Borderless Report July 2012
Issue 12, 6 July 2012
Nothing new under the Delhi sun

The Hindustan Times announced on 2 June that 'Dual degrees with foreign universities get nod…. Doing a course from global top universities such as Harvard, Peking or Oxford, while being in India, will soon be a reality'. A major breakthrough for Indian students and foreign universities?  Sadly, no. A more accurate headline might have been ‘India still wondering what to do about foreign universities’.

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Higher education reforms and economic crisis in Italy and Spain

Crises offer a chance to think about the past and prepare for the future. That is evident in the case of Spain and Italy, where a debate is underway over the economic model followed over the last decades. ‘Investment in knowledge’ is now in the mouth of every politician, but this requires long-delayed and painful reforms. 

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Interview with the Mayor of Turin, Piero Fassino 

'Our goal is to transform Turin, which is a popular destination for Italian and foreign students (there are already 15,000 foreign students at the Polytechnic and the University of Turin) into a university town equipped with facilities and services tailor-made for those who choose to study here.'

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QS University Rankings: Latin America

QS released its second Latin American University Rankings on 13 June 2012. As a contrast to the volatility expected in these exercises, the standing of the top seven Latin American universities remained unchanged between 2011 and 2012. QS attributes this stability to its methodology, in which five out of the seven measures are given equal weight (10%). But the results highlight the gulf that exists between the leading universities and the rest in terms of the quality and robustness of data available for describing and assessing the quality of institutions. This may not be a characteristic of universities per se but rather of the national systems they are part of. 

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HE news from around the world

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New books, articles, reports, and conferences

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