10 Corporations That Have a Major Hand in US Higher Education

Many international corporations maintain close ties with universities on multiple levels – publishers maintain bookshops, food service companies provide food courts, pharmaceutical firms conduct research, etc.

The Online Colleges Blog has compiled a list of the 10 biggest corporations with close corporate contracts with US universities.

Click here to view the full list.

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International Conference: Towards Plurilingualism

The 1st International Conference on Applied Linguistics to Language Teaching: Towards Plurilingualism will take place at Nebrija University (Department of Applied Linguistics) in Madrid, 28-30 September 2012. It will provide an opportunity for researchers and teachers, both experts and novices, to share the results of studies and didactic experiences.

Venue: Dehesa de la Villa campus in Madrid, Spain.
Registration deadline: 17 September 2012
To learn more about this event, click here.

Early English immersion in Japan

Many countries have started to introduce foreign/English language learning at increasingly early ages, in spite of the fact that there is, as yet, no general consensus on when exactly is the best time to start.
A contribution to the debate, titled “Kindergartners get language boost with English immersion programme” can be found in the Japan Times at

New York to award ‘seal of biliteracy’

New York is debating the establishment of a ‘seal of literacy’ to highlight graduates’ language proficiency, following the example of California where such an award was first introduced in 2011.

California was the first US state to create a ‘seal of biliteracy’ which is affixed to diplomas and high school transcripts to show that the graduate demonstrates fluency in English and at least one other language, including American Sign Language.

Students can qualify in four ways: Passing an Advanced Placement or International Baccalaureate exam with a passing score of 3 or higher; completing a four-year high school course in the same foreign language with an overall grade point average of at least 3.0; passing a district’s foreign-language exam at a proficient level or higher; or passing a foreign government’s approved language exam.

Go here and here to learn more.

New IIE report on English-taught Master’s programmes in Europe

The Institute of International Education’s Centre for Academic Mobility Research has published a new report investigating ‘English-Taught Master’s Programs in Europe: New Findings on Supply and Demand’.

This briefing paper ‘provides a detailed, data-drive look at the burgeoning growth of English-taught master’s programs in Europe’. The authors ‘examine the growth of English-taught master’s programs in Europe, including the total number of programs offered by country and academic discipline, their duration, and data on prospective students’.

Click here to view the report.

US study confirms: International students struggle to make friends

A new US study confirms what many in Higher Education have observed for some time, both in the UK and elsewhere:

Many international students find it difficult to make friends in their host countries and even at their host institutions. Elisabeth Gareis, Ed.D., associate professor of communication studies at Baruch College/City University of New York, investigated the study abroad experience of international students in southern and north-eastern US states. The study shows that 40% of students report having no close American friends and would like to have more interaction with their US peers. The number of relationships built with US citizens varies depending on the host region and on the home region of the international students: Those studying in southern states stated they had more, and more satisfying, friendships that those attending universities in the Northeast. Students from East Asia were least satisfied with the number and quality of friendships established during their study abroad.

To find out more, go here.

US: AFT president suggests ‘bar exam for teachers’

In an interview at the Aspen Ideas Festival, Randi Weingarten – president of the American Federation of Teachers, a teachers’ union representing some 1.5 million US teachers – launched her own ‘big idea’: In an effort to promote ‘higher quality outcomes for students’, she proposed the introduction of a ‘bar exam for teachers’, based on ‘national standards’ set by a national board and adopted by the individual states.

Click here to read the article and the interesting comments page in The Atlantic.