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Academics in Ireland hope to create an online education brand

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Would a joint effort allow the universities to find a niche in digital education?

New York Legislators Raise Questions on Study Abroad

Legislation moving in the New York Senate and Assembly would require colleges to disclose the actual costs of study abroad programs and any financial relationships between study abroad providers and colleges, The Albany Times Union reported. Legislators are concerned that some study abroad programs actually cost colleges much less than institutions reveal to students, who may be paying the equivalent to the higher expenses they face at their home institutions.

 

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U.S. Proposes Rules to Retain Skilled Immigrants

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security on Tuesday announced the publication of two new proposed rules aimed at retaining highly skilled immigrants, including a proposal to allow spouses of certain H-1B visa holders to request authorization to work.

"Allowing H-1B spouses to work would be an important change," Stephen Yale-Loehr, a professor of immigration law at Cornell University Law School, told The Wall Street Journal. "Sometimes people aren't willing to come to the U.S. if their spouse can't work."

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Korean Universities Increase Hiring Off Tenure Track

Universities in South Korea are increasingly hiring faculty members off the tenure track, The Korea Herald reported. Universities say that they are pressured to hire more full-time faculty members, but lack the funds to hire those who would be eligible for tenure. The non-tenure-track faculty members are hired for one or two years, and must be renewed to stay on, and they are paid about half of what tenure-track faculty are paid.

 

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Australian panel proposes sharp boost in student loan interest rates

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Students should pick up greater share of the costs of their university education, Australian government panel recommends.

New data on use of agents to recruit international students

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American colleges lag Western counterparts in share of international students recruited with commissioned agents, but study suggests numbers may be higher than colleges think -- and about to grow.

Some students in Brazil's study abroad program are being sent back

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Failure to meet language proficiency requirements forces some students in Brazil's international science program to go home.

Report notes issues raised as English become global higher ed language

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As English grows as language of instruction worldwide, many key issues remain unresolved, report says.

Protests on Anti-Gay Policy of Canadian Law School

A new law school at Canada's Trinity Western University, in British Columbia, appeared to have won all necessary approvals last year to start -- despite criticism from human rights groups about the university's policy of barring students from having non-heterosexual sex. But a new round of opposition has emerged. Critics have gathered enough signatures on a petition to force a new vote by the Law Society of British Columbia, whose council had approved accreditation of the law school, The Globe and Mail reported. A vote by the larger membership could go the other way. And even if the law school holds on to its accreditation for British Columbia, its graduates will not be able to practice law in Ontario because that province's legal society voted Friday against recognition, CBC News reported. Nova Scotia's legal society has taken a similar position, although it also stated explicitly that if Trinity Western ends discrimination against gay people, its law school can be accredited so that its graduates could work in the province.

 

 

KAUST criticized for not doing enough for Saudi students

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Princess asks whether the university is too focused on attracting international students.

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