Bangladesh receives $81 mln from World Bank to develop higher education
May 2009

Bangladesh receives $81 mln from World Bank to develop higher education

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Bangladesh receives $81 mln from World Bank to develop higher education 

Bangladesh has signed a credit agreement worth US$ 81 million with the World Bank to develop higher education in the country. The credit from the International Development Association, WB's concessionary arm, has 40 years to maturity, including a 10-year grace period and carries a service charge of 0.75%.

A WB release said the Higher Education Quality Enhancement Project will support both innovation and accountability within public and private universities and enhance the technical and institutional capacity of the higher education sector in Bangladesh.

Japanese Education ministry announces additional package

Japan's Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology has announced a 2 trillion yen education package, as part of the government's additional budget, with a heavy emphasis on technology and English teaching.

Among the measures are the outfitting of every public elementary and junior high school in the country with an interactive white board,  upgrades to televisions, computers and networks as part of the school information and communication technologies plan, and a 1 billion yen English program for elementary school teachers. Training teachers in charge of English for 5th and 6th year elementary school students is the other major part of the new package.
 
MSU scholars to help reform Pakistan's teacher-education system

A team of education experts from Michigan State University will play a key role in a US$ 75 million effort to improve basic education in Pakistan by improving teachers' training and skills over the next five years. MSU researchers will support the Pakistan Higher Education Commission's initiative to create a standard curriculum for a four-year baccalaureate of education degree at Pakistan universities.

Currently, teacher education programmes in Pakistan vary widely and are often subpar, said Reitumetse Obakeng Mabokela, asso-ciate professor in MSU's College of Education and the project's principal investigator. MSU will collaborate with 15 universities from Pakistan's four provinces to improve their training and certification programs for instructors who will teach at the high-school level.
 
growing demand for Private education in Singapore

The private education sector in Singapore has seen growing demand as more people seek additional training. The East Asia Institute of Management (EASB) is seeing a significant jump in student enrolment and has plans to roll out more degree programmes.

EASB said it has admitted 30% more students in the last six months, especially into the MBA programme. Principal of EASB, Andrew Chua, said: 'Students and working adults who are retrenched recently are taking the opportunity to improve themselves for better paying jobs when the recovery takes place.

Students get laptops in Dadeldhura, Nepal

With the aim of improving education quality and access, the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) in Nepal has provided laptop computers to 180 school children and teachers (grade 2 and 3)  of three public schools in Dadeldhura district. The project is carried out in partnership with Open Learning Exchange Nepal (OLE Nepal) and Department of Education.

WFP Country Representative Richard Ragan said, 'The laptop project will improve the quality of teaching and provide teachers and students with new learning opportunities and resources, in an attempt to bridge the inequalities across Nepal's different socio-economic populations.'

MS Cloud Computing to be launched in Thailand in 2,000 schools

Microsoft is planning to launch its cloud computing service in Thailand in the second half of this year. In an initial stage, the company will begin a pilot project in collaboration with Sripratum University in which students at 2,000 schools around the country will be able to sign-on to Live ID, allowing them to experience Microsoft's Live service on a cloud platform.

Cloud computing, in simple terms, can be seen as offering computing as a utility service, like electricity, where instead of purchasing expensive capacity and software, clients pay only for what they use by connecting with a cloud platform via the Internet.




 

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