2014 Alcatel-Lucent: HEC Paris Scholarship for Global Leadership Potential in France

April 23, 2014

HEC Paris

HEC Paris is offering MBA scholarship for global leadership potential. The students of Brazil, India, China and Russia can apply for this scholarship. One scholarship of €10,000 euros is awarded annually. Candidates must demonstrate leadership potential in a global business environment with exceptional academic merits and established track record of excellence in their chosen career. The application deadlines for September 2014 Full-time intake are 1st April 2014, 1st May 2014 and 1st June 2014.

About Scholarship: Alcatel-Lucent, which operates in more than 130 countries, provides solutions that enable service providers, enterprises and governments worldwide, to deliver voice, data and video communication services to end-users. As a leader in fixed, mobile and converged broadband access, carrier and enterprise IP technologies, applications, and services, Alcatel-Lucent offers the end-to-end solutions that enable compelling communications services for people at home, at work and on the move.

Study: Scholarship is awarded for studying MBA program.
Course Level: Scholarship is available for pursuing master degree at HEC Paris.
Scholarship Provider: HEC Paris
Scholarship can be taken at: France
Accreditation: HEC Paris is an accredited university. HEC Paris is accredited by Association of ParisTech.

Eligibility: Nationalities from Brazil, India, China and Russia; preference will be given to those with a background or experience in telecommunications or high-tech.

Scholarship Open for: Students of Brazil, India, China and Russia can apply for this MBA scholarship.

Number of award: One scholarship is offered.

Value: Scholarship of €10,000 euros is awarded annually.

Selection Criteria:
-Only admitted candidates can apply for this scholarship.
-Candidates must demonstrate leadership potential in a global business environment with exceptional academic merits, and established track record of excellence in their chosen career.
-They must describe in writing how have they see their chosen program at HEC will help them to become among the next generation of leaders in business in their home countries (1500 words).

Notification: Decision will be made by 18th August 2014.

Online Application: The mode of applying is online.

Deadline: The application deadlines for September 2014 Full-time intake are 1st April 2014, 1st May 2014 and 1st June 2014. (Please note that unfortunately you cannot apply for this scholarship if admitted after June 15th for the September intake).

Further Information: http://www.mba.hec.edu/Fees-Funding/Scholarships/Alcatel-Lucent-Scholarship

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University of Surrey defends vice-chancellor’s pay rise

April 23, 2014

University of Surrey

The University of Surrey speaks out in a row over pay.

It has been under fire for refusing to explain why it had given its vice-chancellor a pay rise.

Sir Christopher Snowden’s salary has increased to £329,000 having received a 2.73% raise from the university.

But in a statement, bosses say the rise is in line with average increases secured by other staff in the same year.

A spokesperson for the University of Surrey said: “This is very much in line with the average increases secured by other staff in the same year once base salary, performance pay and salary increments are taken into account.

“It also reflects the fact that under Professor Sir Christopher Snowden’s leadership, the university had an outstanding year.

“There were a number of notable successes including league table rankings in which the university gained top ten status for the first time, highest ever student satisfaction, the launch of the new School of Veterinary Medicine and the world’s first research centre dedicated to mobile technology which will lead international research into 5G.”

Last week a UK-wide report revealed details into the world of senior academic pay.

All but five university vice-chancellors earned more than the Prime Minister last year.

University staff have been on strike six times since October in protest at a 1% pay increase.

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Universities put more life into entrance ceremonies

April 23, 2014

Japan Universities

University entrance ceremonies have been taking on new dimensions. Lively entrance ceremonies enhance the welcoming atmosphere, as well as provide parents with essential information. Universities tend to try and motivate students and offer support to parents.

Motivating students

Kinki University in Higashi-Osaka, Osaka Prefecture, received more applicants for general entrance exams than any other private university this year, a first for the university. Graduate and musician Tsunku, 45, who planned the entrance ceremony on April 5.

Kindai Girls, a group of performers who attend the university, danced and sang as laser beams cut through the auditorium. The concertlike atmosphere was thoroughly enjoyed by about 7,000 new students holding glow sticks.

The ceremony climaxed with the announcement of entrance exam passage rates, by department ad exam format.

“Savor the joy you earned after such tough exams,” the master of ceremony said. The rankings appeared on a screen to cheers from the audience.

Such eventful entrance ceremonies have been organized mainly by younger university employees and have been held since the 2004 academic year. One of the purposes of this kind of ceremony is to try to prevent students from repeating the same year or dropping out.

“The entrance ceremony is really a message from the university that we hope students take a positive spin on their school life,” said Soichi Yokoyama, an 28-year-old university official. “We want them to like the university, and we hope they will abondon score-centric appraisal of schools.”

Sato Shiraki, 18, a freshman in the economics department, said with a smile: “The ceremony gave me a free feeling. I think I’m going to love this university.”

Job support emphasized

An increasing number of universities hold explanatory meetings for parents on the same day entrance ceremonies are held.

Hosei University’s career center has provided guidance to the parents of new students after entrance ceremonies since the 2012 academic year. About 300 parents participated in this year’s briefing on April 3. The meeting explained the university’s support system for student job-seekers, and gave parents brochures on how to take advantage of part-time jobs in the search for regular jobs.

“We didn’t used to have this kind of meetings,” said a father from Saitama Prefecture. “I’m already worried about my child’s job prospects. The university’s support is reassuring.”

Senshu University has held explanatory meetings for parents after the entrance ceremony since the 2005 academic year. The university aims to gain parents’ understanding not only about the search for jobs, but also school life. At a briefing on April 5, Hiroyuki Shirafuji, dean of the School of Law, said, “The door of the dean’s office is always open. Please tell [your children] to come to me if they have any problems.” (The Japan News)

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Oklahoma universities offer energy education programs

April 22, 2014

Meinders School of Business

By Adam Wilmoth

Universities across Oklahoma have developed energy management programs to support the growing oil and gas industry.

The growing oil and natural gas industry has spawned a unique challenge, and the state’s universities have created programs to address the need.

For about 15 years, people fled the oil patch and few students pursued oil-and-gas-related degrees.

Today, however, the industry is booming and the 15-year gap is becoming more of an issue. Many of the older, experienced leaders are nearing retirement, and the next generation of leaders, in many cases, have little more than a decade of experience.

Oklahoma City University’s Meinders School of Business about two years ago began its Master of Business Administration in Energy program. The offering was created at the request and with the help of executives from Devon Energy Corp. and Chesapeake Energy Corp. The executives said they had quality employees who knew their areas of study, but were not prepared to lead larger parts of the companies.

“They are petroleum engineers or geologists or geophysicists, but they don’t know about business,” Meinders School Dean Steve Agee said. “They don’t know how to read financial statements, and they don’t know about balance sheets or energy economics.”

In response, Agee and his team created two programs tailored to work in energy industry: a Master of Science in Energy Management and a Master of Science in Energy Legal Studies.

The programs mostly are taught in person, although online and distance learning are available. The program costs about $28,000. The first two cohorts have graduated from the two-year program, and the school is recruiting for its sixth group of students, which will begin in August.

At least two other universities in the state have developed programs to meet the same industry need.

The University of Tulsa’s Collins College of Business is in its third year of offering a Master of Energy Business. To participate, students must be working in the energy industry and have at least two years of experience in the field. Tulsa’s two-year program is taught entirely online at a total cost of about $38,000.

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2014 University of Auckland International Business Masters Scholarships in New Zealand

April 22, 2014

University of Auckland Business School

University of Auckland is offering masters scholarships for international students. The recipient must be enrolled and have paid the fees or arranged to pay the fees for full-time study in a Master of Management, Master of International Business, Master of Marketing, Master of Applied Finance or Master of Professional Accounting degree at the University of Auckland Business School. One or more scholarships will be awarded for a period of up to one year and each will be of the value of up to $30,000. The basis of selection will be academic merit and a written statement. Preference may be given to students not receiving other financial assistance.

About Scholarship: The Scholarships were established in 2013 and are funded by the University of Auckland Business School. The main purpose of the Scholarships is to support international students to gain the skills and knowledge required to launch a business career by completing a Master of Management, Master of International Business, Master of Marketing, Master of Applied Finance or Master of Professional Accounting degree at the University of Auckland Business School. A key objective is to enhance the diversity of the class profile.

Study: Scholarships are awarded in the field of Management, International Business, Marketing, Applied Finance or Professional Accounting degree at University of Auckland.
Course Level: Scholarships are available for pursuing masters degree at University of Auckland in New Zealand.
Scholarship Provider: University of Auckland, New Zealand
Scholarship can be taken at: New Zealand
Accreditation: The University of Auckland is an accredited university. It is accredited by ACU, APAIE, APRU, Universitas 21 and WUN.

Eligibility: To take up and be paid the Scholarship the recipient must be enrolled and have paid the fees or arranged to pay the fees, for full-time study in a Master of Management, Master of International Business, Master of Marketing, Master of Applied Finance or Master of Professional Accounting degree at the University of Auckland Business School. The take up of a Scholarship may be deferred for up to one intake. The Scholarships are tenable by international students only.

Scholarship Open for: International students can apply for these masters scholarships.

Number of awards: 1 or more masters’ scholarships are offered.

Duration: These masters’ scholarships are offered for up to 1 years.

Value: The value of each scholarship is up to $30,000.

Selection Criteria: The basis of selection will be academic merit and a written statement. Preference may be given to students not receiving other financial assistance.

Notification: Applicants will be notified approximately six weeks after the closing date by letter or email.

Online Application: The mode of applying is online.

Deadline: The application deadline is 1 June 2014.

Further Information: https://www.auckland.ac.nz/en/for/current-students/cs-scholarships-and-awards/cs-search-for-scholarships-and-awards.html#/detail/500785

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Brazilian universities have blackout of engineering professors

April 22, 2014

Brazilian Universities


One of the new federal universities in the country, UFABC (SP), waited for eight months to hire an engineering professor to teach aerodynamics.

Earlier this month, a candidate applied for the job, which provides stability, a research laboratory and a starting salary of over US$ 3,500.

“We were anxious. But the day before the test he called and said he was not coming. The market is paying much more,” said Annibal Hetem Junior, director of the university’s engineering center.

Official figures and leaders of universities show that higher education is now facing a new stage of the problem of a lack of engineers.

Even a decade ago, the productive sector complained about the small number of professionals. A study by the National Confederation of Industry indicates that 61% of businesses do not find enough engineers for production.

New positions in courses have been opened, especially in federal institutions. But now professors are missing.

The MEC sensus shows that, from 2010 to 2012 (the last time period with available data), the number of freshmen in the area grew 65%. The number of professors grew just 21%.

In federal universities in São Paulo (UFABC, Unifesp and UFSCar), 18 of 35 positions available for engineering professors in the last 12 months ended up not being filled. That’s double those in other areas during the same period, according to an analysis by Folha of 168 openings.

“There’s a shortage across the country,” said Gustavo Balduíno, executive secretary of Andifes (the entity that represents federal rectors).

This year, student protests took place at Uberaba University (MG) and on the Erechim (RS) campus of the Fronteira Sul federal university. Students complained about the lack of professors and also demanded better quality.

“There’s a lack of engineers and also of engineering professors. They go where the pay is higher, and we still require a doctorate,” said the representative of the rectors.

At Unifesp, for example, the starting salary of a professor is US$ 3,700 – with a doctorate, which requires an average of six years of study after earning a bachelor’s degree. For a position currently available at Petrobras, a recent graduate starts his or her career at US$ 3,600.

“Often we see institutions hiring professors who have yet to study material they’ll have to teach, with a complete lack of academic or professional experience,” said Vanderli Fava de Oliveira, director of communications at the Brazilian Association of Engineering Education and professor at Juiz de Fora federal university (MG).

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Californian public universities accept more Latinos than whites for Fall 2014

April 22, 2014

University of California Santa Cruz

The University of California system has achieved a new milestone by admitting more Latino students than whites for fall 2014. Nearly 40 percent of California’s population is Latino.

According to admissions data, about 17,589 Latino students have been approved for freshmen at one of the UC nine undergraduate campuses compared to 16,378 whites. Asian Americans comprised of 36 percent of freshman admissions, making them the largest single ethnic group. And about 4 percent of black students received offer letters.

Campaign for College Opportunity Community Affairs Director Audrey Dow described the Latino student’s qualification at the UC system “a positive trend.”

“It is really encouraging and emphasizes that Latinos want to go to college,” Dow said. “Latino families, Latino students understand the value of an education and are doing what they need to do to be competitive and eligible for the most rigorous system in the state,” cbs local reports.

The 2014 fall admissions increased by 4,015  compared to last year. Out of 148, 688 applicants, 86,865 were invited as freshmen. About 25,745 of the accepted freshmen are out-of-state/international students and 61,120 are Californians (1,031 more than last year).

Out of the 61,120 applicants, African-Americans constitute 2,558 (4.2 percent); Asian-Americans: 22,125 (36.2 percent); Hispanic/Latinos: 17,589 (28.8 percent) and Whites: 16,378 (26.8 percent), Sacbee reports.

Except for Berkeley and UCLA, all undergraduate campuses including San Diego, Riverside and Santa Cruz have welcomed more international/out-of-state students for the fall. The two campuses accepted fewer students than last year.

“I know there have been some concerns that campuses have increased the number of out-of-state and international students (and) are somehow displacing California students,” said Stephen Handel, UC’s associate vice president for undergraduate admissions. “And that’s not true. We admit as many California applicants as we receive funding for from the state.”

At UC Irvine, more Hispanic/Latino students are being seen in the past three years. Although Latinos have outpaced whites in college admissions, they continue to fall behind when it comes to receiving diplomas.”Many students, I think, take more time in part because of the cost of higher education,” Douglas Haynes, UCI associate vice provost for equity and diversity, said, abc local reports.

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Independence: ‘Neutral’ universities to quit CBI

April 22, 2014
University of Edinburgh

University of Edinburgh


Three of Scotland’s oldest universities have today announced they are quitting business organisation CBI over its support for the No campaign in the referendum.

The Universities of Glasgow, Aberdeen and Edinburgh say they are pulling out because they must be seen to have a “strictly neutral position” on the constitutional debate.

They could be joined by Dundee University and Glasgow Caledonian University which are to consider their positions later this week.

Broadcaster STV and Government agencies STV have already announced they would be leaving the CBI after it announced it would be registering as a formal supporter of the No campaign in the independence debate.

The head of the CBI, John Cridland today expressed “considerable regret” at the withdrawal of organisations from the body over its controversial decision on Friday.

A spokesman for the University of Glasgow said today: “As an institution we have a strictly neutral position on the independence debate.

“We have carefully considered the decision of CBI Scotland to register with the Electoral Commission and decided that in order to maintain our impartiality we must resign our membership forthwith.”

A spokeswoman for Aberdeen University said it does not take a position on independence.

“In light of the position taken by CBI Scotland the University of Aberdeen feels it is inappropriate to continue our membership of this body,” she said.

“The University of Aberdeen does not take an institutional position on the constitutional future of Scotland. We believe that the role of a university is to inform the public debate through the contribution of its academic and research expertise.

“Whatever the people of Scotland decide in this autumn’s referendum, the university will continue its ambitious mission to be counted among the world’s top institutions of learning and research.”  (The Scotsman)

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2014 Sir Gordon Wu Graduate Student Scholarships in Canada

April 22, 2014


University of Manitoba annually awards graduate scholarships for Canadian and international students. Each scholarship will have a maximum value of $40,000. Funding will be offered in the form of i) a full scholarship or as ii) a top-up to Tri-Council awards, the University of Manitoba Graduate Fellowship (UMGF), or the Manitoba Government Scholarship (MGS). Applicants must be enrolled full-time in the Faculty of Graduate Studies in the first year of any doctoral program offered at the University of Manitoba.

About Scholarship: Sir Gordon Wu has generously contributed $1,000,000 to establish a fund at the University of Manitoba in support of graduate students. The University of Manitoba has made a contribution of $500,000 to the fund. This funding is designed to attract and sustain excellent students locally, nationally, and internationally. These scholarships are awarded annually, in competition, to graduate students who have demonstrated intellectual ability and academic accomplishments.

Study: Scholarships are awarded to learn any of the courses at University of Manitoba.
Course Level: Scholarships are available for graduate students who are entering the first year of a research-based PhD program at University of Manitoba in Canada.
Scholarship Provider: University of Manitoba, Canada
Scholarship can be taken at: Canada
University of Manitoba is an accredited university. University of Manitoba is accredited by Association of AUCC, CARL, IAU, CIS, CVU, UArctic, ACU, CWUAA and Campus Manitoba.

Eligibility: The fund will be used to offer renewable scholarships to graduate students who are entering the first year of a research-based PhD program. Scholarships will be offered to graduate students who:
-are domestic or international students;
-are enrolled full-time in the Faculty of Graduate Studies, in the first year of any doctoral program offered at the University of Manitoba;
-are entering a research-based graduate studies program;
-have achieved a minimum degree grade point average of 3.75 (or equivalent) based on the last 60 credit hours of study.

Scholarship Open for: Canadian and international students can apply for these graduate scholarships.

Number of awards: The selection committee will have the discretion to determine the number and value of the awards.

Duration: The scholarship will be renewable for up to three years provided the recipient.

Value: Each scholarship will have a maximum value of $40,000. Funding will be offered in the form of i) a full scholarship or as ii) a top-up to Tri-Council awards, the University of Manitoba Graduate Fellowship (UMGF), or the Manitoba Government Scholarship (MGS).

Deadline: The scholarships will be offered until the fund has been exhausted.

Further Information: http://umanitoba.ca/faculties/graduate_studies/funding/wu.html

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Towson University goes green

April 22, 2014
Towson University

Towson University

By Gigi Barnett

Towson University’s colors are black and gold, but this weekend, the campus is being recognized for its green. The university took up a challenge to make its campus more energy-efficient.

As Gigi Barnett reports it comes just in time for Earth Day.

Towson University made the switch and nearly 35,000 fluorescent light bulbs are gone. Now there’s a parking lot on campus for electric cars to re-charge and recycle bins are everywhere.

“I throw out all of my water bottles in the recycling bin and all my paper and it’s always full,” said Towson student Marissa Kaufman.

The campus took up a challenge from the Department of Energy to make its buildings 20 percent energy-efficient by 2020.

The West Village Commons showcases the university’s effort. Brand new and state of the art, it uses at least 25 percent less energy than other buildings on campus.

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