Iran bans foreign social media
Today Ministry of education Iran bans the foreign social media networks in schools, amid a push by Tehran to limit the influence of outside online platforms.
Schools must “only use domestic social networks” for their communication, the ministry said in a statement, according to the reformist-linked news agency.
Telegram is the most popular social network in Iran. In 2017, the app claimed it had 40-million monthly users in the Islamic Republic. Instagram is also very popular, and companies in Iran – like elsewhere – often use both platforms to communicate directly with customers.
Less used, Facebook and Twitter are blocked in Iran, but easily accessible using a virtual private network (VPN).
During a wave of protests that hit dozens of Iranian cities over at the start of the year, temporarily foreign social media bans in Iran such as Telegram, accusing the app of allowing foreign-based “counter-revolutionary” groups to fuel unrest.
Since then, authorities have sought to develop Iranian social media networks and limit the reliance on foreign-based platforms, which Tehran accuses of hosting sites deemed hostile to the Islamic Republic.
Several Iranian platforms offering services similar to Telegram have emerged in recent months, like the Soroush network, which already claims to have five million subscribers.
AIOU places admissions status at website
ISLAMABAD: Allama Iqbal Open University (AIOU) has completed the process of its admissions for the Semester Autumn 2018.
Particulars of the enrolled students have been placed on University’s website, a press release on Sunday said. Data of the incomplete admission forms has also been placed on the website. The nature of objection can be checked from the link http://adms.aiou.edu.pk/objections/ssearch.php.
Those students who could not find information in admission confirmation or objectionable forms relating to Autumn 2018 have been advised to immediately send duplicate admission form to Directorate of Admissions, Block No.4, IMU Section, Allama Iqbal Open University, Sector H-8, Islamabad. Duplicate admission form can be downloaded from the University’s official website.
Chinese universities dominate emerging economies higher education rankings
LONDON: Chinese universities dominate this year’s rankings of emerging economies universities, according to data published Wednesday afternoon.
China enjoyed its best year yet in the Times Higher Education (THE) Emerging Economies Rankings, claiming four of the top five university rankings and seven out of the top 10 institutions.
“China is reaping the benefits of having long ago positioned its institutions at the heart of its national economic growth strategy,” Ellie Bothwell, rankings editor at THE said in an interview.
“The nation’s success is underpinned by its solid and sustained investment and strengthening international focus, working to attract top global talent and be part of strong international research collaborations.”
The 2019 tables take in nearly 450 universities across emerging economies around the globe, and covering 43 countries in four continents.
China remains the most represented nation in the annual listing, with 72 institutions in total, up from 63 in last year’s rankings.
Tsinghua University surpasses Peking University as this year’s top institution overall, with particular improvements to its teaching, international outlook and citations scores.
Zhejiang University rises three positions to take third spot, with improvements across the board, but especially to its international outlook, teaching and industry income scores.
The University of Science and Technology of China climbs one place to fourth, while Fudan University slips two places to sixth.
Bothwell said that China’s university research capacities was now admired among emerging economies and represented a model for other nations to follow.
“The country’s success has made it the model to emulate among other emerging economies, which increasingly recognize that, when you invest in a strong higher education system, you’re investing in the future prosperity of the whole nation,” said Bothwell.
China’s performance this year is strong, but the example of its success will inspire other nations to improve, providing competition for Chinese universities in years to come.
Bothwell said: “That is likely to mean intensified competition among these nations in the coming years, though all remain a long way from competing with China on the global stage.”
HEC takes steps to alleviate unemployment of PhDs
ISLAMABAD: The Vice Chancellors of universities across the country in a meeting held here today have committed themselves to review CVs of Ph.D. holders uploaded on HEC website.
Recently, Shaheed Benazir Bhutto University Banazirabad has decided to offer jobs to 22 PhDs out of the 105 CVs in relevant disciplines, a press release said.
Similar decisions are likely to follow as other universities complete their recruitment formalities. In this regard, Dr. Tariq Banuri, Chairman HEC convened a meeting of all relevant Programme Coordinators at HEC to review the recommendations made by representatives of the unemployed PhDs.
The meeting led to a number of decisions including the launch of an exclusive research grant program which will be open to unemployed PhDs on a competitive basis.
The applicants will have to affiliate themselves with a university on an honorary basis to apply for the grant.
The decision has been taken for the establishment of a committee, to be chaired by Dr. Farrukh Iqbal, Director, IBA Karachi to undertake an in-depth analysis of teacher-student ratio in various programs and recommend guidelines and standards for the enhancement of quality.
Another committee would be established to be chaired by Prof. Dr. Masoom Yasinzai, Rector, IIU Islamabad to review the practice of over-reliance on visiting faculty and recommend guidelines and standards to reinforce.
A commission would be established which will conduct a study on the employment trends in various disciplines, in order to enable universities to focus their resources in fields where there is a high demand.
In this regard, the HEC has already shared available information on unemployed PhDs with universities and, advised them not to launch programs in areas where there is excess supply.
HEC has already collected data on unemployed PhDs and has set a target date of 31st January, for the launch of a consolidated Academic Jobs Portal.
The above decisions were made in response to a petition sent by representatives of unemployed PhDs following their meeting with the Chairman HEC and Mr. Naeem ul Haq, Special Assistant to the Prime Minister.