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Rihanna Named Harvard's 2017 Humanitarian Award winner, Australia welcomes record International students, and a big Service Dog SCOTUS victory

Rihanna Named Harvard University’s 2017 Humanitarian of the Year

Brianne Tracy | People: Music  Twitter

Rihanna may be widely celebrated for her music, but now she’s accepting a different type of honor—for her humanitarian work.

The 29-year-old singer has been named the 2017 Harvard University Humanitarian of the Year and will accept the Peter J. Gomes Humanitarian Award at a ceremony on campus next Tuesday. “Rihanna has charitably built a state-of-the-art center for oncology and nuclear medicine to diagnose and treat breast cancer at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Bridgetown, Barbados,” said Harvard Foundation director S. Allen Counter.

To read more visit People: Music

Harvard Is Awarding Rihanna For Her Charity Work

Suzannah Weiss | Refinery29  Twitter

Rihanna’s used her fame to accomplish some incredible things. That’s why she’s about to receive the Peter J. Gomes Humanitarian Award from Harvard University.

RiRi was named the 2017 Harvard University Humanitarian of the Year largely for her work promoting education and healthcare.

To read more visit Refinery29


International students studying in Australia reach record number, Education Department figures show

Julie Doyle | ABC News Twitter

The number of international students in Australia hit a record high last year with more than half a million choosing to study here.

Figures from the federal Education Department show there were 554,179 full-fee paying international students in 2016, an increase of more than 10 per cent on the previous year.

The higher education sector had the largest share of Australia’s international students, with 43 per cent.

Of those the largest numbers came from China and India.

To read more visit ABC News

International student numbers surge ahead of potential Trump-inspired influx

Matthew Knott | The Sydney Morning Herald  Twitter

The number of international students coming to Australia surged to record levels last year and there are hopes the political instability unleashed by Donald Trump and Brexit will help lure even more foreign students to the country.

New Department of Education figures to be released on Wednesday show there were 554,179 full-fee paying international students in Australia in 2016, generating a total 712,884 enrolments.

To read more visit The Sydney Morning Herald


‘Ruff’ justice: Supreme Court rules for disabled girl, service dog

Richard Wolf | USA Today  Twitter

The proverb “every dog has its day” came true at the Supreme Court on Wednesday for the family of a 13-year-old girl with cerebral palsy and her goldendoodle, Wonder.

In a case that was closely watched by the disability community, the high court ruled unanimously that Ehlena Fry’s family can pursue a lawsuit against her former public school district for denying access to her service dog.

To read more visit USA Today

Further Reading
  1. Fortune – Shakira’s cause of choice: early-childhood development and education
  2. PIE News – International students in Germany up 6%
  3. CUIndependent.com – Understanding emotional support animals and disability service animals
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