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Advocate on behalf of the international student community to increase collaboration between educators, governments and employers to develop actionable solutions that narrow the education to employment gap. The lack of practical training and skill building opportunities have hindered international students and graduates to transition knowledge from the classroom into effectiveness in the workplace.  Check us out at WmE-Foundation.org
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The new U.S. visa rush: Build a charter school, get a green card

The new U.S. visa rush: Build a charter school, get a green card | Education to Employment Gap | Scoop.it
(Reuters) - It's been a turbulent period for charter schools in the United States, with financial analysts raising concerns about their stability and regulators in several states shutting down schools
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Came across this article that speaks to what may amount to a very noble cause and get a green card along with it.  Many foreign students wishing to stay in the US have used the EB-5 program to attain the objective of staying in the US by using the program to get a green card.  I have heard of investments in commercial real estate and casino's as ways to invest.  Although many of these have worked out for getting the green card, it is not always clear how these students, now green card holders are able to leverage and learn from these passive investment choices.  This may become a refreshingly better way to invest and also gain important experience in western education methods.  Using this method, many students who have received an education in the US may now have the chance to invest in education, furthering their understanding and expertise in this field.  This is clearly something all of them should know something about having just gone through the US education process at the post-secondary and sometimes high school level.  The ideas and methods may in fact be exportable as well back to their home countries furthering the education process for even more young people.  

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US graduate schools see fewer Chinese applicants than just a few years ago

US graduate schools see fewer Chinese applicants than just a few years ago | Education to Employment Gap | Scoop.it
For years, soaring numbers of Chinese graduate students in the United States have been a boon for American universities and local economies....
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Many factors may be influencing this not least of which may be the job prospects these graduate students find when graduating from university in US.  The US education system remains supreme for the moment but may have to work harder to convince students of that value proposition in a more direct and meaningful way.  In the US, particularly at the undergraduate level, one important measure of how well a college is regarded is the ratio of applicants to students accepted.  This acknowledges the challenges in getting accepted to study there but the information is still not very transparent nor useful regarding what job offers graduates receive.  This gap needs to be filled to satisfy both the students need to know in order to make good choices and those universities that do an excellent job in placing students.

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Workforce needs more training, says think tank|Society|chinadaily.com.cn

China will have difficulty upgrading its economy because the quality of its labor force falls short when compared to many developed countries.
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There is a strong need to understand where these gaps are so that they can be addressed proactively and students and graduates both can be well equipped going into a job vs. learning just while on the job.  The following is troubling on many fronts....."...growing trend is that employees frequently change their jobs. Surveys showed that more than 40 percent of college graduates in 2011 changed their jobs within half a year after graduating"  Not sure how to interpret this but I am following up on this...

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Harvard plans to boldly go with 'Spocs'

Harvard plans to boldly go with 'Spocs' | Education to Employment Gap | Scoop.it
Harvard develops the next big thing for online learning. Is this the real deal?
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The next gen MOOC hybrids are coming online (NPI) to address some of the shortcomings of the current MOOC model. This is an evolutionary process with more innovation to come. What that means for the future of traditional classroom education is not known.  What is not part of the direct conversation however is how to mind the gap between education and employment....  "The really big questions for university are about what students get from the classroom, what works, what could be done better.".....That says it all... whether MOOC's, Spocs and whatever else that is to follow, they all surround the discussion on what would be a viable replacement for the classroom but it remains unclear how any of this will mind the gap...which is where some real innovation is needed to connect the dots.

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Higher education must work with private sector to increase Emiratisation in UAE | The National

Higher education must work with private sector to increase Emiratisation in UAE | The National | Education to Employment Gap | Scoop.it
At the fourth Education Conference, Emirati academic Dr Abdullah Al Shaiba said greater co-ordination was needed to overcome unemployment at a time of growing population.
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The call for collaboration between education and employers continues.  The need is global. Here is one instance where some actions  have been taken yet questions remain.  Progress nonetheless!......"Many institutions in the UAE......., have introduced compulsory internships for degrees, to ensure students are ready for the workplace on graduation......But many students still slip through the cracks, either from lack of guidance or not making the most of their experiences."

 

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Giving Employers What They Don't Really Want

Giving Employers What They Don't Really Want | Education to Employment Gap | Scoop.it
Why is there such a discrepancy between what employers want in a college graduate, and what we as educators think they want?
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With the cost of education rising to meet the additional need to deliver to the students what is in the end most important to them...skills for a good job..one has to wonder why is there so much talk about the problem and not good examples of the solution....Let's develop that and everything else should follow...it is not an easy solution, that is understood...send case studies if you have some....This is an important issue facing us all......"More than 75 percent of employers say they want more emphasis on five key areas, including critical thinking, complex problem-solving, written and oral communication, and applied knowledge in real-world settings."

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Forum stresses career benefits of study abroad

Forum stresses career benefits of study abroad | Education to Employment Gap | Scoop.it
Japanese students should buck the stay-at-home trend and instead study overseas to gain skills to survive in an ever more globalized and competitive world, experts and former international students said ...
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The benefits of an overseas education is well regarded and applauded.  There is more to do than go become an international student and then turn that into a very good career move especially for those that cannot get into the very best schools.  Many countries, employers and students are looking at what those extra skills are that will really set someone apart from the rest of their peers..Soft skills and integration not segregation during these opportunities are a great place to begin a successful journey towards leadership and success.

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Corporate universities are on the rise

Corporate universities are on the rise | Education to Employment Gap | Scoop.it
The engines of economic growth are shifting from financial to human capital. In the past, capital-intensive physical assets drove competitive advantage in many sectors of the industrialized world.
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Great way to bridge the gap between education and employment but only for the larger companies that can afford these programs...."Corporate universities are expected to surmount human capital challenges like a graying workforce, generation Y’s expectation of development opportunities, globalization’s demands on leadership and emerging-market employability gaps....Corporate universities often work directly with a particular professor or with more specialized niche providers in their network. As a result, business schools are becoming learning consultants, providing a strong network of specialists and experts to meet a company’s specific needs."

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Korean MBA programs face tough challenges

Korean MBA programs face tough challenges | Education to Employment Gap | Scoop.it
Not long ago, many Korean moviegoers worried that Hollywood films would soon dominate the local market once the Korean screen quota system was removed.
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This is important foundation in post secondary education systems worldwide, so why the challenges?  Excerpts from the article that sum it up as well as anyone else.

..."While Korea is a global powerhouse in manufacturing, its service sector and education system are still in a developing stage. Such imbalance is a serious threat to the sustainable growth of Korean companies.
..Business schools need to serve as partners of corporations and nonprofit organizations, helping them achieve their long-term goals.  This would have all sides collborating with each other.  Let's get this done!

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Barack Obama announces new visa deal in bid to improve ties with China

Barack Obama announces new visa deal in bid to improve ties with China | Education to Employment Gap | Scoop.it
US President Barack Obama has announced a deal to extend visas for Chinese visitors to the United States for up to a decade, insisting he wants China "to do well" despite simmering tensions between the world's two largest economies....
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Interesting shift for Student Visa's from 1 to 5 years.  Not sure yet how that will work or the impact of it going forward but for now...great news for students from China to get a US education and possibly some time afterwards for work experience.  I am sure there is more to come on this but it starts tomorrow!

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Change management

Change management | Education to Employment Gap | Scoop.it
THE master of business administration is one of the success stories of our time. Since it was first offered by Harvard Business School (HBS) in 1908, the MBA’s...
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Here is the beginning of change in the way education is delivered and the content and usefulness of the material being taught.  These are exciting developments in bridging the gaps between education and employment....“In 10 years we will look back and be embarrassed it was so simple.”.....For those in the process of getting higher education, that time period will not benefit them very well so alternatives need to continue to be put in place like what we are doing (not meant to self promote...promise..just to make a point).. "For years, they have been poaching professors from economics departments. Now they also woo psychologists and sociologists to teach softer subjects such as leadership and organisational behaviour. And their scope seems to be expanding"....Oh well, stay tuned as there is more to come and lest not forget, this is only at MBA level and not undergraduate so even more ground to cover....

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Business students want to return home |Economy |chinadaily.com.cn

Business students want to return home |Economy |chinadaily.com.cn | Education to Employment Gap | Scoop.it
Chinese students from wealthy families and those who study business in the United States are more willing than their peers to return to China after getting their degrees, according to a new report.
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Although report shows higher percentage of students want to return home based upon the level of family incomes in China, the fact remains that having the practical skills to compliment their western education is a difference maker in either case of returning home or staying in US......"hope their children will come back to help manage the family business........because they believe their child’s advanced knowledge and experience acquired in the US will contribute to their prosperity"......Chinese students from low-income families,....would rather stay in the US and take a chance,"

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Entrepreneur starts his version of Harvard, tuition-free

Entrepreneur starts his version of Harvard, tuition-free | Education to Employment Gap | Scoop.it
Minerva Schools of KGI doesn’t yet have accreditation, a campus or even a full faculty roster, but it is offering something even Harvard can’t - four years of free tuition for its first matriculating class....
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Don't focus on headline but the story itself.  This is a major step forward towards bridging the gap between education and employment. More to come on this as they are aligned with our mission and are located here in SF where our foundation is as well.

"Courses at Minerva.....will be seminar-oriented, focusing on higher level skills such as logic, reasoning, rhetoric and empirical analysis"... A quote from their founding dean....."Our students will gain the practical skills needed to be truly successful global citizens"

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AP IMPACT: Post-recession, higher ed paths diverge

AP IMPACT: Post-recession, higher ed paths diverge | Education to Employment Gap | Scoop.it
CHONGQING, China (AP) — On the outskirts of this sprawling megalopolis of 29 million in southwest China stand a pair of college campuses — one repr
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Great article depicting the global scale in which this topic of education to employment rages on...it is good to see the employer side of the story here too.  collaboration between employer and educational institution is critical..

"The 12 years of education has not given our students the habit of thinking," says Bai Fengshan, who is leading a new liberal arts curriculum at prestigious Tsinghua University....."They simply take whatever is given. They can tell when what's given is bad, but they don't know why."

Students "lack the ability to be critical," he says, "which is different from the ability to criticize.......

advocates in a broad range of places around the world hear employers demanding the "soft skills" — communication, critical thinking, and working with diverse groups — that broad-based learning more effectively instills. These advocates argue their countries need job-creators, not just job-fillers. They think the biggest innovations come from well-rounded graduates"

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Going overseas holds the key to development|Business|chinadaily.com.cn

Going overseas holds the key to development|Business|chinadaily.com.cn | Education to Employment Gap | Scoop.it
Private companies are set to spearhead China's overseas business expansion over the next decade, according to a new report.
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This should increase demand for graduates with good global experience and understanding of practical ways businesses are run in these other countries....."Almost a fifth (19.2 percent) said it was about seeking out new markets, 16.6 percent on building international marketing networks and 15.7 percent about becoming an internationally competitive global company.

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Chinese students head overseas at younger ages[2]|chinadaily.com.cn

Chinese students head overseas at younger ages[2]|chinadaily.com.cn | Education to Employment Gap | Scoop.it
To protect their children from the pressure of the fierce competition,an increasing number of Chinese parents are sending their children abroad.
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...."When selecting schools, these families emphasize the importance of improving students' creativity and innovation, while maintaining their individuality".....The sacrifice and cost of doing so is great and brings up the question of whether the changes parents are looking for are also being put in motion locally in China.  Also, some discussion is that by heading overseas, the young student does not have to take the national exam, which can be rigorous but maybe the value of the exam vs. the educational experience tip the scales in these instances.

 

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College admission policy

College admission policy | Education to Employment Gap | Scoop.it
The government's new policy for the college entrance exam and admission system unveiled Tuesday is the 16th such revision since 1948.
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South Korea is making strides in open debates on how to solve what globally everyone seems to agree is needed for the future:"schools should improve teaching methods from the current rote memorization to free discussion"  Collaboration amongst all parties involved including corporations is needed.  President Park has come out and asked the top  korean corporations to hire more so they should have a say in what skills they are in need of in order to do so.  The time is right...Carpe diem

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Paid or unpaid, interns want to learn

Paid or unpaid, interns want to learn | Education to Employment Gap | Scoop.it
An internship is a type of on-the-job training for white-collar and professional careers. Interns may be paid or unpaid, and are usually temporary positions.
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This is a very difficult situation for companies to commit to investing the time and money in training interns that are there for short period of time.  In some instances the company does not have a formal training cirriculum or proper oversight to maximize the impact of these programs. At the same time, students do not bring with them many of the skill sets company's are in need of.  Many times, the experience of internship is unfulfilling for both intern and company sponsor

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