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Germany increases size of student grants

Germany increases size of student grants | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Students in Germany will be eligible for significantly improved benefits and subsidies from the start of the 2016-17 academic year.

The changes, announced in August and described by the federal Education Ministry as "substantial,” will raise the monthly ceiling on the Bafög(a support package that is 50 percent grant, 50 percent means-tested loan) from €670 ($884) to €735 ($926). Rent subsidies and child benefits will also go up. (...) - @insidehighered, by Frances Mechan-Schmidt for Times Higher Education, October 2, 2014

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How to survive going to university in London

How to survive going to university in London | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Are you starting a degree at a London uni? Are friends at other unis already having more fun? Fear not. There are huge advantages to being a student in the capital. (...) - by Tess Reidy, The Guardian, 27/09/2014

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Australia: Thousands of foreign students in visa fraud racket

Tens of thousands of foreign students have become permanent residents in Australia as a likely result of widespread fraud and corruption within and outside the federal Immigration Department.

Documents provided to Fairfax Media journalists and an investigation by Monash University academics has revealed that thousands of foreigners have avoided federal regulations and been granted illegal permanent residency visas. The huge numbers involved has led directly to rising unemployment levels among young Australians, including university graduates. (...)  - University World News, by Geoff Maslen, 08 August 2014 Issue No:330

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Was your student loan worth it?

Was your student loan worth it? | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

The Commons business committee has said the entire student loan system is nearing a point where it is financially unworkable. We want to know if you feel your student loan was worth it.

Student loans are often the only reason many can afford to even think about going into higher education.

Now the entire student loan system has been declared almost financially unworkable by a group of MPs in charge of scrutinising university policy. The Commons business committee has called for an urgent review of the system just days after he Guardian reported that Vince Cable, the business secretary, had stalled on the sell-off of the student loan book because of fears it would not raise the amount of money predicted. (...) by Elena Cresci, The Guardian, 22 July 2014

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[Europe] Record 270,000 study abroad through Erasmus in a year

A record 270,000 students obtained European Union grants to study or train abroad in 2012-13, according to statistics released by the European Commission last Thursday. The most popular destination countries were Spain, Germany and France.

“Countries sending the highest number of students as a proportion of their graduate population were Luxembourg, Liechtenstein, Finland, Latvia and Spain,” according to a commission press release.  (...) - University World News, 11 July 2014 Issue No:328

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U.K. researchers call for more teacher power to improve education

U.K. researchers call for more teacher power to improve education | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Royal Society report says British system lets too many students avoid science.

A new report from the Royal Society on improving U.K. science and mathematics education contains a lengthy wish list: Upper-level students should take a lot more science and math; more college graduates with science degrees should go into teaching; current teachers should continually upgrade their skills and have a larger voice in the educational process; and the government should de-emphasize the high-stakes tests used to measure student achievement. But the authors of the report, released today, also realize that wishes don’t always come true. (...) - by Jeffrey Mervis, Science, 26 June 214

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Political deal to replace student grants with loans

After months of planning and negotiating, Jet Bussemaker, minister for education, culture and science in The Netherlands, has struck an agreement with two opposition parties on a bill that will convert student grants into loans from 1 January 2015. The move will free up €1 billion (US$1.4 billion) from the state higher education budget. (...) - University World News, by Jan Petter Myklebust, 05 June 2014 Issue No:323

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Chile students' debts go up in smoke

Chile students' debts go up in smoke | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Artist named Fried Potatoes removed tuition contracts he says were worth up to $500m from private university and burned them.

 

For a whole year, a Chilean artist using the name Fried Potatoes (Papas Fritas) planned his revenge. Saying he was collecting material for an art project, the 31-year-old visual artist sneaked into a vault at a notorious private, run-for-profit university and quietly removed tuition contracts. (...) - by Jonathan Franklin, The Guardian, 23 May 2014

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Student Loans Rising An Overview of Causes, Consequences, and Policy Options

Rising student debt burdens can affect a variety of economic outcomes. For those enrolled in school, student loan debt may affect completion rates, choice of major, and student performance. Once students graduate, student debt can impact career choice and willingness to seek a graduate education. Lastly, student loan burdens can also affect financial decisions later in life, influencing decisions about home purchase and marriage. (...) - Economic studies at Brookings, mai 2014 via Sauvons l'Université !

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Free tuition in Scotland benefits wealthiest students the most - study

Free tuition in Scotland benefits wealthiest students the most - study | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Report estimates lack of fees, plus cuts in grants to poorer students leave middle-class families £20m a year better off Welsh students get most financial support in UK. (...) - by Severin Carrell, The Guardian, 29 April 2014

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More UK students consider study abroad, but US numbers drop

The number of British students considering study overseas has increased by 17% in a year to more than one in three, a report by Education Intelligence, the British Council's higher education research division, has found.

A survey of 2,630 UK students found that 37% were considering overseas study, compared with 20% in March 2013. (...) - University World News, by David Jobbins, 24 April 2014 Issue No:317

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[UK] Student: My debt is 'horrifying'

[UK] Student: My debt is 'horrifying' | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

The majority of students will still be paying off their loans in their 50s and may never repay it all, according to a report.

The study, commissioned by the Sutton Trust, suggested that three-quarters of graduates from England would have some of their loan written off.

Film and Media student Martha told BBC Radio 5 live Breakfast reporter Rowan Bridge: "It's scary, it's horrifying. It's such a large amount of money - I don't know what I'm going to do."

Criminology student Georgia agreed, saying "I don't think I'll ever be able to pay it off." (...) - BBC, 10 April 2014

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Au Venezuela, les étudiants contestataires restent mobilisés

Au Venezuela, les étudiants contestataires restent mobilisés | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Le mouvement étudiant, initiateur de la contestation contre le président Nicolas Maduro, continue ses actions en dépit d'une répression brutale.

Gabriela Arellano, dirigeante de l'université des Andes à Merida, porte une minerve autour du cou et un bras en bandoulière après avoir été sérieusement agressée. Alors que les autorités savaient pertinemment que cette jeune femme se trouvait à Caracas, la porte de sa résidence à Merida a été enfoncée par un blindé de la Garde nationale bolivarienne (GNB). Les meubles ont été saccagés ou détruits, sa mère a été intimidée. « Il n'y a pas assez de blindés, de balles et de prisons pour faire plier tout un peuple, assure Gaby Arellano. On n'arrivera pas à nous faire taire ». Mais son regard triste trahit la fatigue. (...) - Le Monde, par Paulo A. Paranagua, 28/03/2014

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UK: Top universities battling for students

UK: Top universities battling for students | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Anna Fazackerley: Members of the Russell Group have offered free flights, film passes and even bedding to woo high-achievers. (...) - By Anna Fazackerley, The Guardian, 30 September 2014

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UK government tightens student visa rules

From November, it will be even more difficult for Indian students to travel to the United Kingdom for education, writes Kounteya Sinha for TNN. Britain recently announced a fresh crackdown on student visas as further measures of the Immigration Act came into force.

From November, tougher rules will be imposed on universities and colleges who sponsor international students to study in the UK. Currently, education institutions can enjoy Highly Trusted Sponsor status if the Home Office rejects 20% or fewer student applications as being invalid. (...) - University World News, by TNN, 22 August 2014 Issue No:331

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Australia's top eight universities push for higher fees, fewer students

Australia's top eight universities push for higher fees, fewer students | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Group of Eight vice chancellor describes deregulation as ‘holy grail’ for universities.

 

Australia’s prestigious Group of Eight (Go8) universities are likely to reduce the number of people they enrol while increasing fees for each student after deregulation, a key backer of the reforms has predicted.

Ian Young, vice chancellor of the Australian National University (ANU) and chairman of the Go8, argued this downsizing would be good news for the non-Go8 universities as it would “free up” more capable students to attend other institutions – “a trickle-down or a flow-across effect”. (...) - by Daniel Hurst, The guardian, 30 July 2014

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Student loan system is almost financially unworkable, say MPs

Student loan system is almost financially unworkable, say MPs | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Commons business committee calls for review amid fears of multibillion-pound black hole in university funding.

The entire student loan system is nearing a point where it is financially unworkable, the group of MPs in charge of scrutinising university policy has found.

In a scathing report, the Commons business committee called for an urgent review of the system, amid predictions the government is heading towards a multibillion-pound black hole in the funding of universities.

There are growing fears among academics about the student loan system, despite unpopular changes in 2011 that involved tripling tuition fees for students. In its inquiry, the committee found that plans to lift a cap on student numbers, funded by selling the student loan book, may make the funding gap worse. (...) - by Rowena MAson, The Guardian, 22 July 2014

The entire student loan system is nearing a point where it is financially unworkable, the group of MPs in charge of scrutinising university policy has found.

In a scathing report, the Commons business committee called for an urgent review of the system, amid predictions the government is heading towards a multibillion-pound black hole in the funding of universities.

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[Australia] Helping postgraduate students adapt to study abroad

I am leading an international collaborative research project, funded by the Australian government’s Office for Teaching and Learning, which involves universities in Australia and China.

We are interested in exploring how Chinese students might make the transition more successfully into postgraduate coursework studies in communication and media in Australia – and possibly in other fields and other Western countries as well. (...)  - University World News, by Christine Daymon, 27 June 2014 Issue No:326

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Senate Republicans block student loan reform legislation @insidehighered

Senate Republicans block student loan reform legislation @insidehighered | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

WASHINGTON -- Senate Republicans on Wednesday blocked legislation that would allow existing student loan borrowers to lower the interest rate on their debt.

The loan refinancing bill, championed by Sen. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts and backed by President Obama, failed to clear the 60-vote threshold needed to advance. It was defeated on a 56-38 vote. (...) - by Michael Stratford, Inside Inhigher Ed, June 12, 2014

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New research on retention of international students

New research on retention of international students | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

SAN DIEGO – The main sources of dissatisfaction for international undergraduate students at U.S. institutions relate to finances, according to new research on retention released today at the annual NAFSA: Association of International Educators conference.

International students who responded to a national survey cite access to jobs or internships (37 percent), affordability (36 percent) and availability of scholarships (34 percent) as their main reasons for dissatisfaction, followed distantly by meal plans (26 percent) and quality of housing (17 percent). (...) - by Elizabeth Redden, Inside Higher Ed, May 28, 2014

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Career development loans: are they a good way to fund your master's?

Career development loans: are they a good way to fund your master's? | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

With no interest to pay while you study, CDLs are an attractive option for cash-strapped postgrads – but there are financial risks.

Funding is the biggest headache faced by students wanting to continue their studies after their undergrad degree. Taught master's degrees no longer qualify for research council funding, and while some students manage to put together a funding package through scholarships and sponsorships, others are drawn to taking out a bank loan. But is this a good move? (...) - by Maya Oppenheim, The Guardian, 13 May 2014

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Overworked and isolated - work pressure fuels mental illness in academia

Overworked and isolated - work pressure fuels mental illness in academia | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Exclusive: Guardian survey shows heavy workloads to blame for mental health problems among academics

 

Academics suffering mental health problems blame their university work directly for their illness, exclusive findings from a Guardian survey reveal.

Heavy workloads, lack of support and isolation are the key factors contributing to mental illness, according to respondents, who range from PhD students to vice-chancellors. (...) - by Claire Shaw, The Guardian, 8 May 2014

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Boost for lower-income UK students keen to obtain 'debt-free degree'

Boost for lower-income UK students keen to obtain 'debt-free degree' | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Sutton Trust summer-schools scheme to encourage poorer students to higher education expands to world-class US universities.

"For me it was a no-brainer," Harvard student Gemma Collins said of her decision last year to reject a Cambridge University offer and head instead from Blackpool Sixth Form College to a fully-funded Ivy League education. (...) - by Lucy Ward, The Guardian, 27 April 2014

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University students will be repaying loans into their 50s, say researchers

University students will be repaying loans into their 50s, say researchers | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Government urged to rethink fees and loans system after study finds average student will graduate more than £44,000 in debt (...) - by Richard Adams, The Guardian, 10 April 2014

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Student union officers – more 'representatives' than activists

Student union officers – more 'representatives' than activists | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

An NUS report will reveal most union reps are happy working in partnership with university managers, but where does this leave their campaigning role?

Student leaders were traditionally seen as firebrands and agitators, or at least thorns in the side of university managers. But they have largely swapped their bandanas for seats in the boardroom, according to a report to be released later this month by the National Union of Students and the Leadership Foundation for Higher Education. (...) - by Harriet Swain, The Guardian, 1 April 2014

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