Category Archives: International

Chinese Couple Sues U.S. Education Consultant for Breach of Contract

A Chinese couple is suing an American education consultant to whom the two allegedly gave more than $2-million on promises to get their sons into an Ivy League institution, reports The Boston Globe. In a lawsuit filed in the U.S. District Court in Boston, Gerald and Lily Chow have accused Mark Zimny, a former lecturer and visiting assistant professor at Harvard University, of fraud, breach of contract, and other charges. The family and Mr. Zimny declined to comment for the article.

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Caltech Retains Top Spot in ‘Times’ World Rankings

The California Institute of Technology has retained the top spot in the Times Higher Education World University Rankings for the second year in a row. Oxford and Stanford  tied for second place, pushing ahead of Harvard University, which came next on the list.

American universities continue to dominate the list, which is one of the most closely scrutinized in the increasingly crowded field of university rankings. But although American universities hold 76 of the top 200 spots, 51 of them have d…

MIT Tops Latest Ranking of the World’s Leading Universities

The Massachusetts Institute of Technology has displaced the University of Cambridge in the top spot of the QS World University Rankings, one of higher-education’s most closely watched listings. A news release describing the results says that this year’s rankings reflect “a global shift in emphasis toward science and technology” and that MIT owes its new dominance to “its superior citation rates and student/faculty ratio, alongside an increase in international faculty.”

The University of Cambridg…

American Universities Continue to Dominate Shanghai Rankings

American institutions are once again dominating one of the most closely watched international university rankings, the academic ranking of the world’s top 500 universities, published on Tuesday by Shanghai Jiao Tong University, in China. Harvard remains in the top spot, followed by Stanford, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and the University of California at Berkeley. As was the case last year, all but two of the top 10 institutions are in the United States, with the Universities of C…

China and India’s Share of Global Graduates to Soar by Decade’s End

By the end of the decade, four out of 10 of the world’s university graduates will be from either China or India, according to a new analysis from the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development. In 2010 the two countries accounted for 29 percent of people age 25 to 34 with higher-education degrees, a figure that will rise to 41 percent by 2020. The growth signals a shift in higher-education attainment, with wealthy countries’ share of the global population of university graduates de…

‘Nature’ Prevails in Egyptian Academic’s Libel Suit

A prolific Egyptian scholar who published hundreds of his own articles in a journal that he edited has lost a claim for libel against the publisher of Nature, which in a 2008 article said that most of his papers were “of poor quality” and had not been properly peer reviewed. Mohamed El Naschie’s output in the journal Chaos, Solitons and Fractals had helped to propel Alexandria University up the Times Higher Education rankings of the world’s top universities, casting a spotlight on the methodol…

2 Universities Outside U.S. Are Among Top 300 Institutions Granted U.S. Patents

Eleven universities made the annual list of the Top 300 Organizations Granted U.S. Patents for 2011, three fewer than for 2010 but with one newcomer to the ranking: National Taiwan University, which finished 271st with 91 patents. The only other non-American university on the list, compiled by the Intellectual Property Owners Association, was Tsinghua University, of Beijing, with 104 patents, the same number as the previous year. As in 2010, the 10-campus University of California system was th…

New Ranking of Young Universities Shows Global Diversity

A new ranking of the world’s best universities created in the last half-century is much more geographically diverse than traditional measures, with six countries represented in the top 10 alone. While the United States and Britain tend to dominate most rankings, a new list from Times Higher Education of the top 100 institutions less than 50 years old is topped by the 26-year-old Pohang University of Science and Technology, in South Korea, followed by Switzerland’s École Polytechnique Fédérale…

Global Network, Led by Yale, Will Foster Partnerships Among Business Schools

Led by Yale School of Management, a group of 21 top-flight business schools is setting up a new global network with the goal of expanding international partnerships. The members include worldwide powerhouses like the London School of Economics and Political Science, Insead, and Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, as well as lesser-known institutions such as the University of Ghana Business School and the University of Indonesia Faculty of Economics. The group, which met in New Haven …

Countries Release Ethical Principles for Recruiting Foreign Students

Four countries that are among the top destinations for international students have released a joint code of ethics meant to improve the integrity of international recruitment. The statement of ethical principles for student recruitment, agreed to by Australia, Britain, Ireland, and New Zealand, calls on outside recruiting agents to engage in transparent business practices and says they should disclose fees paid by students and parents and commissions paid by universities. It will be up to each c…