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Plastic Debris and Great Garbage Patches: Ca’ Foscari University Raises Awareness of Ocean Pollution
Jul16

Plastic Debris and Great Garbage Patches: Ca’ Foscari University Raises Awareness of Ocean Pollution

By Roberta Attanasio When we think of the Great Garbage Patches — of which 5 exist — we usually think of ocean pollution. Now, when thinking of garbage patches and ways to raise awareness of them, we may think of Venice and Ca’ Foscari University. Venice, the Italian city that seems to float on water, bears no resemblance to the vast concentrations of floating marine debris that makes up the garbage patches.  However, you...

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Global High Tech Hubs, Applied Sciences and Net-Zero Energy Buildings
Jun17

Global High Tech Hubs, Applied Sciences and Net-Zero Energy Buildings

By The Editors At this time, it only offers a beta class (a one-year Masters of Engineering degree in Computer Science from Cornell University), with a handful of students housed in space donated by Google – in the Chelsea neighborhood of Manhattan.  In the next few years, it will be a major global research and academic program that will confer graduate degrees and engage in research in the Applied Sciences – on Roosevelt...

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Malala Day: Promoting Global Education
Jun04

Malala Day: Promoting Global Education

By The Editors Malala Day will be held on her 16th birthday, July 12.  Malala, the youngest nominee for the Nobel Peace Prize in history, was shot in the head in October 2012 because of her fight for girls’ right to an education. Malala has been featured in Time magazine as one of “The 100 Most Influential People In The World”. Former British Prime Minister and current United Nations Special Envoy for Global...

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Globalization, Global Competence and Education
May21

Globalization, Global Competence and Education

By The Editors One of the effects of globalization on higher education is (or will be) the gradual shift from the reductionist approach so in vogue now for many disciplines to a more holistic point of view. The limits of the current discipline-specific reductionist approach will be highlighted when attempting to become globally competent, as discipline-specific knowledge will need to integrate global competence concepts to ensure...

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Udacity, Georgia Tech and AT&T – Vision and Revolution Come Together
May17

Udacity, Georgia Tech and AT&T – Vision and Revolution Come Together

By The Editors In the last few days, a so-called “bold move” has generated lots of discussion in the higher education community – someone (or more than one) says that the “bold move” has actually generated shock.  Others call the move “revolutionary”. Question: What is the “bold move” we’re referring to?  Answer: A very special announcement. Georgia Tech and Udacity, in collaboration with AT&T, will offer a sought-after...

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