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In the News

Why are universities so afraid of competition?, Australian, 25 April 2014

South Africa: SA, Swiss in Skills Development Partnership, All Africa via, 24 April 2014

Kosovo’s diaspora unmoved by ‘brain gain’ fund, SciDevNet, 24 April 2014

A $1,000 MBA? MOOCs making education more accessible to learners, WSMV News (USA), 24 April 2014

University of the buffer zone, Times Higher Education, 24 April 2014

Swiss universities forge overseas links post-referendum, University World News, 23 April 2014

Time to consider US-style university system, Canberra Times (Australia), 23 April 2014

10 international universities to open campuses in Sri Lanka, Daijiworld (India), 23 April 2014

Your Complete Guide To Being An International Student And Studying Abroad, Huffington Post UK, 23 April 2014

200 girls are missing in Nigeria – so why doesn't anybody care?, Guardian (UK), 23 April 2014

US $800,000 for Teacher Training in Liberia, All Africa via New Dawn (Liberia), 23 April 2014

Saving international universities, (Pakistan), 23 April 2014





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Forthcoming Events


28-29 April 2014:  ICTEL 2014 - International Conference on Transnational Education and Learning, Paris, FRANCE

29 April - 1 May 2014:  The British Council's Going Global 2014: Inclusion, innovation, impact, Miami, Florida, USA

12 May 2014: Sannam4 and The PIE News WEBINAR 'India: The future of higher eduation under a new government and its impact on international institutions', 4pm UK / 8.30pm Delhi / 11am EDT

25-30 May 2014:  NAFSA Annual Conference 'Pathways to global competence', San Diego, California, USA

31 May - 2 June 2014:  The International Education Teaching and Learning Association's Conference on Innovative Learning-Scapes: e-Scapes, play-Scapes & more, Anchorage, Alaska, USA

4 June 2014:  Business Forums International, Overseas Student Visa Compliance Conference for Universities & Colleges - A Vital Annual Update, London, UK

10-12 June 2014:  European University Association and Partners' 2nd Arab-Euro Conference on Higher Education (AECHE), Amman, JORDAN

11-14 June 2014: International Association of University Presidents XVII Triennial Conference 'Creating the future of higher education' - PROGRAMME, Yokohama, JAPAN

11-14 June 2014:  African Studies Association in Germany (VAD) conference on 'Future Africa - Global ideas and local strategies for the future: Perspectives on higher education and international collaboration in Africa and beyond', Bayreuth, GERMANY

15-17 June 2014:  ACA Annual Conference, 'Europe in the world - higher education developments across the globe', Bordeaux, FRANCE

16-18 June 2014:  ICED Conference 2014 - 'Educational Development in a Changing World', Stockholm, SWEDEN

7-9 July 2014:  The BUTEX Conference, University of East Anglia, UK

13-16 July 2014:  ACU's HR Management & PR Network Conference, 'Steering institutional strategy:  The critical roles of HR and PR', University of Glasgow, UK

3-5 August 2014:  Australian Council for Educational Research (ACER) Conference, 'Quality and equality - what does research tell us?', Adelaide, AUSTRALIA

27-30 August 2014:  EAIR 36th Annual Forum, 'Higher education diversity and excellence in society', Essen, GERMANY

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

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

7-10 October 2014:  Australian International Education Confereence 'Inventing the future'- PROGRAMME, Brisbane, AUSTRALIA

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

24-25 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

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 Apple, 'Building world-class universities for Asia-Pacific communities through global partnership and collaboration', Taipei, TAIWAN

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

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

24-29 May 2015:  NAFSA 2015, Boston, Massachusetts, USA

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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