We are so proud to announce today that we have been shortlisted for the Conference Awards 2015 within the Best Conference Series category!
Our annual conference Hobsons U, with the associated client events throughout the year, help us to engage and listen to our clients. We have built a community and fostered a sense of belonging to a group that participants really feel the benefit of being involved in.
On 7 April 2015 the Malaysian Ministry of Education published a comprehensive blueprint for the development and growth of the higher education sector over the coming decade. It sets out a series of ambitious goals for the sector and an aspiration “to create a higher education system that ranks among the world’s leading higher education systems and enables Malaysia to compete globally.”
The MHEB 2015-2015 has been under development for two years and draws upon input from Malaysian and international education experts as well as global institutions such as UNESCO and the OECD. It forms part of a national plan to be become a developed country by 2020 and represents an outcome of a concerted effort by government to promote higher education.
The Malaysian Higher Education Blueprint 2015-2025 follows the Malaysian Education Blueprint 2013-2025 which set out a similar roadmap for pre-school, primary and secondary education.
The blueprint speaks of a need for “a fundamental transformation of how the higher education system and higher learning institutions (HLIs) current operate” in order for the sector to stay ahead of global trends.
This is articulated through five key aspirations and eight key targets for the sector. Read More
Next week Daniel Falls our solutions consultant and I have the pleasure of running two sessions at the Annual UCAS Admissions Conference being held at the Celtic Manor Resort in Newport.
The first session will focus on what makes a good CRM implementation project. We will be running this session with Alex Causton-Ronaldson. Alex shared his experiences of implementing Radius our new flagship CRM at our recent client conference.
We are unique position of having worked with thousands of universities globally (including over 60 in the UK!) to implement new systems. Our session will give attendees our top tips, here is a sneak preview:
1. Planning. Planning. Planning.
2. Make sure you have enough resources, it’s often more than you’d expect!
3. Get the data right. Not having a dedicated data contact can make or break implementation.
4. Consider who is going to be responsible day-to-day post implementation and get them involved from day one.
Probably the most important thing that we’ve found is the need to find the balance between a quick implementation and making sure we create a functional system and effective process so that you can maximise your institution’s success as well as your student’s experiences!
We’ll be uploading the slides after the event next week. Hope to see you there!
How are you communicating the value and benefit of a UK education to international students?
Nearly 20% of the output generated by UK universities can be attributed to the enrolment of non-EU students (£13.9 billion of £73 billion). The UK has consistently and ranked as one of the most desirable destinations for international study, however this status could be vulnerable to change. In 2013 we saw the first drop in international student entrants to UK higher education courses in nearly three decades. Read More
Applications to higher education from UK students are rising. The gap between the application rate of young people from the most disadvantaged backgrounds compared to those from the most privileged backgrounds is narrowing. The graduate labour market is improving. You might think it’s time for the political spotlight to move away from higher education. Yet it isn’t going anywhere.
Some of the attention is welcome. Numbers of UK postgraduate students have not been rising. In the Autumn Statement the Chancellor promised financial help in the way of government loans. In the meantime the Higher Education Funding Council has a fund to grow programmes in a targeted way.
Check this listing for a digest of education policy and research news, with links to the complete articles.
Items added Tuesday 17th March:
- Poorer students ‘not studying key A levels’ for selective universities
- World reputation rankings 2015 results announced
- UK losing out to US and Australia in race for overseas students
- Nigerian postgrads set to outnumber Indian students in UK universities
- Labour’s fixation with tuition fees neglects the real issues in universities
- Universities should be at the heart of our national debate
- Redesigning the information landscape
Last month, Hobsons attended a joint conference between the Home Affairs Select Committee, and Regent’s University London surrounding student visas. The main themes covered included the administration of student visas and the processes surrounding obtaining one, the impact of UK student visa policy on the future of the UK knowledge economy, and the opinion of businesses on the post-graduation employment of international students. The conference was co-hosted by Rt Hon Keith Vaz MP, Chairman of the Home Affairs Select Committee, and Professor Aldwyn Cooper, Vice Chancellor of Regents University, also including a keynote speech from the Minister for Security and Immigration, James Brokenshire MP.
As student needs and expectations change, there’s a growing demand for determining how to best respond and support students. In an effort to better understand how current HE relationship management tools are supporting students through the entire life cycle of their education, the Hobsons team in the USA have partnered with the American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers (AACRAO), to produce a new report on the use of CRM among HE institutions.