HE News Brief 17.08.10

by Abby Chau


Here are this week’s news stories:

  • Shanghai Jiaotong just published its 2010 Academic Ranking of World Universities and it is causing a bit of a splash. Using the number of professors and alumni who have Nobel prizes and Fields medals as indicators as well as other criteria, the ARWU, according to this report, has Education Ministers from Europe visiting China in the hopes of discussing the rankings. The results has Harvard topping the league table with Stanford following on their heels.
    Full Story: AFP
  • Russian higher education institutions are lamenting the fact that they are severely lagging behind their North American and European counterparts in terms of research and the number of international students. Government officials say that they need to double the amount of educational spending to 24 million dollars in order to compete on the world stage. According to UNESCO, only 3% of the world’s international students study in Russia whereas 20% (in 2007) studied in the US. Officials also say that language barriers also accounts for the lack of Russian-produced research papers one can find in Scopus.
    Full Story: University World News
  • Higher education debt in the UK, according to a new report, is reaching £25,000 with an average yearly debt raising 5.4% to £5,600. In Scotland, costs are sufficiently lower, topping £10,000 in total. In response to this report, Higher Education Minister David Willetts reiterated that the government believes in social mobility and that there is indeed a need for people who benefited from a university degree, to contribute fairly to pay for their education.
    Full Story: eGov
  • Part of their plan to focus on building reputable higher educational institutions, the Higher Education Council in Saudi Arabia has made several recommendations that will be taken up by the government. A number of distance learning educational courses will be evaluated in universities such as King Abdulaziz University, and a new research and consultancy centre will be established at Taif University.
    Full Story:Arab News
  • Maastricht University in the Netherlands is hoping to attract some of the reported 170,000 UK students who will not be accepted to a university this year. By offering courses like European studies, law, life sciences, economics, and public health in English, Maastricht is hoping to lure students. They also say that tuition costs will be half the price of a degree in the UK and the Dutch university is only three hours away by train.
    Full Story: Times Higher Education
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