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Academic Horror Stories – 5 Real Life Worst Nightmares for Halloween

written by Ursula Moffitt

academic horror storiesHere at INOMICS we like to focus on the positive sides of academia – the great jobs, programs and other opportunities we encounter every day, and the many successful people taking advantage of them. In the spirit of the season, however, we’ve decided to take a look at the other side of things – scouring the depths of the internet for tales of mishaps, betrayal, embarrassing and outrageous experiences that all happened within the walls of the ivory tower.

In this special Halloween blog post, we aim to give you chills and keep you on the edge of your seat with these blood-curdling academic nightmares. While we of course hope that you’ve never had such dreadful encounters, we would love it if you add your stories to the list either here, on Twitter at #AcademicHorrorStories or on Facebook! Share your spooky, panic-stricken or downright terrifying tales of academic horror, and offer your fellow academians a vicarious thrill. Read more

 

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Earning an MBA in Germany – A Rising Star in Business Education

written by Ursula Moffitt

top business schools germanyAs application season approaches, potential students around the world are narrowing their searches to find programs that perfectly fit their needs and interests. For those interested in earning a globally oriented MBA or Executive MBA, the first inclination is often to scan lists of programs located in the United States or United Kingdom. Yet, the number of well-renowned, high-quality business schools around the world has increased rapidly over the past decades, especially in countries such as Germany, where many programs are taught exclusively in English and include large percentages of international students.

Home to over a dozen top-notch business schools – both stand alone institutions and programs housed within universities – Germany has become a major destination for students seeking a first rate business degree. The list below offers an overview of the top business schools located in cities across the country, including Berlin, Cologne, Frankfurt, Hamburg and Munich. Most programs are taught in English, though some are also offered in German. Language requirements differ by school and course, so be sure to check each program description for specifics. The list below does not reflect ranking, but instead is listed in alphabetical order. Read more

 

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Gandhi – A Proponent of Well-Rounded Education for All

written by Ursula Moffitt

gandhiToday marks the 145th anniversary of the birth of Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi, born October 2, 1869 in Porbandar, India. More commonly referred to by the honorific title Mahatma (Sanskrit for “high-souled”), Gandhi is well known for his leading role in the Indian independence movement against British rule in the early to mid-20th century. Gandhi employed nonviolent civil disobedience, promoting religious tolerance and a strongly humanitarian worldview.

Yet, what many people might not be aware of is that Gandhi was also a strong proponent of comprehensive education reform, calling for more educational opportunities for everyone. He believed that the only way to fully change Indian society was to start from the bottom up, promoting the integration of hands-on learning alongside skills such as literacy and logic. Gandhi wanted the Indian school system to be self supporting and fully separate from that in England, allowing it to grow in a way that made sense in that specific region. He believed that manual and mental work must complement one another, and that education must nourish the whole person. Read more

 

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Work Visas for Foreign University Graduates in the EU

A Breakdown of Current Laws in France, Germany, Spain and the United Kingdom

written by Ursula Moffitt

eu visasWith student mobility continually on the rise, the number of foreign students earning degrees in Europe is ever increasing. Yet, the long-term visa opportunities for such graduates are not equal across the European Union. With immigration laws changing regularly, sometimes it can be difficult to know exactly what to expect in a given country. In this post, we offer you updated information about the types of work visas available to university graduates in the most popular European destination countries for foreign students: France, Germany, Spain and the United Kingdom.

It is important to remember, however, that your country of origin can also affect the type of visa for which you are eligible. Please consult your embassy and the government website of the country in which you are interested in working in order to find detailed information about visa options available to you. Read more

 

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Proficiency Exams in French, German and Spanish: Top Language Certificates

written by Ursula Moffitt

lang certsIf you are interested in working or studying in a French, German or Spanish speaking country, you will almost certainly need to provide proof of language skills. While exact requirements differ between institutions, there are certain exams that are more widely accepted than others. Following up on our recent post on English proficiency tests, in this post we will offer you an overview of the most respected language exams from around the globe for French, German and Spanish.

The European Language Certificate (TELC) tests are the most widely recognized of all language exams, partially because they adhere to a clear and uniform structure. Regardless of which language you are being tested on, TELC scores are graded along the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR), which ranges from A1 through C2, as you can see in the table below. In general, a minimum of B2 standing is required to study at university, while B1 is the minimum to begin work in a foreign language. Read more

 

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English Proficiency Exams: Which to Take and How to Prepare

written by Ursula Moffitt

english language examIf you are considering applying to a study program taught in English, whether in an English speaking country or elsewhere, you will almost certainly be required to send proof of English proficiency as part of your application. Moreover, if you are interested in applying to jobs that require English proficiency, having a language certificate will make your application process much smoother.

Yet, the sheer number of exams out there can be overwhelming. In this post, we’ll offer you advice about which exams are most widely accepted, and which make sense for you. We’ll also give you tips on how and what to study in order to receive a top score. If you’re still searching for the right program or job, head to INOMICS and search through hundreds of listings updated daily. Read more

 

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Jobs for Economists in the Government: The Right Career to Consider?

written by Ursula Moffitt

gov jobsWhen discussing jobs in the government, the type of work that comes to mind is most likely influenced by your particular background. In countries in which large segments of the economy are nationalized, it’s possible to become a civil servant in nearly any field. In other places, your options might be more limited. Regardless of where you’re from, or where you’d like to work, however, every government employs economists, and it’s easy to argue that they’re needed now more than ever.

Traditionally, working for the government meant more job security than working in the private sector. While this may no longer be true across the board, it is still the case in many countries. In this post, we want to focus specifically on jobs within the government itself, not including public sector jobs in national banks or public universities, two areas where job security is much less concrete than previously thought. Looking beyond these two branches, the types of jobs available to economists are quite diverse. Read more

 

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Best NGOs to Work for: Environment and Sustainable Development

written by Ursula Moffitt

best ngos_2In the last post we offered you a list of 15 top NGOs to work for in the fields of health and welfare. Now we’d like to shift focus slightly to highlight top organizations working in the fields of environment and sustainable development. These NGOs focus on critical issues facing the world today, each playing its own role in making the world a more livable, sustainable place.

This list draws heavily on The Global Journal’s list of Top 100 NGOs, which is the only public ranking of such organizations, based on impact, innovation and sustainability. We think personal experience is also highly relevant, however, and thus ask you to take a moment to head to the INOMICS site and review any organization with which you have been involved. Read more

 

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Best NGOs to Work for: Health and Welfare

written by Ursula Moffitt

best ngos_1Although we’ve touched on the state of NGOs in posts about budget cuts or salary and working conditions, this is the first time we’ll be devoting a full post just to NGOs. In fact, we’re offering you a two-part series highlighting top NGOs from around the world. To create our lists, we drew heavily on The Global Journal’s list of Top 100 NGOs, as they are the only body that uses a clear methodology to rank NGOs in terms of impact, innovation and sustainability. We believe that the kind of top-notch organization that fulfills each of these criteria is likely the type of place where many of you would like to work. If you already have experience in any of these institutions, we would love your feedback – please take a moment to leave a review on the institution’s profile and share your experience with future employees. Read more

 

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How to Choose a Master’s Program – Student Survey

written by Ursula Moffitt and Lucía Leguízamo

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Take the Student Survey 2014

We know how difficult it can be to choose a Master’s program, particularly as the number of programs around the globe continues to grow. While many students take their time in finding a specific focus during their Bachelor’s studies, you’re expected to have narrowed the scope by the time you’re ready for graduate school.

Sometimes this can be difficult, however, as the numerous questions regarding location, focus, type of program, funding and many others can seem overwhelming. At INOMICS we’re curious about how you tackle these questions, and we’d like to help you and others along this bumpy road.

In order to do so, we’ve put together a brief survey targeting future, current and potential Master’s students, with questions about your choices, experiences and expectations. Some students might use rankings as the number one criteria for choosing a program; others might make the decision based solely on location. Whatever it is that you find important, we’d like you to share that with us in this brief survey so that we can understand the process from your perspective. With the insight we collect, we’ll be able to help you choose a Master’s program that’s right for you. Read more

 

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