HE News Briefs 14.9.11

  • KOREA: After an extensive audit, 43 institutions have lost important funding
  • ENGLAND: Institutions are rethinking the amount they want to charge for tuition fees
  • INTERNATIONAL: According to a new report, collaborative international degrees are on the rise
  • NETHERLANDS: Morning raids at VU Amsterdam and University of Amsterdam
  • UGANDA: Institution shutting down due to lack of funds and staff discontent

    By Abby Chau
  • After a much publicised auditing exercise, the Korean government has announced that 43 private institutions will lose funding for tuition fees. Of the 43, 17 of those institutions had limits put on student loans. As a result, these institutions may be downgraded to “poorly managed” universities which would start the ball rolling for organisational restructuring. The institutions in question have debated the findings, saying that the indicators used to assess the universities does not take into account the diversity of institutions.
    Full Story:  The Hankyoreh
  • After the publication of the white paper on tuition fees recently, the Office of Fair Access in England have received a dozen enquiries from universities who are considering lowering their tuition fees. When the government allowed universities to set their own fees up to £9,000, many institutions went for the maximum. However as new policies have been set which will allow institutions charging £7,500 or less to bid for 20,000 student places, some institutions have started to reconsider.  In addition, institutions that charge more than £6,000 have to initiate an access agreement with Offa to ensure students from disadvantaged backgrounds are given fair access to higher education.
    Full Story:  BBC News
  • According to a report by the Institute of International Education, collaborative international degrees have increased. The United States and China are popular partners. Institutions are increasingly interested in building an international profile and propagating academic exchange.
    Full Story:  Chronicle of Higher Education
  • VU University Amsterdam and the University of Amsterdam have been raided by the Netherlands Competition Authority because of allegedly conspiring to set student tuition fees. Recently the universities have started charging fees for second bachelor or masters degrees. The universities deny the charges and say they do not make money by charging a second degree.
    Full Story:  University World News
  • In Uganda in the late 1980s, students were able to secure scholarships to attend university. However as government funding for public institutions have fallen and demand have risen, universities have had to close their doors due to depleted funds. Makerere University has recently shut because of staff disputes over poor pay and benefits. Makerere tried to raise tuition fees in order to plug the gaps in their finances but was initially blocked by the government, then the students who went on strike. A recent World Bank report has painted a similar situation in most of Africa, concluding that investment in higher education has not matched the demand for places.
    Full Story:  Guardian
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