Continuing dilemmas for higher education in 2018

Let us try to forget 2017. It was the year of xenophobic nationalism in parts of Europe and the United States. The year of Trump, the Brexiteers, and let us not forget Hungary, Poland and perhaps Austria and the Czech Republic. There has been a noticeable tightening of political controls in China. All of these

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US share of international students will keep falling

I suspect that many readers of this article will either dismiss the premise that colleges and universities in the United States will continue to lose international student market share or dispute the facts I list. Some may hope that the decline in international student enrolments in the United States for the autumn 2017 semester was

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India : Higher education access rising but challenges lie ahead

The proportion of young people in higher education in India has risen to 25.2%, up from under 20% in 2010-11, with the country setting an ambitious goal of attaining a gross enrolment ratio, or GER, of 30% by 2020. There was a marginal increase of 0.7% in higher education participation in the past year, up

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Perfectionism on the rise among university students

Researchers have linked the rise in unrealistic expectations among students with the rise in mental health issues. Today’s university students are striving for perfection more than ever before – but their efforts could be taking a toll on their mental health, according to a new study. Researchers found that recent generations of college students reported having

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One in four Australian graduates say degree not important for job

More than one-quarter of Australia’s graduates say that their university qualifications are not important for their jobs, raising concerns about the value of some degrees. Eleven per cent of graduates questioned in the Department of Education’s 2017 Employer Satisfaction Survey said that their degree was “not at all” important for their job, while 15 per cent

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UK: Overseas students ‘worth 10 times the cost’ to UK, says report

International students are worth about 10 times more to the UK economy than they cost the taxpayer, according to a new report that will add to pressure currently mounting on the country’s government for a shift in policy on the issue. The analysis, which, unlike most similar studies in the past, looks at the cost

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UK HE relations with Gulf states changing

UK higher education institutions are changing their relationships with Gulf nations, according to a new report from Universities UK international. The paper, titled ‘State of the relationship: UK higher education engagement with the GCC’, argues that UK HEIs are now more involved in transnational education and research collaboration, whereas the relationships were formerly dominated by student

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UAE higher education year-end review

Abu Dhabi: It was another big year for higher education in the UAE in 2017, with several key developments including university mergers, a new higher education strategy announced in December, and continued moves up the ranks for UAE-based universities. National Higher Education Strategy Announced in December by the Ministry of Education, the new strategy is

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2018 Predictions for International Student Recruitment

With the end of the year almost upon us, thoughts naturally turn to what 2018 will bring. After a somewhat tumultuous year with headlines in HE governed by the scandal over Vice Chancellor salaries, Trump and Brexit leading to uncertainty in the international recruitment market, students becoming even more discerning in their choices and marketing

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UK Vice-chancellor pay should be linked to university size, head of the new regulatory body says

UK Vice-chancellor pay should be linked to the size of a university, the head of the new regulatory body has said. Appearing before the education select committee, Nicola Dandridge, chief executive of the Office for Students (OFS) hinted that the new watchdog will crack down on heads who who receive large pay packets while presiding over

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