Nine-year-old child genius to graduate university

(THIS ARTICLE IS COURTESY OF CNN)

 

Nine-year-old child genius to graduate university

Laurent Simons pictured here in 2018.

(CNN)child prodigy from Belgium is on course to gain a bachelor’s degree at the tender age of nine.

Laurent Simons is studying electrical engineering at the Eindhoven University of Technology (TUE) — a tough course even for students of an average graduate age.
Described by staff as “simply extraordinary,” Laurent is on course to finish his degree in December.
He then plans to embark on a PhD program in electrical engineering while also studying for a medicine degree, his father told CNN.
His parents, Lydia and Alexander Simons, said they thought Laurent’s grandparents were exaggerating when they said he had a gift, but his teachers soon concurred.
“They noticed something very special about Laurent,” said Lydia.
Laurent was given test after test as teachers tried to work out the extent of his talents. “They told us he is like a sponge,” said Alexander.
While Laurent comes from a family of doctors, his parents have so far not received any explanation as to why their child prodigy is capable of learning so quickly.
But Lydia has her own theory.
“I ate a lot of fish during the pregnancy,” she joked.
The TUE has allowed Laurent to complete his course faster than other students.
“That is not unusual,” said Sjoerd Hulshof, education director of the TUE bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering, in a statement.
“Special students that have good reasons for doing so can arrange an adjusted schedule. In much the same way we help students who participate in top sport.”
Hulshof said Laurent is “simply extraordinary” and praised the youngster.
“Laurent is the fastest student we have ever had here,” he said. “Not only is he hyper intelligent but also a very sympathetic boy.”
Laurent told CNN his favorite subject is electrical engineering and he’s also “going to study a bit of medicine.”
His progress has not gone unnoticed and he is already being sought out by prestigious universities around the world, although Laurent’s family wouldn’t be drawn on naming which of them he is considering for his PhD.
“The absorption of information is no problem for Laurent,” said his father.
“I think the focus will be on research and applying the knowledge to discover new things.”
While Laurent is evidently able to learn faster than most, his parents are being careful to let him enjoy himself too.
“We don’t want him to get too serious. He does whatever he likes,” said Alexander. “We need to find a balance between being a child and his talents.”
Laurent said he enjoys playing with his dog Sammy and playing on his phone, like many young people.
However, unlike most nine-year-olds, he has already worked out what he wants to do with his life: develop artificial organs.
In the meantime, Laurent has to finish his bachelor’s degree and choose which academic institution will play host to the next stage in his remarkable journey.
Before that, he plans on taking a vacation to Japan for an undoubtedly well-deserved break.

Revelation Chapter #5

Revelation Chapter #5

 

Chapter #5 is in the time frame that will be after ‘the Rapture’. During this chapter the Church is in Heaven with Jesus Christ. Also this is during the time of the very beginning of the ‘Great Tribulation’. Yet the Tribulation will be covered during chapters 6-18. Chapter 5 has a total of 14 verses in it. In verses 1-4 we will discuss the Book with Seven Seals. In verses 5-10 we will discuss Jesus Christ which is the Lion of the Tribe of Judah and He is also the Lamb of God who was slain as the Blood Sacrifice for all of us. In verses 11-12 we find the Multitude of Angels who are singing songs of praise and redemption to the Lord. Then the last two verses 13-14, there is universal worship of the Savior of the universe.

 

Now if you will, lets go through these 14 verses of chapter #5 that the Apostle John wrote at the direction of Jesus Christ. “And I saw the right hand of Him that sat upon the Throne a Book written within and on its backside which was sealed with Seven Seals”. “And I saw a strong Angel proclaiming with a loud voice, who is worthy to open the Book and to undo the Seals thereof?” “And no man in Heaven nor in Earth, neither under the Earth was able to open the Book, nor to look thereon”. “And I (John) wept bitterly because no man was found worthy to open and to read the Book, nor to look upon it”. “And one of the Elders said unto me, weep not: behold. The Lion of the Tribe of Judah, the Root of David, has overcome and can open the Book and is able to undo the Seven Seals thereof”. “And I beheld, and lo, in the midst of the Throne and of the Four Beasts and in the midst of the Elders, stood a Lamb as if it had been slain, having Seven Horns and Seven Eyes, which are the Seven Spirits of God sent forth into all the Earth”. “And He came and took the Book out of the Right Hand of Him that sat upon the Throne”. “And when He had taken the Book, the Four Beasts and the Twenty-Four Elders fell down before the Lamb, everyone of them having harps and golden Bowls full of Incense which is the prayers of the Saints”. “And they sang a new song saying, You are worthy to take the Book and to open the Seals thereof. For You were slain and You have redeemed us to God by Your Blood out of every kindred and tongue and people and nation”. “And You have made us unto our God, Kings and Priests. And we shall reign on the Earth”. “And I beheld and I heard the voice of many Angels round about the Throne and the Beasts and the Elders. And the number of them was ten thousand times ten thousand and thousands of thousands”. “They were saying with a loud voice, worthy is the Lamb that was slain to receive power and riches and wisdom and strength and honor and glory and blessings”. ” And every Creature that was in Heaven and on the Earth and under the Earth and those that were in the sea and all that are in them I heard saying, blessings and honor and glory and power, be unto Him that sits upon the Throne and unto the Lamb for ever and ever”. “And the Four Beasts said, Amen, and the 24 Elders fell down and worshiped Him that lives for ever and ever”.

 

This chapter is only 14 verses but it does tell us quite a lot of information. Now, lets break it down to help make sure that we are all on the same level of understanding. Here in chapter #5 Jesus Christ is The Lion and the Lamb of God the Father. We must not lose reality of the fact that Jesus is THE central figure of not just this chapter but also of this entire Book of Revelation.

 

In verses 1-4 the Book with 7 Seals is the subject matter of this discussion. “And I saw in the Right Hand of Him that sat on the Throne (this is God the Father) a Book written within and on the backside, Sealed with 7 Seals”.  At the time of this writing (Apr 95 A.D.) most all of the known world was under Roman domination. At that time, Roman law required a Will to also be sealed 7 times. Though it may be a bit interesting, that correlation, Scripture does not otherwise mention it. Scripture does not tell us exactly what the name of this Book is called I know that many Bible Scholars believe it to be the Book of Judgement. Many others also believe it to be like a ‘Title Deed’ to the Earth and that Jesus Christ is the owner of it. If you would, please read from the Book of Daniel in the Old Testament Chapter 7: 13-14. This Scripture strongly suggests that what is being handed over to Jesus from the Father is in deed the Title to this world we all live in.

 

In verses 2-4 it speaks of how no one is worthy to open this Book but in verse 5 we find that there is one, the Lamb of God, the Lion of the Tribe of Judah, Jesus Christ. In verse 6, Jesus is the Lamb of God, it is through His blood that we humans are redeemed, washed clean. Folks, we are all bought with a price and that price is the Blood that Jesus spilled to save us. When these passages speak of the four Beasts, Jesus is not the Beast but they portray the four characters of the Christ which is Jesus.

 

In verse 7 Jesus came and took the Book out of the Hand of the Father who sat upon the Throne. In verse 8 after Jesus had the Book the four Beasts and the 24 Elders fell down before the Lamb (Jesus). Also in verse 8 it is said that the Elders had Bowls full of Incense which are the prayers of the Saints. Before this time the Lord was the Intercessor for the Church. But now the Church is in Heaven with Him. It is at this time that the Lord changes from Intercessor to Judge. This transformation is important as the Tribulation Period begins.

 

For those here in this life who are prejudice/racists they need to take note of the following Scripture, 5:9. Simply put it reads, Jesus was killed and He redeemed us to His Father by His own blood. (Of every kindred, of all people, of all languages and from every nation) There is no one skin color nor any one nation on Earth that is exalted or excluded from being the ‘bought and paid for Children of God. Now, please take notice of verse 10. “And He (Jesus) has made us (everyone) to be unto our God Kings and Priests.”

 

Please also take notice of the last sentence in verse 10. “We shall reign On The Earth.” This seems to be something that Church Leaders just can’t seem to get through their brainwashed heads. From the first Book of the Bible (Genesis) through the Book of Revelation Scripture makes it very plain that Heaven is not the eternal home of humans. The eternal dwelling place for those who are faithful unto death (believers and doers of God’s will) will be here on God’s remade Earth. Not the Earth as we know it today. Nor will the Earth even be in this Galaxy as all things of this Earth will be melted away, cleansed. The “New Jerusalem” will come down from Heaven to “A New Earth” with Jesus Christ who will Rule all the world from His Throne upon the Temple Mount in this’New Jerusalem’.

 

In verses 11-12 it speaks of the multitude of Angels that John saw who were singing praise to the Lamb of God. John used terms of thousands of thousands and tens of thousands of Angels simply because there was an amount beyond his counting. In verses 13-14 John speaks of all the Creatures in Heaven, on Earth and under the Earth who were also singing praise to the Lamb of God who lives for ever and ever.

 

I hope that this break down was of some help to some of you for increasing your understanding of it. Hopefully, shortly we will be able to study chapter six together.

Iranian Students Set to Start at U.S. Universities Are Barred From Country

(THIS ARTICLE IS COURTESY OF THE NEW YORK TIMES)

 

Iranian Students Set to Start at U.S. Universities Are Barred From Country

The students, who were mostly headed to schools in the University of California system, had visas in hand when they were blocked from their flights this month.

ImageNima Abdollahpour had planned to study electrical and computer engineering at the University of California, Davis.

At least a dozen Iranian students who were set to begin graduate programs in engineering and computer science say their visas were abruptly canceled and they were barred from their flights to the United States this month.

The sudden batch of visa cancellations, which came at a time of heightened tensions between the United States and Iran, set off a scramble by university officials, lawmakers, the students’ union and Iranian-American advocates to figure out what had happened.

The State Department said that there had been no change in policy regarding student visas, and higher education officials say that visa problems arise every fall for some of the hundreds of thousands of international students who travel to attend American colleges and universities.

But the students, most of whom were headed to schools in the University of California system, say their visas were revoked at the last minute, without any warning or explanation. Most were prevented from boarding flights in Iran, and others from boarding connecting flights in the Persian Gulf. One was detained at Boston Logan International Airport and then turned back.

Many of the students said that a State Department webpage showed their visa cases had been updated around Aug. 30, and they were prevented from boarding in early September.

All of that came before a Sept. 14 attack on two key Saudi oil installations, which has escalated a standoff between the United States and its ally Saudi Arabia against Iran.

[President Trump announced a new round of sanctions against Iran on Friday.]

A law enacted in 2012 under President Barack Obama requires the United States government to deny visas to Iranian students whose coursework would prepare them to work in the energy or nuclear sectors in their home country. Consular officials have wide discretion on how to interpret the statute and put it in place, said Jamal Abdi, the president of the National Iranian American Council, a Washington-based group.

Mark Dubowitz, the chief executive of the Foundation for Defense of Democracies, also based in Washington, said he appreciated that the 2012 law had sought to prevent knowledge gained in the United States from being used in the service of the Iranian government.

But he pointed to the difficulty in predicting how students would use technical skills that are widely sought after and applicable in many industries. He suggested a more radical approach: to overturn the Trump administration’s travel ban and require Iranian students in sensitive fields to stay in the United States after graduation.

Most Iranians cannot obtain visas to travel to the United States because of the travel ban on visitors from their country, as well as from Libya, Somalia, Syria, Yemen, North Korea and Venezuela. But there are narrow exemptions, including for students. Most of the students who were barred had been given single-entry visas, and were prepared to go years without seeing family members who would not have been able to visit them.

In phone interviews and emails, the students said they were crestfallen. Some had left high-level jobs or sold their homes, or had turned down opportunities in Europe or Canada. Most said their studies had been fully funded, and many had been slated to begin teaching or research positions in addition to their studies.

“I feel I’m damaged emotionally, financially, academically,” said Peyman, 23, who was supposed to begin a degree in electrical engineering at the University of California at San Diego. He asked to be identified only by his first name because he did not want to jeopardize his chances of getting another visa.

Peyman said that he had been barred from a connecting flight in Qatar this month and that an airline employee had scrawled “CANCELLED” across his visa in pen, saying the instructions to do so had come from the Department of Homeland Security.

The State Department does not release data on visa revocations, and the department said it could not release information about individual cases.

Mr. Abdi, the president of the National Iranian American Council, said the group normally hears about visa denials, not last-minute revocations. But new vetting procedures — including reviewing social media information from visa applicants — have been “a black box,” he said.

The student workers in the University of California system are represented by the United Automobile Workers Local 2865. Its president, Kavitha Iyengar, said in a statement that her members “do not deserve to be discriminated against.”

She said that the union often helps members who have visa issues, but that she had never seen a problem of this scope.

John A. Pérez, the chairman of the University of California system’s Board of Regents, said the university would stand with its international students “no matter where they were born — and protect them in any way we can from the unpredictable actions of this administration.”

The university’s media relations office said in a separate statement that it was working with government agencies and lawmakers to resolve the issue. It also noted that other Iranian students in the science, technology, engineering and math fields had arrived on campus before September.

A spokesman for Customs and Border Protection reiterated that there had been no change in policy. He added that the agency had the authority to cancel visas but also had policies in place “to ensure multiple layers of review when adjudicating a denial of admission.”

The White House did not immediately respond to a question about whether visa policy had been changed.

At a time when the Iranian economy is in dire condition, hobbled by American sanctions, many Iranian students pay out of pocket to visit the American embassies in Armenia or Turkey for visa interviews, in addition to paying for plane tickets and other arrangements.

Nima Abdollahpour, 23, completed his bachelor’s degree at Sharif University of Technology in Tehran, which is often called the M.I.T. of Iran, and had planned to study electrical and computer engineering at the University of California, Davis.

He said he and other students had grown frustrated as they were directed from one government agency to the next.

“I am a student who will lose another year or two of my life to find another program, as well as tons of money and energy,” he said.

Chinese scholars have also faced restrictions on visas to the United States amid tensions between the two countries, prompting educators to voice concerns about the possible impact on innovation and on researchers already in the United States. Last month, nine Chinese undergraduate students enrolled at Arizona State University were detained at Los Angeles International Airport and sent back to China without explanation.

In a statement on Thursday, Michael M. Crow, the president of Arizona State University, criticized Customs and Border Protection’s handling of the student visa process.

“They are unevenly and inappropriately making determinations that have no factual basis and that they have no experience making,” he said.

“If C.B.P. and D.H.S. do not take this problem seriously,” Mr. Crow said, “all universities need to seek review by Congress and the courts.”

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Karen Zraick is a breaking news and general assignment reporter who writes frequently about race, gender and civil rights. She has also worked as an editor on the International desk and in news curation. @karenzraick

China: Children with low IQs get special attention from teachers with big hearts

(THIS ARTICLE IS COURTESY OF THE SHANGHAI CHINA NEWS AGENCY ‘SHINE’)

 

Children with low IQs get special attention from teachers with big hearts

Shi Xiaojing came to school early on September 2, the first day of a new semester. She arrived before 7am to make sure that all preparations were done. Then she walked to the front gate of the school to greet the students.

Shi has been at the gate every school day since 2005 when she was appointed headmistress of Minhang Qizhi School, a special education facility for mentally handicapped students.

There are 202 students registered at the school, all of them are low-functioning, with IQs below 50. The average IQ of normal people varies from 85 to 115.

This year on opening day, she wore a red dress with a polka-dot shirt on top.

“I want to look bright to them,” she said.

About the same time, Binbin arrived at the school.

The bulky 20-year-old has worked as a librarian there for two years. His job on the first day was to prepare printed documents for teachers and take care of the delivery of new books for the library.

When the flag-raising ceremony began at 8 am, Binbin had just finished carrying the last box of books in. His blue shirt was soaked with sweat.

Shi walked over to Binbin.

“Look at you, all wet,” she said, patting his shoulder. “Go change into your other shirt. You know where I put it.”

Unlike other employees here, Binbin is graduate of Qizhi. He is autistic.

“He enrolled in the school the same year as I came when he was 5,” Shi said, recalling how he stumbled around as a boy. “I used to teach normal middle school kids. I had no clue nor even the self-confidence to deal with these special children.”

Children with low IQs get special attention from teachers with big hearts

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Shi Xiaojing, the headmistress of Minhang Qizhi School for mentally handicapped students, greets children in the classroom on September 2, the first day of a new semester.

When Shi first became the headmistress, she ran into a student in a shopping mall. The student yelled at her, and people around her stopped and stared. She maintained her cool and attempted to calm the student.

“Later I learned that the student’s mother was blind,” she said. “He was at the mall to help his mother with some banking business. At that moment, I told myself there is nothing to worry about. These are all just innocent souls.”

Each child has different symptoms. Many have nervous tics. Some are prone to violent fits. Most can be difficult to reach.

“There is no formula when communicating with them,” Shi said. “Each one of them is unique.”

When Shi came to Qizhi School, there were only five teachers with majors in special education; the rest were all amateurs like her. She spent all her spare time reading books and essays about special education.

Teachers at the school have felt their way through the curriculum. One of Binbin’s teachers, surnamed Wang, gradually noticed that drawing would calm the boy down during a fit of anger. So Binbin was encouraged to go to the blackboard to draw whatever he wanted whenever he became stressed.

Over time, Binbin started to understand the instructions from the teachers. More importantly, he learned to express himself in a way that could be understood by others.

“Despite their different symptoms and conditions, they share similar problems,” Shi said. “Delayed and deviant language development and poor athletic ability.”

Shi has evaluated each student individually to ascertain the best way to teach them to communicate. Throughout the years, she and her staff have published more than 350 papers on special education for the mentally handicapped.

Children with low IQs get special attention from teachers with big hearts

Jiang Xiaowei / SHINE

Students from Minhang Qizhi School have their first class of a new semester on September 2.

The mental state of students wasn’t Shi’s only concern. She also had to worry about the mental state of teachers.

In 2006, she received a letter from a teacher.

“I think I’m going crazy,” the letter began.

The teacher’s class had eight students, five of them autistic. The young teacher just couldn’t cope.

“I immediately asked her to withdraw from the class and tried to offer her a new position,” Shi said. “But she left the school anyway, the only teacher to do so.”

Teachers face more than mental stress. Zhang Li, a physical education teacher at the school, was once bashed by a student.

“You think you are strong enough when you major in sports,” Zhang said. “But my chest ached for days.”

Such violent incidents are common at the school. Shi organized psychological counseling for all teachers and initiated lecture sessions for them on how to communicate with special students.

“Unlike many teachers in general education, who can proudly recall students who went on to become distinguished, special education teachers can never feel that level of satisfaction,” Shi said. “These students express their love and gratitude in other ways, and those ways can make you feel that all your efforts are worthwhile, frustrations notwithstanding.”

Haohao is a fifth-grade student at Qizhi. His mother died when he was only three months old. When he was one, Haohao was diagnosed with autism. He was raised by his grandparents and had never called anyone mama.

“You can imagine how surprised we were when Haohao came home and told us things about his ‘mama’ headmistress,” said Wang Tongfen, Haohao’s grandmother. “Though he is autistic, the headmistress noticed his craving to perform and express himself.”.

Wang and her husband are both over 80, and they worry about what will happen to their grandson when they are gone.

“Unfortunately, most mentally handicapped children have to stay at home after they leave school,” Shi said. “What we have to do is to create a future where they can find their place in society.”

Children with low IQs get special attention from teachers with big hearts

Jiang Xiaowei / SHINE

The students of Minhang Qizhi School gather on the playground to attend the flag-raising ceremony.

Since 1993, when Qizhi School first opened, more than 300 students have graduated. Only a small proportion of students managed to find stable jobs.

“Many of them had worsened conditions after they left, and there was no choice but for them to remain at home,” Shi told Shanghai Daily. “Even though my job has won me titles and awards, those things don’t matter as long as these children and their families are still struggling to make their way in life.”

The situation is improving. Of the 20 students who have graduated since 2017, about half have found jobs.

During the summer break, Shi said she visited the now online celebrity Menggongfang Café, where most of the staff are mentally handicapped. (Read Shanghai Daily’s story about the café on https://www.shine.cn/news/metro/1907218817/)

“It is a good sign that the public is now paying more attention to the plight of the mentally handicapped,” Shi said. “Yet I keep thinking that we can do more than simply offering jobs to a handful of these young people.”

Shi envisions other workplaces where special students can work for a few months to learn useful skills and learn to blend in with society.

As she outlined these plans to a Shanghai Daily reporter, Binbin returned, with his shirt changed.

“Are you doing an interview?” he asked. “Please make sure mama headmistress looks pretty in the photos.”

Shi bent over in laughter, and Binbin laughed too.

Jordan’s State Teachers Hold Open Strike

(THIS ARTICLE IS COURTESY OF THE SAUDI NEWS AGENCY ASHARQ AL-AWSAT)

 

Jordan’s State Teachers Hold Open Strike

Sunday, 8 September, 2019 – 09:00
Jordanian protesters hold Jordanian national flags as they chant slogans during a protest against U.S. President Donald Trump’s “Deal of the Century”, after the Friday prayer in Amman, Jordan, June 21, 2019. REUTERS/Muhammad Hamed
Amman – Mohammed Kheir Al Rawashda
Jordan’s public school teachers’ union called for a strike on Sunday in demand for a pay increase. This follows news of the government tying state teachers’ raises to career variables–performance gauges set by the ministry of education–which the union vehemently rejected.

The strike will continue to be held despite ongoing dialogue between the union and state, sources told Asharq Al-Awsat, stressing that the union is in debate for a series of escalatory actions should their demands remain unmet.

Well-informed sources told Asharq Al-Awsat that union official Nasser Al Nawasra refused a government offer and maintained the union’s demands for an unconditioned pay increase to all state teachers.

“There was an agreement on this with the government, but the government backtracked on its commitment,” teachers’ union spokesman Noureddine Nadim said in a statement Thursday.

Nawasra told AFP that public school teachers were “the lowest-paid public officials.”

“I’ve been teaching for 24 years, and my salary doesn’t go above 760 dinars ($1,070)” per month, al-Nawasra said.

The teachers’ union was established in 2011 and includes about 140,000 members. Organizers of the demonstration in the capital, Amman, said the government has yet to deliver on a 50 percent wage increase agreed upon in 2014.

It is worth noting that the streets of Jordanian cities saw mass protests last year over spiking consumer prices.

The government said in a statement that it is committed to dialogue with the teachers but that classes should not be interrupted and performance must improve.

Early on, during the teachers’ sit-in, the government arrested 49 teachers who were later released on bail on Thursday.

Government circles accuse Islamist in Jordan of egging the union on for the strikes by several associates.

“We respect the teachers and we salute their role and their mission, but the 50% increase demanded by the union will add JOD 112 million ($158 million) to the state budget,” Ministry of Education spokesman Walid Jallad said in a statement.

China: New rules for middle schoolers

(THIS ARTICLE IS COURTESY OF THE SHANGHAI CHINA NEWS AGENCY ‘SHINE’)

 

New rules for middle schoolers

Local middle school students have to complete 136 hours of social investigation and 80 hours of voluntary labor in their eight semesters, as well as 32 hours of vocational training and 24 hours of safety training in emergencies, according to new regulations released by the city’s education commission and two related authorities.

The regulations on social practice of middle schoolers in Shanghai will take effect from September.

According to the regulations, the social investigations organized by schools include students’ visits to patriotism education centers, revolutionary historical and memorial sites, bases of city’s major and important projects, bases of national defense, science and technology and agriculture, and natural reserves for exploration and research.

Voluntary labor refers to their participation in school or community activities like sanitation, greenery, civilization promotion, services to the disabled, the elderly and children.

For vocational training, schools should organize visits to vocational schools. Safety training includes escape drills in emergencies such as fires and earthquakes and from buses.

The regulations emphasize that each middle schooler should at least visit a patriotism education center once and do voluntary labor in three positions.

The students’ social practices will be recorded on an online platform and later be evaluated as part of their comprehensive quality.

Meanwhile, venues providing social practice opportunities for students should supply good education resources and develop courses and programs suitable for middle school students.

China: Job fair aims to make Shanghai home for global young talent

(THIS ARTICLE IS COURTESY OF THE SHANGHAI CHINA NEWS AGENCY ‘SHINE”)

 

Job fair aims to make Shanghai home for global young talent

Job fair aims to make Shanghai home for global young talent

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Foreign and Chinese students at the job fair in Shanghai

Job fair aims to make Shanghai home for global young talent

Chen Huizhi / SHINE

A student finds out about job opportunities at the fair.

Over 800 Chinese students studying at universities overseas and foreign students studying in Shanghai attended a job fair in the city on Wednesday.

The 11th “Shanghai Career Fair” held by the government in cooperation with universities in the United States, the UK and Canada, seeks to attract more young people to work in Shanghai under the banner of “Make Shanghai Your Home.”

The city’s human resources and social security bureau said that 12,700 Chinese who had studied overseas had obtained a Shanghai hukou, or residence, last year, 33 percent more than in 2017.

Students from Cambridge University, Imperial College London, London School of Economics, Columbia University, the University of Chicago, Stanford University, UC Berkley, UCLA and Toronto University, met over 60 companies based in Shanghai at the job fair where over 1,000 jobs were on offer.

Rich Carruthers, deputy director of the careers service at Imperial College London, said Shanghai had become a hub for global talent to work and the college was honored to be a part of the talent exchange.

“People say that innovation happens in a right time and a right place, and I believe our students here are making a wise move in choosing Shanghai as their career destination,” he said. “Shanghai is opening its arms, welcoming them and making the city a hub gathering overseas talent.”

Carruthers said feedback from students who attended past events was all very positive.

Chen Yu’ang, a Ningbo native who’s doing a master’s degree in international health management in the UK and who has a bachelor’s degree in philosophy from the US, said he was looking at jobs mainly in the consulting industry.

“Shanghai has great cultural offerings and has a lot of career opportunities as the entire economic landscape of China is promising,” he said.

Zhu Di, from Hangzhou, a sophomore studying electronic engineering in the UK said Chinese companies are keen to attract Chinese graduates with an overseas background while Chinese students like her tended to return to China to work.

“Take the UK, finance might be more emphasized in its economy, but for students of technology, China is the future because the country is so much pushing for science and technology development,” she said.

Piao Song, recruitment director of Shanghai Institute of Materia Medica of Chinese Academy of Sciences which had a stand at the fair, said Chinese students and professionals with an overseas background are welcomed for their international scope, and out of patriotic feelings they were willing to return to build their own country too.

“Shanghai has competitive talent policies and perhaps more and better career opportunities,” she said. “Our scientists as principal investigators who lead research groups that get generous support for their projects, which probably wouldn’t be available elsewhere.”

Also at the fair were foreign students studying in Shanghai. Elmira Safarova from Russia, a master’s student at East China Normal University.

Safarova, who has been living in China for five years and is fluent in Chinese, said she’s currently interning for a software developer in Shanghai on a mobile app targeting foreign students and helping them work towards higher levels in the HSK test for Chinese language proficiency in non-native speakers.

“There are many possibilities here, and for students with a language background it would be even better if we continue to study other subjects such as finance and business,” she said.

In previous fairs, over 5,000 students had met with employers, and a great number had found jobs in Shanghai, according to the human resources bureau.

Over 160,000 Chinese who had studied overseas have been working or starting businesses in Shanghai, it said. The number of companies they founded exceeded 5,200 with starting funds of over US$800 million.

The bureau said an even larger job fair will be held in November.

To help companies and students reach each other, the bureau said it planned to introduce a website called “Shanghai Overseas Talents.”

The bureau said it will continue to support returnees to settle in Shanghai and relax the requirements for overseas talents to obtain a residence permit for overseas talents, while expanding the scope of financial support for them.

10 Most Educated Countries

(THIS ARTICLE IS COURTESY OF TRAVEL TRIVIA)

 

10 Most Educated Countries

For most countries, the average education level of the population can be an indicator of its financial stability and literacy rates. It can even contribute to how healthy the country is overall. With all of this in mind, do you know which countries rank as the most educated in the world? While you might be able to guess a few, there may be some countries on the list that surprise you. Here are the top 10 most educated countries, according to the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development.

Luxembourg

Luxembourg

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Luxembourg comes in as the smallest country to make the list. The country has only around 615,70 residents. Luxembourg is a landlocked country, surrounded by Germany, France, and Belgium. According to the OECD, 87% of adults between the ages of 25 and 34 have completed at least a secondary education (compared to the OECD average of 84%). Also, 54% of residents in this age group have completed at least some level of higher education. Maybe this has something to do with why Luxembourg comes in as the wealthiest country in the world.

Norway

Norway

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It probably comes as no surprise that Norway ranks among the most educated countries. The European nation consistently ranks high for various quality of life factors, including healthcare, environmental awareness, and overall happiness. Colleges in Norway are tuition-free, which gives citizens greater access to higher education. The rate of adults with higher education has been increasing in Norway, and the country saw a 5% jump from 2007 to 2017. In 2017, 48% of adults aged 25 to 34 had some level of tertiary education.

Finland

Finland

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Another country with free education, this Scandinavian nation ranks among the most educated in the world. It’s not just Finnish residents that can take advantage of the free education. Non-native residents can get free schooling, as well. The Finnish education system is a stark contrast to that in the United States. Some key differences are that Finnish children receive 75 minutes of recess every day (as opposed to 27 minutes in the U.S.), there is no mandated testing until the age of 16, and most teachers stick with the same group of students for at least five years. It’s no wonder Finland has been ranked as the happiest country in the world for two years running.

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Australia

Australia

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The land down under just barely misses the top five when it comes to the percentage of adults who have a higher education. An impressive 52% of adults between the ages of 25 and 34 have completed higher education courses. The country also ranks among the highest level of citizens who have a bachelor’s degree or higher. This is despite how Australia has some of the highest tuition rates in the world.

United States of America

United States of America

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Public opinion on the state of the education system in the United States varies, depending on who you ask. The country is known to have an unbelievable amount of student debt, and tuition continues to be on the rise. On the other hand, the United States has some of the best universities in the world and is one of the world’s strongest powers. So it’s probably not surprising that the U.S. comes in smack dab in the middle of the top 10 most educated countries. The U.S. Census estimates that 59% of adults have completed some college.

United Kingdom

United Kingdom

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One thing that sets the United Kingdom apart from other countries is its focus on early education. The country sees high enrollment levels for young children. Education is a top priority for citizens as reports have shown a direct correlation between education level and pay. In fact, one study found that residents with upper education earned on average 48% more than their peers without upper education. The United Kingdom is home to two of the oldest universities in the world, the University of Oxford and the University of Cambridge.

South Korea

South Korea

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South Korea places high demands on its students. Consequently, the country has a high number of adults with upper education. When it comes to students graduating from secondary school, Korea ranks number one. 98% of citizens graduate from secondary education. South Korea also ranks number one for attaining tertiary education, with nearly 70% of its residents completing some higher education.

Israel

Israel

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The education system in Israel is different from those in most of the world, but it still ranks as one of the best. In Israel, most schools are divided by the student’s faith. It is also not uncommon for schools to include weapon training. Because of its strong focus on education, the country has more university degrees per capita than any other country in the world. According to the OECD, nearly 25% of all residents have a bachelor’s degree or higher.

Japan

Japan

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It may be hard to believe, but Japan does not come in at the top spot when it comes to education. Though the country is world-renowned for its education levels, it falls just short of number one. The amount of tertiary schooling comes in at a staggering 60% for adults between the age of 25 and 34. While the country has one of the highest percentages of adults expected to complete a bachelor’s degree, it has one of the lowest levels for doctorate degrees. Just 1% of its citizens are expected to attain a doctorate.

Canada

Canada

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Canada just barely edges out Japan when it comes to adults who will complete some amount of college. A whopping 60.9% of Canadians between the age of 25 and 34 have completed some level of college, whereas that number is 60.4% in Japan. There seems to be some level of correlation between education level and happiness because Norway, Finland, and Canada all ranked among the happiest countries in the world.

10 U.S. Colleges With the Most Students

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10 U.S. Colleges With the Most Students

Which U.S. colleges have the highest number of undergraduate students? Using data from the 2017 enrollment of ranked schools, U.S. News and World Report compiled a list of the colleges with the highest undergraduate enrollment. Read on to discover which 10 schools made the list.

Michigan State University

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Undergraduate Enrollment: 38,996

Located in East Lansing, Michigan, Michigan State University is home to the Spartans. Part of the Big Ten Conference, one of the oldest Division I collegiate athletic conferences in the country, MSU is renowned for its top sports teams. One of the biggest games of the year is its annual match-up against The University of Michigan, in which the two schools duke it out for possession of the coveted Paul Bunyan Trophy.

The University of Texas at Austin

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Undergraduate Enrollment: 40,492

The University of Texas at Austin is an impressive school in both size and stature. Its urban campus is comprised of 437 acres and it offers more than 100 undergraduate degrees for its large population of students. It’s also a selective admission process, with only 40% of applicants gaining entrance to the school. Known for its popular Greek system and diverse student body, this top Southern school also has seven museums and seventeen libraries spread across the campus.

Broward College (FL)

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Undergraduate Enrollment: 40,754

Located in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, Broward College is a regional college with highly affordable tuition. Not only was it named one of the Top Ten Community Colleges in 2018 by the Aspen Institute, but it was also named one the most affordable colleges in Florida. According to U.S. News, in-state tuition costs $3,537 for the 2018-2019 academic year, which makes it a great option for Florida residents.

Pennsylvania State University — University Park

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Undergraduate Enrollment: 40,835

Known to most as “Penn State,” Pennsylvania State University — University Park has a top reputation for academics and athletics. The school boasts over 70 fraternities and sororities and 1,000 clubs and organizations for students to enjoy in their free time.

Arizona State University — Tempe

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Undergraduate Enrollment: 42,427

Although Arizona State University — Tempe has a long-held reputation as a “party school,” this stereotype is not set in stone. For example, ASU notably did not make Princeton Review’s Top 20 List of Party Schools, which took into account use of alcohol, hours spent outside of the classroom and the popularity of each school’s Greek system. Regardless of its party school status, ASU does have some of the most undergraduates in the country on its large Tempe campus.

Liberty University (VA)

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Undergraduate Enrollment: 45,754

Liberty University, a private Christian university in Lynchburg, Virginia, was founded by Baptist minister and televangelist Jerry Falwell in 1971. Boasting a campus of more than 7,000 acres, the school offers on-campus and online degrees, with over 280 online programs available to its large population of students.

The Ohio State University — Columbus

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Undergraduate Enrollment: 45,946

Outside of academics, sports are a huge part of campus life at The Ohio State University — Columbus. Home to the Ohio State Buckeyes, the school’s football team is also part of the NCAA’s Big Ten Conference. The university’s football stadium, affectionately called “The Shoe” has been likened to the Coliseum of Rome. Costing over $1 million dollars to build in 1922, the Shoe seats 100,000 football fans during a home game.

Florida International University

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Undergraduate Enrollment: 47,586

Founded in 1971, Florida International University offers a unique college experience for its diverse set of students. This urban university is divided between two campuses, Modesto A. Maidique Campus in West Miami-Dade County and the Biscayne Bay Campus in North Miami. It was also ranked #100 in the U.S. News Ranking of Top Public Schools, a notable accomplishment for such a young university.

Texas A&M University — College Station

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Undergraduate Enrollment: 53,065

Founded in 1876 as an all men’s agricultural and mechanical college, Texas A&M is now a co-ed, public institution. Students at A&M are nicknamed “Aggies” and with over 50,000 of them in undergraduate programs, it’s clear that everything is bigger in Texas. The university also has a campus located in Doha, Qatar, where 500 Aggies are enrolled, according to U.S. News.

University of Central Florida

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Undergraduate Enrollment: 56,972

Although the University of Central Florida is based in Orlando, this massive university has 10 regional campuses across the state. And according to an Aviation Week Workforce Study, UCF has produced the highest number of graduates to be hired by aerospace and defense companies. But with such a large amount of undergraduates studying engineering and computer science at UCF, it should come as no surprise that many of these students go on to do well in their fields.

The Most Beautiful College Campuses in America

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The Most Beautiful College Campuses in America

College campuses are an important point of pride for most universities, often representing decades of planning and construction. A college campus’s design can be an opportunity to display different architectural styles and a chance to blend libraries, lecture halls, and student living quarters with the natural surroundings. Here are some of the most beautiful college campuses in America that demonstrate both modes.

St. Olaf College

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Location: Northfield, Minnesota

St. Olaf College sits on a 300-acre campus known as “The Hill,” which is adjacent to a restored wetland and woods and is surrounded by native tall prairie grass. The campus itself is home to many magnificent maple trees and a wind turbine that provides about a third of the university’s power needs. The campus consists of over 50 buildings, 20 of which were designed to complement one another by Edward Sovik, an architect who also taught as a professor of arts at St. Olaf until his death in 2014.

The most famous building on campus, the Old Main, was designed over a century ago, in 1877. Both the Old Main and the nearby Steensland Library are gothic-style buildings and are on the National Register of Historic Places.

Florida Southern College

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Location: Lakeland, Florida

The highlight of Florida Southern College’s 110-acre campus is the extensive collection of Frank Lloyd Wright buildings spread across the grounds. There are 10 Frank Lloyd Wright-designed structures in total, giving Florida Southern College the largest collection of the architect’s work in the world.

The first building constructed, Annie Pfeiffer Chapel, was dedicated in 1941. The concrete, geometric exterior of the building is complemented by striking colored glass that allows beautiful shades of light to enter the building. The collection has been deemed so significant that the entire campus was named a historic district on the National Register of Historic places.

University of Washington

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Location: Seattle, Washington

The University of Washington’s 703-acre campus is located within the city limits of Seattle. Despite its urban setting, however, the university features some of the most striking natural backdrops of any college in the country. The snow capped peaks of both the Cascade and Olympic Mountains are visible from campus, and on the best days, Mount Rainier sits framed by the magnificent Drumheller Fountain.

Mountains are not the only element that make the campus so visually appealing. Douglas firs are omnipresent across the campus, and the central quad is flanked by cherry blossoms in the spring. Landmark buildings are also in no short supply, such as Suzzallo Library, which features a 35-foot stained glass window, and Denny Hall, a French Revival style building that served as the center of campus when the university moved to its current location in 1895.

Berry College

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Location: Mount Berry, Georgia

Berry College in Mount Berry has the largest contiguous campus in the world. The college is spread over 27,000 acres of lawns, fields, forests, and all of Lavender Mountain. The massive campus is an outdoor enthusiast’s dream and includes over 80 miles of trails that students and guests can hike, bike or horseback ride on. Don’t expect to be alone, however. The campus is also home to an estimated 2,500 deer and a migratory population of swans.

The college itself consists of stately English gothic-style buildings alongside decorative fountains and pools that are designed to reflect the structures.

Scripps College

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Location: Claremont, California

In contrast, the Scripps College campus covers only 37 acres, but the school handles that small space masterfully. Scripps is in Claremont and was designed in a beautiful Spanish Revival style according to a master plan devised in 1926 by English born architect Gordon Kaufman. The wonderful architecture is complemented by grapefruit, kumquat, and orange trees throughout campus, and a blooming rose garden adds even more color. These unique elements helped put Scripps College on the National Register of Historic Places in 1984.

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