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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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Mixed reaction to new postgrad student loans

Postgraduate students at English universities are to get a helping hand from the Government in the form of an income-contingent loan of up to £10,000 from 2016-17. The new loan package announced by UK Chancellor George Osborne in his eagerly awaited Autumn Statement was generally welcome across the English higher education sector. For the number […]

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UK universities relying on transnational recruitment

Many English universities are becoming increasingly reliant on recruiting international students through transnational education, or TNE, programmes delivered overseas by UK higher education providers, according to a new report from the Higher Education Funding Council for England, or HEFCE. The report says around over a third (16,500 entrants) of all international first-degree entrants in England […]

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Universities should encourge more staff mobility

Staff mobility needs to be given the same kind of attention as is paid to student mobility if universities’ internationalisation strategies are to succeed, says a new report from the European University Association and the Academic Cooperation Association. The report, Connecting Mobility Policies and Practice: Observations and recommendations on national and institutional developments in Europe, […]

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Erasmus generation making plenty of impact

Revelations that one million babies had been born to Erasmus students since 1987 caught the headlines when the Erasmus Impact Study was recently released. And that’s not the only impact the Erasmus generation of students going abroad to study or train have made over the last two-and-a-half decades. Strengthening key skills For participating in Erasmus […]

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Internationalise by integrating your international students!

Universities must do more to integrate foreign students and staff if they want to ‘internationalise’ their campus and classrooms. This is the stark message in a new report from the European University Association (EUA). It is a particularly hot issue for European countries, such as Lithuania and Hungary, where international students seldom speak the local […]

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