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Student views - Keeping higher education tuned in

University World News Global Edition - Fri, 06/16/2017 - 07:22
Students must become full partners in higher education development to keep it tuned to current and changing demands, according to the two students who presented their cases at the 14th Association ...

Higher education harmonisation - Not just a dream

University World News Global Edition - Fri, 06/16/2017 - 07:20
The higher education institution qualifications harmonisation project embarked upon by the African Union is part of attempts by the continental body to ensure that the integration of the people in ...

'US stands to lose as much as Africa if Fogarty closes'

University World News Global Edition - Fri, 06/16/2017 - 07:16
A proposal to cut funding for the John E Fogarty International Center from the upcoming United States federal government budget by President Donald Trump's administration has prompted an outcry fr ...

Governments must work with universities on climate change

University World News Global Edition - Fri, 06/16/2017 - 07:14
East African governments should work with universities to build knowledge on climate change with a view to building the capacity and resilience of local communities, who largely depend on rain-fed ...

Could this be Asia's first world top 10 university?

University World News Global Edition - Fri, 06/16/2017 - 07:12
If Asian universities are going to break into the world's top 10, at least according to the new QS World University Rankings 2018, the most likely candidate is Nanyang Technological University, Si ...

On whitewater be prepared for aggressive self-rescue

University World News Global Edition - Fri, 06/16/2017 - 07:10
Many years ago - and for many years - my family made an annual trip to Greenville, Maine for a 'week away from it all'. As part of the trip, we went on a whitewater rafting adventure down the Kenn ...

Still a long way to go on internationalisation

University World News Global Edition - Fri, 06/16/2017 - 07:08
In the last few weeks, reports and articles have highlighted the performance of higher education in China. ...

Trend of decentralised international student support

University World News Global Edition - Fri, 06/16/2017 - 07:06
Nowadays universities do not need to be convinced that their student support services need to cater to international students as well as domestic ones. However, the support system that exists depe ...

US student mobility trends in a global context

University World News Global Edition - Fri, 06/16/2017 - 07:04
The demand for a US higher education among students across the world has grown steadily, with the United States hosting almost a million students from over 200 countries. In past years, much of th ...

Universities told to enhance support as UK battles its bad PR

The PIE News - Fri, 06/16/2017 - 07:01

The UK’s universities must work to build the trust of international students by being honest about the uncertainty they face in the current political climate, while ramping up student support efforts to combat the country’s “unwelcoming” image, higher education leaders were urged in a stern wake-up call in London yesterday.

“It’s very clear to international students that the UK has become less welcoming, to say the least,” NUS international students’ officer Mostafa Rajaai said at an event on enhancing the international student experience, organised by Universities UK International.

“If you’re a student on the ground, it feels like an institution’s being dishonest with you when it says ‘Nothing has happened’”

In the two years he has held the role, ever-tightening visa regulations and anti-immigrant rhetoric have been two major issues incoming students face even before they arrive at university, he said.

Speaking about the “isolating feeling you get when you have to jump through so many hoops just to get here”, Rajaai called on universities to act as a “safe haven” for students.

“Being honest with international students could be the first step towards that,” he said.

Universities were right to respond quickly to last year’s Brexit vote by reassuring international and EU students that they are still welcome in the UK, but said some had risked alienating students by projecting an image that “nothing has changed, everything’s exactly as it was”.

“If you’re a student on the ground and you go to the city centre, you see how people treat you differently, you see how immigration is tightening, it feels like an institution’s being dishonest with you when it says ‘Nothing has happened’,” he related.

“I think a better approach would have been: ‘We understand things are getting difficult… but we’re going to do more.’”

Universities must also create structures for students to have their voices heard and reevaluate whether they are offering enough support to international students, he said.

“You don’t see the same amount of money that’s spent on recruiting international students being spent on student support,” he challenged.

Some successful initiatives to support international students put forward during a panel discussion at the event were a move to introduce mental health services in students’ own languages and providing events that are open to both international and domestic students to help student populations integrate.

“It’s our obligation to provide inductions where international students mingle with home students,” commented Chris Shelley, director of student services at King’s College London, which also opens up spaces for both domestic and international students who are unable to go home and may feel isolated during Christmas holidays.

“You don’t see the same amount of money that’s spent on recruiting international students being spent on student support”

UK higher education institutions are becoming ever more aware of the need to provide robust support services for international students amid what many feel is an increasingly hostile political environment, speakers at the event acknowledged.

“There’s still a perception that the UK is not as welcome and as desirable a destination for international students – as many surveys have told us,” noted Max Lu, vice chancellor at the University of Surrey.

“We’re forever vulnerable to political shifts,” Lu told delegates. “We as a sector have to be on the front foot, to be proactive, to think about how we’re going to demonstrate and deliver value to international students.”

Incoming Universities UK president and University of Liverpool vice chancellor Janet Beer also underlined that “we absolutely cannot afford to be complacent” about the impact of external changes on international students.

Universities must deliver a “consistent message that [students] are valued, they are safe, they are at the heart of our campuses and we are privileged to have them”, she said.

And during this time of political upheaval following the recent general election and with Brexit negotiations looming, universities must continue in their lobbying role, she said.

“We need to remind politicians that the wider UK public welcomes international students,” she urged.

“International students are a gift to the UK’s soft power and to our future soft power,” she said, adding that universities “should be enduringly grateful” for the contribution students make to their campuses.

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Fusion of Western rationality and Aboriginal knowledge

University World News Global Edition - Fri, 06/16/2017 - 07:00
Charles Sturt University or CSU has roots going back to Experimental Farms, which were founded in the 1890s in rural New South Wales to spread a scientific approach to agriculture. In its modern f ...

ELTons showcase ‘sheer range of innovations’ in ELT

The PIE News - Fri, 06/16/2017 - 06:40

An English language series centred around peace and diversity, an interactive talking book, and an online text analyser were among the recipients of this year’s ELTons Innovation Awards, which recognise innovation in the English language teaching industry.

The British Council awards, now in their 15th year, were hosted by language writer and broadcaster Susie Dent, who is most well-known for her role on the UK game show Countdown.

“What’s remarkable is the sheer range of innovations created for a diverse range of English language learners and teachers in different contexts around the world”

Among the winners was Brazil-based ELT series Students for Peace, which teaches students about peace, accepting different points of view and respecting diversity alongside their language training.

Winning the Award for Digital Innovation was TextInspector.com, which scores English text benchmarked to the Common European Framework Reference.

Also shortlisted in the digital innovation category was Chris Moonie of Mackenzie School of English, whose app encourages students to learn during cultural visits. He said it’s important to keep up with the changing technological demands of the ELT industry.

“Our vision is the same as it was 10 years ago when we opened, but the industry has changed dramatically,” he told The PIE News.

“If you don’t move with the times and you’re not embracing technology, then you’re not going to survive much longer.”

The ELTons were hosted by the British Council, in collaboration with Cambridge English Language Assessment, and took place at the Millbank Tower in London this week.

Reflecting on the entries, Anna Searle, director of English language at the British Council, said: “What’s remarkable is the sheer range of innovations created for a diverse range of English language learners and teachers in different contexts around the world.”

“We encourage all practitioners, professionals and would-be innovators to take inspiration and find new, practical tools and resources for the classroom from this year’s ELTons winners and finalists.”

The winners of the 2017 ELTons Innovation Awards are:

Award for Digital Innovation: www.textinspector.com – Stephen Bax with Versantus IT Services and Web Design
by S Bax, N Roberts, N Rhymes, S Clarke, R Robinson

Award for Excellence in Course Innovation: Students for Peace – Richmond
by E Amos, I Valverde, A Almeida, S Possas, AC Pilliposian, D Viegas, CC Filho

Award for Local Innovation in partnership with Cambridge English Language Assessment: Hausa-to-English Talking Book 1 – Mavis Computel Limited
by Samuel Ucheaga, Chiemezie Ucheaga, Chigoziri Ucheaga, Chizaram Ucheaga, B Y Hassan, AH Amfani, M M A Umar, L B Earl

Award for Innovation in Learner Resources: Develop EAP: A Sustainable Academic English Skills Course
by Averil Bolster and Peter Levrai

Award for Innovation in Teacher Resources: Tigtag CLIL – Twig World
by K Kelly, K Halstead, J Clegg, A McNulty, A Zaparucha, P Betts, S Citron

Master’s Dissertation with Best Potential for Impact in ELT Award: Jason Anderson – King’s College London under the supervision of Dr Martin Dewey, Senior Lecturer in Applied Linguistics

A qualitative study into the role of initial teacher training courses in the professional development of experienced non-native speaker teachers of English.

The ELTRAs: English Language Teaching Research Awards

Queen’s University Belfast
Digital Data-Driven Learning and Teaching: Making best use of corpora for English Language Teaching – Dr Aisling O’Boyle, Lecturer in Education

Northumbria University
English language education and migration: implications for secondary level students who have English as an additional Language – Dr Graham Hall, Associate Professor in Applied Linguistics and TESOL

University of Glasgow
Establishing and sustaining pre-sessional student partnerships across borders – Anna Rolinska, Lecturer at the English for Academic Study Unit

Lifetime Achievement Award: Professor Ronald Carter

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Asian Institute of Technology (AIT) – Cooperation with Siam University

International Association of Universities - Fri, 06/16/2017 - 01:09

Asian Institute of Technology (AIT) and Siam University (SU) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on 11 May 2017, to promote academic cooperation. The MoU was signed by Dr. Pornchai Mongkhonvanit, President, Siam University, and Prof. Worsak Kanok-Nukulchai, President AIT. The AIT President also congratulated Dr. Mongkhonvanit on his election as Vice President of the International Association of Universities (IAU). AIT is also a member of IAU. More

Rolling Stone magazine settles with university fraternity

University World News Global Edition - Fri, 06/16/2017 - 00:39
Rolling Stone's disastrous and discredited campus rape story now has a price tag: US$1.65 million, after the magazine settled the defamation lawsuit filed by the University of Virginia fraternity ...

National university in fresh round of restructuring

University World News Global Edition - Fri, 06/16/2017 - 00:38
The University of Rwanda is in the process of restructuring to improve the quality of education, reduce expenses and create a friendly learning environment for students, writes Frederic Byumvuhore ...

Four universities get accreditation from France

University World News Global Edition - Fri, 06/16/2017 - 00:36
Four universities in Vietnam have been evaluated and accredited for meeting international standards by the High Council for Evaluation of Research and Higher Education in France, reports ...

Vote clears way for technological universities law

University World News Global Edition - Fri, 06/16/2017 - 00:34
Lecturers at institutes of technology have voted for a deal with colleges and the Department of Education that should clear the way for new laws allowing the creation of technological universities ...

Universities and big pharma embrace early-phase deals

University World News Global Edition - Fri, 06/16/2017 - 00:33
Engineering new pharmaceuticals is risky, achingly slow and astronomically expensive. In search of better ways to defray those costs and speed the path to success, Chicago's elite research univers ...

Oxford University dons lose new vote over retirement age

University World News Global Edition - Fri, 06/16/2017 - 00:31
Academics at Oxford University have failed in a new bid to challenge rules forcing them to retire at 67, reports the BBC.

The university's congregation - which is ma ...