HE News Brief 18.10.11

by Abby Chau


  • UK: A new report outlining the higher education outlook
  • LATIN AMERICA: A new rankings of the region has raised questions about governmental spending habits
  • INDIA: Foreign branches must adhere to too many restrictions
  • US: Some institutions have closed foreign branches
  • AUSTRALIA: Trends for international student numbers
    • As England enters its year of dramatic higher education reforms, Universities UK has published a report outlining the changes in recent years. International student numbers have doubled and full-time postgraduate studies have risen by three-quarters. China and India send a high proportion of students to study, with the former enrolling in undergraduate and research degrees whilst the latter sending more students for taught postgraduate degrees.
      Full Story:  FT
      More: The Telegraph
    • A new ranking of institutions in Latin America have shed light on regional differences, particularly fiscal differences which have shaped the higher education landscape. In countries like Brazil and Mexico, the government spends more on tertiary education than primary. This has a direct correlation on who can attend universities as mostly affluent families are able to send their kids to private schools to prepare for university exams. The way institutions are structured, as well, is inflexible and not conducive to change as tenure for civil servants and rectors is difficult to revise. The new rankings, some are hoping, is starting a new dialogue regarding the region and its performance both domestically and internationally.
      Full Story:  The Economist
    • The international community has been eyeing India’s proposal to allow foreign branches for some time now. As the country is looking to reach its goal of sending  30% of its high school graduates to university, it needs to find a way to widen participation. US Commerce Department official Suresh Kumar who is brokering education trade between the two countries says that as the bill to allow foreign institutions to set up in India currently stands, US institutions will not bite because of the restrictions placed on profits and regulations on tuition fees. India’s government, led by Indian Human Resource Development Minister Kapil Sibal, is trying to balance a certain amount of control of its higher education system whilst attracting high-flyers to the country.
      Full Story:  Wall Street Journal
    • The proliferation of foreign branches is a relatively new phenomenon, with more institutions joining the bandwagon with promises of profits and internationalisation. Suffolk University in Boston recently closed its foreign branch in Senegal, after spending 10 million dollars on the project. Other institutions have also seen their foreign branches fail: Michigan State University closed its doors in Dubai, George Mason University left its venture in the United Arab Emirates, and Texas Tech University is planning on leaving its German branch next year.
      Full Story:  Boston.com
    • Recent reports by Australian Education International has revealed some interesting facts. It shows that all of the Group of Eight elite institutions, except for the University of Western Australia, have a higher than average enrolment of international students.   The number of international students is six times the average in the United States and three times the OECD average. However, according to some, the proportion of international students in G8 institutions is not so off the international mark. For instance, they found that in the US, there is a higher proportion of international students studying in 25 elite institutions including two institutions – Columbia University and the University of Southern California – purporting international enrolment which is higher than the Australian average of 22.3%.
      Full Story:  The Australian
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