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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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EU acts to protect funding for UK-EU student mobility

Students on Erasmus+ mobility programmes should be protected in the short-term from a possible no-deal Brexit, but longer-term mobility may be under threat unless the UK can reach an agreement to stay in the European Commission’s study abroad exchange scheme

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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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Will MAC help or hinder student mobility to UK?

Hopes of removing international students from the UK’s migration target and restoring the post-study work visas to overseas students at British universities were dashed when the Migration Advisory Committee (MAC) published its Impact of International Students in the UK report.   Reaction was swift with Nick Hillman, director of the Higher Education Policy Institute, telling the BBC […]

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UK and Ireland top U-Multirank for student completion rates

The 2018 edition of U-Multirank provides new insight into the relative strengths and weaknesses of different higher education systems around Europe and the United States, with the United Kingdom and Ireland performing the strongest for Teaching and Learning as a result of their good ‘on-time’ student completion rates. U-Multirank claims to be the world’s largest global […]

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Are universities listening to international students?

The need for universities to keep pace with the rapidly changing market place for international talent is highlighted in a new report from QS Enrolment Solutions based on responses to the 2018 International Student Survey. The report ‘Harnessing Opportunities in Global Higher Education’ is the latest to call on universities to up their game and […]

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Times Higher first world summit in Central Europe

The importance of universities in shaping a more secure, progressive and prosperous world will be highlighted when the Times Higher Education (THE) holds its first world summit in Central and Eastern Europe. The event, titled Building a hub for world-class research, hosted by Palacký University in the Czech Republic from 24-26 April 2018, will discuss, […]

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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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Studying abroad was life changing for Alexandra

Studying at California State University, Fullerton, for a semester was a life changing experience for Alexandra Rhian Roberts. Born and raised in the South Wales Valleys and schooled in Welsh, Alexandra was the first in her family to go to university. “In fact I was the first family member not to enter nursing or factory […]

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