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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Exams fiasco could ‘crowd out’ poorer students from top campuses

Caps on places and bigger rise in share of top grades at independent schools could lead to skewed intakes Many students from poorer backgrounds could be crowded out from the UK’s most selective universities this year because of the way A-level grades have been calculated and the cap on undergraduate numbers, it has been warned.

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UK: 70% of unis expecting to be “mostly online”

Almost all (98.3%) UK universities are planning to deliver a form of blended learning in the new academic year with both online and face-to-face teaching, while around seven in 10 institutions are expecting provision to be taught “mostly online”, research has suggested. Surveying 104 staff members at UK universities, QS Quacquarelli Symondsfound that only 8.6% of those at

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Prejudice against online learning is forcing US campuses to reopen

Universities and colleges are having to promise physical classes to protect enrolments In the post-pandemic era, higher education institutions desperately need online programmes if they are to guard against declining enrolment numbers. But due to their long-standing aversion to online education, many colleges and universities are not equipped with reputable, marketable online degree programmes that will convince students

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UK academics call for university closures to reverse massification

Study also proposes creation of new ‘free’ universities to move away from marketisation Some existing UK universities should be closed down while new institutions that are free from excessive regulation should be established to “save” the UK’s higher education sector, two scholars have claimed in a new report. In a study published by the thinktank

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Malaysia to act as ‘stepping stone’ for Australia-bound students?

With Australia unlikely to allow foreign students in until next year, the possibility of them taking classes on Malaysian affiliate campuses is being explored Foreign students unable to enter Australia could undergo extended transit in Malaysia under plans being developed by the University of Wollongong (UOW).   International education executive Kath McCollim said that Wollongong was looking

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