Magazine article The Times Higher Education Supplement : THE

World in Brief

Magazine article The Times Higher Education Supplement : THE

World in Brief

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Bank problems could scupper Erasmus study

There are doubts about whether hundreds of Greek students will be able to participate in Erasmus exchanges this autumn while their banks remain under restrictions. About 3,300 Greek students took part in the European Union's flagship mobility scheme in 2013-14, but there are now fears about parents' ability to cover the costs of their children's study abroad after draconian limits on cash withdrawals were imposed in the country. Many Greeks due to depart for foreign universities are also worried about the validity of their scholarships, said the Kathimerini news site.


Bishops propose a Catholic university for Kurdish region

A Catholic university could be created in Erbil, Kurdistan, partly to cater for Christians fleeing other regions of Iraq. Yusuf Goran, minister of higher education and scientific research in the Kurdistan regional government in Iraq, this month received a delegation from the Erbil Bishops Council proposing the idea. The delegation was led by Bashar Matti Warda, Archbishop of Erbil, who outlined plans for a "normal" rather than a "missionary" institution, with education predominantly in English, supported by the Bishops Council in Rome.


One-stop shop for the most employable crop

The drive to ensure graduate employability has hit high gear at one Chinese university, which is "selling" its graduates online. He Hua, president of Kunming University in Yunnan province, has launched a "talent shop", on a retail platform operated by China's online commerce giant Alibaba, that invites prospective employers to bid to offer each student a job. According to the People's Daily Online, the site profiles 65 of the university's top graduates and, for each, displays a photograph, a summary of career ambitions and desired salary.


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