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University leaders have written to the University and College Union to formally outline their commitment to continuing to work with UCU to deliver long-term reform of the Universities Superannuation Scheme. The move comes as UCU members at 60 universities begin strike action in disputes over both pensions and pay.
A platform providing a single access point for businesses to university expertise and funding opportunities has been further developed by the National Centre for Universities and Business, Research England, and UK Research and Innovation, to help 'smart match' business and industry with higher education institutions, in a bid to boost R&D collaboration. Shivaun Meehan, Head of Communications at the NCUB, outlines the latest features of Konfer.
Eight out of 10 postgraduate students taking a taught course in the UK report continued satisfaction with the experience over a five-year period.But a survey of more than 70,000 postgraduates across 85 higher education institutions who responded to the Advance HE Postgraduate Taught Experience Survey (PTES) highlights for the first time areas where institutions could do better still to boost satisfaction levels.
The UK’s Minister of State for Universities, Science, Research and Innovation, Jo Johnson MP, and Colombia’s Minister of Foreign Affairs, María ángela Holguín, have signed a Mutual Recognition of Degrees Agreement on behalf of their governments.
The agreement was signed in the presence of Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos at the London School of Economics, as part of the presidential State Visit to the United Kingdom. The Agreement will ensure that Bachelor, Masters and Doctoral degrees in one country are properly recognised in the other. The UK is one of the leading study destinations for Colombian post-graduates.
Francisco Cardona, acting Minister of Education, Colombia, said: “This agreement is based on the recognition of quality assurance systems for higher education in each country. We hope to boost mobility between the two countries and increase academic and research cooperation between institutions, facilitating and encouraging the creation of academic partnerships.”
The British Council was a key facilitator between the stakeholders involved, and supported the development of the agreement between the UK and Colombia.
“The mutual recognition of degrees is expected to strengthen existing links between the two countries, enabling greater academic exchange and benefiting thousands of students from Colombia and the UK’, said Tom Miscioscia, Director British Council Colombia.
“In addition to the potential to increase mobility between the two countries, the agreement recognises the higher education quality assurance systems both in Colombia and the UK. This releases potential for increased academic and research cooperation between institutions, facilitating and encouraging the creation of academic partnerships, which will foster the internationalisation agenda of universities.”
Once the agreement is implemented, students will experience direct benefits from the agreement which will have an impact on bureaucracy reduction as it will speed up the response processes in Colombia through a fast-track recognition criterion.
Joining Mexico and Chile, Colombia is now the third country in Latin America to sign this type of agreement. Brazil, Peru and Argentina are expected to pursue the same negotiations within the coming months, signalling Latin America as a key region to develop UK education and trade links.
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