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Japan: Boosting foreign student numbers to 300,000

The Japanese government has launched an ambitious scheme to attract 300,000 international students to enrol in its universities, while also encouraging more of its students to go abroad to study.

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe last month announced the government’s plans to further the globalisation of Japanese higher education. Abe told the Japanese parliament or Diet the two major pillars of the plan were strengthening English-language proficiency among Japanese students and increasing international student numbers to 300,000 over the next six years. (...)  - University World News, by Suvendrini Kakuchi, 31 January 2014, Issue No:305

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Bulgarian and Romanian students in UK find their maintenance stopped

Bulgarian and Romanian students in UK find their maintenance stopped | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Students with three years' residency say they are being unfairly targeted by rule changes aimed at stemming a flood of migrants. (...) - by Matthew Taylor, The Guardian, 31 January 2014

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UK universities suffer first fall in foreign students since records began

Evidence of the impact on higher education of ambiguous signals from a British government determined to cut net immigration has emerged in the form of the first recorded decline in enrolment of international students from outside the European Union.

First year international student enrolments at all UK higher education institutions fell by 1% in the 2012-13 academic year, with the heaviest declines in student numbers from India and Pakistan. (...) - University World News, by David Jobbins, 23 January 2014 Issue No:304

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Students protest as university staff prepare for strike action

Students protest as university staff prepare for strike action | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Student protest movement regains momentum as students support university staff strikes and Mark Duggan family. (...) - by Abby Young-Powell, The Guardian, 22 January 2014

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Tuition fees no object: Record numbers of students enrol at UK universities

Tuition fees no object: Record numbers of students enrol at UK universities | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Record numbers of students enrolled at UK universities this autumn - thanks to thousands of A-level students with lower grades than previous years being snapped up for places, it emerged on Thursday. (...) -  by Richard Garner, The Independent, 18/12/2013

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UK: Student loans worth £900m to be sold off

UK: Student loans worth £900m to be sold off | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Sale covers mortgage-style debt mainly from 1990s as interest rate rise is ruled out for existing graduates (...) - by Patrick Wintour, The guardian, 25 november 2013

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University reforms: Australia should be bubbling with rage

University reforms: Australia should be bubbling with rage | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

The Abbott opposition repeatedly claimed there would be no changes to higher education; the government is now considering reintroducing a cap on university places. Australians should be appalled (...) - The Guardian, by Luke Mansillo, 26 September, 2013

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Bridging the Gap Between Undergraduate Education and Research

Bridging the Gap Between Undergraduate Education and Research | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Undergraduate science education is changing.  Fading are the days of large introductory lectures, where faceless students are merely consumers of certain knowledge to be later regurgitated on an exam. That model of teaching might get the information across, but it fails to engage students.  Where the infamous ‘weed-out’ courses do succeed, however, is in depleting the science talent pool: only 40% of students intending to major in a STEM discipline actually graduate with that major. (...) - Student Blog on PLOS, by Rachel Cotton, July 26, 2013

 

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UK: New study reveals huge student visa costs to universities

The most comprehensive study yet of the UK higher education sector’s international student visa costs has revealed a complex system characterised by confusion and inconsistencies. The estimated cost to universities in 2012-13 was a whopping £66.8 million (US$87 million) – £26 million higher than the most recent estimates.

The research was conducted by the Higher Education Better Regulation Group, or HEBRG, which was established in 2010 to tackle changing attitudes towards accountability and a transforming regulatory landscape, and is supported by the representative bodies Universities UK and GuildHE, the higher education funding councils for England and Scotland and the Department for Employment and Learning in Northern Ireland. (...) - University World News, Peta Lee, 13 July 2013 Issue No:280

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Universities in neighbourly bid to attract US students

From Alan Wildeman’s office window, the Ambassador Bridge to the United States is “about a driver and two 3-woods away” – a few hundred metres, in golf parlance. So it is a source of frustration to the University of Windsor president that of 2,000 international students his university hosted this year from all corners of the world, only 82 came from south of the border, writes James Bradshaw for The Globe and Mail.

Betting that cost is the main barrier, the University of Windsor is creating a “US neighbour fee” that will charge undergraduates from the United States $10,000 per year – up to $10,000 less than what international students currently pay. The hope is that the university will nab some of the students planning to attend nearby schools such as Michigan University or Detroit’s Wayne State University. (...) - The Globe and Mail via University World News, 01 June 2013 Issue No:274

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Australia: University reform to hurt students

The Australian government’s recent proposed cuts to university funding and student loans will cost universities A$1 billion (US$1,02 billion) a year by 2017 and make it harder for people to balance study and work, the chief of the peak body for Australian universities said last week, write Bella Counihan and Sunanda Creagh for The Conversation. (...) -The Conversation via University World News, 11 May 2013 Issue No:271

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UK: University applications fail to recover from tuition fees rise

UK: University applications fail to recover from tuition fees rise | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

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

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[Russia] Students on verge of mass protests over reforms

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

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Mass movement of the world’s students

early five million international students are likely to be studying for degrees outside their own countries this year in what has become one of humanity’s great mass movements.

Since 2000, when 2.1 million students left home to enrol in a foreign college or university, the number has increased by a staggering 140%, an average of 10% every year.(...)  - University World News, by Geoff Maslen, 31 January 2014 Issue No:305

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University applications hit record high

University applications hit record high | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Ucas reveals 4% increase in the number of applicants to UK universities despite slight decline in number of 18-year-olds.

The proportion of British 18-year-olds applying to university has reached its highest-ever level, according to figures for undergraduate applications in 2014 – thanks to a surge in applications from London and among women. (...) - by Richard Adams and Libby Page, The Guardian, 31/01/2014

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Indian students want international recognition, not UK working visas

Indian students want international recognition, not UK working visas | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

The drop in Indian students in the UK is more than a policy issue, says Richard Everitt – universities must wise up.

Working in India as I do, the thing that strikes me most about students I talk to is their drive, dedication and their ambition to succeed. Indian students maintain a difficult balance between young, forward-thinking individualism and observing the more traditional social normsof strict family and generational structures. This is reinforced by many state institutions which are largely out of sync with the volume and needs of young people, especially women. (...) - by Richard Everitt, The Guardian, 23 January 2014

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Should universities ban part-time work for students?

Should universities ban part-time work for students? | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Can a part-time job help when you graduate or should students be fully focused on their studies? Two students debate the issue.

Natalie Gil was told she couldn't work part-time while at university, Alexa-Jane Moore says working alongside her studies is a boost to her employability. Here they share their viewpoints. Let us know what you think in the comments section below.(...) - by Natalie Gil and Alexa-Jane Moore, The Guardian, 16 January 2014

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Denmark: Thousands of students protest against study time cuts

 Some 9,000 students took to the streets last Wednesday to protest against Copenhagen University’s plans to adopt ‘student progress’ measures. The government passed reforms last April that will financially punish universities if students take too long to graduate. (...) - by

Jan Petter Myklebust, 28 November 2013, Issue No:298
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Universities must inspire students as well as teach

Universities must inspire students as well as teach | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Education in the Arab world must equip students with more than textbook learning as they go forward into an uncertain future, says Rana Dajani. (...) - Nature, 23 October 2013

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UK: Universities accept record numbers

A record number of students have already been accepted for university courses, official figures show. As of midnight last Wednesday, 385,910 applicants had been accepted by UK universities and colleges – 31,600 more than at the same point last year, a rise of 9%, reports the Belfast Telegraph. (...) - University World News, by Belfast Telegraph, 17 August 2013 Issue No:283

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France: Big student grants increase in reformed system

Student unions in France have welcomed the announcement of a reformed system of student benefits – including a substantial increase in grants – costing an extra €318 million (US$417 million) for the next two years, starting from the new university year in September.

Geneviève Fioraso, minister of higher education and research, met student representatives on Tuesday to explain the reform, which will be introduced in two stages, starting with students in greatest difficulty. Further measures will come into effect from 2014-15. (...) -  University World News, by Jane Marshall, 18 July 2013 Issue No:281

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UK: University applications rise despite drop in mature students

UK: University applications rise despite drop in mature students | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Ucas says 637,500 students applied for university place this year, but there were fewer applicants aged 24 and above. (...) - by Richard Adams, The Guardian, 9 July, 2013

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Europe: Mobility initiatives

Report calls for schemes to boost student exchanges across Europe.

 

A university coalition is proposing schemes to expand student mobility. In International Curricula and Student Mobility, out on 25 April, the League of European Research Universities in Leuven, Belgium, argues for networked mobility — in which one university sets up student exchanges with others — and embedded mobility, in which several universities create a curriculum and exchange students and teachers. Each would involve more students than Erasmus, the existing European exchange programme, says Bart De Moor, vice-rector of international policy at the Catholic University of Leuven and co-author of the report. - Nature 497, 278 (2013), 08 May 2013

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Big changes in student mobility needed, says LERU

Big changes in student mobility needed, says LERU | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

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

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[Denmark] Agreement on controversial student loan scheme reform

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

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