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In the News
Getting the measure of university, Financial Times, 1 October 2014
Local universities as good as those abroad, Standard (Kenya), 1 October 2014
Confucius Institutes Sail on Despite Pushback, Diplomat, 1 October 2014
Balkan, Turkish universities to co-operate under new association, Southeastern Times, 30 September 2014
'Teachers not footballers' needed by Brazil, BBC, 30 September 2014
Higher education in the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus, Washington Times, 30 September 2014
US-India Higher Education and Skills Development Cooperation, Imperial Valley News (CA, USA), 30 September 2014
Community colleges to begin issuing bachelor's degrees, Sacramento Business Journal (USA), 30 September 2014
Tory conference: 'Many universities aren't teaching anybody anything’, Times Higher Education, 30 September 2014
Key Tips for Selecting a Certified U.S. College, US News and World Report, 30 September 2014
HK Leader Says China Adamant; Students Seek Talks, ABC News (USA), 30 September 2014
Head of Turkey's university watchdog calls for end of institution, Daily Sabah, 29 September 2014
29 September- 2 October 2014: Transnational Education and Learning Society's (TELS) International Conference on Transnational Education and Learning, University of Wisconsin, Oshkosh, Wisconsin, USA
9 October 2014: 43rd ACA European Policy Seminar 'Improving undergraduate education in Europe: Liberal Arts and Science Colleges', Brussels, BELGIUM
21 October 2014: Westminster Higher Education Forum seminar on 'MOOCs and technology-enhanced learning in HE: next steps and challenges', London, UK
23 October 2014: Westminster Higher Education Forum seminar on 'The future of degree classification and accreditation - Higher Education Acheivement Reports latest and findings from the GPA pilot', London, UK
24 October 2014: Inaugural Summit of the Institute of International Education’s Scholar Rescue Fund, 'Protecting Threatened Scholars during Repression, Crisis and Conflict', New York, NY, USA
24-25 October 2014: Canadian Society for the Study of Higher Learning, 'Open resources, open courses: Their impact on blended and online learning', Kwantlen Polytechnic University, Richmond, CANADA
24-26 October 2014: World Federation of Colleges and Polytechnics' World Congress 2014, Beijing, CHINA
4 November 2014: UK Higher Education International Unit, 'The Benefits of Brussels: Opportunities and Challenges for European HE', London, UK
4-6 November 2014: The 2014 WISE Summit, 'Imagine, Create Learn: Creativity at the heart of education', Doha, QATAR
6 November 2014: Westminster Higher Education Forum 'Attracting international students - immigration policy, recruitement challenges, and improving UK competetiveness', London, UK
10-11 November 2014: UK NARIC Annual Conference, London, UK
10-12 November 2014: 2014 UNESCO World Conference on Education for Sustainable Development, Nagoya, JAPAN
11-13 November 2014: QS Asia Pacific Professional Leaders in Education – QS-APPLE Conference and Exhibition, 'New directions in Asia-Pacific higher edcuation: Challenges and opportunities', Taipei, TAIWAN
13-14 November 2014: 10th FICCI Higher Education Summit 2014, New Delhi, INDIA
18-22 November 2014: CBIE 2014, 'The diplomacy of knowledge and our common future', Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA
19-21 November 2014: Asia Pacific Educational Research Association (APERA) Conference, 'Managing global changes and educatino reforms: Asia and Pacific responses', Hong Kong, SAR
19-22 November 2014: Council on International Educational Exchange (CIEE) 2014 conference, 'Breaking Barriers. Cost. Curriculum. Culture., Baltimore, Maryland, USA
20-21 November 2014: OECD Higher education 'What Works' conference on entrepreneurship and higher education --- Draft Programme, Helsinki, FINLAND
2-5 December 2014: ISANA/ANZSSA Annual Conference, 'Working with synergies: Benefiting the diversity of students', Adelaide, AUSTRALIA
3-4 December 2014: The Observatory on Borderless Higher Education conference on 'The future of public-private partnerships in higher education', London UK
4-7 December 2014: American International Recruitment Council's (AIRC) Sixth Annual Conference, Miami, Florida, USA
15-18 February 2015: AIEA 2015 Annual Conference, 'Leading global learning: Envisioning new paradigms', Washington, DC, USA
23-26 March 2015: APAIE Conference & Exhibition 2015, Beijing, CHINA
7-8 May 2015: The IAU 6th Global Meeting of Associations (GMA VI), 'Private Participation in Higher Education: Today and Tomorrow?', Accra, GHANA
24-29 May 2015: NAFSA 2015, Boston, Massachusetts, USA
1-2 June 2015: Going Global, 'Connecting cultures: forging futures', London, UK
24-25 June 2015: The 5th International Assessment in HE Conference, Birmingham, UK
20-24 July 2015: The National Association of Disability Practitioners International Conference – ‘Working for disability equality in Higher Education – the global perspective’, Manchester, UK
15-18 September 2015: The 27th Annual European Association for International Education (EAIE) Conference, 'A wealth of nations', Glasgow, UK
28-30 October 2015: International Association of Universities conference, 'The internationalisation of higher education: Moving beyond mobility', Siena, ITALY
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