French Universities Will Not Impose an Increase in Tuition Fees for International Students

We’ve highlighted below some of the most recent developments and occurrences in youth-related news and events. In this week’s Friday news we speak about French universities that defied government’s decision to increase tuition fees for international students, Kenyan private universities that want payment of debt and the brain drain issue in Israel.

French universities will not impose an increase in tuition fees for international students

Several universities in France have stated that they will not impose an increase in tuition fees for students outside the European Union, reports Radio France Internationale. Previously, government ordered an increase in tuition fees because they want to attract more international students and make French universities more prestigious in the eyes of students around the globe. However, the government has refused to delay the introduction of the new fees and universities argue that they were not given enough notice about the change in policy. Currently undergraduate fees are around 170 euros per year, and the are expected to go up to 2,770 euros per year. On the other hand, the price of Master’s studies will go from 243 euros to 3,770 euros.

Kenyan private universities want payment of debt

Daily Nation reports that Kenya’s private universities require around $40 million from the government for state-sponsored students who were studying at their institutions in the past three years. In the 2017/2018 financial year, the government allocated around $20 million for state-sponsored students. In a memorandum to Education Cabinet Secretary Amina Mohamed, the chairman of the Kenya Association of Private Universities, Professor Mumo Kisau, said: “With the increase of students to 29,826, the budgetary allocation has fallen below the $20 million, further reducing the amount of money available per student, now standing at an average of $660 per student.”

Brain drain in Israel

United States Department of State data shows that Israel is the biggest exporter of academic talent to the United States, reports Haaretz. According to the US State Department’s Institute of International Education’s Open Doors data portal, there were 1,725 Israeli researchers in the USA in 2017, which represents an increase of 5.6% from the year before.The extent of the issue is illustrated by the fact that this number is equal to the entire faculty of two to three typical Israeli institutes of higher education. Professor Dan Shechtman, a Nobel laureate in chemistry who teaches at the Technion–Israel Institute of Technology, said: ”There’s no brain drain. Brains don’t flee – they are expelled.”

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