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Should we take U-Multirank seriously?

With U-Multirank’s second world university rankings out on March 30, the European University Association, or EUA, has been asking European universities what they thought of the first effort. Opinion was, shall we say, divided! But more on that later! First a look at why the English higher education establishment seem so bothered about it. What […]

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Tackling Europe’s student mobility brain drain

Student mobility is a key issue across European higher education. But it is often seen as a way to boost university revenue by attracting fee-paying students from abroad or recruiting foreign students to vital, but less popular science or engineering courses. But what happens to countries exporting their talent, particularly those like Lithuania which are […]

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A tale of two international university rankings

How can two rankings looking at the international orientation of universities be so far apart? The question was brought into sharp focus by the publication of two contrasting higher education rankings for ‘internationalisation’ within weeks of each other. Times Higher Top 100 The first, by the established world rankers at the Times Higher Education, or […]

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UK universities relying on transnational recruitment

Many English universities are becoming increasingly reliant on recruiting international students through transnational education, or TNE, programmes delivered overseas by UK higher education providers, according to a new report from the Higher Education Funding Council for England, or HEFCE. The report says around over a third (16,500 entrants) of all international first-degree entrants in England […]

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Universities should encourge more staff mobility

Staff mobility needs to be given the same kind of attention as is paid to student mobility if universities’ internationalisation strategies are to succeed, says a new report from the European University Association and the Academic Cooperation Association. The report, Connecting Mobility Policies and Practice: Observations and recommendations on national and institutional developments in Europe, […]

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Internationalise by integrating your international students!

Universities must do more to integrate foreign students and staff if they want to ‘internationalise’ their campus and classrooms. This is the stark message in a new report from the European University Association (EUA). It is a particularly hot issue for European countries, such as Lithuania and Hungary, where international students seldom speak the local […]

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Love is in the air for the study abroad alumni !

Sometimes it is easy to get blinded by figures when reporting about European Union initiatives – but there was one statistic that jumped out at me when attending a London seminar on UK student mobility and the new Erasmus+ programme. And this was the claim that over-a-quarter of young people meet their life partner while […]

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The other side of the student mobility coin: Lithuania!

Plans for a major shake-up of Lithuanian higher education are underway as the country struggles to stem the tide of talent leaving the Baltic state to work and study abroad. While most of the talk about cross-border student mobility is about the positive benefits – at least for those on the move – the ‘brain […]

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We’re runners-up for the Outstanding Online Education Commentary Award

Runner-up to Financial Times blogger Jane Bird in the Outstanding Online Education Commentary section of the UK’s Education Journalism Awards is no mean feat after a year-and-a-half blogging on this delacourcourcommunications.com website. So, you can imagine my delight when the chair of the Chartered Institute of Public Relations (CIPR) Education and Skills Group, Louise Jaggs, […]

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* Remember the student mobility Bucharest summit

Here are some of my early stories and blogs from April and May 2012 in the lead-up to the 2012 Bologna Process Ministerial Conference held in Bucharest at the end of April. Originally posted under ‘UNI NEWS AND VIEWS” on this website, they provide a useful reminder of where we were a year ago with […]

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