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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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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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What Brexit means for European universities

Britain is not be not leaving Europe but it has just started divorce proceedings from the European Union. Here I explore some of the implications for European higher education. British and European higher education and research leaders are watching nervously as developments unfold following the start of the official process of the UK leaving the […]

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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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Should we take U-Multirank seriously?

With U-Multirank’s second world university rankings out on March 30, the European University Association, or EUA, has been asking European universities what they thought of the first effort. Opinion was, shall we say, divided! But more on that later! First a look at why the English higher education establishment seem so bothered about it. What […]

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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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A tale of two international university rankings

How can two rankings looking at the international orientation of universities be so far apart? The question was brought into sharp focus by the publication of two contrasting higher education rankings for ‘internationalisation’ within weeks of each other. Times Higher Top 100 The first, by the established world rankers at the Times Higher Education, or […]

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UK universities relying on transnational recruitment

Many English universities are becoming increasingly reliant on recruiting international students through transnational education, or TNE, programmes delivered overseas by UK higher education providers, according to a new report from the Higher Education Funding Council for England, or HEFCE. The report says around over a third (16,500 entrants) of all international first-degree entrants in England […]

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Universities should encourge more staff mobility

Staff mobility needs to be given the same kind of attention as is paid to student mobility if universities’ internationalisation strategies are to succeed, says a new report from the European University Association and the Academic Cooperation Association. The report, Connecting Mobility Policies and Practice: Observations and recommendations on national and institutional developments in Europe, […]

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