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Europe's Budget Crisis Hits Universities. “There will be fewer institutions: A lot of the smaller institutions will have been merged and institutions will be encouraged to specialize,” Mr.

Europe's Budget Crisis Hits Universities

Byrne said. “The word in the system is doing more with less.” Ireland is dealing with twin problems: A smaller national budget, and a larger potential student body, as those born during a baby boom in the late ’90s are now preparing to go to universities. The government estimates that there will be 250,000 students in the post-secondary system in a decade. In Britain, funding for teaching has become more dependent on student tuition, as direct government support decreased, causing a chilling effect elsewhere. UK universities are wary of getting on board the mooc train. About once a fortnight Matt Robb, senior principal at consulting firm Parthenon, has a conversation with a financier who wants to inject serious finance into a British university.

UK universities are wary of getting on board the mooc train

According to Robb, the right idea could net finance of between £50m and £100m. Yet this isn't about new lecture halls or research facilities. Financiers are hearing stories about a global revolution in online learning in the US, and they are eager for that revolution to catch on over here. But so far they have been disappointed. "UK higher education is extremely good, but the scale of ambition is low," says Robb. Which University? The One With Good News or the One Which is Open and Transparent? I came across the news first on Twitter from the @timeshighered account: Which?

Which University? The One With Good News or the One Which is Open and Transparent?

Launches university comparison website, featuring details of 30,000 courses and 262 HEIs: This announcement caused some slight concerns on Twitter, perhaps with a feeling that higher education shouldn’t be treated as a consumer good. Discussion Forum. Community engagement: We need to deepen the discourse. Community engagement: We need to deepen the discourse Posted on September 18, 2012 by Margo Fryer Community engagement is a hot topic in the postsecondary world in Canada.

Community engagement: We need to deepen the discourse

Many university and college presidents are highlighting the great work their institutions are already doing in the community and encouraging faculty to do more. At this year’s Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences, Governor General David Johnston talked about the importance of sharing and co-producing knowledge with the community in his keynote speech. He also hosted a working session with invited representatives from educational institutions and the community sector. The future of universities is all doom and gloom. Expansion by Big Ten May Bring Small Payoff. How does South Korea outpace the U.S. in engineering degrees? By Michael Alison Chandler DAEJON, South Korea—Any eighth-grader who wonders if anyone actually uses algebra should ask Hyungtae Lee, an electrical engineer who writes algorithms to build computers with the power of human sight.

How does South Korea outpace the U.S. in engineering degrees?

It’s a skill he learned first here in South Korea, where undergraduate students are five times more likely to major in engineering than their counterparts in the United States. Lessons From Abroad. DrEducation: International Higher Education Blog by Rahul Choudaha, PhD. How many Indian and Chinese students go overseas to study every year?

DrEducation: International Higher Education Blog by Rahul Choudaha, PhD

How many Indian and Chinese undergraduate students apply to US universities every year? What is the market size of Indian and Chinese student recruitment sector? There are different estimates floating in the market as there is no authoritative data available to answer these questions. DrEducation: International Higher Education Blog by Rahul Choudaha, PhD. Growth of Chinese students enrolling in global higher education systems is no news.

DrEducation: International Higher Education Blog by Rahul Choudaha, PhD

In my earlier post, I estimated that nearly 750,000 Chinese students apply to study abroad every year. Can Canada's schools pass the next great intelligence test? Her mom wanted her to go into science and become a pharmacist.

Can Canada's schools pass the next great intelligence test?

But after test-driving a number of subjects at Brandon University, Carissa Taylor chose English, with minors in philosophy and theatre. “For me, it’s more important to be happy than financially secure,” the 21-year-old says. Vote: How relevant is Canadian higher education? Canadian Virtual University - Programs. What first-year students are reading. Common reading program starts at Queens. by Léo Charbonneau For the first time this fall at Queen’s University, all first-year undergraduate students studying full time received a free copy of Eating Dirt by Charlotte Gill.

What first-year students are reading

Queen’s thus joins a handful of other Canadian universities to offer common reading programs for incoming students. Brave new buildings. At universities across the country, scientists are happily leaving the isolation of their old labs and offices to discover the “intellectual collisions” in new collaborative spaces. by Moira Farr Don Schmitt sits in a glass-walled conference room at the downtown Toronto office of Diamond Schmitt Architects as images of recent academic buildings designed by the firm project onto a large screen, showing light-filled stairways, dramatic glass atria and sprawling lounge spaces.

Brave new buildings

The Most Educated Countries in the World. College graduation rates continued to improve around the world during the recession, according to a recent international economic study. In more developed countries, the percentage of adults with the equivalent of a college degree rose to more than 30% in 2010. Colleges Rise Up. When Chantelle Hamilton graduated from high school in 2004, the thought of attending college never crossed her mind. “My perception was that failures went to college,” she says. “I thought: you go to college if you can’t get good enough grades to go to university.” But after more than two years studying biology at the University of Guelph, Hamilton, 27, was frustrated with lecture halls and laboratories. “I’m a super hands-on person,” she explains. The future of universities is all doom and gloom. 2020 Science — Providing a clear perspective on developing science and technology responsibly.

DrEducation: International Higher Education Blog by Rahul Choudaha, PhD. International educators consider the future of the field. DUBLIN, Ireland – Leaders in international higher education discussed the trends they expect to inform the future of the field last week at the European Association for International Education conference. “We are in a period of very big change,” said Gudrun Paulsdottir, an international strategist at Sweden’s Mälardalen University, who completed her term as the association’s president on Friday.

How PISA Rankings Could Make Or Break A Country’s Education System. The Future of Education: EPIC 2020. Directorate for Education. For additional documentation and data related to Education at a Glance 2012 Dynamic educational data award - Last September, we opened a competition challenge in collaboration with, requiring graphic designers to construct a clear and compelling visualisation on the economic costs and returns on education. The winners were Krisztina Szucs and Mate Cziner from Hungary. Their interactive chart condenses highly complex data on the costs and benefits of education around the world.

It highlights important facts showing students, parents and policy makers where the real costs and benefits lie for them in relation to education. It takes a detailed look at public versus private costs, per men and women for three simultaneously selected countries, while reflecting the benefit comparison between upper-secondary and tertiary education. Dr. Brian C. Mitchell: Strengthening the Pathway to Higher Education. College access is a national imperative. Once first in the world, the United States now ranks 12th among 36 developed nations in the percentage of the population with a college degree. Projections indicate that by 2018, as many as sixty million Americans will lack the skills and credentials to join the knowledge economy. Recognizing that this shortage of college-educated workers takes a huge toll on competitiveness in the global economy, President Obama has called for eight million more college graduates by the end of this decade.

Meanwhile the pool of applicants to four-year colleges and universities in America continues to shrink, largely because of rising tuition costs. The cost barrier, combined with shifting demographic needs, has increased the attractiveness of community colleges -two-year public and private institutions - for students wishing to continue their education beyond high school. Welcome to the Coundon Court Website. Deadset? MOOCs and Australian education in a globalised world. Massive Open Online Courses in the Developing World.