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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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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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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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What can we learn from U-Multirank 2015?

The new global university rankings recently released by the European Commission funded U-Multirank were largely ignored by the British media, so here’s a brief résumé of what they tell us about who is best at what! U-Multirank claims it is not about creating overall league tables of winners and losers in the world university ranking […]

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Tackling Europe’s student mobility brain drain

Student mobility is a key issue across European higher education. But it is often seen as a way to boost university revenue by attracting fee-paying students from abroad or recruiting foreign students to vital, but less popular science or engineering courses. But what happens to countries exporting their talent, particularly those like Lithuania which are […]

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University ‘excellence schemes’ under the microscope

The European University Association has published a new report examining ‘excellence schemes’ and their impact on universities in Europe, which I looked at for the European Universities Public Relations and Information Officers’ association, or EUPRIO. Here’s the blog: From Britain’s recent Research Excellence Framework, or REF, used to decide where public funded research is best […]

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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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We’re runners-up for the Outstanding Online Education Commentary Award

Runner-up to Financial Times blogger Jane Bird in the Outstanding Online Education Commentary section of the UK’s Education Journalism Awards is no mean feat after a year-and-a-half blogging on this delacourcourcommunications.com website. So, you can imagine my delight when the chair of the Chartered Institute of Public Relations (CIPR) Education and Skills Group, Louise Jaggs, […]

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Mixed picture for European universities in the rankings

The final instalment of the 2013 world university rankings season saw mixed fortunes for European universities, contrasting with talk of a ‘resurgence for continental European universities’ only a month ago. THE Times Higher Education World University Rankings (THE WUR) is one of the big three beasts dominating the world of higher education rankings and their […]

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