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In the News

Kerala Cabinet gives nod to academic city, The Hindu, 27 August 2014

Family Saga Shows Brazil Student Funds Curb Joblessness: Economy, Bloomberg, 27 August 2014

'China's Rising Research Universities', Inside Higher Ed, 27 August 2014

Row over cut in publicly funded medical school places, University World News, 27 August 2014

Uganda and the Role of Employment Policies in Jobs Creation, Brookings Institute, 26 August 2014

UCAS: top universities recruiting more students from EU, Telegraph (UK), 26 August 2014

Ukraine offers high educational standards for Africa, Awoko (Sierra Leone), 26 August 2014

Leaked modelling forecasts massive windfalls for top unis, Sydney Morning Herald, 26 August 2014

Corporate Japan out to recruit more global talent, Today Online, 26 August 2014

Digital India Programme promises free wi-fi to all school, universities, Prepsure, 25 August 2014

In higher education quality is in the eye of the beholder, Conversation AU, 25 August 2014

Thailand unable to reach its potential, Bangkok Post (Thailand), 25 August 2014





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Forthcoming Events


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 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

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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