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In the News

Report says ISIS axes gender mixing in Mosul universities, (Azerbaijan), 1 August 2014

Forget Bitcoin, A University Education Is The New Global Currency, Forbes, 31 July 2014

Bienvenidos a España, Inside Higher Ed (via Times Higher Education), 31 July 2014

Rekord bei EU-Programm "Erasmus", RP Online (Germany), 31 July 2014

Record number of students opting to study abroad, Daily Star Lebanon, 31 July 2014

EACS to protest Hanban’s academic meddling: source, Taipei Times, 31 July 2014

Global learning experience, Deccan Herald (India), 31 July 2014

The Invisible Force Behind College Admissions, Forbes, 30 July 2014

Campus Tech 2014: Reinventing Higher Education, Ed Tech Magazine, 30 July 2014

Education is missing a trick on industry, says OECD, SciDevNet, 30 July 2014

What can Germany do to tackle growing demographic crisis?, Independent (Ireland), 30 July 2014

Analysis: why are v-cs heading for the door?, Times Higher Education, 30 July 2014





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Forthcoming Events


3-5 August 2014:  Australian Council for Educational Research (ACER) Conference, 'Quality and equality - what does research tell us?', Adelaide, AUSTRALIA

27 August 2014:  Australian Council of Private Education and Training's (ACPET) Asia Pacific International Education Forum (APIEF), Perth, AUSTRALIA

27-30 August 2014:  EAIR 36th Annual Forum, 'Higher education diversity and excellence in society', Essen, GERMANY

28-29 August 2014:  Australian Council of Private Education and Training's (ACPET) National Conference, 'Connecting up - The power of possibilities', Fremantle, AUSTRALIA

8-10 September 2014: Consortium for Higher Education Researchers, 27th Annual CHER conference, 'Universities in transition: Shifting institutional and organisational boundaries', Rome, ITALY

16-19 September 2014:  26th Annual EAIE Conference 'Stepping into a new era', Prague, CZECH REPUBLIC

18-19 September 2014:  Council of Validation Universities (CVU) Annual Conference, Birmingham, UK

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

30 September-1 October 2014:  National Association of College University Business Officers (NACUBO) 2014 Global Operations Forum, Phoenix, Arizona, USA

7-10 October 2014:  Australian International Education Confereence 'Inventing the future'- PROGRAMME, Brisbane, AUSTRALIA

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

24-25 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

4-6 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

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

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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9 October 2014:  43rd ACA European Policy Seminar 'Improving undergraduate education in Europe: Liberal Arts and Science Colleges', Brussels, BELGIUM

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