Japanese Universities Will Be Checking Radiation During Nuclear Emergencies

We’ve highlighted below some of the most recent developments and occurrences in youth-related news and events. In this week's news we speak about newest idea developed by Japanese universities in the case of nuclear emergency, significant rise of online courses in China, and reasons why Education Ministry of Thailand decided to blast universities as sub-par.

Japanese universities will be checking radiation during nuclear emergencies

Ten Japanese universities, including Nagasaki University and University of Tokyo have decided to join an organization which will monitor the dispertion of radiactive materials, and 49 others are considering the membership. The student will be taught the measuring methods and will be prepared for possible accidents at nuclear sites and terrorist attacks. They will also collect the data about radioactive materials in their residences our of which a database will be created. “We want to create a system to remove residents’ concerns in cases of emergency by making use of experts and facilities across the country,” said Matsuda, an expert on radiation protection.

The rise of online courses in China

The Ministry of Education said that China ranks first in the number of Massive Online Open Courses where 200 courses are available on foreign MOOC platforms, and 3,200 launched by 460 higher education institutes. 55 million people have tried courses since 2012, and there are in total 10 Chinese MOOC platforms that are also established in this period. Director of the ministry’s Department of Higher Education Wu Yan stated that 6 million university students have earned credits by finishing these courses. For instance, College Oral English Course that is developed by National University of Defense Technology ways taken by almost one million people, and 78 of courses established by China’s top universities have been taken by over 100,000 learners.

Education Ministry of Thailand blasts universities as sub-par 

The Office of Higher Education Commission (OHEC) stated that 182 out of 9,099 university curricula have fallen short of the required standards. The list will be available on OHEC website, and this will be the first time this type of list is released. Supat Champatong, who is OHEC secretary-general stated that this is a necessary step to ensure that students will be getting the education they deserve. He was also ordered by commission to contact all of the universities whose curricula is not adequate and request they stop enroling new students. He also added: “Most of the substandard curricula show problems of having insufficient lecturers and their course structures failing to meet criteria.”


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