WENR, November 2018: Europe

Russia: Russia’s int’l student enrolment on the up

The approximately 290,000 international students studying in Russia as of 2017 represent an increase of 40% over the four year period 2013 to 2017, according to remarks from Russian deputy minister of science and higher education Marina Borovskaya. These numbers are in-line with IIE figures, which also indicate that international students represent around 5.6% of all higher education enrollments in Russia. The minister went on to suggest that the number of international students in Russia could be on track to hit 425,000 by 2024.

The PIE News
November 8

U.K.: UK universities ‘bleeding their business schools dry’

The explosion of interest in business degrees has proved to be a boon for many universities around the world by bringing in additional enrollments. However a recent survey of U.K. business schools found that the parent institutions are leaning very heavily on the revenues from these programs, and in-fact are leaving the programs themselves underfunded. the survey indicates that 61 per cent of business schools render over half of their revenues back to the parent – and 4 per cent remitted between 81 and 90 per cent. The survey did note that premiere institutions, such as Oxford and Cambridge invested significant amounts in the programs.

Times Higher Education
November 5

Sweden: Investigator backs tuition fees for foreign students

A government investigator tasked with developing a strategy for the internationalization of Swedish higher education presented her 475 page report on October 31. Many of the recommended measures are aimed at easing the pathway to education for international students through increased scholarships, as well as a more transparent platform through a web-based interface. The recommendations in the report are aimed not only at the government, but at Universities as well, which have historically preferred elite international students.

University World News
November 3

Denmark: Government takes steps to lure and retain foreign talent

Addressing a general shortage of talent across most sectors, the government of Denmark has rolled out a strategy to bolster the recruitment of a skilled international workforce. Key among the changes are steps that will allow easier recruitment and retaining of top international talent for research positions within Danish universities, as well as measures making it easier for international student graduates to stay in Denmark. Many of the improvements will revolve around lowering some barriers to entry – like minimum annual salary caps – and easing red tape for admissions.

University World News
October 20

The Netherlands: More international graduates in the Netherlands staying after five years

According to a new report from Nuffic, the Netherlands is doing a good job of retaining skilled graduates. In general over half of international graduates leave the country within a year and after five years, about 25 per cent remain. Over the period of 2007 and 2013 the raw number of students who are still in the Netherlands after five years has been increasing, although the percentage rate has been dropping. One interesting point is that graduates from technical programs are even more likely to remain.

The PIE News
October 16

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