Four Mega-trends in International Higher Education – Economics

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on February 17th, 2017 by steve

“If there’s one word everyone can agree upon when talking about international education, it’s ‘expensive’. Moving across borders to go to school isn’t cheap and so it’s no surprise that international education really got big certain after large developing countries (mainly but not exclusively China and India) started getting rich in the early 2000s …” (more)

[Alex Usher, HESA, 17 February]


Motivation in Attracting Non-EU Students to Ireland is Often Cynical

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on February 16th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Few things in the Irish higher education system are more transparent than policy makers and senior institution leadership’s commitment to attracting international students. Their justification often touches on increasing diversity and promoting a more international outlook in higher education …” (more)

[Kevin Donoghue, University Times, 15 February]


Four Megatrends in International Higher Education – Demographics

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on February 10th, 2017 by steve

International“Last week I, noted that one of the big factors in international education was the big increase in enrolments around the world, particularly in developing countries. Part of that big increase had to do with a significant increase in the number of youth around the world who were of ‘normal’ age for higher education – that is, between about 20 and 24. Between 2000 and 2010, that age-cohort grew by almost 20% …” (more)

[Alex Usher, HESA, 10 February]


Extension of ‘stay back option’ for international postgraduate students in Ireland

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on February 6th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“The Irish government has agreed to a policy which now allows international postgraduates to stay in the country for up to two years after finishing their degree. The policy extends the Third Level Graduate Scheme to non-EU/EEA residents who have studied in Ireland to be eligible to legally work for 40 hours per week …” (more)

[Maguire Sedgwick, University Oberver, 6 February]

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Brexit offers Irish firms a massive opportunity to tap into the Nigerian education market

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on January 29th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Despite its current economic difficulties, Nigeria is increasingly becoming recognised as a future consumer powerhouse, with a growing middle-class with aspirations rising hand-in-hand with incomes. While the country has had a turbulent past, education has been culturally valued since before British colonisation in the mid-19th Century …” (more)

[Fred Klinkenberg, Independent, 29 January]

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NUI Galway welcomes confirmation that Northern Irish Students will continue to Qualify for the Free Fees Initiative

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on January 27th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“NUI Galway today welcomed confirmation from the Department of Education and Skills that eligible students from the UK who enrol for eligible courses for the 2017/18 academic year will be able to avail of the Department’s Free Fee Schemes as in previous years …” (more)

[NUI Galway, 27 January]

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EU applications for UK university places down 7%, MPs told

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on January 26th, 2017 by steve

“Applications from EU students for places at UK universities have dropped by more than 7% according to latest figures, a committee of MPs investigating the impact of Brexit on higher education has been told …” (more)

[Sally Weale and Caelainn Barr, Guardian, 25 January]

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Foreign students in Ireland face health insurance hikes

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

Ireland“Thousands of international students based in Ireland face dramatic hikes in health insurance because their policies are deemed to be in breach of the law …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien and Brian Mooney, Irish Times, 23 January]

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Coming Home to Ireland

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on December 13th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“During the last 6 months, Dr Charles Larkin and I have been working together on a project commissioned by the Irish Chamber of Commerce in Singapore. Essentially, it is a study into the potential for further student recruitment opportunities with the Irish expatriate community in Asia …” (more)

[Research on Higher Education in Ireland, 12 December]

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UK considers plans to nearly halve international student visas

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on December 13th, 2016 by steve

“The Home Office is considering cutting international student numbers at UK universities by nearly half, Education Guardian can reveal. The threat is being greeted with dismay by university heads, who say some good overseas applicants are already being refused visas on spurious grounds …” (more)

[Anna Fazackerley, Guardian, 12 December]

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The unglamorous life of an international student

Posted in Life on December 6th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“Studying abroad is something most students dream of. But for Ivan, it was a situation he never saw coming. Upon finishing high school at eighteen, Ivan Chafardeth was determined to go straight into university …” (more)

[Zainab Boladale, Independent, 5 December]


German universities to reintroduce tuition fees for non-EU students

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on December 4th, 2016 by steve

Germany“Students from outside the European Union will soon have to pay to attend universities in south-west Germany, where until now, courses have been free. Tuition fees were scrapped in Baden-Württemberg state in 2011, and universities became free from cost in all German states by 2014 …” (more)

[Rachael Pells, Independent, 3 December]

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Third Level Fees – Northern Irish and British students

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on December 1st, 2016 by steve

IrelandThomas Byrne (Meath East, Fianna Fail): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the position regarding Northern Irish and British students enrolling in universities here; and if, post-Brexit, their current EU rate fee arrangements would apply …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 29 November]

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The global world of higher education. Or maybe not.

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on November 8th, 2016 by steve

UK“We are now nearly five months on from the ‘Brexit’ referendum in which a narrow majority of the British electorate voted to leave the European Union. It is generally assumed by commentators (although of course there is no actual statistical evidence) that the key driver of this decision was opposition to immigration …” (more)

[Ferdinand von Prondzynski, University Blog, 8 November]

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Brexit will hit demand for UK HE differently across the globe

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on November 8th, 2016 by steve

UK“Global course search data can give us a clue as to where post-Brexit demand for UK universities may be declining, or perhaps even increasing. Aaron Porter has crunched the numbers …” (more)

[Wonkhe, 8 November]

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Lets make England’s Brexit led education difficulty our opportunity

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on November 8th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“Theresa May’s plans for Brexit may have suffered a setback after campaigners won their high court battle over her decision not to seek parliamentary approval before starting the process. Nevertheless, any move by the UK to leave the EU is likely to pose significant challenges. If it is hard, as favoured by the British prime minister, it implies that the UK will be outside the customs union with all the trade dislocation that that implies …” (more)

[Brian M Lucey, 8 November]
[This also appears in the Irish Times, as ‘Hard Brexit opens up wonderful opportunities for Irish colleges and universities’]

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Irish universities and the Chinese connection – is it worth the money?

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on November 1st, 2016 by steve

Ireland“Can China save Ireland’s universities? The number of Chinese students here is on the rise – and their fees may be worth €500 million to our cash-strapped third-level sector.Last month, Ireland was given ‘country of honour’ status at China Education Expo 2016, a prestigious education exhibition in Beijing, Guangzhou and Shanghai …” (more)

[Peter McGuire and Jack Power, Irish Times, 31 October]

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Russia tops league for number of visas to study in Ireland

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on October 24th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“Russia tops the league table for the number of study visas to Ireland issued over the last three years, followed by Saudi Arabia, China and India. India had the highest number of visas refused for an individual country …” (more)

[Marie O’Halloran, Irish Times, 12 October]

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Google Translate in Class

Posted in Teaching on October 13th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“Recently I spotted two students in one of my tutorials using Google Translate to understand better the exercise I had set – I had not seen this done before in my class, though I’m sure it must have happened. When I think about it, it seems so obvious a thing to do for a student for whom English is not their first language …” (more)

[Careful With That Axe, Eugene, 13 October]

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New targets set to expand internationalisation of HE

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on October 11th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“The Irish government has unveiled a new strategy on international education, designed to help the country become ‘internationally recognised for the development of global citizens through our internationalised education system and a market leader in attracting international student talent’ …” (more)

[Brendan O’Malley, University World News, 10 October]

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