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17 August 2015

How to capitalise on the internationalisation of higher education? An overview of Magnet Cities and Global Leader Experiences

Andy Coxall, CEO, Common Purpose Student Experiences

The global market for higher education is flourishing – in 2012 at least four million students travelled overseas for their higher education and this number is set to double by 2020. How can universities, host cities and students get the most from this unprecedented co-location?

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10 August 2015

How to be a Great Online University? Troubles at Athabasca

Richard Garrett, Director, OBHE

There is something unexpected about an online university, feted as innovative and borderless, nearing insolvency amid provincial politics, public funding cuts and union contracts. But that is the situation facing Athabasca University, a more-or-less wholly distance institution in northern Alberta, Canada. How did Athabasca get into this mess, and what does it say about the state of distance learning?

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3 August 2015

IBCs and liberal arts education: Finding the formula for success proves difficult as Tisch Asia closes its doors

Rachael Merola, Senior Researcher, OBHE

In summer 2015, the New York University Tisch School of the Arts Asia, based in Singapore, will officially close its doors, implementing plans to do so first announced in November 2012. The campus opened in 2007 and struggled with financial viability, student recruitment, and tumultuous leadership during its existence.

According to a statement on its website, “Despite its significant creative success, the Tisch Asia campus failed to become financially sustainable. In 2012, the decision was made to close the campus in summer 2015, thereby allowing all current students to obtain their degrees with a full complement of faculty.”

The decision to close came as a surprise to many of the 28 faculty and 158 undergraduate and graduate students enrolled in 2012. It followed a rocky 2011 in which Tisch Asia’s founder and President Pari Shirazi was fired by NYU for alleged misuse of private funds and embezzlement-- charges that are being disputed in an on-going lawsuit.

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40 countries expected to attend Singapore education conference, Global Government Forum, 27 August 2015

Breakfast with Ed Minister marks Dutch scholarship, The PIE News, 27 August 2015

Millionen junge Europäer ohne Job bedrohen den sozialen Frieden, Basler Zeitung (Switzerland), 27 August 2015

Net migration to UK hits record high of 330,000, The Financial Times, 27 August 2015

Universities in Bahrain Seeking to Boost International Student Population, Study International, 27 August 2015

Centre paves way for entry of foreign faculty in collegesHindustan Times (India), 27 August 2015

Dream Deferred or Dashed in Israel, Inside Higher Ed, 27 August 2015

Giving College Administrators a Business Education, The Wall Street Journal, 26 August 2015

Bahrain’s universities to be inspected by British Accreditation Council, The Times Higher Education, 26 August 2015

Careening lira a nightmare for Turks studying abroad, Today's Zaman (Turkey), 26 August 2015

UK losing share in global ELT market, ICEF Monitor, 26 August 2015

Minister: Uni graduates are useless in Zimbabwe, Newsdze Zimbabwe, 26 August 2015






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Forthcoming Events


30 August - 2 September 2015:  37th Annual European Association for Institutional Research (EAIR) Forum, From here to there - Positioning Higher Education Institutions, Krems, AUSTRIA

15-18 September 2015:  The 27th Annual European Association for International Education (EAIE) Conference, 'A wealth of nations', Glasgow, UK

22 September 2015:  'Learning Mobility with Non-industrialized Countries' (LEMONOC) conference, Brussels, BELGIUM

5-8 October 2015:  Global Access to Post-Secondary Education (GAPS) Initiative Conference 2015 - Access to Higher Education, Meeting the Global Challenge, Kuala Lumpur, MALAYSIA

6-9 October 2015:  29th Australian International Education Conference (AIEC) - International education: global, responsible, sustainable, Adelaide, AUSTRALIA

7 October 2015: Universities UK and UK HE International Unit, Transnational Education Conference: Maximising opportunities and delivering impact, London, UK

14 October 2015:  Westminster Higher Education Forum Seminar, 'UK universities as a destination of choice for international students - recruitment, regulation, student experience and global competition', London, UK

14-15 October 2015:  OECD Conference on Higher Education Futures, SINGAPORE

15 October 2015:  ACA conference, '12 years with global university rankings - a panoramic (re)view and an update on recent developments', Brussels, BELGIUM

28-30 October 2015:  International Association of Universities conference, 'The internationalisation of higher education: Moving beyond mobility', Siena, ITALY

29 October 2015:  ACA-DZS seminar on joint and double degree programmes, Prague, CZECH REPUBLIC

4–6 November 2015:  GBSN Conference: Disruptive Education Models From the Developing World, Manila, PHILIPPINES

5-6 November 2015: The European Association for Quality Assurance in Higher Education (ENQA) and the High Council for the Evaluation of Research and Higher Education (HCERES), France, Conference on quality assurance of cross-border higher education, Paris, FRANCE

10-11 November 2015:  The 2nd MENA Higher Education Leadership Forum, Abu Dhabi, UAE

19-21 November 2015:  QAA's 10th European Quality Assurance Forum, London, UK

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

2-3 December 2015: 'Evaluating TNE: Case studies, outcomes, potential', REGISTRATION, 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

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

13-16 September 2016: The European Association for International Education (EAIE) Annual Conference, Liverpool, UK

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