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Do the rankings have too much influence?

AS US News & World Report becomes the latest to offer its version of the world’s top 500 universities, complete with regional variations including Europe, we turn the spotlight on the higher education rankings with guest blogger ANDREA COSTA and ask whether they have got out of hand?   THE ENTIRE global higher education system […]

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A million babies and better job prospects – thanks to Erasmus!

Two new European reports have highlighted the importance of student mobility and internalisation to the continent. Here NIC MITCHELL looks at the Erasmus Impact Study. And in another blog he considers a paper from the European University Association (EUA) urging European universities to do more to integrate their foreign students.   REVELATIONS that one million […]

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To internationalise – Start by integrating your international students

  Increasing mobility is rising up the higher education political agenda, but how well are European, national and institutional goals for internationalisation aligned and what happens to international students when they arrive at our universities? NIC MITCHELL looks at a new EUA paper to find out.   UNIVERSITIES must do more to integrate foreign students […]

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Should the West be so obsessed with international student recruitment?

A SWISS academic has urged western universities to do more joint research with developing countries in Africa and Asia to overcome man-made problems like climate change and focus less on international student recruitment. Gerhard Schmitt, Professor of Information Architecture at ETH Zürich and founding-director of the Singapore-ETH Centre, was speaking to  a workshop on ‘Moving Abroad’ at the European […]

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EUPRIO brought a ray of sunshine to Innsbruck

Despite dire weather warnings for the Austrian Alps in early September, EUPRIO members brought a ray of sunshine to Tyrol when they arrived for the Innsbruck conference, writes Nic Mitchell. EUPRIO conferences are held in either late June or early September and bring together public relations and marketing professionals from over 20 countries to discuss […]

Dr Sijbolt Noorda speaking EUPRIO 2014

‘Stop inflating the language if you want to be trusted’

Universities should ‘stop inflating the language’ in their marketing communications and return to old-fashioned virtues, such as truthfulness, integrity, modesty and dedication if they want to win back public trust. That was the blunt warning from Dr Sijbolt Noorda, the opening keynote speaker at EUPRIO’s Innsbruck conference. The former President of the Association of Universities […]

EUPRIO President Denis Ancion hands over to Christine

Christine is new EUPRIO President

Christine Legrand is the new President of the European Public Relations and Information Officers’ association (EUPRIO). She is the Director of Communications and Industrial Relations at CPE Lyon in France and took over as EUPRIO President at the end of the association’s annual conference, held this month (September) at the University of Innsbruck, in Austria. […]

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Spotlight: Swiss immigration vote hits education and research

Switzerland’s political elite were not the only ones taken aback by a popular vote against mass immigration, as NIC MITCHELL has been discovering for the latest in our ‘Spotlight…’ series. Swiss universities and research institutions were shocked by the swift response of the European Union to the ‘yes-vote’ – which saw a tiny majority of […]

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Reward scientists who are good communicators, says think tank

Among measures to improve the way science is communicated to society, a German think tank is recommending rewarding scientists who are good at engaging with the public, reports NIC MITCHELL. Scientists who engage with the public deserve not just support and appreciation, but also “remuneration and incentives,” says a position paper from the Siggen Circle. […]