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Labi, Aisha – Chronicle of Higher Education, 2013
This article profiles A.C. Grayling, a British intellectual who pioneers a new model for college. In his role as founder of the New College of the Humanities, Britain's newest and most controversial institution of higher education, A.C. Grayling could have chosen among several titles. The senior academic officer at most English higher-education…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Higher Education, Educational Change, Administrators
Labi, Aisha – Chronicle of Higher Education, 2012
Patrick McGhee, vice chancellor of the University of East London, has a lot in common with many of the 28,000 students at the large urban institution he leads. He was the first in his family to attend university. And he dislikes much about the government's higher-education reform efforts, which he has deemed "misguided, premature, unproven…
Descriptors: First Generation College Students, Educational Change, Foreign Students, Tuition
Labi, Aisha – Chronicle of Higher Education, 2012
When the global financial crisis hit in 2008, it looked at first as if many European universities were going to escape the worst. Higher education has long been considered a public right and a taxpayer-financed obligation, and there was optimism that universities, which government leaders hail as drivers of economic growth, would emerge relatively…
Descriptors: Educational Finance, Foreign Countries, Brain Drain, Economic Progress
Labi, Aisha – Chronicle of Higher Education, 2012
As Europe has lurched from one economic crisis to another in recent months, one thing has become clear: Any long-term solution will depend on the willingness of Germany, Europe's largest economy, to shoulder much of the financial burden the debt crisis has created. German taxpayers, known for their thrift, have balked at underwriting what many see…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Debt (Financial), Economic Climate, Role of Education
Labi, Aisha – Chronicle of Higher Education, 2009
In what university officials say represents a new approach to the internationalization of higher education, Columbia University is building a network of six to eight research institutes in capitals around the world. The Columbia Global Centers, as they are called, are designed for faculty members and students from various disciplines to…
Descriptors: Higher Education, International Educational Exchange, Research and Development Centers, Global Approach
Labi, Aisha – Chronicle of Higher Education, 2009
To demonstrate their credentials as global institutions, universities on both sides of the Atlantic are creating an increasing number of international joint-degree and dual-degree programs. But American institutions trail their European counterparts in offering such degrees, and American students are less likely than European students to…
Descriptors: International Educational Exchange, Study Abroad, Academic Degrees, Higher Education
Labi, Aisha – Chronicle of Higher Education, 2009
In Germany, tuition is low because state governments shoulder a much higher percentage of university budgets than in the United States. As a result, most German universities provide far fewer amenities and services, and require their professors to teach longer hours to larger numbers of students than their American counterparts. Because they are…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Tuition, Educational Administration, Politics of Education
Labi, Aisha – Chronicle of Higher Education, 2008
This article reports that with world markets shuddering, higher education remains one of the few bright spots in a gloomy global economic landscape, prompting already stiff competition for international students to become even more heated. Leading destination countries like Australia, Britain, Canada, and the United States have all posted recent…
Descriptors: Foreign Students, Competition, Educational Quality, Foreign Countries
Labi, Aisha – Chronicle of Higher Education, 2008
A Chinese list of the world's top universities would seem an unlikely concern for French politicians. But this year, France's legislature took aim at the annual rankings produced by Shanghai Jiao Tong University, which claims to list the 500 best universities in the world. The highest-ranked French entry, Universite Pierre et Marie Curie, comes in…
Descriptors: Higher Education, Foreign Countries, Reputation, Researchers
Labi, Aisha – Chronicle of Higher Education, 2008
Billed as the country's first independent university, the American University of Afghanistan was established in 2004 with financial support from the highest levels of the American and Afghan governments. But its development has been rockier than anticipated, even taking into account Afghanistan's growing instability. A number of current and former…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Financial Support, College Faculty, Universities
Labi, Aisha – Chronicle of Higher Education, 2008
This article reports that American visa procedures have prevented graduate students from taking advantage of the Iraqi government's program to study in the United States. Iraqi students seeking to come to American colleges on full scholarships from the Iraqi government face so many hurdles in obtaining a visa that few are able to enter the…
Descriptors: Foreign Students, Graduate Students, Foreign Countries, International Relations
Labi, Aisha – Chronicle of Higher Education, 2008
Before the Islamic Revolution of 1979, Iranian graduate students and academics frequently studied or worked in the United States. That year, for example, the 51,300 Iranian students in the United States were the single largest group of foreign students in the country. Many, if not most, Iranian professors received their doctorates from American…
Descriptors: Foreign Students, Graduate Students, Access to Education, Foreign Countries
Labi, Aisha – Chronicle of Higher Education, 2008
Affordable housing is an elusive commodity for students in Paris and much of the rest of Europe. Many European universities are in cities where property values have soared in recent years--along with higher-education enrollment figures and the number of students vying for rooms. Few of the universities have dormitories, and students are left…
Descriptors: College Housing, Foreign Countries, Competition, Enrollment
Labi, Aisha – Chronicle of Higher Education, 2008
The Islamic Azad University was founded by Hashemi Rafsanjani, a cleric who was in the past the first speaker of the Majlis, or Parliament, of Iran's postrevolutionary government. He served as president of Iran from 1989 to 1997 and ran for re-election in 2005, when he was defeated by Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. In the two decades after Azad was founded,…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Higher Education, Tuition, College Students
Labi, Aisha – Chronicle of Higher Education, 2007
As European universities embrace English as a means of increasing foreign enrollment, they find that change does not always come easily. They must decide how far they are willing to go in making that transformation. Some officials feel that too many universities have gone too far already. This article briefly describes language controversies at…
Descriptors: Foreign Students, Foreign Countries, English (Second Language), Language of Instruction
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