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Change in UK mood music to international students

The UK government’s International Education strategy should be just the first step in changing the mood music towards international students.

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Students and researchers need an orderly Brexit

Students who will be halfway through their Erasmus+ semesters abroad and researchers in the middle of cross-Channel European Union collaborative projects are understandably worried about what will happen after Brexit Day on March 29.

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U-Multirank ends its dependency on the EU

U-Multirank, the global ranking of different university activities, has a new financial and management structure which means it can move away from total dependency on the European Union’s Erasmus+ programme. The Spanish Santander Group and the Bertelsmann foundation from Germany have together agreed to share the cost and running of U-Multirank with the European Commission. […]

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Why blog about outward student mobility?

When I started blogging about the benefits of student mobility across national borders and the need to internationalise European universities in 2012, I was struck by how far behind the UK was in some areas, especially outward student mobility. Then, like now, the loudest voices in higher education were prioritising incoming (non-EU) international student recruitment. […]

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What Brexit means for European universities

Britain is not leaving Europe, but it has just started divorce proceedings from the European Union. Here I explore some of the implications for European higher education. British and European higher education and research leaders are watching nervously as developments unfold following the start of the official process of the UK leaving the European Union. […]

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Can UK universities remain European after Brexit?

Are there lessons for Brexit Britain to learn from Switzerland’s threatened exclusion from the European Union’s collaborative programmes for mobility and research, such as Erasmus+ and the Horizon 2020, after a referendum vote to restrict immigration? ERASMUS is arguably one of the European Union’s biggest success stories in demonstrating the value of the European project. […]

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Swiss lessons for UK universities’ referendum campaign

I don’t know if British university vice-chancellors are really likely to follow the call from the Swiss lake district of Lausanne and ‘get out on the streets’ to defend the UK’s membership of the European Union – but at least they are stirring into some form of activity. The call for street action came from […]

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Loans to boost European master’s student mobility

Under the new Erasmus Master Loan Guarantee Scheme as many as 200,000 postgraduate students are in line for loans up to €12,000 to help them study for a one-year master’s degree in another European country, or €18,000 to support them financially on a two-year master’s abroad. Launched in June by the European Commission, or EC, […]

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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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Erasmus generation making plenty of impact

Revelations that one million babies had been born to Erasmus students since 1987 caught the headlines when the Erasmus Impact Study was recently released. And that’s not the only impact the Erasmus generation of students going abroad to study or train have made over the last two-and-a-half decades. Strengthening key skills For participating in Erasmus […]

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