Making Mathematics relevant in Southeast Asia

By Thu, Dec 18, 2014 10:55AM UTC Mathematics teachers attend a workshop in Northern Thailand. Pic: AP.

In Europe and North America there is a commonly held belief that Asian students are inherently good at Mathematics. This stereotype has been reinforced in recent years by the success of China, Singapore, Korea and Japan in international mathematics rankings compiled by PISA, the Programme for International Student Assessment.

Are Asian universities really on the rise?

By Tue, Dec 16, 2014 11:12AM UTC Pic: AP.

Over the last few years there has been a lot of talk about the continuing rise of Asian universities. In The Conversation, Gerard Postiglione of the University of Hong Kong has pointed out that Asian universities now take one in eight of the top 200 places in the Times Higher Education World University Rankings and he predicts that by 2040 a quarter of the top universities will be Asian.

Uber faces mounting legal obstacles in India and Southeast Asia

By Thu, Dec 11, 2014 10:34AM UTC Pic: AP.

Uber, the popular ride-sharing service that has swept American and international cities, faced a glitch in its Thailand operations this week. The government demanded that Uber suspend its services in the Land of Smiles because some drivers “were unlicensed and uninsured to drive commercial vehicles,” according to TIME. Thailand wasn’t the only country to put at least a temporary stop to Uber activity recently, however. India ordered Uber to cease operations after a woman claimed that her driver, Shiv Kumar Yadav, had raped her.

New web service to boost access to higher education for Asian students

By Thu, Dec 04, 2014 6:04PM UTC The Study International website.

A new web service launched this week is aiming to make international higher education more accessible and affordable for Asian students looking to earn their university degrees in the West.

Singapore’s ‘Battle for Merger’ revisited

By Wed, Dec 03, 2014 12:19PM UTC Image via New Mandala.

2015 is the 50th anniversary of Singapore’s separation after almost two years of being part of the Federation of Malaysia (16 September 1963 – 9 August 1965). The event is marked as the day when the island gained independence. The British colonial rulers formally relinquished its residual power over Singapore’s defence, foreign affairs and internal security to the newly formed Federation of Malaysia when merger came into effect. Reunification was the aspiration of its people as the island was severed in 1946 by the British after being part of the Straits Settlements for 120 years, save for the Japanese Occupation (1942-45).

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