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Education Ticker: Ethical investing, the benefits of ignoring high achievers

Nexen’s oil sands facility. An online petition is targeting university investment in industries such as fossil fuels, mining and weapons.

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Ethical investing pressure on Canadian universities

Almost 10,000 people have signed a petition aimed ultimately at pressuring universities to consider ethical guidelines for the investments in their endowment funds. The petition is targeted at Maclean's magazine and asks the publication to include an 'ethical investment ranking' category in their annual university rankings. A groundswell of similar efforts on college campuses in the U.S. has focused their activism on divesting fossil fuel investments from endowment funds.

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Why high achievers should sometimes be overlooked

One of the former members of the Harvard admissions committee argues that traditional measures of success such as high overall marks and a wide variety of extracurriculars could deny entry to young artists or writers who may be uniquely talented in one area but seen as failures in others.

In U.K., an apprenticeship route to law

Students in the U.K. will have a new route to becoming accountants or lawyers without obtaining university degrees first. A new apprenticeship scheme announced at the end of December would see students work with employers and universities to achieve equivalent skills and certification.

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