HE News Brief 13.9.10

by Abby Chau

Here are this week’s news stories:

  • The QS World University Rankings® published its top 200 global universities rankings, with Cambridge University taking the top spot, dethroning Harvard as the number one university in the world.
    Full Story: BBC News

  • The Organisation for Economic Co-Operation and Development (OECD) published its annual Education at a Glance last week. The report addressed the question of whether Higher Education is indeed necessary by pointing out that graduates are more recession-proof and they contribute more in income taxes than people who do not have tertiary degrees. It also argues that the future job market will be changing to one of a more highly skilled labour force. In addition the report proclaimed a dire sentence for the UK,  with countries like Canada and Finland who are showing better graduation rates as well as spending more on Higher Education per GDP.
    Full Story:Guardian
    More: FT


  • US universities are eyeing up branches in India – but not the elite universities first purported when the new law allowing foreign branches to open shop in India was first proposed to much fanfare. The so-called Tier 2 universities such as Carnegie Mellon in Pittsburgh, Virginia Institute of Technology, and Georgia Institute of Technology have all expressed interest in setting up a branch in India. The law has not been official approved but the draft says that foreign campuses must leave 10.5 million dollars in deposit with the government, and teaching staff must have at least 20 years experience before they can be considered.
    Full Story: New York Times

  • A few weeks ago, China and India announced that they will institute a dual recognition of degrees. Now Malaysia is throwing in its hat and also allowing dual recognition with China along with plans to open more satellite campuses. At the moment the private Malaysian Limkokwing University of Creative Technology is operating in China.  Malaysia’s Ambassador to China Datuk Iskandar Sarudin said that Malaysia is already a global Higher Education country and China is now planning to a move in that direction.
    Full Story: Bernama
  • The Lumina Foundation in the US has been keeping an eagle eye on the Bologna Process with the intention of using some of its framework as part of a plan to develop a “degree qualifications profile” which would analyze what a student must know in order to achieve a certain degree. With help from architects of Bologna, Lumina is looking into four areas of learning defined as applied learning, knowledge, skills and civic learning in order to prescribe what a student should be achieving in four years of Higher Education.
    Full Story: Inside Higher Education

  • UK universities and scientists were in an uproar made by Business Secretary Vince Cable regarding research funding and the need to ensure that tax payers money were  going toward useful and applicable research. Universities and Science minister David Willets echoed Cable’s remarks and reiterated the need to link academics and businesses.
    Full Story: Independent