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08-31-2011 07:56 AM CET | Science & Education

Press release from: Global Forestry Investments

Results from A-Level results reveal that more students are opting to study science, technology, maths and engineering at school and university according to an article by the Financial Times.

With a 7.8 percent increase in the number of people opting for A-Level maths, that brings the increase to 57 percent since 2005, while sciences have seen a 17 percent increase during the same time frame.

The increase of students opting for more scientific subjects comes at a time where opportunities are not only on their own shores but abroad too.

Brazil recently granted 100,000 scholarships for university students to study the same subjects abroad in a bid to fill the shortage of engineers and other professionals as the country continues to develop further. With the run up to the 2014 Fifa World Cup and the 2016 Olympics, the demand for people with extensive knowledge in engineering, science and technology will be essential, and as the country continues to emerge, other professionals in the health, physics and maths will become more and more relevant to the development of Brazil.

Back in London, Imran Khan, the director of the Campaign for Science and Engineering said: “As well as achieving excellent results, this year’s A-Levels have shown a continued shift towards the exciting and rigorous science and maths subjects that are increasingly important for the economy and for our society. ”

Comments about more people receiving high grades are uncommon at this time of the year, so to help to distinguish the very best performers an additional A* grade was introduced to the system last year.

“A-Levels are really the currency of transactions between schools and universities. They are mainly for comparing students within a single year. It matters less that the value changes over time. What matters is that universities can distinguish students of different levels of ability,” said Alan Smithers, a professor of education at the University of Buckingham.

With university fees due to increase to £9,000 a year, up to 640,000 students are looking to snap up some 450,000 university places this year, to avoid the pending fees.

Educational officials are more concerned about maintaining the quality of the graduates as Lord Browne, former chief executive of BP and influential author explained: “This is good to see but it is equally critical that graduate quality is maintained. It should help in providing the people Britain needs for productivity improvements and resultant long-term growth. ”

Our approach is a sensible one, appreciating the high demand for timber and the fact that the timber trade will continue. Therefore we have an opportunity to participate and make sure that any negative impact to the surrounding environment and community is minimised and that good management secures the future of the forests. 

GFI believe that investments in overseas forestry will bring diversity, growth and stability to any investment portfolio – especially in the currently unstable economic climate, whilst creating the added tax and green benefits associated with most ethical investments.

Global Forestry Investments

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Safeera Sarjoo, Editorial Coordinator

Tel: 0207 754 0493


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