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Education in Malaysia: Trends and Outlook Although the Malaysian government has dialed back on its aggressive study abroad programs implemented in 2013, the number of outbound Malaysian students continues to increase. Malaysian Higher Education Minister Datuk Seri Idris Jusoh has cited the high quality of Malaysia's research institutions as the primary reason to keep Malaysians in Malaysia to get post-graduate degrees. Furthermore, the decline of the Malaysian currency has raised the question of affordability, although it looks to be stabilizing. In concert with his education minister,...
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To international students and families, the American use of the words “college” and “university” can cause confusion. Usually, Americans use the word "college" in a general way to talk about both colleges and universities. “Going to college” simply means attending any college or university in the United States.  Both colleges and universities can be either privately owned or public (operated and funded by state governments). Both colleges and universities offer the same types of bachelor's degrees in many different fields. Both offer the same basic kinds of classes and have the...
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Pre-Arrival An American Council on Education report and a study by the University of Minnesota on best practices suggest the benefits of moving part of orientation for international students online. Presenting orientation information topic by topic through short videos and webinars with integrated comprehension quizzes and reflection questions enables students to approach and digest the information at their own pace so that they can better understand and retain the information. In traditional week-long orientation programs, students who have recently arrived are presented with so much new...
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Brazilian students studying abroad in English-speaking countries is on the rise. Education in Brazil: Study Abroad Trends According to a survey from the Brazilian Educational and Language Travel Association (BELTA), a record number of Brazilian students studied abroad in 2018. That's an increase of more than 20% from prior years. As in previous years, Canada, the United States, the UK, Australia, and Ireland represent the most popular destinations. Additional study abroad trends include the following: The top factor in study abroad choice was a favorable exchange rate, which...
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Practicing English and developing listening skills can get boring after a while. A friend of mine speaks amazing English and everyone asked her what her secret was: Watching boatloads of American television! Why is this the case? Simply put, by watching TV shows you’re training your ears to tune into different accents and intonation, thus increasing your listening skills. You can also practice your favorite monologue! If it’s a very popular show, you might have watched it in your own language as well.  Firstly, pick a series which has a variety of accents so this helps your...
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Ahhh, influencer marketing. We all have seen the images: An Instagram model proudly touting Tummy Tea or a popular vlogger promoting vitamins or a mental health app. But can influencers truly have an effect on longer-lasting products such as education? The answer as of yet is unclear. What is an influencer? Influencers are social media figures who have a large number of followers and can get their followers to blindly buy their product because they themselves are a product. For a certain amount of money, you can leverage this influence via a post or a hashtag. It might not convert to...
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