A study that attempts to measure and rank aspects of national higher education systems suggests that the UK academy is one of the most "open" in the world and has among the best quality assurance.
The findings from the British Council's International Education Index were unveiled last week at the Nafsa: Association of International Educators conference in Vancouver.
The index is based on an analysis of the higher education policies of 22 countries and scores nations according to several criteria. Dr Janet Ilieva, head of research for education intelligence at the council, described the Index as an attempt to "put some structure into the existing body of knowledge on international education".
In the category of "openness", which looks at international strategies, visa and migration policies and the regulatory environment, France tops the table, followed by the UK, Australia and the Netherlands.
The results in the opennesss category surprised some figures in the higher education sector, given the issues over the UK’s visa and immigration policies in recent months.
Posted by Jacqui Fox
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