MPOWER Financing and ApplyBoard Inc. Partner to Enhance Students’ Access to Higher Education Worldwide

MPOWER Financing and ApplyBoard Inc. (“ApplyBoard”) announced a strategic partnership to provide financing for students pursuing a higher education abroad. MPOWER Financing is a mission-driven fintech firm and the leading provider of scholarships and education loans to promising international students; ApplyBoard is an online platform that empowers students around the world to access top quality education.


The partnership between the two organizations will ensure that prospective students planning their journey through ApplyBoard can have the opportunity to benefit from MPOWER’s available funding options.


“The journey for international students can be complex and time-consuming, especially when it comes to seeking loans to finance their studies,” said Ashwini Kumar, Vice President and General Manager (India) of MPOWER Financing. “Our seamless service and loan solution, now available for ApplyBoard and its partners, will help to make that journey a little easier with faster decision speeds, and no requirements for co-signers or collateral. Together with ApplyBoard, we are building trust and value for students and recruitment partners.”


The co-founders of MPOWER Financing and ApplyBoard were international students prior to starting their respective companies; given their first-hand experience, they are familiar with and have faced their own struggles throughout their international education. They have made it their mission to improve and simplify the path for future international students.


“Financial access continues to be the biggest hurdle for students looking to start their international education journey,” says Karunn Kandoi, Head of Business Operations, India at ApplyBoard India Private Limited. “ApplyBoard is excited to partner with MPOWER Financing to help empower students to access the financial resources they need to continue their education, build prosperity, and make our society a better place.”


Both firms leverage technology to break down barriers around access to education. MPOWER Financing offers scholarships and no-cosigner loans to students from 200+ countries pursuing an education at 400+ universities across Canada and the United States. ApplyBoard simplifies the study abroad process by connecting students, recruitment partners, and partner schools on a single platform. The 7-year-old company has helped more than 400,000 students with their study abroad journey and is the world’s largest online platform for international student recruitment.

NEET UG 2022 Registration Date Extended Again

The application window for the registration of the NEET-UG 2022 exam has been extended again by the National Testing Agency. The new last date to register for the exam is now May 20.

This change occurred after taking the request of the Director-General of the Armed Forces Medical Services (AFMS) into consideration. Students can now register on the official portal of NTA, till May 20th.

The previous deadline for the registration was extended to 15th May and now again the change in date is made after the request of the Director-General of AFMS.

The updated schedule for the NEET UG exam registration is as follows now:

Last Date of receiving Application Form Online Last Date for Payment of Application Fee Online
20 May 2022 (up to 09:00 p.m.) 20 May 2022 (up to 11:50 p.m.)

Admission Alert: Les Roches announces admissions for MBA in Global Hospitality Management

About Les Roches – Les Roches is a Swiss institution focused on creating the innovative and entrepreneurial minds of tomorrow. Founded in 1954, Les Roches offers both undergraduate and graduate degrees in Hospitality and Tourism Management following the Swiss model of education. With three campuses across Switzerland and Spain; a student body of more than 100 different nationalities, the institution provides students with a unique culturally diverse experience. As of 2021, Les Roches also has an academic alliance with the Indian School of Hospitality (ISH) with a partner campus in Gurugram (Delhi NCR).

Les Roches ranks world’s four for higher education institutions in Hospitality Management, and three for Employer Reputation (QS World University Rankings, 2021). Part of Sommet Education, worldwide leader in hospitality education, Les Roches is accredited by the New England Commission of Higher Education (NECHE).

For more information, visit Les Roches.

Flexible learning option: Les Roches offer students the opportunity to learn remotely at their own pace. Flexible, ‘a la carte’ remote study options are available for all our Bachelor’s and Master’s programs delivering the same learning outcomes as the face-to-face equivalent. Developed with industry experts over nearly 20 years to ensure maximum relevance, this broad-based MBA immerses students in all aspects of hospitality management, allowing you to focus on your preferred areas, specialize and test students’ knowledge in the real world. Complemented with tailored career support and access to the Les Roches network, this MBA is the perfect opportunity to step back, evaluate your career and be inspired to excel.

Module: The program duration is 1 year, including 2 academic semesters. The second semester offers an immersive business field trip, and a specialization course in Advanced revenue and performance management or in Hospitality entrepreneurship and business development.

Eligibility: Applicants must have two years of work experience. The minimum age to apply is 23 years old. applicant must be proficient enough for higher education studies and requires having official English language exam scores in case of non-native speakers or if the applicant hasn’t spent the last two years in full-time English education.

Fee & Scholarship: The MBA in Global Hospitality Management costs CHF 59,200.
Les Roches provides scholarships and financial aid packages for students. Find more information about Scholarships and Financial aid here.

How to apply:  To apply for this program, download the application form here and fill in your personal details accordingly.

After submitting your application and relevant documents you will be contacted to schedule your admissions assessment. Assessment will include a compulsory interview and may involve a written exercise.

For further details please visit –

Last call for March 2022 application
Ongoing application process for September 2022

STTAR session on ‘Digital Leadership And Learning’ with Eric Sheninger yields valuable insights for educators

Saamarthya Teachers Training Academy of Research (STTAR), Ghaziabad, conducted an online session on ‘Digital Leadership and Learning’ in education by Eric Sheninger, a world-famous digital pioneer and bestselling author.

The session was held on Saturday, 29th January 2022, and was virtually attended by a large number of educators from schools and institutions from India, UAE, Qatar, and Bangladesh. During the two-hour session, Eric Sheninger explained in detail the seven pillars of digital leadership in education:

  1. Student engagement, learning and outcomes
  2. Learning environment
  3. Professional learning
  4. Communications
  5. Public Relations
  6. Branding
  7. Opportunity

Each pillar highlighted the potential for digital transformation in different aspects of today’s education ecosystem. Sheninger shared important actionable strategies that educators can implement right away to support and enhance current areas of professional practice through a digital lens.

Emphasising the importance of digital leadership and learning in the 21st century education, Sheninger said, “As the internet has evolved, we are in the midst of a period of time where technology is going to become more and more prevalent in the lives of students. And now we have the pandemic as well. What we are experiencing are two of the most disruptive forces that are providing us an opportunity to take a critical look at our practice and think about what we can do in our classrooms, in our schools, and in our countries to future-proof learning for our kids…When we think about digital leadership and learning, the idea is to improve learning outcomes first. We have to empower our kids to think, know, act and go. We have to digitally transform the learning environment.”

Sheninger propagated the mantra of ‘Working smarter and not harder’. He also highlighted how modern learners are using different digital tools to solve problems, develop better understanding and improve performance.

Among the key takeaways of the session was a detailed explication of the Rigour/Relevance Framework that Sheninger guided the educators to utilize for analysing instruction, pedagogy and student performance both with and without technology. Sheninger stressed on the three Rs: Rigour, Relevance and Relationship to foster better engagement and communication between all stakeholders in the education landscape.

“It all comes down to relationships. Without trust there is no relationship. Without relationships, no real learning occurs,” he said.

The digital pioneer also helped the attendees in developing an understanding of digital pedagogy and the keys to building teacher capacity. The educators also learned to identify the elements of personalized learning to improve school culture, measure effectiveness of their work with technology, develop an effective communication plan, use the power of storytelling and actively engage in personalized professional growth.

To add to these valuable insights, STTAR also shared with each attendee an exclusive access to six pre-recorded lectures on school leadership and ecosystem. Each attendee got useful resource material and a STTAR participation certificate.

Saamarthya Teachers Training Academy of Research is a premier institute that enables educators to meet the global requirements of their profession by developing competencies based on extensive research on all aspects of education. Till now, the academy has conducted over 22,000 man hours of training and benefited more than 250 schools. Among its biggest achievements are the ICT training of 10,000 teachers of government schools in Uttar Pradesh and the launch of Health Education Curriculum for schools. The academy is supported by Jaipuria School of Business, Ghaziabad, under the aegis of Seth Anandram Jaipuria Group of Educational Institutions.

A Nobel Initiative by H. R. College to get Students and Faculty Vaccinated

As education institutes are ready to re-open as per the government guidelines, there is a higher risk of being exposed to the virus due to the increasing number of COVID-19 cases in Mumbai. Thus, to ensure minimal threat (in case of exposure) and safer travels, the Rotaract Club and the NSS Unit of H. R. College of Commerce and Economics, decided to shoulder the responsibility of encouraging students and faculty to get vaccinated.


Witnessing the spike, Mumbai’s one of the prominent colleges under the HSNC Cluster University, observed the necessity to be fully vaccinated. For seamless operation, H. R. College conducted the vaccination in collaboration with Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) in the college premises.


Commenting on this initiative Dr. Hemalata Bagla, Vice-Chancellor – HSNC University said, “This was attempted to move towards a COVID free India!” She supported this statement with Henry Ford’s quote, “If everyone is moving forward together, then success takes care of itself.”


This organized effort was undertaken on 21st January, 2022, where all the unvaccinated students, teachers and staff members were encouraged to take the shot. More than 100 people benefitted through this noble initiative!

Indian School of Hospitality makes IMPACT in Hospitality Management and Culinary Arts education

Gurugram (Delhi NCR), India

Indian School of Hospitality (ISH), one of Indias finest institutes for hospitality and culinary arts education announces their IMPACT (Integrated Mentorship, Partnership, Academic Collaboration & Training) initiative. It aims to introduce high school students to the diverse and rewarding field of hospitality and culinary arts, and the multitude of careers they can choose to pursue within the service and experience industry. Through this initiative, ISH also addresses an apparent skill and capability gap in the higher education space, and takes the ownership to build a progressive ecosystem focusing on enhancing knowledge transfer for school teachers, principals and counsellors.

ISH is part of Sommet Education, world leaders in hospitality management and culinary education, and features alongside the globally renowned École Ducasse, Les Roches and Glion brands. In achieving their mission of making global education more accessible and rewarding, ISH shares its curriculum and pedagogy with international institutes of repute such as École Ducasse, Les Roches and At-Sunrice GlobalChef Academy.

The IMPACT series is a step forward in strengthening hospitality and culinary education in India, with the speaker sessions featuring both Indian and international faculty and industry experts. These experts will be sharing their insights, experience and learnings, and thoughts on a wide range of exciting topics. It is a great opportunity to hear first-hand from experts how the experience economy is evolving globally and why it’s a great time to pursue hospitality management and culinary arts.

The IMPACT initiative will help create opportunities and enable schools to benefit from ISH’s academic ecosystem, industry connect and training capabilities. As an institution built by industry pioneers and leaders, ISH takes it upon itself as a duty of care function to bring more awareness about the role of hospitality and service sector in the economy, and support students who will go on to become integral part of this sector tomorrow. This initiative creates opportunities for students to embrace new-age skills in line with the evolving demands in the industry, while providing a platform which enables interaction with industry leaders.

Kunal Vasudeva, Co-Founder and Chief Operating Officer at Indian School of Hospitality, commented: “The core objective of this enterprising move is to ensure that high-school students  are prepared for an immersive and global education way before they enter colleges. Through shared curriculums, pedagogy and philosophy with Les Roches and École Ducasse, we are moving forward in revolutionising hospitality management and culinary arts education in India. This initiative will help students gain better insight into the industry from an early age, and in the long term, boost the industry’s contribution in the overall growth of the economy. It will also enhance the long-term relationship between ISHs academic and industry ecosystem and schools, which will provide opportunities for learning and development on a much larger scale”.

About Indian School of Hospitality

Indian School of Hospitality (ISH) is an institute of higher education focused on reimagining hospitality education for today’s generation and tomorrow’s businesses. ISH is part of Sommet Education’s global network of 18 campuses across 8 countries. At its ultra-modern campus in Gurgaon (Delhi NCR), ISH offers degree as well as diploma and certificate programmes in hospitality management and culinary arts at the undergraduate and postgraduate level. Their culinary programmes are offered with the expertise, know-how and industry recognition of the global École Ducasse brand, and hospitality management programmes are offered in alliance with Les Roches, one of the world’s leading hospitality business schools. Affiliated to Gurugram University, ISH is also the only Indian institute to hold an academic alliance with Asia’s leaders in culinary arts, At-Sunrice GlobalChef Academy, Singapore.