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Around The Education World This Week- Issue #8

ONLINE EDUCATION

ELON MUSK DONATES $5 MILLION TO ONLINE EDUCATION GROUP KHAN ACADEMY

Tesla CEO Elon Musk has donated a sum of $5 million to Khan Academy through Musk Foundation. The online learning platform has more than 120 million registered users, and 30 million students access it every month. Khan Academy founder Salman Khan posted a YouTube video on Monday, thanking Musk for the generous gesture.

ESTONIA

INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS AND GRADUATES IN ESTONIA PAID A MASSIVE €13 MILLION IN TAX DURING 2019-2020 ACADEMIC YEAR

According to an analysis conducted by Statistics Estonia, international students and graduates in Estonia have paid a whopping €13 million in tax during the 2019-2020 academic year. Out of the figure, €10 million was paid by international students, while more than €3 million was given by graduates.

FRANCE

HUNDREDS OF FRENCH STUDENTS COME TOGETHER TO PROTEST AGAINST UNIVERSITY CLOSURE

Hundreds of French university students came together in a protest march on Paris’ Left Bank on Wednesday, January 20, 2021. They demanded permission from the Education Ministry to return back to class and wanted to bring their attention to issues such as financial problems and suicides of students amid the pandemic.

NEW ZEALAND

FIRST COHORT OF INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS TO RETURN TO NEW ZEALAND AS OF APRIL

The education minister of New Zealand declared that the country will permit 1000 international tertiary students to return in phases as of April 2021. The government approved an exception class that includes international students who started their education here but remained overseas after the imposition of border restrictions.

FINLAND

THE UNIVERSITY OF EASTERN FINLAND GETS A GRANT OF €9.1 MILLION TO STRENGTHEN RESEARCH ACTIVITIES

The Academy of Finland has funded the University of Eastern Finland (UEC) with a grant of €9.1 million. The grant aims to strengthen the impact and quality of its research. The university will use the funding to foster the research activities in key areas such as drug development and discovery, the forest-based bioeconomy, neurosciences, and more.

AUSTRALIA

INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS STUDYING IN AUSTRALIA FILE PETITION FOR RETURN AFTER STATEMENT BY DANIEL ANDREWS

A recent statement by Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews indicating that it will be ‘incredibly challenging’ to bring international students back to Australia in 2021 has sparked frustration and anxiety among them. Students have filed a petition that they are willing to quarantine if permitted to return.

INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS CONSIDER CANADA AND THE UK AS ALTERNATIVES TO AUSTRALIA

International students originally planning to study in Australia are now considering universities in Canada and the UK as alternatives because they want on-campus experiences instead of online. These students, coming from countries like India, Nepal, and China, have now given up the hope to return down under, as things seem bleak on the reopening front.

USA

US DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION OFFERS SUPPORT TO HIGHER EDUCATION INSTITUTIONS BY ALLOCATING OVER $21 BILLION

In a recent announcement, the US Department of Education offered an extra amount of $21.2 billion to the Institutions of Higher Education for supporting students and ensuring that education will continue amid the pandemic. Out of these funds, $20.5 billion will go to public and non-profit higher education institutions, while $681 million will reach proprietary schools.

UNIVERSITY OF FLORIDA LOOKING TO RESUME IN-PERSON CLASSES ION CAMPUS

The University of Florida has stated that it is bringing more students back to its campuses. As the number of students and faculty coming back increases, measures such as frequent hand washing and physical distancing will continue to be in place. Students will also have to wear masks on campus.

UK

FREE FOUNDATION YEAR FOR EDUCATIONALLY AND SOCIALLY DISADVANTAGED STUDENTS BY CAMBRIDGE UNIVERSITY

The University of Cambridge has announced the launch of a free Foundation Year for educationally and socially disadvantaged students. The objective is to help these students to pursue studies at the prestigious institution and diversify the student community of the university.

INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS IN THE UK USING FOOD BANKS DURING THE LOCKDOWN

The pandemic has hit international students in the UK hard as they are facing serious financial issues. Charities have revealed that students have even been forced to use food banks after they were unable to get work during the lockdown.

CANADA

STUDENTS RETURNING TO CANADA MUST SHOW A NEGATIVE COVID-19 TEST ON ARRIVAL

The Canadian government declared on December 31 that international travellers, including the students, will have to show a negative COVID-19 test on arrival to be permitted to enter the country. The pre-departure testing requirement was enforced on January 7, 2021, and applies to air travellers over the age of five years.

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