UK : BREXIT: WHERE NOW FOR THE UK ACADEMY?

As the UK finally leaves the European Union after years of turmoil, Simon Usherwood says it is time for remain-supporting academics to focus on the future. But Tanja Bueltmann says that for EU academics the scars are too deep It’s fair to say that British higher education has not had a good Brexit so far.

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UK : NORTHERN IRISH UNIVERSITIES ‘NEED MORE THAN FEES SOUNDBITES’

Academics call for restored government to give long-overdue attention to the sector, and to widen debate beyond tuition costs The restoration of Northern Ireland’s devolved government has given hope that its higher education difficulties will finally be tackled, but academics have warned that simplifying the debate to be about tuition fees only will leave the historic problems

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US UNIVERSITIES REJECT CAMPUS FACIAL RECOGNITION SYSTEMS

Companies retreat for now, but see the technology’s spread as inevitable Facial recognition systems are hitting a wall of opposition on US university campuses, with the colleges that have tried the technology backing away and many others vowing not to allow it. Advocacy groups fighting the technology planned this week to highlight that about a dozen institutions had

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NEW ZEALAND UNIVERSITIES REPORT CONTINUED UPTICK IN INT’L ENROLMENTS

New Zealand’s eight universities have reported 9.8% growth in the number of international student enrolments in 2018 when compared with 2017, an analysis has shown. Overall in 2018, international students studying at university contributed an estimated NZ$1.2 billion to the economy. As education minister Chris Hipkins acknowledged late last year, “This is the first time in the

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UK : UNI DERBY STAFF AND STUDENTS GIVEN CLIMATE CHANGE ANXIETY THERAPY

Staff and students struggling with anxiety over climate change are being offered art therapy. Eco-anxiety sessions are being held at the University of Derby to tackle feelings of anger, guilt and grief. One student involved in the workshops said climate change makes her feel as though she is “not going to have a future”. Dr

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UAE : UNIVERSITY OF ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE LAUNCHED IN ABU DHABI

A relook at the opening of the University –  the first of its kind in the world Abu Dhabi: Taking another bold step in the world of artificial intelligence (AI), Abu Dhabi on Wednesday announced the opening of the world’s first dedicated AI university – Mohammad Bin Zayed University of Artificial Intelligence (MBZUAI). Located in

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UK: REINTRODUCTION OF PSW PRAISED AS GOV’T REVEALS STUDY VISA GROWTH

The number of UK Tier 4 sponsored study visas granted increased by 16% in 2019, with stakeholders welcoming the government figures as the “first good look” at this year’s recruitment and acknowledging the post-study work re-introduction for the positive figures. UK government statistics revealed that in the year ending September 2019, 276,889 Tier 4 visas were granted – marking a rise

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CANADA : VICTORIAN CLASSROOM TAKES STUDENTS ON A TRIP THROUGH TIME

Grade 6 students from Bridgeport Public School took a trip, more than 100 years back in time, to the Victorian Classroom at Suddaby Public School in Kitchener in December. Complete with the Union Jack on the wall and antique slates for writing, the historic space, housed in one of the Waterloo Region District School Board’s (WRDSB) most historic schools, offers students

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UAE : NYU ABU DHABI LAUNCHES ITS FIRST MASTER’S DEGREES

Economics and fine art courses are also new to the UAE and wider region. Abu Dhabi: New York University Abu Dhabi has launched its first full-time master’s degrees in economics and fine art, with courses set to start next autumn. Not only are they the university’s first masters offerings but the economics course is also

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UK: GROWTH IN INT’L STUDENT NUMBERS, JUMP IN NEW ENROLMENTS FROM INDIA

There is good news for the UK sector with HESA’s first release of data for the 2018/19 academic year: international student numbers are up by 5.9% on the previous period – with a notable 42% hike in new student enrolments from India. According to HESA statistics, a total of 485,645 international students were studying in at higher education

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