Borderless Report
Issue 3, 16 June 2011
Report on the 2011 Global Forum in Vancouver

New delivery systems, the role of private equity in capacity-building, the growth and role of the for-profit sector in the US, transnational education in southeast Asia, immigration, the student experience in Qatar’s Education City and elsewhere, and the rise of ‘Destination China’: all of these and more were placed under the intellectual microscope by 120 delegates from more than 20 countries at the Observatory’s 2011 Global Forum, held in Vancouver on 25-27 May, a few days prior to NAFSA.

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Freaking out the neighbours: How universities pull strings online

Back in the old days, a name would do. ‘Harvard’, ‘Oxford’ and ‘La Sorbonne’ would attract thousands of bright – and rich – students, with just academic reputations. But as the higher education sector grew more competitive over the last three decades, world university rankings made their appearance in order to help students make up their mind when choosing an academic institution. It seems, however, that a new beast has entered the game, and it is literally uncontrollable.

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Interview with Javier Maldonado, CEO of Marketalia

Javier Maldonado, CEO of the Spanish digital agency Marketalia Online Marketing, shares with us his thoughts on the latest trends in online marketing.

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Student mobility unlocked: What makes some countries more attractive places to study

The Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) recently unveiled their new Better Life Index, which attempts to rate its 34 member countries based on key indicators that are linked with overall life satisfaction. In addition to shedding light on which countries contain the perfect cocktail of circumstances conducive to a high quality of life, the index gives an interesting look into some of the factors that may drive student mobility.

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The European Higher Education Area in a global setting: An idea, its implementation, and new challenges

This report, written by Pavel Zgaga (University of Ljubjana) for the Observatory, reconsiders developments in the internationalisation of higher education in Europe over the last decade, focusing primarily on the conception, adoption, and implementation of the global strategy of the so-called ‘Bologna external dimension’ – part of the Bologna Process.

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New report examines policies shaping migration in New Zealand and Australia

A report released in May 2011, authored by Lesleyanne Hawthorne (Associate Dean International, University of Melbourne) compares policies impacting skilled labour migration in New Zealand and Australia from 2004/05 to 2008/09, including employment outcomes for primary/principal applicants (PAs) in the early settlement period.

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TNE and the Transnational & Distance Education Barometer

Transnational education (TNE) has something of a pedigree. The term goes back about 20 years and was probably first used by Australians to distinguish provision in which international students came to Australia from provision that was sent to other countries.

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Bits 'n' Pieces of HE News

News from around the world

Forthcoming events

June 16-17 2011: Scanning the Horizons: Institutional Research in a Borderless World. Higher Education Institutional Research Conference, London, ENGLAND 

October 11-14, 2011: Australian International Education Conference, Adelaide, AUSTRALIA

December 5-6, 2011: Teaching to Learn, Learning to Teach, Supporting quality teaching in higher education, Mexicali, MEXICO

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