24 février 2013

University funding changes set to cost more than they save

The IndependentBy David Mercer. Changes to the way universities are funded will result in economic costs six times higher than any Government savings, new figures suggest.
The Treasury is set to reduce its expenditure by almost £1.17 billion following the changes in 2012-13, which include allowing universities to charge higher tuition fees and no longer offering teaching funding through the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE), think tank million+ said.
But a report by the group has found the economic costs of the new funding system are expected to reach more than £7 billion - 6.5 times higher than the Treasury's expected savings. Read more...

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The global language of influence

http://enews.ksu.edu.sa/wp-content/uploads/2011/10/UWN.jpgBy Anne Corbett. When asked in 1898 what was the most decisive event in modern history, German statesman Otto von Bismarck is reputed to have said: The fact that North Americans speak English. Recently Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard effectively answered the same question for the global age. She has brought to fruition a strategy that her Mandarin-speaking predecessor, Kevin Rudd, advocated back in 1994. This is to give all Australian students access to at least one ‘priority’ Asian language: Mandarin, Hindi, Japanese or Bahasa Indonesian, throughout their years of schooling. The aim is that a third of all Australian civil servants and directors of leading public companies should have a ‘deep knowledge’ of Asia by 2025.. Read more...

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New Latin American HE book hopes to build bridges

http://enews.ksu.edu.sa/wp-content/uploads/2011/10/UWN.jpgBy Sarah King Head. The Institute of International Education (IIE) in the United States has published a book that explores the policies, institutions and programmes that have helped transform the Latin American higher education landscape over the past three decades. Latin America’s New Knowledge Economy: Higher education, government, and international collaboration, launched in New York this month by the IIE and the American Institute for Foreign Study, has assembled contributions from US-based scholars and policy-makers. Read more...

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Island to open first French language university

http://enews.ksu.edu.sa/wp-content/uploads/2011/10/UWN.jpgBy Guillaume Gouges. The Mauritian government has announced the opening this year of the Indian Ocean island’s first French language university, to be called Université des Mascareignes, with the help of France’s University of Limoges.
The French university's President Hélène Pauliat met Mauritian Minister of Tertiary Education Rajesh Jeetah earlier this month to sign a memorandum of understanding on the project.
Mauritius has positioned itself in recent years to be a regional knowledge hub. Higher education reforms are under way, new universities and campuses are being built and the government is working to attract 100,000 international students by 2020.
Université des Mascareignes will join a long list of private foreign tertiary institutions opening branches in Mauritius.
Some 66 overseas institutions and examination bodies are now operating locally, 36 of them from the UK, eight from France-Réunion, eight from India, five from Australia, four from South Africa, two each from Malaysia and the United States, and one from Sudan.
The management of the University of Limoges, said the ministry, will assist local authorities in setting up a French-based teaching and good governance system for the new institution. Read more...

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Universities prepare to change PhD students’ status

http://enews.ksu.edu.sa/wp-content/uploads/2011/10/UWN.jpgBy Jan Petter Myklebust. Several Swedish universities are preparing to employ all doctoral students from 2015, changing from the current system in which PhD students receive financial support that varies according to the funding source. In 2011, foreign students accounted for 37% of an intake of 3,650 new doctoral students. This was up from 34% in 2010, according to a report from the Swedish National Agency for Higher Education, titled Universitet & Högskolor – Universities and Colleges.
In addition, 18% had a ‘foreign background’, meaning that they were either born abroad and had immigrated to Sweden or were born in Sweden of parents who had been born abroad. About half of the foreign doctoral students came from Asia, and a third from Europe, with China the country that sent the most PhD students to Sweden. Read more...

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Reform plan aims for 60 more universities in a decade

http://enews.ksu.edu.sa/wp-content/uploads/2011/10/UWN.jpgBy Wagdy Sawahel. Egypt has launched a 10-year higher education plan aimed at reforming the sector and promoting the development of a knowledge-based economy. One goal is to establish 60 new universities in the coming decade. The strategy, announced by Minister of Higher Education Mustafa Musaad, was outlined in a 13 February report published by Ahram newspaper.
Egypt’s rapid population growth has proved an enormous challenge for its higher education system. The country has one of the lowest number of universities per capita in the Middle East and North Africa, according to a report, Science and Innovation in Egypt, launched at the 12th Islamic Summit of the Organisation of the Islamic Conference, held in Cairo from 6-7 February. Read more...

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Controversial student loan reform plans published

http://enews.ksu.edu.sa/wp-content/uploads/2011/10/UWN.jpgBy Jan Petter Myklebust. Danish Prime Minister Helle Thorning-Schmidt has announced eight reforms to the student financial support system. In her weekly press report on Tuesday she said the reforms would save the government DKK2 billion (US$360 million) a year – but that Denmark would still have the world’s most generous student loan scheme. Students disagreed and announced that demonstrations would be held across Denmark, on 28 February. However, several commentators characterised the reforms to the student financial support system – known as ‘SU’ – as "gentle". Read more...

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‘Athina’ shows universities the way to the marketplace

http://enews.ksu.edu.sa/wp-content/uploads/2011/10/UWN.jpgBy Makki Marseilles. The Greek Education Ministry’s plan to abolish, relocate or merge higher education departments and in some cases entire universities for economic reasons is once again throwing the academic community into turmoil.
It will affect the studies of tens of thousands of students, the jobs of a large number of academics, the incomes of many parents already struggling to keep their scions in higher education, and communities that are dependent on institutions for their livelihoods.
The ministry’s plan, codenamed ‘Athina’ – the ancient goddess of wisdom and knowledge, who is now in danger of instead becoming emblematic of financial cuts – proposes the abolition of some 74 technological institute departments and 20 university departments. Read more...

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MOOCs spread around the edX and Coursera world

http://enews.ksu.edu.sa/wp-content/uploads/2011/10/UWN.jpgBy Geoff Maslen. The world’s two largest providers of massive open online courses, or MOOCs – the US-based edX and Coursera – have separately established new links with universities across the globe, including in Australia, Canada, Europe, Hong Kong, Japan, Mexico and Singapore, while also signing up more American universities. The US$60 million, non-profit MOOCs platform called edX announced that it had added six new global higher education institutions, to double the numbers in its X University Consortium, while the US$16 million Coursera brought in 29 more universities to add to its existing 33 partners. Read more...

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$1 billion plan to unleash research and innovation drivers

http://enews.ksu.edu.sa/wp-content/uploads/2011/10/UWN.jpgBy Geoff Maslen. Australian universities have welcomed an announcement by Prime Minister Julia Gillard of a US$1 billion plan to boost jobs through industry and innovation, saying it had the potential to unleash research and innovation as the key drivers of national productivity. A central component of the three-pronged strategy outlined by Gillard on Monday is introducing industry innovation precincts – hubs of research and innovation to support industry competitiveness – which will be administered by a National Precincts Board. Read more...

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