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New UK student visa routes to open in October 2020

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The new year’s arrived early

The UK’s university system is often touted as a sparkling jewel in the country’s crown. The sector, which educates millions of students each year, also contributes heavily to the country’s economy and is famed for its quality, research and student choice.

However, on the back of widespread concern for its economy, the UK government – in an attempt to lure students to its institutions – has announced a new, points-based student visa route for international students. Initially expected to come into effect from January 2021, the student and child student routes will now both open on 5 October, meaning those who are planning to study in the UK in the near future may need to apply through the new system.

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From famed Russell Group bastions, such as Oxford and

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Google will now help US employees pay off student loan debt

  • Google will help employees pay off their student loans beginning in 2021. 
  • The company announced Thursday that it will match up to $2,500 per employee per year, beginning with Googlers in the US. 
  • The student loan crisis in the US disproportionately affects Black borrowers, who are likely to be saddled with more debt than white borrowers. Employee groups for Black Googlers helped bring the new program to fruition, CNBC reports. 
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Google is going to start helping its employees pay off their student loans, the company announced Thursday. 

Beginning in 2021, Google will match up to $2,500 in loan payments per employee each year, beginning with US employees and expanding to its global workforce in the future. According to CNBC, the program will only be available to full-time employees, not contractors or temporary workers. 

Google said the goal of the program is to help

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Trump administration moves to limit student visa stays over fraud, national security concerns

The Trump administration has announced a rule limiting the open-ended stay for international students from countries, amid concerns about overstays, fraud and potential risks to national security.

The new rule, proposed by the Department of Homeland Security, would allow those coming into the U.S. onto an F or J nonimmigrant visa to be limited to a stay of four years. Currently students are allowed to remain in the country as long as they can show that their period of study is ongoing.


The rule submission says that, currently, “admitting a nonimmigrant for duration of status creates a challenge to the Department’s ability to efficiently monitor and oversee these nonimmigrants, because they may remain in the United States for indefinite periods of time without being required to have immigration officers periodically assess whether they are complying with

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UW Design student makes spreading joy his business

Jerred Mace describes the W/Joy Project like a fortune cookie for coffee. #k5evening

EDMONDS, Wash. — Every Wednesday in Edmonds, customers at Walnut Street Coffee can walk out with something extra. It’s all part of what they call “With Joy Wednesdays”. 

If you purchase a drink and request a sleeve for the cup, it comes with a small inspiring message attached. 

Jerrod Mace is in his junior year at the University of Washington; and he said he got the idea while hanging out at a coffee shop in Spokane. 

“The barista was writing little notes on the side of the cups and I found that to be a sincere extension of her joy and that was memorable, ” explained Mace.  

Although he was just finishing high school, he launched a two year journey to figure out how to make that experience a possibility for more people. He landed on what

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MIT moves Sloan business school classes online after reports of student gatherings in public parks amid COVID-19 pandemic

The Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s business school is expected to temporarily move its classes online after reports of student gatherings amid the coronavirus pandemic.

Graduate students from the Cambridge University’s Sloan School of Management had reportedly gathered in public parks, WHDH reported.

There are no known COVID-19 cases linked to the gatherings, and MIT has reported no positive among students and staff since Monday, according to the news outlet.

David Schmittlein, the dean of Sloan, opted to hold classes remotely through Tuesday as a precautionary measure because of the gatherings, a university spokesperson told WHDH.

The transition to fully remote classes is expected to allow students to undergo two rounds of testing for the viral respiratory infection, the news outlet reported.

In the meantime, MIT Sloan senior faculty deans have organized virtual conversations with students to reinforce expected behaviors during the ongoing public health crisis, according to WHDH.

“Our internal

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MIT moves business school classes online for a week in response to student gatherings

The Massachusetts Institute of Technology is moving all business school classes online for a week in response to two gatherings of students at public parks, officials said Wednesday night.

There have been no reported cases of the coronavirus among the MIT Sloan School of Management students who participated or among the “thousands of students and staff tested since Monday,” MIT said in a statement.

“Our internal discipline processes have been engaged and we continue to gather facts,” the university said.

The gatherings took place outside “and are not known to have resulted in any cases” of COVID-19, MIT said, but the business school’s dean “nevertheless has made clear to students that this behavior is unacceptable. Out of an abundance of caution, all MIT Sloan classes will be fully remote through Tuesday, Sept. 22.”

Most MIT students are already studying online, most staff are working from home, and campus access is

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Winnow Fund to start investing in student entrepreneurs in Wisconsin


A new venture capital fund will start investing in Wisconsin’s university and college entrepreneurs this fall after closing on $6 million in fundraising. 

The Winnow Fund, a seed-stage venture capital fund led by Richelle Martin, announced the fundraising in a news release Monday. 

The Winnow Fund plans to start investing in November. The fund plans to invest in existing startup companies and entrepreneurs at colleges and universities in Wisconsin.  It will continue to raise funds for another couple of months. 

Winnow Fund has raised $6 million from the Badger Fund of Funds, as well as The Capital Times, Johnsonville Ventures and more than two dozen other investment firms and individuals, according to a news release. Martin left her job at the University of Wisconsin-Madison where she led the Office of Industrial Partnerships to work on the fund two years ago. 

“Students have great ideas but need someone to guide

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China denounces US student visa cuts as racial discrimination

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China Denounces U.S. Student Visa Cuts as Racial Discrimination

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a close up of a piece of paper: This photo illustration shows a visa stamp on a foreign passport in Los Angeles on June 6, 2020.

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This photo illustration shows a visa stamp on a foreign passport in Los Angeles on June 6, 2020.

The U.S. has revoked the visas of more than 1,000 Chinese students and researchers for national security reasons, drawing protests and a threat of possible retaliation from Beijing.

The visas were revoked under a measure intended to keep Chinese graduate students and researchers from stealing “technologies, intellectual property and information to develop advanced military capabilities,” a spokesman for the U.S. Embassy said Thursday in a statement. Those affected “represent a small subset” of visiting students and scholars, the Embassy said, adding that the U.S. continued to welcome “legitimate” students and researchers.

The Chinese Foreign Ministry denounced the U.S. action as “blatant political persecution and racist discrimination,” saying the move infringed on the students’ legitimate rights. “China reserves the right to take further

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