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Higher Education in US – Only half of American adults think colleges and universities are having a positive effect

Americans see value in higher education – whether they graduated from college or not. Most say a college degree is important, if not essential, in helping a young person succeed in the world, and college graduates themselves say their degree helped them grow and develop the skills they needed for the workplace. While fewer than half … Continue reading

Attending university in UK – Increases women’s earnings at age 29 by 26% and men’s by 6%, but this varies hugely

While men who went to university earn 25% more at age 29 than those who did not (but who had at least five good GCSEs), most of that difference can be attributed to the fact that they have better GCSE and A-level results and came from better-off families on average. Going to university in itself … Continue reading

Future Skills Challenges for Universities in UK – Nearly 50% of the subject knowledge acquired during the first year of a four-year technical degree is outdated by the time students graduate

Educating more people at university could bring significant benefits to the UK economy as the Fourth Industrial Revolution increases future demand for higher level skills. The onset of the Fourth Industrial Revolution – automation, robotics, artificial intelligence and digital technology – and challenges of Brexit and an ageing population are creating rising demand for those with qualifications above … Continue reading

Me in a minute – A simple strategy for developing and showcasing personal employability

Graduates require evidence of employability beyond marks and grades to differentiate themselves in the highly competitive labour market. Universities cannot guarantee employment, but they can engage students in learning and recognise achievement that is relevant to employment. Here, we share preliminary insights from interviews investigating student perceptions of an extra-curricular video strategy designed to develop … Continue reading

Universities in UK – Almost one million jobs, and add £21.5 billion to GDP

The higher education sector is vital to the UK economy. In 2014–15 it supported almost one million jobs, and contributed £21.5 billion to UK gross domestic product.​ This report​ investigates the economic contribution that universities make annually​ to the UK economy through generating GDP, jobs and taxes, and their longer-term impact on the UK. The research – carried out for … Continue reading

Going to University in UK – So what skills ‘premium’, if any, do individuals gain from it ?

With nearly three-in-five graduates in the UK working in non-graduate jobs, the UK has one of the highest levels of self-reported over-qualification amongst its graduates in Europe. So what skills ‘premium’, if any, do individuals gain from going to university? And with the UK not producing enough of the highly skilled jobs for our graduates … Continue reading

Higher Education in Ontario – College transfer students earned fewer credits each year, had lower GPAs, and were less able to earn credits from course attempts

Increasing the rate of student transfers from college to university has become a prior- ity in Ontario in recent years  and increasing numbers of Ontario postsecondary students have been transferring. However, little research has examined how the college students perform academically upon arriving at university . Given the emphasis on increasing migration from college to … Continue reading

Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2014-2015 is out!

Evidence is emerging of a decline in the power of US universities in the Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2014-2015, despite the California Institute of Technology’s claim on the top spot for the fourth consecutive year. The West Coast institution heads a top 10 for 2014-15 that still consists almost entirely of US-based universities, … Continue reading

Universities in Denmark – Cutting thousands of positions within faculties that don’t lead to work

Denmark is addressing youth unemployment by revolutionising the university system. It is cuttingthousands of positions within faculties that don’t lead to work, starting from humanities and social science courses, which will be first in line for the chop. There are currently 15,000 Danish students enrolled on courses with poor employment prospects. The government wants to … Continue reading

Ontario / University education pays off says a report

Ontario university grads have the best odds of landing jobs in their fields at good wages, according to a feisty new report from the Council of Ontario Universities that disputes any notion its members are  glorified prep schools for a life making lattes. The 30-page “University Works,” to be released Tuesday, argues that university grads … Continue reading

Australia / From vocational education to university: it depends

A report found this was not because such courses were inappropriate for vocational graduates but because they were dominated by universities that did not embrace them Continue reading

Quebec / The Summit on Higher Education: The losers are youth holders of vocational and technical degrees

Quebec / The Summit on Higher Education: The losers are youth holders of vocational and technical degrees

European Universities / An ‘F’

Outmoded teaching, overcrowded classrooms and even broken windows are common complaints by both teachers and students at French universities – even the Sorbonne, one of Europe’s oldest and most illustrious schools. Classes often begin with a hunt for spare chairs as classrooms built for 20 students regularly pack 40 or more. Sometimes students are forced … Continue reading

UK / University / Applications down since 2 years

University applications from UK students are down for the second year running, official figures show. Ucas admissions data from mid-December show applications from English students at their lowest since 2009. The trebling of maximum tuition fees saw a drop in applications for autumn 2012 but university leaders hoped demand would recover in 2013. A Ucas … Continue reading

Universities / Employability / Professional experience and interpersonal skills are the biggest areas of improvement for graduates

The Global Employability Survey is an online survey conducted amongst recruiters in 20 countries worldwide with the objective of determining what makes the ideal graduate on a longer term. The survey focuses on the following subjects:  What qualities should the ideal graduate have? What qualities make a graduate more employable in the long run? Which … Continue reading

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