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Survey shows: Erasmus programme benefits teachers, students and universities

Posted by Sjoerd Roodenburg and Renate Gielesen at Jul 01, 2013 12:35 PM |
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Participation in the European Lifelong Learning programme is enriching, valuable and inspiring. That can be concluded from the results of a web survey carried out by the Dutch National Agency for the Lifelong Learning programme among participants of the programmes Comenius, Grundtvig, Leonardo da Vinci and Erasmus. In this blog we focus on the results for the Erasmus programme.

Higher education and European cooperation in Croatia

Higher education and European cooperation in Croatia

Posted by Sjoerd Roodenburg at Jun 27, 2013 04:30 PM |
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Twenty-two years after Croatia declared independence from Yugoslavia it will join the European Union. On 1 July Croatia will become the 28th member state.

Talent and Attraction: Competing for the best

In 2012 Nuffic published the International student recruitment: policies and developments in selected countries report on strategies and instruments on international student recruitment. 25 countries were analysed and reviewed. An annex to this report has now been published focusing on three Nordic countries: Sweden, Norway and Finland.

Erasmus on budget – will there be funding?

Erasmus on budget – will there be funding?

Posted by Jenneke Lokhoff and Sjoerd Roodenburg at Jan 04, 2013 04:40 PM |
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Early this fall it became clear that the Erasmus student mobility grant is underfunded. This is due to earlier shortages in the EU budget and a lower budget for 2012 than the European Commission asked for in the negotiations with the European Parliament and member states. Overall, the European Commission needs € 9 billion euros extra for their 2012 expenditures, of which € 90 million is needed to comply with the agreements made for the Erasmus programme.

What international alumni appreciate about study and life in Holland

What international alumni appreciate about study and life in Holland

Posted by Mtinkheni Gondwe, Suzanne Kormeling, Renze Kolster at Jan 03, 2013 05:15 PM |

Nuffic conducted a study on what Holland Alumni from the countries where a Neso office is located, appreciated about their study and life in the Netherlands. What do the results tell us in relation to the potential to successfully attract and bind international alumni for the Dutch labour market?

The Value of an International Degree: Matching Expectations on Career Prospects to Reality

The Value of an International Degree: Matching Expectations on Career Prospects to Reality

Posted by Mtinkheni Gondwe, Suzanne Kormeling, Renze Kolster at Dec 20, 2012 03:40 PM |

Nuffic recently conducted a study on the effect of a Dutch degree on the career prospects of alumni from Neso countries. What do the results tell us?

The scramble for international alumni: Towards balanced benefits

The scramble for international alumni: Towards balanced benefits

Posted by Mtinkheni Gondwe (Nuffic), Suzanne Körmeling (Nuffic), Ruth Krahe (DAAD), Renze Kolster (Nuffic) at Oct 25, 2012 04:55 PM |

Should students from developing countries, who are studying in developed countries, return home upon graduation to contribute to the development of their own economies? Or is it okay for their developed host countries to actively poach and retain them for the good of their own labour markets?

JDAZ - A reference guide on joint degrees

JDAZ - A reference guide on joint degrees

Joint degrees are high on the internationalisation agenda in the European Higher Education Area. This month a new project started titled ‘Joint Degrees from A to Z’ (JDAZ) The project, which Nuffic coordinates, aims to provide clarity by developing a reference guide on joint degrees. But why develop a new guide if so much has already been published about joint degrees over the last years? And how to make sure that such a guide keeps providing state of the art information?

EAR2 project at the ENIC-NARIC conference

EAR2 project at the ENIC-NARIC conference

Posted by Hendrik Jan Hobbes at Aug 23, 2012 09:50 AM |

Just before summer, the ENIC-NARIC network held its annual conference. Among the many technical, procedural and informative items on the agenda, there was also room for interaction. The EAR2 project team was glad to participate in that, and gratefully accepted the invitation to organise a workshop.

E-TRAIN

E-TRAIN

Posted by Hendrik Jan Hobbes at Jul 10, 2012 10:50 AM |

Last June, the E-TRAIN project held a conference in Madrid, Spain. It was organised to disseminate the results of the project on training experts on quality assurance.

International student mobility: European, Dutch and institutional policies

International student mobility: European, Dutch and institutional policies

Posted by Rosa Becker at Jun 12, 2012 12:00 AM |

On 5 June, the Dutch National Agency for Lifelong Learning organised a well-attended conference to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the Erasmus programme. And where better to celebrate this than in Rotterdam, Erasmus’ own city!

Finalised IMPI tool for benchmarking internationalisation

Finalised IMPI tool for benchmarking internationalisation

Posted by Adinda van Gaalen at May 30, 2012 12:00 AM |

The final symposium of the IMPI project took place in Brussels on 10 May and was attended by participants from all over Europe. The symposium obviously included detailed information on the IMPI project but also provided information on related projects, such as AHELO and MAUNIMO.

EAR2 – online recognition manual and training

EAR2 – online recognition manual and training

Posted by Hendrik Jan Hobbes at May 22, 2012 12:00 AM |

On 24 April, the kick-off meeting for the EAR2 project took place in The Hague. EAR is short for European Area of Recognition, and EAR2 is one of the follow-ups to the successful EAR project that ended last January with the delivery of the European recognition manual. This manual aims to provide clarity in the divergent world of recognition procedures for foreign qualifications by agreeing on recognition standards and providing examples of good practices in Europe.

Recommendation EAR manual in Bucharest Communiqué major boost for fair recognition practices in the EHEA

Recommendation EAR manual in Bucharest Communiqué major boost for fair recognition practices in the EHEA

Posted by Jenneke Lokhoff at May 11, 2012 12:00 AM |

On 26 and 27 April the ministers of education of 47 countries gathered in Bucharest, Romania to take stock of the Bologna Process and set out the key policy issues and goals for the next three years. The outcomes have been published in the Communiqué, one of the main political documents of the European Higher Education Area EHEA. One of its recommendations is the use of the European Area of Recognition manual.

Benchmarking internationalisation

Benchmarking internationalisation

Posted by Adinda van Gaalen and Rosa Becker at Mar 26, 2012 12:00 AM |

In this blog we look at how higher education institutions can benchmark their internationalisation initiatives.

Heading in the same direction?

Heading in the same direction?

Within Europe, national policies on international student mobility are influenced by European-level policies, developed by the European Commission or in the framework of the Bologna Process. Does this mean that national policies on student mobility in Europe are converging? And if so, in which ways?

Regional harmonization of higher education: a global perspective

Regional harmonization of higher education: a global perspective

Developments in various parts of the world indicate that there is a global trend towards regional harmonization of higher education (i.e. working towards greater comparability of higher education structures and practices – not necessarily standardization of higher education).

Erasmus for All: more money, less paperwork

Erasmus for All: more money, less paperwork

Posted by Sjoerd Roodenburg at Nov 25, 2011 12:00 AM |

On 23 November 2011 the European Commission released its long-awaited proposal for Erasmus for All, the successor of the Lifelong Learning Programme. We already knew that the Commission wants to increase the budget for education purposes to approximately 19 billion euro. Now we also know how this money is to be spent.

HR capacity building firmly embedded in Europe’s current growth strategy

HR capacity building firmly embedded in Europe’s current growth strategy

Human resource development is a major cross-cutting theme in Europe's overall growth strategy for the current decade: Europe 2020.

National policies on internationalisation: boon or curse?

National policies on internationalisation: boon or curse?

Posted by Adinda van Gaalen at Oct 28, 2011 12:00 AM |

The chicken or the egg? Is internationalisation a bottom-up or top-down process? It is probably safest to say it is both. But if that is true do they meet? And if so where?

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