International programs

British universities consider policies for foreign students who hire translators

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Many British universities lack policies on what kind of help foreign students can receive.

Spain tries to keep higher ed reform moving in a time of austerity

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Can Spain keep reform of its stagnant university system on track in tough times?

Conference considers press coverage of higher education in India and China

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Higher education trends are subject of considerable media attention in local newspapers, but the focus may not illuminate key issues.

Debate at U. of Delhi over plan to move to four-year degrees

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Addition of extra year prompts controversy at U. of Delhi, which is accused of Americanizing.

Australian universities to offer fee-based credit for MOOCs

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Two Australian universities announce plans to charge students fees if they want to be assessed and earn credit for free open courses.

Australian government considers cutting higher ed regulation

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Responding to university complaints about excessive government regulation, top Australian official envisions two-tiered system in which institutions with good records can earn "autonomy."

Question about whether Brazil is meeting study abroad goals for scientists

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Flagship foreign study program may have failed to attract desired numbers.

Head of Scottish university critiques idea of promoting "knowledge for its own sake"

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Leader of Scottish university sets off debate with his critique of traditional defense of the importance of knowledge.

Germany bucks global trends by abolishing tuition

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One by one, the German states have eliminated tuition fees, bucking global trends toward increased "cost sharing."

Australian government to turn textbook grants into loans

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Australian government announces plan to turn "start up" grants for textbooks and other costs into loans, which critics deride as a slippery slope that will hurt needy students.

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