French universities resist fee hike for international students

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on January 26th, 2019 by steve

“Several universities in France say they will not impose an increase in tuition fees for students outside the European Union, in defiance of a government decision. The universities, which depend for much of their income on the government, say they were not given enough notice about the change in policy, which is supposed to take effect in September …” (more)

[RFI, 23 January]

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Colleges’ reliance on the fees from foreign students laid bare

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on January 18th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“The growing reliance of Irish third-level colleges on fees from foreign students and other non-State funding is laid bare in a new report out today. Third-level enrolments hit a record high of 232,000 in 2017/18, including 17,237 non-EU students, according to data from the Higher Education Authority (HEA) …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 18 January]

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Irish students studying in the UK to receive tuition fees support post-Brexit

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on January 11th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“The government has confirmed it will continue supporting students applying to universities in the United Kingdom as well as Northern Ireland pupils wishing to study here after Brexit. Pupils from Northern Ireland expressed concern over whether they will be treated as non-EU students after the UK leaves the European Union in March, meaning they would have to pay much higher fees …” (more)

[BreakingNews.ie, 11 January]

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Student ‘frustrated’ over Irish university fees uncertainty

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on January 2nd, 2019 by steve

“Northern Ireland pupils applying to start university in the Republic of Ireland this year do not know how much they will pay in tuition fees. That is because it is still unclear if they will be treated as non-EU students after Brexit …” (more, video)

[BBC News, 2 January]

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How I Spend My Money: A Trinity PhD student on a €6,000 stipend who’s having second thoughts about moving to Ireland

Posted in Life on December 31st, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Occupation: PhD student. Age: 31. Location: Dublin. Salary: €6,000. Monthly pay (net): €500. Monthly expenses: Rent: €700. Household bills: Included in rent. Transport: €24. Phone bill: £10 (so €11.27) …” (more)

[TheJournal.ie, 30 December]

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International Students Made Up 10% of Scholars This Year

Posted in Governance and administration on December 11th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Some 10% of the students who were awarded Foundation Scholarships this year were international students, down from the 16% who received the honour in 2017, The University Times has learned. The figure was obtained in a freedom of information request by The University Times. In 2017/18, around 16% of students are non-EU students …” (more)

[Ciaran Molloy, University Times, 11 December]

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Language Schools Closures

Posted in Governance and administration on December 7th, 2018 by steve

IrelandRóisín Shortall (Dublin North West, Social Democrats): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the protections available to students and staff when an English language training school faces financial difficulty in view of media reports (details supplied) and in view of the significant budget that has been set aside to market Ireland as a destination for English language training; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 6 December]

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Department of Justice accused of failing to keep proper oversight on English language schools

Posted in Governance and administration on December 6th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“The Department of Justice has been accused of failing to keep proper oversight on English language schools as up to 10 Mongolian students face losses of more than €5,000 each in fees paid upfront to a Dublin college. They look unlikely to be refunded after paying the equivalent of almost two years’ salary in Mongolia to attend English language courses at Grafton College, which went into liquidation on Monday …” (more)

[Niall Murray, Irish Examiner, 6 December]

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Lunchtime rally at Dublin language school where staff not paid

Posted in Governance and administration on December 4th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“More than a dozen teachers and staff from the Grafton College English language school have ended their overnight occupation of the building in Portobello in south Dublin. Union representatives will hold a rally on Tuesday at 12.30pm in solidarity with the teachers at the school …” (more)

[Sorcha Pollak, Sarah Burns and Brian Hutton, Irish Times, 4 December]

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Grafton College teachers ‘resolute’ over unpaid wages after being locked out of building

Posted in Governance and administration on December 4th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“A group of teachers who had been occupying an English school in Dublin since last night have been locked out of the building. The Portobello school went into liquidation yesterday leaving staff without a job and owed one month’s pay …” (more)

[Irish Examiner, 4 December]

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Losses at Grafton College firm increased by €400,000 last year

Posted in Governance and administration on December 4th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“The company that operates Grafton College in Dublin recorded a loss of €507,464 last year, having lost €99,651 in 2016, according to its accounts. The company is owned by a housewife in London who shares an address there with one of its directors, according to Irish and UK company records …” (more)

[Colm Keena, Irish Times, 4 December]

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Staff unpaid as fears rise over college’s fate

Posted in Governance and administration on December 3rd, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Up to 28 staff at a language school have not been paid amid fears it has closed down. The union representing some of the teachers at Grafton College in Portobello, Dublin appealed to the Department of Education to step in and ‘not to wash its hands of this’ just weeks before Christmas …” (more)

[Laura Lynott, Independent, 3 December]

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Brexit, Irish Higher Education and research: challenges and opportunities

Posted in Governance and administration on November 29th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“With the uncertainty around Brexit affecting all sectors of the economy, its effect on education in the UK as well as Ireland remains a major unknown. The Higher Education Authority (HEA) has released a report laying out the possible aftermath of Brexit based on currently available information …” (more)

[Shivani Shukla, University Observer, 29 November]

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France’s New International Education Strategy

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on November 23rd, 2018 by steve

“On Monday, Campus France (which is roughly equivalent to Canada’s CBIE, if CBIE were an arms-length government agency) published its new Stratégie d’attractivité pour les étudiants internationaux. It’s an intriguing document for a couple of reasons so I thought I would talk a bit about it today …” (more)

[Alex Usher, HESA, 23 November]

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Underfunding in higher education leaves Ireland unequipped to deal with Brexit

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on November 22nd, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Many Irish commentators have stated that some Irish businesses and institutions will benefit from Brexit, in the form of multinationals relocating here. The Republic of Ireland and the United Kingdom have long historical ties in nearly every regard, whether they be social, political or economic …” (more)

[Gavin Tracey, University Observer, 21 November]

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French universities to offer more courses in English to attract foreign students

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on November 20th, 2018 by steve

“France wants to boost the number of foreign students at its universities by more than half over the next decade and will offer more courses taught in English to attract them. Prime Minister Edouard Philippe, announcing the plan on Monday, said increasing the number of foreigners studying in the country would help build French influence overseas …” (more)

[CNA, 20 November]

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110% Increase in Non-EU Students Attending Trinity

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on October 30th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“After major internationalisation efforts in College, the number of non-EU students studying in Trinity more than doubled between 2011/12 and 2017/18, The University Times has learned. A memorandum circulated to Finance Committee by Trinity’s Vice-President for Global Relations, Juliet Hussey, showed that College had achieved 98.5% of its target …” (more)

[Brónagh Kennedy, University Times, 30 October]

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Minister Mitchell O’Connor leads Education Mission to the United Arab Emirates (UAE)

Posted in Governance and administration on October 29th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Minister Mary Mitchell O’Connor TD Minister of State for Higher Education is today embarking on an education mission to the United Arab Emirates (30th October to 1st November). The Minister will meet with a number of key partners, including her counterpart, HE Dr Ahmad Belhoul Al-Falasi …” (more)

[Department of Education and Skills, 29 October]

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‘A Legally Constructed Underclass of Workers? The Deportability and Limited Work Rights of International Students in Australia and the United Kingdom’

Posted in Legal issues on October 28th, 2018 by steve

Abstract: International students have not traditionally been the focus of labour law scholarship, in part because their central purpose in a foreign country is to study rather than work. It is also generally accepted that there is no special reason to focus on international students as a distinct category of workers. This article attests to the particular vulnerability of international students in domestic labour markets, drawing on a comparative study of government policy and practice in relation to international students in Australia and the UK. Immigration rules in both jurisdictions frame the manner in which international students engage in the labour market during their studies. These rules restrict the hours in which international students can engage in paid work during semester, and if breached can result in the international students being deported from the host country. This has the effect of limiting the job market for international students, increasing the power of employers and reducing the likelihood international students will report exploitative work. Instead of strict work hour limits and deportation for breach, governments should rely on other regulatory mechanisms for ensuring international students are present in the host country for the purpose of education rather than work.

Joanna Howe, A Legally Constructed Underclass of Workers? The Deportability and Limited Work Rights of International Students in Australia and the United Kingdom, Industrial Law Journal, https://doi.org/10.1093/indlaw/dwy021. Published: 24 October 2018.

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Hundreds of Chinese students to graduate through Maynooth University venture

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on October 17th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Maynooth University has announced a partnership with a major Chinese university which will see 1,200 Chinese science and engineering students graduate with its qualifications over the coming years. The alliance, designed to grow Maynooth’s number of postgraduate students by 60% over the next five years, will see it establish a joint international college of engineering with Fuzhou University in Fujian province …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 17 October]

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