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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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UK universities pin their flag to the EU mast

In the run-up to elections for new European Parliament speculation was rife that Britain might be heading for the European Union exit door. But one group has not been afraid to pin their pro-European credentials firmly to the mast – and that’s the assembled ranks of UK universities, as NIC MITCHELL explains. AS WITH much of Europe, disillusionment with the way mainstream politicians handled the economic recession, banking crisis and…

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Challenges and opportunities for EUPRIO members in 2014

Funding cuts, immigration controls and higher tuition fees are just three of the challenges facing European universities in 2014 and beyond. But there are exciting developments, too, with the internationalisation of higher education and the opening up of online learning, which offer fresh opportunities for European universities to spread their influence far and wide. So, it is not surprising that EUPRIO’s next conference will be around the theme ‘How to…

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