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Danish Universities Complain of Difficulty of Hiring Foreigners

Danish government officials have pledged to make it easier for their universities to recruit foreign talent. But The Copenhagen Post reported that various regulations are actually making it more difficult for them to hire researchers from outside Denmark. Handling the rules and paperwork is so complex that the University of Copenhagen has created an office just to advise foreign scholars on the process.

 

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Proposed Increases in Exchange Visitor Program Fees

The U.S. State Department is proposing to raise two fees related to the Exchange Visitor [J-1 visa] Program. Under the proposed changes, described  in Wednesday’s Federal Register, the fee assessed for sponsor designation or re-designation would increase from $2,700 to $3,982, and the administrative fee charged for changes to a J-1 visa holder’s status (such as extensions or requests for reinstatement) would increase from $233 to $367.

Short-term visiting scholars fall under the Exchange Visitor Program, as do some students who are being supported by sources other than personal or family funds. Public comments on the proposal are being accepted through April 1.

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United Nations questions British branch campus in Cyprus

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UN objects to a British institution's branch in Cyprus.

Chinese University Will Open Branch in Malaysia

Xiamen University, in China, will open a branch campus in Malaysia in 2015, The New York Times reported. The primary language of instruction will be English.

 

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New Foundation Promotes Study Abroad in China

On Thursday, U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton announced the launch of the 100,000 Strong Foundation, which aims to expand opportunities for American students to learn Mandarin and study abroad in China. The foundation, housed at American University, in Washington, D.C., grows out of a U.S. State Department initiative to increase the number of Americans studying in China to 100,000 over four years. According to the latest numbers available, 14,596 Americans studied in China in 2010-11, representing a 4.9 percent increase from the previous year.

“What we’re trying to do as a foundation is to create a permanent, independent infrastructure around supporting study abroad and the study of Mandarin,” said Carola McGiffert, president of the 100,000 Strong Foundation and formerly a senior adviser to the assistant secretary for East Asian and Pacific affairs at the State Department. 

The foundation is being established with $2 million in seed funding -- $1 million each from the Ford and Florence Fang Family Foundations. McGiffert said first steps will include launching a media campaign to promote study in China and raising funds for scholarships.

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Students rally against Hungary's plans for higher education

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Students rally against government plans that leave some of them with steep tuition bills and others with requirements not to leave the country.

World Bank affiliate invests $150 million in for-profit college provider

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The International Finance Corporation, a member of the World Bank Group, invests $150 million in Laureate Education, a for-profit higher ed provider.

Australia grapples with its own Ph.D. pipeline problem

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As would-be academics pile up short-term appointments after grad school, Australia grapples with the questions of whether it is giving too many doctorates and how to employ those who receive them.

Recovery (and Tuition) for Somali Universities

Somali universities, which suffered enrollment declines during civil war, are getting back to normal, without the threats of violence that deterred many students from enrolling. But The Guardian reported that students have a new fear: tuition levels that, for some, are difficult or impossible to pay.

 

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Foreign universities consider how best to enter the MOOC market

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Non-American universities consider different options for entering the MOOC market, which to date has been dominated by elite U.S. institutions.

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