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Mapping global student mobility

A new interactive map University World News has a piece on a new UNESCO interactive map on global student mobility which shows the inflows and outflows of mobile students across the world. East Asia and the Pacific is the largest source of international students, representing 28% of the world’s 3.6 million mobile students in 2010. …

No more swimming to graduation

You can now graduate without being able to swim Inside Higher Ed carries the shock news that the University of Chicago has decided to drop its swimming, fitness tests and PE requirements for graduation: The University of Chicago this month became the latest institution to drop a swimming proficiency test required for graduation. But Chicago …

Calm down everyone: Yale-NUS appoints new deans

A lot of fuss over not very much news? I must admit to being both amazed and slightly peeved at the level of publicity generated by the Yale-NUS development in Singapore which is still a year from opening. It is also fascinating how much money seems to be being poured in and the kind of …

MOOCS: 12 Reasons for universities not to panic

Don’t believe the hype? There has been an extraordinary level of hype in higher education (and beyond) about Massive Open Online Courses or MOOCs. Vice-Chancellors and their senior management teams up and down the country have been fretting about the developments and whether they need to get on board with one of the big players …

Personalised campus visits

A US University has really gone for personalisation in a big way   Lynn University has gone to really quite extraordinary lengths to offer a personalised experience for prospective students visiting its campus. Inside Higher Ed reports on the university’s attempt to attract more students: Lynn University is so invested in prospective students enjoying their …

Unistats and KIS – just too much information?

Unistats – now with added KIS – has launched The all new Unistats site has launched: Unistats is the official site that allows you to search for and compare data and information on university and college courses from across the UK. The site draws together comparable information on those areas that students have identified as …

Helicopter parent? There’s an app for that

Helpful support for students or an expensive way to interfere? Inside Higher Ed reports on a new app which updates parents on their student’s progress. But is it a helpful addition to student support or just a license for interfering parents? It’s not cheap either: When families sign up for the program and pay the …

Not Guilty, Your Honour: students and cheating

Honour codes and cheating Two fascinating stories recently about students cheating and responses to it. All universities face the issue of how to educate students on the importance of honesty and integrity in academic study and avoiding plagiarism and other forms of cheating. Many US institutions have what is called an Honour Code to which …

Fast Food Degrees

KFC launches finger lickin’ good honours degree A previous post some 18 months ago noted that Morrisons was to fund 20 students a year to undertake a business and management degree it is sponsoring. Before that there were reports of Wal-mart partnering with a US university and Harrods joining forces with Anglia Ruskin. Now there …

The Value of International University Networks

There are more than you might think… The July edition of the International Unit newsletter (which can be downloaded as a PDF here) has an interesting article on the value and power of international university networks. It identifies the following consortia as the main players: Academic Consortium 21 Association of Commonwealth Universities Coimbra Group Santander …