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HE News Brief 03.12.2012

  • Chile: OECD advises a tighter scrutiny of university accreditation
  • UK: 10 new universities formed, focus is humanities
  • South East Asia: Greater Mekong region to emulate ERASMUS & Bologna processes
  • India: Waking up to international student recruitment

The OECD recommended that Chile tighten its accreditation process, an area of particular scrutiny lately, in order to improve its higher education system.The recommendations were part of an OECD report published this month at the request of the Education Ministry, which proposed more rigorous licensing requirements for universities, continuous monitoring of university standards and restructured leadership.Charges called against university directors said to be
buying accreditation from government committee.The former directors of two Chilean universities and the councilor of the National Accreditation Committee (CNA) face charges of accepting bribes in exchange for ensuring university accreditation.

Full Story: Santiago Times

Ten smaller higher education colleges in England, including three specialist arts institutions and the venerable Royal Agricultural College, are to become full universities, the government has announced in the biggest shakeup to the sector in 20 years. It came after Willetts’s department reduced the minimum student intake of 4,000 for a university to 1,000. The 10 institutions span a variety of subjects and histories, with three specialising in the arts – Bournemouth, Norwich and Falmouth – and two – Royal Agricultural College and Harper Adams University College – devoted to agriculture.The other five offer a wider variety of courses mainly centred around the arts, humanities and teaching.

Full Story: The Guardian

The conference organised by the South East Asian Ministers of Education Organisation, or SEAMEO established for setting up a common credit transfer scheme between several South East Asian and neighbouring countries, which will be crucial for encouraging student mobility within Asia. The Great Mekong Subregion – which includes Vietnam, Cambodia and Laos, Myanmar, Thailand and China – and neighbouring countries Japan and Korea, are working together to set up a higher education platform, similar to the European Union’s Erasmus programme, to increase mobility within the region. aligning the Asian region’s 6,500 higher education institutions and 12 million students in 11 vastly different countries, and making their systems compatible within a mere seven years.

One of the parameters India scores poorly on is that there are barely any international students on its campuses compared to other universities in the world.India waking up to foreign student recruitment,Mumbai University has more than 100 foreign students on its rolls this year, mainly from African and Asian countries including Afghanistan, Ghana, Laos, Myanmar and Ethiopia.Foreign students make up a very small proportion of those studying in India, however,despite little or no recruitment efforts and complicated admission procedures, but numbers are slowly growing.,Mumbai University last year made a rule that 15% of seats in colleges be set aside for foreign students to help broaden the university’s international scope

Full Story: Hindustan Times


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