‘Trends 2018: Learning and teaching in the European Higher Education Area’

Posted in Research on December 6th, 2018 by steve

“The EUA is pleased to present Trends 2018: Learning and teaching in the European Higher Education Area. This flagship report gathers data from more than 300 higher education institutions in 48 European countries. Trends 2018 examines how learning and teaching at European higher education institutions evolves in the context of changing demands, technological and societal development and European- and national-level policies and reforms …” (more)

[T&L, 6 December]

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Open access – are we almost there for REF?

Posted in Research on June 14th, 2018 by steve

“A report published today by Research England (on behalf of the research councils, Jisc and Wellcome) shows that UK universities are working hard to ensure that they are compliant with funders’ open access policies. The support from authors, professional services staff and academic libraries has been crucial in implementing open access …” (more)

[David Sweeney, Wonkhe, 14 June]

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Fifty-fold growth in English-taught bachelor’s courses in Europe

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on September 14th, 2017 by steve

“The number of English-taught bachelor’s programmes being offered by European universities has increased 50-fold in the past eight years, according to a major study. Research from the European Association for International Education and international study platform StudyPortals found that there are 2,900 such courses being offered today at universities in continental Europe, up from just 55 in 2009 …” (more)

[Ellie Bothwell, Times Higher Education, 14 September]

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Study finds many European academics are reluctant to teach in English

Posted in Teaching on August 4th, 2017 by steve

“New research has revealed deep ambivalence among academics told by European universities to teach and publish in English, with one even threatening to sue his department rather than switch language. As European continental universities increasingly switch to English for master’s programs, interviews conducted at the University of Hamburg in Germany show that there is resistance to the shift …” (more)

[David Matthews, Inside Higher Ed, 4 August]

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Change in university governance structures in continental Europe

Posted in Governance and administration on June 19th, 2017 by steve

Abstract: This article discusses changes with respect to university governance structures in six comprehensive universities in Europe. We present an analytical framework on the basis of which we conduct a comparative analysis of the university governance structures along four different dimensions: (a) the internal democratic nature of the governance structure, (b) the external involvement in university governance, (c) the level of centralisation of decision-making authority in the university and (d) the concentration of authority in an individual leadership position versus authority in a collective body or spread over various collective bodies.

Gornitzka, A, Maassen, P, de Boer, H, ‘Change in university governance structures in continental Europe’, Higher Education Quarterly (18 June 2017) http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/hequ.12127.

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Low fees and top universities: why Irish are studying abroad

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on January 23rd, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Thousands of college hopefuls have been scrambling to apply for third-level courses in Ireland in recent weeks. But increasing numbers are looking further afield to Europe where affordable fees, prestigious courses and easier entry requirements are turning students’ heads …” (more)

[Aine McMahon, Irish Times, 22 January]


Where Are Europe’s Unemployed Graduates? via @StatistaCharts

Posted in Life on August 24th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“As many young people are contemplating starting out on three or four years in College, I’m sure many are wondering what their prospects for employment will be when they graduate. Based on figures from Eurostat, the wonderful folks at Statista have produced an infographic showing how each country in Europe ranks for employment rates among graduates …” (more)

[Careful With That Axe, Eugene, 24 Augut]

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New Eurydice Report on National Student fee and Support System across Europe

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on November 27th, 2015 by steve

EU“Eurydice has published a new Report on National Student Fee and Support Systems in European Higher Education for the period 2015-2016. The report analyses student fees and support systems (grants and loans) across 38 European countries …” (more, link)

[European Trade Union Committee for Education, 27 November]

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European universities ‘hobbled’ by language laws

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on May 7th, 2015 by steve

EU“Rector at Maastricht University fears that curbs on using English are preventing some institutions from innovating and internationalising. European universities are being stifled by laws that force them to teach courses in their country’s native language rather than in English …” (more)

[Ellie Bothwell, Times Higher Education, 7 May]

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Why the US liberal arts tradition failed to take hold in Europe

Posted in Teaching on March 11th, 2015 by steve

USA“Parasites, pedants and superfluous men and women. Those are some of the accusations that have been levelled against historians and humanities scholars, according to Anthony Grafton, former president of the American Historical Association …” (more)

[Andrea Mariuzzo, The Conversation, 11 March]

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Why Europe’s Universities Need ‘Stress Testing’ Even More Than the Banking Sector

Posted in Governance and administration on July 10th, 2014 by steve

EU“Since the 2008/09 financial crisis, the concept of ‘stress testing’ has assumed a much higher prominence in the business world. Right now, for instance, the European Banking Authority is supervising a new round of tests, with results to be announced this Autumn, to gauge resilience of banks to financial shocks …” (more)

[Dirk Jan van den Berg, Huffington Post, 10 July]

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Opportunities to study in European universities continue to expand

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on June 17th, 2014 by steve

“Given the high points requirements in our system, many Irish students look at alternatives to the CAO system. An increasing number of students go to continental Europe every year …” (more)

[Irish Times, 17 June]


What are your options if you want to study in Europe?

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on May 13th, 2014 by steve

“The CAO points system was created in the 1970s when our universities were never provided with the resources to develop to the point where they could accommodate all those who met the basic matriculation entry requirements …” (more)

[Brian Mooney, Irish Times, 13 May]

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Is Europe Passé?

Posted in Governance and administration on August 1st, 2013 by steve

“As US higher education shifts to a ‘Pacific Century’, Europe feels the sting. Since he came into office, President Obama has begun major educational efforts in China, Indonesia, India, and Latin America. Notably absent has been Europe …” (more)

[Beth McMurtrie, Chronicle of Higher Education, 29 July]

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Are Protests Against Israel Making Campuses Unsafe for Jews?

Posted in Governance and administration on March 4th, 2013 by steve

Israel“In an editorial for Arutz Sheva, Giulio Meotti writes that strong anti-Israeli feeling in some of Europe’s top universities has now transformed itself into a feeling of antisemitism and into violent attacks against Jewish students …” (more)

[Julia Lawrence, Education News, 4 March]

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Business education: No longer the place to be

Posted in Teaching on October 5th, 2012 by steve

“Data from The Economist’s latest ranking of MBA programmes show Europe’s charms waning. A poor economy and Britain’s ill-advised visa policy are to blame …” (more)

[The Economist, 5 October]

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Students head to Europe in search of cheaper tuition fees

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on August 23rd, 2012 by steve

“Northern Ireland has seen a rise in the number of students looking at universities in Europe in an attempt to get cheaper tuition fees. Ian Webber from Newtonabbey has decided to study at University of Groningen in Holland …” (more, video)

[BBC News, 22 August]

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Can universities lead Europe out of crisis?

Posted in Governance and administration on August 12th, 2012 by steve

“Can universities save Europe from its current economic problems? I believe that university education and research can help to recreate hope and optimism for a bright future, although this will not be achieved by more Brussels bureaucracy …” (more)

[Jo Ritzen, University World News, 12 August]


Who determines what should be taught? Changing contexts

Posted in Teaching on August 5th, 2012 by steve

“What should be taught and researched in the higher education system? In many European countries, the continuing growth of higher education and its integration of new professional programmes have given rise to a new need for coordination with labour markets and industries …” (more)

[Christian Leder, University World News, 5 August 2012]

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Europe’s economic crisis threatens continental rift

Posted in Governance and administration on June 13th, 2012 by steve

“The economic crisis in Europe could open up a major divide in university funding across the Continent, the European University Association has warned. An audit of national spending on research and teaching during the financial crisis, presented at the EUA Funding Forum in Salzburg, Austria, on 12 June, showed vastly different trends …” (more)

[Elizabeth Gibney, Times Higher Education, 13 June]

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