Schools News in Brief: Little Warhols

The world is their oyster, and they won’t settle for less than a pearl The world is their oyster, and they won’t settle for less than a pearl
March 6th, 2016 7:00 pm| by Christian Wenande

University might be free in Denmark, but the number of Danes who choose to study abroad has almost doubled over the past five years, according to industry advocates Dansk Industri.

Danmarks Statistik reveals that almost 11,000 Danes studied abroad in 2014, compared to just 5,994 in 2010, and that the recipients of the udlandsstipendium overseas scholarship rose from 1,691 to 2,469 during the same time period.

And more exclusive
furthermore the choice of university is becoming increasingly exclusive. According to EDU, an organisation that helps students abroad, the number of applications to universities in the Times Higher Education’s Top 100 list shot up by 34 percent in 2015.

For many students, having the right university on their CV is deemed so important that they are willing to fork out hundreds of thousands of kroner to do so.

Quiz night
The Copenhagen International School’s Charity Club is hosting a special trivia night at the school’s Hellerup Campus on March 4 to raise funds for the Talented Women’s Club, a micro credit organisation in southern Ghana whose members want a better life for their children.

The Charity Club has arranged for nearby childcare for participants that includes face painting.

Little Warhols
NGG International primary students aged 4-11 showcased artwork inspired by Andy Warhol’s iconic pop art at an exhibition on February 25. The proceeds from purchases will help fund a library at the Ubuhle school for orphans and vulnerable children in South Africa. Founded in 1996, NGG International has over 200 students, representing about 40 different nationalities.

They have a dream
François Zimeray, the French ambassador, and Chinese deputy ambassador Hu Hongbo attended Scandinavia’s largest Model United Nations conference at Birkerød Gymnasium last week. Overall, 300 student delegates – from 23 schools representing eight different countries – discussed some of the world’s hottest issues. The conference started with ABBA’s ‘I have a dream’.

Ground-breaking ceremony
Esbjerg International School (EIS) held a special digging ceremony in the presence of city mayor Johnny Søtrup on March 2 to mark the 20 million kroner upgrade of an office wing and reception as well as the construction of five new classrooms and facilities for teachers. Founded in August 2008, EIS has over 220 registered students representing over 30 nationalities.

Future of feminism
Five Nordic universities – including Aalborg and Roskilde – have received 608,000 kroner from two research funds (NOS-HS and NIKK) to identify current trends in feminist movements in Nordic countries. The network project will run for two years and be co-ordinated by Pauline Stoltz from the Centre for Gender Research at Aalborg University.

Help for day-dreamers
Aalborg Municipality is considering a curriculum change to help male students keep up with their female counterparts at its public schools. Girls in Aalborg tend to graduate with a 1.4 percent higher GPA, and the municipality wants a more active, varied curriculum to appeal to boys who are prone to day-dreaming in classes. It could be in place for the next academic year.