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UK and Ireland top U-Multirank for student completion rates

The 2018 edition of U-Multirank provides new insight into the relative strengths and weaknesses of different higher education systems around Europe and the United States, with the United Kingdom and Ireland performing the strongest for Teaching and Learning as a result of their good ‘on-time’ student completion rates. U-Multirank claims to be the world’s largest global […]

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Call grows for authentic website student reviews

SUDDENLY everyone appears to be calling for authentic student reviews on university websites – a public place where existing “customers” of higher education can say what it is really like to be studying on a course at this or that university. Among those leading the charge is web guru Gerry McGovern (pictured), whose key message […]

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Times Higher first world summit in Central Europe

The importance of universities in shaping a more secure, progressive and prosperous world will be highlighted when the Times Higher Education (THE) holds its first world summit in Central and Eastern Europe. The event, titled Building a hub for world-class research, hosted by Palacký University in the Czech Republic from 24-26 April 2018, will discuss, […]

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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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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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University challenge for European communicators

EUPRIO, the European higher education communicators’ network, is holding its annual conference in Perugia, Italy, from September 6-9, 2015. NIC MITCHELL looks at some of the talking points. THE PACE of change is so rapid that we are struggling to have any real idea of what the world of higher education will look like in […]

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Swiss immigration vote is warning for the UK

Switzerland’s political elite were not the only ones taken aback by a popular vote against mass immigration – and the reaction from the European Union has lessons for those clamouring to end Britain’s EU membership. That’s the warning from the rector of a top Swiss university after a tiny majority of 50.3% voted to support […]

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British universities pin their flag to European Union mast

In the run-up to elections for new European Parliament speculation was rife that Britain might be heading for the European Union exit door. But one group has not been afraid to pin their pro-European credentials firmly to the mast – and that’s the assembled ranks of UK universities, as NIC MITCHELL explains. AS WITH much […]

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Getting ready for EUPRIO 2014 in the Austrian Alps

Registration for EUPRIO’s 2014 conference at the University of Innsbruck in Austria has opened and here NIC MITCHELL looks at some the sessions on offer. The annual conference of European Public Relations & Information Officers’ association is titled ‘How to communicate in a world dominated by change’ and takes place from 4-7 September 2014. Among […]

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Don’t overlook your ‘internal’ stakeholders!

NIC MITCHELL welcomes the overarching theme for this year’s conference of European higher education communicators at the University of Kent at the end of June. IT CAN be all too easy to overlook one of the most powerful assets to a university’s brand in the rush to impress external stakeholders. For while we professional communicators […]

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