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[Australia] Reform vote leaves universities uncertain of funding

An inept government and its even more inept education minister have left the nation’s vice-chancellors uncertain where their future funding will come from after the senate rejected a higher education reform bill for the second time. (...) - University World News, by Geoff Maslen, 18 March 2015 Issue No:359

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[France] Student success a priority, but HE has funding fears

n the wake of criticism from university presidents over lack of resources, Najat Vallaud-Belkacem, the new national education, higher education and research minister, and Geneviève Fioraso, secretary of state for higher education and research, defended their budget and promised priority for ensuring student success during the academic year that is just beginning.

A total of 2,466,500 students are starting the new year, an increase of 1.5% over last year. (...) - University World News, by Jane Marshall, 25/09/2014

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3 simple distinctions your government should eliminate from its research financing system

3 simple distinctions your government should eliminate from its research financing system | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Governments develop elaborate strategies for documenting, evaluating and re-directing the activities of universities. To satisfy their legitimate need to demonstrate that public funds are being well-spent, those of us who work at universities must accept responsibility for telling about the benefits we offer society. While this should not be difficult, we are at times possibly too abstract for mass communication and that may be why we frequently see politicians pursuing new strategies for quantifying our work — new strategies for counting. (...) - by Curt Rice, November 7, 2013

 

 

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Italy: Ministry presents three-year plan for universities

Italian officials are finalising a major funding and standards strategy for universities, which they hope will be enacted despite the country’s endemic political instability. The plan has been developed by the Ministry of Education, University and Research and will span three years, 2013-15, setting academic standards for both state and non-state universities. (...) - University World News, by Brenda Dionisi, 25 October 2013 Issue No:293

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UK: Postgraduate students face funding gap

UK: Postgraduate students face funding gap | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Rising tuition fees means postgraduates think twice about continuing their studies.

 

The near trebling of the cost of undergraduate degrees in England this academic year has made some postgraduate fees seem almost bargain basement by comparison. So what have universities done? They have started to raise them. (...) - by Liz Lightfoot, The Guardian, Wednesday 6 March 2013

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Japan's Political Turmoil Threatens University Funding and Delays New Energy Policy

Japan's Political Turmoil Threatens University Funding and Delays New Energy Policy | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Political squabbles are playing havoc with Japan's scientific efforts. The nation's universities could face a cash flow crisis later this fall if the legislature can't agree on a deficit spending bill, which would force the government to suspend paying operating grants. Infighting over the future of nuclear power in Japan is being blamed for a sudden delay in announcing a new energy policy that was due today. And last Friday, the Ministry of Education requested a 6.7% increase, to $14.7 billion, in science-related funding for the fiscal year beginning next April. But those numbers could change as a result of an election that is expected within the next couple of months. The vote is likely to bring in a different ruling party—and a corresponding change in funding priorities before Japan's budget is finalized at the end of the year.(...) - ScienceInsider

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[Austria] University leaders concerned over lack of funding

University leaders in Austria are urging the government to provide higher education and research with extra funding. They are above all concerned that without extra support, the country could fail to keep pace with international developments.

Universities Austria, or uniko, representing the heads of the country’s public higher education institutions, has called on the government to “invest in the country’s intellectual infrastructure”. (...) - University World News, by Michael Gardner,26 September 2014 Issue No:336

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Survol des modes de financement de l’enseignement supérieur dans différents pays

Pour mieux comprendre les enjeux du financement des universités au Québec, l’Université du Québec a réalisé un survol des modes de financement de l’enseignement supérieur au Québec, en Ontario, en Alberta, en Colombie-Britanique, en Angleterre, en France, en Australie, au Texas, en Nouvelle-Zélande, en Finlande, en Norvège et en Californie.  Ces travaux sont cités dans le rapport d’étape du Chantier sur la politique de financement des universités. (...) - L’éveilleur, par Lise Lafrance, 24/04/2014

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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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Why higher education will not benefit from market forces

Why higher education will not benefit from market forces | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

If we have more of a market in higher education, brands will become more important, says Peter Scott – to the detriment of diversity.

The trouble with "markets" in higher educationis that most of the people designing them haven't a clue about real markets. With few exceptions, ministers, civil servants, quangocrats and senior university managers have all spent their careers in the very public sector they seem determined to subvert. (...) - by Peter Scott, The Guardian, Monday 3 June 2013

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Australia: Government rejects its own committee’s recommendations

 More than a year ago, Australia’s federal government released the recommendations of a report it had commissioned on base funding of higher education. Among other findings, the report (http://www.innovation.gov.au/HigherEducation/Policy/BaseFundingReview/Documents/HigherEd_FundingReviewReport.pdf) called for a boost in government spending on university teaching and learning. (...) - University World News, by Geoff Maslen, 30 January 2013 Issue No:257

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