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EU promises easier access for international students

The European Commission proposes to make it easier for non-European Union students and researchers to enter and stay in the EU in the face of growing competition from host destinations such as the US, Australia and Japan. New legislation would from 2016 would ease the student visa process, improve access to the labour market, and extend academic mobility between states.

EU launches new university rankings

A new university ranking system aimed to provide a more realistic and user-friendly guide to higher education institutions – and challenge the hegemony of today's leading rankings – was launched by the European Union in Dublin last week. 500 universities from across Europe and the world are expected to take part.