IRELAND : RADICAL IRISH GENDER PLAN ‘COULD BE MODEL FOR EUROPE’

Frustration with ‘snail’s pace’ progress across continent leads Irish government to back financial sanctions against universities that miss targets. The Republic of Ireland’s radical plan to dock universities up to a tenth of their core funding if they fail to hit ambitious gender targets could spur further direct government interventions across Europe to get more

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UAE : LEARNING OUTSIDE SCHOOLS GAINS TRACTION IN DUBAI

The part-time schooling project, called rahhal, is expected to revolutionise the education sector in the emirate. The traditional style of teaching and learning in Dubai is becoming outdated as new disruptive ways take the lead. The part-time schooling project, called Rahhal, is expected to revolutionise the education sector in the emirate as it allows students

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AUSTRALIA : INTERNATIONAL STUDENT BOOM COULD EVAPORATE, EXPERTS WARN

On the surface, Australia has been enormously successful in selling higher education to foreign students. But experts warn that the situation facing the nation’s top universities is dangerously precarious. This year, Australia’s education institutions are collectively expected to generate more than AU$32 billion (US$23 billion) in export revenue from the fees and living expenses outlaid

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UK : LONDON : INTERVIEW WITH FRANCIS J RICCIARDONE, PRESIDENT, AUC, EGYPT

During an event in London to raise scholarship funds for AUC, The PIE caught up with the president of this US-accredited university in Cairo to talk about its ambitions as a global university in Egypt. The PIE: To ask to what extent do you feel American University of Cairo is a global university? FR: It is definitely a global

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UK : MINISTERS PUSH ON WITH £11K FEES FOR TWO-YEAR DEGREES IN ENGLAND

After consultation, proposals set to go to Parliamentary vote. The UK government is pressing ahead with plans to raise the annual fee cap to £11,100 for two-year degrees in England, to boost accelerated courses and “encourage new providers into the market”. The Department for Education announced the move after a consultation on the plans, which will require votes

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AUSTRALIA : VOCATIONAL EDUCATION CAN SOLVE OVERSUPPLY OF GRADUATES

In many wealthy countries, including my own of Australia, 40% of young adults are likely to achieve a bachelor degree or above. But policy-makers and others wonder whether we might have too much of a good thing. ‘Overqualification’ is observed in labour markets around the world. While people with any qualification can be classed as such in jobs that don’t require it,

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CHINA : GLOBAL UNIVERSITY EMPLOYABILITY RANKING 2018: CHINA’S RISE STALLS

Analysis of ranking since 2011 suggests China is not making same ground as in research-based rankings, while Germany and South Korea have leapt forward. Global higher education has become well accustomed to China’s march up university research-based rankings. In the latest Times Higher Education World University Rankings, Tsinghua University became the best-placed university in Asia and five of its

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USA : THE TRUMP EFFECT ON INTERNATIONAL ENROLLMENT? REPORT FINDS NEW FOREIGN STUDENTS ARE DWINDLING.

The roster of new international students at colleges and universities fell more than 6 percent in the past school year, according to a report made public Tuesday, renewing questions about whether President Trump’s nationalist rhetoric and policies have undercut overseas demand for U.S. higher education. That finding is double the previous rate of decline. What’s more,

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SINGAPORE : UNI ADMISSIONS : POLY GRADS’ O-LEVEL GRADES TO BE DROPPED FROM 2020

From 2020, polytechnic graduates applying to Singapore’s local universities will not need to include their O-level results. Only their polytechnic grade point average (GPA) will count towards the university admissions score they use in applying to the six publicly funded universities, except for certain courses with subject-specific requirements. The two biggest institutions, National University of Singapore

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UK MUST REVERSE ITS “SELF-DEFEATING” STUDENT RECRUITMENT COURSE

Following eight years of fighting a “losing battle” to attract students from other countries, the All-Party Parliamentary Group for International Students in the UK has launched an inquiry report on how to increase recruitment overall. Among the 12 recommendations in the report, the APPG suggests the government sets a “clear and ambitious target” to grow international student numbers

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