Levels of cheating in online exams soaring, say invigilators

One in 14 students who took tests monitored by ProctorU last year were caught breaking the rules From Times Higher Education Source: Getty Rates of cheating in online examinations have hit a record high, according to proctoring data that show that one in 14 students were caught breaking the rules last year. Analysis of data on 3 million tests globally that used the ProctorU invigilation platform found that “confirmed breaches” of test regulations – incidents where there was clear evidence of misconduct – were recorded in 6.6 per cent of all cases. This…

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Nigerian lecturing in UK bags Google funding for research to save lives of mothers and new-borns

By Opeyemi Babalola  A Nigerian, Dr. Aduragbemi Banke-Thomas, who is lecturing and based in the UK has been awarded an undisclosed amount of funds to further conduct more research on how Google Maps could be used to help pregnant women in sub-Saharan Africa. Dr Banke-Thomas, a Senior Lecturer in Public Health at the University of Greenwich, had in October last year, explored how Google Maps could be used for generating closer-to-reality travel time estimates for pregnant women in emergency situations. While reacting to the news, the beneficiary explained that “This…

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Nigeria Institute of Mechanical Engineering and FUTA set to establish welding academy

By Moyosore Salami The Nigeria Institute of Mechanical Engineering, NIMechE is set to establish a standard Welding Academy in Ondo State in partnership with the Federal University of Technology, Akure (FUTA).  The National Chaiperson, Engr. Mrs. Funmilade Akingbagbohun, said “the welding academy is part of efforts to equip graduates with practical skills needed to compete in the industry and contribute to the national development of the country.”  She noted that the situation that enables multinational firms to import welding experts for critical projects in a country where there are thousands…

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Hundreds of global universities ‘yet to set net zero target’

https://www.timeshighereducation.com/news/hundreds-global-universities-yet-toset-netzero-target?mc_cid=25862e22f5&mc_eid=45b29e2869 THE research finds that high share of institutions that have specified goal are not counting indirect emissions such as travel Ellie Bothwell Source: GettyTreading warily: universities shy from targets as ‘they imply a recognition of the crisis and a need to transform business as usual’ Read the THE report, The Race to Net Zero: How global universities are performing Almost half of global universities that suggest they are committed to taking climate action are yet to set a target date to reach net zero, according to a new report from Times Higher Education. While more than 550 universities across the world submitted data relating…

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ABUAD performs first kidney transplant

Culled from The Sun Newspaper Afe Babalola University Multi-System Hospital, Ado-Ekiti (ABUAD), has recorded its first kidney transplant after a procedure that lasted five hours, fifteen minutes, thus making the successful transplant the first of its kind in Ekiti/Ondo axis of the country. The procedure was carried out on a 46-year-old player in the entertainment industry (name withheld) who was diagnosed to be hypertensive as far back as 2017 had not been passing urine in the last six months as a result of which he has had difficulty breathing. He also…

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VC charges intellectuals, govt. to advance disruptive innovations

The Vice Chancellor, Caleb University, Imota, Lagos State, Prof. Nosa Owens-Ibie on Wednesday challenged Nigerian intellectuals and governments to improve on innovative technology. Prof. Owens-Ibie made the call at the 2021 Caleb University International Conference in Lagos, with the theme: “Future forward: Disruptive innovations what next?” Disruptive innovation refers to innovations and technologies that make expensive or sophisticated products and services accessible and more affordable to a broader market. He said it was high time intellectuals and governments did things differently to reposition Nigeria and Africa in a rapidly evolving…

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Discouragement not to embark on the project inspired me, says Corper who donates boreholes in Ondo

By Opeyemi Babalola A National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) member, Osaretin Micheal, who donated hand pump boreholes to two communities in Akure has finally shared his experience before and after the project completion.The 22-year-old, who served in one of the two communities where he built the borehole while speaking with BBC Pidgin and monitored by University Times International, said words of discouragement he received from people about the project inspired him till he finally achieved his aim. He donated the hand pump boreholes to Origere and Ajipowo communities and also gave…

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Robot farm: Pioneering facilities are a game-changer for UK atomic research

University of Bristol Press release issued: 20 October 2021 The University of Bristol is leading an initiative to make cutting-edge robotics, drones and testing spaces available for nuclear research with the launch of four ‘Hot Robotics’ facilities in the UK. The aim of the game-changing National Nuclear User Facility for Hot Robotics (NNUF-HR) is to make robotics and facilities readily available to researchers from both academia and industry, to facilitate ground-breaking, impactful nuclear research. Funded by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC), the four NNUF-HR sites are managed by the individual…

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IonQ Joins University of Maryland Quantum Startup Foundry, Receives National Innovation Award

University of Maryland, College Park News Release CONTACTS: Sara Gavin , 301-405-0603 sgavin@umd.edu COLLEGE PARK, Md.—IonQ, Inc. (IonQ) (NYSE: IONQ), the leading developer of quantum computing devices born out of research at the University of Maryland (UMD) and Duke University, becomes the newest member of the Quantum Startup Foundry at UMD. This collaboration builds upon a strong partnership and a shared commitment between IonQ and UMD to accelerate cutting-edge quantum technologies and develop a thriving quantum ecosystem in the region. The announcement coincides with the news that IonQ has received the 2021 Innovation Award from the Association…

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Africa’s rural universities aren’t delivering for the 21st Century–Unisa Researcher

By Chinaza Uleanya, Researcher, University of South Africa (Unisa) Education has been described as a tool for development. In certain instances, a good, stable and quality educational system is synonymous to development. But to play this role, education systems need to stay relevant. Institutions of learning and training centres must adjust their educational systems as well as their curricula to suit the demands of current times. This has happened through the centuries. As major changes have occurred in society – or put another way as industrial revolutions have taken root – higher education…

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