Asia Education

From Skype to Downton Abbey: English Language Teaching just keeps getting better

By Tue, Dec 09, 2014 6:05PM UTC Pic: AP.

Who could have imagined that the key to success for today’s English language students could be Lady Mary Crawley? Far from a family bonding ordeal (or a treat, perspective depending) to be endured over the Christmas period, Downton Abbey is now being used as a tool for teaching English to the Japanese- and, with

Malaysia: Statelessness and child rights in Sabah

By Tue, Dec 09, 2014 3:35PM UTC Image via New Mandala.

The Malaysian state of Sabah is currently embroiled in a bad-tempered political debate about whether or not the many thousands of stateless children living in the state should be granted birth certificates. For supporters, this measure will enable such children to finally access the education from which they are currently excluded.

Crowd-funding university degrees: smart or sly?

By Tue, Dec 09, 2014 12:58PM UTC Image via

It’s been used to finance films, games, apps and even one man’s quest to make a potato salad, but now, with the eye-watering costs of higher education, some students are turning to crowd-funding as a way of paying for their studies.

China jails students of outspoken Uighur scholar Ilham Tohti

By Tue, Dec 09, 2014 9:57AM UTC Ilham Tohti. Pic: AP.

BEIJING (AP) — A Chinese lawyer says seven students of a prominent Muslim Uighur scholar who received a life sentence for separatism have been jailed for three to eight years after being convicted on the same charge.

More Indian graduates apply to US colleges as Chinese numbers stall

By Mon, Dec 08, 2014 12:19PM UTC Indian students work on their computers on the quad at the University of Alabama. Pic: AP.

A report from the Council of Graduate Schools published this year reveals that the composition of this year’s international students at US colleges has changed, with an increase in admission to students from India coming alongside stagnation in the numbers of Chinese students admitted.The report was compiled by the Council of Graduate Schools in the CGS International Graduate Admissions Survey 2014, as part of a survey of 299 degree-awarding institutions in the US, which awarded 66% of the 109,000 total graduate degrees conferred to international students in the United States 2011-2012.

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