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In the News
Universities under siege as academics and students flee University World News 22 October
Edinburgh University offers online football course The Telegraph 20 October
Ebola puts US Universities on edge Times Higher Education 20 October
Use of international recruitment agents 'needs overhaul' Times Higher Education 16 October 2014
International students in the UK: who are they really? The Guardian 13 October 2014
Peruvian scientists disgruntled with ‘brain gain’ scheme, SciDevNet, 9 October 2014
Norway to Introduce Tuition Fees at Universities, Nordic Page (Norway), 9 October 2014
For education sector, Budget 2015 must prioritise hardware, software needs, Malaysian Insider, 9 October 2014
QAA ‘no match’ for rapid change in higher education sector, Times Higher Education, 9 October 2014
57 students to receive scholarship from UK universities, Korea Times (ROK), 8 October 2014
Colleges’ Wider Search for Applicants Crowds Out Local Students, Wall Street Journal, 8 October 2014
Firms find foreign degree holders better skilled for jobs, reveals survey, Business Today (India), 8 October 2014
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
13-15 November 2014: EUA's 9th European Quality Assurance Forum 'Changing education – QA and the shift from teaching to learning', Barcelona, SPAIN
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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