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 [Germany] Reforms give university researchers greater security

After years of campaigning by the union for education and science, the German government has passed a law that will improve the conditions that apply to contract employment in research, writes Andrew Bonnell for The Australian. (...) - University World News, by The Australian, 26 March 2016 Issue No:406
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[Germany] More money for higher education and research

The German government intends to spend more on education and research next year. Higher education is to benefit from this above all with more places at universities, improvements in teaching quality and extra support for research. (...) - University World News, by Michael Gardner, 25 November 2015 Issue No:392

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German University Abandons Plans for Confucius Institute

Stuttgart Media University, in Germany, has scuttled plans to establish a Confucius Institute due to stated concerns over finances, the Stuttgarter-Zeitung reported (in German). The university had signed a contract to found a Confucius Institute with Hanban, the Chinese government entity that oversees and funds the overseas institutes for Chinese language and culture study, in August of 2014. (...) - InsideHigherEd, June 8, 2015

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[Germany] Controversy over higher education links with industry

A warning by German anti-corruption organisation Transparency International that links between higher education and business are becoming increasingly obscure has sparked an open debate. (...) - University World News, by Michael Gardner, 20 February 2015, Issue No:355

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The university experiment: Campus as laboratory

The university experiment: Campus as laboratory | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Innovative ways of teaching, learning and doing research are helping universities around the globe to adapt to the modern world. (...) - Nature, 15 Octobre 2014

   

   
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Germany increases size of student grants

Germany increases size of student grants | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Students in Germany will be eligible for significantly improved benefits and subsidies from the start of the 2016-17 academic year.

The changes, announced in August and described by the federal Education Ministry as "substantial,” will raise the monthly ceiling on the Bafög(a support package that is 50 percent grant, 50 percent means-tested loan) from €670 ($884) to €735 ($926). Rent subsidies and child benefits will also go up. (...) - @insidehighered, by Frances Mechan-Schmidt for Times Higher Education, October 2, 2014

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[Germany] Governments are protecting agricultural subsidies to the disadvantage of research and innovation

 Heads of innovation instead of heads of cabbage

EU budget negotiations for 2015 have resulted in European government leaders planning to cut payments for research and innovation by 11% over the proposals of the European Commission. €1.1 billion would no longer be available. (...)  - HRK, German Rector's Conference

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[Allemagne] Financement de l'enseignement supérieur et de la recherche : vers une nouvelle répartition entre Etat fédéral et Lander

[Allemagne] Financement de l'enseignement supérieur et de la recherche : vers une nouvelle répartition entre Etat fédéral et Lander | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Le 27 mai 2014, le gouvernement fédéral allemand et les représentants des Lander ont annoncé avoir trouvé un compromis concernant les nouvelles modalités de financement de l'enseignement (primaire, secondaire et supérieur) et de la recherche. Le contrat de coalition, signé à l'automne dernier entre la CDU/CSU et le SPD, prévoyait d'accentuer l'effort de dépenses consenti au niveau fédéral dans cette branche, par la mise à disposition de 9 milliards d'euros supplémentaires. Les premières indications sur la répartition de ces crédits ont été communiquées par le Ministère fédéral allemand de l'enseignement et de la recherche (BMBF). (...) - BE Allemagne 663, Les Bulletins Electroniques des Ambassades de France, 2014/06/12

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German Politicians Break Research Funding Impasse

German Politicians Break Research Funding Impasse | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Federal and state leaders agree on €9 billion education boost and the need to amend constitution.

BERLIN—Financing for German science got a boost yesterday when politicians agreed on how to spend €9 billion slated for education over the next 4 years. Disagreements between the federal and state governments had delayed plans for distributing the money, promised in November, between preschools, schools, and universities. (...) - by Gretchen Vogel, Science, 27 May 2014

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Germany: the career challenges of a single academic track

Germany: the career challenges of a single academic track | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

A recent petition seeking government support to establish more permanent jobs and to limit the number of short term contracts in science and technology positions in Germany has already gathered over 10,000 signatures. It was initiated on 7th March 2014 by a German scientist called Sebastian Raupach, who wrote a letter addressed to the vice chancellor, Sigmar Gabriel, and to the country’s federal minister for education and research, Johanna Wanke. This petition reflects the growing unrest among scientists regarding the limited career path in Germany. - Euroscientist Webzine, May 7th, 2014

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Sanofi mise sur la recherche partenariale

Sanofi mise sur la recherche partenariale | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

L'Université Ludwig-Maximilians (LMU) de Munich (Bavière), l'hôpital universitaire de Munich et le laboratoire Sanofi s'engagent dans un partenariat, avec deux principaux objectifs : développer de nouvelles approches thérapeutiques dans différentes maladies (diabète, sclérose en plaques, maladies infectieuses) d'une part, améliorer le transfert technologie de la recherche fondamentale vers l'application clinique d'autre part. (...) - BE Allemagne 655, Les Bulletins Electroniques des Ambassades de France, 2014/04/17

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German University Tells Elsevier 'No Deal'

German University Tells Elsevier 'No Deal' | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

In fight over journal pricing, University of Konstanz ends license negotiations with publisher.

In the latest skirmish between academia and publishers over the costs of academic journals, the University of Konstanz in Germany has broken off negotiations over a new licensing agreement with the scientific publisher Elsevier. The publisher’s prices are too high, said university Rector Ulrich Rüdiger in a statement, and the institution “will no longer keep up with this aggressive pricing policy and will not support such an approach.” (...) - Science, 27 March 2014

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En Allemagne, les universités sacrifiées au nom de l'excellence

En Allemagne, les universités sacrifiées au nom de l'excellence | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

A Leipzig, les étudiants protestent. Leur faculté est au régime sec: 1000 postes doivent être supprimés d'ici à 2020. Cette ville de l'Est n'est pas un cas isolé. La stratégie allemande pour favoriser des "facs d'excellence" laisse de nombreux établissements sur le carreau. (...) - myeurop, par Delphine Nerbollier, 03/03/2014

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Germany’s excellence program gets good grades

Germany’s excellence program gets good grades | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

A decade-long focus on excellence has inspired positive change in the university system, commission says.


BERLIN—Germany should award millions of euros in extra funding to its 10 top-performing universities, an international commission recommended today. That is one of the best ways to build on the country’s Excellence Initiative, a decade-long program that was supposed to boost German universities to world-class status. The commission, chaired by physicist Dieter Imboden of the ETH Zurich in Switzerland, presented its long-awaited evaluation of the program today. (...) - Science, by Gretchen Vohel, Jan. 29, 2016

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[Germany] Research institutions criticised for employment practice

Germany’s federal and state governments have called on the country’s major research institutions to review their employment conditions and career structures. They are particularly critical of the underrepresentation of women in these institutions.

The Gemeinsame Wissenschaftskonferenz or GWK – the joint higher education and research conference – claims that current regulations on fixed-term jobs at the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft, the Helmholtz Association, the Max Planck Society and the Leibniz-Gemeinschaft are “partly dysfunctional”. (...) - University World News, by Michael Gardner,17 July 2015 Issue No:376

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[Germany] Researchers welcome €5 billion science funding boost

Germany’s ruling political parties have agreed to plough €5 billion (US$5.4 billion) more into science from 2018 to 2028. The deal, announced on 16 April, is not a government commitment, but it is a strong indication that the country will continue its healthy support for scientific research, writes Quirin Schiermeier for Nature. (...)  - University World News, 24 April 2015

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[Germany] New funding package for universities and research

Ministers in Germany have agreed on a new funding package for higher education and research. A total of €25.3 billion (US$32 billion) is to be provided for universities and research institutions over the next six years.  - University World News, by Michael Gardner, 06 November 2014, Issue No:342

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Toutes les universités allemandes sont désormais gratuites

Toutes les universités allemandes sont désormais gratuites | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Le monde se partage entre deux concepts de l’université : l’un qui impose un minerval astronomique (essentiellement les pays anglo-saxons) et l’autre qui se contente de sommes symboliques par rapport au coût réel d’un étudiant universitaire pour la collectivité. (...) - RTBF, 03/10/2014

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Germany: All universities now free of charge

All German universities will be free of charge when term starts next week after fees were abandoned in Lower Saxony, the last of seven states to charge, reports The Times.

“Tuition fees are socially unjust,” said Dorothee Stapelfeldt, senator for science in Hamburg, which scrapped charges in 2012. “They particularly discourage young people who do not have a traditional academic family background from taking up studies. It is a core task of politics to ensure that young women and men can study with a high quality standard free of charge in Germany.” (...) - The Times via University World News,26 September 2014 Issue No:336

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German University Will Switch Master's Degrees to English

German University Will Switch Master's Degrees to English | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Technical University, in Munich, is planning to switch most master's degrees to English by 2020, The Local reported. Currently about one-third of such programs are in English. The university's president, Wolfgang Herrmann, said, "English is the lingua franca in academia and of the economy." But student leaders are skeptical of switching so many programs to English. (...) - @insidehighered, July 25, 2014

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Federal boost for German science

Federal boost for German science | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Agreement on changes to constitution pave way for university funding shake-up.

Germany’s highly federalized political system has been a pillar of democracy for more than half a century. But even as the country’s constitution has underpinned its stability, it has been a thorn in the side of the scientific community. Universities are largely funded by local governments, and there are tight restrictions on the uses of federal funding — for example, it cannot be used to pay permanent staff or infrastructure costs. This makes it difficult for institutions to compete with the world’s leading research powerhouses.(...) - by Quirin Schiermeier, Nature, 04 June 2014

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Les dépenses en R&D des organismes de recherche extra-universitaire allemands en hausse

Les dépenses en R&D des organismes de recherche extra-universitaire allemands en hausse | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Au cours de l'année 2012, les organismes de recherche extra-universitaire allemands ont investi près de 11,3 milliards d'euros en recherche et développement (R&D). Ce montant est en hausse de 300 millions d'euros par rapport aux résultats de 2011. Voilà le principal enseignement que livre la dernière édition de l'enquête annuelle de l'Office fédéral des statistiques (Destatis) [1].

Il apparaît tout d'abord que cette hausse se traduit en partie par une augmentation du nombre d'emplois, puisque les effectifs en R&D ont crû de 2,4%, pour atteindre 95 900 postes (équivalent temps plein). Ce chiffre n'était que de 93 700 en 2011. (...) - BE Allemagne 657, Les Bulletins Electroniques des Ambassades de France, 2014/04/30

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German Ethics Council: Government Should Regulate Dangerous Research

German Ethics Council: Government Should Regulate Dangerous Research | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Report recommends legal framework to deal with "dual use research of concern.

The German government should step in with legislation to regulate so-called dual use research of concern (DURC), the type of science that can benefit mankind but may be dangerous in the wrong hands, says a report issued today by the German Ethics Council. The government should set up a national committee to review DURC proposals in advance, says the report. In addition, the panel says action is needed to raise awareness about the issue, both at home and internationally. (...) - by Martin Enserink, ScienceInsider, May 7, 2014

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Former German Minister Drops Her Fight to Reclaim Ph.D.

Former German Minister Drops Her Fight to Reclaim Ph.D. | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Annette Schavan says court ruling is final step in plagiarism case.

BERLIN—Former German Education and Research Minister Annette Schavan is giving up her fight to keep her Ph.D. title, she announced today on her website. It marks the end of one of the most hotly debated plagiarism cases here in recent years. (...) - by Kai Kupferschmidt, Science, 10 April 2014

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Germany calls for restraint in Swiss-EU relations

German higher education leaders have called on European politicians to resume negotiations on the participation of Swiss academic and research institutions in the Horizon 2020 and Erasmus+ programmes of the European Union.

The Rectors' Conference – Hochschulrektorenkonferenz or HRK – representing the heads of Germany's higher education institutions, argues that given the close links between Swiss academics and those in EU countries, a reflective and pragmatic approach to the outcome of the recent Swiss referendum on immigration would be more appropriate than simply opting for boycott measures.(...) – University World News, by Michael Gardner, 20 March 2014 Issue No:312

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