HE News Brief 29.11.11

by Abby Chau

  • SOUTH KOREA: Recognition of foreign diplomas paves the way for Asia-Pacific higher ed collaboration
  • UK: Initial figures show that applications for 2012 sees a 15% shortfall
  • CANADA: Positioning itself as a popular destination for international students
  • RUSSIA: Recognition of foreign degrees in 2012
    • At a UNESCO ministerial meeting recently, the Korean Education Ministry has agreed to comply with a degree recognition agreement with some Asia-Pacific countries. Under the agreement, Korea, where students typically take four years to complete a degree, will start accepting foreign degrees from China and Australia, where students typically take three years to matriculate. Participants of the meeting including Australia, Cambodia, China, Indonesia, Japan, Philippines, and Thailand also discussed a way of modelling mutual recognition initiatives similar to those of the Bologna Process. The Korean government has also agreed to crack down on universities failing to operate by quality assurance standards which are awarding degrees to foreign students.
      Full Story:  Korea Herald
    • Recent figures released by the Universities and College Admission Service suggest that UK-born applications for a place in 2012 has fallen by 15%, compared to last year’s figures.  2012 marks the first year which will see tuition fees rise to a maximum of £9,000. According to Russell Group director general, Wendy Piatt, the trend is too early to call. The figures for 2012, says Piatt, is very similar to the number at the same time last year. However many are concerned by what they see as fees as a deterrent for those wanting to pursue a degree. According to the figures, a drop in applications from mature students is certainly a reality. Applications from between 25 and 39 year olds has fallen by more than 20%; and 25% for 40 and over. In addition, demographic influences also play a role: by 2020, the number of 18 year olds will be shrinking.
      Full Story:  Guardian
    • Canada is poised to step out of Australia’s shadow as a popular destination for international students, according Pamela Barrett, North American director of client services for International Graduate Insight Group. During an annual conference for International Education, some say Canada is looking poised to be a contender if it continues to build resources for international students and tackles the problem of student-visa fraud.  Amit Chakma, president of the University of Western Ontario says that universities must seize this opportunity to improve their services so the momentum, which shows that growth in international student numbers are in the double-digits, continues to build.
      Full Story:  The Chronicle of Higher Education
    • The Russian Education Ministry has announced that starting in 2012, it will be easing its recognition of diplomas from foreign countries, allowing more international students who wish to pursue postgraduate study in to the country. At the moment, students who wish to study in the country must wait at least six months for their foreign degrees to be recognised. The ministry will be drawing up a list of foreign institutions that include G8 countries with universities in the top 300 rankings in the QS World University Rankings or the Academic Ranking of World Universities. The new procedures are also aimed at expediting the process for foreign researchers and lecturers who want to work in the country.
      Full Story:  RT
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