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The other side of the student mobility coin: Lithuania!

Plans for a major shake-up of Lithuanian higher education are underway as the country struggles to stem the tide of talent leaving the Baltic state to work and study abroad. While most of the talk about cross-border student mobility is about the positive benefits – at least for those on the move – the ‘brain […]

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From Russia with love, via Sweden!

A British student’s story of studying abroad A new Outward Mobility Strategy to encourage more British students to study abroad has just been officially launched by the UK Higher Education’s International. Taking part was the head of the mobility programme, Anne-Marie Graham, who was interviewed for this blog in August. The new initiative deserves every […]

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A warm Euro welcome – and in English, too!

Times Higher Education published a story on 10 October about continental European universities – ‘rivals’ in their words – adopting English in a fight for overseas students. Here’s the original story and my online comment. An abridged version of my reply was published in the ‘Letters’ section of the printed magazine on 17 October. 10 […]

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UK’s new strategy to get students studying abroad

With just one UK student studying abroad for every 15 international students coming the other way, Britain is launching a bold initiative to tackle the imbalance. Unveiled on the same day as the government’s new international education strategy Global Growth and Prosperity, which focuses on attracting even more of the world’s students to British higher […]

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Getting more UK students to study abroad!

Anne-Marie Graham, head of the UK Higher Education International Unit’s new Outward Student Mobility programme, talks to NIC MITCHELL about the aims and aspirations of the new government-backed initiative. As someone who has benefited from study-abroad exchanges in France and Spain, Anne-Marie Graham speaks with authority about the value of schemes like European higher education […]

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Study overseas, UK students urged in new Government initiative

A very welcome new UK government initiative has just been launched to encourage more British students to study abroad. We’ll be looking at the implications in more detail later, but here is the news release about it: UK students will be encouraged to broaden their horizons by travelling overseas for part of their  higher education, […]

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* Remember the student mobility Bucharest summit

Here are some of my early stories and blogs from April and May 2012 in the lead-up to the 2012 Bologna Process Ministerial Conference held in Bucharest at the end of April. Originally posted under ‘UNI NEWS AND VIEWS” on this website, they provide a useful reminder of where we were a year ago with […]

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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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Are the British really anti-European? Not the students!

I suppose some of our politicians don’t really help, and the press can be pretty hostile. So, maybe we shouldn’t be surprised that British people are often portrayed as being a bit, shall we say, anti-European. But one group dismisses any such accusation – UK students looking for master’s courses. And they’re not just hitting […]

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Going abroad for your master’s degree ?

George Leech is part a new trend of British graduates going abroad for their master’s degrees. For years, British students had a well-earned reputation for being the ‘stay-at-home’ types, rarely moving outside the country for their higher education in sharp contrast to the hundreds of thousands of foreign nationals attending UK universities. Now a combination […]

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