Niger higher education may change after violent demonstrations

Grey and red megaphoneStudents in Niger will get the higher education changes they have been demonstrating about for the past week.

The mass protests that took place in the capital city, Niamey, saw 313 arrests made and 109 people injured – while one student lost their life in the name of education reform. Read more ›

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Ethnic Divide in Kosovo mirrored in higher education sector

Flag of KosovoA new report into the higher education system in Kosovo reveals that despite the integration work done over the years, its universities reflect the divided nature of the country.

The European Council report found that the situation has worsened over the last decade. Read more ›

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More students in the Netherlands are not paying back their loans

Four mortar boards thrown up in the airNew figures from the Netherlands’ Education Ministry’s student loans payment agency has revealed that more students are not paying back their loans.

Students have 15 years to pay off their loans after graduating from university. Read more ›

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Budget cuts hit schools in England hard

Open purse with coinsOne in every six state schools in England has asked their students’ parents to contribute to school finances, reports The Telegraph.

A survey carried out by the Association of Teachers and Lecturers has found that in addition, schools are taking all sorts of measures to raise funds Read more ›

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Parents concerned over school shortage in Vietnam’s capital

Empty class, chairs stacked on tablesParents in Vietnam’s capital, Hanoi, are concerned over a shortage of school places for their children.
In recent years, many new urban areas have been created, but not enough schools have been built to cater for all of the children living there.

However, the education authority has assured parents that all children will be able Read more ›

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New law allows Chechnya’s schools to define students’ clothing rules

Girl in headscarf looking at phoneChechnya’s president has signed legislation allowing schools to set their own rules defining the type of clothing worn by their students.

The ruling takes into account the pupils’ rights to wear religious clothing or that of their cultural heritage unless it endangers their or other students’ Read more ›

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Foreign university falls foul of new Hungarian law

Hungarian flag flying on flagpoleThe Hungarian parliament has given the green light to legislation that could mean the closure of a popular foreign university campus.

The country is exerting tighter regulation over its foreign seats of higher education, and now requires that they must have a campus in their country of origin. Read more ›

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Participant numbers discrepancy in recent teachers’ strike in Poland

Grey and red megaphoneA teachers’ strike over pay and conditions took place across Poland on 31st March.

The Polish Teachers’ Association – the largest teaching union in the country – organised the demonstration. Amongst its demands are a ten per cent salary increase, plus Read more ›

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Denmark wants more English language vocational graduates to stay at home

Danish flag on flagpoleThe Danish Ministry of Higher Education will reduce the number of students on English language programmes to prevent so many leaving the country after completing their studies.

The target is to cut one in four places on English language vocational courses, meaning that there will be 1,600 fewer places in 2017 compared to 2015.

Currently, one in five graduates from these courses remains in Denmark two years after they qualified.

Education Minister Søren Pind said of the situation: “We can see that the number of foreign students that come here to get an education paid for by Danish taxpayers has increased sharply in recent years. But there are far too few staying and contributing to Denmark afterwards. So we need to make a reduction in admissions.”

Read more here from The Local

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Primary children to be taught in native languages in Dutch schools

Word cloud of hello in different languagesThe Netherlands’ ministry of education has issued guidance to all primary schools stating that migrant children should be taught in their own native languages to help them feel more confident and settled.

Speaking in a radio interview, one of the authors, Maaike Hajer, said that it was important to give pupils this early boost. Read more ›

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