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U-Multirank reveals ‘hidden gems’ in the world’s universities

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European universities are once again able to compare and contrast their activities with rivals around the world and demonstrate that research is far from being the only way of measuring what makes a ‘good’ university. So says U-Multirank, the comparative global university ranking initiative funded up to now by the European Union’s Erasmus+ programme. The fourth edition of U-Multirank (UMR) – which claims to have broken the mould of international…

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What does Brexit mean for European higher education?

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Britain is not leaving Europe. It is just starting divorce proceedings from the European Union. Here Nic Mitchell explores some of the implications for European higher education in his Brexit blog for EUPRIO members.   The starting gun for the official process of Britain leaving the European Union was fired on 29 March 2017 by UK Prime Minister Theresa May, pictured, and British and European higher education and research leaders…

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Rectors condemn attack on academic freedom in Turkey

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European university leaders have condemned the crackdown on academic freedom following the failed coup in Turkey, writes Nic Mitchell. The European University Association (EUA), which represents 850 members in 47 countries, said the education sector, including higher education, has been targeted, with 15,200 education staff suspended and Turkey’s Higher Education Council (YÖK) ordering the resignation of all Deans from both Turkey’s public and foundation universities. Four university rectors in Turkey…

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In or out of the EU, EUPRIO will stay together

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Speculation is mounting about the impact on universities of the UK’s #BREXIT referendum on European Union membership, especially in areas like student and staff mobility and research cooperation, writeS Nic Mitchell. But for EUPRIO the message is clear! “In or out of the EU, our European association of university communication colleagues will remain together”, said EUPRIO’s President Christine Legrand. “We are colleagues with same questions, exchanges and experience and we are…

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Universities want UK to stay in European Union

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British and European universities have decided they can’t afford to stand idly by in the big debate about whether the United Kingdom should remain or leave the European Union, writes Nic Mitchell.   With a referendum on the matter called for June 23, and opinion polls showing the UK’s voting public pretty evenly split, the British rectors’ association – UniversitiesUK – has come down firmly in favour of staying within…

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Huge rise in English-taught courses across Europe

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There has been a rise of nearly 1,000% in the number of English-taught programmes offered by universities in non-English speaking European countries since 2002, reports Nic Mitchell. The number has gone up from 725 when the Academic Cooperation Association (ACA) carried out its first study in 2002, rising to 2,389 in 2007 and 8,089 in 2014. The study, English-Taught Programmes in European Higher Education, can be accessed via the PDF…

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Spain to pioneer new mobile master’s loans

Students from Africa, Latin America, Asia, Australia, and many European countries at Universidad de La Rioja, Spain

Spain has been picked to pioneer the European Union’s new Erasmus Loan Guarantee Scheme. The scheme, launched in June, offers loans of up to €12,000 for a one-year master’s degree in another European country or €18,000 for a two-year masters abroad. The initiative will eventually receive around €500 million from the budget of the huge Erasmus+ student mobility programme, which the European Commission says will help to raise up to…

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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 50.3% support the introduction of quota-based immigration, including EU nationals to Switzerland. Within weeks of…

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Spotlight on Lithuania

Lithuania’s capital Vilnius holds a soft spot in the folklore of EUPRIO members for we held our 2006 annual conference there, the first in Eastern Europe. Now, having just played a key role in plotting the future path of the EU, it is timely for our latest blog from Nic Mitchell to shine the spotlight on trends in Lithuania’s higher education system. LITHUANIA has been at the heart of the…

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