EUROPE : BREXIT, THE AI RACE AND OTHER EVENTS THAT WILL SHAPE EUROPEAN HIGHER EDUCATION THIS YEAR

We hope you are well rested, because 2019 is going to be anything but boring. Here are 10 things that the European higher education sector can expect in the next 12 months. Science will be set free. Well, not really. But in less than a year, all results funded by European Union programmes have to be openly

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GLOBAL : UNIVERSITY OF READING ‘IGNORED WARNING SIGNALS’ OVER MALAYSIA BRANCH CAMPUS

Outpost’s £27 million loss in 2017-18 a ‘salutary lesson’ on the challenges associated with international ventures. The £27 million loss at the University of Reading’s Malaysia branch campus last year should provide lessons about the challenges associated with opening overseas outposts, according to sector experts. Reading’s latest accounts, published in November, reveal that the Malaysia campus’ deficit pushed

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UK : POSTGRADUATE NUMBERS PLUMMET AMID FEARS FOR NO-DEAL BREXIT

Leading figures in UK higher education warn sector will ‘take decades to recover’ from no-deal Brexit. Postgraduate enrolments to the UK’s top research-intensive universities from European Union countries have fallen sharply, according to new figures released amid warnings that the country’s higher education sector will “take decades to recover” from a no-deal Brexit. New data

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BERLIN: A PARADISE FOR BREXIT REFUGEES?

The prospect of a ‘no-deal Brexit’, which would sharply hinder British science in its cooperation with the continent at large, is looming on the horizon. This coupled with rising tuition fees is driving British students away, and Berlin is all too happy to have them. This is a troubling time for British universities. The prospect of

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CANADA : WARNING OVER IMPACT OF INDIGENOUS DISCRIMINATION CASE IN CANADA

A Legal battle between Aboriginal former dean and university could halt institutions’ progress on indigenisation, scholars say. Efforts to increase the number of Indigenous academics in Canadian universities could be knocked off course after a high-profile Aboriginal dean sued her institution for discrimination, it has been warned. Angelique EagleWoman, who became the first Indigenous law school

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UK : LEADING A UNIVERSITY IN FINANCIALLY CHALLENGING TIMES

Diverse university funding systems in different countries around the world and varying degrees of autonomy lead universities to develop different strategic responses. Despite these differences, all universities face increasingly complex and fast-changing environments. Whatever their challenging contexts are, university leaders need to position their institutions on the national, European and global stages and they can

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USA : UC REGENTS APPROVE BUDGET TO ENROLL 2,500 MORE CALIFORNIA STUDENTS WITHOUT A TUITION HIKE

University of California regents on Thursday approved a $9.3-billion budget that will add 2,500 more California undergraduates and increase support for struggling students without raising tuition in the next academic year. The spending plan marks the first step in a four-year blueprint to boost enrollment, improve student success and reinvest in faculty and research. UC

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GLOBAL : THE ROLE OF HE IN A POLITICALLY DISRUPTED WORLD

How can higher education institutions model open, democratic and engaged communities? How can they initiate social and cultural change? Those two questions are vital in today’s world, particularly because analyses of election returns have repeatedly demonstrated the consistent impact of higher education on voting choices. A key concept in searching for answers is that of

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UK: ENGLISH FEES RISE IN DOCK OVER UK GRADE INFLATION

More than 40 per cent of firsts last year were ‘unexplained’, finds UUK-commissioned report. Most of the rising share of first-class degrees in the UK over the past decade is “unexplained” by factors such as improvements in student entry standards, and the tripling of English tuition fees in 2012 may be a reason instead, a key

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UK : WHEN EMPLOYERS INVEST IN EDUCATION, EVERYONE IS WORKING TOGETHER

A graduate levy paid by businesses will help keep tuition costs down while still producing the skilled graduates the economy needs. Every few years, you can count on a return of the Olympics, a farewell tour by Elton John and a review by the government of English higher education funding. The balance is adjusted between

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