Here EP-Nuffic staff and external experts provide background information on current events and analyse ongoing developments in international higher education.
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.
These are clear signals that TVET and skills development are back on the agendas of the donor community after a two-decade absence in which basic education topped the agenda.
Human resource development is a major cross-cutting theme in Europe's overall growth strategy for the current decade: Europe 2020.
The persistent financial crisis that has rung in with the new millennium has had a significant impact on the field of development cooperation, particularly with regard to budget.
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?
The rife use of old boy networks in job placement does not and should not make continued implementation of National Qualification Frameworks redundant.
The Dutch government requires all students studying for a Dutch degree to have studied in the Netherlands for at least one year. Is this a clever move?
Last week, Dutch newspapers published several articles on the costs of foreign students in The Netherlands. Especially the large number of Germans in Dutch higher education seemed to be a problem for some commentators.
On 4 August 2011 the Policy and Operational Evaluations Department (IOB) of the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs published a 'Synthesis report of the evaluation of Dutch support to capacity development'.
This month, Nuffic published its annual publication on international mobility in higher education: Mapping Mobility 2011. The document gives information about the number of international students, their countries of origin, the most popular Dutch institutions and many, many other facts on international students in the Netherlands.
Maximum effect in capacity building in Sub-Saharan Africa can be achieved by targeting skills development at the youth bulge, with conscious effort on involving girls.
The purpose of scholarship programmes
Both the quality of Erasmus mobility and the recognition of credits remain returning topics when it comes to international credit mobility. There are several tools and initiatives that try to look into these matters. Some are older, like the Learning Agreement, some are younger, like recent mapping, benchmarking and quality assurance initiatives.
Upcoming providers of international higher education in the developing world.
In an effort to secure public attention, and possibly funding, attention of Higher Education management seems to focus on quantitative aspects. Although accreditation still plays an important role in informing the public about the quality of higher education, rankings have gained a lot of attention over the past few years.
Forty-six of Africa’s 52 countries achieved independence from colonial rule between 1960 and 1966. It is 2010, exactly 50 years after the first ululations (uhmmm ... declarations) of independence were proclaimed. Time to celebrate!
At the end of August, government leaders from China and South Africa announced that they would advance bilateral cooperation in a range of areas, including higher education and scientific research.