HE News Brief 19.7.10

by Abby Chau

 

A shake-up of England’s Higher Education system and Australian anxiety over international students – here are this week’s news stories:

  • News outlets have been furiously reporting Business Secretary Vince Cable’s announcement of a new vision for higher education.  Cable is proposing to Lord Browne, who will be reviewing the state of higher education in the autumn, that a new graduate tax should replace the current system of government loans in order to subsidize higher education. Under this new system, graduates with higher paying jobs will make more graduate contributions. These proposals have been widely panned, some arguing that not only will Conservatives reject such a plan but that such an initiative will further hamper social mobility.
    Full Story: BBC News
    More: Guardian
  • Angolan Minister of Higher Education Maria Cândida Teixeira announced that the country will be going through an aggressive review of their higher education institutions this year. Results of the audit will be published and institutions who perform poorly will be overhauled. Committing to this initiative with resources rather than mere rhetoric, Teixeira hired 42  new officials in order to achieve this target.
    Full Story: Angola Press
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