The benefits of attending a research-intensive university

Study International | June 18, 2019

While looking up universities, you may have noticed that some institutions position themselves as “research-intensive”. But what exactly does their research prowess mean for you as a student? The International Alliance of Research Universities notes: “Research-intensive universities are among the best assets that a society can invest in because they are the key to ensure the future of a nation, especially in the increasingly vulnerable and unpredictable global environment when ‘bodies of knowledge’ become rapidly outdated and irrelevant and the ability to adapt to rapid change and formulate new approaches is vital.” They add: “It is clear to us that research-intensive universities bring substantial economic benefit to society in multiple ways, direct and indirect…Through their research, academics make new discoveries and create new understanding. These are essential for advancement and progress in almost any field of human endeavour.” Research helps uncover new discoveries and information which lays the foundation for human development – be it to help communities and societies prosper, or to help businesses and nations grow. On a similar note, Grffith University’s Senior Deputy Vice-Chancellor Ned Pankhurst notes that before solutions can be implemented, there needs to be robust research.

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We are in the midst of a revolution in K–12 education, represented by the shift to digital, highly personalized learning. Students, educators, parents, and policymakers are finding compelling ways to use multiple modalities and technologies to enrich learning and personalize instruction.The use of technology-powered blended learning holds great promise as a cost-effective and egalitarian means to help greater numbers of young people accelerate their learning, graduate, and meet challenges in a competitive world. The key to making personalized learning work for the greatest number of students is adaptive digital environments and experiences, particularly Intelligent Adaptive Learning™ with its ability to precisely adjust to the individual learner. By recalibrating with every interaction to maintain appropriate challenges, learners stay in their optimal learning zone and are enabled to meet their full learning potential. This exciting advance in education has the potential to be the “equalizer” that provides greater access and opportunity for students in our society, regardless of their backgrounds or zip codes.

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We are in the midst of a revolution in K–12 education, represented by the shift to digital, highly personalized learning. Students, educators, parents, and policymakers are finding compelling ways to use multiple modalities and technologies to enrich learning and personalize instruction.The use of technology-powered blended learning holds great promise as a cost-effective and egalitarian means to help greater numbers of young people accelerate their learning, graduate, and meet challenges in a competitive world. The key to making personalized learning work for the greatest number of students is adaptive digital environments and experiences, particularly Intelligent Adaptive Learning™ with its ability to precisely adjust to the individual learner. By recalibrating with every interaction to maintain appropriate challenges, learners stay in their optimal learning zone and are enabled to meet their full learning potential. This exciting advance in education has the potential to be the “equalizer” that provides greater access and opportunity for students in our society, regardless of their backgrounds or zip codes.

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