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The year transnational education came of age

2016 certainly feels like the year transnational higher education really came of an age. Everywhere you turn you’ll find a conference or webinar looking at the attractions of exporting one’s education services across the globe or delving into specifics, such as quality control and other challenges associated with universities offering their wares overseas. With internationally […]

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Helping cancer patients through the dark patches

More and more people are surviving cancer, but as I mentioned in my last blog ‘You are not alone: life after cancer’ that can just mean another chapter opening – and in this ‘Cancer-Talk’ I want to shine the spotlight on my local Holistic Centre and how it has helped get me through some dark […]

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Call for EU action against Turkish crackdown on academic freedom

The European Union (EU) should step up its opposition to the crackdown on academic freedom in Turkey following the failed coup in the country, say nine rectors from leading Norwegian universities. The forced resignation of 1,577 university deans and 15,200 academic staff by the Turkish authorities has already been strongly condemned by the European University Association […]

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You are not alone: life after cancer

Coping with life after cancer can be tougher than you’d think. But you no longer have to face it alone. For the medical world now realises that many people often struggle to cope with the emotional fallout of cancer, whether months or years after treatment has ended. It used to be assumed that the end […]

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European universities urged to stick together after Brexit

IN the spirit of Monty Python who recommended “always look on the bright side” of life, I’m hoping UK higher education remains internationally engaged and continues promoting borderless research and mobility following the Brexit referendum. Thankfully, despite the vote, we still have friends in Europe. One is Christine Legrand, president of the European universities’ communication network, EUPRIO, who issued […]

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Handling the end of cancer treatment!

I never believed anyone might actually miss the routine that takes over your life during a year of cancer treatment. But strange as it might seem, there is something reassuring about the pattern of regular hospital visits, radiotherapy and daily doses of tablets and potions while you are preparing for your operation, and then, chemotherapy. […]

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U-Multirank claims to be biggest university rankings

Once again U-Multirank, the European Commission supported world university rankings, was largely ignored by the British media and higher education establishment despite its claim to be the largest global university ranking. Only 13 UK universities actively participated in the 2016 rankings – just one more than last year – and no British institution topped any […]

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Road back to normality after chemo ‘house arrest’

Thanks to everyone for following my story about beating bowel cancer for the last year. In this blog, I want to share some tips about dealing with chemo side effects and trying to get back to some form of normality. Now, with radiotherapy, my operations and chemotherapy behind me, it is great to report that […]

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Swiss lessons for UK universities’ referendum campaign

I don’t know if British university vice-chancellors are really likely to follow the call from the Swiss lake district of Lausanne and ‘get out on the streets’ to defend the UK’s membership of the European Union – but at least they are stirring into some form of activity. The call for street action came from […]

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The rise of English-taught degrees abroad

ONE of the big education stories of our times is the drive towards ‘internationalisation’ by universities all over the world. I’ve written about this already this year for BBC online news and EUPRIO, the European Universities Public Relations & Information Officers. One thing standing out is the rush to create courses entirely taught in English […]

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