22 april - Dutch and American students working together thousands of miles apart, that is the most striking characteristic of the Global Village project. Project initiator Marca Wolfensberger: “In this project, students can experience how you cooperate and learn in a true global society.”
17 april - Germany urgently needs extra space in its master-programs to accommodate every student. Up to 36.000 bachelor students may not find a spot in 2016. This does not solely have implications for German students it might also harm the reputation of German universities abroad.
17 april - The European Commission wants to cut the budget for Erasmus for all with 15% and leave untouched the student loan scheme. These priorities are wrong, says the European Student’s Union.
11 april - The debt burden of students that don’t complete their study at a public university amounts to more than half of their annual income, a study by the US Department of Education shows. Students that don’t complete their study at private institutes borrow on average $350 per credit earned.
8 april - Danish universities have to pay a fine of 13 million Euro for accepting more foreign exchange students than they have sent abroad. Minister of Education Østergaard is “considering if this is the right way to achieve our goals”.
8 april - ESU raises strong concerns about the consequences of educational budget cuts around Europe. They believe that those cuts divert the EU from its strategy for inclusive growth. “Access to quality education needs to be in the frontline of the policy for economic recovery”
4 april - The Ukrainian Ministry of Education resorts to Soviet-style threatening techniques in order to gain the support of the student union for its higher education reforms. But the students fight back.
4 april - Although students are notorious for their drinking, college enrollment does not lead to alcohol abuse later in adulthood, research from Penn State shows. Hypothetically, if everybody in the US would go to college, alcohol abuse would even be reduced significantly.
3 april - At only fifteen, Jack Andraka did what the entire medical community couldn’t: he created a cheap sensor test for cancer. If others are to follow his lead, education needs more creativity; the current system “is the most effective way to kill innovation.”
29 maart - The European Union promises easier access for international students and the true costs of science publishing are revealed. Also, on this week’s agenda, how Big Data can save lives.
27 maart - “Washington needs a Glassroom”, Under Secretary of Education Martha Kanter wants to bring this symbol of transparency and excellent teaching at the Amsterdam Teaching Summit to the US. The concept of the Glassroom shares her vision on the teaching profession that “quality demands responsibility”.
26 maart - International students are eager to learn Dutch and to find a job in the Netherlands. Speaking Dutch increases the chances of building a future career in the Netherlands, but the real bottleneck is the work permit procedure.
25 maart - High quality education is essential if Europe is to make a speedy recovery from the most severe economic crisis for 80 years. However, as a result of the crisis, education budgets in all Member States are under great pressure, the newest Eurydice report shows.
20 maart - When choosing a university, the second most important reason, right behind the offered courses, is the financial situation. And it’s not just the height of tuition. A recent study showed that more than 80 percent of the international students would like to pay tuition in their own currency,
19 maart - The Russian Ministry of Education will monitor the effectiveness of universities by calculating the number of unemployed graduates applying for positions at job centers. This way universities that are producing the most unemployed graduates can be identified.