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July 2008

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US$15 million WB credit for Basic Education Project in Burkina Faso

The World Bank has approved an International Development Association additional credit of US$15 million for the Basic Education Sector project in the Republic of Burkina Faso.

The original Basic Education sector credit in the amount of US$32.6 million was approved in January 2002 and became effective in October 2002.  This additional financing will continue to support the Government’s ten-year Basic Education Sector Development Programme and build on the results achieved under the first phase, progressively expanding and improving the basic education sector.

By strengthening the sector’s management and monitoring, the programme will strengthen the foundation for a sustainable education sector. It will provide training, curriculum enhancement, and pedagogical materials that will contribute to greater learning outcomes.

RIT to set up campus at Dubai Silicon Oasis

Dubai Silicon Oasis Authority has signed an exclusive agreement with Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) – US to establish a campus at the Dubai Silicon Oasis, the regions integrated innovations hub for high-tech industries.

The RIT Dubai will start operations in August this year.  Dubai Silicon Oasis allocated around 3 million sqft of land for the development of a fully fledged Academic Complex comprising the university campus, an academic centre, dormitory, and recreational facilities for students and the faculty. The RIT will provide academic content, oversee the management of the university, and provide its internationally recognised and certified degrees.

RIT Dubai will initially cater to full-time employees looking to pursue their master degree. Courses will be offered in various disciplines within the fields of Electrical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Networking Security and Systems Administration, Human Resource Development, Finance, Project Management, Computer Information Assurance, and Service Leadership and Innovation.

Furthermore, RIT Dubai is expected to offer undergraduate programs to full-time students in a variety of fields similar to those being offered at the graduate level.

Over 2,000 students to receive Erasmus Mundus scholarship

More than 2,000 students and 450 teaching staff from outside the European Union (EU) have been selected to receive an Erasmus Mundus scholarship for the academic year 2008/09, the European Commission said.

These scholarships will allow them to study in Europe for one or two years and obtain a Master’s degree from one of the 103 top-quality Erasmus Mundus Masters Courses offered by consortia of European higher education institutions.

This latest selection completes the first phase (2004-2008) of Erasmus Mundus, the EU’s programme with the aim of enhancing the quality of EU higher education through continuous worldwide dialogue and cooperation with third countries. In total, more than 6,000 students will have received an Erasmus Mundus scholarship to obtain a degree in Europe over the five-year period.

Over the same period (2004-2008), more than 1,000 teaching staff from third countries have been given an Erasmus Mundus scholarship to actively contribute to masters courses in teaching or research activities.

The second phase of Erasmus Mundus (2009-2013) is expected to start with a planned total budget of Euros 950 million. Its main new features are the inclusion of joint doctoral programmes, increased scholarships for EU students and an intensified structural cooperation with third-country higher education institutions.

GlobalScholar offers summer tutoring programme for K-12 kids

When the new school year begins after the holidays, many students struggle to remember what they had learned the previous year and often fall behind in their studies.

The skills and knowledge a child gains throughout the school year don’t have to fade away during the summer.

GlobalScholar’s summer tutoring programme helps students struggling with Math and Science or who want to get a head start for next year. The programme includes one-on-one tutoring, personalised assessments and a customised curriculum. The Skill Builder course provides unlimited tutoring for 45 days and is available for students K-12. The Stride Ahead course also provides 20 hours of tutoring for K-12 students. Both summer programmes are taught by highly qualified tutors.

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