Archive for March, 2011

European business schools: a growing market

March 28, 2011

Extracts from EFMD’s Global Focus

Alex Chisholm discusses the implications of GMAC research that reveals the growing popularity of business schools in Europe

The attraction of business schools in Europe has increased dramatically in recent years. A decade ago, when aspiring graduate business students around the world were contemplating which schools to apply to, it generally meant they were planning to study in America.

Today those students are much more likely to be on their way to Britain, France, the Netherlands, Spain or elsewhere in Europe, according to the latest Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) figures released by the Graduate Management Admission Council (GMAC).

From July 1 2009 to June 30 2010 (Testing Year, or TY, 2010), European schools received more than 85,000 GMAT scores, an increase of 90%, or about 40,000 score reports, compared with TY2006. This was very impressive given that the total number of GMAT scores sent worldwide increased by only 30% over the five-year period.

Trend 1:

More non-European students are considering Europe as a top destination for graduate management education

– Of those 85,000 score reports received by European business schools in TY2010, a majority, 64% came from non-European examinees.

Trend 2:

More European citizens are opting to attend schools closer to home

The popularity of America as a study destination for European citizens has significantly declined.


Povl Tiedemann

March 2011


Ambitious plans in China to attract foreign students

March 26, 2011

By Yojana Sharma, University World News

China’s ambitious plans to turn itself into an innovation economy include a big increase in the number of foreign students, turning the country into an education ‘hub’, a top Chinese education ministry official told an international conference in Hong Kong. Meanwhile, new official figures revealed that there are now 31 million higher education students in China – a 35% increase in five years.

Check: Full report on the University World News site

Povl Tiedemann

March 2011

Exports? – Who should get the credit? – IMD Criterion of the month

March 20, 2011

By Stephane Garelli, IMD World Competitiveness Center.

The criterion of the month ranks exports of goods. However this way of measuring international trade is now under attack. In short, international trade statistics monitor the flow of goods between countries on the basis of their last origin and not on their content. As an example, the Asian Development Bank Institute indicates that an iPhone assembled in China is accounted for as a $179 export to the US. However most of this value reflects imported parts which are then assembled in China. The real added-value of China is only $6.50, which is 3.6% of the total.

The globalization of business and outsourcing makes it increasingly difficult to define the true “nationality” of a product and even its origin. It blurs the competitive picture globally. Recently, the World Trade Organization has called for experts to make proposals that measure trade while avoiding such distortions – not an easy undertaking.

Povl Tiedemann

March 2011

Arab youths, revolutions, and the rise of the ‘second society’ – INSEAD knowledge

March 18, 2011

By Sami Mahroum,

Director of INSEAD’s Innovation & Policy Initiative in Abu Dhabi

The sudden and rapid change that has swept across the Arab world over the recent few months has taken the world by surprise. All of a sudden, the status quo was challenged and the long-held prerequisites for change were replaced by mobile phones, an Internet connection and a Facebook account.

The patterns of revolutions tend to be similar, focusing on the rise and falle of leaders, a plunge into lawlessness, and finally a new order. Today’s movement in the Arab world is different.

Check:   Read more…

Povl Tiedemann

March 2011

Cheating and Plagiarism

March 13, 2011

Cheating epidemic at Britain’s universities

From University World News

A survey of more than 80 universities has revealed that academic misconduct is soaring at institutions across the country, writes David Barrett for The Telegraph. More than 17,000 incidents of cheating were recorded by universities in the 2009-10 academic year – up at least 50% in four years.

But the true figure will be far higher because many universities were only able to provide details of the most serious cases and let lecturers deal with less serious offences.

Only a handful of students were expelled for their misdemeanours among those universities that disclosed how cheats were punished. Most of the incidents were plagiarism in essays and other coursework. Many institutions reported students buying coursework from internet-based essay-writing companies. Dozens of websites offering the services are available on the web, providing bespoke essays for fees of £150 (US$241) and upwards.

Check: Full report on The Telegraph site


Student plagiarism on the rise – in Scotland

By Judith Duffy, The Express

Hundreds of cases of academic ‘misconduct’ are being detected at Scottish higher education institutions every year, writes Judith Duffy for The Express. Most of the incidents are related to plagiarism, which has risen in recent years with essays becoming easily available to purchase online.

Robert Gordon University in Aberdeen recorded the highest number of cases of cheating. Figures show around 30 out of 4,800 students caught cheating between 2005 and 2010 were removed from their studies. More than 850 cases of “academic misconduct” were recorded at the institution during this time. In 2008-09, 222 students were caught cheating at the university, more than double the previous year’s total of 110.

Other universities that have detected hundreds of cheats over the five-year period include Aberdeen (245), St Andrews (276) and Stirling (815). Liam Burns, president of the National Union of Students Scotland, said much of the rise was due to improvements in plagiarism detection, rather than a “worrying trend”.

Check: Full report on the Express site

Povl Tiedemann

March 2011

Evaluation of sponsorships

March 13, 2011

Despots and Academia – more scandals likely

From University World News

The London School of Economics, which is trying to repair the damage done to its reputation by its links with the Gaddafi regime in Libya, is not the only UK university that has accepted money from repressive governments, writes Andy McSmith for The Independent. Saudi Arabia has been a much more lavish investor in British higher education than Libya.

China and Iran have also put money into UK universities. And despite the humiliation of the LSE, the practice of accepting money from abroad could spread because of government pressure on universities to find sources of funds other than the British taxpayer.

Robin Simcox, a researcher at the Centre for Social Cohesion, said last week that the political furore that has led to the resignation of Howard Davies, the LSE’s director, was “inevitable” given the willingness of universities to accept funds from dictatorships. He warned that something similar could happen again. Oxford, Cambridge, Edinburgh and Durham have also risked placing themselves in an LSE-type predicament.

Check: Full report on the Independent site

Povl Tiedemann

March 2011

Perceived returns of higher education

March 1, 2011

Jana Fiserova and John Anchor, University World News

Will students be put off applying to university if tuition fees are raised?

Most research has focused on what the actual returns of going to university are for students, rather than on their perceptions of those returns. The latter will be vital for future predictions of demand for higher education.

Full report on the University World News site

Povl Tiedemann

March 2011

Impact of economic crisis – warning by European University Association

March 1, 2011

By Brendan O’Malley, University World News

The economic crisis has affected European higher education systems in different ways and at different stages of the crisis, but the ensuing cuts are likely to lead to sweeping changes to higher education systems around Europe, according to a report by the European University Association.

Full report on the University World News site

Povl Tiedemann

March 2011