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Coronavirus: when learning never (quite) stops

Coronavirus: when learning never (quite) stops

In Singapore, student Jolene Cheong has had to adapt to online learning and the cancellation of her clinical placement during the Covid-19 outbreak

It was last Friday before the start of clinical placements when I received the news that Singapore had raised its Disease Outbreak Response System Condition (DORSCON) level to Orange.

In preparation for my work-study placement, I had shifted my uniforms to the side of my closet, hoping to save a few minutes in the mornings. Notes had been compiled and categorized in print and digital formats. I had even drawn up a timetable to keep track of submissions and evaluations. I was ready, but DORSCON Orange changed everything.

“It’s cancelled,” I told my father, feeling a mixture of contempt and disbelief. What happens now?

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A student’s take on the Impact Rankings: how and why to use them

Students can use the Impact Rankings to assess which universities are most aligned to their values and explore lesser-known institutions making a commitment to real change

The Times Higher Education Impact Rankings assess universities against the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

The rankings, which started in 2019, have seen growing numbers of universities across the globe participating. Their evaluation criteria explore the research, stewardship, outreach and teaching universities are conducting to support the SDGs.

The rankings have also helped universities expand their market reach, while contributing to social change and policy support. But why does an Impact Ranking matter to a student?

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University applications to Canada during the pandemic: FAQs

If you’re thinking of applying to universities in Canada, then here are some of the key things you need to know about applications during Covid-19

The pandemic has changed many things for universities and students but a few things haven’t changed. The University of Toronto and Canadian universities in general have continued to welcome newcomers, even those they cannot welcome in person until Covid-19 is behind us. Indeed, with its
reputation as one of the world’s safest countries, Canada has long been a top destination for students worldwide.

The University of Toronto now offers webcasts around the clock to keep students and their families up to speed on the latest developments during Covid-19, international transition guidance and, of course, admission requirements. If you have any questions about recruitment or application processes then admissions officers at your prospective university will be on hand to help.

Here are the answers to some questions students who are considering applying to study in Canada might have:

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Students vote for ‘quality education’ as high priority among global issues

Quality education and climate action are the most important issues to prospective international students, survey shows

Quality education and climate action are two of the highest priority issues for would-be university students, according to research conducted by THE Student.

In a survey taken by 2,000 prospective international students, participants were asked to vote on which of the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) they thought were the most important. SDG 4 (quality education) and SDG 13 (climate action) were voted the highest priority SDGs, with 37 per cent and 33 per cent of the votes, respectively.

There was some variation across different regions. The top priority for North America, Europe and
Oceania was SDG 13, while South America, Africa and Asia considered SDG 4 to be the most

Packing for university: items you do and do not need

Six things you should bring to university… and seven things you probably shouldn’t

Remember everything: our university packing list

Now that you’ve secured your place at university it’s time to start thinking about the things you do and don’t need to take with you. While it is tempting to pack every single item of clothing you own, your games console and a mini fridge, some of those things just simply aren’t necessary. Here’s a listof all the things you will need to take with you to college and the items you could probably do

Coronavirus: will I be able to complete my master’s and study in the UK?

Brazilian student Lucas Lavoyer is facing huge uncertainty over whether he can complete his master’s and move to the UK to do his PhD due to the coronavirus outbreak

We are experiencing a global crisis due to the Covid-19 outbreak, and our first concern should be our health and that of those around us. This is something we all agree on. However, the potential impact this pandemic will have on my studies has been constantly on my mind during the last few days.

Let me give you a little bit of context. I’m a master’s student studying in Brazil, on the verge of finishing my dissertation. A few weeks ago I got accepted to a PhD programme at my dream university in the UK, with full funding. I can’t put into words how excited I was when I received the email.

What insurance do international students need?

If you’re planning to study in the US, UK, Australia or Canada, insurance to cover the costs of healthcare, travel, your belongings or vehicles may be required

The prospect of travelling abroad to study is exciting. However, as well as contemplating the new world of opportunities that could potentially open up to you, you’ll need to have a think about the admin too. One of the most important preparations you can make is to get the right insurance.

There’s a big student insurance market out there with various levels of coverage, so you’ll need to look at the variables, length of stay, country-specific rules and what activities you might need coverage for, for example if you are into extreme sports!

The most common insurance types that you will need to factor in are health insurance, travel insurance, vehicle insurance and contents insurance. Below, we take a look at what to expect if you are setting out to study in the UK, the US, Canada or Australia

Video: tips from international students on studying abroad during the pandemic

In this video, five international students share their top tips for university applications, connecting with friends virtually and managing homesickness during the pandemic

If you’re considering studying abroad in the next year or so, you probably have many questions around what it is like on campus at the moment. How do you apply? What are lectures like? How do you make friends?

Well, we bought together a few international students, some of whom are studying from home and some who are staying on campus in the UK, US and Canada, to answer some of these questions. They cover many topics, including making friends, the application process, how to choose the right university for you and how to handle homesickness.

Writing a dissertation during the pandemic

Polish student Weronika Denes shares some tips for other students studying remotely on how she wrote her dissertation during the pandemic

Being in lockdown has been a difficult situation for everyone, however I have found it additionally difficult because I have also had to complete a dissertation project. Like many other students, I found myself in a new place where I needed to handle both the Covid-19 pandemic and university stress.

This is why it is vital to talk about the well-being of students, especially those in their final year who are writing up their dissertation.

Writing a dissertation is a challenging task, whether there is a pandemic or not. It requires a lot of time and precision.

Digital Leaders: top universities for digital entrepreneurship

In a new Digital leaders ranking, tech employers and executives vote for which universities promote digital entrepreneurship among students

Entrepreneurship is becoming one of the most important skills that students can acquire.

In a new suite of rankings put together by French consultancy Emerging and published exclusively by Times Higher Education, students can explore which universities have a good reputation in providing a digital education and encouraging tech skills and entrepreneurship.

The ranking was built using data collected from two surveys conducted in the past year. There were 3,400 participants made up of corporate executives, start-up executives and young digital professionals…