28 novembre 2014

HEFCE report highlights the growing transnational nature of English higher education

HEFCE logoNew research by HEFCE looks for the first time at how students on UK higher education programmes delivered overseas move on to first degree courses delivered in England.
Madeleine Atkins, HEFCE’s Chief Executive, said:

‘Higher education has become vastly more mobile in the past decade. The number of UK providers delivering higher education in other countries has grown significantly, but we know relatively little about the impact of these initiatives on international student recruitment patterns and pathways.
‘This report fills that gap. It highlights the key contribution of transnational education to English higher education, and the need for improved understanding of trends and developments in a fast-changing national and global higher education landscape.
‘In the light of this research we can see the importance of long-term commitment and a strategic approach to transnational education. Some institutions have been particularly successful in this arena, and dedicated partnerships built on mutuality and reciprocity emerge as the foundations of their achievements.’ More...

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Multi-million pound fund to boost UK university spin-outs and research

HEFCE logoFunded by HEFCE and Innovate UK, the £3.2 million ‘ICURe’ project aims to ‘bridge the valley of death’ identified by the House of Commons Science and Technology Select Committee. The project will help address issues raised in the Government’s response to the Committee’s inquiry last year, including the importance of innovation by universities in managing intellectual property and of attention to the availability of ‘proof of concept’ funding. More...

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The validation challenge: how close is Europe to recognising all learning?

The validation challenge: how close is Europe to recognising all learning? coverThe European inventory on validation of non-formal and informal learning provides an unrivalled source of information detailing how validation of prior learning is developing across Europe (1). It shows that validation strategies and legislation, despite complexity of the task before them, have been developing slowly but steadily. However, there is room for improvement, especially concerning reliability of information on takeup and use of validation arrangements.
This fifth update of the inventory comprises a portfolio of more than 1 000 pages, providing an overview of validation across 33 European countries (2). It includes examples of good practice and a thematic analysis of issues relating to further development and implementation of validation...
Evidence from the inventory suggests that political commitment in creating comprehensive national validation strategies is increasing, with the number of countries so engaged rising from five to 13 since 2010. Of these, only Finland, France and Spain have put in place a comprehensive strategy involving all education subsystems (vocational, general and higher education).However, available data are generally not up to the task. For several countries – Austria, Croatia, Hungary, Ireland, Lithuania, Malta, Poland, Portugal, Sweden and all four UK systems – it is not possible to reach a safe estimate of the number of candidates.
From the data available, it is possible to surmise that, in most countries, demand for validation is growing. Exceptions are countries with long-standing validation systems, such as France and the Netherlands, where demand seems to have stabilised.
Most other countries (France is an exception) do not publish data on qualifications issued through validation of nonformal or informal learning, or the proportion of total qualifications these represent...
This finding was confirmed by the 2014 update. In some countries, such as France and Norway, validation of non-formal and informal learning is promoted mainly as an individual right. In France, validation is open to anyone who meets application criteria (three years of relevant experience), but the unemployed and low-qualified are considered priority groups. Main users of the procedure are low-qualified individuals (52% in 2012), while unemployed individuals only account for 30%.
. Download the Briefing note "The validation challenge: how close is Europe to recognising all learning?".

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Qualifications frameworks: expanding influence, persisting obstacles

Qualifications frameworks: expanding influence, persisting obstacles coverInitial work on the European qualifications framework (EQF) started 10 years ago, in autumn 2004. Partly triggered by this initiative, qualifications frameworks have since become integral parts of almost all education and training systems in Europe. Outside Europe, more and more countries and regions (such as Asia-Pacific) are rapidly developing and implementing qualifications frameworks. Over this period, Cedefop has been systematically mapping and analysing emergence of qualifications frameworks in different settings and for different purposes.
Including NQF and EQF levels in certificates and diplomas, as well as in qualifications databases, may be critical for increasing awareness of individual learners and other end-users. Countries like the Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Ireland, France, Germany, Lithuania, Malta and Portugal have made progress in this area. In England and Northern Ireland, where awarding bodies are free to decide whether to refer to the corresponding EQF levels or not, progress has been slower. Download the Briefing note "Qualifications frameworks: expanding influence, persisting obstacles".

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European VET tools and how they can work together

HomeThe Cedefop conference (27-28 November) addresses how the common tools together can help to achieve the main objectives of European cooperation in vocational education and training: easier mobility and career progression for learners, better education and training for all of Europe. More...

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Les étudiants étrangers rapportent beaucoup à la France

Par Wally Bordas. Selon une étude publiée par l'institut BVA pour Campus France mercredi 26 novembre, les étudiants étrangers rapporteraient beaucoup d'argent à la France chaque année.
Les étudiants étrangers rapportent « 1,6 milliards d'euros par an » à la France. C'est ce qu'a annoncé Geneviève Fioraso, secrétaire d'Etat chargée de l'Enseignement supérieur et de la Recherche, mercredi 26 novembre, dans Le Talk du Figaro, en se basant sur les résultats d'une enquête publiée par l'institut BVA pour Campus France. Voir l'article...

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