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By Kanika Tandon, Education Writer
Big is seemingly the new beautiful in higher education. Following in the footsteps of institutions in Wales, France and Germany, amongst others, three of the Netherlands’ most prestigious universities are discussing the prospect of merging into one. The proposed ‘mega’ university will, it is thought, take the name of Leiden University, and would be made up of the current incarnation of that university along with Rotterdam Erasmus University and Delft University of Technology. The merger would take place over a period of 6-8 years.
With Leiden University (82) and Rotterdam’s Erasmus University (99) already in the Top 100 of the 2010 QS World University Rankings®, and Delft University of Technology not far behind at 108, this is a union of some of the Netherlands’ – and the world’s – strongest universities. The resulting entity will surely be formidable on the world stage.
However, how the deal will be executed legally and managed has still not been revealed. Talks between the Executive Boards of the three universities – during which all forms of possible collaboration will be discussed – are ongoing. A spokesperson from the University of Leiden said, “The three universities together represent a strong combination across a number of scientific and academic fields. Talks are at too early a stage to comment on the possible type of partnership, the timing or the name that will be given to any future collaboration. All options currently remain open.” Continue Reading
by Abby Chau
IN THIS EDITION
- GLOBAL: Peter Thiel predicts the next bubble will be higher education
- UK: Institutions are looking to international students in order to plug the gap in their budgets
- DENMARK: Universities are losing more mobile students from the EU
- COLOMBIA: Protests erupt because of government’s new proposals to reform higher education
- RUSSIA: New law eases policy on international faculty
by Abby Chau
IN THIS EDITION
- UNITED KINGDOM: British Council’s “Global Gauge” places Germany as the best country for international study
- HONG KONG: Do rankings encourage Asian universities to “westernize?”
- INDIA: Ministerial support for foreign universities establishing campuses reiterated
- NORTH AFRICA: Do student protests work after all?
- DENMARK: Foreign students priced out of courses
by Abby Chau
- From Palermo to Milan, students in Italy are protesting budget cuts as well as what some are calling drastic and tumultuous higher education reforms that has swept across the country in the last few years. There has been 1,371 different new laws and bills regarding higher education between 1996-2006. New initiatives have cropped up fast and furious with new and sometimes erratic new laws calling for the merging of universities, the standardisation of degree recognition, as well as the introduction of new degree courses. The newest set of bills however is causing civil unrest. Education Minister Mariastella Gelmini introduced a bill that many are saying would dismantle public universities because of its far-reaching proposals to change the system of recruiting teachers and effectively changing the governance of institutions.
Full Story: Seattle Times
More: New York Times
- Home Secretary Theresa May announced that the UK government will be cutting the quota of international students for non-degree level courses by 120,000. International students generate a substantial amount of money for institutions and the British economy as they are charged three, sometimes four times the amount of tuition fees. It is clear that the government’s aim to further reduce immigration by 2015 will include a plan to tackle the number of international students entering the country. Net migration stands at approximately 200,000 at the moment with two-thirds of non-EU migrants entering the country as students. May said that the government will be creating 1,000 places for exceptional talents, including academics, artists, and scientists. Institutions warn that with budget cuts looming, and tuition fee hikes, losing another stream of money could only worsen the situation.
Full Story: the Guardian