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New year presents HE sector with fresh challenges

Professor Malcolm Todd, Deputy Vice-Chancellor/Provost (academic and student experience) at the University of Derby, comments on what he sees as the most significant higher education news and opinions making headlines in the first week of 2020.

Universities UK International calls on employers to back study abroad campaign

Vivienne Stern, Director of Universities UK International, introduces the launch of Year Three of UUKi's Go International: Stand Out campaign, calling on employers to promote the value of international experience.

University leaders commit to pension talks as strikes begin

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.

"Open border" universities perform best in new U-Multirank rankings

The most internationally engaged "open border" universities perform best in the quality of their education, research impact, and knowledge transfer, according to U-Multirank, which has published its latest set of global rankings.

Such institutions have more satisfied students, are more successful in engaging and transferring knowledge to industry, in establishing spinoff companies and in patenting their ideas, and their research shows higher outreach, the results suggest.

"Open border" universities are charactarised by strong international ties, such as higher rates of foreign students, more international academic staff, higher rates of international doctorate degrees, and more international co-publications. 

"It is international collaboration that grants access to a diversity of students and researchers leading to top university performance. U-Multirank's data proves that universities are stronger when they collaborate internationally, while nationalism only endangers them," said Professors Dr Frans van Vught and Dr Frank Ziegele, U-Multirank joint project leaders.

U-Multirank, which now covers 1,711 universities across the world, has published an interactive map to show which institutions have performed best in teaching and learning, research, knowledge transfer, international orientation and regional engagement.

European Commissioner for Education, Culture, Youth and Sport, Tibor Navracsics, said: "I am pleased to see the latest U-Multirank results which show that EU universities perform very well when education, research and student satisfaction are looked at together. As we work towards creating a European Education Area where everyone gets the best education and can study freely across borders, as well as developing our flagship European Universities initiative, I am sure that U-Multirank will continue to provide valuable information for applicants."

 

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