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Creativity alive and well at the EUPRIO Awards

THIS year’s EUPRIO Awards showed that innovation and creativity is alive and well in European university communications. Organised by the European Universities Public Relations and Information Officers’ association, or EUPRIO, the Awards showcase some of the best campaigns from around European higher education in the past year. The overall winner of the 2015 EUPRIO Award […]

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Pathways to firmer foundations to study abroad

A NEW STUDY predicts rapid growth in English-language foundation programmes for international students in continental Europe following a tripling in the number of English-medium degrees triple in the last seven years. The report New routes to higher education: the global rise of foundation programmes from Dutch-based StudyPortals and Cambridge English claims to be the first […]

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Education cooperation is crucial to Europe’s neighbourhood policy

Tens of thousands of asylum seekers and migrants fleeing civil war and poverty from the European Union’s southern and eastern neighbours dominated the headlines over the summer. And while European leaders struggled to find an acceptable policy for member states to cope with the tide of people heading north, a public consultation was already underway […]

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Trends help predict future of global higher education

With so many predictions about what the future holds for global higher education, it is useful to draw breath and look at recent trends for guidance about what we can expect in the next decade. That’s why I welcome the latest Trends 2015 report from the European University Association (EUA) – the representative body for universities […]

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Coping with chemotherapy

It is now two months since starting my second round of chemotherapy and I’d like to share thoughts about coping with the side effects through post-op recovery in the hope of helping others. I had some idea what to expect after being put on a five-week course of chemo alongside daily radiotherapy to shrink my […]

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Join EUPRIO in Perugia!

Over 200 people have already registered for #EUPRIO2015 in Perugia, but there is still time to join EUPRIO next month when they hold their annual conference once again in a beautiful part of Italy, from September 6-9. The deadline for registrations is Friday, August 21 – see here for details including travel and accommodation. This […]

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UK universities launch campaign to stay in European Union

UNIVERSITIES UK, or UUK, has launched Universities for Europe, a campaign to highlight how the European Union helps universities support individuals, the economy and society in the UK. UUK, the British national rectors’ conference, represents 133 British universities; and the country’s higher education institutions appear to be speaking with one voice in support of promoting […]

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Don’t leave it too late for EUPRIO in Perugia

Before you pack your bags and head for the sun, don’t forget to register for EUPRIO’s 2015 conference in Perugia, Italy. This year’s theme of Turn it upside down reflects the upheaval higher education is going through across the European continent and beyond. The conference opens on Sunday, September 6 – a change from the […]

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How cancer treatment is a bit like Snakes and Ladders!

It can feel like a game of Snakes and Ladders when you are undergoing cancer treatment. One moment you are rushing up the board, with MRI and CT scans and radiotherapy to attack the beast inside you. And then, with a poor throw the dice, you come crashing back down to earth with a delayed […]

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Students’ union warning over European Bologna dream

The European Students’ Union, or ESU, has warned that the Bologna Process, which seeks to harmonise and reform higher education across the continent, is in danger of becoming obsolete because of uneven implementation and poor follow-up of commitments by many European countries. The ESU report, Bologna with Student Eyes: Time to meet the expectations from […]

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