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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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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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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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Mixed reaction to new postgrad student loans

Postgraduate students at English universities are to get a helping hand from the Government in the form of an income-contingent loan of up to £10,000 from 2016-17. The new loan package announced by UK Chancellor George Osborne in his eagerly awaited Autumn Statement was generally welcome across the English higher education sector. For the number […]

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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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Erasmus generation making plenty of impact

Revelations that one million babies had been born to Erasmus students since 1987 caught the headlines when the Erasmus Impact Study was recently released. And that’s not the only impact the Erasmus generation of students going abroad to study or train have made over the last two-and-a-half decades. Strengthening key skills For participating in Erasmus […]

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Internationalise by integrating your international students!

Universities must do more to integrate foreign students and staff if they want to ‘internationalise’ their campus and classrooms. This is the stark message in a new report from the European University Association (EUA). It is a particularly hot issue for European countries, such as Lithuania and Hungary, where international students seldom speak the local […]

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Sharp decline in part-time students in England

A third of students at English universities study part-time, but numbers are falling and the decline accelerated between 2011 and 2013 to the alarm of policy makers who fear the downward spiral could harm the economic recovery. Ten years ago, 47% of all entrants to higher education in England were on part-time courses. Today, that […]

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Reciprocity should be key to study abroad flows

NIC MITCHELL previews another step on the road to getting more British students to study abroad for at least part of their higher education. Many of Britain’s study abroad advocates are expected to gather in London’s Caledonian Club on Tuesday March 11 for a seminar – with the lengthy title of “Implementing the Outward Student […]

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