Saturday, 11 March 2017

Betsy DeVos – Reasons She became the Newest Education Secretary Post and Rightly So

Betsy DeVos has within a month of becoming the Newest Secretary of Education has shown why is the best person for the job. Over the years, she has fought for school choice policies and would continue to encourage the states to adopt choice-friendly laws for education. Her goal is to get rid of all the barriers in the school system that might be keeping people of her country from thriving. She was to address the problems of the one-size-fits-all public education platform and wants to find a system that is more efficient in reaching the students.

Betsy DeVos and his husband, Dick DeVos have been criticized over the large donations that they have made to different political parties over the years. But those are a mere pocket change compared to what they have given away to various charities that come to about $139 million through their foundation that they set up in 1989. From 2010 till 2015, Betsy DeVos had made around $5.3 million in campaign donations, but that was merely half of the $11.6 million that she contributed to various charitable institutions in the country in 2015 alone. This strong couple believes in giving even though they are part of a large family that has been one of the biggest contributors of the Republican politics for many decades. Betsy’s charity choices show that education is a priority for her. In 2015, she contributed $3 million, approximately 26 percent of her total contributions, to different educational causes. She also contributed $357,000 to the various groups who are in support of educational reforms. Their foundation is among the America’s Top Givers. Betsy was on the board of the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts where she served will 2010. Betsy DeVos is a strong supporter of school vouchers and aims to provide the parents of the students with a much wider choice when it comes to the education of their children.

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Elisabeth “Betsy DeVos” was born in January 1958 in Holland Michigan and belonged to Elsa and Edgar Prince. She completed her early education in Holland from Holland Christian High School. Betsy then went on to study at Calvin College in Grand Rapids in Michigan. It was here that she gained interest in politics and graduated with a degree in business and specializing in administration and political science. She is married to Amway business heir Dick DeVos and four children, three of them who are married. She is also blessed with five grandchildren who she loves dearly. She has taken an active part in many social, cultural and political campaigns. She has served as part of board committee of many organizations and was also the chairman of the Michigan Republican Party in the 1999s.

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Friday, 30 December 2016

Wessex Institute

Wessex Institute of Technology or WIT as it is often referred to, was founded in 1986 by Professor Carlos Brebbia. WIT is a major international institution that has received outstanding achievements as an independent research institution. The home of WIT is in Ashurst, England within the New Forest National Park. The campus is beautiful and creates a remarkable area for learning.

By 2016, the Institute had expanded to have more international offices such as the University of Southampton. WIT is known globally for the educational conferences that it sponsors every year. On a variety of topics, each conference lasts for two days and is held in varying locations around the world such as Italy, Spain, Ethiopia, and the U.K. Some of the subjects scheduled are Coastal Cities, Complex Systems, Water & Society, and Sustainable Development and Planning. For a complete list of the 21 conferences planned for 2017, go to and start planning to attend one of these amazing conferences.

Wessex Institute focuses on developing the student in three core methods: Conferences, Research and Publishing. WIT prefers to aim for the progress each student makes by developing a series of knowledge transfer mechanisms. These mechanisms are used in the exchange of information between academics and professional users within the industry. It is this academic conversation that WIT believes benefits the student as well as others who are involved.

There are other activities surrounding the classes and conferences. The annual BBQ is always an enjoyable afternoon on the Ashurst lawn with many members of staff and students and their friends and family. The star of the luncheon this year was a delicious roasted Hampshire lamb, and with an accompanist, the scene was set for a delightful day.

There were four graduates for 2016, all receiving Ph.D. degrees for their work. Graduation is one time among others when graduating students present and publish their thesis. The classes are typically small, but it is an exciting day at the Wessex Institute. For information on graduating students and their thesis title,s go to the Graduation Ceremonies at