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Education

Cambridge University refuses to return Aboriginal artifacts to Australia

Cambridge University refuses to return Aboriginal artifacts to Australia

Education, World
The University of Cambridge has refused a request by an Australian man to return important Aboriginal artifacts taken by British explorer Captain James Cook nearly 250 years ago. Rodney Kelly is seeking the return of four spears from the university's Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology on behalf of the Gweagal people, who traditionally inhabited southern parts of Sydney, Australia's largest city. According to the university, Cook took the spears following a violent first encounter between Aborigines and Europeans on the shores of Botany Bay in Sydney in 1770. He also took a shield, which is currently held by the British Museum and for which Kelly has also sought repatriation. The artifacts are recognised as a significant symbol of first contact between the British and indig...
Bihar Students continue protest over poor intermediate result

Bihar Students continue protest over poor intermediate result

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Hundreds of Class 12 students in Bihar who have failed in their exams continued their protests here for the second consecutive day on Thursday demanding re-checking of their answer sheets, police said. More than 8 lakh of over 12 lakh students who appeared for the Class 12 exams, conducted by the Bihar School Examination Board (BSEB), this year failed. The results were declared on Tuesday. Police resorted to baton-charge to disperse the protesting students here. "Hundreds of students have protested for the second day and raised slogans against the Bihar Education Minister and BSEB Chairman for the poor results," a police official said. On Wednesday, nine students were injured in the protests. Chief Minister Nitish Kumar has assured that the failed students can apply online for...
‘Kids are feeling dumb’: Parents push for smarter teaching of dyslexic students

‘Kids are feeling dumb’: Parents push for smarter teaching of dyslexic students

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Every single day at school was a battle for Walter Smithers, as he struggled with reading. "It's hard not to feel like a failure when everything you're doing isn't your strength," he said. "When you've got dyslexia, everything you do at school is difficult. "School wasn't my favourite time. I didn't enjoy it and there was a lot of pain." It was even harder for Walter to watch his twin brother, Louis, excel at school. While Louis got a scholarship at a private school, Walter dropped out. He is now pursuing his passion for filmmaking at Swinburne University of Technology, but remembers the frustration of his school years "When you're a kid, the word dumb has a big impact on you," he said. Walter and Louis's mother Carolyn Merritt says she realised early that W...
World University Rankings 2016-2017

World University Rankings 2016-2017

Education
1.University of Oxford The University of Oxford is the oldest university in the English-speaking world and the world’s second oldest surviving university. While its exact founding date is unknown, there is evidence that teaching took place as far back as 1096. Located in and around Oxford’s medieval city centre, the university comprises 44 colleges and halls, and over 100 libraries, making it the largest library system in the UK. Students number around 22,000 in total, just over half of whom are undergraduates while over 40 per cent are international, representing 140 countries between them. Called the 'city of dreaming spires' by Victorian poet, Matthew Arnold, Oxford has the youngest population of any city in England and Wales: nearly a quarter of its residents are university st
71-year-old Army veteran graduates high school 52 years later

71-year-old Army veteran graduates high school 52 years later

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A 71-year-old army veteran is preparing for his high school graduation after missing his 1964 graduation because he was enlisted, a day he's now regretted missing for decades. Dave Shuker attended Abraham Lincoln High School in the early 1960's. After his junior year, he decided to enlist in the army to ease the financial burden on his family. NAVY DAD SURPRISES DAUGHTER AT GEORGIA ELEMENTARY SCHOOL GRADUATION "I made the decision to go to make things easier on my family, make things easier for my siblings. Best for all of us," said Shuker. "[They] didn't have to support me and give me lunch money every day and stuff like that. It takes a financial toll on people." He spent a majority of his time in the army in Germany, stationed along the Berlin wall. "It was scary. You...
13 years after quitting, Zuckerberg finally gets Harvard degree

13 years after quitting, Zuckerberg finally gets Harvard degree

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WASHINGTON (AFP) - Thirteen years after dropping out of Harvard University to work on Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg on Thursday finally got his degree - well, sort of. Zuckerberg returned to the university where he launched what would become the world's biggest social network, and basked in the spotlight by receiving an honorary doctor of laws degree and addressing the 2017 commencement. His speech capped a nostalgic visit for the 33-year-old billionaire, which included a visit to his old dorm room. "Mom, I always told you I'd come back and get my degree," read the caption of a picture he posted of him posing with his honorary diploma and his parents. Embed from Getty Images Facebook - now one of the biggest tech firms, with nearly two billion members worldwide...