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The story of how Singapore became a research nation

University World News Global Edition - Fri, 12/15/2017 - 08:14
Bertil Andersson became president of Singapore's Nanyang Technological University or NTU in 2011. He had first joined NTU as provost in 2007, after being chief executive of the European Science Fo ...

Iran, Saudi Arabia vie for influence over Afghan HE

University World News Global Edition - Fri, 12/15/2017 - 08:12
Two leading Islamic powers, Sunni Saudi Arabia and Shiite Iran are building Islamic universities and higher education institutions in restive areas of Afghanistan in an attempt to use them as a pr ...

Higher education's social responsibility to refugees

University World News Global Edition - Fri, 12/15/2017 - 08:10
The number of displaced people around the world has reached unprecedented levels. The United Nations High Commission ...

The merits of equality in Africa-China HE collaborations

University World News Global Edition - Fri, 12/15/2017 - 08:08
The China-Africa relationship goes back centuries as evidenced by the discovery of Chinese coins and porcelain in East African archaeological sites. Much more recently, in the 1950s, the relations ...

A global recognition convention for academic mobility

University World News Global Edition - Fri, 12/15/2017 - 08:06
The 39th Session of the General Conference of UNESCO last month gave the green light to continue the work on UNESCO's academic mobility convention, the ...

Are branch campuses improving students' employability?

University World News Global Edition - Fri, 12/15/2017 - 08:04
Of the different forms of transnational higher education, international branch campuses or IBCs are arguably the riskiest and most vulnerable but also the most visible. An estimated 180,000 studen ...

Brexit breakthrough, but what next for universities?

University World News Global Edition - Fri, 12/15/2017 - 08:02
The immediate Brexit deadlock has been broken. What might this mean for United Kingdom higher education and research, a sector that like the financial sector and much of British business, from car ...

Academic staff union calls off strike

University World News Global Edition - Fri, 12/15/2017 - 07:24
After 38 days of crippled activities in public universities and hard-line negotiations, the Universities Academic Staff Union has reached a 'compromise' and called off their strike, writes Hillary ...

Universities, companies lobby for tax-free tuition help

University World News Global Edition - Fri, 12/15/2017 - 07:22
Universities and companies are joining forces to lobby Congress to keep a tax provision that allows employers to give staff as much as US$5,250 in yearly tax-free tuition help, writes Melissa Korn ...

Universities struggle to cater for te reo demand

University World News Global Edition - Fri, 12/15/2017 - 07:20
Auckland universities are facing a te reo Maori teacher shortage as free language classes soar in popularity. While there are a lot of proficient Maori speakers, finding the right people to teach ...

Community colleges lauded as USA’s secret weapon

The PIE News - Fri, 12/15/2017 - 07:19

The USA’s international education sector remains beleaguered by slowing enrolment numbers, a difficult political environment, and a dollar value making it less competitive compared with other study destinations. But better promotion of community colleges and the transfer system that offers a 2+2 access route into US higher education could be the country’s secret weapon.

This was a message that came through from various stakeholders speaking at the AIRC Conference in Florida this month.

Jing Luan, provost, international education at San Mateo County Community College District in Silicon Valley, used data to back his arguments, showing that at highly ranked UC Berkeley, for example, the number of transfer students admitted was rising year on year while freshman admissions were declining.

With many community colleges having transfer agreements enshrined in law, he argued that earning an associate degree at community college and then transferring to complete a bachelor’s degree at university was a low cost, low risk access route.

“The top 50 universities in America admitted 62,000 transfer students [in 2013],” he related, citing further data revealing only a handful of freshman (year one) students from China being admitted into many Ivy League schools in 2016.

Andrew Chen, managing director of WholeRen Education, an innovative US-based agency that services clients in China and has four offices in China too, backed the position that the transfer route into top tier universities is an effective model.

His company offers Chinese students support while in the US and undergoing the transfer process, advising on transfer from community college and from a lower-ranked to a higher-ranked university. His company helps educate parents in China about this opportunity.

“Community college, this system does not exist in China, so the transfer system doesn’t exist,” he explained to The PIE News.

He added, “I always say that President Trump did one good thing for international education, because both him and his daughter transferred into UPenn Wharton School.”

“You’ve got to understand the strength of the Indian middle class, there’s a lot of volume”

Zepur Solakian, CEO of the Centre for Global Advancement of Community Colleges, was also attending the event to advocate for wider consideration of associate degrees for international students considering the US.

She raised an observation that with tuition fees being substantially lower, not all education agencies were financially motivated to recommend such programs if their commission is a proportion of tuition fees.

Responding, Sushil Sukwhani, director of Edwise International in India, said this was not a reason for his counsellors not recommending the 2+2 route. But he noted that the families of Indian students were focused on the prestige of its well ranked institutions.

“[Parents] want to say that their children got into an institution of high recall, that people have heard of,” said Sukwhani, who said more joined-up promotion of community colleges from Education USA and other parties would be helpful.

“Commission should not be the stumbling block,” he continued. “You’ve got to understand the strength of the Indian middle class, there’s a lot of volume out there.

“There are a lot more students at a different price point and you can serve the cause of education in India and the USA [via this route] and.. get volumes to increase.”

Solakian observed that typical fees at community college range from US$6000-12,000 per year. This  compares with fees of US$20,000-40,000 at university-level.

Celebrating its ninth year, the American International Recruitment Council is a membership organisation comprising education agencies that have paid to undergo an accreditation process and US education institutions.

  • Further in-depth interviews with Sukwhani, Chen and Luan will be published in due course.

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Universities help build capacity in cybersecurity

University World News Global Edition - Fri, 12/15/2017 - 07:18
CyberSecurity Malaysia, the national cybersecurity specialist agency under the ministry of science, technology and innovation, is working closely with universities in the country to develop talent ...

New national HE strategy to boost standards and quality

University World News Global Edition - Fri, 12/15/2017 - 07:16
The Ministry of Education announced last week the launch of the National Higher Education Strategy aimed at bolstering the United Arab Emirates' higher education standards and quality, reports ...

Fewer foreign students in public universities - Report

University World News Global Edition - Fri, 12/15/2017 - 07:14
A large number of foreign students who decide to pursue higher education in Bangladesh are choosing private universities over public ones, writes Rashid Al Ruhani for the Dhak ...

Warning to universities 'selling' degrees to politicians

University World News Global Edition - Fri, 12/15/2017 - 07:12
Kenyan Education Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiang'i wants universities selling degrees to politicians de-registered. He said the government is planning a major shake-up in higher education, includin ...

Calls to link vice-chancellor pay to university size

University World News Global Edition - Fri, 12/15/2017 - 07:10
Appearing before the education select committee, Nicola Dandridge, chief executive of the Office for Students, hinted that the new watchdog would crack down on heads who receive large pay packets ...

27 students barred from HE, but could be many more

University World News Global Edition - Fri, 12/15/2017 - 07:08
Tehran's representative in the Iranian Parliament, Mahmoud Sadeqi, says 27 graduate students have been banned from continuing their education in the current Iranian academic year, but analysts sug ...

Bishops condemn police, state attacks on universities

University World News Global Edition - Fri, 12/15/2017 - 07:06
Bishops from the Igreja Episcopal Anglicana do Brasil - the Anglican Episcopal Church of Brazil - have spoken out against state and police attacks on universities, reports Ang ...

Detained US professor to appear before new prosecutor

University World News Global Edition - Fri, 12/15/2017 - 07:04
Stony Brook University Professor Patrice Nganang, who has been detained in Cameroon for a week, has been transferred to another facility and was scheduled to appear before a new prosecutor, his su ...