Michigan State University, MI, USA
Just before the vacation Missy received her first college acceptance: from Michigan State University (MSU). She was not required to declare a major, but will likely take courses leading to a career in international relations.
MSU is a public institution that was founded in 1855. It has a total undergraduate enrollment of +39,000, and is set on a 5,192 acre suburban campus. MSU's ranking in the 2020 edition of Best Colleges is #84 in the ‘National Universities’ category.
MSU was the first land-grant institution in the USA and became a model for similar schools. It is also home to one of the nation's only environmental journalism organizations, a solar car racing team, and a student-run organic farm.
Students can join more than 900 clubs, including 60-plus fraternities and sororities, and they can take advantage of more than 275 study abroad programs. www.msu.edu
Michigan State University Merit Scholarship
Missy has also been awarded a merit scholarship from MSU. This is in recognition of her academic achievements in the last two-years of the International Baccalaureate Middle Years Programme, her grades so far in the Diploma Programme, and her standardized test scores.
Well done Missy!
Missy also submitted applications to the United Kingdom and has been receiving acceptance decisions over the vacation:
University of Newcastle, UK
Missy has been offered a place to study for the Bachelor of Arts with Honours in Politics and International Relations at the University of Newcastle.
The 50-acre campus in Newcastle city centre is the hub for teaching, research, and collaboration. It includes facilities for research innovation, teaching and learning, and engagement. Students benefit from facilities such as the award-winning library service and Centre for Physical Recreation and Sport.
Newcastle aims to be a sustainable campus, promoting initiatives to encourage students and staff to adopt a sustainable lifestyle.
The University’s environmental commitments have been rewarded with a First Class award from the People and Planet University League.
The University of Newcastle has campuses London, Singapore and Malaysia too, providing the University with a global reach. www.newcastle.ac.uk
University of Brighton, UK
The University of Brighton has offered Missy a place to study for the Bachelor of Arts with Honours in Philosophy, Politics, and Ethics. The course explores topics such as: What does ethics mean in a world divided by war and inequality? Can philosophy help us to answer the most pressing questions of the twenty-first century?
Students of Philosophy, Politics, Ethics address a range of political problems in a critical, interdisciplinary environment. Guided by internationally renowned staff, and taught in small seminar groups, they develop skills in public-speaking, debating, and critical analysis: developing their capacity to solve real-world problems and relevant for a wide range of careers.
The first year provides key skills and knowledge. In the second year students begin to specialise, choosing from option pathways. In the third year, they continue their option pathways and also carry out an independent project. Guided by a supervisor, students will become experts in their chosen areas of research preparing them for life after graduation.
Situated on the south-coast of England, Brighton’s student community is friendly and diverse. There are many opportunities each year to organise and attend events, where students meet and work with international scholars, politicians, activists, and writers. www.brighton.ac.uk
Bournemouth University, UK
Missy applied to read Politics at Bournemouth University and she learned recently that her application has been successful. Also on the south-coast, Bournemouth is situated between one of the UK’s newest national parks, officially the best beach in Britain (according to TripAdvisor, 2018), and the second largest natural harbour in the world, with the World Heritage Jurassic Coast located nearby. Good transport links mean that London is only two hours away.
Bournemouth University holds the EcoCampus Platinum award for its work in making the university sustainable. From bee hives to solar panels, free or subsidised bus journeys for staff and students, and a raft of other initiatives, the University continually seeks to increase its sustainable impact.
Bournemouth University has over 18,000 students, with 2,000 students from 100 different countries and regions. Courses have a strong professional orientation with a focus on academic excellence and graduate employability. www.bournemouth.ac.uk
Loredana has been accepted to four universities in the Netherlands in recent weeks to study for a Bachelor of Science in International Business and Economics. This degree course allows students to gain in-depth knowledge of theories from the fields of economics and business economics.
In addition, students build upon their analytical, statistical, and practical skills. They are trained in the research methods needed when applying knowledge to current issues within the field, which includes working on relevant real-world cases. Many assignments are completed in small teams. This process teaches students to cooperate quickly and effectively with other team members, each of whom has a different (potentially international) background. Employers increasingly value this skill of collaboration. Internships and study abroad options are available with this degree, and it is taught in English.
University of Amsterdam, Netherlands
The University of Amsterdam is the Netherlands' largest university, offering the widest range of academic programmes. At the UvA, 30,000 students, 6,000 staff members, and 3,000 PhD candidates study and work in a diverse range of fields, connected by a culture of curiosity.
The University of Amsterdam is consistently ranked among the world’s best universities in global rankings. It is ranked in the top 100 by the Times Higher Education, QS rankings and Leiden rankings, and 40th in the US News ‘Best Global Universities’ category. (2019) www.uva.nl
Erasmus University Rotterdam, Netherlands
Situated in the dynamic and diverse city of Rotterdam, Erasmus University Rotterdam is a highly ranked international research university. Since 1913, the university has developed into one of the biggest in the Netherlands, with a student population of 28,000 and over 1,400 researchers working in its 12 faculties and institutes.
The university has concentrated its education and research in four areas of expertise: Wealth (sustainable economic growth); Health (molecules, medicine, humans and society); Governance (the organization of companies and society); and Culture (media, happiness, and identity in the modern urban society). The university enjoys international recognition in these areas. Erasmus is consistently ranked in a top-100 position in most major university rankings including the current Times Higher Education, National Taiwan University Ranking, and Center for World University Rankings. www.eur.nl
University of Groningen, Netherlands
The University of Groningen is a research university with a global outlook, deeply rooted in Groningen known as the ‘City of Talent’. Quality has been the university’s top priority for four hundred years, and the university is currently in or around the top 100 on several influential ranking lists. Groningen creates and shares knowledge through its outstanding research, scholarship, and education. With an academic tradition dating back to 1614 and a rich heritage, the university is a unique academic community with a strong sense of belonging and a culture of innovative education and research.
Research and teaching at the University of Groningen are curiosity driven and relate closely to global societal needs. The research is based on strong core disciplines.
Groningen’s philosophy is that exceptional teaching and research depend on a diverse academic community with a broad range of nationalities and talents. Research, societal impact, and education are closely intertwined at the university, and are set against a backdrop of academic freedom. The university, therefore, enables its students to become active, independent, critical, and responsible global citizens who will help solve the scientific and societal challenges of the future. www.rug.nl
Maastricht University Netherlands
Maastricht University (UM) is the most international university in the Netherlands and, with 18,000 students and 4,400 employees, it is still growing. The university stands out for its innovative education model, international character, and multidisciplinary approach to research and education.
Thanks to its high-quality research and study programmes, as well as a strong focus on social engagement, UM has quickly built up a solid reputation. Today it is considered one of the best young universities in the world.
UM is the European pioneer of Problem-Based Learning (PBL), the education model it has been working with since the founding of the university. Small-scale and personal, PBL challenges students not only to learn their subject matter, but also to actively develop their talents and interests as well as skills such as self-reliance, assertiveness, and problem-solving capacities. This, combined with a broad and unique range of internationally oriented programmes, is what makes UM stand out. www.maastrichtuniversity.nl
Le Cordon Bleu London, UK
Rushil has been accepted to his FIRST-CHOICE culinary school: Le Cordon Bleu London. Founded in 1931, Le Cordon Bleu London is the leading culinary school in the United Kingdom. Considered as the guardian of French culinary techniques, the school offers comprehensive training for chefs and managers in the food and hospitality industries.
At Le Cordon Bleu London, Rushil will be inspired to develop his passion for the culinary arts, wine, and management under the direction of the school’s chef instructors and lecturers. Le Cordon Bleu Master Chefs are classically trained and qualified teachers, whilst the lecturers contribute a wealth of knowledge gained through years of experience in both education and the hospitality industry.
The culinary school in London provides a wide range of professional cooking courses offering comprehensive training in classic French culinary techniques. The school’s diplomas are industry-recognised qualifications for aspiring professional chefs, managers, or business owners within the food and hospitality industry. Le Cordon Bleu also offers a selection of short cooking courses, which include cookery classes for beginners as well as specialised courses for industry professionals.
Rushil will study for the Grande Diplôme. The Grande Diplôme is an intensive and comprehensive programme in classic French culinary techniques, combining the school’s Diplôme de Pâtisserie and Diplôme de Cuisine. Le Grand Diplôme is considered to be the passport to a world of career opportunities.
Le Cordon Bleu’s highly acclaimed Diplôme de Cuisine is a classical chef training course that offers the most rigorous and comprehensive programme in French culinary techniques and international cuisine available today.
The Diplôme de Pâtisserie is recognised globally as one of the most respected culinary qualifications in pastry and baking. By enabling students to become highly skilled and gain essential creative skills to craft exceptional dishes and showpieces, Le Cordon Bleu prides itself on delivering the highest standards of professional pastry-chef education and training.
Throughout the 9-months of tuition, Rushil will first be taught basic culinary skills before applying them to high-quality produce and specialist ingredients. Supervised by some of the most qualified and classically trained chefs, Rushil will learn fundamental culinary techniques through a succession of theoretical and practical training combining chef demonstrations and practical sessions. Rushil will also be able to study for the Grande Diplôme as an integrated diploma with culinary management or an internship.
London is widely considered a gastronomic capital of the world, attracting ambitious culinary and hospitality talents from around the globe. By living and studying in the UK’s capital, Rushil will be at the heart of a rich variety of international cuisines and lifestyles. www.cordonbleu.edu
Quest University, Canada
Zelio has been notified that her application to Quest University in British Columbia, Canada to study for the Bachelor of Arts and Sciences has been successful. Quest is unique. Its groundbreaking approach to postsecondary education began as an experiment. Today, Quest University is one of Canada’s important institutions of higher learning. It is Canada’s first independent, not-for-profit, secular liberal arts and science university, devoted entirely to excellence in undergraduate education.
Quest seeks to reinvent the undergraduate liberal arts and sciences, using an innovative philosophy and novel curriculum. This is based on the university’s belief in teaching skills that work in the real world, and in preparing students for any endeavor they choose, from graduate school to professional programs, and from traditional careers to independent paths. Quest offers an environment of intellectual rigor and personal enrichment, where students help design their own education and delve deep into topics they are passionate about.
At Quest, students don’t take four classes at once, and their courses don’t run for a whole semester or quarter. Instead, they take one Block at a time, a single course that meets for three hours each weekday for about a month. The benefits of this ‘Block Plan’ include: full immersion in a single subject; close interaction between faculty and students; highly interactive classrooms; seminar-style learning with never more than 20 students in a class; and scheduling flexibility where students can take a Block off without missing multiple courses. The Block Plan appeals to Zelio and is one of the reasons that she applied to Quest.
Quest University Canada is accredited by the Degree Quality Assessment Board of the province of British Columbia, and is a member of the Education Quality Assurance. www.questu.ca
Zelio has been awarded Quest University’s President’s Scholarship.
Presidential Scholarships are awarded to students who have distinguished themselves not only through their academic performance but also through their curiosity, ability to lead, and willingness to contribute to their community. The award is based upon Zelio’s performance in high school, but also the testament to her character that was submitted by her teachers and the college counselor.
Well done Zelio!
University of Bristol, UK
Max learned this week that he has been accepted to his
first-choice university: the University of Bristol. He will take the International Foundation Programme, and then progress to the Bachelor of Engineering in Mechanical Engineering.
The University of Bristol is a highly ranked Russell Group university with a fantastic reputation. It is one of the most popular and successful universities in the UK, ranked in the world's top 50 in the QS World University Rankings 2020.
A Bristol degree is highly attractive to employers: it offers students a high-quality, research-led education, and is enhanced by Bristol’s global reputation of recruiting the best academics. Bristol is ranked fourth in a list of universities targeted by leading graduate employers (The Graduate Market in 2018: High Fliers Research). The courses at Bristol are shaped by the very latest thinking, and students work on real-life projects with academics who are experts in their field. As well as teaching the facts, Bristol’s researchers pass on their knowledge, enthusiasm and experience. The University of Bristol is small enough to feel warm and friendly, with Wellbeing Advisers in both University residences and academic schools to support students, personal tutors, and additional support services. It's also big enough to provide outstanding extracurricular opportunities, including a host of clubs, sporting activities, and community and volunteering groups. Max will join a global community of students from more than 150 countries, and enjoy life in one of the UK’s most exciting cities. (His sister is also at the University of Bristol studying Veterinary Medicine).
The Bachelor of Engineering course at Bristol begins with a common core in the first two years, with teaching based on four main themes: design and manufacture; dynamics and control; materials; and thermofluids. Years one and two cover the fundamental principles of mechanical engineering and include lectures, laboratories, design classes, and short projects in modelling and manufacturing. The third year builds on this foundation and applies the principles covered in years one and two to more realistic and complex engineering applications. A major element of the third year is an open-ended individual research project that requires students to demonstrate independent and creative thinking. This course is fully accredited by the Institute of Mechanical Engineers and, on completion, graduates will have already met part of the benchmark academic requirements for becoming an Incorporated (IEng) or Chartered Engineer (CEng). www.bristol.ac.uk
The holiday season doesn’t truly start for me until NPR’s (National Public Radio) annual book lists are revealed, beginning in late November. If you are a book geek, and I know for a fact that there are a number of you in our community, you have probably already begun to compile your list of titles to read for 2020.
People often ask me what some of my favorite lists are, so here are some to consider, in no particular order:
NPR’s Book Concierge: easy to search, “best of” lists for every conceivable category
WWB (Words Without Borders) The Best Translated Books You Missed in 2019: there are some absolute gems on this list and I love its inclusiveness and scope. For many in our community, you could read the original work rather than the work in translation.
Bank Street College of Education Best Children’s Books of 2019: great lists divided into the following age groups: under 5, 5-9, 9-12, 12-14, 14 and up. Bank Street College “recognizes the importance of diversity in children’s literature and acknowledges and celebrates the voices and cultures of all of our readers” (from “Bank Street College Diversity Statement”).
Book Riot: “Always books, never boring” is Book Riot’s slogan and they deliver on this mission! BR has fantastic lists for every possible subject with witty write-ups. They recently posted this year’s Read Harder Challenge, which might be a fun endeavor for those looking to expand the scope of their reading or for some of our local book clubs to try.
New York Times 100 Notable Books of 2019 - easy to search by genre and carefully chosen books. NYT is a great source for book recommendations of all types. This is but one list among many that they publish.
Literary Hub’s The Ultimate Best Books of 2019 List- I like how this list from Literary Hub shows you how many times each work appeared on other “best of” lists. Topping the charts by appearing in 21 “best of” lists are Ocean Vuong’s On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous (that title!) and Colson Whitehead’s The Nickel Boys.
GoodReads 2019 Reader’s Choice Awards- Goodreads has thousands upon thousands of lists and is an easy to use site that is also fantastic for tracking your own reading, finding book recommendations, and loads more. Their 11th annual Reader’s Choice Awards is a good source for popular titles.
African Arguments: Best Books by African Writers in 2019 So Far- this list and content on this site is published by the Royal African Society, which has close links with SOAS Centre for African Studies at the University of London. This is a great list that should be updated soon.
Enjoy the holiday and happy reading! Please pass along the names of your favorite reads to our library team and send any pictures of your children or family reading to either me at email@example.com or to the Primary School Librarian, Ms. Jill Daley (for pictures of primary students and their families) at firstname.lastname@example.org. See you in 2020!
University College Roosevelt, Netherlands
Laura learned yesterday that she has been accepted to study the Pre-Medical Program at University College Roosevelt at Middelburg, in the Netherlands.
For students interested in pursuing a career within medicine, but also want to look beyond that into other academic discipline, the Pre-Med program is a great option. Pre-Med students combine the Biomedical and Life Sciences tracks, and incorporate them into the Liberal Arts and Sciences program that University College Roosevelt has to offer. Though it is not a specific training program, Pre-Med gives students the opportunity to study Medicine alongside Psychology, Law, Ethics, Computer Science, or even History. As a doctor, this could help graduates with developing a new drug while being aware of any ethical implications during the testing phase, or effectively delivering bad news by using techniques from psychology that may not be taught in regular training programs. UCR also offer courses in world history, world literature, Asian religion, anthropology, human rights law, international relations, modern languages and culture, sustainability, energy transition, and so much more.
UCR has many international teaching and research collaborations and is also strongly connected to the province of Zeeland and Utrecht University. This is also reflected in the strong belief that facing humanity’s challenges requires a focus on both the local places in which they are experienced and a truly global approach to understanding and answering them. UCR’s greatest capital in joining the global and the local is that its students come from over 50 different nations and live and study together. Discussing challenges of sea level rise, migration, world trade agreements and more, in a classroom with students from a dozen different countries offers an entirely different, and much stronger, context for learning than a less diverse setting would.
The city center of Middelburg dates as far back as 800CE and many shops, pubs, and restaurants are spread throughout the town. Middelburg is a city that is both busy and vibrant enough to always have something to offer, and quiet and small enough so that its residents are not constantly distracted from their studies. Middelburg is the largest city in Zeeland, well-connected by public transport to big cities like Rotterdam, Amsterdam, Utrecht, and Antwerp, and merely a half hour bike ride away from one of the many beaches in Zeeland. In the city of Middleburg, students are surrounded by over 1,100 monumental buildings. The most notable of these monuments is the former city hall, now the main university building, but there is much more to see. What about the Abbey Square and the Lange Jan (the eleventh highest church tower in the country) the Oostkerk (one of the few circular churches ever built), or the Kuiperspoort (the most beautiful street in the city, which has been used in several Dutch movies)? There is plenty to see and do in and around Middelburg, and it is guaranteed that its inhabitants will not have seen every one of its charms once they graduate. www.ucr.nl
We celebrated Computer Science Education Week in the library across this week. The theme of this year’s Computer Science Education Week is #CSforGood- which centers around an exploration of the ways that computer science can be used to create a “more equitable and sustainable world” (CSforGood). Many students created short videos they posted to a closed video-sharing platform called Flipgrid in answer to these questions:
The roof repairs to the library are now complete and beginning this Thursday, 5 December, we will be welcoming everyone back to our renovated space! Thank you to all our community members for your patience with this process. Our coffee bar will be ready by the end of the week, too!
We will be OPEN this Saturday for our usual Saturday hours:
Please take advantage of this amazing community resource and come with the whole family. We have something for everyone, including board games, a Lego creation area, books for all ages (including board books for tiny humans and lots of adult fiction and non-fiction). We also have air con for the hot days so you can be comfortable while enjoying the space.
Next week we will be celebrating Computer Science Education Week (this used to be Hour of Code Week) in the library. Come have a peek and feel welcome to play with any of the tech tools and activities we will have on offer, including 3-Doodler pens, robotics kits, Cubelets, MakeyMakeys, circuitry kits, augmented reality coloring, and more. We look forward to welcoming everyone back in to our library.
Our Grade 12 DP students recently shared their Extended Essay findings with Grade 11 students, who are now beginning their EE (extended essay) journeys! The extended essay is an in-depth, 4000 word (max) study of a focused topic chosen from one of the student’s IB Diploma subjects. For many of our students this research influences their choice of university studies and careers.
Ms. Murphy, DP Coordinator & EE Coordinator, and Ms. Maguire, Secondary School Librarian & EE Co-Coordinator, have already had two extended essay support classes for the Grade 11 students to introduce them to the nature of the extended essay and to begin interest inventories to help students decide upon a subject area. By January students will have preliminary research questions.
Over the next year, the Grade 11 DP students will have more than twenty support classes, focusing on the following topics:
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