Top 10 universities to study abroad

Top 10 International Universities

It is every student’s dream to graduate from a reputed university. Acadamic  certificate gained from such university is a golden mark on the student’s educational history. When an undergraduate desires to get admission in such an educational institute choosing the best often leaves the student wonder which is the best univerty. So, for them here is a list of top 10 universities; highlights about each have been mentioned.

Initially the task looks tough so, here is a vital guidance that will help one in selecting the perfect university; that will fit completely as per a student’s expectation.

The university will rank you based on your academic performance so before getting admission judge the university by going through its honours and achievements. 

Following are some tool ideas that will help you.

  • University ranking
  • University rating which is based on the performance of university in key areas including graduate employability, teaching quality and research quality.
  • Comments by experts and their speculation regarding future development
  • Attend university fairs and meet representatives to get a clearer idea about the life that you will live in the university during your learning period.
  • Study a bit about the location with respect to climate, language spoken, social sense, sports, music etc.

Times Higher Education (THE) which is formerly known as Times Higher Education Supplement (THES) is a London based weekly magazine that reports news regarding higher education.

Times Higher Education (THE) has used 13 individual performance indicators for judging world class universities considering their core mission which includes research, international outlook, and knowledge transfer. The THE ranking examines a university’s teaching, ambience including the learning environment, student ratio, teaching resource and more.

The Times Higher Education World University Ranking 2015-2016 have listed down best global universities based on each of their research, teaching, international outlook and knowledge transfer.

University – Country

  1. California Institute of Technology – United States 

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 Honoured with

  • Nobel Laureates
  • National Medal of Science
  • National Medal of Technology and Innovation
  • National Academies Memberships

  1. University of Oxford – United Kingdom

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The university has

  • 44 colleges & halls
  • 100 libraries (It is the biggest library system in UK)
  • An alumni network of more than 250,000 individuals
  • 120 olympis medallists
  • 26 Nobel Prize winners
  • 7 poets laureate

More than 30 world leaders including 26 UK Prime Ministers have graduated from this university.

 

  1. Stanford University – United States

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Honour

  • 21 Nobel laureates

Alumni includes

  • 17 astronauts
  • 18 Turing award recipients
  • 2 fields medallists
  • 38 new campus

  1. University of Cambridge – United Kingdom

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This university has 800 years of history which makes it the 4th oldest university.

Achievement

  • Nobel Prize have honoured 92 associates of the university
  • 150 faculties
  • 6 schools including Art and Humanities

Biological sciences

Clinical Medicine

Physical Sciences and Technology

Humanities and Social Sciences

  1. Massachusetts Institute of Technology – United States 

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Stars of this university

  • 85 Nobel Laureates
  • 58 National Medal of Science winners
  • 29 National Medal of Technology & Innovation winners
  • 45 MacArthur Fellows
  • Top alumni is Kofi Annan ( former secretary-general of the United Nations)

  1. Harvard University – United States 

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The most prominent university of United States. John F. Kennedy (1956) is among those 13 US presidents who have graduated from Harvard.

Its faculty membershave been awarded with Nobel prize, they include

  • Chemist Martin Karplus
  • Economist Alvin Roth
  • Notable alumni of Haward is Al Gore, former US vice-president, he was honoured with Peace Prize in the year 2007

  1. Princeton University – United States 

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It is known as the world’s chief research university. It has association with  over

  • 40 Nobel laureates
  • 17 winners of the National Medal of Science
  • 5 receiver of the National Humanities Medal

Its faculty members are honoured with Nobel Prize, they include

  • Chemists Tomas Lindahl & Osamu Shimomura
  • Economists Paul Krugman & Angus Deaton
  • Physicists Arthur McDonald & David Gross.

  1. Imperial College – London United Kingdom

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Imperial College London is UK’s leading institution which focuses mainly on four areas engineering, science, business and medicine. The college has near to

  • 15,000 students
  • 8,000 staff
  • Its staff includes 14 Nobel Prize winners,one of them being Sir Alexander Fleming (inventor of penicillin)

  1. ETH Zurich – Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich Switzerland

Albert Einstein graduated in 1901 – To get admission in this reputed institute one has to pass an entrance exam and for Swiss citizens a matriculation certificate is enough

  1. University of Chicago – United States

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 The university has always made headlines for providing supreme academic facilities. It is associated with

  • 80 plus Nobel laureates
  • 30 National Medal winners in all fields
  • 9 Fields Medallists
  • It has been honoured with nearly 50 MacArthur “genius grants”

As you are set to create a milestone in your academic field, do a bit homework and choose the best place where your qualities will be polished so that you be one-of-a-kind.

Arts Graduates

Skills for Arts Graduates

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It is a celebrated fact that work in the artistic sector is often prejudiced, underpaid, and unwarranted. A stagnating economy, acute fund crunch, and a consistently inconsistent higher education funding has pushed students under a tremendous debt laden career, and has made it horribly difficult for art graduates to survive. For many arts graduates, the number of internships they can secure plays a crucial role in establishing their job prospects. There is a perception that higher education institutes have a responsibility of producing “employable” or “work ready” students. Many teachers struggle to prepare arts graduates for the challenges of developing a vocation in the sector. And the drastic decline in the number of students, coupled with decline in the quality of teachers has significantly contributed in pushing the arts category off limits.

What arts graduates want?

So what do arts graduates want from their careers? For years, many experts have been dealing with cases where arts colleges are facing a severe crunch of arts graduates and the ever changing global demands aren’t helping the case. Many curriculum experts have pondered over the idea of addressing the concerns raised by students and teachers alike, so as to create a strong curriculum that would attract the best of students to work in the ‘traditional’ arts sector.

Let’s look at some of the conventional solutions to address the issues raised.

It would be presumptuous for teachers to assume that prospective arts graduates are completely unmindful of the nature of work in the arts sector.

To put it basically: students are aware of the fact that work in arts sector is based primarily on short-term contracts which also includes portfolio work. However, the present career expansion advice predominately focuses on jobs that are stable and based on a typical, foreseeable career development. In an arts industry, where self-employment and portfolio careers are conventional, the constant prominence on well written resumes and flashy cover letters being the important tools required when pursuing employment doesn’t take into account the stringent hiring procedures.

Skill and Expression

The primary resolution that students want is the introduction of concepts that would help them better prepare for work in the arts industry. The next resolution is a physical space for skill development. The various roles and diverse job profiles make the arts sector an amazing and exciting place to work. However, the plethora of opportunities available for the arts graduates could make it a daunting prospect for them.

It is highly important to include practical exercises into the curriculum to provide students with an opportunity to work success and failure. It may sound conceptual to many, however, it is priceless in a sector endemic of overnight success and relentless rejections that can often feel personal than professional. Another thing which students seek is experience, where they can work on essential skills needed to flourish in the sector. Skills ranging from learning to prepare a sales pitch to more complex ones like improving the communication skills. Also many arts graduates lack the basic knowledge like what their employment rights are. Also, this gives them an opportunity to learn about exhibiting their verbal and non-verbal skills. Arts Graduates, with time, can answer their most pertinent daemons which could lead them to success. For instance, queries like – “How does one behave in a field where apparently anything goes?” or “how effective their career strategy is”. Being able to communicate with people working in the arts sector offered an opportunity for arts graduates to see how pros conduct themselves.

Nevertheless, any curriculum you develop, there will always be limitations to its effectiveness. For instance, work internships – which are still seen by many arts graduates as the standard route to a career in arts sector – are still to be implemented thoroughly. What arts graduates need the most is a series of work placement contracts that will address disparity of admission.

That said, arts is a sector which requires a lot of work, as opportunities are limited to an extent and the present workforce does not reflect the diversity of society. No matter how difficult it may appear, but it is ultimately very important to find current practices in the sector that might produce a change in employment practices.

Tips to Manage Finances

Ever been in a situation where you find yourself short of money after 10th or 12th day of the month? If yes then fear not, you aren’t the only one facing this problem as most of us who went to college experienced this, when we were short of money because of our continuous appetite for spending unwisely often sent our bank balances to single digits. The urge to spend is never ending, whether it is for that pair of boots at ‘Clarks’ or the new crunchy burger at “Burger King”; managing your money isn’t as simple as it looks. College is also synonymous with young people attaining freedom when they move away from home. Most of us don’t adjust easily to this new routine where we are the managers of our finances.

Not Determining Wants Vs Needs

Even though it sounds pretty basic, many college students try to live outside their means as they haven’t thought about categorizing their expenses into their ‘Wants’ and ‘Needs’. For instance, you understand food is a need and coffee is a want, but some days, a “Starbucks Chocó latte” is sure to feel like a need. However, there are always inexpensive alternatives for your ‘wants’, like in this situation, you can avoid the trip to the coffee shop and brew your own coffee at home.

Top 3 Things College Students Waste their Money On

1.  Automobile

SELL YOUR CAR! DON’T BRING IT TO COLLEGE! Yes, you read it right, owning a car is a lot more than just paying for fuel. With it come other expense like insurance, maintenance, parking costs, those never-ending rides with your friends and the list can be very long.

2.   Housing

It is every individual’s ultimate dream to move in to a house and live individually, leaving behind the mess of the hostel life and the never-ending barbs from the family back at home. Living individually comes with its share of hassles and biggest of them all is the money it costs.

3.   Food Habits

“Ever had a craving for that delicious new donut?” “Or that fresh sandwich?” Yes, we all do, but what we forget is the impact they have on our bank balance. Controlling and channeling your dietary habits is a huge challenge for all of us.

Tips to Manage Finances

Although parents recognize the need to teach their children the importance of personal finance management, many don’t know how to teach them.

Take Charge of your money (and Life)

The best way of taking charge of money is by planning your expenditure and then sticking to it. You should define your financial goals and make plans to reach those goals. Making these small but important changes to your lifestyle can surely help you to manage your finances better.

Get Organized

The best way is to start writing down your expenditures and categorize them. Keeping records also helps in identifying areas where you spend more, which then leads you to make the necessary changes. Making records also helps in meeting deadlines like last date to pay bills, paying tuition fee, etc.

Avoid Credit Cards

Credit cards can lure you to spend without thinking about repayments but the fact is you will have to repay the bank at the end of the month. Credit cards should be an absolute “no go” for students. Stick to a debit card instead.

Develop Good Eating Habits

Avoid consuming to much of junk food and try to cook your own meals. It will not only have a positive impact on your bank balance but also on your health.

Avoid Impulse Purchases

You have to avoid buying something on a whim, before buying a product think about if you really need it or if you can afford it (Wants VS Needs).

A guide to choose the Best college

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If you are looking for a bachelor’s or a master’s course in Economics, and planning to study abroad, then look no further than here. For those, who are planning to study abroad, the initial planning and research starts as early as 12-15 months in advance. However, for those who are still unclear about the steps, the following article could be a great help. The UCAS 2015 convention, could be the perfect place to kick off your preparations. Their one could meet representatives from not just colleges from UK, but some of the best institutes, and this event play a major role in choosing your ultimate college. The UCAS hold conventions from the beginning of March till the end of October.

For more information about the event details, registration charges, participating institutes, location, and guest speakers, you can log onto the web portal of the UCAS.

Seminars

Seminars are an integral part of the UCAS convention, however, topics can be as diverse as student finances to life at a particular college, to the application process. The goal, though, of the seminars is to make the decision making as simple as possible. And it is always worthwhile attending one of these seminars and getting an opportunity to listen to the experts and hearing about the institute from the horse’s mouth. For more details about the event log on to the UCAS website and it is advisable to book early, as it will guarantee you access to one of the best, and certainly most influential, education events of the year.

Visiting university stands

Contrary to the popular belief, a fair isn’t just an opportunity to collect brochures from all the colleges attending the event; an opportunity to interact with representatives from different universities, all under one roof, is a major advantage of attending a UCAS convention. Also, any research and homework about the college of your choice will benefit you, as you will be able to easily raise your queries and seek satisfactory solutions. Always make sure that they offer you the desired programme and that you fulfil their eligibility requirements, which will ultimately help you save time and ensure that you only have to speak to relevant people without wasting time on colleges you aren’t eligible for. Don’t just follow your friends or the freebies and only visit the stands that are relevant to you. The UCAS preparatory site also has some handy tips for the same.

Sharing your contact details with an institute of your interest will also be beneficial for you, as this way you can keep track of important dates and deadline , and never miss out on the recent developments and deadlines.

Never miss an Open Day

An open day is a fantastic way of getting to know more about colleges you’re extremely keen on. Talking to academic staff of the college or subject of your choice would really help you to learn more about the college you are interested in, whereas visiting the college campus will help you understand more about the size of the place and location, and get a feel for undergraduate life.

Although the format of the day will differ by institution, however, the opportunity to hear from or speak to academic staff as well as current students and admissions staff, is one not to be missed. Also, at open day, you have the opportunity to: listen to subject talks from academic staff, meet current students, visit a college’s student accommodations, ask your questions directly to staff from various departments, and an opportunity to interact with the current students. In the end it will all ultimately come down to the choices that you make, and your decisions will alter the shape of you career.

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Multimedia classrooms vs Traditional Method of Teaching

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It is sad that so few modern students will ever experience a real lecture; the ones we attended, where the lectures stretched up to long durations, to say the least, and the professor used conventional chalk and boards to teach. For those, who wish to learn and understand the concepts in detail, real lectures will always be interesting and drive their passion to learn. But what are called ‘lectures’ these days is a charade. Gigantic, suffocating venues that can seat hundreds; students struggling to spot the teachers, while sitting in the dark; a ghostly voice vibrating in the microphone; a teacher reading out never-ending power point slides, which, paradoxically, have already been posted online; the flimsy listeners flaccid instead of scribbling their notes; distracted by their neighbour erratically browsing through social networks or last night’s game updates; and the whole thing being recorded as if either it was a court room trial or to emphasise that students don’t really need to be there nor their attention is warranted. Ironically, these indefensible atrocities are what many currently call lectures.

Although the gadgets and tools look fascinating to the onlooker, however, these substitutes to lectures are mere gimmicks designed to get praise for teaching ‘innovation’ and wooing the audience. For instance, a bi-cycle with trilateral wheels is an invention, though, the proper question is whether it fits the purpose. If taken seriously, and conducted in a proper way, lectures are the best practical way of imparting knowledge to people who want to learn.  In contrast to what many believe, good lectures are actually possible and attainable – I experienced many of them at my school, however, they are neither easy, nor as cheap as some substitutes. A good lecture requires a holistic team work, starting from those who appoint teaching staff, to those who design lecture theatres, to those who construct courses, and ultimately the creators of the educational ethos. The hardest of all, however, is the fact that good lectures require a great effort in form of concentration during the teaching period from those seeking information (read as students). Furthermore, a good lecture is an effort from both lecturer and audience alike. A good lecture is more like a theatre than a cinema, as it seeks involvement of the audience to make it a success or a failure. It is unique, similar to what a musical performance is – seeing and hearing each other in real-time and working together on something both the performer and viewer value. And when it works, it is an experience that lasts in our memories forever. It is sad that with advent of tools and technology only a few modern students will ever get an opportunity to experience anything of this kind. Many wonder “Why students don’t get as much out of lectures?”, and the truth is that there are a myriad of reasons, from as simple as lapses in concentration to more complex like lack of interest in the subject. Many studies conducted by experts validate the importance of good lectures. Real lecturing can be a good way of passing knowledge and can play an influential role in improving the performance of students. Teachers even face stubborn attendance problems which ultimately distorts their interest in class and many classes often ended the semester half-empty; with efforts like using newer methods or introduction of online tests also failing to bring any considerable effect.

Experts, who usually have something to teach which is worth learning, should feel more confident about the aptness of the method. Contrary to the popular belief, lectures are not an inferior medium, nor should the lecture be seen as subordinate to the provision of written texts. Accordingly, lecturers should resist the temptation of making lectures more ‘entertaining’ by over-using multimedia tools. Since lectures are principally ‘aural’, the visual material should generally be like simple summary diagrams which are appropriate for recording in lecture notes. Mostly, lectures should aim to be enjoyable, but shouldn’t attempt to be entertaining. Lectures should be memorable rather than distracting.

In a nutshell, lectures retain a major educational role as learning through lectures is easier and more effective in comparison to literacy-based and electronic media. And to increase the effectiveness of university teaching, it is important to make learning as easy as possible. Making lectures more enjoyable and effective should be the actual goal, instead of trying to phase them out. This can only be done by understanding how lectures exploit human psychology – particularly the fact that lectures are fundamentally formal, verbal, shared events.

Career Building Tips

Final Exams vs Continuous Assessment

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India, considered as one of the education hubs of the world, has one of the archaic education policy dating back to the colonial times. Over the years, no significant changes have been enacted in the policy to alter the approach in schools or colleges. Although, education is a key tool for development, however, the process has not seen any amendments over the years. Assessment in schools or colleges can be anything from a mere administrative impediment to a tense, future-determining practise for students, especially in India, where the education process lays a greater emphasis on the examination system.

Assessment is an important component of the education system, which ascertains whether the knowledge imparted has been grasped by the individual or not. However, a significant question which arises from the end of course assessment process (final exams) of India is – What is the real motive behind assessment? To compare the performance of various students or to facilitate their passing, or to assess their proficiency in a particular subject.

The irony, however, is that assessment has become too concentric around the academic activities. Rather than assessing the knowledge domain of the individuals, assessment at the end of course (read as final exams) is used to compare the performance of different individuals and ultimately ranking them according to the results. This not only promotes rot learning but also defeats the complete principle of teaching – “understanding of concepts”.

Purpose of Continuous Assessment

Many believe that the assessment model shouldn’t have to be postponed till the end of course/semester, instead tight, closed feedback/assessments can have two major advantages. One, teachers can make corrections to their teaching techniques in case of unsatisfactory results and two, students can rework on the weak areas before progressing; giving students a continuous stream of opportunities to prove their mastery. Further advantages of the continuous assessment model are:

Mastery of Concepts

The continuous model insures that, assessment is embedded in flow of learning. Currently our examination system is based on testing the seat time instead of the mastery of concepts, however, the continuous model ensures that the progress from one course to the other is based on mastery of concepts. Students who are weak in any particular course can correct their performance in due time before moving on to the higher concepts. The awareness of one’s performance and results insures that the student is aware about the results and can improve their weaker concepts.

Help for Teachers

One of the biggest challenges facing teachers today is the diversity of population in classrooms. Students come from different social, economic, and geographical backgrounds making the classrooms as diverse as they ever have been. Every student has their own weaknesses and strengths, some face difficulty in understanding the language, while others may feel uncomfortable in certain specific courses. This is where continuous assessment plays an important role of helping a teacher juggle easily between managing advanced and struggling students. Through continuous assessment, teachers can ensure that the class progresses as a whole without enforcing a sense of competition amongst the students.

Better management of content

The continuous assessment model ensures that the content creators can easily assess the data of efficacy of learning. It also helps the creators in assessing the learning pattern; consecutively comprehensive changes can be made to the teaching methodology which can further bring in positive changes. It assists teachers in effectively improving the skills by better implementation of resources through content management; for instance, teachers may be able to comprehensively ascertain the relationship between logical skill and language composition.

To conclude, the continuous model of assessment is a guidance oriented, formative, cumulative, and comprehensive form of assessment which is systemic and ensures equality in classroom. This model can effectively uncover interdisciplinary relationship between subjects and allow us to refine our understanding of the concept. This is in stark contrast to the final examination system which is more competition oriented.

Hotel Management Courses

Hotel Management Courses

Hotel Management is a profession that has been gaining popularity since the 1980s. In the recent years, the demand for hotel management courses has increased tremendously. More students are opting for career in this field. Therefore, the time is apt that we provide you a list of top hotel management courses adopted by various students and which help them to boost their profile. Evert effort has been made to prepare a comprehensive list, however, in no way this is the complete student profile and we encourage that you visit the individual websites of all the college to be ascertain of all the final needs. Hotel Management courses teach the students a wide option of subjects such as:

 

1. Computer Software Applications

2. Food Production Studies

3. Food Production Operations

4. Rooms Divisions Operations, Front Office and Housekeeping

5. Intercultural Management

6. Business Communication

7. Accounting Management

8. Facilities Management

9. Business Organization Principles

10. Food Service Studies

11. Food Service Operations

12. Beverage and Bar

13. Service

 

Off Campus

During the third term and fourth term, students will go for internships where they have to spend at least a 1000 hours in the industry in order to learn the ins and outs. Following are the Hotel Management Courses, which a student will study during their internship.

Back to the Campus

The fifth and sixth terms, students will learn:

1. Academic writing and research skills

2. Principals of Marketing

3. Rooms Division Management

4. Operational Management and Cost Control

5. Managerial Accounting

6. Macroeconomics

7. Business and Hospitality Law

8. Organizational Behavior and Human Resources

9. Hotel Management Simulations

 

Specializations

These are elective classes that can be taken after meeting the requirements of the other courses. Students can specialize in:

1. Event Management

2. International Resort and Day Spa Management

3. Wine Studies

Ultimately, it boils down to individual choices and career options that a person deems fight for themselves. We would like to wish you good luck and hope you choose a career profile, which boosts your prospects and ensures your holistic growth as an individual.