Is the UK going Down Under?

During my years in Sydney, the issue of language skills and foreign students has come up repeatedly. The claim was that the financial reliance on foreign students had forced Australian higher education to accept students that lack even the basic English language and communication skills. Most critical on this issue is probably Bob Birrell, Director of the Centre for Population and Urban Research at Monash University in Melbourne. Last year he published a study finding that one in three overseas students which were granted permanent residency after graduating from an Australian university does…Read more …

Metaranking

After the proliferation of accreditation bodies in the 1990s and 2000s, the sector witnessed the appearance of meta-accreditation. Do we - after the proliferation of rankings in the past 10 years or so - witness the first meta-ranking? It looks like it, however I must admit it's slightly different. It won't be a meta-ranker, but more an accreditor of rankings. I'm talking about the establishment of the IREG–International Observatory on Academic Ranking and Excellence: On April 18, 2008 an important decision was reached by the International Ranking Expert Group (IREG) to consolidate its…Read more …