Here Nuffic staff and external experts provide background information on current events and analyse ongoing developments in international higher education.
As part of a project to create a better understanding of what leads to successful educational outcomes, Pearsons in collaboration with the Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU) published a report last week that received global press coverage. The report 'The Learning Curve. Lessons in country performance in education' formulates lessons and insights for policymakers to achieve better results on national education outcomes.
Young people increasingly find information on education online. But is that also the case for study abroad options? Most literature is focussed on the use of online media in the recruitment for full degree programmes. In this blog we will discuss the use of online media to stimulate (short term) outgoing mobility.
On 2-3 July the conference ‘Shaping the Future: new perspectives on Dutch cooperation in post-secondary education and training for sustainable development ’ took place in The Hague. The conference was organised by Nuffic on behalf of the Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs to discuss directions and perspectives for the design of new Dutch programmes for cooperation in post-secondary education and training.
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?
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?
Increasingly foreign higher education institutions are participating in the capacity development programmes in post- secondary education and training funded by the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs. These 'non-Dutch' institutions get involved as partners in various consortia implementing a growing number of projects.
Rebranding ‘gender mainstreaming’ may be just what we need to move beyond the current fatigue that seems to have gripped the development field whenever the term is mentioned.
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.
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.
Imagine if development partners would only pay for results if they were delivered (Cash on Delivery) or if they requested ‘money back’ guarantees from developing countries?
The Dutch economy benefits from the internationalisation of higher education. At least, that is what is presented as one of the careful conclusions of the report by the CPB Netherlands Bureau for Economic Policy Analysis, recently published on the request of the State Secretary for Education. The report examines whether the internationalisation of Dutch higher education is indeed as beneficial for the Dutch economy as we all expect.
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!
Are you considering collaborating with one or more higher education partners to add value to your institution? In our rapidly changing global society, HEIs need academic partners to exchange people, ideas and methods, and institutional partnerships have become big business. But how do you create partnerships which are truly sustainable? In this blog, Nico Evers and Jenneke Lokhoff provide you with some essential tips based on the recommendations of experts involved in European-Asian partnerships.
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.
This is Part 1 of a two-part blog summarising the lessons that Nuffic has learned with regard to mainstreaming gender in three key programmes of the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Part 1 focuses on the scholarship-based programme NFP while Part 2 focuses on the project-based programmes NPT and NICHE.
This is Part 2 of a two-part blog summarising the lessons that Nuffic has learned with regard to mainstreaming gender in three key programmes of the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Part 1 focuses on the scholarship-based programme NFP while the current blog focuses on the project-based programmes NPT and NICHE.
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
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.
Recently I participated in a seminar organised by the Commonwealth Scholarship Commission (CSC) in the United Kingdom on measuring the impact of international scholarships. In 2007 the Commission organised a similar event which focused on methods to measure the results of scholarship programmes through tracer studies. DFID, the major sponsor of the Commonwealth Scholarship Programme, wanted to see some hard evidence of the results of the scholarships that had been awarded over the years
Ideally, to ascertain learning outcomes, we need to know what students know and can do before they enter university. This would be the same for learning outcomes in intercultural and international competencies: we would like to know how much (and what type of) intercultural and international experience students have at entering university.