Weekly news roundup: British Council announces scholarships for women in STEM

By Haripriya Sivasubramaniam• Last updated: Nov 8, 2023
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With the advent of the Chinese new year this week, a few happenings have kept the education space on the headlines! So, here is the weekly news from around the world!

The lunar new year was welcomed.

The international education hub welcomes the Year of Tiger, depicting the advent of Chinese New Year 2022. 

While many Asian countries commemorate the day with colours and pomp, the East Asians are kickstarting the year with a hope that this tenure will be filled with vitality and bravery, as the year of Ox had multiple fallbacks, including the pandemic times.

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British Council announces scholarships for women pursuing STEM.

The British council has come up with the second cohort of scholarships with more than 50% of slots reserved for women scholars in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics.

Applications are welcomed for the scholarships till 31st of March 2022 on their official site. These scholarships are available for women from India and Asia. Generally, 100 slots are reserved for women, and out of this, 65 will be reserved for STEM scholars from these geographical domains. This scholarship helps you pursue a master’s degree or early academic fellowships across 13 reputed UK universities.

The number of Indians taking the IELTS proficiency test increased over 15% since pre-covid years.

According to the official figures, the number of candidates appearing for the IELTS proficiency test has increased from 10% to 15%. They state that the count is more than the pre-pandemic times in India.

The IELTS (International English Language Testing System) is a globally recognised English language proficiency assessment for non-native English speakers. Most reputed universities take this test as one of the critical factors relevant to overseas admissions.

SAT to be held online, with changes in the exam pattern.

The Scholastic Assessment Test (SAT) will be held online in the coming days. This new way of conducting the examination is to be administered from 2023 for all international students and 2024 for USA-based students.

The weightage and the format of the test have not changed. But the total marks for the exam have been modified to 1600, with the duration truncated from 3 hours to 2 hours. The Vice President of the College Board states that this digital conduct will be easier to take and give the test and will be more pertinent!

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