SRI LANKAN REFORMS SEEN AS OPENING DOOR TO MARKETISATION OF HE

Experts question whether proposals to give chartered status to private institutions and encourage international branch campuses will deliver quality education The Sri Lankan government has announced bold plans to reform the country’s university sector, including giving special status to a select group of private institutions and opening up the country to international branch campuses, in

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IRELAND : ALGERIA TO FUND HUNDREDS OF STUDENTS TO STUDY AT UNIVERSITY OF LIMERICK

UL says €20m ‘game changing’ English-language deal will boost international presence The Algerian government is to fund hundreds of PhD students to study at University of Limerick (UL) under a deal estimated to be worth up to €20 million. UL says the agreement is part of a move by Algeria to to move from French to English as the

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UCAS: RECORD APPLICANTS & ACCEPTANCES FROM OUTSIDE UK, BOOSTED BY NON-EU GROWTH

Applications from non-UK students for higher education courses in the UK increased by 5.2% this cycle over 2018 to reach a record 140,955, according to the latest Universities and Colleges Admissions Service report. All in all, a total of 76,905 of those applications were accepted, marking an increase of 3.8% over the previous year. According to

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TURKEY’S EDUCATION MINISTRY UNVEILS NEW, COMPREHENSIVE SCHOOL COUNSELING PROGRAM

The Turkish Ministry of Education on Wednesday unveiled a new counseling program for schools that aims to provide guidance to students from kindergarten to their graduation on various issues, from career planning to emotional development. In an attempt to overhaul the counseling procedures at school, the ministry introduced the “class counseling program” which will be

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UK HEIs CAN “SHAPE A NEW NATIONAL IDENTITY”

UK higher education institutions have an opportunity to shape national identity by focusing on sustainability research and furthering partnerships with Asia, according to HE experts speaking at a recent Higher Education Policy Institute seminar in London. With Brexit, the UK has “new ordered itself”, professor of Higher Education at the University of Oxford Simon Marginson said at

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BRANCH CAMPUSES ARE UNLIKELY TO BLOSSOM

Coventry University’s endeavours notwithstanding, other international education initiatives are more sustainable, Coventry University is making bold moves into international higher education, signing two agreements since Christmas to open new branch campuses One, on a purpose-built campus in Casablanca, Morocco, will provide teacher training and courses in business and science and technology in partnership with Morocco’s Superior Institution

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USA : NUMBER OF HOMELESS STUDENTS RISES TO NEW HIGH

A report found that more than 1.5 million public school students experienced homelessness in the 2017-18 school year, the highest in more than a dozen years. Some children lost a stable home when a parent succumbed to opioid addiction. Others were forced to stay in hotels after hurricanes or fires destroyed their homes. Still others fled abuse or neglect.

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UNITED KINGDOM : ALARM AT PLAN TO RANK UNIVERSITIES BY GRADUATE EARNINGS

Worried academics warn that government plans to introduce Ofsted-style rankings for universities, with courses that produce lower salaries labelled as failing, would punish institutions outside London and threaten arts and humanities courses, writes Anna Fazackerley for The Guardian. In November the Conservative manifesto set off alarm bells in universities by promising to tackle “low-quality courses”. Now

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EGYPT : FOREIGN BRANCH CAMPUSES: A DRIVER OF FUTURE STUDENT INFLOWS?

Egypt hosts several reputable foreign universities, including the American University of Cairo, the German University in Cairo, the British University in Egypt, and the Université Française d’Egypte. While most of these private universities were established a long time ago, the government is attempting to turn Egypt into a transnational education hub and attract more foreign branch

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SAUDI INTRODUCES CHINESE IN SCHOOLS TO BOOST DIVERSITY

Less than 12 months after announcing that Chinese would be introduced into all levels of education in Saudi Arabia, eight schools across the Kingdom have now officially started teaching the language. The announcement in February 2019 came after Saudi crown prince, Mohammad bin Salman’s visit to Beijing during his five-day tour of Asia. “China will

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