HE News Briefs 11.1.10

by Abby Chau

  • With tuition fees set to rise to up to £9,000 in 2012, applications for places in 2011 will see record levels. According to Ucas, there has already been a 2.5% increase in applicants. The figures also show that applications from under-18s have fallen while applications from older students have increased. Although ministers approved an extra 10,000 places last year, there is still a dramatic gap with one in three candidates not finding a place. Other trends show that the number of females applying have also increased, 199,000 compared to only 145,000 male students.
    Full Story: BBC News
    More: Guardian

  • Qatar is positioning itself as a new foreign higher educational hub with six US universities including the Carnegie Mellon University, Texas A&M University, and Northwestern University, already establishing branches there and interest from a French graduate school. The Education City is a 14 million square metre site boasting research facilities and  is a project of the Qatar Foundation, which is a private non-profit organisation overseen by Sheikha Mozah Bint Nasser, the Emir’s wife. According to the Foundation, opening foreign branches has successfully combatted the emirate’s brain drain, with more domestic students deciding to stay in Qatar.
    Full Story:  University World News

  • Tracking international partnerships and agreements can be a difficult task for institutions and universities. A new international consortium is developing a data management system in order to help them get a fuller picture of institutions’ global activities. The UCosmic Consortium, developed initially by the University of Cincinnati, is building an open source software which will not only allow institutions track their own international activities but also to easily identify regions that are ripe for partnerships.
    Full Story: Chronicle of Higher Education

  • With educational fees set to rise in the states and budget cuts have left universities and colleges in a critical state, a new rankings has been published to identify where you can get the best higher education for your buck.  Kiplinger’s Best Value in Public Colleges has recently been published, listing the top 100 public universities in the United States, using indicators such as fees, graduation rates, admission rates, financial aid, and average debt after graduation. The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill topped the list, followed by the University of Florida and the University of Virginia, at Charlottesville.
    Full Story:  Washington Post

  • With the long-awaited Hunt Report due out in Ireland regarding the state of higher education in the cash strapped country, there is already moves made by institutes looking to merge in order to form a super institution. The Dublin Institute of Technology, Dun Laoghaire Institute of Arts, Design, and Technology, the Institute of Technology Blanchardstown, and the Institute of Technology Tallaght are looking to merge which would form the country’s first technical university. The four institutes currently account for 12 percent of all higher education in Ireland.
    Full Story: Irish Independent
    More: Irish Times

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