International higher education

University of Washington and China's Tsinghua U launch institute with Microsoft millions

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The University of Washington announces a new joint institute with China's Tsinghua University -- and $40 million in funding from Microsoft.

Business is booming for American for-profits in Brazil. Is that good?

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Amid enrollment and revenue declines at home, American for-profit education companies have looked abroad, including to Brazil. But can -- and should -- Brazil's boom in proprietary education continue?

U of San Francisco gives gaokao-based admissions a try in China

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The University of San Francisco plans to admit students based on their scores on the Chinese university entrance exam, the gaokao, and an interview. But is that test, with its many flaws, a good tool?

Questions raised about whether American U. of Malta is really American

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Project in Malta is led by Jordanian company. Proponents say DePaul is playing a key role, but a university statement says it won't be awarding degrees.

Some public universities are charging differentiated tuition rates or raising fees for international students

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Citing a need to expand support services, some public universities are charging differentiated tuition rates or hiking fees for international undergraduate students. But why are many of them mixing the funds with their general budgets?

Reports of troubles at Webster U.’s branch campus in Thailand

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At Webster University’s branch campus, serious concerns have been raised by faculty and others over several years about academics, student health and safety, academic freedom, and an allegedly autocratic administration. 

Mixed opinions as European Union-funded ranking effort enters second year

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As it releases its second annual ranking, the European Union's U-Multirank project continues to face challenges, but many see value in the effort to revise the way rankings are done.

Should Western colleges do business in Saudi Arabia?

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Flogging and jailing of liberal blogger in Saudi Arabia renews debate on whether Western universities and scholars should be helping to build higher education in the country.

UC Berkeley proposes a global educational hub -- in its own backyard

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Rather than build a branch campus abroad, UC Berkeley hopes to bring foreign universities to California to participate in a proposed global educational hub.

At U. of Illinois, growth in the number of Chinese students has been dramatic

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The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign enrolled 37 undergraduates from China in 2000. Now it has close to 3,000. What are the implications of such a shift?

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