HE News Brief 5.3.12
By Danny Byrne
- Europe: Research ministers call for bigger role for social sciences in Horizon 2020
- India: Massive rise in number of Indian students sitting Graduate Record Examination
- US: Liberal arts education on the rise in Asia
- Asia Pacific: Australia-China higher education forum announced
Research ministers from across Europe have called for a greater role for social sciences and humanities disciplines in Horizon 2020, the European Union’s research framework covering the years 2014-2020. Such disciplines would, delegates argued at a February conference in Brussels, play a key part in achieving the goals of Europe 2020 – the EU’s growth strategy. Horizon 2020 has a total budget of €80 billion, which makes it the largest publically funded research program in the world.
Some 13% more people sat the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) in 2011 than in 2010, recently released figures have revealed, taking the total number of test-takers to more than 800,000. The rise was particularly pronounced in India, where the number of GRE candidates rose by 43%, putting it ahead of China in terms of test-takers. The latter did, however, see a 28% increase in the number of takers.
A study by the Cornell Higher Education Institute has found that students at US institutions are increasingly paying different fees within the same university, depending on their discipline and/or how far they’ve got through their degree. This was found to be the case at 29% of undergraduate institutions, 11% of master’s institutions and 41% of doctoral institutions. A slight majority of flagship public universities were also found to charge differing rates of tuition.
Marking the 40th anniversary of diplomatic relations between the two countries, educational leaders from China and Australia will meet later this year in order to strengthen ties between Chinese and Australian universities. The forum was announced following a meeting between Australia’s Minister for Tertiary Education, Skills, Science and Research, Chris Evans and Yuan Guiren, China’s Minister for Education. Collaborative research was identified as a key goal of the forum.