Students occupy university in Mexico City

first_imgPhoto: Nevin SidersThe main campus of the National University of Education Sciences (UPN) in Mexico City has been occupied by students who receive the National Grant for Higher Education (Pronabes). They took this drastic action because bread was literally ripped from their mouths. Payments for the Pronabes grant stopped.So they took over the campus in protest on the evening of June 28. As of the following evening, they were still on a vigil, having held a negotiating session at midday. A rent-a-cop private security force has been out on the sidewalk.The photo shows the peaceful nature of the occupation. The students are organizing to reach out for solidarity beyond the university community’s faculty and administrative staff. Several of their banners are in an Indigenous language.Nearly all UPN students are their family’s first generation to strive for higher education, and the great majority receive the Pronabes grant.The students communicate via Facebook.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

Well-known Vietnamese journalist hounded, facing imminent arrest

first_img RSF_en Receive email alerts Reporters Without Borders (RSF) condemns the Vietnamese government’s persecution of the journalist Pham Doan Trang and her family and calls for international pressure on the regime. After being picked up for questioning during the weekend, Trang is currently under house arrest and could be facing imminent arrest. RSF also urges the Vietnamese government to end its crackdown on independent journalists and bloggers or risk paying the consequences. News Organisation Help by sharing this information VietnamAsia – Pacific Protecting journalistsOnline freedomsMedia independence Judicial harassmentPredatorsImprisonedFreedom of expressionUnited Nations April 22, 2021 Find out more April 27, 2021 Find out more RSF laureates support jailed Vietnamese journalist Pham Doan Trang Three more independent reporters arrested in Vietnam Two weeks after receiving the Homo Homini human rights award from the Prague-based NGO People in Need, Trang was detained on 24 February when she went to Hanoi to celebrate the Têt (Lunar New Year) with her mother. The Hanoi police arrived unannounced at her mother’s home and took Pham Doan Trang away without showing a warrant. After being held for 23 hours, she was returned home where she is now under de facto house arrest with the Internet and electricity disconnected and police officers deployed around the apartment. When the police picked her up, they reportedly told her they needed her to “work” with them on the question of her newly-published book, entitled “Chính Trị Bình Dân” (Politics for All). After returning her to her mother’s home, they ordered her not to leave because they would need to “work” with her again during the days to come. The warning has fuelled concern that she could be formally arrested in the next few days. “What with arbitrary detention and house arrest without the least formality, the Vietnamese authorities are no longer making any attempt to conceal their persecution of press freedom under the usual veneer of legality,” said Daniel Bastard, the head of RSF’s Asia-Pacific desk. “The arrest of someone such as Pham Doan Trang, who has been praised internationally for the courage and quality of her published writing, represents a new level in the Vietnamese government’s drive to suppress independent journalists and bloggers. The international community should immediately draw the appropriate conclusions.” In particular, RSF calls on the European Parliament to freeze ratification of the free trade agreement between the Europe Union and Vietnam that was supposed to be approved in the coming months and come into effect by the end of the year. After the European Parliament’s adoption of an emergency resolution in December, condemning Vietnam’s crackdown, it would be a disgrace if the EU were to go ahead with this agreement with a country that in recent months has become one of the world’s worst enemies of the freedom to inform. The United Nations has expressed similar concerns. Last week, several UN special rapporteurs called for the release of Vietnamese citizen-journalists who have been jailed for trying to inform the public about environmental and public health issues. The latest victim is Hoang Duc Binh, a blogger who was sentenced to 14 years in prison on 6 February for posting a video on social networks a year ago showing a march by fishermen who wanted to file a complaint against Formosa, a Taiwanese-owned steel plant responsible for one of the biggest environmental disasters in Vietnam’s history. By disseminating the video, Binh has clearly wanted to serve the public interest but, in a summary trial, the court ruled that he had been “abusing democratic freedoms to infringe on the interests of the state.” Long near the bottom of RSF’s World Press Freedom Index, Vietnam is ranked 175th out of 180 countries in the 2017 Index.center_img News February 27, 2018 – Updated on March 1, 2018 Well-known Vietnamese journalist hounded, facing imminent arrest Pham Doan Trang (left) is being hounded by the Hanoi police after writing a book entitled “Politics for All.” Hoang Duc Binh (right) was sentenced earlier this month to 14 years in prison for posting a video of a protest march by fishermen on Facebook (photos: Člověk v tísni – VNA/VCN). to go further News News VietnamAsia – Pacific Protecting journalistsOnline freedomsMedia independence Judicial harassmentPredatorsImprisonedFreedom of expressionUnited Nations Vietnam sentences journalist Tran Thi Tuyet Dieu to eight years in prison Follow the news on Vietnam April 7, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more

Police disregard confidentially rules in raids to find journalist’s sources

first_imgThe incident is not the first of its kind. On 29 December 2011, the offices of the cable television channel TV6 were searched for all documents relating to the screening on 25 and 26 October of footage of the rape of a 13-year-old schoolgirl in the programme “Crime Watch”.While condemning the broadcast of such shocking images of no news interest, Reporters Without Borders believes this, too, to be an infringement of professional secrecy. Scarred by a case of government spying on journalists, Trinidad and Tobago fell 20 places to 50th in the latest world press freedom index published by Reporters Without Borders. Alert – Radio talk show host shot and killed in Trinidad and Tobago RSF_en Trinidad and Tobago – Parliament considers restrictive amendments to the Freedom of Information Act Trinidad and TobagoAmericas Photojournalists physically assaulted while reporting in Trinidad and Tobago Help by sharing this information Bagoo had refused to reveal his sources as ordered in a letter sent by the police on 20 January. Documents, three computers and two cell phones belonging to the journalist were seized in the raid and his home was also searched.Two search warrants were issued by the commissioner of police, Dwayne Gibbs, without judicial approval as required by law. “These raids are a clear violation of the confidentiality of sources, a fundamental principle of journalism,” Reporters Without Borders said.“This precedent causes considerable harm to the profession and could in future discourage journalists from seeking out information that is sensitive or in the public interest. The arrest warrants should not have been executed without judicial approval. Besides being detrimental to freedom of information, such action is illegal. The confiscated documents and equipment must immediately be returned to Andre Bagoo and Newsday.” Bagoo exposed internal conflicts among the Integrity Commission’s board of governors. Gafoor, the deputy chairman, was reported to have been asked to withdraw comments she made about a land deal involving the former chief magistrate Sherman McNichols and the former attorney general, John Jeremie.The Commission asked the police to investigate how information considered to be confidential was leaked. Receive email alerts Nine officers of the police Anti-Corruption Investigation Bureau raided the offices of the newspaper Newsday on 9 February. Their target was the journalist Andre Bagoo who wrote an article about a dispute between Ken Gordon, the chairman of the Integrity Commission, and his deputy Gladys Gafoor. The Commission is an independent body that oversees the ethical practices of those in public life and occupying a public position. News Newscenter_img to go further February 13, 2012 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Police disregard confidentially rules in raids to find journalist’s sources October 26, 2018 Find out more Follow the news on Trinidad and Tobago Trinidad and TobagoAmericas News News June 13, 2019 Find out more Organisation September 22, 2017 Find out morelast_img read more

Assen Yordanov

first_img Dina Daskalopoulou Greece Find out more Europe – Central AsiaBulgaria The news website that Assen Yordanov founded with Atanas Chobanov in October 2010 quickly made a name for itself with exclusives about corruption, flaws in the judicial system and collusion between politicians and organized crime in Bulgaria. A few months later, it became the official WikiLeaks partner for the publication of leaked US diplomatic cables about Bulgaria and its Balkan neighbours. In the summer of 2011, Yordanov began organizing courses for local journalists on protecting communications against the phone tapping and hacking that is often practiced by the Bulgarian authorities. The site survives thanks to the enthusiasm of its journalists and to fundraising initiatives. Advertisers obviously steer clear of it because they fear upsetting the powerful people targeted by its investigative reporting. Follow the news on Bulgaria Ismail Saymaz Turkey Find out more Nuriddin Karshiboev Tajikistan Find out more Information hero Assen Yordanov Europe – Central AsiaBulgaria center_img Help by sharing this information Lirio Abbate Italy Find out more to go further Receive email alerts Lukpan Akhmedyarov Kazakhstan Find out more See morelast_img read more

Altadena Library Awarded $30,000 “Pitch An Idea” Grant

first_img Name (required)  Mail (required) (not be published)  Website  Business News The Altadena Library has been awarded $30,000 from the Pitch an Idea grant, which is awarded annually by the Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) and administered by the California State Librarian.The funds will be used to expand Altadena Library’s teen makerspace, the monthly DIY Club, at the main library. DIY Club kicked off January 2014, and it has continued to be a staple of teen programming ever since.The grant will pay for exciting new technology like Macbook Pros with film editing software, 3D printers, film making equipment, and sewing machines, all supplemented by print resources to increase the technological side of our makerspace, which has focused on lower-tech activities like string art, duct tape crafts, and hand sewing stuffed animals.“Our mission is to improve society, and specifically our community, through facilitating knowledge creation” said Mindy Kittay, the Libraries District Director. “We have been doing this, and I believe doing it well, on a shoestring budget. But now with these additional funds we will be able to create a more advanced place of learning and making for our teens.”The library will offer several workshop series to introduce the new technology. Our first workshop in a series is “Film Making 101” taught by Kent Yoshimura, film editor and producer on September 11th. We will offer monthly filmmaking workshops throughout the fall. We will also hold 5 sewing workshops, taught by Assistant fashion designer and FIDM graduate Koalani Walkoe. In the winter, the library will teach the art of taking oral histories, and hold 3D printing workshops.Altadena students in middle and high school will learn new skills that support STEM curriculum, help with finding vocations and strengthen their knowledge of and comfort with 21st century technology.This project is supported in whole or in part by a California State Library grant supported by the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services Technology Act, administered in California by the State Librarian. For more information about participating in DIY Club workshops please contact Teen Librarian Carrie Wilson at (626) 798-0833 ext. 108 or [email protected] Altadena Library is located at 600 East Mariposa Street, Altadena. For more information please call (626) 798-0833. For a schedule of events, visit the library on the web at Get our daily Pasadena newspaper in your email box. Free.Get all the latest Pasadena news, more than 10 fresh stories daily, 7 days a week at 7 a.m. Community News 3 recommended0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS Make a comment faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,Donald CommunityPCC- COMMUNITYVirtual Schools PasadenaHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyPasadena Public WorksPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimescenter_img Top of the News More Cool Stuff Community News Community News Altadena Library Awarded $30,000 “Pitch An Idea” Grant From STAFF REPORTS Published on Tuesday, July 28, 2015 | 12:35 pm First Heatwave Expected Next Week Subscribe Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy HerbeautyHe Is Totally In Love With You If He Does These 7 ThingsHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyWhat’s Your Zodiac Flower Sign?HerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty6 Lies You Should Stop Telling Yourself Right NowHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyShort On Time? 10-Minute Workouts Are Just What You NeedHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyThis Trend Looks Kind Of Cool!HerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty10 Reasons Why Selena Gomez Has Billions Of FansHerbeautyHerbeauty Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadenalast_img read more

EPCC Selects Cerebras Systems AI Supercomputer to Rapidly Accelerate AI Research

first_img Facebook Twitter By Digital AIM Web Support – March 4, 2021 WhatsApp TAGS  Pinterest Pinterest LOS ALTOS, Calif. & EDINBURGH, UK–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Feb 3, 2021– Cerebras Systems, the pioneer in high performance artificial intelligence (AI) compute, and EPCC, the supercomputing centre at the University of Edinburgh, today announced the selection of the world’s fastest AI computer, the Cerebras CS-1, for EPCC’s new international data facility for the Edinburgh & SE Scotland City Region. Featuring the HPE Superdome Flex Server from Hewlett Packard Enterprise, this leading-edge AI deployment enables the next wave of natural language processing (NLP) and data science research for public, private and academic sectors across the City Region and the UK. “We are proud to announce this audacious infrastructure investment and partnership with the world leaders in AI computing,” said Professor Mark Parsons, EPCC Director. “This installation will enable massive breakthroughs in our vision for data science and greatly accelerate our research across genomics and public health, including time-sensitive and pressing issues such as leveraging AI across large models to advance COVID-19 therapeutic research.” EPCC will employ a unique combination of the Cerebras CS-1 system, powered by the high-performance Wafer Scale Engine (WSE) processor, and an extremely large-memory HPE Superdome Flex Server system for unprecedented AI scalability and massive data handling capability. This advanced AI supercomputing system will greatly reduce training time, the most time-intensive part of AI, enabling many more ideas to be tested, and will be available in EPCC’s new “Edinburgh International Data Facility (EIDF)” for academic researchers and data scientists in the public and private sectors. The EIDF will support the University of Edinburgh’s ambition to deliver more Data-Driven Innovation industry partnerships and transform the region into the ‘Data capital of Europe,’ one of its key ambitions as a partner in the City Region Deal. EPCC’s mission is to accelerate the effective exploitation of novel computing throughout industry, academia and commerce. The CS-1 deployment amplifies and extends the reach of that mission for AI applications with local- to global-scale impact. Specifically, this partnership will accelerate AI-powered data science initiatives in the Edinburgh and Southeast Scotland City Region, enabling national-scale genomics research for public health initiatives. It also advances AI research for natural language processing of global academic and industry interest, using deep learning models like BERT in the School of Informatics’ Institute for Language, Cognition and Computation. “We are excited to bring our industry-leading CS-1 AI supercomputer, coupled with HPE’s advanced memory server, to EPCC and the European market to help solve some of today’s most urgent problems,” said Andrew Feldman, CEO and co-founder of Cerebras. “Our vision with the CS-1 was to reduce the cost of curiosity, and we look forward to the myriad experiments and world-changing solutions that will emerge from EPCC’s regional data center.” The CS-1 is built around the world’s largest processor, the WSE, which is 56 times larger, has 54 times more cores, 450 times more on-chip memory, 5,788 times more memory bandwidth and 20,833 times more fabric bandwidth than the leading graphics processing unit (GPU) competitor. In AI compute, large chips process information more quickly, producing answers in less time. Depending on workload, from AI to HPC, the CS-1 delivers hundreds or thousands of times more performance than legacy alternatives, and it does so at a fraction of the power draw and space. The CS-1 has won numerous awards including Fast Company’s Best World Changing Ideas, IEEE Spectrum’s Emerging Technology Awards, Forbes AI 50 2020, HPCWire’s Readers’ and Editors’ Choice Awards and CBInsights AI 100 2020. EPCC will use the HPE Superdome Flex Server, a powerful and easy-to-use high performance front-end storage and pre-processing solution for the CS-1 AI supercomputer. This will enable users to employ large datasets and application-specific pre- and post-processing of data for AI model training and inference on the CS-1, allowing the CS-1s WSE to operate at full bandwidth. HPE Superdome Flex Server will be robustly provisioned with 18 terabytes of memory, 102 terabytes of high-performance flash storage, 24 powerful Intel Xeon CPUs, and 12 network interface cards to deliver 1.2 terabits per second of data bandwidth to the Cerebras CS-1. “HPE has a long-standing collaboration with EPCC to develop solutions to some of the most challenging computational problems, and we are excited to be working at this time to provide a highly productive AI platform,” said Mike Woodacre, HPE CTO of HPC & MCS, HPE. “By tightly coupling a Cerebras Wafer Scale Engine with a HPE Superdome Flex Server In-Memory host, we are aiming to enable researchers to tackle complex AI workloads at unprecedented rates.” For more information, please visit the EPCC website or EPCC International Data Facility. About Cerebras Systems Cerebras Systems is a team of pioneering computer architects, computer scientists, deep learning researchers, and engineers of all types. We have come together to build a new class of computer to accelerate artificial intelligence work by three orders of magnitude beyond the current state of the art. The Cerebras CS-1 is the fastest AI computer in existence. It contains a collection of industry firsts, including the Cerebras Wafer Scale Engine (WSE). The WSE is the largest chip ever built. It contains 1.2 trillion transistors, covers more than 46,225 square millimeters of silicon and contains 400,000 AI optimized compute cores. The largest graphics processor on the market has 54 billion transistors and covers 826 square millimeters and has only 6,912 cores. In artificial intelligence work, large chips process information more quickly producing answers in less time. As a result, neural networks that in the past took months to train, can now train in minutes on the Cerebras WSE. About EPCC EPCC is the supercomputing centre at the University of Edinburgh. We provide national supercomputing and data science expertise, resources and facilities to business and academia across the UK and internationally. We host ARCHER2, the UK’s National HPC service amongst a number of national supercomputing and research data resources. We are at the heart of the Edinburgh & SE Scotland City Region Deal through our design and delivery of the Edinburgh International Data Facility – which will host the Cerebras CS-1. We also offer an MSc in HPC and an MSc in HPC with Data Science. See examples of how we spend our time: View source version on CONTACT: Kim Ziesemer Email:[email protected] KEYWORD: CALIFORNIA EUROPE UNITED STATES UNITED KINGDOM NORTH AMERICA INDUSTRY KEYWORD: DATA MANAGEMENT CONSUMER ELECTRONICS OTHER SCIENCE TECHNOLOGY RESEARCH VOIP MOBILE/WIRELESS SEMICONDUCTOR SECURITY SATELLITE PHOTOGRAPHY NANOTECHNOLOGY OTHER TECHNOLOGY AUDIO/VIDEO TELECOMMUNICATIONS SOFTWARE NETWORKS INTERNET HARDWARE SCIENCE ELECTRONIC DESIGN AUTOMATION SOURCE: Cerebras Systems Copyright Business Wire 2021. PUB: 02/03/2021 12:00 PM/DISC: 02/03/2021 12:00 PM Local News EPCC Selects Cerebras Systems AI Supercomputer to Rapidly Accelerate AI Research Facebook Twitter WhatsApp Previous articleLeading Online Interior Design Service, Havenly Announces the Addition of Tina Sharkey to Its Board of DirectorsNext articleCloudBees Names Stephen DeWitt as New CEO, Embarks on Next Phase of DevOps Market-Leading Journey Digital AIM Web Supportlast_img read more

100 fixed term workers hours to be cut at Letterkenny General Hospital

first_img Guidelines for reopening of hospitality sector published Pinterest By News Highland – September 29, 2010 100 fixed term workers hours to be cut at Letterkenny General Hospital Twitter Previous articleGovernment to fund replacement of ferries linking Árainn Mhór and Toraigh to mainlandNext articleDublin women cleared over record Derry drugs haul News Highland Facebook Facebook Management at Letterkenny General Hospital are to cut the working hours of 100 fixed term workers by an average of 7 hours a week until the end of the year.Trade Unions have been engaging with the HSE and management at Letterkenny General for months on how best to protect jobs and services.Members of the HSE West Regional Health Forum were told in Galway yesterday that every health-care facility in the region must operate within its allocated budget for 2010.Impact spokesperson Richy Carrothers says cutting working hours was the only way to avoid job losses:[podcast][/podcast] Calls for maternity restrictions to be lifted at LUH WhatsApp Google+center_img Business Matters Ep 45 – Boyd Robinson, Annette Houston & Michael Margey News Google+ RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR LUH system challenged by however, work to reduce risk to patients ongoing – Dr Hamilton Pinterest WhatsApp Almost 10,000 appointments cancelled in Saolta Hospital Group this week Twitter Need for issues with Mica redress scheme to be addressed raised in Seanad alsolast_img read more

Commentary: Happy New Year, Mr. President

first_imgBy John INDIANAPOLIS – The easy part is over.What follows now is going to be hard – brutally hard.This, of course, is not what President Donald Trump seems to think, but this president works hard to keep facts or thoughtful analysis from intruding into his elaborately constructed fantasy world. Denial, it turns out, is not just a river in Africa but also a place called Mar-a-Lago.The president has told CNN and others that the toughest part of his presidency is behind him. He said that getting his own party to vote with him on the tax cut package was the rough stuff. Persuading Democrats and Republicans to work together on infrastructure rebuilding and repealing what remains of the Affordable Care Act – also known as Obamacare – will be a breeze.Or so Donald Trump says.He’s wrong about that, of course.Some of the reasons he’s wrong are generic.Election years such as 2018 rarely are times for bipartisan cooperation. The two parties see elections as moments to draw distinctions – establish differences – and force voters to make choices.The incentives for Democrats and Republicans to work together at such times are few and the motivations for them to do everything they can to undermine and undercut each other are many.This always has been true, but it is truer still in this hyper-partisan era. The chances that Republicans and Democrats will link arms when the U.S. House of Representatives, the U.S. Senate and perhaps the U.S. Supreme Court are in the balance are somewhere between nil and non-existent.The coming year will be about who wins and who loses, not about who wants to sing kumbaya.If anything, the battling and bloodletting will be even fiercer this election year because of the way this president has conducted himself and his presidency.Democrats have no reason to work with Trump.They don’t like him, they don’t trust him and, increasingly, they see him as both a fat target and a valuable campaign asset. They know that the animosity toward Trump among progressives rallies the Democratic Party’s base better than any Democratic candidate could.The president may boast that Republicans have won all five House special elections since he took office, but, as is often the case, his boasts are based more on fantasy than fact. Those races were in congressional districts that were supposed to be solidly red, yet the antipathy to Trump and Republican policies turned several of those contests into nail-biters.The races in Virginia and Alabama have been telling.Trump touted that Republican Ed Gillespie lost because Gillespie didn’t embrace Trumpism. That doesn’t seem likely, but we’ll indulge the president on that one and let him rationalize the defeat any way he wants.What he can’t explain is how the Virginia legislature, which was a two-to-one GOP stronghold prior to the election, became a body in which control of the chamber had to be determined by drawing lots from a hat.Strong feelings about Trumpism unleashed a landslide in Virginia, just not in the direction the president wanted.In Alabama – where Democrats have public approval ratings just slightly higher than communicable diseases – Republicans lost a U.S. Senate seat.Alabama illustrates why Trump’s troubles are about to get worse.The reason Republicans lost there is because sometime presidential Svengali and white nationalist Steve Bannon decided that beating up on other Republicans was even more fun than defeating Democrats.Bannon has promised to take the fight to many other Republican strongholds around the country. Wherever he goes, disaster for the GOP will follow, because only three outcomes from Bannon’s efforts are possible.The first is that the Republican incumbent Bannon tries to topple survives the attack and emerges believing he owes nothing to a president, even one of his own party, who couldn’t keep his pit bull leashed.The second is Bannon succeeds and leaves behind him a band of resentful Republican lame ducks who see no reason to watch the back of a president who didn’t watch theirs.The third is that these intramural battles so weaken the GOP that Democrats in red states become plausible candidates (think Alabama) and those in swing states (think Virginia) become favorites.President Trump doubtless thought 2017 was a tough year.He needs to think again.FOOTNOTE: John Krull is director of Franklin College’s Pulliam School of Journalism, host of “No Limits” WFYI 90.1 Indianapolis and publisher of, a news website powered by Franklin College journalism students.The City County Observer posted this article without opinion, bias or editing.FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img read more

Dutch police use tear gas, water cannon amid rioting

first_imgTHE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — Groups of youths have confronted police in several Dutch cities night, defying the country’s coronavirus curfew and throwing fireworks. Police in the port city of Rotterdam used a water cannon and tear gas in an attempt to disperse a crowd of rioters Monday night. Police also reported trouble in the capital, Amsterdam, where at least eight people were arrested, the central city of Amersfoort, where a car was turned on its side, and other towns before and after the 9 p.m. to 4:30 a.m. curfew began. It was the second night of unrest in towns and cities across the Netherlands that grew out of calls to protest against the country’s tough lockdown but degenerated into vandalism by crowds whipped up by messages on social media.last_img

Study abroad application decisions released

first_imgAs the first week of second semester neared its end, sophomore students who applied to study abroad received their decision letters, ending an anxious two-month wait since the Nov. 1 application deadline.Director of study abroad David Younger said the University admitted a record number of students this year.“We accepted our highest number of applicants ever this year at 870 students. This is 60 more students than last year and just about 81 percent of applicants overall,” Younger said in an email. “Ninety percent of accepted applicants were accepted into their first choice program and the remaining 10 percent were accepted into their second or third choice program, with only six students being accepted into their third choice program.”Both the number of students who applied and the number of students who were accepted are higher than those in past years, but only slightly so. Of the class of 2021, a total of 1,076 students applied, resulting in an 80.9 percent overall acceptance rate. Both last year and the year before had 1,022 students apply with acceptance rates of 79.3 percent and 78.3 percent, respectively. This year’s applicant pool included 50 more students and had 1.5 percent higher acceptance rate.The class of 2021 represents the growth of study abroad in general, both in student interest and the programs themselves.“In general, the increase in application numbers is a trend at [Notre Dame] in recent years,” Younger said. ”While there is no hard data to explain the increased interest, Younger said it could be attributed to the expansion of existing programs, the development of new programs, increased awareness of the Study Abroad Department and current political and economic climates both within the US and internationally. The class of 2021 is merely part of a growing shift in an increasingly globalized world. However, there are a few things that make the sophomore class stand out.“First, while the number of students who applied this year did not significantly increase, the number of applications did. There were only about 50 more students who applied compared to last year, but the department received 318 more applications. This is because each student who applies can submit up to three different applications to different programs.“The percentage increase in unique applicants (each individual student who submits an application) is a small percentage higher than last year. There is a difference between unique applicants and the high number of applications we received, however,” Younger said. “We received more applications this year due to the high number of students who applied for three different programs.”While roughly the same number of students were interested in study abroad generally speaking, the sophomore class applicant pool suggests that they are increased in a greater variety of programs. This interest could be explained by the Study Abroad Department’s recent attempts to better market themselves in response to students’ limited understanding about the department and its programs.“All of the information we present at our information meetings is available on our website, but we also discovered that despite the volume of information on our website, students were not reading the website consistently or in very much depth,” Younger said. “Due to these challenges, we decided to revitalize our recruitment strategy and instead of conducting a Study Abroad Fair, as we have done the past several years, we decided to have a Study Abroad Week where we would highlight events all week long that drew attention to study abroad and other internationally-focused events.”Younger said the implementation of Study Abroad Week increased not only attendance to information sessions, but also the overall number of applicants and applications.This year’s competition not only came from the number of applications, but also the applicants themselves. The sophomore class constituted a particularly competitive applicant pool.“In the ten years I’ve been at Notre Dame, this was among the most competitive years in terms of overall GPA across all applicants with an average GPA at 3.57,” Younger said.Moreover, study abroad programs are inevitably competitive because of a limitation on resources, he said.“The difficulty comes when a very large number of applicants apply in disproportionate numbers to programs that have strict capacity limits,” Younger said. “In some locations, we are unable to add seats to a classroom, or beds to a residence hall, without going over local fire code limits.”Younger and the Study Abroad Department understands the popularity of their programs as well as the logistical limitations, but they are constantly working to keep up with the growing interest of their students.“The predominant factor of the competitive nature of our programs is capacity. We are aware of how popular a few of our programs are and one of things that we often do is work with all of our partners abroad, and our Global Gateways in particular, is to figure out ways that we can increase program enrollment capacity,” Younger said. “This can take any number of forms, but some examples include: developing creative scheduling solutions to allow for greater participation in required or popular classes, increasing the number of exchanged students with a particular partner, and requesting more dormitory space with our partners.”The department’s effort to expand their programs is in accordance with their mission, he said, which is to enable as many students as they can to study abroad.“The goal of Study Abroad is to get every student we can abroad,” Younger said. “Not every student will be able, or will want, to study abroad; but for those who can or want to study abroad, we will do our best to provide students interested in academic year and summer with high-quality programs that fit a variety of academic, cultural and personal needs.”The growing nature of study abroad in general, the increased interest on behalf of students, Younger said, and the expansion of specific programs all contribute to study abroad becoming not only more popular, but also more competitive.“I think the growing number of applications is positive and reflects well on Notre Dame students as shows [those] students as ones who will seize and capitalize on opportunities that are available to them,” he said.Tags: study abroadlast_img read more