The U.S. dominated the 2018 Best Global Universities Rankings, with 221 universities represented. Harvard took the top spot, followed by Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Stanford University, and University of California—Berkeley. China (136 schools) followed the U.S., Japan (76) came in third, the U.K. (73) took the fourth spot, and Germany (58) rounded out the top five. The methodology measured factors such as international collaboration and reputation.
In an attempt to raise academic standards, Australia’s government has announced that it will tighten English language requirements for foreign students. Students without adequate English prerequisites can currently enroll in intensive English programs before assuming further studies. Now, they will also have to pass an official language test before being allowed to enroll in higher education programs. The move is intended to guard against low-quality language prep-programs, some of which did not adequately prepare foreign students. Approximately 16 percent of Australia’s 500,000 foreign students are currently attending language-prep courses, most of them from China, Brazil and Colombia.
Rwanda’s Higher Education Commission has closed down 5 private universities because they did not meet quality standards due to inadequate staffing and teaching facilities. The institutions are: Singhad Technical Education Society-Rwanda (STES), Rusizi International University (RIU), Nile Source Polytechnic of Applied Arts (NSPA), Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology and the Open University of Tanzania. The closure affects about 3,000 students who will now have to transfer to other universities. The closed institutions were given two weeks to provide students with their academic transcripts, so they can reapply at other schools. During the past academic year Taiwan had already seen a decline of university students from China coming for non-degree programmes of less than a year. After rising steadily in recent years, the numbers on short programmes fell from 34,114 in the 2015-16 academic year to 32,648 in the current year, according to Taiwan’s Ministry of Education. The Taiwan committee said one of the Chinese government's considerations in cutting numbers could be that in recent years China's higher education sector has suffered from a decline in student numbers due to the low birth rate.
A group of prominent European university leaders has called upon governments across Europe to give urgent clarification on the effects of Brexit on higher education. In a letter signed by 22 representative organizations, universities are asking for accelerated negotiations in regards to the U.K.’s participation in programs like Horizon 2020 and Erasmus+. The letter follows the recent delay of the second phase of Brexit negotiations, where the future of research and higher education are to be discussed. This delay creates problems for universities needing to finalize collaboration and student exchange programs for 2019.
Students around Europe are uncertain of the impact Brexit will have on their education but remain concerned about funding, campus diversity, career options and being welcomed in the UK, according to a QS survey of 1,000 students in 10 European countries. On average, 42% of EU students (not including students from the UK) said Brexit would have “no impact” on their education. Meanwhile, more than 70% of students from Belgium, Germany, France, Romania and Norway said Brexit would have “no impact” on their education or they “don’t know” if it will. The UK, Denmark, Spain, Italy and Greece are where perceptions are markedly more negative. Forty-six percent of students in the UK and 45% of students in Denmark said it would have a negative impact on their education while just over 30% of students in Spain, Greece and Italy said the same.
Private providers in the Australian tertiary system have been under fire in recent times following the Federal Government’s decision to scrap the scandal-plagued VET-FEE-HELP student loan scheme. The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) has pursued six educational providers since late 2015, and there are more on the horizon. Careers Australia was officially closed in May following a ruling that the company had breached Australian Consumer Law and “engaged in questionable conduct”, resulting in the reversal of $44 million worth of student debt. In total, the ACCC is seeking $460 million from Careers Australia and fellow providers Unique, AIPE, Empower, Phoenix Institute and Acquire Learning.
The American University in Dubai (AUD) and the Mohamed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Knowledge Foundation (MBRF) have announced scholarship opportunities for UAE nationals desiring to study journalism under the Mohamed Bin Rashid School for Communication. High school students can qualify for the scholarships upon graduation should they have a grade average of 85 or higher. Jamal Bin Huwaireb, managing director of MBRF said: “We are proud of our strategic partnership with the American University in Dubai, as today we offer scholarships for UAE nationals to study at the Mohammad Bin Rashid School for Communication.
The number of students from mainland China who will be allowed to study in Taiwan this year has been slashed, with implications particularly for Taiwan’s private universities which offer the majority of places available to students from mainland China. Taiwan’s University Entrance Committee for Mainland Chinese Students said last Monday that mainland educational authorities had approved 1,000 mainland students to study for full-time undergraduate degree courses in Taiwan this year, down from 2,136 last year. During the past academic year Taiwan had already seen a decline of university students from China coming for non-degree programmes of less than a year. After rising steadily in recent years, the numbers on short programmes fell from 34,114 in the 2015-16 academic year to 32,648 in the current year, according to Taiwan’s Ministry of Education. The Taiwan committee said one of the Chinese government's considerations in cutting numbers could be that in recent years China's higher education sector has suffered from a decline in student numbers due to the low birth rate.
68 percent of the 37,000 Nigerians who tried to cross over to Europe on the Mediterranean Sea in 2016 were university graduates, according to UN statistics. The migrants were mostly young adults seeking to better their economic prospects in light of missing employment opportunities in Nigeria. Some 9,000 migrants reportedly died in the desert or on the sea passage en route to Europe.
MISSISSAUGA, Ontario — The troubles began over sermons. For nearly two decades, Muslim students in the Peel School District, outside Toronto, had been allowed to pray independently on Fridays, part of a policy in many Canadian provinces to accommodate religious beliefs in public schools. Last fall, the school board decided to standardize the prayer sessions and offer six pre-approved sermons that the children could recite, rather than let them use their own. Muslim students protested, saying the move violated their right to free speech, and the board reversed itself, allowing the children to write their own sermons. But the dispute unleashed a storm of protest that continued through this spring.
Ethiopia shut down the internet on Tuesday (May 30) ahead of a scheduled national examination that was due to take place in the country on Wednesday. Social media users noted that the internet service was interrupted from around 7 pm on Tuesday—reportedly to prevent exam leaks. About 1.2 million students are taking the grade 10 national exams, with another 288,000 preparing for the grade 12 university entrance exams that will take place next week.
Seoul has seen a major increase in in number of international schools over the last decade. Schools like Chadwick School, Dwight School and KIS (Korea International School) have swept into town to challenge the old-league schools like Seoul Foreign School and Seoul International School. They all want a share of the lucrative business of preparing Korean students for Ivy League schools and providing luxurious facilities that make for a seductive environment.
The Australian government has introduced new amendments to key education legislation, elements of which will affect both foreign students and education agents. Introduced on 1 June 2017, the Education Legislation Amendment (Provider Integrity and Other Measures) Bill 2017 aims to amend the Education Services for Overseas Students Act 2000 and the Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency Act 2011. The overall effect will be to strengthen the registration requirements for higher education providers in Australia.
The league table has been compiled by filtering the overall World University Rankings results to include only universities located in nations that are members of the Arab League. THE has then ranked the best universities based on their overall ranking score. The full methodology of the World University Rankings 2017 can be viewed here.
Technology continues to shape the internationalization of higher education. Every year New Media Consortium and EDUCAUSE releases the Horizon Report that focuses in on the future of technology in higher education. Many of the findings are relevant to the work we do as international educators. The 2017 report was based on discussions with 78 experts in the field. This blog explores some of the big-picture trends driving higher education technology adoption.
Little known private colleges that are already struggling to grow their revenues are facing a new threat that could further weaken their finances and make borrowing harder: free tuition at public universities. The State of New York passed in April a bill that will by 2019 offer free tuition at community colleges and public universities in the state to residents whose families make less than $125,000 per year. At least six other states are considering similar laws, to ease the burden of student debt that has doubled since 2008 to over $1.3 trillion, according to the Federal Reserve Bank of New York. Fund managers expect that such initiatives, combined with other pressures that have long been building up, will cause bonds issued by smaller private colleges to fare far worse than the broader market if interest rates continue to rise.
Of the five million international students studying higher education courses outside their own countries, one in four are from just one country: China. But now most Chinese studying abroad are returning home – the outbound-to-return ratio has risen to 82% over the past four years, compared to one in three returnees a decade earlier – and China is attracting hundreds of thousands of foreign students to its shores. In all Western nations with large numbers of foreign students, Chinese are by far the most numerous. China is the largest source of international students in English-speaking countries such as the United Kingdom, United States, Australia and Canada.
One of Australia’s largest education and training provider groups has suspended operations, affecting some 15,000 domestic and international students and 1,000 staff. Careers Australia Group, which operated 11 education organisations around Australia, entered voluntary receivership last week after it was refused access to the new VET Student Loan scheme earlier this year.
Eurydice has published the 4th edition of the report presenting key data on Teaching Languages at School in Europe. The report shows that language skills are considered an asset: the number of pupils studying foreign languages has increased considerably in recent years with English, French, German and Spanish being the most popular foreign languages.
A recently published higher education cooperation plan with Tunisia represents the latest milestone in Turkey’s plan to set up joint universities with North African Arab states in what is seen as an expression of cultural diplomacy or 'soft power' aimed at building regional alliances and partnerships. The Tunisia-Turkey higher education cooperation plan was published on the website of the Tunisian Higher Education Ministry on 9 March and marks a first step in the implementation of recommendations issued at the Turkish-Tunisia Universities Collaboration Forum held by the Higher Education Council on 2 May last year.
Dubai: A total of Dh30 million worth of scholarships will be given to outstanding Arab students who will study at the American University in Dubai in the 2017-2018 academic year, it was announced. As part of the announcement at the Ministry of Education on Thursday, officials underscored that any Emirati high school graduate with a grade-point average of 85 per cent or higher will be automatically granted a full academic scholarship to AUD.
Universities in the northeast of England have said they fear leaving the EU could cause setbacks unless the government ensures EU students and academics can continue coming to the UK. The heads of Newcastle and Sunderland universities warned MPs that the UK was giving the impression it didn’t want foreign students or staff coming here.
Moving to another province for school is not considered radical, even if it is unpopular. When picking a school, few of my friends thought about the physical location of their school. Only 1 in 10 Canadian undergraduates elect to study outside of their home province. Facebook was seen by many as complicit in the rise of fake news, doing little to curb the mass sharing and buy-in from unscrupulous publications that are more interested in clicks than actual journalism. But now, realizing that the epidemic ultimately undermines the site’s value to its users, Facebook has announced it’s heading up the New Integrity Initiative to keep fake news off the social media site.
Students who wish to study in South Korea can explore these universities, which have been numerically ranked based on their positions in the overall Best Global Universities rankings. The rankings take into account schools' research performance, as well as their ratings by members of the academic community around the world and in Asia. These are the top global universities in South Korea.
If the UAE is to develop its knowledge economy and diversify away from oil, then it needs to ensure that its citizens are ready and willing to work in the private sector. Dr Ahmad Belhoul, the UAE’s new Minister of State for Higher Education, reveals how he is hoping to solve one of the country’s toughest problems According to a statement from Egypt's Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research, Egypt’s public universities attracted 91,000 new foreign students in the last five years, from 2012 to 2017, including 41,000 students at first-degree level and 50,360 students at postgraduate level. The students come mainly from countries such as Kuwait, Syria, Palestine, Sudan, Jordan, Somalia, Bahrain, China and Malaysia and are enrolled in both practical and theoretical subjects including science, technology, medicine and engineering, along with social, humanities and religious studies, according to a local media report.
Just twelve months ago, “fake news” would have sounded like the type of phrase a toddler would make up to avoid blame or discipline. But since the candidacy and election of Donald Trump, the term has emerged as a constant criticism by politicians and citizens on both sides of the aisle, predominately on social media, where stories are shared often because they align with philosophies, even if content is erroneous.
While international students studying in Egypt currently generate US$186 million for the Egyptian economy, this figure is low by international standards. An ambitious government plan aims to double the number of international students by 2020-21 and increase their contribution to the country by as much as US$700 million.
The Federal Government will abolish the 457 visa and replace it with two new visas, Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull says. Current visa holders will not be affected by the changes, which will see the introduction of two new temporary skills visas — a two-year visa and a more specialised one for four years "targeted at higher skills".
Four universities may be at risk of losing their law degree accreditation after the Council on Higher Education (CHE) found “serious” weaknesses in their LLB programmes. This would not affect students currently registered for LLBs, but if North-West University, Unisa, the University of the Free State and Walter Sisulu University fail to rectify issues within two years, they will have to close their law programmes.
More than 20% of higher education courses run by Thai universities fail to meet required standards, according to the Office of the Auditor General (OAG). According to Isara News Agency, the OAG recently sent a letter to the Office of the Higher Education Commission (Ohec), urging the body to weed out all substandard programmes operated by higher education institutions nationwide to improve the quality of the courses they offer.
The program is the first in the nation to offer free tuition at a state’s two- and four-year publicly funded schools. It was enacted just weeks before the May 1 deadline for most students to decide where they will matriculate, a choice that for many families involves weighing one school’s financial aid package against another’s.