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Indian students to benefit from grant of aid to Chicago University

Indian students are expected to benefit to a large extent from a grant of aid to the University of Chicago (UoC) , which has been awarded by the Neubauer Family Foundation. The grant worth $13 million is to boost the social and cultural diversity at the university. Moreover, it should also be utilized to provide financial assistance to students who do not qualify for tuition support to pursue higher studies in the United States (US) . The Neubauer No Barriers Scholarships will open immense opportunities for foreign students with limited financial capacity, who are not otherwise...

Understanding the Advanced Placement Program

The College Board’s Advanced Placement Program (AP) is a rigorous academic program that gives motivated students the opportunity to pursue university-level studies while still in high school. AP courses and exams help students stand out in the college admissions process, earn college credit and/or advanced placement, and build skills that are essential for success in college and beyond. Research indicates that students who score a 3 or higher on AP Exams (on a 5 point scale), typically experience greater overall academic success in college. Indian students thinking of heading to US,...

Harvard varsity's scholarships to help Indian students pursue research

The South Asia Institute (SAI) , under Harvard University , has launched three scholarships to help Indian students pursue humanities-oriented research work related to South Asia at the varsity. SAI is based at Harvard Cambridge. All the scholarships can be availed by advanced professional degree-holders, Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) students and candidates at the concluding phase of their PhD. The South Asia Fellowship is aimed to cater to students based in South Asia, which includes Indians who are pursuing research in the area of humanities. It is a one-year program. According to...

British Council launches mobile app to help students excel in IELTS

The British Council has launched a mobile application (app) to help students excel in the prestigious International English Language Testing System (IELTS) . The new app has been named “IELTS 1001 ways” . According to British Council officials, it is estimated that there are around 1,001 ways to speak English. There are many students who are not confident about English. The new app will boost these students’ confidence and help them speak the language with ease. IELTS 1001 ways is an educative app which enables students to get familiar with diverse English...

New US immigration policy to benefit Indian students

The new immigration policy of the United States (US) , which has received clearance, will benefit Indian students to a great extent. Similarly, it will help US retain skilled foreign technical students and employees as well as entrepreneurs in their country. The new policy will enable Indian graduates to spend more time in the US in pursuit of education and career opportunities. The rules for the Optional Practical Training (OPT) program will be further eased. The program enables F-1 (student) visa-holders to be employed full-time in the US for a maximum of 29 months, after they acquire...

Firms believe foreign degree-holders more skilled for jobs: survey

Several firms believe that foreign-degree holders possess superior technical skills for jobs in comparison with graduates from Indian universities, according to the recently released British Council India Employability Survey 2014 . As per the survey, altogether 39% Indian firms stated that foreign degree-holders are better equipped for various jobs compared to graduates from Indian institutes. The survey covered 200 Indian as well as foreign firms in the country. The survey reports add that 41% of the firms have employed a minimum of one foreign university graduate during the past two...

GRE test-takers from India rise by whopping 60% this year

The number of candidates from India appearing for the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) this year has increased by a whopping 60% in comparison with last year, according to recent statistics. During 2011-12, candidates from India comprised a mere 7% of the total GRE aspirants worldwide. At present, India stands at 15%. The same report shows that the overall number of candidates appearing for GRE from China has decreased by 7% in 2014. This annual data relating to GRE aspirants was published by the Educational Testing Services (ETS) , which develops and conducts the test. Most of...

Indian student numbers in US rise by 6% after 3-year decline

After a decline for three long years, Indian student numbers at education institutes based in the United States (US) has shot up by 6% to 102,673 during the academic year of 2013-14, as per the recently released report on International Educational Exchange. The increase was mainly due to admissions at the graduate level. The overall number of foreign students at US colleges/universities rose by 8% to a whopping 886,052 during 2013-14, the 2014 Open Doors Report adds. The total number of foreign students in the US has increased by 72% since the first International Education Week...

India-US higher education meet explores academic cooperation prospects

The third India-US Higher Education Dialogue took place recently in the Indian capital New Delhi, which was participated by officials of the Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD) of India as well as Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs officials of the United States (US) . The first such dialogue was held in Washington in June, 2012 while the second one was in New Delhi in June, 2013. Various opportunities of academic cooperation between the two countries were discussed during the meeting. Certain areas, such as, growth of community colleges, skill development, Massive Open...

Indian student numbers in US shoot up by 28%, says report

The overall number of Indian students pursuing their studies in the United States (US) has increased by 28% to 1,34,292, as per a report published recently by the US Immigration and Customs Enforcement of the Department of Homeland Security. Indian students comprise the second largest section of foreign students in America, second only to China. The majority of the Indian students in US comprising a whopping 65% is studying engineering, computer science & Information Technology (IT) and support services. This section, along with students pursuing other science, technology,...

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