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Europe: Stakeholders discuss university funding futures

More than 200 representatives from universities, national ministries, funding agencies, EU institutions and student bodies from more than 30 countries across Europe met earlier this month to consider university funding issues.

Held at the University of Bergamo in Italy, this was the second funding forum for the European University Association, or EUA, the organisation representing universities and national rectors’ conferences in 47 European countries. (...) - University World News, 15 October 2014

  

  
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[Open letter - Petition for European Researchers] They have chosen ignorance

[Open letter - Petition for European Researchers] They have chosen ignorance | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Scientists from different European countries describe in this letter that, despite marked heterogeneity in the situation of scientific research in their respective countries, there are strong similarities in the destructive policies being followed. This critical analysis, highlighted in Nature and simultaneously published in a number of newspapers across Europe, is a wake-up call to policy makers to correct their course, and to researchers and citizens to defend the essential role of science in society. (...) - Euroscience, 2014

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Facts on tenure track in Europe’s research universities

Universities in three out of 10 European countries do not have an academic tenure track – France, Spain and the United Kingdom – while in seven countries three basic tenure models have been implemented since the turn of the century, according to a survey by the League of European Research Universities, LERU.

The models – in Belgium, Finland, Germany, Italy, The Netherlands, Sweden and Switzerland – are outlined in a paper on “Tenure and Tenure Track at LERU Universities: Models for attractive research careers in Europe” launched on Tuesday 2 September. (...) - University World News, by Jan Petter Myklebust, 03 September 2014 Issue No:333

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Decision looms on future of E.U. science advice

Decision looms on future of E.U. science advice | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Green groups criticize current adviser—and her office.

 

A row has erupted over the job of chief science adviser to the European Commission, a post created in 2012. Jean-Claude Juncker, the new commission's president-elect, must decide whether to keep the post; nine nongovernmental organizations have called on him to scrap it because they are angered by the support of the current science adviser, Anne Glover, for genetically modified organisms. Many scientific organizations want to keep the position. But even Glover's supporters admit that her position has problems—including a tiny budget and an ill-defined mandate—that the new commission, set to take office in November, needs to fix. (...) - by Kai Kupferschmidt, 31 July 2014

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Former Polish PM to lead European Parliament's research committee

Former Polish PM to lead European Parliament's research committee | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Jerzy Buzek, a chemical engineer, was elected by acclamation.

BRUSSELS—Following the E.U. elections in May, the European Parliament's research committee has gotten itself a high-profile chair—at least in Brussels circles. Jerzy Buzek, a conservative politician from Poland and a former chemical engineering professor, presided over the European Parliament from July 2009 to January 2012 and was prime minister in his country from 1997 to 2001. (...) - by Tania Rabesandratana, Science, 10 July 2014

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E.U. medicines agency relaxes data-sharing rules

E.U. medicines agency relaxes data-sharing rules | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Researchers remain concerned about other possible restrictions.

Academics breathed a cautious sigh of relief when the European Medicines Agency (EMA) announced yesterday that it would soften controversial draft rules to open clinical trial data to public scrutiny. In particular, the agency says it will let researchers “download, save and print the trial data for academic and non-commercial research purposes.” A previous plan would have allowed them only to view data on their computer screens. (...) - by Tania Rabesandratane, Science, 13 June 2014

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Alain Beretz, nouveau président de la ligue européenne des universités de recherche (LERU)

Alain Beretz, nouveau président de la ligue européenne des universités de recherche (LERU) | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Le 17 mai dernier, Alain Beretz, président de l'Université de Strasbourg a pris la présidence de la Ligue européenne des universités de recherche (LERU). Élu en novembre 2013 par les présidents de la LERU, il succède au professeur Berndt Huber, président de l'Université Ludwig-Maximilians de Munich qui présidait la LERU depuis 2008. (...) - Université de Strasbourg, 05/06/2014

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La Leru détaille les activités d'innovation de ses membres et leurs liens avec les entreprises

La Leru (Ligue des universités européennes de recherche) souhaite "établir un réseau collaboratif de classe mondiale pour l'échange de connaissance, les entreprises et l’innovation", selon les mots de Stephen Caddik, vice-président "entreprises" de l’University College London et responsable de la communauté "entreprise et innovation" de la Leru. Il s’exprime dans un communiqué, le 21 mai 2014, à l’occasion de la publication d’une brochure fournissant des informations sur les opportunités en termes de réseaux d’entreprises et d’innovation des 21 membres de la Leru (1). Pour chacun d’eux, la brochure recense les moyens et initiatives en matière de transfert et de valorisation, ainsi qu e les principales activités et partenariats avec les entreprises. (...) - AEF, par Anne Roy - Le mercredi 28 mai 2014 - dépêche n°481106

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Knowledge and Innovation Communities network expands

Europe's Knowledge and Innovation Communities, or KICs, have a potential budget of EUR1 billion (US$1.38 billion) each and the huge collaborative research and postgraduate training networks initiative is well under way. Three KICs have been established and a call for proposals recently went out for another two, with more planned in the coming years.

The initiative is being run by the European Institute of Innovation and Technology, or EIT, an independent body set up by the European Union in 2008 to deliver advanced training in innovation and entrepreneurship and to help overcome some of Europe's grand challenges. (...) - University World News, by Jan Petter Myklebust, 02 May 2014 Issue No:318

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‘Changing Landscapes in Learning and Teaching’: Report from the EUA Annual Conference

‘Changing Landscapes in Learning and Teaching’: Report from the EUA Annual Conference | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Around 350 university leaders and representatives from the higher education sector gathered last week (3-4 April) for the EUA Annual Conference, hosted by the Université libre de Bruxelles (ULB) in Belgium. The theme of this year’s conference was “Changing Landscapes in Learning and Teaching”.(...) - EUA, 08/04/2014

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China tops Europe in R&D intensity

China tops Europe in R&D intensity | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Reforms to commercial and academic research systems still needed despite reaching spending milestone, say scientists. (...) - by Richard Van Noorden, Nature, 08 January 2014

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La crise d’identité des universités européennes

La crise d’identité des universités européennes | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it
Víctor Pérez-Díaz - Le monde de l’enseignement supérieur en Europe se trouve aujourd’hui dans un état de profonde indécision. Former des étudiants à des métiers ou développer la recherche est un choix fondamental sur lequel il faut trancher. Mais cela doit se faire en respectant la mémoire universitaire et dans l'intérêt des étudiants. (...) - par Víctor Pérez-Díaz, Les Echos, 13/12/2013
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Wake-up call for European research and innovation

At the 5th European Innovation Summit, big names in research agreed that it was high time for a ‘wake up Europe’ call. A five-point declaration addressed to European Union policy-makers and member states was agreed after several speakers sought to identify ways to remove obstacles in the way of Europe becoming a successful innovation economy. (...) - University World News, by Alan Osborn, 11 October 2013 Issue No:291


 

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Europe: Scientists protest cuts, study shows HE funding divide

As scientists across Europe campaign against “vicious” budget cuts, the European University Association published a report last Friday highlighting long-term funding cuts in a majority of countries – some as high as 40% – and an “evolving geographical divide” in terms of higher education investment that it warns is harming Europe’s global competitiveness. (...) - University World News, by Karen MacGregor, 11 October 2014 Issue No:338

  

  
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Progress, problems with researcher mobility in Europe

There has been significant progress in alleviating obstacles to mobility for researchers in Europe – but advances have been uneven and challenges remain in some countries in the areas of recruitment, researcher skills, working conditions and career opportunities – says a Deloitte Consulting report prepared for the European Commission.

The third annual report of a three-year study includes for the first time a composite index of European Union research excellence compared with that of other major economies, which it says can be seen as a proxy for the attractiveness of Europe for researchers. (...) - University World News, by Karen MacGregor, 26 September 2014, Issue No:336

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Universities warn against cuts to EU research funding

The European University Association, or EUA, has warned the Council of the European Union against making “considerable cuts” to proposed funding for research and innovation, including to the major framework programme Horizon 2020.

In a press statement last Thursday, the EUA said it understood that the Council of Minister’s position – to be formally adopted in September – recommended reductions in research and innovation payments.(...)  - University World News, 30 August 2014 issues 332

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[Europe] Record 270,000 study abroad through Erasmus in a year

A record 270,000 students obtained European Union grants to study or train abroad in 2012-13, according to statistics released by the European Commission last Thursday. The most popular destination countries were Spain, Germany and France.

“Countries sending the highest number of students as a proportion of their graduate population were Luxembourg, Liechtenstein, Finland, Latvia and Spain,” according to a commission press release.  (...) - University World News, 11 July 2014 Issue No:328

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[Europe] More university-business collaboration needed – Study

The business sector should be more involved in designing higher education curricula and universities should work more closely with industry partners to promote entrepreneurship, mobility between business and academia and lifelong learning. There should also be more assessment and better monitoring of university-business collaborations and programmes.

These were some of the conclusions reached by the authors of a recently released report prepared for the European Union by Cardiff University, in association with Newcastle University and Imperial Consultants.(...) - University World News, by Peta Lee, 03 July 2014 Issue No:327

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Scotland the best educated country in Europe, claims ONS report

Scotland the best educated country in Europe, claims ONS report | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Scotland is the best educated country in Europe, according to a report released by the Office for National Statistics.

It says that nearly 45 per cent of people in Scotland aged between 25 and 64 have had some kind of tertiary education – including university degrees and further education — ahead of Ireland, Luxembourg and Finland, which were the only other countries to get more than 40 per cent. (...) - by Ian Johnston, The Independent, 06 June 2014

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George Peterson (Georgia Tech) : "Les universités européennes vont vers un système à l’américaine"

"Les universités européennes vont vers un système à l’américaine : jusqu’ici, elles étaient financées par les États, et elles vont maintenant vers un dispositif de responsabilité partagée", estime George Peterson, président de Georgia Tech (USA), le 23 mai 2014, de passage en France pour inaugurer l’Institut Lafayette, un bâtiment de Georgia Tech Lorraine dédié à l’innovation technologique. "Aujourd’hui, 15 % du budget de Georgia Tech vient de l’État. Nous sommes passés d’une université 'financée' par l’État à une université 'soutenue' par l’État, avant peut-être de n’être plus qu’une université 'localisée' dans l’État !", dit-il. "Le coût de l’éducation augmente, aux États-Unis comme en Europe. Et les dépenses sociales et de santé amoindrissent les ressources des États pour l’éducation. Il faut en chercher de nouvelles : la philanthropie, les familles, peut-être la formation en ligne." (...) - AEF, par Sarah Piovezan - Le mercredi 28 mai 2014 - dépêche n°481395

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Publication d’un nouveau classement des capacités d’innovation des pays européens

A l’occasion de l’édition 2014 de la foire de Hanovre, l’Institut pour l’innovation et la technique (iit) de Berlin a présenté sa nouvelle publication, l’Indicateur des capacités d’innovation (iit-Innovationsfahigkeitsindikator). Cette étude évalue les potentialités en matière d’innovation de 25 pays européens, en se basant sur la comparaison de 42 indicateurs répartis dans 4 catégories. Il s’intéresse donc à la capacité des Etats à initier, développer et réaliser des processus et des produits innovants. (...) - Portail pour la Science de l'Ambassade de France en Allemagne, 22/04/2014

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Quels sont les ressorts de l’innovation en Europe ?

Quels sont les ressorts de l’innovation en Europe ? | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

On dit souvent que l’innovation crée des emplois, en particulier pour nos jeunes diplômés. Dans cette édition, nous faisons le point sur les succès et les échecs de la stratégie européenne pour évoluer vers une économie de la connaissance. (...) - euronews, 22/04/2014

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Nordic university reforms, diversification to continue

The Nordic countries of Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway and Sweden have escaped the economic crisis cutbacks that have hit higher education in Europe, and have instead enjoyed expanding budgets. But governments are looking at ways for universities to supplement their funding, to ease the burden on state finances.

University World Newsprobed Scandinavian higher education’s prospects for 2014 and talked to several professors and rectors about the challenges ahead. (...) - University World News, by Jan Petter Myklebust, 10 January 2014 Issue No:302

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Exclusive interview: Jean-Pierre Bourguignon — the new no-nonsense ERC President

Exclusive interview: Jean-Pierre Bourguignon — the new no-nonsense ERC President | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Jean-Pierre Bourguignon has just been nominated President of the ERC for four years, renewable once. He is a French mathematician specialised in differential geometry, a field now often referred to as global analysis, and its connection to theoretical physics. He was trained at the prestigious elite school École Polytechnique. His appointment has been announced as he just retired following a long career at the French National Centre for Scientific Research (CNRS). Since 1994, he has been the director of the Institut des Hautes Études Scientifiques (IHÉS), an atypical multidisciplinary research institute, which is a private foundation, specialised in the theoretical aspects of sciences such as mathematics, physics and biology, staffed by two field medallists and regularly visited by two more. He shares his vision for his new role with the Euroscientist, in his first official interview after being nominated. (...) Euroscientist, 17th December, 2013

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European funding is crucial to future of UK universities

European funding is crucial to future of UK universities | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

It's not enough to stay in Europe, says Joanna Newman ahead of a £70bn EU funding vote – we need to work with them too.

The UK economy is doing a little better than expected this autumn with public sector borrowing down and tax receipts increasing. Nevertheless many households find their prospects bleak: welfare and local services are being cut, wage growth is weak and young people's job hopes are bearing the brunt. (...) - by Joanna Newman, The Guardian, 7 November 2013

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