HE News Brief 21.11.11

by Abby Chau

  • AUSTRALIA: Internalisation activities are entering a third stage
  • MIDDLE EAST: Foreign branches in Qatar and Dubai are faring well
  • INTERNATIONAL: A new Autonomy Scorecard produced by the EUA
  • CHILE: Students are going to the table after six-months of protests
    • According to a recent assessment, Australia is entering a healthy stage of internationalisation activity because more funds gained from international students are going back to scholarships and stipends for foreign students rather than agent fees.  In 2008, $94 million dollars were spent on scholarships and stipends for international students; in 2009, $106 million was spent; and this past year this has jumped to $187 million. Researcher Alan Olsen says that universities now spend 50 percent more on scholarships than they do on agents’ commission. Swinburne International director Melissa Banks adds that more international students studying in different fields are also represented, a sign that the country’s international activities is moving in the right direction.
      Full Story:  Australian
    • Foreign branches, which have had some setbacks, are gaining some positive attention recently. Education City, a hub for foreign institutions to set up shop in Qatar, appears to be flourishing. University College London has recently established a branch there to offer students art and design courses. By 2015, UCL plans on establishing a master’s in museum studies programme and enrolling 150 postgraduates, which falls in line with the Qatar Foundation’s goal of making Doha the hub of Islamic culture. For those who would like to study Business, HEC Paris set up base this year and has successfully recruited 32 MBA students. In nearby Doha, where foreign branches are typically larger and required to be accredited, foreign branches have seen some success. London Business School, Manchester Business School, Middlesex University, and University of Wollongong all have foreign branches in Dubai.
      Full Story:  The Independent
    • The European University Association has recently released its findings on high education autonomy. The Autonomy Scorecard rates 26 countries on its independence to make decisions on organisation, finances, staffing, and academics. The United Kingdom scores top points for organisational independence, followed by Denmark, and Finland. In terms of financial autonomy, Luxembourg, which was ranked in the bottom for organisational independence, is ranked 1st, followed by Estonia and the UK. For the full results click here.
      Full Story:  The Chronicle of Higher Education
      More: New York Times
    • The protests in Chile over higher education, which lasted six months, has culminated in a dialogue with politicians over the 2012 education budget. Since May, students have organised 40 protests, causing enormous financial losses for public universities because students who are participating in the protests have refused to pay their fees, and some have opted to continue their studies at private institutions.  Part of their demands include increasing the budget for education by 1 billion dollars and providing 30% more grants to students.
      Full Story:  University World News
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