Virtual is the way to go for (most) academic conferences

The lockdown has illustrated that we don’t need to sacrifice academic interaction to save the planet I like flying and I like academic conferences. I like the invigorating change of scenery; the excitement of face-to-face intellectual exchanges; the professional opportunities; the cultural experiences; the sheer magic of sitting comfortably in a chair at 30,000 feet. At

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Fears UK could ‘walk away’ from EU research over multibillion fee

Changes to EU plans could deter UK government by making it net contributor to Horizon Europe, UUKi director warns Changes to the European Union’s plans for payments by associated countries into Horizon Europe could mean a multibillion net contribution for the UK, raising a “real risk” that the Westminster government “will walk away” from the

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UNITED KINGDOM : No automatic university tuition fee refunds, MPs say

Students at British universities should not expect automatic tuition fee refunds for disruption caused by the coronavirus outbreak, according to MPs, despite complaints from thousands of those affected, writes Richard Adams for The Guardian. The MPs on parliament’s petitions committee said while many students had lost out as a result of campus closures and the switch

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Aus to resume student visa processing among measures to boost sector

The Australian government has announced it will recommence granting international student visas and allow current students to count online study while overseas to ensure the country remains a priority study abroad destination as it emerges from the Covid-19 pandemic. International students contribute AUD$40 billion annually and support 250,000 jobs. However, as a result of border

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Radical reform to student visas is required for UK higher education

The government’s tinkering with red tape is welcome but it won’t be enough to overcome Covid-19 uncertainty Across the world, international students are making last minute decisions about whether to enrol in university courses this September or defer until 2021. But study destination countries are responding differently to this challenge. Australian universities have indicated that they

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German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) lays bare Covid-19 impact on mobility

International students at two-thirds of 268 German universities were unable to begin or continue their planned summer studies in the country as a result of the Covid-19 crisis, and some 80,000 students left the country following the outbreak, a DAAD survey has confirmed. Carried out between April and mid-May 2020, around 40% of institutions surveyed said international

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UK students ‘would feel safer’ if blended learning continues

One-third of respondents to NUS survey say they would feel ‘not at all safe’ if teaching returned to normal in September More than a third of students would feel unsafe returning to face-to-face teaching on UK university campuses in September, according to a survey conducted by the National Union of Students. The survey of 1,059

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UK universities’ international fee income could halve, v-c warns

Aston head Alec Cameron says 50 per cent fall in overseas enrolment revenue is ‘not pessimistic’ Many UK universities are braced for a fall in international student numbers far worse than previously forecast, with some prepared for a 50 per cent drop in overseas fee income, a sector leader has warned. In a Times Higher Education panel event on the

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US: MIT & Harvard file suit against ICE

Harvard University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology have filed a federal lawsuit to bar the Department of Homeland Security and Immigration and Customs Enforcement from enforcing new guidelines preventing international students from attending US colleges and universities offering online-only courses. Stakeholders have reacted in shock to the new guidelines that would mandate that international students transfer to an institution offering

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US universities accused of ‘magical thinking’ on reopening plans

As cases hit new highs, institutions confront costly implications US university leaders have been accused of “suffering from magical thinking” about their hopes of reopening campuses this autumn, as coronavirus cases surge across the country. Institutions have been forced to dial back plans to resume in-person teaching and to cut tuition fees as the US

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