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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 AT RTU CONTINUE TO BE PROVIDED REMOTELY

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.   

RTU – ONE OF THE TOP 100 GREENEST UNIVERSITIES IN THE WORLD

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.  

RTU HAS ACHIEVED THE HIGHEST RESULTS SO FAR IN THE EDUNIVERSAL RANKING

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.    

KU ACCOMPANIES THE YEAR OF 2019 HAVING ACHIEVED THE SET GOALS

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 WILL INAUGURATE THE CONFUCIUS CLASSROOM

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. 

INTERREG PROJECT "ATTRACTIVE TOURISM" STARTS

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.  

CITYU NAMED 16TH BEST FOUR-YEAR COLLEGE FOR ADULT LEARNERS BY WASHINGTON MONTHLY

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.

BSB OBTAINS THE “BIENVENUE EN FRANCE” LABEL

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 [email protected] or phone +370 5 236 9160

INCREASING LIVESTOCK DIVERSITY CAN HELP PROMOTE BIODIVERSITY AND ECOSYSTEM FUNCTIONING

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!

CLAUDIA SAMPEL APPOINTED DIRECTOR OF INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS

  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.     

2019 COMPETITION: THE TEAM READY TO RECEIVE THE FUTURE ACTORS OF CHANGE

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

PRE-ADMISSION TO UNDERGRADUATE STUDIES AT VMU ZUA IS UNDERWAY

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.

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.

RANKING 2019: ISEP AT THE TOP OF THE PODIUM FOR THE SALARY AFTER GRADUATION!

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).

BEST HOSPITALITY MANAGEMENT SCHOOL IN FRANCE

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.  

BSB LYON OPEN HOUSE FEBRUARY 27: DISCOVER OUR BACHELOR PROGRAM!

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   

BSB ASSERTS ITSELF IN THE 2018 INTERNATIONAL RANKINGS

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 

ROBOTS, FLIGHT SIMULATORS AND SMART GLASSES: DIGITALIZATION AND INNOVATION AT THE FH KUFSTEIN TIROL

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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VTDK-Lithuania open for Jan intake

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