Month: April 2017

UNESCO – Affordability is key to inclusive HE expansion

UNESCO has called on governments never to allow student loan repayments to rise above 15% of their monthly incomes so that further expansion of higher education does not leave the disadvantaged behind.

It is one of six measures recommended to policy-makers to address equality and affordability of access.

  • Keep an eye on the target: Make sure those who need help the most are getting it;
  • Put it in law: Guarantee equity and affordability in regulatory frameworks;
  • Step up monitoring: Establish national agencies to ensure equal opportunities;
  • Vary admissions criteria: Use different admissions criteria to respond to different individuals’ needs;
  • Provide varied student aid: Establish an agency to coordinate different forms of student aid, such as loans and grants;
  • Limit student loan repayments to less than 15% of their annual income.

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European University Association – Erasmus+ mid-term review: EUA’s recommendations

The EUA published its 10 recommendations for enhancing Erasmus+

1. Continue to simplify rules, requirements and processes for application, management and reporting, in order to decrease the administrative burden.
2. Enhance paper-free and online processes and tools, data compatibility and userfriendliness.
3. Improve funding and funding efficiency.
4. Increase the number of grants under some of the actions in order to achieve reasonable success rates.
5. Maintain and further enhance the European dimension of all actions, as this is the key added value of the programme.

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