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Management Class Product Groups:

1. Open Educational Resources are customizable MOOCs-like pre-university level courses which offer education and training at all levels throughout the world, Read more and feel free to join Management Class Global Group.

2. Learning Centres  using Management Class' customizable pubic programmes, courses and modules introduce, publish and share our institutional and organizational partners' degree or higher vocational qualifications level programmes and courses to international clients for online and/or campus-based delivery.

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Education at a Glance 2014: OECD Indicators

This annual publication is the authoritative source for accurate and relevant information on the state of education around the world.

Featuring more than 150 charts, 300 tables, and over 100 000 figures, it provides data on the structure, finances, and performance of education systems in the OECD’s 34 member countries, as well as a number of partner countries.

It results from a long-standing, collaborative effort between OECD governments, the experts and institutions working within the framework of the OECD Indicators of Education Systems (INES) programme and the OECD Secretariat

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Learn Moodle 2015: What is a course in Moodle?

Published on Jan 11, 2015

How to find and construct courses in the Learn Moodle site - an introduction to the Moodle teaching resources. 

This tutorial video is part of the Learn Moodle MOOC 2015 series using Moodle 2.8


The MOOC hype fades, in 3 charts

Few people would now be willing to argue that massive open online courses are the future of higher education. The percentage of institutions offering a MOOC seems to be leveling off, at around 14 percent, while suspicions persist that MOOCs will not generate money or reduce costs for universities—and are not, in fact, sustainable.

The latest figures come from the Babson Survey Research Group’s annual survey, which was based on a 2014 survey of more than 2,800 academic leaders and was released on Thursday. The survey, which has tracked opinions about online education for more than a decade, started asking academic leaders about MOOCs in 2012, when free online courses seemed poised to disrupt the walled gardens of elite college instruction.

Back then, 28 percent of respondents believed MOOCs were sustainable, while 26 percent thought they were not. In this year’s survey, 16 percent believe MOOCs are sustainable, while 51 percent think they are not.

Working with the EBRD


There are a number of ways you can work with the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) as well as its clients and partner organisations. We offer a range of products and business services. Our operations extend across more than 30 countries and within a broad range of industry sectors.

Project finance

We offer a number of financial instruments, primarily in the form of loans, equity and guarantees.



Projects financed by the EBRD generate many tendering opportunities. We also seek corporate products and services for internal projects and departments.


Trade Facilitation Programme

We provide an award-winning scheme which promotes global trade by guaranteeing trade transactions to, from and among the countries we work in.


Advice for business

Complementing our financial services, the EBRD's Small Business Support team helps enterprises flourish by connecting them with expert advisers and consultants.


Capital Markets

With over 20 years of experience, the EBRD plays a significant role in the international capital markets through a broad range of activities.


Loan syndications

We place an emphasis on involving other sources of financing in our operations.


Jobs at the EBRD

The EBRD employs talented staff from dozens of countries to work in our London headquarters and more than 30 local offices across our region.


Cultural complexity: the etiquette of doing business abroad

Would you drink fermented mare’s milk to celebrate a business deal in Mongolia? Photograph: TAO Images Limited / Alamy

It’s mid-afternoon in downtown Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia. Five or six guests are sat around a restaurant table waiting to share fermented mare’s milk with you to celebrate the closing of an important business deal. It’s a scenario ripe with possibilities for cultural cock-ups and etiquette faux pas, which entrepreneur Will Tindall recalls only too well.

Refusing to down your fair share of the toe-curling concoction, famed for being the tipple of choice of Genghis Khan and his troops, will not only be socially embarrassing, it could cost you the deal you’ve been working for months to broker.

“If you were to not drink it or have any sort of reaction to that initial taste, it would definitely lower your standing within a meeting,” says Tindall, co-founder of Emerging Crowd. “And you’re very much expected to have a shot each time someone has spoken.”

Of course, it’s very hard to keep your head after 15 shots of fiery alcohol, and Tindall says even after living and doing business in the country for more than a year he left the meeting without a clue what had been said or what had actually happened. Any SME owner serious about exporting overseas, however, should be prepared for a culture clash or two, particularly in emerging markets unfamiliar with western customs.

Tindall says he has a weighty portfolio of embarrassing blunders made during his last six years living and working in Asia. But despite becoming fairly accustomed to the rituals of business meetings in Hong Kong and Singapore, he says nothing could prepare him for Tokyo.

Tindall remembers his first meeting in the Japanese capital 10 years ago, with a very senior and well known individual in an international bank. He was told to give a little bow upon taking the man’s business card and it seemed all was going well. That was until he began to make notes about who the person was on the card.

“At that point I saw this guy’s face change to a very strange shade of red. My actions went down incredibly badly. Although I was giving this business card lots of respect, the idea of writing on it was definitely frowned upon. When I went to leave and try to shake his hand, he turned his back on me. It was embarrassing but then I quickly realised that was also because they don’t really shake hands.”

It may have been awkward, but it taught him a valuable lesson about Japan’s reverence for the mighty business card. They are incredibly important in Japan, Tindall says. If you are doing business there and have a card which is also translated on the other side, you will receive immediate kudos from the recipient. They love the extra effort that you go to, he adds, but warns to make sure you know which way up the Japanese language side is facing. Handing someone an upside down card is also considered rude.

Thankfully, most hosts will be sympathetic to your cultural ignorance, providing you make the effort. Having the ability to laugh at yourself if you make a mistake and apologising is key to recovering from a particularly awkward blunder, he says.

For Louis Barnett, the founder of Louis Barnett Chocolates, the biggest hurdle was understanding that in some countries doing business is as much a personal event as it is professional.

The 22-year-old entrepreneur, who started his British chocolate company at the tender age of 12, was initially flummoxed by the reaction to his typically hard-nosed business talk. After expressing his professional concern about a matter and sticking to the cold hard facts in a meeting with his partners in Mexico, he was surprised that the reaction was one of offence. By neglecting to ask the client about his personal life – his wife and kids – he had inadvertently antagonised his hosts.

Because overseas clients will be as unprepared for your way of doing business as you are for theirs, it is crucial you do your homework first and get one step ahead before meeting in person. Barnett found help and support from the British Chambers of Commerce, who have experts on the ground with an understanding of the culture of that nation and the ways UK exporters may have to adapt to doing business there. The chambers, he explains, has a wide reaching spider web of networks and contacts, from buyers and distributors to lawyers, who will help you understand the country’s market.

Bulldog Skincare is already a reputable brand of male grooming products in the UK, but it is fast becoming equally well known abroad, with around 14,000 retailers stocking the product range across 13 countries. Its founder, Simon Duffy, first dipped his toe in the overseas market in 2010 with a lucrative deal in Sweden. After the company’s success in Scandinavia, Bulldog had the confidence to throw its net wider, branching out to as far as the US and Australia.

One of their most interesting exporting experiences was breaking into the South Korean market. He hesitates to call it a challenge though, despite the vast cultural differences. He claims with thorough research and preparation, any exporting venture is totally manageable – you just have to be sensitive to the differences.

Duffy recommends, which features a helpful section about cultural conventions, such as how to meet and greet people, as well as information about names, titles, and even acceptable body language such crossing your legs, eye contact and showing the soles of your feet.

“Certain conventions which are encouraged in the west can come across as confrontational in Korea,” Duffy explains. “One of the things we tried to avoid was phrasing questions that required a yes or no answer, as Koreans try to avoid the latter. The negotiation process has a completely different rhythm. Things take longer to be resolved but that isn’t a sign of a lack of momentum – you have to be prepared for several visits to build trust.”

Once that rapport is built, however, then collaboration will become easier. Duffy adds that because they are making the best efforts to do the right thing, their partners are also cutting them a lot of slack.

“They are meeting us in the middle now which is important and we value that,” he says. “We are very conscious that we don’t want to offend the local sensibilities but we are aware that they are reaching out to us and finding common ground.”

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Management Class Teaching and Learning

How To Build Your Professional Learning Community

Educators are no longer limited by what is offered geographically nearby, so they can get into what really interests them, even if the expert is on the other side of the globe, and their colleagues are scattered about and have never met in person. Everyone has a personal, professional learning community, and curating that group of people takes some time and effort.

  1. Don’t be afraid to do some hard work and make some mistakes
  2. Figure out what you want to learn about, and join discussions on these topics
  3. Participate in the discussions! Show you are a thought leader
  4. Talk to your colleagues who are interested in collaborating
  5. Don’t be afraid to build a new community of colleagues online
  6. Take an online course or watch some instructional videos
  7. Start a blog or other outlet to share your ideas and thoughts – start building an audience
  8. Talk to a ton of thought leaders – on Twitter, LinkedIn, Quora, etc
  9. Attend meetups and conferences
  10. Keep in touch with the new people you meet!


Open Educational Resources and MOOCs

Open, Sesame?: OER and MOOCs Demystifying Open Educational Resources and Massive Open Online Courses

A discussion over the different definitions of "Open" (Open as in oer and open as in MOOC #connectivism #mooc via @patlockley)... 

Management Class Approach

One or Two Semester, 12-24 week MOOCs-like Programmes and Courses

Management Class Open Educational Resources are customizable MOOCs-like pre-university level programmes, courses and modules which offer students free pre-university training.

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Management Class Learning Centres are customizable programmes, courses and modules. They introduce, publish and share our institutional and organizational partners' degree or vocational qualifications level programmes and courses to international client institutions for online and/or campus-based delivery.

The EU Agrees: MOOCs are Crucial for Building Web Skills

23. May 2014 by iversity

“Europe needs to catch up on building web talent that suits market needs. Our study shows that due to their reach and their wide acceptance, MOOCs are likely to become the first choice in delivering web skills to European learners. I call on universities and other education providers to incorporate MOOCs into their offerings.” – EU Commissioner, Neelie Kroes

When MOOCs first hit the scene back in 2011, it was soon clear that they had a global reach and demand. For the first time, online university-level courses were free and accessible and people wanted it. Access to education is great on its own, no doubt about it, but now we are starting to see that MOOCs can also be an answer for other needs: developing skills that are in demand on the labour market. The recent EU study agrees. Web skills are in high demand in Europe and MOOCs can help fill the gap.


The European call for Web Skills

In order to foster web talent in Europe, the European Commission launched an initiative and network called “Startup Europe”. The study they recently released focused on MOOCs as a channel to encourage web skill development. Here are a few of the key findings:

  • MOOCs are considered to be the most suitable medium for building web-skills.
  • The online learners chimed in with their feedback: it should be easier to find the courses you’re searching for.
  • The web industry demands skills that include audio/video authoring, game design and animation, as well as iOS, Android and HTML5.
  • Respondents from the academic field regard MOOCs as “techno-pedagogic laboratories” and use them to improve their methods of online teaching through the vast learning data that they are able to offer.
  • Educational providers, however, also stressed that they need more resources in order to develop and deliver MOOCs, and are concerned with the cost, quality assurance and institutional culture that come along with MOOCs.

The study opens the door and provides direction for the EU initiative to foster web skills through MOOCs. The next move the EU Commission is making on the issue is the “MOOCs for Web Talent” webinar on 3 July. There will also be several MOOC workshops and events in the coming months and you are invited to participate. All of the EU Commission’s steps that have come out of the study will be presented at the Slush 2014 conference in Helsinki.

Find a course that develops skills you can use

iversity stands behind the study and the initiative to develop web skills. As part of our course offerings, the Web-Engineering course trilogy joins the cause. Web-Engineering III starts 26 May, and if you missed courses I and II, they will be offered again in the future. Keep an eye on the course catalogue, even more course are on the way!

Established companies, but also startups are looking for people with web-related talent. iversity is one of the latter (check our job ads if you want to work with us). Those of you who dream of founding a startup themselves will find out quickly: nowadays, there is hardly any way around needing in-depth knowledge about programming, web design, game design, and a lot more. But it also takes business skills. Now guess who’s offering them? You’re right: it’s iversity. On 28 June, the course “The DO School Start-Up Lab” will begin, giving insight on how to found and maintain a startup company with social relevance.

Europe has to make a move in order to overcome the “crisis” narrative that it’s been caught in for the last half decade. Now the EU supports MOOCs to foster web talent and create jobs. This may be a start to open new perspectives to a lot of people in Europe and beyond.

MOOCs the European Way

Three Ways MOOCs Can Benefit Employers

Online learning doesn’t just offer great opportunities to learners. They allow professors to bring thousands of students into the lecture hall at one time, complement existing educational structures and support universities on the academic market. MOOCs are also a great solution for building skills and talents that are lacking on the job market. Even governments can incorporate MOOCs into policies that support educational initiatives. But did you know that they offer great advantages to employers? Here are 3 ways employers can benefit from MOOCs.


1. Training employees

Offering your employees the opportunity to build new skills makes your company stronger and more productive. Not only that, it gives employees the chance to grow, which can make them feel more valued and satisfied on the job. Training opportunities can be expensive and demand a lot of time during the workweek. MOOCs are an easy solution. Learning materials and courses are free, so you can test out a course without suffering any costs. Certification also comes at a low cost. If you want to have newly acquired skills officially recognised, the paid certificates won’t put a large dent in the budget. Besides, your employees deserve to have their work and skills recognised. Lastly, courses are online, free from the constraints of time and space. This gives you a great deal of flexibility when fitting course work into your weekly schedule.

2. Recruiting talent

MOOCs on their own cannot force participants to stay on top of the course workload. Therefore, people who take online courses tend to be self-motivated and particularly interested in a topic. MOOCs are a perfect place to find talented people who are actively building skills and knowledge. Another way to find talented people is to offer your own MOOC. If your organisation has something great to teach, you will be able to reach thousands of eager individuals across the world at one time. You can get creative when trying to find exceptionally talented participants. For example, offer a problem or task for them to solve and invite the best entrees to come meet you and your company in person.

3. Stay on the cutting-edge

Whether your employees take a course or you yourself, MOOCs offer an easy way to continue further education. This will allow you to stay up-to-date on the demanded skills and subjects that are on the market. You can also use MOOCs as a concise source for fresh ideas. Besides specific training, employees who seek to learn new things can add critical perspectives and diversity to the workplace. Moreover, courses are interactive – exchange ideas with other course participants in the discussion forums. This will help you build a wider network of talent and encounter new thoughts that you may otherwise miss.


University and College Associations


The World Trade Organization (WTO) and two of its agreements, the General Agreement on Trade in Services (GATS) and the Trade Related Intellectual Property Services (TRIPS), have emerged as important features of the global higher education landscape.

However, despite the importance of the WTO and its Agreements, many of us working in the sector have either very little, or at best very sketchy, knowledge about GATS and TRIPS as projects, their politics and what might be the likely prospects for the future. Even our sketchy knowledge tends to be shaped by media images largely around the biennial Ministerial Meetings for the WTO; from clashes with riot police in Seattle in 1999 (see below) to more recent arrests in Hong Kong in 2005.

GlobalHigherEd will carry a series of feature pieces on the WTO’s GATS and TRIPS Agreements, beginning here with a brief outline of the World Trade Organization and the emergence of the GATS and TRIPS Agreements in 1995.

Although the WTO is a new international organization, its origins are rooted in the General Agreement of Trade and Tariffs (GATT) of 1947. In the Uruguay Round of the GATT (1986-1994), it was decided that the international trade rules should pay more attention to the trade of “invisibles”, such as intellectual property, services and knowledge. These elements were more and more important for the world economy and were not covered by the GATT’47. To manage these new complexities, a single trade agreement was not enough. So, it was necessary to create an international organization, the WTO, which contemplated new trade agreements to fill the GATT gap: the TRIPS and the GATS. Currently, the WTO has 151 member countries. These countries have committed themselves to respect the norms and disciplines of the WTO agreements, as well as to promote progressive trade liberalization in the areas covered by the agreements.

In addition to the scope, another important difference between the GATT and the WTO is related to the dispute settlement procedure. The dispute settlement system of the WTO is regarded as much more efficient than the old system because of new procedural innovations. This also makes the WTO more powerful in enforcing trade agreements and consequently obliges member countries to be careful about respecting the content of the trade agreements.

Finally, another important difference between the GATT and the WTO can be found in its political character. In the framework of the WTO, the liberalization principle is stronger than in the original GATT. This Agreement, created in the post-WWII context, instituted a commercial regime of Keynesian embedded liberalism. But the WTO, created in a moment of neoliberal climax, clearly breaks the balance between the global liberalization objective and the capacity of states to deliver their legitimate social purpose. The fact that the WTO covers public services, such as health and education, as well as other public goods such as knowledge, significantly increases the social implications of this political shift in the international trade regime and one that GlobalHigherEd will be exploring in detail.

Both the presence and the politics of the WTO and its embrace of education–including higher education–as a new tradeable services sector is not only far reaching, but has important implications for academics’ everyday work and for how the sector is constructed and regulated. For these reasons, those working in the sector should have at least a working knowledge of the GATS and TRIPS processes so that they can either mediate or intervene in debates. We hope this series  will help you contribute to this debate.

Susan Robertson and Antoni Verger

The World Education Alliance is a global education collective comprising of Combined Knowledge Ltd and global partners specialising in the development and delivery of Training, Education and Adoption. Combined Knowledge develops all SharePoint, Office 365 and Nintex courseware ensuring consistency and quality wherever our clients are based.

Global offerings

Combined Knowledge has the ability to offer organisations global education solutions which is demonstrated through public/private classroom scenarios and a robust online course delivery mechanism. 
Our investment in developing content, ensuring our trainers live and breathe the product and the flexible delivery options we provide help organisations to achieve the same quality training wherever their users are based in the world.
This is demonstrated in the range of projects we have undertaken, from delivering standard out-of-the-box SharePoint, Office 365 and Nintex courses to creating tailored training programmes delivered to thousands of users worldwide.

Combined Knowledge enables you to work with experts for every aspect of your project over multiple locations in one easy step. You can maintain the same local contact that will help you to plan and organise your SharePoint project and ensure that all users involved in a SharePoint roll out are receiving the same understanding and knowledge wherever they are based.

Free Education Roadmap Session and Adoption Planning

Combined Knowledge has worked successfully with many organisations over the years, helping them to plan their education roll out. As part of our offering we will be happy to visit you and provide a free education roadmap session so we can understand your requirements and help you to create a customised education solution for your project.

Combined Knowledge has the content, tools and delivery methods to ensure your teams get the right training at the right time, delivered by experts.

Benefits of working with the World Education Alliance

For those who train and work with us, there are several benefits of associating with Combined Knowledge:

  • Work with recognized, respected industry leaders
  • Live anywhere in the world and train with us
  • World-wide training opportunities
  • Participate in internal education on new technologies
  • Technical support for trainers for both the technology and the course
  • Mentoring for professional development, including writing and training

Delivery Methods

Combined Knowledge offers courses via a number of different delivery methods. These methods can be combined within a larger bundled solution to meet your exact needs. Utilizing over 50 authorized trainers world-wide, the World Education Alliance allows you to have our training delivered using the following methods:

  • Instructor-Led Training
  • Train-the-Trainer (end-user courseware only)
  • Remote Online Training to your desktop
  • Public classes
  • Private classes
  • Webinars
  • Seminars
  • Customised classes and workshops
  • Support+ - our on demand support tool for end users
  • Training+ a collection of modularised video’s enabling users to learn on demand
  • CBT – Computer Based Training with quizzes, narrative and self-certification
  • Global training roll outs using mixed delivery methods
  • Video development

To find out more or to book a FREE training roadmap session for any size of project with one of our experts please contact:

We pledge to you that we’ll do everything we can to ensure you’re delighted with our education services.

Steve Smith, MVP

The Association of Commonwealth Universities

ACU members

The Association of Commonwealth Universities (ACU) is a professional association for those working in higher education across the Commonwealth, providing avenues for collaboration and cooperation between our members. Joining the ACU brings you into a network of like-minded organisations whose aim is to build and forge sustainable, mutually beneficial international partnerships.

ACU membership is open to institutions of higher education accredited by their respective national accreditation boards, in any of the 54 member states of the Commonwealth of Nations.

ACU member universities share Commonwealth values of democracy, freedom, peace, the rule of law, and opportunity for all. Moreover, thanks to a common language and many similarities in organisation and management, Commonwealth universities are able to network extensively and effectively through the ACU, sharing problems, solutions and good practice in a variety of higher education environments

The Enterprise Alliance UK

The Enterprise Alliance is a three-way partnership between the National Association of College and University Entrepreneurs (NACUE), Enterprise Educators UK (EEUK) and the Institute for Small Business & Entrepreneurship (ISBE).

The independent voice for enterprise and entrepreneurship education in UK Universities and Colleges.

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Northern Consortium UK Universities

Our 25 year history began in 1987 when NCUK was formed to deliver a highly successful student transfer programmes in Malaysia. We offer “pathway programmes” to students who wish to study at undergraduate and postgraduate level in the UK and globally. So far, we’ve helped over 20,000 NCUK students to progress onto degree courses through our world-class programmes.

We are a unique organisation because we were founded by 11 leading UK universities. Our programmes are developed in partnership with these universities, and are quality assured by them. In addition our programmes also include our English for Academic Purposes module that means you learn the English you need to study in a UK university – before you arrive.

You can be confident that our programmes are the best preparation for you to succeed in your studies.

As an NCUK student, you will have an unrivalled student experience and will enjoy help with the university application process, a wide choice of courses and study environments and the NCUK guarantee of a place in one of our universities.


Association of Colleges

The Association of Colleges (AoC) is a not-for-profit membership organisation set up in 1996 by colleges to act as their collective voice. Today, AoC represents and promotes the interests of more than 320 further education, sixth form, tertiary and specialist colleges across the UK – over 95% of the sector. We influence Government and its agencies on policies affecting colleges and their students and staff at national and regional levels. We also provide members with professional support services, which include expert advice lines for employment,communicationshealth and safetygovernance and teaching and learning.

AoC is the first port of call when seeking information about English colleges. We also work with colleges in Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland through our membership of the UK Council of Colleges. Across the globe, we have partnerships with colleges in many countries including China and India. AoC has nine regional offices and hundreds of active networks, through which member colleges shape AoC’s policy and direction.


Scandinavian Society

The Scandinavian Society is for anyone from or interested in Scandinavia, or anyone who wants to meet new people in a relaxed setting. For many it is a chance to meet people from home and for others it is a way to learn about another culture, and mix it with their own to create experiences and ideas that are exciting and novel. Throughout the year we organise events such as Kubb, Waffle nights, Scandinavian film viewings, treasure hunt, pub-crawls, the infamous Vikingfest, and loads more fun events. So if you’re interested in Norwegian, Danish, Swedish, Finnish or Icelandic culture and heritage come along and get involved, we’d love to meet you!

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    13 Mar 2012

    This is the current society constitution of Edinburgh University Scandinavian Society. It was passed at the Annual Grand Meeting on March 25th 2013.


Europe's Chances in the Arab World

The European University Association (EUA) represents and supports higher education institutions in 47 countries, providing them with a unique forum to cooperate and keep abreast of the latest trends in higher education and research policies.

Members of the Association are European universities involved in teaching and research, national associations of rectors and other organisations active in higher education and research.

EUA plays an essential role in shaping tomorrow’s European higher education and research landscape thanks to its unique knowledge of the sector and the diversity of its members. The Association’s mandate in the Bologna process, contribution to EU research policy-making and relations with intergovernmental organisations, European institutions and international associations, ensure its capacity to debate issues which are crucial for universities in relation to higher education, research and innovation.

EUA is the result of a merger between the Association of European Universities (CRE) and the Confederation of European Union Rectors’ Conferences, which took place in Salamanca, Spain on 31 March 2001.


European University Association (EUA)
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1040 Brussels
Tel: +32 (0) 2 230 55 44
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The Association Of Technical Universities Of Russia And China

Tomsk Polytechnic University was accepted to the Association of Technical Universities of Russia and China (ATURC) as the 30th regular member. The procedure was held on 24 June in Quingdao (East China’s Shandong province), at the second annual Summit of the Association where TPU delegation headed by Rector took part in.

The observer status is given to Perm National Research Polytechnic University, National Research South Ural State University, Amur State University, Saint-Petersburg Electrotechnical University “LETI”, Chongqing University, South China University of Technology, and China University of Petroleum (Beijing).

ATURC Charter stipulates the following procedure of acceptance of the university to the Association as a regular member.

First, the application is put in and considered by the committee of the Association summit. Then the aspiring university gets the observer status and after two years presents the report on the work done and the application for the acceptance to the Association as a regular member.

As TPU is well known as a leading Russian engineering university and has a good international reputation, it is accepted to the Association as a regular member at once. The exception is permitted by the ATURC Charter.

TPU Rector Petr Chubik was invited to the separate meeting in the framework of the Summit, “Dialogue about the Wealth of Wisdom”. He told about 15-year experience of TPU in cooperation with China, about scientific and educational projects that TPU realizes with Chinese universities and enterprises.

Eastern European University Association

Eastern European University Association - Association of East European University was founded in 2010 by state universities in Russia and Ukraine in order to improve the competitiveness of their educational services on the world market and the establishment of partnerships with foreign universities, as well as to represent the university, members of the Association in the international arena: exhibitions, conferences and workshops.

The head office of the Association of East European University is located in the capital of Russia - Moscow.Regional offices are EEUA in Kiev, Kharkov, Beijing, New Delhi, Islamabad and other cities. 
In Uzbekistan, the Association is represented by "International Study Consulting" .

Eastern European University Association regularly conducts a comprehensive study of the market of international education to improve educational programs and the quality of teaching, the introduction of modern teaching methods and training courses.

In the framework of international cooperation Association holds conferences and seminars for its foreign partners.

In addition, the Association of East European University contributes to the competent authorities in matters of regulating the acquisition and implementation of foreign citizens the right to receive higher education in the universities of Russia and Ukraine, as well as control the quality of education provided to foreign students.

Eastern European University Association comprises 57 universities in Russia, Ukraine and Belarus, including:

  • Moscow State University. MV University (MSU)
  • Moscow State Institute of International Relations (MGIMO)
  • Peoples' Friendship University (University)
  • Russian State University of Oil and Gas. IM Gubkin
  • NRU "Higher School of Economics"
  • Kiev National University. Taras Shevchenko
  • Kazan Federal University
  • Russian State University. NE Bauman
  • Russian National Research Medical University. NI Pirogov and others.

Universities that are part of the Association offer training in various undergraduate programs (4 years), Master (2 years), Doctorate (3 years), as well as preparatory courses of Russian language study (1 year). 
The academic programs are conducted in English, Russian, French and Spanish.

For more information you should contact the office of the company «International Study Consulting» or call: (99871) 267-58-59; (99890) 176-58-76; (99894) 693-93-68.

African Network of Universities Continues to Grow

African Network of Universities Continues to grow

The Association of African Universities (AAU) has launched a new initiative, “Mobilising Regional Capacity Initiative for Revitalizing Higher Education in Africa,” to nurture partnerships with sub-regional networks of higher education institutions. The UK Department for International Development (DFID) is supporting the project with £3.5 million pounds sterling over a three year period. According to the AAU, grants will be awarded, via a competitive selection process, for projects that aim to, “enhance the capacity of African higher education institutions and networks to support sustainable development.” The long-term outcome of this project is the revitalization of African higher education by supporting, “enhanced information sharing on innovation and reform, policy-oriented research and briefs on new ways for higher education to contribute to national development programmes, and policy frameworks that address key issues confronting African higher education.”

Promise of ASEAN Community

By now everybody must have at least heard about the name ASEAN Community [AC] that will officially emerge in 2015. But some might not be clear about what this organization is all about.

The AC was preceded by an organization called Association of Southeast Asia, commonly called ASA]; the ASA was an alliance consisting of the Philippines, Thailand, and Malaysia that was formed in 1961. The AC is a geo-political and economic organization of ten Member States that was formed on August 8, 1967, when foreign ministers of Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, and Thailand met at the Thai Department of Foreign Affairs building in Bangkok and signed the ASEAN Declaration, more commonly known as the Bangkok Declaration. It was later expanded to include Brunei, Laos, Myanmar, Cambodia, and Vietnam.

The office of the Secretariat is in Jakarta, Indonesia. Dr. Surin Pitsuwan is now the Secretary-General of ASEAN; his term in office is five years, 2007-2012. After his termination, Brunei will chair the ASEAN in 2013.

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International Relation and Development Cooperation

The Latin American University Association of Postgraduate Studies (AUIP) is an international non governmental organization recognised by the UNECO, dedicated to the promotion of postgraduate and doctoral studies in Latin America. Its membership comprises more than one hundred prestigious higher education institutions from Spain, Portugal, Latin America and the Caribbean. It provides a common catalogue of thousands of postgraduate programmes covering practically all fields of knowledge.

The AUIP provides information and dissemination services for all the postgraduate programmes offered, collaborates in processes of internal and external evaluation, accreditation and curricular harmonization of all these programmes. It also encourages the mobility and exchange of teaching staff and students, it incentivises the academic and research work through networks of centres of excellence in numerous areas of knowledge, sponsors academic and scientific events that are clearly related to advanced training and organises international travelling courses in subjects of interest to professors and directors of postgraduate and doctoral programmes.

Participation of the UGR:  * Chair  * Scholarships for Latin American doctorates


The British Association for American Studies

The British Association for American Studies was founded in 1955. It exists to promote, support and encourage the study of the United States in the Universities, Colleges and Schools of the United Kingdom, and by independent scholars. It welcomes application forms from all those engaged in or connected with the study of the United States.

Welcome to the website for the British Association for American Studies. The website is intended to be the hub of the BAAS community with information on our awards, annual conferences, schools’ liaison work, calls for papers, publications, job listings, related research networks and a media contacts database through which we can share our expertise and increase our visibility. We continue to include BAAS news, resources and links, as well as information on our committee structures. We welcome communication from our members and from anyone interested in the work we do to promote the study of America in the UK.

For a list of American Studies undergraduate degree programmes available at UK Universities go to

Chair 2013-2016 : Dr. Sue Currell, Reader in American Literature, University of Sussex.

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