UK: BSA organises flights for Chinese boarding school students

The Boarding Schools’ Association is organising flights for Chinese students to help them return to their UK schools in an effort to tackle travel disruption caused by Covid-19. Caroline Nixon, the BSA’s international director, took 70 students last month and placed them on two existing scheduled flights, both from Qingdao in China to Heathrow airport in China.

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UK campuses ‘particularly vulnerable’ to student mobility drop

Latest World University Rankings suggest a number of top 200 universities are over-reliant on international student revenues Many of the world’s top higher education institutions are especially vulnerable to a downturn in international student mobility, according to data from the latest Times Higher Education World University Rankings. Although the data reflect pre-pandemic figures, they suggest that several universities

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THE World University Rankings 2021: results announced

China makes record-breaking achievements in latest league table as experts predict that the pandemic may accelerate the country’s rise Chinese universities have made several historic gains in the latest Times Higher Education World University Rankings, with data revealing that the Asian giant is closing in on, and in some areas overtaking, the US in terms of research. China

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Times Higher Education’s Power of Place survey

Those planning new universities might think that a good institution will attract top staff wherever it is located. But is the quality of the environment beyond the ivory tower really so insignificant – and has the pandemic changed the calculus? Paul Jump runs through our survey results Most universities around the world are named after

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Keep teaching online-only until Christmas, says UK academic union

UCU warns that reopening of campuses next month could drive a surge in coronavirus cases, making universities the ‘care homes of a second wave’ The UK’s largest academic union has urged universities to scrap plans to reopen their campuses next month, warning that failing to do so could fuel a surge in coronavirus cases. The University

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USA : GLOBAL : Outages hit Zoom as more schools start the year with online learning

Zoom was experiencing partial outages Monday morning as millions of students, relying on the video conferencing technology to connect with educators, got into the new school year.  The company, Zoom Video Communications Inc., said Monday that it had begun receiving reports of disruptions around 6 a.m. Pacific time. Its status page showed updates as the company worked

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Understanding the full value of international students

The evolving COVID-19 pandemic has laid bare not only the risk of commercial orientation driving international education in major destinations but also the ways international students are situated within the current model of internationalisation as a tradeable commodity.It is a critical time to reflect on how the direction and values of internationalisation have been framed through

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Is the coronavirus undermining the intellectual foundations of the university?

Universities and their values have been hugely successful in forging a central place for themselves at the heart of the information age. David John Frank and John W. Meyer consider how and why the pandemic might be putting that at risk It has been widely observed that Covid-19 poses many immediate threats to the way

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UK: Non-EU students up 2%, EU numbers drop

International students accepted from outside the EU to study at UK institutions have increased by 2% in 2020, while those from students within the EU have fallen by 13.2% to 22,940, Universities and Colleges Admissions Service statistics have shown. A total of 35,080 non-EU international students have been accepted – breaking the previous high of 33,630 in 2019

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GERMANY : More digital teaching and learning in international programmes

The German government wants to boost digitisation in international programmes to make courses more competitive. The German Academic Exchange Service, DAAD, will be provided with funding to support a new IP Digital scheme.  “The corona pandemic has highlighted the significance of digital teaching and learning at all education institutions. This applies in particular to universities,”

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