Finnish universities losing students due to residence permit red tape
Out of 26 representatives of Finnish universities Yle interviewed, 23 of them said they wished the bureaucracy regarding the residence permit should be more speedy and fluid in the future as foreign potential students have to wait months for permission to stay in the country. Schools agree that something must be done quickly to improve the situation. “The long processing period for student residence permits is unreasonable for people who are making decisions about continued studies and their future work path. Because of this, Finland is losing higher education students who have already been accepted in other countries,” says director of international studies at the Häme University of Applied Sciences, Kati Heikkinen.
New licensing standards in UAE
Khaleej Times reports, that UAE’s Ministry of Education (MoE) has introduced new licensing standards. Changes will be implemented in September and they will cover the accreditation process, a quality-based evaluation scheme and gaps in the existing standards. UAE has a goal of strengthening the quality and global reputation in the education sector. Minister of State for Higher Education and Advanced Skills Dr Ahmad bin Abdullah Humaid Belhoul Al Falasi said: “Students are our true wealth. They are the motivation behind all of our efforts. With the new standards, we look forward to creating a positive environment at higher education institutions, where graduates leave with in-depth knowledge, having developed the necessary advanced skills to meet the requirements of the future.”
National Union of Israeli Students opposes gender segregation
Haaretz reports, that the new plan to extend the segregation of men and women in academic institutions in Israel encountered opposition in the National Union of Israeli Students. The plan includes a dramatic reduction in the oversight of the Council for Higher Education on programs for ultra-Orthodox students and opening of separate graduate programs. Shlomi Yehiav, who is the union’s head, stated: “The proposal crosses red lines on its way to funding separate education systems, based on gender and sectors.’’