Trends in Higher Education

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In spite of gaining recognition as a prominent R hub in the global space, India’s total contribution to the world research papers remained at a dismal 2% as per statistics provided by Ministry of Science and Technology in 2003. India faces serious shortages in qualified research personnel in educational institutions, in national laboratories and in industrial R units, and to meet this ever-growing demand for research professionals.

In spite of gaining recognition as a prominent R hub in the global space, India’s total contribution to the world research papers remained at a dismal 2% as per statistics provided by Ministry of Science and Technology in 2003. India faces serious shortages in qualified research personnel in educational institutions, in national laboratories and in industrial R units, and to meet this ever-growing demand for research professionals.

China’s current five-year plan focuses on seven national development priorities, many of them new industries that are in fashion among young college graduates in the West -  alternative energy, energy efficiency, environmental protection, biotechnology, advanced IT, high-end equipment manufacturing and new energy vehicles. China’s goal is to invest up to 10 trillion RMB, or 1.6 trillion (USD), to expand those industries to represent 8 percent of economic output by 2015.

China’s current five-year plan focuses on seven national development priorities, many of them new industries that are in fashion among young college graduates in the West - alternative energy, energy efficiency, environmental protection, biotechnology, advanced IT, high-end equipment manufacturing and new energy vehicles. China’s goal is to invest up to 10 trillion RMB, or 1.6 trillion (USD), to expand those industries to represent 8 percent of economic output by 2015.

This interactive infographic takes a look at how cultural and economic trends have changed American students' choices in degree fields between 1998 and 2008. The piece allows readers to look at the data through the lens of degree fields (Business, Education, Health, etc.) as well as through the lens of degree levels (Bachelors, Masters, etc.). The data can also be filtered by sex, which sheds light on the different career paths preferred by men and women.

This interactive infographic takes a look at how cultural and economic trends have changed American students' choices in degree fields between 1998 and 2008. The piece allows readers to look at the data through the lens of degree fields (Business, Education, Health, etc.) as well as through the lens of degree levels (Bachelors, Masters, etc.). The data can also be filtered by sex, which sheds light on the different career paths preferred by men and women.

About 200 university representatives, leaders in online learning, and members of the media convened on March 3 and 4 for "Online Learning and the Future of Residential Education," a summit hosted by the presidents of Harvard and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.    Read more at: http://phys.org/news/2013-03-higher-harvard-mit-convene-summit.html#jCp

About 200 university representatives, leaders in online learning, and members of the media convened on March 3 and 4 for "Online Learning and the Future of Residential Education," a summit hosted by the presidents of Harvard and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Read more at: http://phys.org/news/2013-03-higher-harvard-mit-convene-summit.html#jCp

5 Social Networks Students Can Use To Find A Job - Edudemic; The days when the Career Services of schools and universities were limited to CV Clinics and interview tips are long gone. With social media, university career advisors have all the necessary tools to give extra support to current students and alumni who are looking for placements in the competitive job market.

5 Social Networks Students Can Use To Find A Job - Edudemic; The days when the Career Services of schools and universities were limited to CV Clinics and interview tips are long gone. With social media, university career advisors have all the necessary tools to give extra support to current students and alumni who are looking for placements in the competitive job market.

The single biggest change of our era is the global shift as formerly ‘developing’ nations start to equal and in some cases surpass their ‘developed’ brethren in terms of demography and in economic might. Rising numbers of young people, are helping to drive ever-higher school enrolment rates, creating a massive potential market for higher education. By 2020 it is estimated that India, China, the US and Indonesia will account for over 50% of the world’s 18-22 year old population.

The single biggest change of our era is the global shift as formerly ‘developing’ nations start to equal and in some cases surpass their ‘developed’ brethren in terms of demography and in economic might. Rising numbers of young people, are helping to drive ever-higher school enrolment rates, creating a massive potential market for higher education. By 2020 it is estimated that India, China, the US and Indonesia will account for over 50% of the world’s 18-22 year old population.

Demand for higher education remains at a record high in recent years, internationally. The number of UK 25-64 year-olds who completed a first degree rose from 25% in 1999 to 37% in 2009, a growth rate of 4%. That compares well with the OECD average over the same period, which saw a rise from 21% to 30% at a growth rate of 3.7%. Based on current patterns of graduation, it is estimated that an average of 46% of today’s women and 31% of today’s men in OECD countries will complete higher…

Demand for higher education remains at a record high in recent years, internationally. The number of UK 25-64 year-olds who completed a first degree rose from 25% in 1999 to 37% in 2009, a growth rate of 4%. That compares well with the OECD average over the same period, which saw a rise from 21% to 30% at a growth rate of 3.7%. Based on current patterns of graduation, it is estimated that an average of 46% of today’s women and 31% of today’s men in OECD countries will complete higher…

The 5-year plan allocations direct expansions, improvements, and innovations in the country. Although plan expenditures in education are relatively small as compared to huge non-plan expenditures, they set the direction for future development. The share of higher education in 5-year plan expenditures was as less as 0.7% in the First 5-year plan (1951-56) and gradually reached 1.2% during the Fourth 5-year plan (1969-74), the highest till that point of time - expenditures have decreased…

The 5-year plan allocations direct expansions, improvements, and innovations in the country. Although plan expenditures in education are relatively small as compared to huge non-plan expenditures, they set the direction for future development. The share of higher education in 5-year plan expenditures was as less as 0.7% in the First 5-year plan (1951-56) and gradually reached 1.2% during the Fourth 5-year plan (1969-74), the highest till that point of time - expenditures have decreased…

The key issue that is plaguing India’s education system is methods to improve quality of education that is delivered. It’s no secret that the quality of teaching is one of the most important determinants of student performance. A country can have the best of policies, infrastructure, curriculum, high enrolment and low drop out rates, passing percentages etc, but the responsibility of imparting quality education ultimately rests on good academicians.

The key issue that is plaguing India’s education system is methods to improve quality of education that is delivered. It’s no secret that the quality of teaching is one of the most important determinants of student performance. A country can have the best of policies, infrastructure, curriculum, high enrolment and low drop out rates, passing percentages etc, but the responsibility of imparting quality education ultimately rests on good academicians.

India has a fairly large and diversified education system. Its billion-plus population consists of a higher proportion of children and young individuals, especially in the age group of 6-24 years - the most prospective age group in terms of academic inclinations. This age group accounts for more than one-third of the India’s population. According to the National Knowledge Commission, for the first time in this decade, the total number of illiterates decreased from 329 million to 304 million.

India has a fairly large and diversified education system. Its billion-plus population consists of a higher proportion of children and young individuals, especially in the age group of 6-24 years - the most prospective age group in terms of academic inclinations. This age group accounts for more than one-third of the India’s population. According to the National Knowledge Commission, for the first time in this decade, the total number of illiterates decreased from 329 million to 304 million.

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