2014 Scholarships for International Graduate Students at Kasetsart University in Thailand

April 23, 2014
                  

Kasetsart University

Faculty of Agro-Industry, Kasetsart University is offering graduate scholarships for international students. Scholarships are awarded for 3 consecutive years for PhD students and 2 consecutive years for Master’s students. Two types of scholarships will be awarded: Type 1 scholarship (10 scholarships) which includes full tuition and fee and Type 2 scholarship (10 scholarships) which includes full tuition and fee and monthly stipend. Application should be submitted till May 31, 2014.

About Scholarship: Faculty of Agro-Industry, Kasetsart University offers scholarships for new international students to undertake graduate studies (PhD and MS). Scholarship applicants are required to apply for admission to Kasetsart University in the graduate program they have applied for the scholarships. Please note that this application will be considered together with your Application for Admission and the supporting documents you provided with your application. Amount awarded will be one of two types as follows: Type 1 (Full tuition and fee): 10 scholarships Grantee will receive a full tuition and enrollment fee waiver for 3 consecutive years for PhD students and 2 consecutive years for Master’s students. Type 2 (Full tuition and fee, and monthly stipend): 10 scholarships Grantee will receive a full tuition and enrollment fee waiver and monthly stipends for living expenses at the rate of 10,000 Thai Baht for 3 consecutive years for PhD students and 2 consecutive years for Master’s students.

Study: Scholarships are awarded for the following programs: Agro-Industrial Technology Management, Biotechnology, Food Science, Packaging Technology and Agro-Industrial Product Development.
Course Level: Scholarships are available for pursuing graduate (PhD and MS) studies.
Scholarship Provider: Faculty of Agro-Industry, Kasetsart University
Scholarship can be taken at: Thailand
Accreditation: 
The Kasetsart University is an accredited university. Kasetsart University is accredited by the Association of Southeast Asian Institutions of Higher Learning (ASAIHL).

Eligibility: Scholarship applicants are required to apply for admission to Kasetsart University in the graduate program they have applied for the scholarships. Please note that this application will be considered together with their Application for Admission and the supporting documents they provided with their application.
Scholarship Open for: International students can apply for these graduate scholarships.

Number of awards: Up to 20 graduate scholarships are offered.

Duration: Scholarship is offered for 3 consecutive years for PhD students and 2 consecutive years for Master’s students.

Value: Amount awarded will be one of two types as follows:
-Type 1 (Full tuition and fee):  Grantee will receive a full tuition and enrollment fee waiver for 3 consecutive years for PhD students and 2 consecutive years for Master’s students.
-Type 2 (Full tuition and fee, and monthly stipend): Grantee will receive a full tuition and enrollment fee waiver and monthly stipends for living  expenses at the rate of 10,000 Thai Baht for 3 consecutive years for PhD students and 2 consecutive years for Master’s students.

Notification: Scholarship recipients will be notified by email around June 15, 2014. Scholarship recipients must maintain full-time status.

Apply: Scholarship applicants are required to apply for admission to Kasetsart University in the graduate program they have applied for the scholarships. Please note that this application will be considered together with their Application for Admission and the supporting documents they provided with their application. Email the “KU Admission Form” and “AI Scholarship Application Form” in MS word format to vanee.c-at-ku.ac.th (cc to vanee.c-at-gmail.com). Place “2014 Scholarship” in subject line (no need to sign in these forms when sending by email). Scan and email the “Required Documents” to vanee.c-at-ku.ac.th (cc to vanee.c-at-gmail.com). Place “2014 Scholarship” in subject line. SIGN and mail the original “KU Admission Form” and “AI Scholarship Application Form” with the required documentation via post. Place “2014 SCHOLARSHIP” on the envelope.

Deadline: The application deadline is May 31, 2014.

Further Information: http://agro.ku.ac.th/uploads/1394604135e6ec1.pdf

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EKU among universities planing to help students affected by MCU closure

April 23, 2014
                  

Mid-Continent University

Last week, Mid-Continent University announced plans to close its operations. Financial problems are forcing Mid-Continent to close this year.

Since then, a few public and private institutions across Kentucky are stepping up to assist those students interested transferring. Eastern Kentucky University and Midway College are among those universities.

Midway College is waiving admission application fees and offering other resources for students who want to transfer from MCU.

Western Kentucky University announced last week they are also waiving admission application fees and offering other resources for students who want to transfer from Mid-Continent University.

Financial problems are forcing Mid-Continent to close this year.

WKU spokesperson says in addition to waiving the admission application fee, they are looking at how to best serve the Mid-Continent students and help as many of them as possible.

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University of Virginia- Wise set to inaugurate Donna Henry as its eighth chancellor

April 23, 2014
                  
Donna Henry

Donna Henry

BY KATHY STILL

The University of Virginia‘s College at Wise will inaugurate Donna Price Henry as its eighth chancellor in the David J. Prior Convocation Center.

The inauguration offers the U.Va.-Wise community the opportunity to come together to honor the past and to plan for the future.

“Minds on Opportunity. Hearts on Service” has been the theme of inaugural activities, which fits well with the college’s mission to make higher education accessible and to produce graduates who make a difference in their communities through service. The theme explores ways that a liberal arts education at U.Va.-Wise arms alumni with the intellectual curiosity for a lifetime of learning that promotes business and civic engagement in areas that better society.

Tuesday’s event will feature an inauguration fanfare composed by professor Donald W. Sorah and performed by the U.Va.-Wise Brass Quintet. The U.Va.-Wise Concert Choir, under the direction of Michael Cox, will perform as well. Maurice Manning, professor of English at Transylvania University, will read one of his poems about Appalachia and its culture.

The ceremony includes a “Charge to the Chancellor” issued by University of Virginia President Teresa A. Sullivan and “Calls to Service” by other dignitaries.

Roy McTarnaghan, president emeritus of Florida Gulf Coast University, will deliver the keynote address before University of Virginia Rector George Martin formally installs Henry as chancellor. The college’s eighth chancellor will then deliver her inaugural address.

A biologist with extensive experience in higher education, Henry spent 16 years in a variety of positions at Florida Gulf Coast University. She was a founding faculty member at FGCU, was faculty senate president and served as a member of the University Board of Trustees. Henry served as dean of the FGCU College of Arts and Sciences, an assignment that demanded meticulous strategic planning and leadership that allowed the college to grow rapidly while continuing to improve academic quality.

Henry earned a Bachelor of Arts in biological basis of behavior from the University of Pennsylvania, where she also minored in Spanish. She earned a doctorate in physiology from Thomas Jefferson University. Henry is a professor of biology on the U.Va.-Wise faculty.

The inauguration celebration, which began last week. was designed to encourage broad participation by the entire campus and the community it serves. (Additional information on each event is available on the inauguration website.)

The celebration began April 14 with Founder’s Day. The traditional day that honors Thomas Jefferson for his foresight and dedication to higher education by building the University of Virginia, had a twist this year at U.Va.-Wise as the Student Government Association, along with the Alumni Association, hosted a birthday party for Jefferson.

An Interfaith Reflections event was held Wednesday in the Chapel of All Faiths, which allowed the campus community to come together as a whole and express individual spirituality.

On Thursday, Stephen Greenblatt, a Pulitzer Prize-winning author and the Cogan University Professor of English and American Literature and Language at Harvard University, lectured on campus as part of the inauguration activities. The lecture was made possible by the Glenn and Jere Noel Blackburn Endowment for the Humanities Series.

Students, faculty, staff and alumni honored Henry on Saturday with the “Cavaliers Care: A Day Of Service.” Various organizations and individuals worked on community projects on campus and in the surrounding area.

The festivities will conclude Friday, when U.Va.-Wise and Emory and Henry College will participate in the Undergraduate Research Symposium, an annual event that spotlights academic research in a variety of disciplines.

Henry serves on the Wise County Chamber of Commerce, Southwest Virginia Public Education Consortium, Cove Ridge Foundation and Advisory Committee, Powell River Project, Southwest Virginia Health Authority and LEAD Virginia. She provides leadership to the Council of Public Liberal Arts Colleges, the American Association of State Colleges and Universities and the Mountain East Conference for athletics.

Henry is married to Allen Henry, a pilot for Federal Express. They have twin daughters, Jessie and Margaret.

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University System survey to focus on student debt

April 23, 2014
                  

North Dakota University

By Anna Burleson

North Dakota University System officials are trying to understand how student debt got so out of hand and what they can do to fix it.

Interim Chancellor Larry Skogen said the results of a monthlong statewide survey asking students what they spend their student loans on should be out in about a week. But he cautioned that North Dakota’s problems reflect a wider trend.

“This is a national crisis,” he said. “Student loan debt right now has surpassed credit card debt in the United States, so this is a national phenomenon.”

The assumption now is that loans are used on tuition fees, room and board, but the survey looks at a wider variety of expenses, such as transportation and the cost of health insurance, said Jennifer Vetter, president of the North Dakota Student Association.

“Basically, what we’re doing is getting preliminary data from students to see if the current assumptions about student debt are correct,” she said.

North Dakota students have some of the highest rates of indebtedness in the country, according to the Project on Student Debt, which is part of the Institute for College Access & Success. Eighty-three percent of the class of 2011 graduated with some form of debt, the most of any state that year. South Dakota was No. 2 with 76 percent. Minnesota was No. 5 with 71 percent.

Despite the lower than average cost of tuition in North Dakota, the class of 2011 at public universities had an average debt of $27,400, No. 13 in the nation. Minnesota was No. 3 with $29,800. South Dakota was No. 25 with $24,200.

The project didn’t have enough data from North Dakota institutions to offer a conclusion for the class of 2012.

Rising cost

It’s no secret the cost of higher education continues to increase in North Dakota.

Since the 2003-04 school year, the annual cost to attend the University of North Dakota and North Dakota State University has increased by 60.9 percent to $18,800 in 2013-14, according to the University System’s Student Affordability Report released in January. That includes tuition, room and board, books and other costs.

In the same time-frame, the cost of other University System four-year universities increased 56.6 percent to $15,500 and the cost of two-year colleges increased 56 percent to $14,200.

Inflation was about 25 percent in the Midwest during that period.

“I don’t think we can draw conclusions without having all the facts, so I’m just not going to make the assumption that student debt is tied directly to the cost of education,” Skogen said. “Obviously it is in some way, but how big of a player is it?”

Skogen said he hoped the survey would show whether the increases in tuition correlate with a similar increase in student debt over the years.

UND has said it plans to raise tuition 3.7 percent for the 2014-15 school year and NDSU plans a 4.2 percent increase. On average, University System institutions expect to raise tuition 3.2 percent, except for Williston State College, which expects to raise tuition 7.1 percent.

The affordability report says that tuition and fees account for 40 percent of the cost for UND and NDSU students in 2013-14. That compares to 39 percent in 2009-10, according to data from the earliest report available. For two-year colleges, those figures were 31 percent and 29 percent respectively. The remaining costs are assumed to be room and board, books and other costs.

“I’m really anxious to see what students tell me what they think the problem is,” Skogen said. “Maybe we can come up with something that moves us forward.”

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2014 Distance Learning PhD Studentships in Security and Intelligence

April 23, 2014
                  

University of Leicester

The Department of Politics and International Relations of University of Leicester is offering PhD studentships for distance learning PhD programs. Studentships are provided in the field of Security and Intelligence. The studentships are open for UK/EU and international students. The studentships will include full UK/EU tuition fee waiver for seven years. Application should be submitted till 20th July 2014.

About Scholarship: The Department of Politics and International Relations is pleased to offer three funded studentship for October 2014 entry to its distance learning Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) programme. The studentships available for distance learning registration and are payable as a full UK/EU tuition fee waiver for seven years.

Study: Studentships are awarded in the field of Security and Intelligence. The following research areas are covered: intelligence, counter intelligence, intelligence co-operation, security service operations, security service accountability, surveillance, operations of special forces and other aspects of security studies.
Course Level: Studentships are available for pursuing PhD degree at University of Leicester.
Distance Learning: Studentships are available for distance learning PhD programs.
Scholarship Provider: The Department of Politics and International Relations of University of Leicester, UK
Scholarship can be taken at: Studentships are allowing students to undertake a University of Leicester PhD wherever they are based in the world.
Accreditation: 
The University of Leicester is an accredited university. University of Leicester  is accredited by the Association of AMBA,EUA, ACU and EMUA.

Eligibility: First class or upper second class undergraduate degree or an equivalent overseas qualification in a relevant subject;
-It is expected that applicants will also hold a Masters degree in a relevant subject;
-Standard English language requirements;
-Available to suitable UK/EU and International (i.e., outside the EU) applicants – please note though that the award covers tuition fees at the UK/EU rate only; international applicants (and those not eligible to pay UK/EU tuition fees) must demonstrate at the time of their application that they can fund the difference in tuition fee rates;
-Available for distance learning registration only;
-Applicants must be able to start in October 2014;
-or show evidence of achieving this by October 2014.

Scholarship Open for: UK/EU and international students can apply for these distance learning PhD programs.

Number of awards: 3 studentships are offered for distance learning PhD programs.

Duration: Studentships are offered for seven years.

Value: The studentships available for distance learning registration and are payable as a full UK/EU tuition fee waiver for seven years.

Online Application:
-Draft a research proposal that tells us what you want to research, how you intend to do it, and why it is worth doing
-Prepare your supporting documents
-Submit your online application or apply by post

Deadline: The application deadline is 20th July 2014.

Further Information: http://www2.le.ac.uk/study/research/funding/security

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University boat race celebrates 20th anniversary

April 23, 2014
                  

Varsity Boat Race 2013

Bristol’s floating harbour will once again play host to the Annual Varsity Boat Race, in a day of fierce competition which pits the University of Bristol against the University of the West of England (UWE).

The boat race is the oldest and most prestigious of the Varsity Series, which sees the two universities go head to head in a number of sports events between February and May each year.

Inaugurated in 1995, the Boat Race celebrates its 20th anniversary this year – a milestone that promises the biggest and best event yet.  This includes the introduction of a new mixed veterans’ race that will see former boat club members from both universities battle it out once more.

From the Cottage Inn to the Arnolfini, the 1,300m sprint is a thrilling showcase of side-by-side boat racing, attracting hundreds of spectators to cheer on the competitors.

With a variety of races throughout the day, the University of Bristol Boat Club will be looking to win the Varsity Challenge Cup and Blade from current champions UWE Boat Club.

The Boat Race presentation will be made by Mark Hunter MBE at the Olive Shed restaurant.

Mark Hunter won silver with Zac Purchase in the lightweight double scull at the London Olympics in 2012.  He also won Britain’s first lightweight gold medal at the Beijing Olympics in 2008 and was named rowing’s Olympic Athlete of the Year in 2011.

Hannah Pollack, Vice President for Sport and Health at UBU said: “The Boat Race is one of my favourite Varsity events – the atmosphere on the Harbourside is always electric.

“The current overall score is very close, so both teams will be going all out to secure a victory.  Both club captains and the two students’ unions have been putting in lots of hard work to make the event a success.”

All Varsity events raise money for local charities.  This year, the Varsity Series is supporting two charities – Off The Record, who work across Bristol focusing on the mental health and emotional well-being of young people and the Creative Youth Network, a Kingswood-based charity that offers young people the opportunity to transform themselves through the arts.

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Editorial: Joyce unfair to force change on universities

April 23, 2014
                  
Steven Joyce

Steven Joyce

Eighteen months ago, Steven Joyce had a warning for the country’s universities. If they wanted the Government to be more directive, he was “more than willing”, he said. Clearly, the Tertiary Education Minister does not believe his message has been heeded. Therefore, an amendment to the Education Act currently before a select committee seeks to align the universities’ operations more to his way of thinking. Predictably, and justifiably, this has been greeted with strong words of protest from the universities.

Like his predecessors in the Clark Government, Mr Joyce believes the universities are not producing enough of the type of graduates that the economy needs. In a high-tech era, he wants more students to be schooled in the sciences, technologies, engineering, maths and information technology. To help achieve this, he plans to reduce the size and change the composition of the university councils. Staff and students would lose their guaranteed places on these governing bodies, which would have between eight and 12 members, down from the present 20.

The obvious retort, of course, is that the Cabinet Mr Joyce sits on is a group of 20 which could well benefit from similar culling.

The number of ministerial appointees on university councils would be unchanged, at three for a council of eight and four for a council of 12. Further, and in a similar vein, research funding would be allotted in a way that incentivises universities to gear research more towards industry needs.

Mr Joyce has made no bones about his intentions. People with experience of what business requires would have a far bigger voice on the councils, steering them towards a much greater focus on user needs. Because of the councils’ reduced sizes, they would be more nimble and efficient in changing the allocation of resources when there was a change of circumstance. This, according to the minister, is necessary not only for the economy but for the universities, which face stronger competition from Asian countries that are investing heavily in tertiary and research institutions.

It makes sense, of course, for the skills of many graduates to match the requirements of the economy. But there are limits to how far this should be forced and, indeed, whether that is necessary. Mr Joyce is guilty of being heavy-handed in his tackling of a problem that, in time, will surely prove self-correcting. University councils are astute enough to recognise the skills that are in demand and to know their ranking will fall if they do not provide courses that cater for this.

So, too, are secondary school pupils on the cusp of university. They are generally aware of the areas of the economy that offer the most rewarding career paths. The view they have formed will have been reinforced by careers counsellors, while teachers should have encouraged any inclination they had towards studying engineering, science or maths. In this day and age also, the importance of marrying course and career is underlined by the student loan debt that they will have to clear.

University staff tend to use loftier notions to argue against Mr Joyce’s strategy. They talk about university autonomy and academic freedom and their role of teaching long-term skills, not least the ability to think critically. That would be jeopardised if control of the councils fell to Government appointees whose vision did not extend beyond short-term employment goals.

The university staff are right to be worried. Universities’ freedom, a status recognised for many centuries, is too precious to be prejudiced by over-the-top government directives without an extremely good reason. Equally, the tailoring of university degrees to national development priorities is not something that should have to be forced in a market economy. (NZ Herald)

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Universities awarded $800,000 grant for cyber research

April 23, 2014
                  

cyber research

Three universities will share an $800-thousand dollar grant from FEMA. The money will be used to help the U.S. better prepare for cyber attacks. The three-year grant was awarded to the University of Memphis Center for Information Assurance, the University of Arkansas, and the University of Texas at San Antonio.

According to the University of Texas, part of the award will be used to develop a new cyber training course and update five others on topics such as cyber awareness, incident response, disaster recovery and risk management.

It will also be used to formally establish the National Cybersecurity Preparedness Consortium. That group also includes the Texas A&M Engineering Extension Service and the Norwich University Applied Research Institutes.

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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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