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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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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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British universities pin their flag to European Union mast

In the run-up to elections for new European Parliament speculation was rife that Britain might be heading for the European Union exit door. But one group has not been afraid to pin their pro-European credentials firmly to the mast – and that’s the assembled ranks of UK universities, as NIC MITCHELL explains. AS WITH much […]

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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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A warm Euro welcome – and in English, too!

Times Higher Education published a story on 10 October about continental European universities – ‘rivals’ in their words – adopting English in a fight for overseas students. Here’s the original story and my online comment. An abridged version of my reply was published in the ‘Letters’ section of the printed magazine on 17 October. 10 […]

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Is Sweden recovering from the international student crash?

Swedish universities are looking to build on the first signs of recovery in the international student market following the collapse in overseas applications when ‘full-cost’ tuition fees were introduced for non-EU/EEA students in 2011.But they face a massive uphill task. Many feel more should be done to sweeten the attractiveness of Sweden’s higher education with […]

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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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Fees up, grades down and waiting game for universities and students!

So, how is the British experiment of transferring the main cost of going to university from the State to the student going?  As the first week of the brave new world comes to an end, NIC MITCHELL investigates…   Well, it is only a few days since the release of ‘A’ level results on 16 […]

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A meeting of fellow minds entices Tony to Sweden

  Not just students from the UK who are attracted by Sweden’s universities, as Nic Mitchell found out when he met Anthony Turner, a pioneer in using biosensors to treat people suffering from diabetes. Professor Turner, pictured, recently moved to Linköping University saying he wanted to be with fellow minds and pursue a collaborative approach […]

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