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Chronicle of Higher Education: New Universities Just Joined the AAU. Here Are 3 Ways That Will Change Their Campuses.

For research universities, the prestige of being a member can help lure star faculty members. It also brings the fear of being cast out of the club.

Chronicle of Higher Education: Tulsa Trustees Override Faculty to Uphold Academic Restructuring Plan With Sweeping Cuts

Tulsa administrators have come under heavy fire for the university's plan to slash 40 percent of its academic programming, primarily in the liberal arts.

Emerging TNE markets experiencing phenomenal growth – UUKi Conference

The PIE News - Thu, 11/07/2019 - 11:07

More than four out of five (84.2%) UK higher education providers report having students studying through HE transnational education, although over 75% of these students were learning through just 18 universities, according to a report released by Universities UK International.

Now in its third edition, the ‘Scale of UK higher education transnational education’ report uses data from the Higher Education Statistics Agency to analyse UK TNE delivery and was launched in London at the Transnational Education Conference 2019 on November 6.

“For the very first time we’ve seen a decrease in the overall number of students”

“We now have 139 high education providers in the UK engaged in some form of transnational education. That’s the largest number on record,” said Vivienne Stern, director of UUKI, at the launch.

“But the report also shows that for the very first time we’ve seen a decrease in the overall number of students.

“If you take out the three big providers [Oxford Brookes University, the Open University and the University of London] who make up 52% of total student numbers, although there is an overall decrease in student numbers, without those big three we’ve seen growth of 2% this year,” Stern noted.

“We’re also seeing some interesting shifts in patterns of provision by geography and some phenomenal growth in emerging centres or hot spots of higher education.”

Among these emerging markets are Cyprus, which has grown by 244% since 2013/14, Sri Lanka (up 87.5%) and Myanmar (55%).

At the same time, in traditional host countries and regions like Malaysia, Hong Kong, Egypt and Nigeria, TNE numbers are stagnating or decreasing, according to the report.

Myanmar, in particular, is looking at how to change and reform its education system, noting that training for much-needed skills could be a gap filled by TNE.

“The most popular subject in our country is now business,” noted Myo Kywe, chairman of the National Education Policy Commission (NEPC) in Myanmar during the conference.

“We need tourism and hospitality. Thailand has 13 million tourists per year, we only have 3 or 4 million. We need to boom the subjects that can offer tourism, hospitality and airline management. This is essential.”

For the first time, China became the country hosting the most TNE students.

Together with Malaysia, Singapore, Pakistan and Nigeria, the top five host countries make up 38% of all student numbers.

“But there’s another big story, and that’s the very rapid growth of transnational provision in Europe, which grew 8.4% in the last two years,” added Stern.

“I think that can be explained by UK universities looking to shore up their relationships across Europe.”

In one conference session, university representatives met with speakers from NUFFIC and DAAD, who discussed Netherlands’ and Germany’s respective approaches to TNE.

Until two years ago, Dutch universities were not allowed to offer any full degree programs abroad.

If they did so, students would be required to spend a quarter of their study in the Netherlands, which was a little bit difficult for those students on branch campuses in Indonesia and Thailand,” explained Rosa Becker, senior researcher and policy advisor at NUFFIC.

However, changes in regulations in the Netherlands have created more of an opportunity for universities to participate in TNE.

“Firstly, you are allowed to offer your full degree program abroad. As a Dutch institution, you will need to show in funds through the Ministry of Education that the TNE programs will directly benefit the quality of education at home to home students,” Becker said.

“Secondly, Dutch institutions are only allowed to offer a full degree programs abroad if they offer the same program in the Netherlands, and thirdly, in order to recruit international students to the Netherlands, all Dutch universities are required to sign a code of conduct [saying they will] offer sufficient support to international students.”

Germany’s education system has a slightly different approach, in part due to free tuition and laws restricting university commercialisation.

“The German government financially supports the activity of German universities. They do this mainly through my own organisation, DAAD, which actually is a major driver for the development of TNE in Germany,” said Susanne Kammüller, senior desk officer TNE at DAAD.

“TNE can be effective for building global footprint, brand and ranking, but the data suggests most of us aren’t doing it”

Kammüller noted that collaborative forms were “absolutely dominant” in the German model for TNE.

An afternoon session with representatives from the British Council in China on TNE looked at the local preferences for 4+0 courses, ones that are provided completely in-country, as well as offering advice to universities for ensuring successful collaboration with Chinese partners.

It advised providers to “adjust income expectation”, “for all but the highest-ranking universities, expect high leakage of students into other universities” and that “TNE can be effective for building global footprint, brand and ranking, but the data suggests most of us aren’t doing it”.

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Chronicle of Higher Education: Some Colleges Are Using Beacon Technology to Track Athletes’ Attendance. Is That Ethical?

The company’s creator describes the beacons as “lighthouses” that students’ phones look for only when they’re in the classroom. But even that could cross privacy boundaries.

Oxford Brookes U: new programs in China, Greece

The PIE News - Thu, 11/07/2019 - 09:12

Two new undergraduate courses have been launched in the latest wave of development between the UK’s Oxford Brookes University and Chengdu University of Technology in Sichuan Province, China.

The courses, the BSc (Hons) Software Development for Business and the BSc (Hons) Computer Science, began teaching in September 2019 and are both dual-award, meaning students will receive a BSc (Hons) from Oxford Brookes and the equivalent degree from CDUT.

“We are one of just a small group of universities that have been given institutional status by the Chinese MoE”

Last year it was announced that over 200 education programs delivered by universities outside of China would not have their licenses renewed.  Since then, the Ministry of Education has placed emphasis on degrees that are based on quality and cooperation through China’s Sino-Foreign partnerships.

With a population of approximately 15 million, the growth of the city of Chengdu, in Sichuan Province, has led to increasing demand for dual awards approved under the Sino-Foreign collaboration framework.

The MoE is keen to see degrees developing in areas that are required for the improvement of Chinese society and to enhance the development currently taking place.

Vice-Chancellor of Oxford Brookes University, Alistair Fitt, said the partnership is of significant importance to Oxford Brookes as it enables the university to deliver awards in China where there is a growing need for a skilled workforce.

“We are one of just a small group of universities that have been given institutional status by the Chinese Ministry of Education, and this speaks volumes about the quality and value of a degree from Oxford Brookes University,” he said.

“I look forward to a long, fruitful relationship, leading to future developments in teaching and research which will be of value to both institutions and to China.”

President of Chengdu University of Technology, Liu Qingyou, added: “Oxford Brookes University is one of the most important collaborative education partners of Chengdu University of Technology.

“[The partnership  will greatly promote internationalisation and improve the quality of international strength and talent of Chengdu University of Technology.”

October 2019 has also seen the launch of a new international partnership between Oxford Brookes University and Metropolitan College, Greece which will see six programs delivered, spanning areas such as accounting, health, hospitality and technology.

Speaking about the partnership, British ambassador to Greece, Kate Smith, said this form of collaborative relationship between Greek private sector colleges and British universities is something to be proud of.

“This model has already given 14,000 students the chance to get a British degree qualification while studying at home in Greece and we only expect this number to grow,” Smith added.

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Evo Morales faces a long insurrection

Economist, North America - Thu, 11/07/2019 - 09:08

AT 11.40PM ON October 22nd, two days after Bolivia’s presidential and congressional elections, Paul Handal met a dozen neighbours on the street in Villa Fraterna, an upper-middle-class neighbourhood of Santa Cruz, the country’s biggest city. Suspicions were mounting that the president, Evo Morales, was trying to avoid a run-off vote by fraudulent means. Opposition leaders had called a general strike to demand one. Mr Handal and his neighbours dragged trees and tyres to an intersection to build a barricade.

“We thought it would last a day or two,” says Mr Handal, who owns a motorsports consultancy. Then the tribunal declared Mr Morales the winner and more evidence of irregularities surfaced. Over the following fortnight more than 100 people signed up to man the intersection in Villa Fraterna. “This is the second time Evo robbed us of our vote,” says Mr Handal, who is at the barricade from 7am to 7pm every day. The first was when Mr Morales decided to run for a fourth term, in defiance of a referendum vote in 2016. “My vote counts,” the protesters daubed in white on the walls of a dried-out canal. In the evenings families bring tables and chairs to play cards and listen to the radio. Vendors from a nearby favela bring food carts. Catholic and evangelical groups take turns leading prayers.

Such scenes are occurring across...

Jamaica’s tumultuous relationship with the IMF has a happy ending

Economist, North America - Thu, 11/07/2019 - 09:08

SOME 70 PEOPLE gathered under a tent on a balmy Monday evening recently in Trench Town, a stone’s throw from the housing project where Bob Marley grew up. Outside, three policemen armed with rifles patrolled in a four-wheel-drive vehicle. Trench Town is one of the roughest neighbourhoods of Kingston, Jamaica’s capital. But the mood in the tent is mellow. The air smells faintly of ganja. The Trench Townspeople have gathered not to talk about violence but about economic policy.

One participant, Sarah, asks Mark Golding, an opposition MP sitting atop a bar stool, how “the man selling bag juice on the road” is benefiting from reforms mandated by the IMF. Barrington, another local, wants to know about the effects of raising sales tax. “When we go buy a pound of flour we pay tax,” he notes, “but where do our taxes go?”

The Economic Programme Oversight Committee (EPOC), a motley group of officials, businessmen and civil-society representatives, has held such meetings across the island during the six years of Jamaica’s latest IMF programmes. The fund demanded tough austerity measures: a primary surplus (ie, before interest payments) of 7.5% of GDP, the highest ever required under an IMF programme; a three-year wage freeze for public-sector workers; and new taxes. On November 10th Jamaica is due to graduate from its current...

Chronicle of Higher Education: Higher-Ed Groups Raise Concerns About Foreign-Gift Reporting

The new guidelines could be a significant burden om universities, 30 associations said in a letter to the U.S. Department of Education. And more top news in global education. 

NARIC & Dialexy launch translation service

The PIE News - Thu, 11/07/2019 - 06:10

UK NARIC has teamed up with translation technology company Dialexy to provide a certified translation service for students and universities.

The project, which is being funded by the UK government, was soft-launched at the UK NARIC conference in London and will operate in Spain, France and Romania.

The new platform aims to provide ‘highest quality’ translations of certificates and transcripts, within 24 hours, a rate that is “90% quicker” than the industry average, and will be free for universities.

“Certified translation is not a regulated profession in the UK”

CEO of Dialexy Monica Camino Moreno said that one of the main problems is that certified translation is not a regulated profession in the UK.

“It means anyone who goes and buys a stamp saying ‘certified translator’ can effectively certify translations,” she told NARIC delegates.

“This is a problem for quality because they are not qualified for this kind of work, and students need certified translations to apply for university and to apply for visas.

“[As a result] students might just go for the fastest or the cheapest option, so they can complete their applications,” she added.

“What we do at Dialexy is use AI to speed up the process of the translation. We can also track and enforce better quality measures.”

Moreno quoted figures that showed 10% of applying students who didn’t have certified translations at the point of application dropped off and did not return.

Up to 50% of translations have critical errors which can lead to compliance problems, she said.

However, Dialexy is positioning itself as a solution to such problems.

Moreno said the new platform is able to translate 40 different languages and their certified translations comply with UK Visas and Immigration and GDPR standards.

The AI technology behind Dialexy can also identify document types before translating them, including academic transcripts and degree and diploma certificates.

UK NARIC and Dialexy are following a tight time frame for the project. By next year’s UK NARIC conference they hope to complete a full launch and intend to operate in 12 different countries.

NARIC and Dialexy are also developing a system that will help detect fraudulent documents.

“NARIC and Dialexy have been working closely together. We’ve been sharing data, sharing expertise and I think that we are really helping Dialexy to evolve into a certified translation service that specialises in higher education,”added head of UK NARIC’s individual services group Collette Stirzaker.

“We share the same values in terms of mobility of students and professionals, and the work we are doing between our two organisations is really having an impact.”

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Record number of int’l grads seeking jobs in Japan

The PIE News - Thu, 11/07/2019 - 03:38

The number of international students gaining work visas in Japan after graduating from universities or vocational schools hit a record high in 2018, following a surge in demand for foreign workers to help deal with a labour crunch caused by the country’s ageing population and low birthrate.

According to the Immigration Services Agency, a total of 25,942 students switched their status of residence last year to one that permits employment in Japan, up 3,523 from a year earlier and more than doubling 2013 figures.

Translation and interpretation were the most popular job descriptions, with 23.6% of students hired, followed by sales at 13.4%, overseas business at 9% and technology development in the field of data processing at 6.5%.

Chinese nationals topped the list of students switching to work visas

Asian nations accounted for 95.3% of the total, with Chinese nationals topped the list of students switching to work visas, accounting for 42%, followed by Vietnamese at 20.2%  and Nepalese at 11.3%.

According to the agency, interest among Nepalese students in studying in Japan has been on the rise in recent years, with Nepalese students experiencing the largest increase in employment (up 44.8%).

Back in May, the agency revised a justice ministry notification to allow foreign nationals who have graduated from universities or completed postgraduate studies in Japan to work at restaurants and retail shops under the “Designated Activities” status of residence.

Previously, graduates of Japanese universities from overseas were not allowed to work in the services sector on the grounds that jobs in the industry were not relevant to their area of expertise.

According to the Japan Student Services Organisation, there were 298,980 international students in Japan as of May 1, 2018, reflecting the government’s ambition to push for the internationalisation of the country’s HEIs.

However, despite prime minister Shinzo Abe’s goal of seeing 10 Japanese universities in the world’s top 100 by 2023 and education reforms including a 7.7 billion yen (US$982 million) fund for local universities, just two Japanese universities are currently in the Times Higher Education World Rankings 2020.

The University of Tokyo came in 36th place,  tying with King’s College London, while Kyoto University ranked 65th.

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Chronicle of Higher Education: ‘I Want My Professors to Stop Reading PowerPoint Slides,’ and Other Student Complaints.

One thing that stands out in a new survey from Educause of undergraduates: The frustrations some students experience in class.

Chronicle of Higher Education: Scandal-Ridden U. of Southern California Will Shrink Its Board. So What?

The university’s trustees will be fewer and more diverse, the chairman says. But critics say only openness about past missteps will clear the cloud hovering over the institution.

Chronicle of Higher Education: Wayne State U.’s Board Can’t Even Agree On Whether It Fired the President

An attempt to get him out of office has widened longtime fissures on the board. Members disagree about their own responsibilities. The public sees a research university in growing disarray.

Chronicle of Higher Education: A University Wanted to Improve Its Culture. So It Called Disney.

Faculty critics said they object to having what they consider abstract ideas dictated to them. That practice might be appropriate in a corporate office, they say, but not on a college campus.

Chronicle of Higher Education: Transitions: Wichita State U. Names Next Chief, Provost Selected at Jacksonville U.

Jay Golden, a vice chancellor at East Carolina University, will become president of Wichita State University in January.

Chronicle of Higher Education: A Professor’s Year Teaching in Saudi Arabia Was a Nightmare. Should an American College Have Stepped In?

Babson College recruited Marwa Mohsen to join a new institution bearing the name of Mohammed bin Salman. When the job soured, she felt that she had nowhere to turn.  

Chronicle of Higher Education: UConn Says It’s Repurposing Sackler Donations. What Does That Mean?

The university pledged to put the money toward projects in addiction research and education. But making such a move can be a messy process.

Chronicle of Higher Education: Getting Help, and Helping Others, on the Path to a Presidency

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Chronicle of Higher Education: Affirmative-Action Ban Likely to Remain in Washington State

A ballot measure that would have lifted it — fought by Asian American activists who called the practice discriminatory — seems to have lost in Tuesday’s voting.