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Can brain drain become brain gain for Lithuania?


Internationalisation is a key issue across European higher education. But it is often seen as a way to boost university revenue by attracting fee-paying students from abroad or recruiting foreign students to vital, but less popular science or engineering courses, writes NIC MITCHELL. But what happens to countries exporting their talent, particularly countries like Lithuania which are struggling to enrol sufficient numbers of bright students because of high levels of…

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France tops U-Multirank for internationalisation


France had the highest number of top-performing institutions in a new ranking produced by U-Multirank based on international orientation. Supported by the European Commission, U-Multirank is the new higher education rankings system that claims to reflect both the diversity of higher education institutions, or HEIs, and the variety of university excellence in an international context. The latest rankings use a range of ‘international orientation’ indicators. These include student mobility and…

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Turning university communications upside down!


Can we have any real idea of what the world of higher education will look like in 2020? The pace of change with developments such as digitisation, globalisation and privatisation is transforming the face of universities that have lasted pretty much unchanged for hundreds of years. With students travelling from one side of the world to the other for their degrees and MOOCs and online learning encouraging studying without leaving…

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Solidarity with Charlie Hebdo attack victims


Europe’s universities have expressed solidarity with Charlie Hebdo attack victims, with the European University Association (EUA) backing a statement from the French national rectors conference (CPU) saying freedom of expression is a core university value. The statement from Conférence des présidents d’université (CPU) said: “They targeted a newspaper, its journalists, policemen who were protecting them, but they also attacked the university’s values and those of the Republic: freedom of expression.”…

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Excellence schemes are blooming in Europe’s universities


The European University Association recently published a new report examining ‘excellence schemes’ and their impact on universities in Europe. NIC MITCHELL looks at the main findings. From Britain’s recent Research Excellence Framework, or REF, used to decide where public funded research is best spent to France’s €7.7 billion Excellence Initiatives designed to create up to ten multidisciplinary hubs capable of competing with the best universities in the world, ‘Excellence’ is…

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