Tuesday, 23 May 2017

India among the biggest underachievers in Asia in Healthcare access

India has a lot of catching up to do with its neighbours, including China, Bangladesh, Bhutan and Sri Lanka in terms of healthcare.

According to the Global Burden of Disease Study (GBD) published in the medical journal The Lancet, it has finished a dismal 154th among 195 countries on the healthcare index.

However, India’s healthcare access and quality (HAQ) index has increased by 14.1, up from 30.7 in 1990 to 44.8 in 2015. India lags behind Sri Lanka (72.8), Bangladesh (51.7), Bhutan (52.7) and Nepal (50.8) and ranks above Pakistan (43.1) and Afghanistan (32.5).

The HAQ index, based on death rates for 32 diseases that can be avoided or effectively treated with proper medical care, also tracked progress in each nation compared to the benchmark year of 1990.

Switzerland topped the health index, followed by Sweden and Norway. Russia stood 72nd, China stood 82nd and Sri Lanka 73rd.
Among the developed nations, those who did not perform well include the US and the UK.

According to a study done by the Higher School of Economics, in the beginning of 2016 there were 237,000 foreign students in Russian colleges, making up five per cent of the student body. Medicine is one of the areas that enjoys a high demand among Indian students. 

Many Indians choose to study medicine in Russia thanks to the high level of education combined with affordable fees.

Friday, 19 May 2017

Study Abroad: Coventry University ranked 12th in UK in Guardian guide for 2018

AbroadStudy: COVENTRY University has risen further up the rankings in one national league
table – placing it in 12th spot.

The university says its latest performance in The Guardian University Guide 2018 ‘cements its status as the country’s top modern university’.

It is its highest ever placing, up from 15th.

The Guardian’s guide is partly based on student feedback. Coventry University is ranked top in England for its teaching quality score and is third in the UK for the percentage of final-year students satisfied with feedback and assessment by lecturers.

The ranking puts Coventry ahead of many Russell Group universities.

Last month’s Complete University Guide also ranked Coventry as the top new university.

Earlier this month Coventry University made the Times Higher Education’s (THE) latest league table of the best 200 institutions globally under 50 years old.

The university also ranks as number one in the UK for courses in film production and photography and is in the country’s top two for its courses in mechanical engineering and hospitality, event management and tourism categories.

Coventry is also in the UK’s top 10 for courses in economics (5th), sports science (8th), mathematics (8th), journalism (9th) and civil engineering (10th) – with a further ten subject area rankings featuring Coventry in the top 20 overall.

The UK is the best place in the world for top “young” universities, according to the new rankings.

A total of 27 UK institutions made the cut - more than any other nation, including Australia, which had 23 universities included, and France which took third place with 16 inclusions.

In May 2016 Coventry University was declared the best modern university in the UK.

Developers Crosslane Group said its interest in the city was due to the fact Coventry University is currently the fastest growing university in the UK by student enrolment.

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Tuesday, 16 May 2017


STUDYMBBSINRUSSIA: Mumbai: Facing acute shortages of allopathy practitioners to provide care in the public healthcare centres of the state, the Maharashtra government has now turned to Ayurveda graduates to fill up its vacancies. Confirming the same, a top health official stated that all vacant medical posts across centres including public hospitals shall be filled up with a deadline of two months and that the responsibility of hiring the doctors has been given to district collectors rather than officials of the Directorate of Health Services (DHS).
As a part of their responsibility, the district collector would publish advertisements walk-in interviews, select candidates and send the recommendations to the state. While obviously preference would be given to MBBS candidates, if there are not enough applications from MBBS candidates, they will fill up the posts with Bachelor of Ayurveda Medicine and Surgery (BAMS) candidates who are eager to work in rural and tribal areas. The appointment will be for 11 months which can be extended until an MBBS doctor is appointed.
Additional chief secretary (health) explained to HT, “In a rough comparison, we have 100 applications from BAMS doctors against one from an MBBS doctor. We will fill these posts on a temporary basis, so that every citizen has access to medical care.” The move comes in the light of severe shortage of medical practitioners in the government hospitals and in particular in the primary health centres of the state.
As studying medicine in India gets tougher due to limited seats and high capitation fee, a number of medical aspirants check out the options abroad to become qualified doctors. Although taking the overseas route in the healthcare industry has been in prevalence for quite some time, over the past few years there has been an average increase of about 10-15 per cent increase in the number of students going abroad for studying medicine.
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Sunday, 7 May 2017

STUDY ABROAD: Dubai’s new part-time student work regulation

ABROAD STUDY:ABROAD WORK VISA: Experts hail Dubai law on student part-time work visa. new part-time student work regulation has strengthened the emirate’s reputation as a leading international education hub, experts said.

The regulation is a significant milestone that aligns with the UAE’s Vision 2021, which has articulated the setting up of a competitive knowledge economy. The Student Part-time Work Regulation will ensure a volume of qualified and work-ready young professionals by allowing creative talent to gain critical industry experience to complement their fields of study and increase their employment prospects post-graduation, they felt.

The fifth edition of the Industry and University Partnership Forum (I-UP Forum), hosted by Dubai International Academic City (DIAC) and Dubai Knowledge Park (DKP), gathered leading educators, industry experts and key stakeholders in Dubai to discuss the impact of the new part-time student work regulation issued by  Dubai Creative Clusters Authority (DCCA), including ways to strengthen Dubai’s position as an international education hub to a growing transnational student sector.

The forum, an education dialogue titled “The Part-Time Student Work Policy – Supporting homegrown talent and equipping our youth with the skills to succeed in the workplace”was attended by experts and professionals from universities, industries, and government departments

“Several knowledge hubs in North America and Europe already allow students to work while they study. Not only does this initiative further move Dubai towards becoming a global education powerhouse, it is also proof of the UAE’s commitment to transition into an innovative economy by equipping students with the knowledge and skills needed to develop and succeed.”

The new regulation has been introduced at a time when studies have proven how work enhances the creative and innovative capacities of young people, qualities that are highly valuable to the creative industries. It has also been validated that youth contribution is a key measure in addition to innovation and labor efficiency that impacts a nation’s competitiveness.

“The new regulation has the potential to bring about many economic and societal benefits. What is key, however, is the creation of holistic partnerships and strong synergies between government, businesses, and universities to maximize its success,” said by expert

Prior to the establishment of the part-time work regulation, students in Dubai were unable to secure employment while studying, lacking vital workplace experience and skills needed to keep up with the fast-changing job market. By connecting the higher education and industry sectors, the student experience has been enriched through exposure to real-world experiences such as forming professional relationships at an early stage, ultimately increasing their chances of full-time employment after graduation. Most importantly, part-time work inculcates a sense of responsibility and self-reliance, by providing students with the opportunity to support themselves financially. TradeArabia News Service

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