HE News Brief 12.10.10

by Abby Chau

  • Former BP Chief Lord Browne today released his long-awaited report on higher education. It comes as no surprise that he is advising that the tuition fee cap be lifted. If the Coalition government takes on his recommendations, students may pay up to £12,000 a year for their degrees. This is a contentious issue as the Lib Dems are solidly against hiking tuition. In addition Lord Browne is recommending a 10% increase in student intake as well as advising that universities focus more on career advice, supporting part-time students, and empowering students to dictate which university should flourish.
    Full Story: Guardian
    More: BBC News
  • As university league tables grow in influence and prominence, the IREG Observatory on Academic Ranking and Excellence, which first met in Washington in 2004, is serving as a watchdog of university rankings. At a conference last week in Berlin, they announced that an executive team will be conducting audits of producers of league tables to make sure they comply with certain principles such as transparency and accessibility of methodology.
    Full Story: Chronicle of Higher Education

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HE News Briefs 6.9.10

by Abby Chau

Here are this week’s news stories:

  • Imperial College is the latest UK universities to have a foreign branch now that it is teaming up with the Nanyang Technological University in Singapore. The goal is that by 2013, 50 students will be admitted with the intention of incrementally building the overall student body to 750. According to the FT, more foreign students get a UK university qualification studying in foreign branches than they do studying in Britain. British Ministers are also looking toward India as a lucrative region to set up more campuses. Estimates show that India needs 1,500 universities to accommodate demand; right now they only have 350.
    Full Story: FT
  • The current economic instability is largely to blame for the current higher education budget cuts. It looks like Business Schools are weathering the storm, particularly when it comes to constructing new shiny buildings to attract students.  Yale has plans to construct a 180 million building designed by the legendary Lord Norman Foster. Wealthy b-school alums are donating big bucks for elite universities like Chicago, Wharton, and MIT to lavish their business department with velvet seats.
    Full Story: Business Week
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