Debating the future of international scholarships at NAFSA 2015

How can we understand the outcomes of international scholarship programmes? And what shapes the long-term impact of programmes on their alumni and society? These were the central questions posed to a panel of experts at the NAFSA Association of International Educators annual conference in Boston, last month.

After the conference I published a few thoughts on the ACU’s website.

Interim analysis of Commonwealth Scholarships published

“Trajectories and impact of UK Commonwealth Scholarship and Fellowship Programme alumni: Interim quantitative analysis”

A major facet of the CSC Evaluation Team’s work over the past year has been the collation and analysis of data from a four-year alumni survey exercise, running 2012-2015. The research aims to chart the trajectories and impact of Commonwealth Scholars and Fellows since the inception of the programme in the late-1950s. Although data collection continues, the current data corpus is sufficient for interim quantitative analysis and a report has been produced.

The interim report is now available on the CSCUK website.

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Evaluation at the Donor Harmonisation Group

Each year a network of organisations administrating higher education, research, and capacity building development cooperation programmes meets in Europe to share insight, collaborate, and, where possible, align objectives. The ‘Donor Harmonisation Group’ this year met on June 11-13 in Helsinki for their annual forum, hosted by the Finnish Centre for International Mobility (CIMO).

Donor Harmonisation Group, Helsinki, June 2014

Donor Harmonisation Group, Helsinki, June 2014

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Evaluation methodology study published

‘A study of research methodology used in evaluations of international scholarship schemes for higher education’

Over the last six months we have been working on a scoping study examining the state of research practice in the sector: trends, ambiguities, and omissions. The aim has been both to inform our own evaluation practice and to update our colleagues around the world on how evaluation is being conducted.

The final report is now available on the CSCUK website.

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QAA report launch: reflections

Earlier this week the report commissioned by the QAA on students’ expectations and perceptions on UK Higher Education, produced by Camille Kandiko and me at King’s College London, was launched at a seminar in London: it’s available at the King’s College London website.

Here are my reflections on three key issues that came up during the discussion.

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