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New minister appointments in Ireland and Denmark

In the wake of the European Union (EU) and International Monetary Fund’s (IMF) bailout in Ireland,... (+more) Edition: 0, 0

Poland: Legislation nudges higher education reform along, but critics see gaps

On 18 March 2011, the Polish parliament adopted an amendment that expands on the higher education re... (+more) Edition: 0, 0

UK: Student visa regulations tightened

True to a November 2010 promise of working to introduce a “more selective and more robust” stude... (+more) Edition: 0, 0

UNESCO Institute for Statistics Data Centre's new educational search tool

UNESCO Institute for Statistics (UIS) has unveiled the groundbreaking UIS Data Centre, a tool that p... (+more) Edition: 0, 0

Research and teaching budgets front and centre on the UK agenda

On 1 March 2011 the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE), in collaboration with its ... (+more) Edition: 0, 0

Notes (and some critique) from the world of rankings…

Several developments related to rankings activity have come out of the United Kingdom, France and th... (+more) Edition: 0, 0

Academic integrity in the spotlight

From London to Berlin, issues of integrity in the academy have received a significant amount of atte... (+more) Edition: 0, 0

(Big) changes ahead for Canadian higher education and research?

Asserting that knowledge, research and innovation are the main drivers of the Canadian economy, the ... (+more) Edition: 0, 0

Estonia: Newly elected coalition agrees to increase public university places

On 2 March 2011, elections in Estonia saw the victory of the incumbent coalition government comprise... (+more) Edition: 0, 0

Germany: Developments in the Excellence Initiative and tuition fees

On 2 March 2011, results from the third call for proposals of Germany’s Excellence Initiative were... (+more) Edition: 0, 0

New Zealand: A new national agency for international education

The Government of New Zealand is to establish a new Crown Agency focused on international education.... (+more) Edition: 0, 0

Russia: New regulation allows foreigners to teach and conduct research without changing their migration status

Foreigners already in Russia for “business or humanitarian purposes” now have the right to teach... (+more) Edition: 0, 0

Töchterle new Austrian Science and Research Minister

On 21 April 2011, Karlheiz Töchterle succeeded Beatrix Karl as Austria’s Federal Minister for Sci... (+more) Edition: 0, 0

Australia establishes new quality agency

On 23 March 2011, the Australian government passed legislation to create the Tertiary Education Qual... (+more) Edition: 0, 0

Foreign recognition front and centre in Germany and Greece – and beyond

In Germany, legislative steps are being taken to improve the recognition of (certain) foreign degree... (+more) Edition: 0, 0

US: National Research Council revises doctoral programme assessment findings

The autumn 2010 release by the National Research Council of A Data-based Assessment of Research-doct... (+more) Edition: 0, 0

Emerging role for alumni and students in UK universities’ governance

The Higher Education Policy Institute (HEPI) in the UK released a report on 31 March 2011 titled Uni... (+more) Edition: 0, 0

World Bank issues new education strategy

At its April 2011 Board of Directors meeting, the World Bank discussed and approved a new education ... (+more) Edition: 0, 0

US: Falling short on community college completion rates, but aspiring to more

Higher education policymakers and institutional leaders in the US are increasingly concerned about h... (+more) Edition: 0, 0

France: Climbing the excellence mountain

Further concrete steps have been taken in the French excellence initiative, with the announcement of... (+more) Edition: 0, 0