HE News Brief 13.9.10

by Abby Chau

Here are this week’s news stories:

  • The QS World University Rankings® published its top 200 global universities rankings, with Cambridge University taking the top spot, dethroning Harvard as the number one university in the world.
    Full Story: BBC News

  • The Organisation for Economic Co-Operation and Development (OECD) published its annual Education at a Glance last week. The report addressed the question of whether Higher Education is indeed necessary by pointing out that graduates are more recession-proof and they contribute more in income taxes than people who do not have tertiary degrees. It also argues that the future job market will be changing to one of a more highly skilled labour force. In addition the report proclaimed a dire sentence for the UK,  with countries like Canada and Finland who are showing better graduation rates as well as spending more on Higher Education per GDP.
    Full Story:Guardian
    More: FT

  • US universities are eyeing up branches in India – but not the elite universities first purported when the new law allowing foreign branches to open shop in India was first proposed to much fanfare. The so-called Tier 2 universities such as Carnegie Mellon in Pittsburgh, Virginia Institute of Technology, and Georgia Institute of Technology have all expressed interest in setting up a branch in India. The law has not been official approved but the draft says that foreign campuses must leave 10.5 million dollars in deposit with the government, and teaching staff must have at least 20 years experience before they can be considered.
    Full Story: New York Times
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HE News Brief 8.6.10

by Abby Chau


From a French higher education revolution to a growing American uneasiness about their ranking, here are this week’s news stories:

  • The second Euro-Mediterranean Ministerial Conference on Higher Education was supposed to take place in April but due to the Icelandic ash cloud, it was postponed.  Stakeholders of this conference, from Southern Mediterranean and Middle Eastern States, seek to establish dialogues and agreements based on the 2007 Cairo Declaration which, akin to the Bologna Process, aims to harmonise higher education and promote knowledge sharing within member states. This editorial argues against the wholesale acceptance of Bologna and cautions against the so-called neoliberalism of internationalisation and privatisation.
    Full Story: Times of Malta
  • According to the Chronicle, France is allowing its 83 universities to become autonomous, cutting off traditional ties to the government.  In a major overhaul, Sarkozy also plans on investing billions of euros  into creating 10 regional “supercampuses” with the view to compete with American Ivy Leagues. The Chronicle posits that the poor performance of French universities in international league tables  has had a hand in ushering in this new system.
    Full Story: The Chronicle of Higher Education
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HE News Brief 18.5.10

by Abby Chau


From the new British coalition government to Puerto Rican protests, here are this week’s news stories:

  • Rwandan university students negotiate a post-genocidal social and ideological minefield, where talk of the 1994 genocide is muffled by government rhetoric based on a stringent reconciliation policy. According to this New York Times article, after high school, students are sent to ingando, isolated camps where students are taught among other things, that the genocide began with the Belgian colonists. How students will walk this very fine line between the freedom to learn and the campaign of imposed silence will be difficult.
    Full Story: New York Times
  • Now that the new British coalition government has the keys to 10 Downing, people are watching to see which pre-election promises will be kept. The Conservatives said that tuition hikes may be a possibility while the Liberal Democrats promised to phase out fees altogether in six years. With Conservative David Willetts overseeing universities and Lib-Dem Vince Cable as Secretary of State for the Department of Business, Innovation and Skills, this will no doubt prove to be an interesting topic to watch.
    Full Story: University World News
    More: The Guardian
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