Europe’s top research universities are pushing for more structured forms of student mobility, to build on the achievements of the Erasmus exchange programme, which they say is reaching its limits. Newer forms of ‘networked’ and ‘embedded’ student mobility are needed.
These forms of student mobility will be costly and will possibly require difficult decisions and commitments from institutions, governments and the European Commission, says the League of European Research Universities, or LERU, which represents the top 21 research-intensive universities in Europe. (...) - University World News, by Alan Osborn,02 May 2013, Issue No:270
The major political parties in Denmark have signed a 10-point reform agreement aimed at strengthening the economy, job creation and competitiveness. When the reform is fully operational in 2020, student grants and loans spending will be reduced by DK2.2 billion (US$383 million). Students are angry, but rectors support the move.
Public money saved on the student grants and loans system, called the SU, will be invested in other areas of higher education. The agreement(in Danish) is called “On the Reform of the SU-System and the Student Completion Framework”. (...) - University World News, by Jan Petter Myklebust, 25 April 2013 Issue No:269
After nearly a decade of impressive growth, international graduate student applications at American colleges and universities increased by just 1% this year, against a 9% rise in 2012 and an 11% gain in 2011, according to a new report from the Council of Graduate Schools, or CGS.
The increase was the smallest in eight years, mainly driven by a 5% decrease in applications from Chinese students, who make up a third of America’s graduate students, said the report, titled 2013 CGS International Graduate Admissions Survey. (...) - University World News, by Alison Moodie, 11 April 2013, Issue No:267
The global student mobility landscape is in constant flux and is often influenced by external factors beyond the control of higher education institutions. Consider how a combination of changes in the external environment, including demographics and economic growth, has influenced the patterns of the top senders of international students to the United States. (...) - University World News, by Rahul Choudaha, 05 March 2013, Issue No:262
Danish Prime Minister Helle Thorning-Schmidt has announced eight reforms to the student financial support system. In her weekly press report on Tuesday she said the reforms would save the government DKK2 billion (US$360 million) a year – but that Denmark would still have the world’s most generous student loan scheme. (...) - University World News, by Jan Petter Myklebust, 20 February 2013 Issue No:260
Student takes St Hugh's to court after after being rejected for not having access to £21,000 for tuition fees and living costs (...) - by Daniel Boffey, The Observer via The Guardian, Saturday 19 January 2013
Australia’s university students and their predecessors now owe taxpayers A$28 billion (US$29.4 billion) – a direct result of taking out government loans over the past 23 years to cover much of the cost of their tuition. A report released last Monday says that more than $6 billion of the money owed is unlikely ever to be repaid and is increasing each year. - University World News, byGeoff Maslen, 22 January 2013, Issue No:256
A few weeks ago the European Students' Union (ESU) celebrated its 30th anniversary. It has been an exciting history for an organisation that started in 1982 as a European information bureau for Western students: a reaction to Soviet domination of the international student movement. In 1989, when the Berlin Wall came down, it opened its doors to student movements from across Europe.
Judging by the tales of some of the early heroes and heroines, there were plenty of special moments.(...) - University World News, by Anne Corbett, 06 January 2013, Issue No:253
The economic situation in Europe has hit young people very hard. A good education that prepares them for a world that is increasingly fast-moving, mobile, interdependent and multicultural is fundamental to ensuring they do not become a 'lost generation'.
Over the past 25 years, the European Union's (EU) Erasmus programme has allowed nearly three million young Europeans to study abroad. More recently, Erasmus has also supported job placements in companies abroad. (...) - University World News, by
On March 30, 2011, Quebec Minister of Finance, Raymond Bachand, announced that students would have to pay more for their university education, and that the funding of universities would require a greater contribution from students. Following this announcement, Quebec student associations decided to speak for all students, as if magically all students were of the same opinion. (...) - Academic Matters, By Arielle Grenier | From the November 2012 Issue
Canada is failing to attract high quality university students from China, India and Brazil, internal research commissioned by the Foreign Affairs Department concludes. The findings of focus groups conducted in those countries represent a setback for the government's ambitious efforts to broaden Canadian trade and investment in the three emerging markets, writes Mike Blanchfield for The Canadian Press. (...) - University World News, The Canadian Press, 18 November 2012, Issue No:248
Pour tous ceux qui pensent qu’on peut augmenter les frais d’inscription en créant des emprunts étudiants "à la française"… et qui vont le dire bien fort lors des Assises fin novembre… - Sauvons L'Université! 5/11/2012
Number of students submitting applications this year stands at 2.5% more than in 2012 but lower than in 2010, says Ucas
The number of students applying to start university this autumn has not bounced back to the level seen before the rise in tuition fees, according to Ucas figures, which show a 7% drop in applications from English students when compared with 2010. (...) - by Rebecca Ratcliffe, guardian.co.uk, Tuesday 30 April 2013
Russia’s student community appears to be on the verge of mass protests, due to ongoing attacks on university autonomy and controversial reforms that could result in the closure or merging of nearly a third of higher education institutions, as well as new disciplinary measures.
A recent order has fuelled student anger. It is known as: “On the approval of the procedure for the introduction of disciplinary measures for students”. (...) - University World News, by Eugene Vorotnikov, 13 April 2013, Issue No:267
The European Commission has proposed ways to make it “easier and more attractive” for non-European Union (EU) students and researchers to study and work in Europe. New laws should be in place in 2016 and enable states to compete more successfully in the global talent pool. (...) - University World News, by Karen MacGregor, 30 March 2013, Issue No:265
The conception of higher education as a public good and a public responsibility is changing. Most European countries use cost sharing and there is a trend towards shifting the burden of study costs onto students.
There are not many countries left in Europe that do not charge their domestic students some form of tuition fees – some 19 out of 26 countries observed in a two-year research project organised by the European Students' Union (ESU) and with the name Financing the Students’ Future(FINST), do so. (...) - University World News, by Rok Primozic, 16 February 2013, Issue No:259
The UK government has set up a new agency to support the expansion of education exports – including international student recruitment.
Skills Minister Matthew Hancock announced on 23 January that Education UK will specifically target fast-growing markets such as India and the Middle East. He claimed that the UK has an excellent reputation for education internationally, but is not currently exploiting it to the full. (...) - University World News, by David Jobbins, 25 January 2013, Issue No:256
Quelque 670 étudiants syriens risquent d'être exclus des universités britanniques où ils sont inscrits, faute de pouvoir payer leurs frais de scolarité du fait du conflit dans leur pays, affirment mardi les organisateurs d'une pétition sur internet en leur faveur. (...) - L'orient-Le jour, 15/01/2013
A few days ago, I visited a high school in a poor urban area in Western Santiago and met with the junior and senior classes to discuss the student movement of 2011 in Chile. “What were the mobilized youth demanding?” I asked the students in the San Alberto Hurtado School. “Did they succeed?” The questions were relevant enough to keep the students engaged. They voiced their opinions and argued for a while, beating the somnolence induced by the heat and the preceding lunch. As I left, my thoughts went to Pink Floyd: these kids, many of whom had joined the protest the previous year, did not want to become just another brick in the edifice of a market economy. (...) Academic Matters, By Andrés Bernasconi | From the November 2012 Issue
A National Union of Students protest against tuition fees and youth unemployment ended in ugly scenes today when a splinter group forced the union's president from the stage during the closing rally. (...) - Times Higher Education
AEGEE (European Students’ Forum), ESN (Erasmus Student Network) and ESU (European Student Union), Europe’s biggest student organisations, representing more than 11 million students and 30.000 volunteers from 47 countries, call upon the European Union decision-makers for adequate support to education and youth programmes in the budget negotiations under the Multiannual Financial Framework 2014-2010.
As representative student organisations, we fully support the European Commission proposal to increase funding for education, training, youth and sport programmes to 19 billion EUR over 7 years. We believe that it is the minimum amount required to achieve the objective of sustainable growth and jobs, as agreed in the EU2020 Strategy. (...)
Tuesday 13 November 2012, 15.30-17.00 European Parliament Brussels, A5E1