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A new initiative aims to resolve the critical shortfall in the number of young engineers

The new higher-education academy launched this month to solve the malaise affecting the engineering sector has no money and no buildings. When placed alongside other academies we're used to reading about, it ain't much cop.

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Brave new territory: University College London to open a branch in Australia

Thursday, 29 May 2008

Forget China. The next international education hotspot could be Adelaide, South Australia, population 1.1 million. Today, University College London, one of Britain's top 10 higher-education institutions, is signing an agreement to establish a branch there, becoming one of the first British universities to open an outpost Down Under.

Susan Bassnett: It's time for the bold universities to go private

Thursday, 29 May 2008

Another of my friends is retiring this summer. She works in one of the many countries where university lecturers all retire at the age of 60, but she will certainly not be giving up teaching or research. She is moving to one of the many private universities that cream off talent from the state sector, either by offering higher salaries and better working conditions or by taking on top-flight academics when they hit the age barrier. Other friends who have done this all say they wish they had moved years ago.

Against The Grain: 'The benefits of brain-boosting drugs are huge'

Thursday, 29 May 2008

Dr Nick Bostrom is the director of the Future of Humanity Institute at the University of Oxford. He argues that drug companies should be allowed to develop drugs that improve our lives rather than just cure diseases.

Leading Article: Global vision

Thursday, 29 May 2008

University College London's decision to set up shop in South Australia by opening a Masters programme in energy and resources is a smart move. Any university that wants to be taken seriously as a global player needs to be thinking where to locate a campus to cash in on the burgeoning international market in higher education and to get its name out into the marketplace.

Education Letters: Happy in Nottingham

Thursday, 29 May 2008

Far from being dangerous, Nottingham is a thriving, welcoming city that remains among the most popular choices in the country for students ("How secure is your university city?" EDUCATION & CAREERS, 22 May).

Crime watch: How secure is your university city?

Thursday, 22 May 2008

Mothers and fathers, as well as potential students, take note. The most crime-ridden university city in the United Kingdom outside the capital is Nottingham, according to figures published today.

Against The Grain: 'We have to change our lazy view of sport'

Thursday, 22 May 2008

Simon Chadwick is professor of sport business strategy and marketing at the Centre for the International Business of Sport at Coventry University. He argues that Britain doesn't take sport seriously enough, and that universities are the key to producing well-rounded, élite athletes as well as widening overall participation.

Leading Article: Bologna warnings can't be ignored

Thursday, 22 May 2008

A report out today from the Higher Education Policy Institute (Hepi) sounds alarm bells about the long-term threat posed to higher education in the United Kingdom by the Bologna accord. This agreement, which aims to standardise degrees across Europe and enable much greater movement of students and staff, should make British universities wake up. Although UK higher education is not having to make many changes as a result of Bologna and will not suffer in the short term, it may find that the changes forced on other countries do have consequences for Britain. Moreover, it may find that the simple existence of different practices in a European higher education area could put the spotlight on ways of doing things in the UK.

It's open season for universities so get visiting

Thursday, 22 May 2008

When it comes to choosing your university, prospectuses can only tell you so much. So, now that it's the season for university open days across the country, you can find out more for yourself. The number and scale of these open days is growing as the higher-education market becomes more competitive.

Leading Article: Enlightened Islam

Thursday, 15 May 2008

The new research centres announced this week for Cambridge and Edinburgh universities, aimed at promoting a better understanding of Islam, are a clear signal that Middle Eastern countries (in this case, Saudi Arabia), are keen to invest in spreading tolerance and enlightenment.

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