AMSI takes over the Lebanese School in Qatar

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AMSI takes over the Lebanese School in Qatar

Academia Management Solutions Inter-national, which wons and managing some of the renowned schools in the UAE and Lebanon, has taken over the highly reputed The Lebanese School in Qatar with a commitment to enrich the curriculum of the school with the latest ICT integrated system and to elevate the institution to a world class school within a short span of two years.

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Established in 1975, The Lebanese School has over 1600 students studying in both English and French mediums. 'We shall better the academic delivery, enhance the student perception of standard programmes and take full advantage of technology and advances in occupational fields to improve the school performance with total commitment to social development and welfare,' announced CEO Adonis Nasr.

Brunei students as tech savvy as their peers elsewhere

Brunei's students are as tech savvy as their peers in other developed countries like the United States. A survey conducted by the Department of ICT, Ministry of Education on pattern and usage of ICT among students in Brunei Darussalam revealed that students spend between 2- 3 hours on instant messaging (IM), online games and e-mails and about 2 hours on school-work using word processors, spreadsheets and information retrieval.

This was revealed by Awang Haji Abdul Rahim bin Derus, the Acting Director of the department during the official launching of Microsoft Live@Edu for Chung Hwa Middle School (CHMS), BSB. He added, 'Towards this end, we are providing the resources and support to assist students and teachers in this digital journey that promises to transform the teaching and learning environment.
HELP set to achieve RM 100 mln revenue

Driven by increasing student numbers, higher fees and a plethora of new product offerings, HELP International Corp Bhd is set to achieve about RM100 mln revenue in this fiscal year ending October 31. 'We want to hit more than RM 100 mln in turnover and we are very confident of reaching our target, buoyed by these factors,' President Datuk Dr Paul Chan Tuck Hoong said.

The university college operator in Malaysia is well-known for its economics, business and psychology courses. Datuk Hoong said HELP aimed to recruit up to 3,500 students this year. The market potential for international students remains huge with as many as 72,000 pursuing higher tertiary studies in Malaysia last year, a 40% increase from 2007.

ICT training for 145 schools in Uganda

Teachers in 145 business, technical and vocational institutions are to be trained in the use of information and communication technologies. The training was launched by Education Minister Namirembe Bitamazire at the Nakawa Vocational Training Institute in Kampala.

An agreement for this was signed between the government and the UN Educational Scientific and Cultural Organisation in January to implement the 16-month project. Dr. Jane Egau Okou, a member of the project steering committee, said the project would also create a master pool of trainers in ICT.

Prescriptive national curriculum restricts teachers in UK

Teachers are expected to adhere so strictly to the national curriculum that they do not have the freedom to respond to the needs of pupils, says Julian Chapman, president of NASUWT – the largest teachers' union in the UK.

Addressing the Union Annual Conference in Bournemouth, he said, students' concentration span appears to have been tailored to the sound and vision bite, rather than having to undergo the more rigorous process of in-depth learning. 'One solution … might lie in allowing greater freedom for teachers to make professional decisions as to what and how, and even when, they teach, within much less restrictive guidelines.'

New Zealand's reannz worth $200 million a year

Investing in an advanced national research and education network will deliver at least $4 of economic benefits for every tax dollar spent by 2015, a recent study suggests. The study, undertaken by Temple: Capital Investment Specialists, assessed the value of REANNZ (Research and Education Advanced Network New Zealand) to the New Zealand economy.

REANNZ is a crown-owned company that operates KAREN (Kiwi Advanced Research and Education Network), linking New Zealand's tertiary institutions, research organisations, libraries, schools and museums. The government is pouring $51 million a year into REANNZ. The study suggests that economic benefits from the investment will rise steadily, reaching $200 million a year by 2015.

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