20 mei - The battle for brains is increasingly being fought by all nations. Today’s talents are tomorrows knowledge workers. Lector Jos Walenkamp (The Hague University) studied the key factors that make international students stay abroad after graduation.
16 mei - The United States want to triple the number of students going to India for higher education in the next five years. More than 100.000 Indian students visit the US every year, but only 4300 Americans go the other way. Streamlining the visa procedure must help to make India a more attractive study destination.
16 mei - Did students get better education since tuition fees have been increased?” Research shows that British students have 25 percent less workload than the Quality Assurance Agency assumed. Students are not satisfied with their current education, a third of the students would have chosen a different study.
14 mei - Sleep deprivation lowers the achievement of school pupils, international big data research shows. In the US 80 percent of the pupils underachieves due to a lack of sleep. However, sleep is not everything, sleep deprived Finnish students still outperform the well-rested Kazakhs.
10 mei - The EU member states lack great enthusiasm about the Erasmus ‘loan guarantee scheme’. They want to cut the budget, but is this really the final curtain for the proposal that is so dear to the European Commission?
8 mei - New Zealand and Australia suffer from a drop in foreign students. New Zealand’s universities point their finger to the high New Zealand dollar, the global recession and earthquakes. The countries see many Asian students go to elite institutes in the US, instead of going to Oceania.
8 mei - Anka Mulder, Board Member of Delft University of does not believe that MOOCs are the solution to every educational problem. “I am convinced that they are an important step, but more steps will be taken. Another good reason for keeping our eyes open for other open and online developments.”
7 mei - The future learner will not chose an education once in his life. He and she rather will repeatedly ask the question what and where to learn next, says Michael Gaebel of the European University Association. Higher education will change with them.
3 mei - Carolina Schmidt, Chile’s fourth education minister in three year faces a gargantuan task. She has to structurally reform the scandal-stricken education system, while hundreds of thousands of students, teachers and parents protest for better quality.
3 mei - The number of students in the UK that already submitted their application is still lower than before the dramatic rise in tuition fees. Several universities might be in serious trouble, but for the first time ever, the figures per institute are not published. Is a new era for British higher education looming?
2 mei - European students strongly prefer Erasmus grants over the newly proposed Erasmus loans. They demand that the European Parliament and Council look at alternative measures on how student mobility can be enhanced.
25 april - The EU starts its own MOOC initiative with a special feature: courses taught in 12 languages. Although the launch event was unfortunate, the ambition runs high. “Doubling the number of courses and nine new partners in 2014.”
24 april - The British Ministers of Business and Universities tour Mexico, Colombia and Brazil in order to attract more students from Latin America. This charm offensive will not only help Latin American students to pursue their dreams, but it will also help to repair the gap in the budget of British universities.
22 april - More than ten percent of the American children are affected by specific learning disabilities like dyslexia or dyscalculia. This means that on average 2 or 3 children per classroom need special attention.