‘Big five’ losing monopoly on English-language degree courses

Almost one in five English-medium degrees now taught outside Australia, Canada, New Zealand, UK and US Culled from Times Higher Education Source: Alamy Competition in English-language tuition is heating up, according to a study showing that the number of courses outside the major anglophone study destinations has rocketed by 77 per cent in four years. Almost one in five English-medium degree programmes is now taught outside Australia, Canada, New Zealand, the UK and the US, says the report published by the British Council and Studyportals on 7 December. “Students have more choice…

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Does the teaching of indigenous knowledge need to be examined?

New Zealand’s embrace of Māori vocabulary goes hand-in-hand with the incorporation of Māori understandings into curricula. But is a debate about the unintended consequences of this move being stifled by fear of speaking out? John Ross reports Culled from Times Higher Education Source: Getty The University of Auckland’s adoption of a new Māori name in July was the latest instalment in a reconciliation process that has been unfolding across New Zealand for half a century.  The old moniker Te Whare Wānanga o Tāmaki Makaurau was a literal translation of the university’s English title. The replacement, Waipapa…

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Britain’s international education champion gives approval to 17 UK varsity

By Moyosore Salami Britain’s international education champion, Sir Steve Smith, has given the seal of approval to a new network of 17 United Kingdom universities with overseas campuses, which aims to build on the UK’s reputation as a “science and education superpower”. Speaking at the Universities UK International conference reviewing the role of transnational education (TNE) in tackling global challenges, held on 3-4 November 2021, Sir Steve said he warmly welcomed the new network co-founded by Alex Favier, director of global and political affairs at the University of Nottingham, and…

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Cambridge University college hands back looted cockerel to Nigeria

The master of a Cambridge University college has described the return of a looted bronze cockerel to representatives of Nigeria as a “momentous occasion”. The statue, known as the “Okukur”, was taken by British colonial forces in 1897 and given to Jesus College in 1905 by the father of a student. A decision for it to be returned was made in 2019 after students campaigned. A ceremony has been held at the college to sign the handover documents. “It’s massively significant,” said Sonita Alleyne, master of Jesus College. “It’s a momentous occasion.”…

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Lucerne 2021 Winter Universiade to be held in December 2021

The Executive Committee of the International University Sports Federation (FISU) met virtually today and approved the proposal to hold the next winter edition of the FISU World University Games in December 2021. LAUSANNE, Switzerland – FISU President Oleg Matytsin opened the virtual meeting of the Executive Committee, by thanking the FISU Family for continuing to drive university sport through the coronavirus pandemic, and with a word of good news. President Matytsin announced FISU’s joint decision with the Lucerne 2021 Winter Universiade Organising Committee to hold the event from 11 to 21…

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University of Amsterdam in 65th place in Times Higher Education World University Rankings

University of Amsterdam News The University of Amsterdam has risen one place from last year in the Times Higher Education (THE) World University Rankings and now occupies 65th place worldwide. This makes the UvA the second highest ranked Dutch university in the rankings. THE published the 2021-2022 rankings on Thursday, 2 September. As is the case every year, Dutch universities are strongly represented, with seven in the top 100. Just like last year, the UvA is the second highest ranked Dutch university in the ranking. Wageningen University & Research has the…

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