2-3 December 2015, Regent's University, London
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13 November 2015
Carolyn Walker, Academic Director, INTO at the University of Exeter, Observatory Associate
There is an air of panic around UK public debate on the topic of immigration, reinforced by projected population growth from the current 64.6 million to 74.3 million over the next 25 years. Immigration is estimated to account for just over half of this growth, and within immigration discourse international students constitute a major theme. Home Secretary Theresa May, speaking to the recent Conservative Conference in Manchester on 6th October, focused on students as one reason why immigration numbers “have doubled”. She declared that “when immigration is too high, when the pace of change is too fast, it’s impossible to build a cohesive society”, and that “too many [students] are not returning home as soon as their visa runs out. … So I don’t care what the university lobbyists say: the rules must be enforced.” The implication was clear: for Mrs May, there are too many international students.
3 November 2015
Doria Abdullah, Observatory Associate, Malaysia
Malaysians are bracing for tougher times ahead- over the past year, the ringgit has traded steadily lower against major currencies, in particular the US dollar (1 USD = 4.29 MYR as at 21 October 2015). This has been attributed to various factors, such as slowing growth in China, the impending US interest hike, volatility in commodity prices and domestic political developments affecting investor sentiments towards the country. Besides affecting cost of living, the economic volatility is also impacting students pursuing higher education, both within and outside the country. How is the country coping? This article looks at various government and private sector efforts to ensure student funds keep flowing.
20 October 2015
Dr Fabrizio Trifiro’, Manager International, UK Quality Assurance Agency (QAA)
The QACHE (Quality Assurance of Cross-Border Higher Education) project is a multi-agency effort to coordinate and improve the quality assurance of higher education across national borders. This two year initiative, co-financed by the Erasmus Mundus Programme of the European Union and undertaken by a consortium coordinated by the European Association for Quality Assurance in Higher Education (ENQA), is nearing its conclusion. The scope is cross-border mobility of study programmes and higher education providers, but excludes student mobility.
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Co-operation beats competition for regional universities in Australia, Brisbane Times (Australia), 20 November 2015
New YÖK regulation to pave way for arbitrary closure of universities, Today's Zaman (Turkey), 20 November 2015
India internships for 1,000 British graduates, The PIE News, 20 November 2015
Federal funding drop sending universities scrambling to pay for research, Ars Technica, 20 November 2015
Kuwait is on track building more universities - Thomas Friedman, Kuwait News Agency, 19 November 2015
China’s College Counselors Told to Join the Party — the Communist Party, Time, 19 November 2015
The Guessing Game: Where Will Your International Students Come from in 10 Years?, Inside Higher Ed, 19 November 2015
Prepare for disruption: Hong Kong universities haven’t been disrupted yet, Harbour Times, 19 November 2015
NZ's export education reputation at risk from Indian student exploitation, National Business Review (New Zealand), 19 November 2015
ICRISAT, IIT Bombay launches free online agriculture course, Times of India, 19 November 2015
The Globalization of America’s Colleges, The Atlantic (USA), 18 November 2015
Report Shows Global Disparities in Where Researchers Work, The Chronicle of Higher Education, 18 November 2015
22-25 November 2015: Canadian Bureau for International Education (CBIE) Annual Conference, Niagara, Ontario, CANADA
25 November 2015: Westminster Forum on Higher Education, 'The future for quality assessment in Higher Education', London, UK
21-24 February 2016: AIEA Annual Conference, 'Building a Better World: The Academy as Leader', Montreal, CANADA
25 February 2016: Westminster Higher Education Forum's seminar 'Extending the global reach of UK universities', London, UK
29 February - 4 March 2016: The APAIE Annual Conference and Exhibition, Melbourne, AUSTRALIA
1 March 2016: Universities UK and UK Higher Education International Unit's 'Fourth Annual International Higher Education Forum', London, UK
2-4 March 2016: International Academy Forum (IAFOR) 2nd International Conference on Education, 'Education, Power and Empowerment: Developing Transnational Spaces', Dubai, UAE
7-10 March 2016: SXSWedu, Austin, Texas, USA
16-18 March 2016: Consortium for North American Higher Education Collaboration (CONAHEC), 'Global Grand Challenges: Channeling International Collaboration', San Luis Potosi, MEXICO
6-8 April 2016: The Forum on Education Abroad's 12th Annual Conference, 'Navigating the Intersections: The Cultures of Education Abroad', Atlanta, Georgia, USA
3-5 May 2016: Going Global 2016, 'Building nations and connecting cultures: education policy, economic development and engagement', Cape Town, SOUTH AFRICA
29 May-3 June 2016: NAFSA, 'Building Capacity for Global Learning', Denver, Colorado, USA
14-17 June 2016: EDEN 2016 Annual Conference, 'Re-imagining learning environments', Budapest, HUNGARY
13-16 September 2016: The European Association for International Education (EAIE) Annual Conference, Liverpool, UK
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