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In the News
University Students Strike Over Delayed Helb Cash, All Africa via Capital FM (Kenya), 19 September 2014
Japanese universities increase classes taught in English, Asahi Shimbun (Japan), 19 September 2014
Students Rave About the Rewards of Study Abroad, Al-Fanar Media, 19 September 2014
Top US universities recruit in Auckland, Radio New Zealand News, 19 September 2014
Gujarat Technological University, two China varsities ink MoU, Times of India, 19 September 2014
University of Alberta will have to ‘recalibrate’ salaries: Samarasekera, Edmonton Journal (Canada), 18 September 2014
Gunmen set off bombs, open fire at college in Nigeria; 13 die, CNN, 18 September 2014
College donors threaten academic freedom, Independent Florida Alligator, 18 September 2014
Cash warning for university expansion, BBC, 18 September 2014
Film shows fight for education by Iran’s Baha’is, Times Higher Education, 18 September 2014
More Pressure Than Ever: The 2014 Survey of College and University Admissions Directors, Inside Higher Ed, 18 September 2014
Wrong to choose foreign uni students over locals, FM Today (Malaysia), 18 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
30 September-1 October 2014: National Association of College University Business Officers (NACUBO) 2014 Global Operations Forum, Phoenix, Arizona, 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
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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