HE News Brief 4.01.11

by Abby Chau

Happy new year to you all!  The QSIU team will be delivering you the latest HE news, as well as intelligence on rankings, HE trends, and other beasts this upcoming year. Stay tuned.

  • India has announced that they will be performing their first major survey of higher education, which has suffered from inadequate statistical information for years. This initiative is seen to be the first step in a decade long effort to double the countries’ higher education institutions.
    Full Story: New York Times

  • Now that English students are set to pay up to £9000 in tuition fees starting in 2012, Michael Russell, Scotland’s Education  announced that Scottish students will still enjoy free tuition. In order to fund this, students from the rest of the UK will pay premium fees. This announcement is seen to curve “fee refugees” from other parts of the UK from fleeing to Scotland in order to pay less for higher education.
    Full Story:  University World News

  • Mergers of institutions have swept across Europe in the last few years. Finland went from 20 institutions to 15 in recent years while Denmark has reduced its 25 research institutions and universities to 11 in a matter of three years. Wales recently created a “super” universities by merging two institutions. The University of Strasbourg in France was formed in 2009 through three major mergers. Calls for more institutional autonomy has ushered in these new mergers as well as an increased interest in league tables. French President Sarkozy has spoken of his target of getting twelve French universities in the top 100 of world university rankings.
    Full Story: Chronicle of Higher Education

  • As tuition fee hikes in England has set the motion of a radically changing higher education landscape, many pundits are weighing in on how top universities will be able to retain their title. A recent op-ed piece has examined the performance of Oxford and Cambridge and whether they will continue to be “mid-Atlantic” institutions which is geared toward the free market and high-fees like their counterparts across the pond at Harvard and Stanford.
    Full Story:  Guardian

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