HE News Brief 16.8.11

by Abby Chau

  • RANKINGS: Publication of the Academic Ranking of World Universities
  • LATIN AMERICA: Alba member states looking to harmonise higher education
  • SOUTH KOREA: Auditing of institutions to ascertain whether they are fit for foreign students
  • EAST AFRICA: Plans for harmonising of higher education
  • LATIN AMERICA: Region increasing study abroad programmes Read more

Too many graduates, or too few?

by Mansoor Iqbal, Education Writer

Competition for jobs may be intense, but the vital role played by graduates in economic growth and recovery means that some voices believe the world needs more, not fewer.

It has recently been reported that no less than 83 applicants apply for every graduate level role in the UK. The total number of graduate jobs is expected to rise by 2.6% in 2011, and it should be remembered that graduates can often be pretty indiscriminate when applying for a first job, but the figure is still pretty daunting. It is no wonder, then, that one proposal in the recent white paper presented to the government by the UK’s Minister for Universities, David Willetts, was that universities publish data on how many of their graduates are able to find work – this is one of the primary concerns of students in the 21st century (as reflected in the methodology of the QS World University Rankings®, which takes into account the prestige afforded to universities by graduate employers).

Graduate unemployment figures inevitably add to these concerns. While the UK is used as an example here, the problems are certainly not limited to that particular nation – graduates in countries as prosperous as the US and China are also facing stiff competition for jobs (though it should be noted that graduates are generally less likely to be unemployed that non-graduates). The almost inevitable consequence of this is voices calling for the number of students in higher education to be greatly reduced, particularly while we are still living in the shadow of the financial crisis that occurred at the end of the last decade. Read more

Six Latin American universities make the grade in new QS World University Rankings: Arts and Humanities

by Liliana Casallas

 

Six Latin American universities were featured in the QS World University Rankings®: Arts and Humanities released on http://www.topuniversities.com/university-rankings, revealing strength in Latin America’s universities in Modern Languages, Philosophy, Geography, History, English and Linguistics.

  • Brazil, with four universities featured, is best-performing country in the region
  • Mexico’s Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (UNAM) ranks in top 100 in five of the six ranked subjects
  • Argentina’s Universidad de Buenos Aires in top 100 for Modern languages and English

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HE News Brief 5.4.11

 

 

 

 

 

 

by Abby Chau

IN THIS EDITION

  • LATIN AMERICA: Regional and national university rankings emerging
  • UNITED KINGDOM: Could number of high charging universities undermine the whole idea and result in reduced places for students?
  • CZECH REPUBLIC: Foreign students quadrupled in four years
  • GLOBAL: Britain’s Royal Society report that the landscape of international research collaboration has changed dramatically

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HE News Brief 22.3.11

by Abby Chau

IN THIS EDITION

  • CZECH REPUBLIC: Ministry of Education to implement university classification system
  • VENEZUELA: Student protests over HE funding
  • IRELAND: Ellen Hazelkorn publishes her book on Rankings and their influence on Higher Education
  • BRAZIL: Employers investing heavily in higher education progress
  • UNITED KINGDOM: Durham joins Oxford, Cambridge, Imperial and Exeter in announcing their intention to charge maximum fees

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HE News Brief 27.07.10

by Abby Chau

 

From President Sarkozy’s higher education revolution to the second for-profit university in the UK in the last 30 years – here are this week’s news stories:

  • As governments around the world are cutting funding for higher education, French President Nicolas Sarkozy is bucking the trend and investing 1 billion euros into the sector. Under the new scheme, Sarkozy wants to revolutionalise the fledgling university system and make the les grandes ecoles, or elite schools, more accessible to poorer students. In addition, Business schools have started to merge, instigating criticism about how these schools and universities will be managed and made competitive.
    Full Story: FT
  • Pearson, which owns the Financial Times and Penguin books, is dipping their hands in the Brazilian higher education market. Having acquired Sistema Educacional Brasileiro learning systems business for 326 million pounds, Pearson is looking to cash in on the reported 2 billion valued educational materials market. With a romping 25% of Brazil’s 192 million people under the age of 14, Pearson expects to recover the invested capital by 2012.
    Full Story: Wall Street Journal
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HE News Brief 4.5.10

by Abby Chau

 

A late post with news articles for week commencing May 4th:

  • The pressure to do well on international league tables has caused a few UK universities to allegedly put pressure on students to fib on the National Student Survey. According to complaints logged with the HEFCE, students at Swansea, Anglia Ruskin, Derby, Leicester, Portsmouth, Sunderland, Kingston, and London Metropolitan were pressured by university lecturers and heads of department to score high marks on their university experience.
    Full Story: Telegraph
    More: The Guardian
  • Education stocks dropped when a U.S Department of Education official compared for-profit institutions to Wall Street firms who caused the financial meltdown. Deputy Undersecretary of Education Robert Shireman said that not only is training at these institutions questionable and they deplete federal education funding, but oversight in accrediting these for-profits is dubious.
    Full Story: Bloomberg Business Week

         
  • Brazil will play an instrumental role in rebuilding Haiti’s devastated Higher Education system. According to a cooperation memorandum between the two countries, academic agreements will be discussed to promote internationalisation and scholarship programmes will be introduced for Haitians who plan on post-graduate study.
    Full Story: iStockAnalyst
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