Arabic is the hardest language to learn, with learners giving up less than halfway through. Those trying their hand at Hindi also give up quickly – the average amount learned is just over half (51.9%). Meanwhile, Dutch language learners are least likely to give up – on average 89.7% of the way through their course. 42% of learners claim they gave up due to lack of motivation, with difficulty a close second (31%). English is the global language of business, yet it places in 18th with only 59.6% completion on average. The unique alphabets, omitted vowels, and unusual writing style can make Arabic incredibly difficult to learn, with TheKnowledgeAcademy finding that learners are likely to give up just 42.3% of the way through their course on average.
By Pete Pozner, MA applied linguistics, Delta
As a journalist you might feel that you spend far too much time trying to improve your English. What’s more, you’re not at all satisfied with the results. Firstly, you still have trouble getting the right style as well as problems using communicative language when you write articles. Also, you have issues with your pronunciation and accent, which at times may make it difficult for your sources and colleagues to understand you easily. Another difficulty you have is finding the right words to express yourself when, for example, you interview people.
The Hospitality Challenge in collaboration with Sommet Education is a global call aiming to receive projects that can help hospitality sector reboot. This competition is designed to identify ideas and individuals capable of accelerating recovery while promoting inclusivity and sustainability in the sector to invent the hospitality of tomorrow. The 30 finalists will be eligible for full scholarships in 15 different programmes in Hospitality, Culinary and Pastry Arts Management, (Bachelors, Masters, MBAs) offered in the world-class academic institutions of Sommet Education: Glion Institute of Higher Education in Switzerland and London, Les Roches Crans-Montana in Switzerland, Les Roches Marbella in Spain and École Ducasse in France. Among the 30 winners, the top three most innovative entrepreneurial projects will be granted funding to support their initial development by Eurazeo, leading global investment group from which Sommet Education is a portfolio Company.
We get more and more suspicous about everything and everyone. But we have to admit there is nothing bad about a guy like George Soros that announced that he will create a new university network to better prepare students for current and future global challenges with an investment of one billion dollars. The network, which will operate throughout the world, is named the Open Society University Network (OSUN).
But of course we wonder what ideology and moral mindset he wants to teach there. It will still be “old school” or will it teach a new Economic system. For the moment we know that it will offer simultaneously taught network courses and joint degree programs and regularly bring students and faculty from different countries together with in-person and online discussions.
The European Institute of Innovation & Technology (EIT) is an independent body of the European Union set up in 2008 to deliver innovation across Europe. The EIT brings together leading business, education and research organisations to form dynamic cross-border partnerships. These are called Innovation Communities and each is dedicated to finding solutions to a specific global challenge. EIT Innovation Communities develop innovative products and services, start new companies, and train a new generation of entrepreneurs. Together, we power innovators and entrepreneurs across Europe to turn their best ideas into products, services, jobs and growth.
EIT was created in 2008 to power Europe’s ability to innovate. The EIT’s eight Knowledge and Innovation Communities work to:
- accelerate the transition to a zero-carbon economy (EIT Climate-KIC)drive Europe’s digital transformation (EIT Digital)
- lead the global revolution in food innovation and production (EIT Food)
- give EU citizens greater opportunities to enjoy a healthy life (EIT Health)
- achieve a sustainable energy future for Europe (EIT InnoEnergy)
- strengthen and increase the competitiveness of Europe’s manufacturing industry (EIT Manufacturing)
- develop raw materials into a major strength for Europe (EIT RawMaterials)
- solve mobility challenges of our cities (EIT Urban Mobility)
The crisis of academic freedom in Europe emerged as the main theme at the recent Bologna Process Beyond 2020: Fundamental values of the EHEA conference in Bologna. More than 200 university rectors and 800 other stakeholders participated. The aim of the conference was partly to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the Bologna Declaration and partly to feed into the next European Higher Education Area or EHEA ministerial conference on the future of the Bologna Process that will take place in Rome next year.