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28 Apr 2016

Non-EU student tuition fees in Europe

Tuition-non-EUIn the last decade more European countries have introduced tuition fees for non-EU students. This move to differentiate tuition fees for international (non-EU) students versus domestic and EU students seems to be a trend (eg Austria, Czech Republic, Denmark, Ireland, Netherlands, Sweden, etc). In 2017, Finland joins the tuition competition as the national government passed new legislation in 2015 allowing higher education institutions to introduce tuition fees for non-EU students.   Continue Reading
26 Apr 2016

10 reasons why rankings matter in higher education

Rankings-importanceUniversity leadership and policy wonks excitedly await the results of yearly university rankings. Part of the excitement is waning, however, due to the same (old) institutions being listed every year. In the EAIE Barometer study, 35% of practitioners indicated that improving international reputation or position in rankings is one of the top three reasons for internationalising. Rankings are used by some governments in their higher education policy, by institutions looking for international partners and by prospective students searching for a place to study – due, often, to the lack of other widespread metrics. But how powerful are rankings in the higher education world? Continue Reading
21 Apr 2016

Refugee qualifications: European guidelines

Spring-Forum_euro-guidelinesThis week on the EAIE blog, we are highlighting the spring issue of Forum magazine on the theme of ‘Internationalisation in a conflicted world’. In our highly interconnected world, conflict increasingly affects us all. How internationalisation professionals cope with this reality is a key question in our daily practice. Today’s author stresses the international legally-binding rights of refugees to have their qualifications evaluated when documentation is missing, and provides a summary of European guidelines on how to cope.   Continue Reading
20 Apr 2016

Guaranteeing student safety and liberties as a hosting university

Spring-Forum_Student-protestThis week on the EAIE blog, we are highlighting the spring issue of Forum magazine on the theme of ‘Internationalisation in a conflicted world’. Conflict comes in many shapes and sizes and perhaps always has. Yet, in our highly interconnected world, conflict increasingly affects us all. How internationalisation professionals cope with conflict in its many forms becomes a key question in our daily practice. Yesterday on the blog, an author discussed pre-departure questions from students regarding participating in student protests abroad. Today’s author, from the University of Zambia, discusses student safety from the perspective of a host university. Continue Reading
19 Apr 2016

Guaranteeing student safety and liberties as a sending university

Spring-Forum_Student-protest-1This week on the EAIE blog, we are highlighting the spring issue of Forum magazine on the theme of ‘Internationalisation in a conflicted world’. Conflict comes in many shapes and sizes and perhaps always has. Yet, in our highly interconnected world, conflict increasingly affects us all. How internationalisation professionals cope with conflict in its many forms becomes a key question in our daily practice. Today’s author, from the University of Helsinki, discusses the important issue of exchange student participation in student politics and protests while abroad. Continue Reading
18 Apr 2016

Internationalisation in a conflicted world

Spring-Forum_CoverThis entire week on the EAIE blog, we are highlighting the spring issue of Forum magazine on the topic of ‘Internationalisation in a conflicted world’. Conflict comes in many shapes and sizes and perhaps always has. Yet, in our highly interconnected world, conflict increasingly affects us all. How internationalisation professionals cope with conflict in its many forms becomes a key question in our daily practice. Today we open the Spring 2016 Forum series with a blog post from Forum's Editor, Laura Rumbley. Continue Reading
13 Apr 2016

Timely new EAIE Spotlight Seminar on refugees

Spotlight2016-announcementThis summer, from 9–10 June 2016 in Amsterdam, the EAIE presents a new Spotlight Seminar on what is one of the most pressing educational challenges facing Europe today. Following the theme ‘Integrating refugees into higher education: solutions for a generation on the run’, the two-day event – starting at lunch time on Thursday and ending on Friday afternoon –  is a chance for international educators to gather and discuss current needs and sustainable solutions for the future. Continue Reading
07 Apr 2016

It’s university ranking season again

RankingsIt’s ranking season once again! Yet, somehow every year the hype around the rankings seems to grow quieter and quieter. Perhaps it is because the rankings, or league tables, have reached a point where there are not many extreme changes to the list of ‘best’ universities. University rankings are not new phenomena. In fact, they have actually been around for over 100 years.

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05 Apr 2016

Key aspects of emergency planning for acute crises

Crisis-emergencyThe work done by international educators is deeply impacted by the risk of emergencies abroad and at home. These issues affect students and scholars in at-risk situations, but also the kind of preparation required by sending and hosting institutions. The upcoming issue of Forum magazine, currently in production, will look at how our conflicted world intersects with internationalisation as a whole (Stay tuned!). In this blog post, the author outlines some of the key aspects that should be considered when setting up a relevant, safety conscious plan for acute crises. Continue Reading
30 Mar 2016

Accreditation of joint programmes: headaches no more?

joint-programmes-headacheComplex and fragmented procedures, contradictory requirements – external quality assurance of joint programmes might sound like a bureaucratic nightmare. Since last year, there's been light at the end of the tunnel: European ministers of higher education agreed on a coherent, European approach for quality assuring joint programmes. Will it save academics and managers from headaches when thinking of how to have their joint programme accredited?   Continue Reading