Monthly Archives: August 2012

UK sector will take hit from London Met visa scandal, senior figures warn

UK sector will take hit from London Met visa scandal, senior figures warn | Jack Grove | Times Higher Education | 30 August 2012

The decision to strip London Metropolitan University of its licence to recruit overseas students has implications “for the whole UK sector”, according to the vice-president of Universities UK. The British Council, which promotes UK higher education abroad, also warned that the London Met situation “could be hugely damaging to the UK’s excellent reputation overseas”.

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More Indian students coming to campus

More Indian students coming to campus | Bernard Lane | The Australian Higher Education | 29 August, 2012

A DRAMATIC rise in offshore visa grants points to the possible re-emergence of India as a key higher education market. And onshore demand for vocational education and training, dominated in recent times by Indians, is weakening.

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English standards being set below recommended levels

English standards being set below recommended levels | David Matthews | Times Higher Education | 23 August 2012

Nearly two in three UK universities are setting English language requirements below the recommended level for undergraduate students from outside the European Union, according to a Times Higher Education survey.

The International English Language Testing System (IELTS), which is one of the most commonly used tests and is partly owned by the British Council, recommends that a score of at least 6.5 is needed for any degree course.

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Offshore students told not to come

Stay or go: mixed messages for offshore students | Bernard Lane | The Australian Higher Education | 22 August, 2012

IMMIGRATION officers are sabotaging Australia’s education marketing overseas by rejecting would-be students and suggesting they are better off taking courses in their home countries, education providers complain.”People are being told in visa rejections, ‘don’t come to Australia, stay where your are, it will be cheaper’,” said Stephen Nagle, director of the private provider Holmes Institute.

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Public college in the golden state: a dream deferred

Public college in the golden state: a dream deferred | Lee Gardner & Gldie Blumenstyk | Chronicle of Higher Education | 17 August, 2012

A higher-education system once admired for its quality, access, and affordability is now hobbled by budget cuts and booming demand.

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Higher counsel is no solution to exam divorce issues

Higher counsel is no solution to exam divorce issues | Jack Grove| Times Higher Education | 16 August 2012

Experts say grade inflation will persist even with universities involved in A levels. Allowing universities to control A levels will not make the qualification more academically rigorous, education experts have claimed.

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University of Western Australia ‘the quiet achiever’ in rankings

University of Western Australia ‘the quiet achiever’ in rankings | Jill Rowbotham | The Australian Higher Education | 15 August, 2012

THE University of Western Australia is the star turn among Australian institutions in the Academic Ranking of World Universities released today, catapulting to 96 in the league table from last year’s spot in the top 150.

It is the second year running that a new Australian institution has been promoted to the upper echelons of the prestigious research index.

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At Great Colleges, Respect Is a Crucial Benefit

At Great Colleges, Respect Is a Crucial Benefit | Josh Fischman and Benjamin Pokross | Chronicle of Higher Education | 10 September, 2012

As raises shrink or are put off, intangible benefits grow in value to employees, according to our 2012 Great Colleges to Work For survey. Open channels of communication, along with concrete ways of appreciating employees and helping them balance work and home, are hallmarks of great academic workplaces.

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So long UK, thanks for all the loans: we’ll be in touch…

So long UK, thanks for all the loans: we’ll be in touch…. | John Morgan | Times Higher Education | 9 August 2012

EU students’ arrears figure provokes Tory ire as fears grow over repayment plans. Conservative backbenchers are pressuring the government over funding for European Union students at UK universities as the latest figures showed outstanding debt more than doubling in a year.

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Elite unis attacked over fees

Elite unis attacked over fees | Julie Hare and Andrew Trounson | The Australian Higher Education | 08 August, 2012

DEBATE on fee deregulation hit boiling point this week as University of Western Sydney’s acting vice-chancellor hit out at elite universities, describing their lobbying on fees as lacking integrity. Angry that the Group of Eight, led by University of NSW vice-chancellor Fred Hilmer in a recent speech, is publicly spruiking for the removal of fee caps at the same time universities are attempting to agree on a joint position, UWS acting vice-chancellor Rhonda Hawkins has broken ranks and called for a more open debate on the issue.

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