “Adolescence: The beginning of the end”, led by a very famous professor of Loughborough University (UK) Noel Cameron, the best student of the father of international modern auxology James Mourilyan Tanner (UK). He came here at the invitation of a professor at Vilnius University, the head of the Department of Anatomy, Histology and Anthropology, and the chair of the Doctoral Committee for PhD studies in Medicine at Vilnius University, prof. dr. Janina Tutkuviene. “This first (and we hope not the last) meeting with a world-renowned professor of Human Biology Noel Cameron is a very big honor and a real pleasure to the entire academic society of our ALMA MATER. He is one of the most famous auxologists (auxology studies human growth and development) in the world and works at the widely known School of Sport, Exercise and Health Science at Loughborough University”, prof. dr. Janina Tutkuviene stated. “Noel Cameron is the author of a lot of books, articles, journals (more than 300 papers). He is the newly elected President of the European Anthropological Association (EAA). The next meeting of the EAA will be organized by our Department and will be held at the Old Campus of Vilnius University on August 26-29, 2020. So, we hope to meet with the professor again”. “It is my first time in Lithuania and I feel fascinated by the beauty of Vilnius and hospitality of its inhabitants”, the professor from UK said, expressing his sincere gratitude to prof. Janina Tutkuviene for her kind invitation and fruitful cooperation. He enjoyed visiting the Vilnius University campus and was really surprised that it had such a long history dating back 440 years. “My congratulations to Vilnius University! It seems to me that life here has a strong community feel. I found the students of the Faculty of Medicine very knowledgeable and willing to communicate. They are not indifferent to their own and the public health”, prof. Noel Cameron noticed. He thinks, that it is great to have such a University in Europe with a lot of talents of which to be proud. He explained, that Loughborough University (UK) also takes pride in its long history as an institution of further and higher education: “But we are only 110 years old”. Loughborough University is a public research university in the market town of Loughborough, Leicestershire, in the East Midlands of England. It has been a university since 1966, but the institution dates back to 1909, when the then Loughborough Technical Institute began with a focus on skills and knowledge which would be directly applicable in the wider world. Loughborough was named University of the Year in Great Britain in 2019. In his lecture prof. Noel Cameron presented the idea of adolescence being a crucial period with marked physical, emotional, and intellectual changes, as well as changes in social roles, relationships and expectations. According to him, all of these are important to the development of the individual and provide the basis for health during adulthood. Establishing healthy behavior is a vital part of the lifecourse.  

Winningham celebrates 50 years of teaching at Rice — and 60 years of photographing it

Geoff Winning ham ‘63 found his place at Rice University through photography: first, as an undergraduate who dusted off his adolescent interest in cameras to become the official photographer for the Campanile, and later as a photography professor who returned to his alma mater in 1969. Winning ham is now the Lynette S. Autrey Chair in the Humanities, and in July he will celebrate 50 years of teaching Rice students everything from darkroom development skills to digital layout design. The shelves of his office on the second floor of the Rice Media Centre, a low-slung space with a pleasant amount of natural light, are filled with photo books from students across the years. He can recall, book and page, his favorite images and he shuffles through them with deftness and delight. It almost didn’t happen this way. After graduating with an English degree, Winning ham planned to become a lawyer. Without the influence of one Rice professor, Winningham could very well have added “esquire” to his name. Perhaps he would have pursued photography only as a hobby, like he’d done as a young teen. Gerald O’Grady, who died earlier this year, was a popular English professor at Rice between 1962 and 1967. He was hired away by the University at Buffalo, where he founded its media study program, but O’Grady returned to assist in the creation of the Rice Media Centerat the request of its patrons, Jean and Dominique de Menil, in 1969.  

Long-standing dispute about North American prehistory.

Pavel Flegontov,CSc. (University of Ostrava, Czech Republic) and his team have recently published an article in Nature that intends to put an end to a long-standing dispute over North American prehistory combining data and knowledge from paleogenetics and linguistics. Paleogenetics is a rapidly developing scientific discipline at the junction of archaeology and genetics. Due to the rapid progress in the methods of sequencing DNA extracted from ancient bones, as well as in the methods of genetic data analysis, archeogenetics is becoming an integral component of research in human prehistory. However, the study of relatively recent history (the last 5 thousand years) by methods of archeogenetics is, oddly enough, methodologically difficult, despite the abundance of bone samples and their usually good preservation. As population density increased and means of transportation developed, mobility of people increased. And while in the long millennia of the Paleolithic a dominant pattern was genetic isolation of small groups of hunters, then from the beginning of the Neolithic migration and population micture became increasingly common. Thus, in order to clarify genetic history of virtually any region, it is necessary to unravel a very complex network of population splits and mixtures, i.e. a graph. An example of such a complex region is Chukotka and the American Arctic - the vast expanses of tundra and Arctic desert, inhabited by sparse groups of Chukchi, Eskimos, Aleuts, and Inuit. For the first time the tundra zone of Alaska, the Canadian Arctic islands and Greenland was populated by so-called Paleo-Eskimos. This process began about 5,000 years ago with a migration of a small group of caribou, muskox and seal hunters across the Bering Strait. Then a succession of several archaeological cultures culminated in modern Eskimos, Aleuts and Inuit. However, archaeology very rarely can find whether the change in material culture was accompanied by mass migration and population replacement, or these were primarily cultural processes. Therefore, for decades, there have been controversies about the history of the Arctic peoples, about the relationship of Paleo-Eskimos and Inuit, as well as about the interaction of Paleo-Eskimos and native Americans who occupied the forests of Alaska and Canada adjacent to the tundra.  

“Food for Thought” Scholarship established

The Morehead State University Foundation has announced the establishment of the "Food for Thought” Scholarship, a fund to assist students at Morehead State University in affording an on-campus meal plan to encourage them to complete their education. The first recipient of the award is Janessa Broadhurst, a senior music education major with an area of concentration in vocal performance from Louisville.    The scholarship was established by Brian Gardner (93), who received his Bachelor of Arts in Government from MSU. The Louisville native went on to earn a Master of Arts in Communications from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio, in 1994 and he is currently the vice president of business development for Waites Wireless Sensor Technology in Cincinnati.  Gardner said he recalls his time living on the MSU campus as a college student and his idea in establishing the “Food for Thought” Scholarship was to give students something more tangible than tuition dollars.  “I remember being a student there. When you ate and you ate well, you appreciated it,” he said. “Maybe that student will have a meal and think to themselves, wow, this is something that I earned and it was part of my scholarship package and part of the hard work that I’m doing and just a reminder to keep giving my best in school and applying myself.”   This scholarship was established as part of the Soar to New Heights Scholarship Campaign.  

Any­one can de­ve­lop tech­no­lo­gies – this is how the Finnish school sys­tem pro­motes the maker culture

Technology is what we humans make of it, says Kaiju Kangas, assistant professor of technology education. In Finnish schools, many things are done differently than in other countries. How many devices have you already used just this morning? This is how Kaiju Kangas, assistant professor of technology education at the University of Helsinki, usually provokes people into considering their relationship with technology. So, let's give it a thought: the alarm clock on your phone, the light switch, the coffee maker, browsing the latest headlines and social media entries on your phone, flashing your travel card to the scanner in the tram. Technology has inched its way into our lives without us really even thinking about it, something that Kangas wishes to illustrate with her question. As an expert of technology education, Kangas often gets to envision the future, but also to bring others back down to earth. As a rule, technology is very mundane and not something that comes about by itself; instead, we have to design it ourselves. But how can you make people realise that it is precisely themselves who have the ability to design and develop technologies? According to Kangas, this is where school plays a significant role. In the Finnish system, this role is different than in other countries. Finnish craft classrooms could be re­pur­posed as maker fa­cil­it­iesIn Finland technology education is not a separate subject but a cross-curricular and multidisciplinary topic studied within various classes, for example in science or visual arts education. However, it is particularly closely linked with craft education. Craft is a compulsory subject to all pupils in the first seven grades of comprehensive school, in addition to which it is an optional subject in the 8th and 9th grades. This provides good preconditions for using one’s hands, experimentation and building. It is precisely learning by doing that resides in the core of technology education. Kaiju Kangas uses the term ‘maker culture’: people come together to work, making use of the skills of all participants. They cross boundaries, with traditions and modern approaches going side by side. The maker culture revolves around children’s own ideas. “Central to this is adopting a maker-oriented mindset; what can you do with what you know. My students, who are studying technology education in university, organised workshops for children, among other activities, where LED lights are used to create glowing Easter cards or dinosaurs with gleaming eyes. At the same time, the children learn about the basics of electricity and building electric circuits.” Craft classrooms where pupils can, for example, sew or do wood work have been a staple of Finnish schools already for 150 years. In recent years, they have been equipped with digital fabrication technologies, such as 3D-printers and laser cutters. Kangas dreams about having a space dedicated to creative activities as the heart of each Finnish school. Facilities that encourage diverse activities can be used for designing and making various physical or digital artefacts, playing games or just hanging with your friends. “Learning by doing has been a topic of discourse for more than a century now. What is new to this era is the ease that new technology brings. The collision of digital and material things engenders new opportunities, and everything can be shared online,” Kangas says. Maker culture sup­por­ted by a flex­ible cur­riculumIn addition to crafts, an established school subject, and appropriate facilities, Finland has two other assets in technology education. Firstly, crafts – and all other subjects – is taught by subject and class teachers who have a master’s degree in education. Secondly, the Finnish school system is based on the strong autonomy of teachers. The national core curriculum for basic education provides a fairly flexible framework, within which professional teachers are able to personally plan how to organise their teaching, enabling the freedom and playfulness that are part and parcel of the maker world. As regards technology education, the current situation in Finnish schools varies. Enthusiastic teachers can cover a lot of content relating to the subject matter in their teaching, but the range of skills and interest among teachers varies significantly. Today’s students at the University of Helsinki can choose to complete a study module in technology education worth 60 credits. “It’s important to also develop the skills of teachers already practicing their profession,” Kangas notes. Dif­fer­ent per­spect­ives be­ne­fit the en­tire groupCurrently, Kaiju Kangas is investigating children’s activities in co-innovation projects under the Growing Mind research project. She is amazed by the inventiveness of modern children. The groups of pupils monitored in the research projects have been developing fun everyday innovations, such as cleaner robots and smart sportswear that light up automatically in the dark. A range of thinkers and opinions also benefits the groups. Kangas still remembers a particular situation from years ago when she was writing her doctoral dissertation. For her research, she was observing pupil groups involved in maker activities focused on lamp designing. The groupwork mainly appeared to be on an equal footing; everyone was coming up with ideas and developing them further together. It was only later that Kangas found out that a number of the pupils in the groups had been individuals in need of special support. In creative projects, everyone gets to utilise their strengths. Di­verse tech­no­lo­gical com­pet­en­cies needed in the fu­tureIn her conversations with representatives of the technology industry, Kaiju Kangas has noticed that the interests of parties involved in the industry and technology education often meet. For instance, they agree on the need for diverse technological skills in the future. “The aim is to broaden the general understanding of who and which fields place value in technological competencies. The question is how to make young people who are interested in, say, global challenges notice that these things can be solved in technological fields.” As an example, Kangas highlights the efforts needed to curb climate change, something for which education in technology provides a good starting point. “Technology also engenders entirely new challenges. In future, we will need, for example, people specialised in solving questions of ethics related to artificial intelligence.” Kangas believes that visits to technology businesses in the upper secondary school could inspire young people to gravitate towards these fields. Technology is what we make of itWhile technology education could encourage young people to specialise in technological fields, Kangas perceives an even broader significance for her work. “Comprehensive school provides skills for life. Everyone benefits from the maker mindset brought to the fore by technology education, the opportunity to be the maker and designer yourself.” What vexes Kangas is the notion frequently expressed in public discourse of technology as something wicked prescribed to us from above. “Technology is what we make of it. We have the ability to have a say in it. Consideration should be given to the values guiding that work. Is technology used only to increase effectiveness or do we wish to create a humane world?”

David John Woods, a consultant pharmacist, educator, and researcher from the University of Otago in New Zealand paid a visit to the Faculty of Medicine of Vilnius University

David John Woods, a consultant pharmacist, educator, and researcher with a background in medical informatics, rational drug use, evidence-based practice, pharmaceutical education, and paediatric clinical pharmacy paid a visit to the Faculty of Medicine of Vilnius University from the University of Otago in New Zealand. For two weeks, students in the Pharmacy Programme had the great opportunity to attend a short course in clinical pharmacy that he presented. This was the second time that the tutor had visited Lithuania and the first time he had worked at Vilnius University. He came here at the invitation of Prof Vaiva Hendrixson, the vice-dean for studies at the Faculty of Medicine. The main coordinator of his visit was Indr? Tra?iokien?, lecturer in the Pharmacy Study Programme.    Woods was invited to the Faculty of Medicine as a tutor for a 2-week programme for forty 4th-year pharmacy students. The specific area of the subject he presented was clinical pharmacy. It is a relatively new branch of pharmacy in which clinical pharmacists provide direct patient care that optimises the use of medication and promotes health, wellness, and disease prevention. Clinical pharmacists care for patients in all health settings, but the clinical pharmacy movement initially began inside hospitals and clinics. They often work in collaboration with physicians, nurse practitioners, and other health care professionals. Clinical pharmacists can enter into a formal collaborative practice agreement with other health care providers, generally one or more physicians, that allows the pharmacists to prescribe medications and order laboratory tests.  

The enigmas of archaeology? These can now be solved using artificial intelligence.

David John Woods, a consultant pharmacist, educator, and researcher with a background in medical informatics, rational drug use, evidence-based practice, pharmaceutical education, and paediatric clinical pharmacy paid a visit to the Faculty of Medicine of Vilnius University from the University of Otago in New Zealand. For two weeks, students in the Pharmacy Programme had the great opportunity to attend a short course in clinical pharmacy that he presented. This was the second time that the tutor had visited Lithuania and the first time he had worked at Vilnius University. He came here at the invitation of Prof Vaiva Hendrixson, the vice-dean for studies at the Faculty of Medicine. The main coordinator of his visit was Indr? Tra?iokien?, lecturer in the Pharmacy Study Programme.    Woods was invited to the Faculty of Medicine as a tutor for a 2-week programme for forty 4th-year pharmacy students. The specific area of the subject he presented was clinical pharmacy. It is a relatively new branch of pharmacy in which clinical pharmacists provide direct patient care that optimises the use of medication and promotes health, wellness, and disease prevention. Clinical pharmacists care for patients in all health settings, but the clinical pharmacy movement initially began inside hospitals and clinics. They often work in collaboration with physicians, nurse practitioners, and other health care professionals. Clinical pharmacists can enter into a formal collaborative practice agreement with other health care providers, generally one or more physicians, that allows the pharmacists to prescribe medications and order laboratory tests.

Webinar - Study In France

Webinar conducted on "Study In France with the top-ranked, accredited and oldest school" on 28th May 2019, 3:00 pm.

Webinar- Study in Europe and Germany

Webinar conducted on "Study in Europe and Germany" on 23rd May 2019, 3:00 pm

The cost of false science.The problem of the so-called "predatory journals" in a study carried out by the Universities of Pisa, Warwick in England and Aalto in Finland

Italian researchers and professors have spent over 2.5 million dollars to publish articles in predatory journals, that is journals which boast scientific standards they do not respect. The data emerges from a study carried out by Mauro Sylos Labini(photo) from the Department of Political Sciences of the University of Pisa, by Manuel Bagues from the University of Warwickin England and by Natalia Zinovyeva from the University of Aalto in Finland. These three researchers examined the CVs of 46,000 researchers and professors who participated in the first edition of the National Scientific Qualification 2012-13, the first stage in the procedure necessary to become a professor in Italian universities. The results of their analyses have just been published in the monographic edition of “Research Policy” journal, which is devoted to the theme of bad scientific practices.  “A conservative estimate based on our study suggests that in order to publish around 6,000 articles, the researchers surveyed spent more than two and a half million dollars, an average of 440 dollars per article,” says Mauro Sylos Labini. “A part of this figure comes directly from the pockets of the researchers, but a part comes from their public research funds, and it is, however, an estimate which does not take into consideration the cost of attending ‘predatory’ conferences often associated with these publications.”  The study reveals that, overall, more than 2,000 researchers, around 5% of the participants in the National Scientific Qualification, have published in ‘predatory’ journals. The scientific sectors most affected are Economics and Business. However, on the financial side, the misuse of resources appears to be higher in Medicine where some researchers have paid up to 2,500 dollars to publish one article. “The financial cost is actually the classic tip of the iceberg,” concludes Sylos Labini. “The fact that many researchers and professors publish articles in these journals and include them in their CVs shows that there are major problems in the evaluation of research. Our results, in fact, suggest that when this assessment is carried out by inexperienced researchers these articles may even receive a positive evaluation.”   

The University of Ostrava Will Open a New Research Centre for SMART Technologies

The University of Ostrava wants to focus more on the future of SMART technologies. In cooperation with research and non-profit organizations, businesses and public administrations, the University will explore their use in cities and municipalities on a more massive scale. The whole research, sponsored by the Faculty of Science of the University of Ostrava, is a response to the development of innovative technologies and the increasing requirements for their application. “It is without a doubt that modern innovative technologies will continue to be more and more important, whether in the area of company management, or in increasing the quality of life in cities and regions. However, a critical approach and evaluation of their actual usefulness are also required for their application. Therefore, the project is designed to examine the advantages of various innovations for their application,” says the main guarantor of the project, doc. RNDr. Petr Rumpel, Ph.D. of the Department of Human Geography and Regional Development.     


It's already late May that back oral admission, a busy time on campus Burgundy School of Business (BSB). For 6 weeks, from May 24 to July 3, nearly 4,000 young people from all over France are welcomed. The start of this intense month will be held on May 22 and 23 with the Cap'Oral Days , two days of preparation offered to which hundreds of oral candidates come to participate. For this, 62 admirers of the Team Admissibles are mobilized to ensure a high quality welcome, which is a hallmark of BSB (best reception eligible in 2015 and 2016, 2nd in 2017 and 2018, according to the site Major Prépa). Instill the values of change It is a question of allowing the candidates to project themselves in their future universe and to live all the facets of a School in which they will be able to give meaning to what they do. The time spent on the campus during admission exams is a preview of the "BSB student experience". Future students will thus be immersed in the "Lead For Change" philosophy - aware of the skills expected of an actor of change in a constantly changing world, with academic and pedagogical content offered to BSB, the values of the School, to his tradition of accompaniment, etc


Agricultural Academy of Vytautas Magnus University in 2019 at the time of pre-university admission, students will be admitted to the first cycle (undergraduate) for full-time and part-time studies. Entrants can apply only to places not funded by the state. Requests can be made both earlier and in 2019. Secondary education.    UNIVERSITY ADMISSION PROCESS  The documents include the list of VMU pre-admission study programs and the structure of the competition score for those entering VMU in 2019.   SUBMISSION OF DOCUMENTS  Persons wishing to take part in a competition for a non-state-funded study place at Vytautas Magnus University must complete an online application and provide the following documents:  An identity document (passport or identity card);  A maturity certificate and its annexes or other documents attesting to secondary education (if the secondary education was acquired in 2018 and earlier);  The completed form of the final grades of the semesters of the subjects, signed by the head of the school (if secondary education is acquired in 2019);  Diplomas or certificates attesting to the success of international or national Olympiads and competitions  

International Scholar and Student Conference ‘The Balkans In, On the Road or Out of the European Union’

On April 15-16, 2019 the Club of Political Science and the Department of Government Studies organized a two-day international conference ‘The Balkans In, On the Road or Out of the European Union’.During the first day, a group of renowned scholars, practitioners, think-tankers and students participated in a plenary session and two round table discussions on the internal political situation in the Balkan states and its applicability to the political processes in the European Union and on the external players and their role in the Balkans. The second day consisted of two round table sessions where selected students presented their research projects and discussed them with scholars in the field of International Relations, history and European Studies, thus bridging youth enthusiasm and scholar experience. Students were encouraged to publish their research findings. The conference was organized by students’ Club of Political Science, with the leading role of Tihana Toki? (3rd year student BA in International Relations) mentored by Dr. Spasimir Domaradzki (Chair of the Government Studies Department). The Conference was supported financially by the Lazarski Honours Programe, the Faculty of Economics and Management, UACES and PTSE. We thank our donors for the financial support of our initiative.

US visa data shows declining international numbers

The US Department of Homeland Security’s Student and Exchange Visitor Information System (SEVIS) is always an interesting window into international enrolment trends in the US – not least for its ability to provide something close to a real-time snapshot of student numbers.The latest quarterly release of SEVIS data for March 2019 continues a downward trend that we first observed last year. In March 2018, the SEVIS numbers, reflecting active student visa holders at all levels of study in the US, showed a very marginal decrease (-.5%) compared to March 2017. The March 2019 data now reveals a second straight year of declining numbers with a nearly 3% drop in the number of foreign students with active US student visas.There were just under 1,170,000 foreign students in the US as of March 2019 compared to slightly more than 1,200,000 as of March 2018 (a decrease of -2.7% year over year). This reflects enrolment at all levels of study – including language courses, degrees, community college, vocational, and K–12 – as well as those students who have graduated but remain in the US for Optional Practical Training placements.The top 15 sending markets for US institutions and schools account for slightly more than three in four foreign enrolments in the country (76%). The following table looks at the number of student visa holders for each of these leading sending markets as of March 2018 and March 2019.As the table reflects, 14 of the top 15 source markets declined year over year. In most cases, these are marginal decreases, the exceptions being South Korea (which continues its longer-term trend with a drop of nearly -8% this year), Saudi Arabia (which fell off -17% as the teach-out of scholarship students continues), and Iran (where the -9% decline has likely been influenced by the US administration’s travel ban and by rising political tensions between the two countries generally).Brazil stands out as the lone sending market among the top 15 to have increased as of March 2019.  

France posts 4.5% increase in international enrolment for 2017/18

There are now 343,000 international students enrolled in French higher education, representing a 4.5% increase from 2016/17 to 2017/18, and a second straight year of stronger growth for France’s international enrolment. On pace for a new target News of the latest increase in foreign student numbers dovetails with the French government’s announcement of a new international education strategy last fall, one that established a target to host 500,000 international students by 2027. Achieving this goal relies on France welcoming an average of 5% more foreign students per year through 2027. The new strategy, entitled Bienvenue en France, is now backed by a newly announced €10 million (US$11.4 million) support fund from the French government aimed at improving international student services across French universities. Among other goals, the fund is intended to further expand English-taught programmes (ETPs) at French universities. This is an increasingly popular category of programming across Europe due to the ability of ETPs to boost the attractiveness of a study destination for students in a wider field of sending markets. The number of English-medium degrees in France has grown considerably over the last 15 years, from 286 in 2004 to 1,328 as of fall 2018. Of those, 1,015 are currently taught entirely in English, with most of those programmes offered at the master’s level. At the same time, the fund will also support the development or expansion of French as a foreign language courses for foreign students. The Ministry of Higher Education, Research and Innovation has set aside €5 million of the fund for proposals from French institutions seeking funding for ETP and French language programmes, and also for new initiatives to provide support and integration services for visiting students. The funding round will close on 2 May 2019 and is open only to institutions that are participating in the Bienvenue en France branding programme.  

Quality mark for degree programmes in Keuzegids Hbo 2019

Breda University of Applied Sciences achieved high scores in Keuzegids Hbo 2019. No fewer than three degree programmes - International Facility Management, Hotel Management and Creative Media and Game Technologies - were awarded a Keuzegids quality mark. This means that these degree programmes have received the designation ‘Top-rated programme’ and are among the best in the Netherlands in their respective categories

Employment rate for Vatel alumni at the end of the degree at Vatel

The employment rate for Vatel alumni is high, mainly due to all the professional experience they have accumulated during their schooling, both at school and during their internships. Trained in hotel management careers by weeks of theoretical coursesfollowed by professional experience, recruitment officers appreciate their strategic and operational profiles.

HAMK quality system

The quality systems of Finnish higher education institutions are audited systematically by the Finnish Education Evaluation Centre. HAMK was the first ever higher education institution in Finland to receive the highest status “advanced” for its quality system.  

A New Promising Specialty: Liquefied Natural Gas Terminal Engineering

In response to market changes and emerging new technologies, KN and Klaip?da University introduced a new study programme ‘LNG Terminal Engineering’, which is considered as having prospects for the future. We are in a new and challenging phase of innovation development in the maritime sector, which provides great opportunities for the maritime states. Lithuania will utilise the emerging opportunities in full if it manages to train specialists in time, conducts research in the areas relevant to the maritime industry and transport, and promotes energy efficiency. During 3,5 years, in the study programme of Liquefied Natural Gas Terminal Engineering you will learn to design, construct, operate, and maintain the equipment, tools, and systems in the LNG engineering units and to work safely, efficiently, economically, and by preserving natural resources.  

Special mention in the Hotusa Group's Talent Match contest for the project presented by EUHT StPOL students

The inter-university competition, which awarded the best ideas to face the challenges of the tourism sector, has highlighted the project presented by the students of the University Degree in Hospitality and Tourism Management of the University Hospitality and Tourism School of Sant Pol de Mar (EUHT StPOL ) entitled EASY by Eurostars. The Talent Match contest , organized by the Hotusa Group, was held on March 29, 30 and 31 in Santiago de Compostela. Didac Barnés, Daniel Ubeda, Sofia Pestana and Nathalie Heljkoop are the students of the Degree in Hospitality and Tourism Management of EUHT StPOL that participated in the final of the Talent Match 2019 competition , which was attended by the best projects presented by the 16 university centers registered. .   The project of the students of EUHT StPOL, entitled EASY by Eurostars, consisted of an application designed for the clients of a resort to facilitate their stay. The jury highlighted the novel proposal of the project's functionalities, adapted to the demands and needs of the client in this type of accommodation and gave it special mention.  


INTERNATIONAL INTEGRATED CYCLE: INFORMATION ON INTERVIEWS. ISEP - April 2, 2019 - sthiebault On Parcoursup, you have finalized your file and confirmed your wish for the International Integrated Cycle of ISEP and you wonder when will your interview take place?  Around the 12th of April, an email will be sent directly by ISEP to:   1 / invite you to choose the date that suits you best, between 17 and 26 April and according to the available places: monitor your messages,  we advise you to choose it quickly!   2 / give you details on the progress of this interview.   If you are classified: you will of course be exempt from maintenance!   Final straight for the competition: good preparation!  

Education experts from around the globe to meet at an international forum ‘World After University’ in April

On 4th of April, 2019 high-ranking politicians, professors, rectors and the best education experts from all around the globe will look into the most relevant topics that Universities are facing today at the international forum ‘World After University’. At the event, University representatives and guests will analyse the spread of Western university model to other civilizations and their interaction with different structures of worldview and knowledge. Keynote speech will be delivered by Jamil Salmi – former coordinator of the World Bank’s tertiary education program. Mr. Salmi consulted universities and governments of more than 100 countries. Also, you will hear John W. Kao from Univerity of Hong Kong, as well as UNESCO Deputy Director for Education, Stefania Giannini, which is a former Minister of Education. Other experts from England, Scotland and China are due to deliver their remarks. Among other disputable topics, experts and philosophers will discuss universities’ mission in reorienting education and economy in a way that would stimulate creativity. Moreover, the problematic issue on other institutions duplicating universities’ functions will be touched. During the forum, a panel discussion on university’s mission in the 21st century will take place, moderated by dr. Irena Vaišvilait?, who is an Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of Lithuania. Moreover, education professionals will talk about universities’ advantages and will try to define its position as a civilizational phenomenon. Also, some fundamental questions will be covered, such as: do universities are still necessary for public development and state progress? Or how should the university culture change in the modern world? 

Germany International Student Statistics 2019

Germany is becoming a very popular study destination standing alongside the US, the UK, Canada and Australia. Consequent to this high attractiveness the country has reached its long-term of welcoming 350,000 international students, by 2020, three years earlier in 2017.    Here are a few statistics:- Free higher education: 35.3% of prospective students would choose Germany because of its free-tuition universities World-class professors: 29.3% of international students value professorship at German universities Countless job opportunities after graduation: 69.2% of international students would prefer to remain in the country and find a good job 374,951 international students were enrolled in German higher education institutions 2,842,225 students were seeking a degree at German universities Foreign students shared 13% of the total number of the student population in Germany The number of international students increased by 4.5% as compared to 358,895 students on the Winter semester 2016/17 Since 2009/2010 the international students’ community has grown by 53% (244,775 to 374,951)  

The National Super computing Center is expanding its infrastructure with NVIDIA technology.

IT4Innovations National Super computing Center VŠB - Technical University of Ostrava today officially launched the NVIDIA DGX-2 computing system. The system is designed to deal with the most demanding tasks of artificial intelligence that achieve peak performance of 2 PetaFLOPs. The ceremony was attended by the President of the Moravian-Silesian Region, prof. Ivo Vondrák, Mayor of the City of Ostrava, Ing. Tomáš Macura and Rector of VSB - Technical University of Ostrava, prof. Václav Snášel.  The IT4Innovations supercomputer family is expanding with the NVIDIA DGX-2, which was supplied by Czech company M Computers. The National Supercomputing Center integrates it into its infrastructure, which is provided by a broad base of users from academic, research and commercial institutions from the Czech Republic and abroad. "Our main mission is to enable Czech scientists to access high-tech technologies. This new system will allow them to keep up with the world in the field of artificial intelligence, which, together with digitization, is considered to be key to the development of society. That's why we decided to buy this unique device, "says Vít Vondrák, director of IT4Innovations.   

Students presented LSMU in France and Finland

The LSMU Ambassador Programme was introduced in 2016 and seeks to involve international students into a voluntary activity aiming at promotion of the LSMU in foreign countries. The information about the ambassadors and their contacts are provided in the LSMU website as well as it is spread during the presentations of the LSMU in various countries. The LSMU Ambassador Programme involves 17 international students from 11 countries. Ambassadors consult by e-mails those who are interested in studies at the LSMU and share their experience of studies and life in Lithuania, participate in the University “Open Days” and international study fairs.  A second-year student Emma Gonzales Mourier presented the LSMU at two schools in France. She shared her impressions of the newly gained experiences, “Thanks to the LSMU Ambassador Programme, I had an opportunity to tell French high school students about the study programmes at the LSMU. While this was an invaluable personal experience for me, it was also a great opportunity for the high school students to learn more about the LSMU and to think about their career choices. This experience boosted my self-confidence and, most importantly, I realized that I could contribute to making the dreams of young and motivated people come true.”  

The Faculty as an International Space Station, bringing together experts from around the world

INTERVIEW. Since 1 February 2019, the TUL Faculty of Art and Architecture has led Osamu Okamura, who wants to connect his new place of work with the world and with new technologies. The news server Libereckezpravy.cz has asked the new dean several questions. The editor of the server Tomáš Tesa? asks: So the key argument why you wanted to become a FA dean was mainly the history and achievements around the SIAL office? Hundred percent. In the area of architecture, I still regard Liberec as a very interesting research center. It is of course given by the people who have worked and worked here at school. And one of my goals here will be to strengthen this page and to invite top experts not only to architecture and urbanism, but also to modern technology. After all, I consider them another specifics of the local faculty. And at the same time something that really interests me. Read the whole interview at Libereckezpravy.cz   

University rankings: the University of Pisa is among the top one hundred universities in the world in five subjects

The results of the QS World University Rankings by subject 2019 have been published    According to the QS World University Rankings by Subject for 2019, the University of Pisa is among the top one hundred in the world in five subjects, confirming its distinction in the sectors where the University has a long tradition of excellence: from the rankings the University is top in “Classics and Ancient History” (26th place), “Mathematics”, “Physics and Astronomy” and “Computer Science and Information Systems” (all between 51st and 100th). This year the University earned an excellent place for the new subject introduced by QS, “Library and Information Management”, where Pisa gained 50th place in the world.


ISEP was ranked at the top of the podium by L’Etudiant magazine (out of 174 institutions) for the criteria “Making a good living in information technology”. This underlines ISEP’s excellence, the strength of its engineering degree and its proximity to businesses and the professional world.     U-Multirank shows: University of Applied Sciences Europe Iserlohn, Berlin, Hamburg is one of the TOP 10 performers of universities in Germany in the field of business Iserlohn, January 22, 2019 . The highly acclaimed international U-Multirank ranks the business studies offered by the  University of Applied Sciences Europe - Iserlohn, Berlin, Hamburg  as one of the best in Germany. Every year, the Europe-wide university ranking "U-Multirank" appears, in which almost 100 universities can be compared in Germany. The faculties of the University of Applied Sciences Europe ranked among the top ten business schools.

Times Higher Education and Wall Street Journal rank SKEMA's masters highly

SKEMA’s Master in Management ranks 17th out of 30 schools (and third out of the French schools represented) and 11th out of 23 schools for its Master in Finance (first out of four French schools represented).


Vatel Group and its campuses throughout the world have won the “Best Hospitality Management School” award in the 17th Worldwide Hospitality Awards, competing against 42 prestigious international schools.  

JUMP2Excel launches Public Lecture Series

The Joint Universal activities for Mediterranean PV integration Excellence (JUMP2Excel)  consortium has successfully organised its first Mentoring week thus launching the JUMP2Excel Public Lecture Series. The first lecture, hosted by The Malta Group of Professional Engineering Institutions (MGPEI), was given by Mentor Antoine Guerin de Montgareuil from The French Alternative Energies and Atomic Energy Commission (CEA). He delved into the highlights on technologies developed at CEA and their potential application on insular territories. Guerin de Montgareuil also met with MCAST Energy researchers, MCAST Institute of Engineering and Transport members, and Maltese Stakeholders and discussed a vast range of topics on Photovoltaics integration. During this mentoring week JUMP2Excel Modular Training on modelling photovoltaic energy production was carried out, together with a presentation of MotherPV method developed by CEA.  

Stockholm reporting continued growth in international student numbers.

  In 2011, the Swedish government decided to introduce higher education tuition fees for non-European Union/non-European Economic Area students. The number of foreign students in Sweden promptly declined and continued to do so until about 2014, when we first observed a modest recovery. A new report from the Stockholm Academic Forum (STAF) – a peak body made up of local government plus the city’s 18 higher education institutions – provides further evidence of continuing growth since 2014, with foreign student numbers in Stockholm now approaching 2011 levels for the first time since the new tuition policy was introduced. Study Destination Stockholm: Report on International Student Mobility, Stockholm 2017-2018 reports just under 10,000 international students in Stockholm as of the 2017/18 academic year. Those numbers have grown by 5% year-over-year, about 20% in total over the last three years, and are on pace to surpass the previous high point from 2011 sometime this year. Roughly one in four international students in Sweden is studying in Stockholm and so the report also provides an interesting directional indicator as to overall student numbers in the country.  


You want to join a Grande Ecole de Management after the Bac, to follow a training in marketing-communication, management-law-finance or commercial management?    Come discover our Bachelor Marketing & Business program, TOP 6 Bachelors in France, on the occasion of the Open House of our campus located in the heart of the Confluence district, on: Wednesday, February 20 from 14:00 to 18:00 42 Cours Suchet 69002 LYON    Link : - https://www.bsb-education.com/actualites/item/bsb-lyon-portes-ouvertes-27-fevrier-venez-decouvrir-notre-programme-bachelor-marketing-business.html  

The University of Ostrava has acquired the institutional accreditation

As only the 6th university in the Czech Republic the University of Ostrava has acquired the so called “institutional accreditation” which confirmes its quality and it gives the university considerable freedom. It has succeeded in seven areas of education, by which it has covered majority of its study programmes.    The university was preparing for two years for the whole process. It was needed to adjust most of the current university international regulations and to accept few new, to establish the Board of internal evaluation of the University of Ostrava, to set a new system of evaluation of study programmes, to accept its own standards of the study programmes quality and to prepare the specific application for the institutional accreditation.     The new system of accreditation means significant changes for the applicants. From the academic year 2019/2020 the universities will be changing the existing arrangement of study programmes which were divided into study fields and will turn to newly accredited study programmes allowing specialization.   So far only five Czech universities have got the institutional accreditation. The first one was the Charles University in Prague, second Masaryk University in Brno, then Palacky University Olomouc, university in Pardubice and the Technical University of Ostrava.    

VMU Chamber Orchestra organizes a charity concert

February 28, Thursday, 7 pm VMU Chamber Orchestra concert to support Kaunas Hospital House will take place in VMU Great Hall (Gimnazijos Str. 7). The whole VMU community is invited to spread the message about this event and to encourage each other, if possible, to contribute to a charitable idea. Link :- https://www.vdu.lt/lt/vdu-kamerinis-orkestras-organizuoja-labdaros-koncerta/  

For Students - BAFF Professional Internship USA Competition

The Baltic-American Freedom Foundation organizes a competition for a professional internship program that provides full coverage and a guaranteed placement in the United States. Students, postgraduate and graduate students from the last year's Bachelor's program are invited to apply. The Professional Internship Program will provide excellent opportunities for professional internships in various US companies, companies, or organizations. Program participants receive scholarships of up to $ 30,000 per year to cover accommodation, insurance, food and transport costs during the internship. More than 100 students and graduates from a wide range of Lithuanian universities have already benefited from this unique opportunity during the eight years of the Baltic-American Freedom Fund. This program is a great opportunity to gain professional experience, expand the circle of acquaintances, get acquainted with the culture and lifestyle of the USA. Applications are accepted until April 2   Link:- https://www.vdu.lt/lt/studentams-baff-profesiniu-stazuociu-jav-konkursas/  

Record numbers from China and Hong Kong applying to study in UK

Record numbers of students from China and Hong Kong are applying for places at British universities, overtaking the number of applicants from Wales, according to official figures. Data from the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (Ucas) shows a spike in demand for undergraduate places from mainland China and a small rise in applications from the EU, despite fears over Brexit. The figures taken from Ucas’s January deadline, when the bulk of undergraduate applications are made, show a 1% decline in UK applicants, but a 9% surge from international candidates meant the total number of applications went up for the first time in three years. The number of applications from China and Hong Kong rose from more than 17,000 last year to 21,000 this year. In contrast, only 18,850 applications came from Wales, meaning that if those trends are sustained there will soon be more undergraduates from China studying at British universities than from Wales. Last year there were also more than 100,000 postgraduate students from China and Hong Kong at British universities, out of nearly 350,000 full-time postgraduates. Link: https://www.theguardian.com/education/2019/feb/07/record-numbers-china-hong-kong-applying-study-uk-universities  

The University of Ostrava as a part of the World Para Ice Hockey Championship

The world's best para ice hockey will be seen in Ostrava in April and May. Eight elite teams of the world group will compete for the world champion title. The University of Ostrava is taking care of the educational activities that will precede the tournament. “In the recent years, Ostrava has become the city where the most prestigious sports tournaments take place. We are glad that we can support the elite world championship for para hockey players. The world championship can be an inspiration for the disabled people and also a guide on how to spend their free time actively and meaningfully. We have a long-term and systematic support of the disabled citizens through the donations to organizations which help these citizens,” said Mayor of the City of Ostrava Tomáš Macura.   Link :- https://www.osu.eu/23236/the-university-of-ostrava-as-a-part-of-the-world-para-ice-hockey-championship/  

Scientists from VŠB - Technical University of Ostrava are developing a monitoring device for greater safety of firefighters and paramedics.

Monitoring system for measurement, archiving and online evaluation of temperatures affecting firefighters is still missing on the market. "The SAM system – “Safety Ambient Monitor" is primarily intended for firefighters, mining rescue workers and possibly special army forces," says Professor Petr Novák from the Department of Robotics and adds: "We have designed a monitoring device that can measure the outside temperature impacting protective clothing, relative humidity and temperature under the protective clothing and other parameters to which rescuers are exposed. Such device is not on the market yet.” More information about the SAM unit, including a promotional video can be found on the website http://robot.vsb.cz/sam/index.php  Link:- https://www.vsb.cz/en/news-detail/?reportId=28945&linkBack=/en/university/news/index.html    

University Representatives in Tel-Aviv

The Dean of International Relations and Study Centre Prof. Ingrida Januleviciene, Dean of Post graduation Centre Dr. Juozas Kupcinskas, International Programme Coordinators Ingrida Inciuriene ir Ruta Antanaitiene had visited Tel-Aviv in January, 2019.  The LSMU representatives took part in the Study Fair arranged by the agency M.D. International. Professor I. Januleviciene made the comprehensive presentation about the University, study possibilities, learning facilities and research activities, as well as the specifics of problem based learning and student exchange programme ERASMUS+.  Link: http://www.lsmuni.lt/en/front/news-and-events/university-representatives-in-tel-aviv.html    

Traditional and creative people work together

s part of the project "CTCC - Creative Traditional Companies Cooperation", from 21 to 23 January 2019 lectures and workshops were held for companies in the creative sector (design, architecture, game design, software, ...) and the Blue / Green Economy (sustainable Energy industry, maritime industry, maritime tourism, ...). After three previous events in Klaipeda, Szczecin and Karlsham this was the first project event in Germany. Above all, it gave regional traditional and creative companies the opportunity to network better with one another and with international companies and thus jointly develop new creative solutions. The event is being organized by the European Project Center of the Faculty of Business and Economics at the University of Wismar together with the two Rostock partners Season of Creativity eV and the ATI erc. organized gGmbH.

Seminar on Smart Technology

Seminar Smart Technology in Industry, Education and Life is organized by the Faculty of Mechatronics, Informatics and Interdisciplinary Studies on Wednesday 30 January 2019 in Building G from 10.00 to 14.00.    "It will be an informal meeting of representatives of companies, schools and institutions with the aim of transferring and exchanging information on Smart Technology issues and their benefits, possibilities and problems associated with their deployment," says Dean of the organizing faculty Zden?k Plíva. During the seminar, you will be able to take part in organized inspections of the laboratories and workplaces of the Technical University of Liberec, focused on the application of smart technologies, such as the expanded reality in robotics, 3D scanning, 3D printing and more. Participation in the seminar is free.   Link : http://tuni.tul.cz/rubriky/udalosti/id:99271/seminar-na-tema-chytre-technologie   


Financial Times, Times Higher Education and QS: BSB is now high on these benchmark rankings    In these prestigious rankings internationally, BSB confirms its anchorage in the world Top 80 four years after its first appearance - following its accreditation AACSB, then EQUIS. Thus BSB is ranked 77th in the ranking of the best Masters in Management of the worldpublished in September 2018, an increase of 4 places compared to the previous edition - one of the four best among the top ranked French management schools. In the 15th edition of the ranking of the best European business schools published in December 2018, which aggregates different rankings of different programs, BSB occupies the 81st position, again four places better than the previous edition . If we stick to the programs, the Master in Management BSB is the 65th in Europe . The School is even quoted in the presentation of the ranking methodology ... and was on the cover of the paper supplement with a highlight of the MBA Wine & Spirits Business !     

Informational open seminar “Doctoral (PhD) Studies 2019”

Informational open seminar for everyone interested in PhD studies at Kaunas University of Technology will take place on 21 February 2019, at 3 p.m., KTU Santaka Valley (K.Baršausko  g. 59, A228). Topics covered:– Research areas and doctoral programmes– Application procedure, important dates and deadlines– Scholarships, mobility and funding opportunities– Discussions with coffee&cookies   Link : https://en.ktu.edu/events/informational-open-seminar-doctoral-phd-studies-2019/

Malta is one of the safest countries in the world

Malta is a generally safe country that receives numerous foreign tourists on a yearly basis. However, crimes of opportunity and violent crime do occur. Most street crimes are non-violent and non-confrontational and range from scams to petty theft. Theft of cell phones, computers, money, jewelry, and iPods is common. Visitors should keep these items out of sight and only use them in safe locations. Most street criminals are unarmed and are not prone to gratuitous violence. Victims of street crime are often inattentive targets of opportunity. Women should keep purses zipped and in front of them. Wear the shoulder straps of bags across your chest. Keep your money, credit cards, wallet, and other valuables in your front pockets. In 2016, crime statistics revealed that theft was the predominate criminal offense, making up over half of the crimes committed in Malta. Assaults numbered under 1,000, with the peak being June, July, and August (height of tourism season). Nationwide crime rates are higher in areas frequented by tourists to include: St. Julians, Mdina, Valletta, Floriana, Sliema, Saint Paul’s Bay, and Ta’ Xbiex. The areas of St Julian’s, Sliema, Valletta, and St Paul’s Bay – accounted for 55% of reported criminal incidents in 2016. Paceville’s draw is the nightclub and restaurant scene. This densely populated area is known for excessive alcohol consumption and the heavy-handed tactics of nightclub bouncers. Isolated incidents have been reported by foreign visitors who have been injured as a result.   In May 2016, a 37-year old Colombian man was critically injured and later passed away in a hospital following an attack by two men in Paceville. There have also been reported incidents of spiked drinks, leading to theft and assault. The Embassy recommends club visitors not leave drinks unattended, be aware of their belongings, especially smartphones, and avoid confrontations by departing the area should an issue present itself. Increased police focus throughout 2016 to combat the high crime in Paceville resulted in a 10% reduction in reported crimes observed from 2015 to 2016.   https://www.osac.gov/pages/ContentReportDetails.aspx?cid=21337

Experts Weigh In: Will Your Degree Help You Get a Job?

The 'skills gap' is a frequent topic of conversation for educators and employers alike. Which begs the question: Are colleges sending their graduates out in the world with the skills they need to succeed in their careers? A recent Harvard Business Review (HBR) article takes a closer look at the issue. Here’s what you need to know. “A Clear Premium on Education” An abundance of evidence points to the fact that the return on investment (ROI) of a university degree is at an all-time high. However, as more people attend college and get degrees, their value decreases. For example, having a college degree in Scandinavia -- where 40 percent of the adult population is college-educated -- equates to a nine per cent increase in earnings. Comparatively,  in sub-Saharan Africa -- where far fewer people go to college -- the earnings boost spikes to 20 percent. Furthermore, as university qualifications become more common, there’s increasing demand for these credentials -- whether or not they are strictly necessary for the job at hand. A Push for a Paradigm Shift HBR  calls for colleges to shift their focus to address how they can help their graduates be job-ready. Specifically, HBR proposes that colleges should spend more time cultivating soft skills in students. “Recruiters and employers are unlikely to be impressed by candidates unless they can demonstrate a certain degree of people-skills. This is perhaps one of the biggest differences between what universities and employers look for in applicants. While employers want candidates with higher levels of EQ, resilience, empathy, and integrity, those rarely attribute that universities nurture or select for in admissions,” argues HBR. In our tech-centric world, this approach also acknowledges the importance of workers who can do tasks that machines cannot. The takeaway? While there are challenges facing today’s employers, there is also massive growth potential for colleges and students. “There is also a huge opportunity for colleges to restore their relevance by helping to fill the learning gap many managers face when they are promoted into a leadership role,” HBR concludes. Link:- https://www.masterstudies.com/news/experts-weigh-in-will-your-degree-help-you-get-a-job/-3329/    

Mentor Workshop

Enhance the international student experience at RSU through personal interaction by assisting students throughout their first term of study. Connect with the students before they arrive, help the newcomers familiarize with their new surroundings, and gain friends for a lifetime. The Mentor Workshops will take place in RSU main building (16 Dzirciema iela) on the following dates:          11 December at 15:30, (K-2014)          8 January at 15:30, Senate Hall (K-212)          24 January at 10:30, Senate Hall (K-212)   Link : -https://www.rsu.lv/en/node/11150

STU experts are involved in NATO project

Team of the Slovak University of Technology in Bratislava have repeated the experiment .Professor Grošek’s team in the FEI STU has won an international competition where the acceptance rate is just about 10% and is currently starting the investigation within the new NATO project - Science for Peace and Security: Secure Communication in the Quantum Era. The goal is to design new secure encryption systems for the post quantum era in specific areas.                        The STU team is closely collaborating with some companies and universities on utilising the invention in practice. Massive commercial use of bio-based and degradable plastics is considered in cooperation with manufacturers of plastic containers, cutlery, packaging foils as well as mulch foils used in agriculture to conserve soil moisture and reduce weed growth. An original option is application in the field of design and fashion: the STU chemists with designers of the crafting plastics! studio have come up with an idea of using bioplastics for sunglasses frames; their design won the 2017 National Design Award in the category of Value-added Design. It was also nominated for the German Design Award and currently is exhibited at the Venice Biennale of Design and Architecture 


As well as offering study programs focusing on digitalization, the FH Kufstein Tirol incorporates technology and business into many of its research projects using a series of innovative products and ideas. Three feet tall, bright eyes and a cute face with a child’s voice: meet NAO the humanoid robot. NAO has been programmed to analyze and react to the facial expressions and gestures made by us humans. The robot is the latest addition to the many innovative products used for research projects at the FH Kufstein Tirol

Three universities became one of Vytautas Magnus University

2019 January 1 The reorganization of the Lithuanian University of Educational Sciences (LEU) and Aleksandras Stulginskis University (ASU) ended with the connection to Vytautas Magnus University (VMU). This is the first step in the restructuring of the university network planned by the Lithuanian Government. On Thursday, a press conference organized by the Government introduced the integration of these universities and other stages. Since the beginning of this year, three universities have officially become a consolidated Vytautas Magnus University, which will be the most comprehensive and will carry out research and studies in the fields of humanitarian, social, physical, arts, biomedicine, technology and agriculture. Integration aims to ensure high quality of studies and science, to reduce the duplication of study programs, to promote interdisciplinary research and to use research and study infrastructure efficiently. After the merger LEU becomes VMU Academy of Education and ASU - VMU Agricultural Academy. Prime Minister Saulius Skvernelis noted that the reform of higher education is one of the most important work of the Government. This reform involves not only merging processes but also the restructuring of funding, quality assurance of services, and the improvement of wages and working conditions. The strengthening of universities has always been the focus of this reform. “We are delighted with the first official fruit of the reform, and especially that it originated from the universities themselves. It is very important to hear the voice of the university communities in the transformation of this scale, and we have certainly done this in this case - we have revised the Government's proposals in the light of the visions of the universities themselves. I believe that this merger will strengthen the scientific potential of universities, interdisciplinary science and studies, attract more students and improve teacher training in Kaunas, bringing together researchers, researchers and practitioners in the field of education at the VMU Academy of Education, ”said the head of government. "This connection opens up opportunities for conducting research of a completely different quality and organizing studies that meet the requirements of the time and expectations of the future, providing a wide range of education", VMU Rector prof. Juozas Augutis. According to the VMU Rector, the synergy of different experiences and competencies enables researchers from the best Western universities to work at first glance in unrelated areas such as humanities and technology experts. In accordance with the objectives of "Society 5.0", studies and research will be carried out in a complex manner, combining interdisciplinary potential in such topical topics as bioeconomy, biotechnology, artificial intelligence, agro-innovation, circular economy, technology law, climate change, sustainable development, teacher training, and others. “The transformation of the higher education system and network optimization was necessary in the Lithuanian education system. I am pleased to have the opportunity to participate in consolidation processes and to be part of it. All that is happening at the moment is a very big responsibility for all the uniting universities, now the heads of the academies, and the whole community, so there will be a lot of work to do here. It is understandable that this will not be implemented in a short period of time ”, - said Greta Šmaižyt?, President of VMU Student Representation. New structures of VMU academic and non-academic units have already been approved. The merger of universities changes the situation: optimization of infrastructure, merging of duplicating functions, integration of study programs and faculties. The main purpose of this transformation is to create a system that allows for horizontal cooperation - there will be no separate structures or separate management.  

Happiest country in the world!

Finland was named the happiest country in the world, pushing last year's winner, Norway, into second place. Factors that go into the happiness report include life expectancy, equality, and social support. The report also measured and took into account the well-being of the country’s immigrants.   “The most striking finding of the report is the remarkable consistency between the happiness of immigrants and the locally born,” said Helliwell.   To read more: https://www.travelandleisure.com/travel-news/finland-happiest-place-to-live-world-happiness-report-2018

Safest, happiest and the best governed country in the world!

From facing adverse times under the Russian occupation, Finland has come a long way. It now ranks on top when it comes to the most stable, the safest and best-governed country in the world     Finland's 66% of the students go to college. This is the highest rate in Europe. Teachers are effectively given the same status as doctors and lawyers.  Teachers are selected from the top 10% of graduates.     Since independence, nearly 30% of Finland’s heads of state and government have been university professors, including half its early prime ministers. “They shaped the country as we know it,” says Jallinoja. “But vitally, they also created confidence in social mobility and real belief in education. That history comes with us.”     To read more :  https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/feb/12/safe-happy-and-free-does-finland-have-all-the-answers

Ample higher-ed, entrepreneurial opportunities in Finland: Indian Ambassador Vani Rao

Currently, in Finland and in charge of Estonia, Ambassador Rao, who has more than 24 years of experience, says that the aim is to diversify the bilateral agenda and strengthen relationships with Finland in all aspects.      The Finns are beginning to engage more with India in all fields.   Finland has good academic programs in engineering and tech subjects, AI, gaming, biotech etc,.   Indian young entreprenuers can also avail programmes like Start-up visa of Finland.   As India and Finland inch closer to celebrating the 70th anniversary of their diplomatic ties in 2019, Ambassador Rao, in an exclusive interview with Delhi Post, speaks fondly about Finland, the depth of India-Finland relations, and why IFS makes a good career choice. Read More : https://delhipostnews.com/india-and-finland-with-ample-opportunities-ambassador-vani-rao/  

KTU Marketing Management study programme first in Lithuania to gain international CIM accreditation

Kaunas University of Technology (KTU) Master’s study programme Marketing Management has been accredited by the Chartered Institute of Marketing (CIM). From now on the graduates of the program will gain a world-renowned and highly regarded professional qualification. According to Lithuanian Minister of Economy Virginijus Sinkevi?ius, Kaunas University of Technology (KTU) is one of the reasons behind international investors’ branching to Kaunas. “Scientists at the Kaunas University of Technology have been working in the Internet of Things field for several years and have not only developed scientific knowledge but also gained experience carrying out projects with businesses”, the Minister comments on the fact of NKT, a leading global power cable manufacturers is expanding its IoT team in Kaunas. Earlier this month, the results of national study fields ranking were announced. KTU is a leader in 12 undergraduate and in 8 master’s fields of study, which is the second best result in Lithuania. The ranking was carried out and announced in the magazine “Reitingai”

A tool from Artificial Intelligence to evaluate the survival of preterm infants

The study which led to the creation of PISA was, therefore, the first on a worldwide basis to gather such an enormous quantity of data; in particular, the researchers used information from the Italian Neonatal Network, a project which includes 89 hospitals all over Italy with Versilia Hospital as one of the coordinating centres. “Each year around 4,500 infants are born very preterm, before the 30th week of gestation or weighing less than 1,500g, and while they represent less than 1% of births, they account for more than half the rate of infant mortality in Italy and the developed countries,” emphasizes Luigi Gagliardi. “ PISA, therefore, represents an important tool both in the care of individual patients, and to increase understanding over the causes of mortality, in order to identify more effective therapies, and ultimately to improve the prognosis of this fragile population.” The creation of PISA, also funded by the University of Pisa thanks to PRA (the University of Pisa Research Project) ‘Metodologie informatiche avanzate per l’analisi di dati biomedici’, is part of the research activity carried out by the Computational Intelligence & Machine Learning group, CIML-Unipi, and includes PhD student Marco Podda who is the co-author of the work.

Blockchain: a Data Revolution

Vilnius University (VU) hosted a scientific event “Blockchain: a Data Revolution”.   Prof. Dr. Andranik Tumasjan (Johannes Gutenberg University of Mainz, Germany) opened the event with his lecture “Blockchain: Hype or Hope? The Potential and Limitations of Blockchain Technologies”. Subsequently, Andrius Adamonis (Bank of Lithuania) and Vytautas Kaš?ta (Blockchain Centre Vilnius) discussed the question from Lithuania’s perspective. Dr. A. Tumasjan is professor and head of the research group of Management and Digital Transformation at Johannes Gutenberg University in Mainz, Germany. His current research and teaching focus on the potential of blockchain technology for novel business models and organizational forms. He touched upon this topic in his lecture, which also included insights about crypto token designs and the appropriate application of blockchain technology in business processes. He argues, that “blockchain technology has recently emerged as a novel technology that is often considered to be a potential disruptor for traditional business models”. Another speaker, A. Adamonis, works as a blockchain project manager at the Bank of Lithuania. He provided his own perspective on the topic, focusing on potential issues of blockchain technologies. V. Kaš?ta, the president of the Crypto Economy Organization and board member of the Blockchain Centre Vilnius, took on a more optimistic viewpoint on the development of blockchain technologies in his presentation.

The University of Pisa honoured the best doctoral theses of 2018

Saturday 24th November saw a new encounter with excellence for the University of Pisa which celebrated the latest edition of the PhDay 2018, a day dedicated to the university doctoral research. The events in the programme also included the awarding of six prizes to honour the most deserving doctoral theses discussed during the last year, one prize for each area of knowledge. The papers were chosen on the basis of the originality and innovation of the results obtained, the relevance in the sector of reference and the impact on internationalisation of the research carried out. Six new promising researchers, four ladies and two men, four from Tuscany and two from Sicily. Here are their names and the fruits of their labours: Edoardo Battaglia, PhD in Information Engineering, was awarded the prize for his thesis "Touch on the Go: Wearable Haptics for Sensing and Augmented Perception"; Rossella Bruno, PhD in Clinical Physiopathology, received the prize for her thesis "Analysis and validation of new biomarkers for the diagnosis of malignant pleural mesothelioma"; Regina Fichera, PhD in Sciences of Antiquity and Archeology, was the best in the Arts sector with a thesis entitled "Il miracolo nelle biografie dei filosofi neoplatonici della tarda antichità (IV-VI sec. d.C.)". The other three winners are Anna Grassi, the youngest (born in 1989), for her thesis "Collisionless shocks in the context of laboratory astrophy", once again contradicting the prejudice – if there were any need - which is always difficult to overcome about the relationship between women and scientific disciplines;Patrizia Pacini Volpe, PhD in Political Science, with her paper " Anatomia della prigione. Aspetti politico-sociali della condizione carceraria in Italia e in Francia"; and Alberto Vangelisti, PhD in Sciences of Agriculture, Food and the Agricultural Environment, for the thesis "Transcriptome analysis of plants-fungus interaction: RNA-seq approach on sunflower (Helianthus annus L.) mycorrhizal roots".   The award ceremony, officiated by the rector Paolo Mancarella with the delegate to doctoral research, Marcella Aglietti, and the twenty-three doctoral programme coordinators based in the University of Pisa (there are another 10 in convention with other universities) took place during the course of the Diploma Ceremony when around 220 new PhDs were awarded for this year.  The day began with the inauguration of the doctoral programme academic year at the University of Pisa, in the presence of many of the over 700 candidates, 260 of whom from the first year alone. The Day was entitled “La ricerca cambia la vita” (Research changes your life), and the value of this experience gained along the doctoral journey was presented by four former students who, having received their degree or PhD from the University of Pisa, have continued their academic and professional journey with success and great personal gratification, both in Italy and the world in general. Thus, Alessandro Launaro, born in 1979 and a former PHD student in Ancient History, recounted how he has become one of the world’s most renowned specialists in the history of Roman Italy: he is at present Senior Lecturer at the University of Cambridge, Director of Studies in Classics at Gonville and Caius College and alongside Martin Millet is head of an archeological research project at the Roman town of Interamna Lirenas. Of equal importance is Piergiorgio Morosini who received his PhD in Private Law at Pisa. He later became the magistrate who presented the preliminary hearing in the so-called “State-Mafia Pact” case, and from 2014-2018 was a member of the Italian High Council of the Judiciary. The PhD in Information Engineering from the University of Pisa completed in 1997 was, instead, the means that allowed Riccardo Marian, after his research at CERN and the foundation of Yogitech, to achieve the title of Intel Fellow and the role of Chief Functional Safety Technologist for the whole Internet of Things group of Intel Corporation. Yet another example is the case of Dr Francesca Iezzi, who graduated in Mathematics at the University of Pisa and has been with the University of Edinburgh since 2017 where she leads the outreach activities for the School of Mathematics. Four inspiring and motivating models for the young listeners. The programme also included various seminars and workshops on the training opportunities specifically dedicated to the PhD students, as well as research laboratories, panel sessions and information display areas set up by the PhD office and the Italian Association of PhD students and PhDs.“The University of Pisa“, said the rector Mancarella, “places great emphasis on PhDs, with a significant investment of over 5 million euros for 2019, a much higher figure than other universities of the same size. This regard for the PhD programmes has led to other important acknowledgements, such as the reform of the Statute, the highest body of academic government, where a place has been assigned to the PhD student representatives, the creation of a bursary in memory of Giulio Regeni and in the following semester, the creation of over 20 cross-ranging didactic modules in accordance with the highest formative parameters in third-level education in the field of Italian and international research”.  

Webinar on "Study in Slovakia"

Webinar conducted on "Study in Slovakia" on 17th Jan 2018, 4:00pm

Europe Study Centre proudly launches its new office in Dimapur

Europe Study Centre proudly launches its new office in Dimapur,  Coming soon!

Seminar by ASU, Lithuania

Seminar conducted by ASU at Surat

KTUs Informatics Engineering Study Programme Awarded the Euro-Inf Quality Lab

The international committee of experts has awarded the Kaunas University of Technology (KTU) Informatics Engineering study programme the Euro-Inf Quality Label. In their report the experts, who audited the programme this spring, underlined the exceptionally high qualifications of the teachers and the excellent study infrastructure.

Visas for Indians in Portugal

António Costa announces simplification of visas for young people, scientists and entrepreneurs who want to go to India and Indians who want to come to Portugal. Prime Minister António Costa announced today that during his state visit to India, agreements will be signed to simplify entrance visas for young students, members of the scientific and business communities of the two countries. This agreement was put forward by António Costa before starting next Saturday a six-day state visit to India, starting in Delhi, passing through Bangalore, ending in Goa, former Portuguese colony and homeland of the prime minister's father , Orlando Costa.

Slovakia will provide 550 scholarships migrants

He said this in New York, Minister of Foreign Affairs Miroslav Laj?ák, who on behalf of the Slovak Government concludes, inter alia, the commitment, the government provides scholarships for more than 500 people who had to flee their homeland.  

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