IRELAND : UNIVERSITIES EYE MORE IRISH STUDENTS TO REPLACE OVERSEAS LOSSES

Universities want extra Irish student places to be funded by the government in the coming academic year to replace a sharp drop in the number of international students, writes Carl O’Brien for The Irish Times. The Irish Universities Association is seeking a €230 million (US$252 million) stability fund which it says could provide additional student places

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FRANCE SEES PROPORTION OF WORLD’S MOBILE STUDENTS DECLINE

Despite the growth in the number of international students coming to France, the proportion of students globally who choose to study in the country has declined, according to a report published by Campus France earlier this year. From its position as the number three host country in 2011, France dropped by 2017 to fifth place, the

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MERGERS AND ‘FE FUTURE’ PREDICTED FOR SOME ENGLISH UNIVERSITIES

Universities hardest hit by coronavirus crisis might need to accept merger or mission shift in exchange for state aid, warn sector leaders English universities at risk of financial collapse will receive significant government assistance only if they agree to merge or to accept a “further education future”, vice-chancellors have predicted. While some university leaders are

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SINGAPORE : UNIVERSITIES TAKE ADMISSIONS ONLINE, WITH FOCUS ON APTITUDE

Singapore may be stepping into a recession and jobs hard to come by, but that has not stopped young Singaporeans from making a beeline for university. The only difference is that all aspects of the admissions process have gone online. A check with the six local universities found that they all had as many applications

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UNITED STATES : STUDENTS AT 25 COLLEGES SUE FOR REFUND AFTER CAMPUSES CLOSE

They wanted the campus experience, but their colleges sent them home to learn online during the coronavirus pandemic. Now, students at more than 25 United States universities are filing lawsuits against their institutions demanding partial refunds on tuition and campus fees, saying they’re not getting the calibre of education they were promised, reports The Associated Press.

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SOAS FACES ‘VIABILITY PROBLEMS’ AMID PANDEMIC CRISIS, DIRECTOR WARNS

University of London institution’s head issues stark warning to staff that finances are ‘not good’ and job reductions are ‘inevitable’ SOAS University of London will have to implement “painful” measures, including job cuts, as it battles “viability problems” caused by its already precarious financial position being worsened by the coronavirus crisis In an email to staff on 6 May,

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APPLYBOARD RAISES C$100M; BECOMES ‘UNICORN’

Online student marketplace ApplyBoard has raised C$100M in Series C funding, which will be used to accelerate product development and fuel expansion into new markets. The funding brings the company’s valuation to C$2 billion, officially making it a unicorn. In May 2019, ApplyBoard raised C$55 million in Series B funding. As well as investing in its technology, ApplyBoard said it will

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DUTCH STUDENTS ‘STRUGGLE TO RAISE QUESTIONS IN ONLINE LECTURES’

Survey results show online switch ‘going better than expected’, says union. But students at universities of applied sciences appear harder hit Dutch students say their lecturers are more responsive via email following the switch to online teaching, but they find it harder to communicate with academics during lectures, according to a student organisation that has

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GLOBAL : ARE WE AT A TRANSFORMATIVE MOMENT FOR ONLINE LEARNING?

With the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic, most of the world’s universities have had to close campuses and send their students home. The large majority have shifted to distance education in its various forms to allow classes to continue and students to complete their studies. Teachers and students alike have had to make considerable efforts

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UK: COVENTRY MOVES TO MOBILE-FIRST LXP

The UK’s Coventry University has announced it is moving its courses to Learning Experience Platform (LXP),  Aula, to position its students and academics at the forefront of the next evolution in teaching and learning.    From September, approximately 40,000 students from courses across the Coventry University Group will be using Aula – a move which makes Coventry the

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