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Universities told to avoid misleading marketing claims

Advertising watchdogs have reprimanded six British universities for making marketing claims that could be misleading to potential students. How embarrassing – and its follows similar action against the University of Reading earlier this year when it agreed with the Advertising Standards Authority, or ASA, to ‘phase out’ its claim to be in the global ‘top 1%’. […]

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U-Multirank ends its dependency on the EU

U-Multirank, the global ranking of different university activities, has a new financial and management structure which means it can move away from total dependency on the European Union’s Erasmus+ programme. The Spanish Santander Group and the Bertelsmann foundation from Germany have together agreed to share the cost and running of U-Multirank with the European Commission. […]

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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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Tackling two challenges after bowel cancer

TWO big issues have haunted me since my treatment for bowel cancer in 2015 – insomnia and sudden urges to go for a poo at awkward moments! The good news is trouble sleeping since my surgery and all the radiotherapy & chemotherapy is easing – thanks to finding the right balance of pills, potions and […]

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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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