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Top African universities slip on rankings list

University World News Global Edition - Fri, 09/15/2017 - 06:42
The University of Cape Town and the University of the Witwatersrand - the top two universities in Africa - dropped in the Times Higher Education 2017 rankings, with researchers warning Sout ...

Top Australian university opens campus in Dubai

University World News Global Edition - Fri, 09/15/2017 - 06:41
An Australian university that is ranked in the top 1% of universities worldwide has opened its campus in Dubai, writes Sarwat Nasir for Khaleej Times.

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Move to standardise university data to help rankings

University World News Global Edition - Fri, 09/15/2017 - 06:40
A draft amendment to the higher education law proposes clarifying university assessment measures and making them uniform so that university rankings can be more precise in the future, reports ...

National agriculture project to benefit 75 universities

University World News Global Edition - Fri, 09/15/2017 - 06:38
In a move to revolutionise higher education in agriculture in India, the World Bank and the Indian Council of Agricultural Research have recently launched the National Agricultural Higher Educatio ...

Universities body stresses need to curb radicalisation

University World News Global Edition - Fri, 09/15/2017 - 06:37
The Higher Education Commission of Pakistan has urged universities to institute effective protocols and programmes to curb opportunities for radicalisation of students and university staff, while ...

Jobs, harassment push up PhD dropouts

University World News Global Edition - Fri, 09/15/2017 - 06:34
Nearly 40% of researchers in some of the country's top institutions may be dropping out because of personal problems, job opportunities and alleged harassment by guides or supervisors, according t ...

Refugee scientists and researchers are being 'lost'

University World News Global Edition - Fri, 09/15/2017 - 06:33
Many refugee scientists and researchers fleeing conflict in the Middle East and North Africa have been lost in the diaspora - neither continuing their research, nor being welcomed by the countries ...

Universities face risks by protecting DACA recipients

University World News Global Edition - Fri, 09/15/2017 - 06:31
Hundreds of higher education leaders, from the Ivy League to community colleges and advocacy groups, have vowed to protect students on their campuses affected by the end of the Deferred Action for ...

Boom in number of English-taught bachelor’s, with Turkey on top

The PIE News - Fri, 09/15/2017 - 05:53

There has been a huge surge in the number of English-taught bachelor’s available in Europe, according to recent research, with the number of these degrees at HEIs in the continent up fifty-fold since 2009.

The research, produced jointly by EAIE and StudyPortals, also found that Turkey boasts the highest number of English-taught bachelor’s programs.

There were 2,900 ETBs identified in the StudyPortals database, BachelorsPortal, across 19 European countries, an increase from just 55 listed on the same search site eight years ago.

“Other countries are just now testing the boundaries as to what they can implement”

The growth in the number of ETBs has been relatively consistent on last year, however, after a noted boom in 2015 when the number grew by 43%.

Respondents to the research said that internationalising institutions was the main reason to offer English-taught bachelor’s.

Speaking to delegates at EAIE this week, Dana Petrova, director at the Centre for International Cooperation in Education, said that internationalisation was the main driver for the Czech Republic to offer such programs.

“You can’t attract foreign lecturers if you don’t speak the language,” she said.

Becoming or remaining competitive was cited as the second most important reason to offer these programs, according to the report, followed by attracting international talent.

Offering English-taught programs forces institutions to develop the required language skills, along with those of the local students, said Carmen Neghina, head of intelligence at StudyPortals.

It also impacts the number of international staff at the university, she added.

“With master’s degrees, sometimes the courses are 12, 15, 30 people, whereas the bachelor’s course can be anything between 100-300 students,” she told The PIE News.

“The number of teaching staff you need to actually manage the diverse and international group is also higher, so then it forces you to attract more international talent.”

Anna-Malin Sandström, policy officer at EAIE, said that when something new like is introduced, like these English-taught bachelor’s, it’s not surprising there would be an element of pushback.

“It appears in many cases actually relatively quickly [it] was sort of accepted and endorsed by the majority of both academic and administrative staff,” she told The PIE News.

While this is the only year that the number of ETBs has not experienced double digit growth, the overall upsurge shows no signs of slowing down just yet.

However, some countries’ growth is expected to slow before others’, such as the Netherlands, according to Neghina.

“Other countries are just now testing the boundaries as to what they can implement, how to go about it,” she said.

“There’s a lot more growth opportunities in France, in Spain, in Germany, in the countries that do have a lot of HEIs, but just a very low percentage of courses actually done in English.”

Turkey offers the largest number of English taught bachelor’s the report finds, with 545 across the country. This, explained Neghina, is in part due to its large number of private institutions.

“There’s a lot more growth opportunities in France, in Spain, in Germany, in the countries that do have a lot of HEIs”

While not offering as many programs, Germany comes out on top in Europe as the country with the most HEIs offering English taught bachelors, at 69.

However, the report notes that this is an indication of the size of the higher education system in the researched countries, as only 17% of the HEIs in Germany offer ETBs compared to the European average of 38%.

All of Switzerland’s HEIs offer ETBs, according to the research, along with around 75% of HEIs in the Netherlands.

While the number of English taught bachelor’s is on the rise, the number of master’s programs taught in English still dominates the EMI landscape across Europe, as English taught bachelor’s account for just 27% of all programs.

English-taught bachelor’s and master’s were overwhelmingly the most prevalent in the discipline of business and management, accounting for just over a quarter of all ETBs. This is followed by social sciences, and engineering and technology.

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What could the rescission of DACA in the US mean for international education?

The PIE News - Fri, 09/15/2017 - 03:46

DREAMers, undocumented students in the United States, just might become international students —at least in Canada. While hopes of a reprieve for DACA floated this week, Canadian institutions are using the uncertainty to reach out and offer scholarships.

Meanwhile, some US HE stakeholders fear the heat around the story further impacts the image of the US for other international students.

On September 5, the Trump administration announced that the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrival (DACA) program – launched by the Obama administration in 2012 that allowed for undocumented immigrants who arrived in the US as children to remain in the country – could be rescinded in six months’ time.

While subsequent news reports suggest a deal with the Democrats could be reached to protect those under threat of deportation, the shock announcement prompted staunch opposition from US higher education stakeholders and soul searching about what might happen to those in the DACA program (which guarantees delayed action on deportation and therefore security).

Over 130 colleges and universities have issued statements of support for DACA beneficiaries.

Such undocumented students, brought into the US as children ‘illegally’, are known widely as DREAMers, named after the DREAM Act that was introduced but never passed – the Development, Relief and Education for Alien Minors (Dream) Act, which would have offered them the chance of permanent legal residency.

The day after President Trump announced his plans to end the DACA program, on September 6, 2017, Huron University College in Ontario, Canada, announced that it would offer a $60,000 scholarship to any academically eligible student affected.

Approximately 10 students affected by the rescission of the DACA program have inquired about the scholarship

Barry Craig, principal of Huron University College, says that like many leaders in North American higher education, he was “troubled” when he heard that the Trump administration was considering cancelling DACA.

“I wanted to do something more than simply voice protest,” Craig says. “As the next door neighbour to the US and a place that has a reputation of being welcome and tolerant, I thought that some affected by the DACA decision might look to Canada for help. This scholarship seemed like a concrete way to respond to these people in need.”

Undocumented students from the US who want to try to take advantage of the Huron University College scholarship will need to obtain a student visa for study in Canada. Craig says that his institution will guide prospective students through appropriate channels to obtain a student visa.

So, far, he says approximately 10 students affected by the rescission of the DACA program have inquired about the scholarship. The scholarship offers $15,000 per year for four years of study, totalling $60,000, which would cover about half of tuition. Many international students have jobs on campus to help cover college costs, according to Craig.

If DREAMers can’t stay in the United States, they might consider Canada, as many international students do. “One of the top reasons why international students choose to study in Canada is because of its reputation of being tolerant and non-discriminatory,” says Karen McBride, president and CEO of the Canadian Bureau for International Education.

“Anecdotally, what we are hearing from our members across the country is that there has been a heightened interest in Canadian colleges and universities since the US election.”

President Trump is allowing a six-month window for Congress to act and come up with an alternative to DACA. A new version of the DREAM Act was introduced a bipartisan group of senators in July 2017, which aims to allow DREAMers to become permanent residents.

Approximately 800,000 individuals are registered for the DACA program and are therefore impacted by politicians debating their right to remain in the country they have grown up in.

“We’re talking about a set of young people who really didn’t have an opportunity to make an active choice”

About a quarter of DACA recipients are enrolled in college and 5% hold a bachelor’s degree or higher, according to an August 2017 issue brief by the Migration Policy Institute.

The prospect of deporting DREAMers after their DACA permits expire has been met with disapproval across higher education leaders in the country.

“While there have been diverse responses to the rescission of DACA on college campuses, there is widespread disappointment among higher education leaders regarding the President’s decision,” explains Lynn Pasquerella, president of American Association of Colleges and Universities.

“The result has been a reaffirmation of their commitment to serving DACA students by holding meetings to listen to their concerns, providing a range of support services, encouraging Congress to restore the DREAMer program, and taking on new fundraising campaigns to meet the specific financial needs of students.”

Pasquerella says that there have already been reports of a 40% decline in international students enrolling in colleges and universities across the United States this fall and is concerned.

“International students are weary of potential new restrictive legislation that would have a disparate impact on them and harbor fears over a hostile climate within the US,” she claims.

“This is unfortunate at a time when it is more critical than ever for students to be in diverse learning environments that foster cultural competence, global understanding.”

But the HE community is certainly making its opposition felt. Nicole Tami, executive director of the global education office at the University of New Mexico, tells The PIE News, “We try to be responsive to those on the DACA program. There continues to be a lot of uncertainty for these students, a lot of fear.. We’re doing everything we can to support them.

“Our provost is of international background and has reached out to the community and our overarching message is you are welcome here.”

She adds, “Regardless of what your political stance is on immigration, we’re talking about a set of young people who really didn’t have an opportunity to make an active choice [about their legal status].”

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ACE Names Illinois Resident Mario Sankis 2015 Student of the Year

American Council on Education - Fri, 09/15/2017 - 03:02
​Mario Sankis, of Round Lake Beach, IL, will be presented with ACE's Student of the Year Award at ACE2016 during the March 14 morning plenary session.

Fifteen More Institutions Join ACE’s Alternative Credit Consortium

American Council on Education - Fri, 09/15/2017 - 03:02
The selected institutions have demonstrated a strong commitment to access and attainment, particularly in the area of serving non-traditional students

Renu Khator, University of Houston President and System Chancellor, Elected ACE Board Chair

American Council on Education - Fri, 09/15/2017 - 03:02
Khator became board chair during ACE's 97th Annual Meeting in Washington, DC. ACE's membership also elected Georgetown University President John J. DeGioia vice chair; and Nancy J. McCallin, president of the Colorado Community College System, secretary.

Georgia State University and Governors State University Receive ACE/Fidelity Investments Award for Institutional Transformation

American Council on Education - Fri, 09/15/2017 - 03:02
The awards were presented at ACE’s 97th Annual Meeting and were accepted by Georgia State University President Mark P. Becker and Governors State University President Elaine P. Maimon​ on behalf of their institutions.

Holtschneider Receives 2015 ACE Council of Fellows/Fidelity Investments Mentor Award

American Council on Education - Fri, 09/15/2017 - 03:02
​The Rev. Dennis H. Holtschneider, C.M., president of DePaul University (IL), was presented today with the 2015 Council of Fellows/Fidelity Investments Mentor Award* during the opening plenary of ACE's 97th Annual Meeting.

ACE Names Indiana Resident Jeffery Gearhart 2014 Student of the Year

American Council on Education - Fri, 09/15/2017 - 03:02
​Jeffery “L.J.” Gearhart II, a McDonald’s restaurant general manager and student at Ivy Tech Community College in Indiana, is ACE's 2014 Student of the Year.

Madlyn Hanes, Penn State Vice President for Commonwealth Campuses, to Receive Donna Shavlik Award

American Council on Education - Fri, 09/15/2017 - 03:02
The award will be presented at ACE's 97th Annual Meeting in Washington, DC, during the Women's Leadership Dinner on Saturday, March 14.

American College Application Campaign Sees Record Year

American Council on Education - Fri, 09/15/2017 - 03:02
​As President Obama proclaims November National College Application Month, the only nationwide college application initiative is in the midst of a record-setting year.

Harvard rescinds Chelsea Manning's fellowship

Inside Higher Ed - Fri, 09/15/2017 - 01:31

To some, she’s a hero. To others, she’s a traitor. To Harvard University, Chelsea Manning is a scholar — or was, briefly. The institution announced this week that Manning, who served seen years in military prison for sharing classified documents with WikiLeaks before seeing her sentence commuted by President Obama, was to be one of four new visiting fellows at its Institute of Politics. Manning is now a network security expert and would have been Harvard’s first transgender fellow. 

But following major backlash over the announcement — including the resignation of senior institute fellow Michael Morrell, former acting director of the Central Intelligence Agency — Harvard rescinded the appointment early Friday. 

“I now think that designating Chelsea Manning as a visiting fellow was a mistake, for which I accept responsibility,” Douglas W. Elmendorf, dean of the John F. Kennedy School of Government said in a statement. “I see more clearly now that many people view a visiting fellow title as an honorific, so we should weigh that consideration when offering invitations.… Any determination should start with the presumption that more speech is better than less. In retrospect, though, I think my assessment of that balance for Chelsea Manning was wrong.”

Elmendorf said that Harvard withdrew Manning’s invitation to serve as a visiting fellow, “and the perceived honor it implies to some,” while maintaining its invitation for her to spend a day at the Kennedy School and speak there this academic year.

“I apologize to her and to the many concerned people from whom I have heard today for not recognizing upfront the full implications of our original invitation,” Elmendorf said. “This decision now is not intended as a compromise between competing interest groups but as the correct way for the Kennedy School to emphasize its longstanding approach to visiting speakers while recognizing that the title of visiting fellow implies a certain recognition."

In a letter sent and shared on social media Thursday, Morrell told Elmendorf he was stepping down because Manning’s appointment  would assist her in her “long-standing effort to legitimize the criminal path that she took to prominence, an attempt that may encourage others to leak classified information as well.” 

He added, “I have an obligation to my conscience — and I believe to the country — to stand up against any efforts to justify leaks of sensitive national security information.” 

Mike Pompeo, CIA director, on Thursday in a letter also criticized Harvard and backed out of planned talk there, saying making Manning a fellow gives students the wrong idea, and that it’s “shameful for Harvard to place its stamp of approval upon her treasonous actions.”

On Twitter, Manning responded to the news, writing: "honored to be 1st disinvited trans woman visiting @harvard fellow .... they chill marginalized voices under @cia pressure."

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Universities to be punished for admissions 'arms race'

University World News Global Edition - Fri, 09/15/2017 - 00:44
As part of its drive to clamp down on excessive tutoring and elite private schools that prepare students for the best universities, the South Korean government has ordered almost a dozen universit ...