CANVAS: Higher Education Spring 2017 - page 8

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CANVAS
NEWS ROUND-UP
Unless you have been hiding under a
rock (some might not blame you) or living
on the moon, you’ll be well aware that
Donald Trump is to become the 45th
president of the United States. There were
differing opinions across the US, with
some campuses
(Inside Higher
Ed, November 10). Others welcomed
the news and see this as an opportunity
for HE both in the States and abroad.
(10 November) is hopeful that
this will make studying in their institutions
more appealing to Latin American and
Muslim students over the US or UK.
There are some at home in the US who
are looking at the positives, such as Ryan
Craig writing in
(9 November).
He believes that Trump’s administration
could mark the rebalancing of the HE
system in the US where students who
enrol will be more likely to graduate with
valued degrees across a range of areas.
With the news that President-Elect Trump
has settled the fraud suits (for $25million)
brought against him by students of the
Trump University, there appeared to be
that this legal proceeding
is now over (BBC.co.uk, 19 November).
WE PROVIDE A BRIEF INSIGHT INTO KEY NEWS ITEMS THAT ARE CAUSING A STIR LOCALLY AND GLOBALLY.
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NEWS ROUND-UP
Success for
Trump – the
HE impact
at home and
abroad
Take a view - higher education
and research bill
Controversial and still very much under
consideration, there are many opinions on the
Higher Education and Research bill which had
its Second Reading in July 2016. The mood of
many in the sector is of uncertainty, but there
are those who see opportunities. Leading
the charge is
(The Guardian, 4
November) with the commitment to setting
up the Dyson institute of technology, which
he believes is necessary to address the
chronic skills gap in engineering in the UK.
In Scotland, the reaction to the HE and
Research Bill (where it will not apply) has
caused alarm according to
threatening to impact the
international reputation of Scottish
institutions if more private providers are
awarded university status in England
and Wales. (The Herald, 26 October).
In an article that resonates very clearly with
Dr Barnes’ views,
(Huffington Post 11 November) outlines
how fundamentally important the HE sector
is in the UK for driving forward science
and research, much more so than in other
countries. He argues that the current bill
needs to ensure a strong voice for the sector
to help drive the UK’s competitiveness overall.
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