HE News Brief 12.04.10

by Abby Chau


Several  higher education news stories sparked our interest this week.

  • The Economist gives a succinct overview of university rankings and their supposed value to higher education. An interesting fact from the article: The Netherlands offer a special visa programme for those who have a masters degree from a university that comes up top on two international league tables.
    Full Story: The Economist
  • The AP explains the possible reasons for the steep increase of research papers coming out of China recently. Citing rampant forgery and plagiarism in Chinese research papers and journals, the AP investigates this developing issue.
    Full Story: Associated Press
  • An interesting article on the dramatic decrease of Japanese international students in U.S higher education institutions. South Korea, China, and India are now sending students in record numbers as Japanese ‘grasshoppers’ are increasingly preferring to stay at home.
    Full Story: Washington Post
    More: Chosun llbo
  • The University of Indonesia is pushing for fiscal autonomy in order to become, they argue, a world class institution. They are asking the government to recognise them as a non-profit organisation so that they may seek outside funding.
    Full Story: Jakarta Post
  • A report from the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development and the World Bank says that Egypt must overhaul its higher education institutions in order to support the country’s economic infrastructure. A few areas that they need to address is system rigidity, fostering financial equity, and providing students with more choices and information.
    Full Story: University World News
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