GATE-like test for students with engineering degrees from these 3 deemed universities

Days after the Supreme Court cancelled engineering degrees granted since 2001 by three deemed universities through the distance education mode, the Union HRD ministry has called a meeting of the University Grants Commission (UGC) on Monday to protect the interests of hundreds who could be affected by the move, people familiar with the matter said. JRN Rajasthan Vidhyapeeth University, Udaipur; Vinayaka Mission Research Foundation, Salem, Tamil Nadu; and IASE Deemed University, Rajasthan — have been conducting distance engineering programmes without necessary approvals, including that from the UGC or the All India Council…

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Brussels universities plan int’l student space

A joint initiative of French-speaking Université Libre de Bruxelles (ULB) and the Flemish Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB), the space will provide accommodation space especially for international students and researchers. The new development will consist of 800 rooms for international student accommodation, as well as a number of flats for the researchers. There will also be facilities for catering and a hall for student events. “The target date to complete the entire complex is 2023” While the space is dedicated primarily to international students, Paul De Knop, rector of VUB, said…

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Universities UK presses for clarity on EU student admissions

President of UUK and vice chancellor of the University of Kent, Dame Julia Goodfellow, urged the government to take immediate action to reassure EU students applying to study in 2017 that they would pay the same fees and access the same financial support throughout their studies and, therefore, “prevent a likely sudden decline in EU student applications”. “This issue is urgent. UCAS applications opened yesterday for the 2017/18 intake and EU students are almost twice as likely as UK students to apply very early for those courses with October deadlines.”…

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Saudi Schools Top 2016 U.S. News Arab Region Universities Rankings

The Middle East and North Africa region has one of the most youthful populations in the world. More than half – 55 percent – of the region’s populace is younger than 24, according to a July 2015 report from the Brookings Doha Center, a Qatar branch of a U.S.-based public policy think tank. As these youth contemplate their future, they may turn to the region’s hundreds of colleges and universities. To help prospective university students, as well as parents, policymakers and employers, compare higher education institutions across the region, U.S. News has launched its 2016 Best Arab Region Universities rankings. The…

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Tuition fees give England universities surplus worth £1.8bn

First full cohort paying £9,000 fee bolsters balances while Open University has £7m deficit due to fewer part-time students The University of Oxford had a larger surplus than Scotland’s entire university sector. Photograph: Alamy Universities in England accrued record operating surpluses worth nearly £1.8bn last year, as their bank balances were filled by the first full cohort of students paying the £9,000 tuition fee. The rise in university income in England outstripped those of their counterparts in other parts of the UK, with the University of Oxford boasting a larger…

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We’re about to assess teaching in universities – let’s learn from other sectors

There are well-established regimes for rating schools and healthcare providers. Those that work best are stable, detailed and easy to compare How well will metrics do the job of an inspector? Photograph: Alamy We all know now that the government wants to assess the quality of teaching in higher education through a new Teaching Excellence Framework (Tef). What’s less clear is exactly how this will happen. There are genuine concerns, but finding imperfections in the model of the Tef put out for consultation is the easy bit. The hard bit…

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Universities compete by teaching in English

There are now almost 8,000 courses being taught in English by leading universities in non-English speaking countries, according to a project mapping their expansion. The rise of universities teaching in English, rather than their own local language, has become a global phenomenon. These are not only appealing to the world’s five million international students who travel abroad, they are also being chosen by students staying in their own countries who prefer to study in English rather than their own language. The research is from a Dutch-based organisation,StudyPortals, which has a…

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