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19 Dec 2012

Integration of international students at Christmas

With more and more students studying abroad, higher education institutions are increasingly implementing initiatives to ensure that their international students also get a chance to enjoy the holiday season, even though they are far from home, especially at Christmas time. Here we highlight the steps one university has taken to include international students in the festivities. Continue Reading
17 Dec 2012

International students at Christmas time: beating the blues

As the holiday season approaches and students return home to spend time with their family and friends, what about the international students left on campus who are unable to travel? Christmas can be a very daunting time of year for these students. If you’re working as a student adviser, or in any other role which gives you direct contact with international students, you might be called upon to provide emotional support. But how can you help? Here are some expert tips. Continue Reading
14 Dec 2012

Employability: International internships and enterprise gyms

  With the rapid globalisation of business and the advent of increasingly borderless careers, the graduates who will be most employable are those who demonstrate an understanding of the wider world around them and an ability to operate across cultures. Spending a period of time working in another country permits students to develop global employability skills and attributes which they will come to rely on in their future work. Continue Reading
13 Dec 2012

Employability: Rethinking internships for maximum effect

A major impact of the economic slowdown has been the decreasing numbers of graduates working with large-sized employers. In the UK, for example, less than 10% of graduates in their first job are on a graduate scheme with a major employer. In addition to this, jobless rates among those with higher education qualifications for the period 2008–2010 have increased in every EU country except Germany. So how can universities respond to a changing graduate labour market to improve the employability of graduates? Continue Reading
12 Dec 2012

Employability: Matching employer needs with student capabilities

TU Delft studentsMany graduates are struggling to find work due to increasing competition and fewer openings for new recruits. Concurrently, companies say that they cannot find graduates with the ‘right’ skills. Have universities lost track of the market and are they producing graduates that are not in demand? Just what can be done to bridge this divide? Continue Reading
11 Dec 2012

Employability: transferable skills that matter

The largest employers now receive an average of 83 CVs for each single vacancy. That’s a staggering amount and makes for huge competition among graduates. With the time it takes to look through all those applications, employers are becoming increasingly demanding, and graduates need to stand out from the crowd to have a chance of being considered. So just how can you ensure your students are noticed? Continue Reading
10 Dec 2012

Employability: Are you doing enough for your students?

EmployabilityEmployability is ‘the new black’, the current trend that higher education institutions are sporting in a bid to respond to the latest demands from society and governments. ‘Transferable skills’, ‘soft skills’, ‘self efficacy’ – the buzz words of today all materialise through a variety of employability initiatives being implemented across institutions worldwide. So what’s behind this latest craze, and what should your institution be doing to keep up? Continue Reading
04 Dec 2012

Fraud in the admissions office: what to look for

Dishonest acts by persons in positions of trust in academia are few and far between, but when they do occur, they send shock waves throughout the profession. Disclosure of internal fraud at an institution affects the good name of that institution, and it will take many, many years to regain the public’s trust. So what can you do to protect your admissions office from fraud? Continue Reading
23 Nov 2012

In conversation with the EAIE Academy Alumni

EAIE-Academy-alumniThe EAIE Academy Alumni community is growing with every season and we’re happy to see previous participants attending a second Academy in order to gain more in-depth knowledge on a specific topic or be challenged with new ideas. Ans Arets, Internship Coordinator at Avans University of Applied Science in the Netherlands, Pawel Bartosik, Head of Communications and Languages at College of Europe Natolin Campus in Poland and Bente Ronningen, Head of International Office at Gjøvik University Colleges in Norway shared their opinions with us. Continue Reading
23 Nov 2012

Learning how to overcome the challenges of foreign credential evaluation

credential-evaluationAfter a very intensive two and a half days, the course (‘How to Overcome the Challenges of Credential Evaluation’) offered by my co-presenter Duncan Hamshere and myself at the EAIE Academy in Porto came to a successful end on Wednesday afternoon. What type of people sign up for this course, and what exactly do they hope to learn? Most of the participants work in admissions at higher education institutions, and are responsible for evaluating the educational files of students from all over the world who are seeking admission to bachelor’s or master’s programmes. Continue Reading