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Loans to boost European master’s student mobility

Under the new Erasmus Master Loan Guarantee Scheme as many as 200,000 postgraduate students are in line for loans up to €12,000 to help them study for a one-year master’s degree in another European country, or €18,000 to support them financially on a two-year master’s abroad. Launched in June by the European Commission, or EC, […]

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Communication is key for university mergers

A new study says effective communications are essential to securing the buy-in of staff, students and other stakeholders for university mergers. The report from the European University Association, or EUA, reveals a quickening of the pace of mergers and concentrations of higher education institutions across Europe. Timely then that the European Universities Public Relations and […]

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Time to enter the European HE communication awards

Time to polish up your entry for the European higher education communications ‘Oscars’ and gain the recognition you deserve from PR and marketing peers across the continent. The annual EUPRIO Awards shine the spotlight on outstanding campaigns and projects and encourage the sharing of best practice by university communication teams all over Europe. Judging and […]

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Share new ideas at EUPRIO 2015 in Perugia, Italy

European university PR and communications representatives will be gathering in the ancient Italian city of Perugia in September to reflect on the upheaval taking place across higher education in Europe. Here’s my look at what members of EUPRIO will be talking about. The three-day event promises to be a great opportunity to share the latest […]

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What can we learn from U-Multirank 2015?

The new global university rankings recently released by the European Commission funded U-Multirank were largely ignored by the British media, so here’s a brief résumé of what they tell us about who is best at what! U-Multirank claims it is not about creating overall league tables of winners and losers in the world university ranking […]

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Should we take U-Multirank seriously?

With U-Multirank’s second world university rankings out on March 30, the European University Association, or EUA, has been asking European universities what they thought of the first effort. Opinion was, shall we say, divided! But more on that later! First a look at why the English higher education establishment seem so bothered about it. What […]

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Tackling Europe’s student mobility brain drain

Student mobility is a key issue across European higher education. But it is often seen as a way to boost university revenue by attracting fee-paying students from abroad or recruiting foreign students to vital, but less popular science or engineering courses. But what happens to countries exporting their talent, particularly those like Lithuania which are […]

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A tale of two international university rankings

How can two rankings looking at the international orientation of universities be so far apart? The question was brought into sharp focus by the publication of two contrasting higher education rankings for ‘internationalisation’ within weeks of each other. Times Higher Top 100 The first, by the established world rankers at the Times Higher Education, or […]

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University challenge for European communicators

EUPRIO, the European higher education communicators’ network, is holding its annual conference in Perugia, Italy, from September 6-9, 2015. NIC MITCHELL looks at some of the talking points. THE PACE of change is so rapid that we are struggling to have any real idea of what the world of higher education will look like in […]

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University ‘excellence schemes’ under the microscope

The European University Association has published a new report examining ‘excellence schemes’ and their impact on universities in Europe, which I looked at for the European Universities Public Relations and Information Officers’ association, or EUPRIO. Here’s the blog: From Britain’s recent Research Excellence Framework, or REF, used to decide where public funded research is best […]

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