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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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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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Love is in the air for the study abroad alumni !

Sometimes it is easy to get blinded by figures when reporting about European Union initiatives – but there was one statistic that jumped out at me when attending a London seminar on UK student mobility and the new Erasmus+ programme. And this was the claim that over-a-quarter of young people meet their life partner while […]

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A post-crisis future for European universities!

FROM the onward march of internationalisation to the fight by academics and students against cuts to their funding, 2013 proved to be a year of rapid change for European higher education. But what does 2014 hold in store for the birthplace of universities and a continent slowly emerging from economic crisis? Here are predictions from […]

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Good or bad news for EU student mobility?

The European Union’s research and innovation Horizon programme is to be cut by €10 billion and over 700,000 young will miss out on study or work opportunities abroad under the Erasmus for All scheme over the next six years. That’s the bad news to emerge from the European Council summit when EU heads of state […]

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‘European mobile loans will help banks not students’

With the Erasmus scheme running out of money and fears that 2013 is going tougher financially, the European Commission has proposed an ‘EU Erasmus Loan Guarantee Facility’ for master’s students studying abroad. But the plan has come under attack from the very people it is said to support. A PROPOSED loan scheme to support master’s […]

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