Weekly news roundup: The US announces an attractive plan for International STEM talents

By Haripriya Sivasubramaniam• Last updated: Nov 1, 2023
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From celebrating a special day to the new policies released by the US government in relevance to education, here are the top pieces of news for you to explore in a jiff!

International education day was celebrated on Jan 24.

International education day is commemorated on the 24th of January every year. This 2022 marks the day's fourth year under “Changing course, transforming education”. In 2018, the UN general assembly proclaimed this day to mark the importance of education and its significant role in ensuring peace and development globally.

The occasion was authored by 59 member states, showcasing persistent political will to support transformation activities for inclusive, equitable, and high-quality education worldwide.

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The US announces an attractive plan for International STEM talents.

Earlier this week, the Biden-Harris administration has announced a scheme for welcoming STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) research fellows worldwide and released a new raft of policies.

The administration cited their mission and vision as attracting global talents in this period. They also quoted that this STEM innovation allows the students, researchers and scholars to opt for the degree of their choice from the expanded set of multidisciplinary fields. The government and the board believe that making the education policies flexible will provide solutions to complex issues and make a difference in protecting the country.

Western Australian universities are in chaos as the borders stay shut.

The Universities in the Western Australian region are seriously concerned about the consistent shutting of borders for international students. Previously, the Government decided to open the international gates, allowing the students and the travellers to their country without quarantine from Feb 5. But with the increase in the number of Omicron variant cases globally, they have decided to shut the doors again.

The universities pinpoint as the primary concern is the bleeding of revenue with great deflation in students’ application rate for the past two years due to the pandemic times.

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