HE News Brief 1.3.11

by Abby Chau

  • A new report by the European University Association (EUA) has been published to address how institutions can look elsewhere to diversify their income.  The report is based on 150 responses from universities spanning 27 different countries and shows that although public funding accounts for 73% of budgets, institutions must get creative in order to remain competitive. Findings show that red tape and an inflexible structure can stronghold universities from seeking private funding.
    Full Story: Science Business
  • In less than a decade, South Korea has tripled its international faculty and is poised to make significant gains in its internationalisation program as heavy hitters like the United States and the UK slump into economic austerity. Currently 7% of South Korea’s faculty are foreign hires, compared to Japan’s, which has a longer history on the international stage, average of 5%. Last year the government approved a $752 million World Class University Project which, among other initiatives, earmarked funds to hire more foreign professors as a method to modernise its higher education system. However, many are saying that there are issues that still need to be ironed out, such as the fact that salaries for foreign professors are nearly double that of domestic faculty, and a recent survey by the Education Ministry found that international faculty average a stay of only four months before they decide to leave their post.
    Full Story: Chronicle of Higher Education
  • Indian students, according to statistics released by the New Zealand government, is the second largest international student group next to China. In 2005-06, there were less than 4,000 Indian students and now there are over 12,000. This is a boom for New Zealand as traditional foreign students from the UK, South Africa, Taiwan, and South Korea has seen a decline in recent years.
    Full Story:  Economic Times
  • It was well reported last year that Chinese academics were publishing at an astonishing rate. However, the quality of the research output was put into question. Now the General Administration of the Press and Publications (GAPP) in China has ordered six journals and magazines to close shop because of the influx of publishing houses which make a hefty amount for publishing academic work. This is in line with a governmental pledge to close or merge publishing houses starting in January 2011 in order to ensure quality control. Many academics in China, including the National Natural Science Foundation in Beijing has long said that poor research papers and plagiarism was hindering China’s scientific advancements.
    Full Story:  University World News
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