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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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‘Focus less on international student recruitment’ – Prof

A LEADING European academic has urged western universities to focus less on international student recruitment and do more joint research with developing countries in South East Asia and Africa to overcome man-made problems like climate change. Gerhard Schmitt, Professor of Information Architecture at ETH Zürich and founding-director of the Singapore-ETH Centre was speaking at the […]

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Mind your marketing language, universities urged

Universities should ‘stop inflating the language’ in their marketing communications and return to old-fashioned virtues, such as truthfulness, integrity, modesty and dedication if they want to win back public trust. That was the blunt warning from Dr Sijbolt Noorda, the opening keynote speaker at a conference of European higher education public relations and communication practitioners […]

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Swiss immigration vote is warning for the UK

Switzerland’s political elite were not the only ones taken aback by a popular vote against mass immigration – and the reaction from the European Union has lessons for those clamouring to end Britain’s EU membership. That’s the warning from the rector of a top Swiss university after a tiny majority of 50.3% voted to support […]

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‘Reward scientists who can communicate with the public’

A German think tank is recommending rewarding scientists who are good at engaging with the public, writes NIC MITCHELL. Scientists who engage with the public deserve not just support and appreciation, but also “remuneration and incentives,” says a position paper from the Siggen Circle. The paper entitled, The Siggen Call for Action – Shaping science […]

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EU exit would damage British universities

Universities have warned that a British exit from the European Union would be “potentially disastrous” for higher education and the wider research community, as I reported for University World News. Without membership of the politico-economic union of 28 member states, Britain would not just lose access to billions of euros worth of research grants, but […]

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