International Education Pick of the Week – 25 October 2013

pick-of-the-weekDespite our hectic travel schedules during this busy conference season, somehow the world continues to function and developments still come hurtling at us.  So this time around, three disparate studies make the cut for the International Education Pick of the Week.

Corruption in Education Hurts Jobs – Transparency International

A new report from Transparency International titled “Global Corruption Report: Education” shines a light on graft and corruption in education around the world, ranking countries based on metrics like how easy it is to pay for education credentials you haven’t earned.   The report shows the top five countries where people will bribe for education as Ghana, Cameroon, Nigeria, Turkey and Kenya.  Who suffers?  Those on the lowest end of the socio-economic ladder, as credentials are mistrusted and the link between education and better employment is broken.  Read more in the Kenyan Standard Media.

Better than Average?

A new report compares US 8th graders to their peers around the world in math and science, and finds that a majority outperformed the international average.  Although it doesn’t sound like a ringing endorsement of US education, the report, released yesterday by the National Center for Education Statistics, actually paints a brighter picture than many earlier reports that showed US students far behind their international peers.

“It’s better news than we’re used to,” said David Driscoll, the chairman of the National Assessment Governing Board, which sets policy for the national exams commonly known as the Nation’s Report Card. “But it’s still not anything to allow us to rest on our laurels.”

Read the story in the New York Times.

More International than British Students in UK Graduate Programs

Finally, a third study, this one done by the 1994 group of universities in the UK, reveals that UK students are out-numbered in post-graduate courses by international students for the past five years.  And over the past decade, the number of international students has grown by 90 percent while homegrown student numbers have shrunk by 12 percent.  The report warns of serious consequences to the UK’s future competitiveness if the majority of its graduate education spots go to students who will ultimately return to their countries and power other economies.   Read the story in the Independent.

The Pick of the Week comes to you today from the annual meeting of the Alliance for International Educational and Cultural Exchange, which ranks high on my list of most informative meetings of the year.  As always, comments are welcome. And if you have any suggestions for the pick of the week, please email or tweet us at @EnvisageIntl.

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2 Responses to International Education Pick of the Week – 25 October 2013

  1. Shirley Richardson says:

    In regards to your comments related Global Corruption Report in Education, I see that the America is not listed among the five countries with the highest rates. This speaks well for our educational system. However; I do wonder where America stands in relationship to this isssue. Last year I attended one graduation where an indivudual received an hononary doctorate degree for their work in a state where they do not live, and where they do not participate in any social work in the university’s community. Needless to say their husband is a member of the college’s board of trustees. I understand that this hononary but is there a standard related to the granting of hononary doctorate degrees? Just a thought.

  2. What is being done related to the falsification of educational credentials in these five countries? Is this something we are seeing here in America? How is this being handled in other countries as this must take advantage of those who are less fortunate and are trusting of those individuals who misrepresent themselves?

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