University College Dublin (UCD), a leading European research intensive university, announced a range of scholarships to attract top Indian students to its university. Valued at €250000, the fund will give a chance to 57 aspiring candidates to study at UCD.
The goal of the scholarship programme is to provide financial assistance to study graduate and undergraduate courses in the fields of research & development, biology & environmental science, agriculture and food science to name a few.
The aid will attract top applicants to postgraduate and undergraduate programs commencing in September 2013.
The scholarships will allow two full tuition scholarships at graduate level, five 50% tuition scholarships for taught master's programmes and over 50 scholarships of €2,000. At undergraduate level, UCD will offer scholarships valued between 50% of the full tuition fee and €2,500. The deadline for sending application for both the programmes is April 30, 2013.
Una Condron, UCD's International Recruitment Manager for India said: "We remain extremely committed to India and have a very attractive range of postgraduate programmes in engineering, finance, biotechnology and computer science ) in response to the demand we have identified by industry employers."
Located in Dublin city, UCD also has high quality programmes in the humanities, social sciences and the natural, physical and performance sciences and offers courses in most professional disciplines, including architecture, business, education, engineering, law, medicine, nursing, physiotherapy, and diagnostic imaging.
Established in 1854, UCD is one of the oldest universities.
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The University of Oxford has been forced to review its post-graduate admissions policy after it was accused by a student of discriminating against the poor.
Damien Shannon, 26, had sued St Hugh's College at the world-renowned university, for "selecting students on the basis of wealth and excluding those not in possession of it".
"St Hugh's College and Damien Shannon are pleased to announce that they have resolved the dispute between them, and that the court proceedings in Manchester County Court are at an end with immediate effect," the university said in a statement issued yesterday.
It will now re-examine the policy under which its colleges select students on their ability to prove they have the up-front resources to pay tens of thousands of pounds for both tuition fees and living expenses.
"On completion of the review, recommendations will be put to the University's Council and the Conference of Colleges for consideration. It is anticipated that the process will be completed by September 2013," the university statement added.
The review will help counter allegations of elitism at one of the world's best known educational institutions, which prides itself on promoting academic merit.
Shannon had been unable to take up his offer at the university last year after it found he did not have 12,900 pounds living costs.
In an email to students, St Hugh's College said the college and the History Faculty of the University of Oxford have jointly made available to Shannon a place on the one-year MSc in Economic and Social History, the course for which he originally applied.
"Both parties have agreed to pay their own costs and no moneys have changed hands," it read.
St Hugh's, the alma mater of Myanmarese leader Aung San Suu Kyi, had claimed in court papers that the test of a student's financial health was in place to ensure students were able to complete their courses without suffering financial difficulty and anxiety.
It said in its defence that the inability to meet the financial guarantee, which was formalised across the university in 2010, did not fall "disproportionately within" the lower socio-economic groups.
However, the director of graduate admissions at Oxford University had to apologise to the judge hearing the case after erroneously claiming that other universities had the same admissions practices.
It is believed negotiations between Shannon and the university's lawyers and admissions office started last month and were finalised on Friday.
The legal action was revealed by the 'Observer' in a report earlier this year, which also found that around 1,000 students a year turn down post-graduate places won at Oxford because of the high financial demands involved. This amounts to 15 per cent of the 7,500 students offered a place, according to the admissions office.
Hazel Blears, the former Labour cabinet minister and Shannon's constituency MP for Salford and Eccles, said she hoped the case would lead to a fairer policy and establish means-tested scholarships for students from less affluent backgrounds.
"Damien has worked incredibly hard in pushing for this because, like me, he believes that insisting students must prove they have 13,000 pounds towards living costs is deeply unfair, especially for those from poorer backgrounds," she said.
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Sheffield University Management School, part of the University of Sheffield in the UK, is inviting applications for its full-time MBA programme and is offering scholarships each worth £5000 for those wishing to start the programme in September 2013. The one-year programme is designed to prepare students for leadership roles both within organisations and as entrepreneurs or consultants. Sheffield University Management School holds triple accreditations from AMBA, EQUIS and AACSB.
In terms of personal and professional development, the school invests £1000 per annum per student in providing students with a subsidised overseas learning opportunity at one of its international partner universities . Students can choose from exchange programmes at universities in Mumbai, Vienna, Linkoping, Mannheim and Dubai.
Applicants should have an undergraduate degree or an equivalent qualification along with 3-5 years' postgraduate work experience.
SOURCE - http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/home/education/news/Sheffield-University-Management-School-invites-application-for-MBA-programme/articleshow/19315663.cms
Merely 10 per cent of graduates from business schools manage to get "suitable" jobs in the country as MBA courses are not adequately designed to meet the skill-set required by industry, an Assocham study today claimed.
"Each year only 10 per cent graduates actually get suitable jobs (like executive level) as MBA courses are not adequately designed to match the industry's demands, besides lack of quality faculty at most of the institutions," Assocham said in a study.
Barring graduates from well-known B-schools including IIMs, the B-schools are not able to attract companies for campus recruitments, it added.
In the last four years till 2012, the campus recruitments have gone down by 40 per cent as a result the B-schools have not been able to attract large number of students, Assocham said.
The study claimed that more than 180 business schools have closed down in 2012 in major cities like NCR, Mumbai, Bangalore and Kolkata. Another 160 institutes are struggling for their survival.
It said, in the last five years, the number of B-schools in India has tripled to about 4,500 amounting to as many as 3.6 lakh MBA seats (yearly), collectively.
"There is no quality control in most of these institutes.
The placements are not commensurate with fees being charged and the faculty is not up to the mark," Assocham Secretary General D S Rawat said.
The biggest reason for the gap is the rapid mushrooming of tier-2 and tier-3 management education institutes that has unfortunately not been matched by commensurate uplift in the quality of management education, he added.
"The need to update and re-train faculty in emerging global business perspectives is practically absent in many B-schools, often making the course content redundant," the study said.
The surveyed students said the business schools promote their brands only on placement and by boasting about high salaries. They offer theoretical courses which lacks practical skills required by the corporate sector, it said.
Further, Rawat said, the quality of higher education in India across disciplines is poor and does not meet the needs of the corporate world.