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Student loans in Canada and the US – the good, the bad and the ugly

Canada and the US have seen a great deal of coverage – and concern – about student loan issues i... (+more) Edition: 2011, 10

Italy: Support for institutions in the south

The Italian minister of education, Mariastella Gelmini, together with Raffaele Fitto, minister of re... (+more) Edition: 2011, 10

Germany: First-year university student numbers soar + new money for widening access

The population of first-year students enrolled into German universities by the start of the winter s... (+more) Edition: 2011, 10

‘The splendours and miseries’ of Australian academics

With a population of just over 21 million, Australia is one of the leading Nobel Prize–winning cou... (+more) Edition: 2011, 10

Spain: The social dimension under the microscope

Late September saw the release of a first-of-its-kind study in the Spanish context. Known by its Spa... (+more) Edition: 2011, 10

New statement on academic freedom sparks debate in Canada

In late October, Canada’s universities adopted a new Statement on Academic Freedom that clarifies ... (+more) Edition: 2011, 11

Canada welcoming foreign PhD students as permanent residents

After having set a course for greater international marketing of Canadian universities (see ACA News... (+more) Edition: 2011, 11

Local stakeholders are made responsible for boosting graduate employment rate in China

2012 is regarded as the “implementation year” of China’s national policy to improve graduate e... (+more) Edition: 2011, 11

A wave of private higher education audits unearths quality and financial concerns

Malaysia’s private education sector is urged to focus on capacity-building after the results of th... (+more) Edition: 2011, 11

UNESCO struggles to tighten its belt

In November, the Director-General of UNESCO, Irina Bokova, had to launch an emergency set of measure... (+more) Edition: 2011, 11

The Slovak Republic endorses the EU Blue Card

On 21 October 2011, the Slovak Parliament adopted a new Act on Residence of Foreigners in the Slovak... (+more) Edition: 2011, 11

Consultation results affirm fee plan for non-Scottish students

In September, ACA reported that the Scottish government had recently concluded a public consultation... (+more) Edition: 2011, 11

UK: Attention turns towards admissions

On 31 October, the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS) released a document entitled ... (+more) Edition: 2011, 11

US: American Council on Education scales up its international agenda

On 7 November 2011, the American Council on Education (ACE) unveiled the long awaited final report f... (+more) Edition: 2011, 11

US: International student numbers on the rise (thank you, China)

As expected, November was an important month for student mobility data results in the United States.... (+more) Edition: 2011, 11

Shanghai Cooperation Organization University: A multi-headed dragon or a paper tiger?

The Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO), a regional inter-governmental initiative established by... (+more) Edition: 2011, 11

New education minister in Italy brings promises of continuity

The collapse of Silvio Berlusconi’s government earlier this month was bound to bring, amongst othe... (+more) Edition: 2011, 11

Ireland: Expanding abroad, contracting at home?

Late November brought the announcement of a new initiative designed to expand higher education linka... (+more) Edition: 2011, 12

UK – new funding announced for innovation and research

On 8 December, the UK Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) made public a new set of ... (+more) Edition: 2011, 12

Australia: “Super-ministry” announced, and new tuition fee levels under consideration

Australia’s prime minister, Julia Gillard, announced a significant cabinet reshuffling in Sydney o... (+more) Edition: 2011, 12