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Swiss immigration vote is warning for the UK

Switzerland’s political elite were not the only ones taken aback by a popular vote against mass immigration – and the reaction from the European Union has lessons for those clamouring to end Britain’s EU membership. That’s the warning from the rector of a top Swiss university after a tiny majority of 50.3% voted to support […]

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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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Reciprocity should be key to study abroad flows

NIC MITCHELL previews another step on the road to getting more British students to study abroad for at least part of their higher education. Many of Britain’s study abroad advocates are expected to gather in London’s Caledonian Club on Tuesday March 11 for a seminar – with the lengthy title of “Implementing the Outward Student […]

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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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From Russia with love, via Sweden!

A British student’s story of studying abroad A new Outward Mobility Strategy to encourage more British students to study abroad has just been officially launched by the UK Higher Education’s International. Taking part was the head of the mobility programme, Anne-Marie Graham, who was interviewed for this blog in August. The new initiative deserves every […]

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UK’s new strategy to get students studying abroad

With just one UK student studying abroad for every 15 international students coming the other way, Britain is launching a bold initiative to tackle the imbalance. Unveiled on the same day as the government’s new international education strategy Global Growth and Prosperity, which focuses on attracting even more of the world’s students to British higher […]

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Getting more UK students to study abroad!

Anne-Marie Graham, head of the UK Higher Education International Unit’s new Outward Student Mobility programme, talks to NIC MITCHELL about the aims and aspirations of the new government-backed initiative. As someone who has benefited from study-abroad exchanges in France and Spain, Anne-Marie Graham speaks with authority about the value of schemes like European higher education […]

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Study overseas, UK students urged in new Government initiative

A very welcome new UK government initiative has just been launched to encourage more British students to study abroad. We’ll be looking at the implications in more detail later, but here is the news release about it: UK students will be encouraged to broaden their horizons by travelling overseas for part of their  higher education, […]

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‘European mobile loans will help banks not students’

With the Erasmus scheme running out of money and fears that 2013 is going tougher financially, the European Commission has proposed an ‘EU Erasmus Loan Guarantee Facility’ for master’s students studying abroad. But the plan has come under attack from the very people it is said to support. A PROPOSED loan scheme to support master’s […]

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Cash crisis threatens European student mobility

ERASMUS has been one of success stories for the European Union and celebrates its 25th birthday this year. But it faces a cash crisis that could endanger the future of this innovative scheme to encourage student mobility. NIC MITCHELL finds out more. A ‘Save Erasmus’ petition on Facebook has attracted thousands of signatures as campaigners […]

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