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International News in Higher Education Comes to Fore This Week

It was a busy week in international higher education circles. There was the forum of leaders from the European Union and the United States and these other global headlines:

The Council of Graduate Schools released data showing international student graduate school enrollment in the U.S. grew by 8 percent in 2011. That was a significant gain, after five years of flat to 4 percent increases. The surge is likely linked to the continued double-digit growth in Chinese graduate enrollment. American universities are facing increased pressure from Canada, Australia, and the United Kingdom for graduate students.

The American Council on Education came out with a report on global engagement of U.S. higher education institutions. The findings of a blue ribbon panel convened by ACE, Strength Through Global Leadership and Engagement:U.S. Higher Education in the 21st Century, suggest the organization assume a broader advocacy role and lead on critical global higher education issues.

Finally, there is an interesting snapshot of gender difference on campuses from the World Economic Forum. In some countries, such as the United States, female enrollment in college significantly outpaced male enrollments, while other countries face the opposite situation. To read more, click here.

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