VILNIUS nike air max plus uomo italia , June 29 (Xinhua) -- Lithuanian parliament (the Seimas)has approved on Thursday the state university optimization planwhich could cut the number of universities in half, amid efforts toboost the quality of education in the country.
The government's plan stated that Lithuania's biggest cities --Vilnius and Kaunas -- should each have one classical university,covering a wide range of study programs. According to the plan,Vilnius and Kaunas would retain their technology nike air max plus toddler italia , health sciencesand art universities.
Lithuanian Education and Science Minister Jurgita Petrauskienesaid the parliament's decision had paved the way for one of themost important reforms in the country.
"The Seimas finally turned the key and started the engine of thehigher education reform in today's voting," Petrauskiene was quotedas saying in an announcement.
However, the parliament refrained from naming which universitiesshould be merged following recent resistance on the part ofacademic society.
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More details of the universities' "optimization" are to becomeclear later. The parliament proposed the government to preparemeasures and legislation for the implementation of the reform byDec. 1.
Currently, the Baltic state has 14 state universities and apopulation of less than three million people. The Organization forEconomic Cooperation and Development (OECD) recently urged thecountry to reform its higher education system. Enditem
BERLIN, Nov. 29 (Xinhua) -- A booming economy and low interestrates in Germany may mask underlying weakness in the country'sfinancial system and lead to an overestimate of debt capacity www.airmaxplusitalia.it , theGerman central bank (Bundesbank) warned Wednesday.
In its financial stability report, the Bundesbank warned of agrowing risk of complacency among German policymakers, investors,and consumers after an economic momentum that's been going strongfor eight years.
The Bundesbank is hence less upbeat than the European CentralBank (ECB) about financial stability. According to the ECB scarpe nike air max plus italia ,economic stress factors throughout the eurozone declined in thepast six months thanks to a spreading recovery.
Nevertheless, both the Frankfurt-based central banks share fearssurrounding the poor performance of financial institutions andtheir related ability to cope with a sudden shock.
The Bundesbank noted that even though banks had been forced tobuild up much larger capital reserves in the wake of the financialcrisis, there was still reason to believe that preparations forpotential credit defaults were insufficient. Small and mid-sizedbanks in particular could face difficulties if interest rates wereto rise abruptly from their current extremely-low level.
Furthermore, risks of re-evaluations nike air max plus tn italia , interest rate changes andcredit defaults could materialize simultaneously and reinforce eachother.
Bundesbank director Andreas Dombret told a press conference thatthe Bundesbank was monitoring the risk posed by an interest ratehike "very carefully".
Only recently, the German Council of Economic Experts identified"clear signs" that the German economy was approaching the limits ofits capacity. The development was seen as raising the likelihood ofirrational lending and investing patterns which could ultimatelycause a recession when a resulting bubble pops.
Regarding German real estate, the Bundesbank saw no bubbledespite a steep rise in prices. The central bank pointed out,however nike air max plus italia , that housing cost in some German cities is up to 30percent higher than appropriate. Enditem
People sit in front of the company logo of Baidu at its headquarters in Beijing December 17, 2014. REUTERSKim Kyung-HoonFile photo
SAN FRANCISCO - China-based internet company Baidu has received a permit to test its self-driving cars in California from the state's Department of Motor Vehicles, as the race to introduce driverless automobiles accelerates.
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California is seen as a crucial testing ground for autonomous vehicles due to technological innovations being developed in Silicon Valley, where many car companies and start-ups operate research labs to develop self-driving technology.
Baidu said it would begin testing in California "very soon."
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