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Helping to understand higher education internationalization

Three articles written by Nic Mitchell, founder of De la Cour Communications, have been selected for inclusion in a new book Understanding Higher Education Internationalization – insights from key global publications. The new volume has been compiled by Philip G. Altbach, Georgiana Mihut and Hans de Wit from the Center of International Higher Education at […]

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Don’t ignore grass roots for internationalisation

DESPITE the rise of inward-looking nationalism, the election of Donald Trump on an ‘America First’ ticket and the possibility of a hard ‘Brexit’ from the European Union for the United Kingdom, the world’s universities remain committed to the cause of globalisation. But are some of their actions adding to the discord between the internationally-mobile elite […]

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Why blog about outward student mobility?

When I started blogging about the benefits of student mobility across national borders and the need to internationalise European universities in 2012, I was struck by how far behind the UK was in some areas, especially outward student mobility. Then, like now, the loudest voices in higher education were prioritising incoming (non-EU) international student recruitment. […]

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Studying abroad was life changing for Alexandra

Studying at California State University, Fullerton, for a semester was a life changing experience for Alexandra Rhian Roberts. Born and raised in the South Wales Valleys and schooled in Welsh, Alexandra was the first in her family to go to university. “In fact I was the first family member not to enter nursing or factory […]

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Media relations while researching violent extremism

INCIDENTS of terrorism in the West by violent extremists grab the news media’s attention like few other stories, but academics can be reluctant to engage with journalists to help explain what drives people to commit such ghastly acts for fear that their research may be compromised. Often this leaves university media relations advisers looking like […]

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European university comms focus on networking

Not long now until the EUPRIO family of European higher education communication and PR professionals comes together in Mannheim for its 2017 annual conference. This year’s event – from June 29 to July 2 – is focusing on how universities can successfully network with their cities, regions and companies. Places are filling up fast on […]

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British progress in U-Multirank university ranking

Just as Great Britain is heading for the Brexit door from the European Union, a breakthrough of sorts has resolved one of the weaknesses of the European Commission backed U-Multirank world university comparative rankings. For the number of UK higher education institutions listed in the recently published 2017 U-Multirank has rocketed from 48 last year […]

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Time to end the bowel cancer screening lottery

April is an important month for both me and those campaigning to lower the bowel cancer screening age. For it is bowel cancer awareness month and this year the charity Beating Bowel Cancer is asking supporters to write to MPs to end the UK bowel cancer lottery, which sees the bowel cancer screening age start […]

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What Brexit means for European universities

Britain is not be not leaving Europe but it has just started divorce proceedings from the European Union. Here I explore some of the implications for European higher education. British and European higher education and research leaders are watching nervously as developments unfold following the start of the official process of the UK leaving the […]

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Can UK universities remain European after Brexit?

Are there lessons for Brexit Britain to learn from Switzerland’s threatened exclusion from the European Union’s collaborative programmes for mobility and research, such as Erasmus+ and the Horizon 2020, after a referendum vote to restrict immigration? ERASMUS is arguably one of the European Union’s biggest success stories in demonstrating the value of the European project. […]

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