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Belgium: Brussels tells exchange students, ‘stick to your plans’

It is not clear where the money will come from, or when, but the word from the European Commission to thousands of European students planning to study abroad in the near future is: don’t change your plans.

It is much-needed advice as the budget for the Erasmus student exchange programme is again under threat. (...) - University World News, Alan Osborn, 15 November 2012, Issue No:248

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A novel look at graduate school

A novel look at graduate school | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

A fictional scientist’s struggles reveal much that is real about being a doctoral student (...) - Science, by Beryl Lieff Benderly, July 5 2017

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Germany and Poland launch research ‘twinning’ effort

Germany and Poland launch research ‘twinning’ effort | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Bilateral partnership may provide new blueprint for EU east-west collaboration. (...) - Nature, by Quirin Schiermeier & Alison Abbott, 04 July 2017

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Europe’s next big science-funding programme urged to double its budget

Europe’s next big science-funding programme urged to double its budget | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Influential report suggests simpler, more citizen-friendly system for post-2020 EU research funding. (...) - Nature, by Alison Abbot, 04 July 2017

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Commission report calls on EU to double research spending

Commission report calls on EU to double research spending | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Major study on successor to Horizon 2020 also suggests including Canada and Australia in European programmes (...) - THE, by David Matthews, July 3 2017

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[Turkey] Sharp drop in research output after purge of academics

The short-term effects of the large-scale purge carried out by the Turkish government since the failed coup attempt a year ago include a 28% drop in research output of academics based in Turkey in 2017, according to a new study.  (...) - University World News, by Brendan O'Malley, 01 July 2017 Issue No:466
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Commissioner urges huge expansion of EU research

European Commission Vice-President for Jobs, Growth, Investment and Competitiveness Jyrki Katainen favours a significant expansion of the European Union’s research budget for 2021-28, he told the Science Business Network conference, “New World Order: Science, technology and trade”, in Brussels on 27 June, suggesting that a 50% increase to €120 billion (US$137 billion) would be a “good target”.  (...) - University World News, by Jan Petter Myklebust, 30 June 2017 Issue No:466
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Pressure to publish in journals drives too much cookie-cutter research

Pressure to publish in journals drives too much cookie-cutter research | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Evaluating academic performance on the basis of journal publications is skewing research priorities. This does our public funders a disservice (...) - The Guardian, by anonymous academic, 30 June 2017

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[UK] Do you feel bullied into bad science?

We are postdocs and a reader in the humanities and sciences at the University of Cambridge. We are concerned about the desperate need for publishing reform to increase transparency, reproducibility, timeliness, and academic rigour of the production and dissemination of scholarly outputs (...) - Qualdrics

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Paving the Way for Foreign Academics in France

Paving the Way for Foreign Academics in France | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Worldwide competition for researchers and professors is stiff. To land promising candidates, French universities and research centers have devised two strategies: smooth out hassles such as housin (...) - EducPros, par Jean Chabod-Serieis, Translated by Nina Fink, 23/06/2017

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[Italy] Unions denounce unequal R&D investment

Labour unions and PhD student associations in Italy have criticised the government’s focus on research and development that comes at the expense of the nation’s universities after €200 million (US$223 million) was allocated to the Italian Institute of Technology in Genoa at the end of May, writes Santiago Sáez Moreno for Chemistry World.  (...) - University World News, by Chemistry World, 23 June 2017 Issue No:465
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[Norway] Humanities to be strengthened and made more relevant

A broad consensus was reached in parliament this month on a White Paper on the strengthening of the humanities in universities, making them contribute more to the grand societal challenges and be more relevant to working life.  (...) - University World News, by Jan Petter Myklebust, 23 June 2017 Issue No:465
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Survey of parent postdocs reveals lack of access to paid parental leave, pressures to return to work

Survey of parent postdocs reveals lack of access to paid parental leave, pressures to return to work | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

First-ever national survey of postdocs who are parents reveals a lack of access to paid parental leave, pressures to return to work early and extra stressors for parents of color. (...) - Inside Higher Ed, by Colleen Flaherty, June 22, 2017

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The unbearable lightness of accountability in science

The unbearable lightness of accountability in science | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

The world of science now lags behind the gold standard of open debate, otherwise present in politics, for instance. Particularly, when it comes to openly discussing the social issues plaguing the scientific community, such as gender inequality. In this insightful opinion piece, Ros Herman, a British science journalist and editor, shares her views about the issues still pervading the world of science, when it comes to communicating and engaging with the public, in the wake of the publication of the report of the UK House of Commons select committee on science communication earlier this year. (...) - Euroscientist, 21/06/2017

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French scientist fined for failure to disclose industry ties

French scientist fined for failure to disclose industry ties | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Pulmonologist Michel Aubier has been found guilty of misleading France’s Senate during an inquiry on air pollution. (...) - Nature, by Barbara Casassus, 05 July 2017

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Our obsession with eminence warps research

Our obsession with eminence warps research | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Many decisions about whose work is recognized are at least partially arbitrary, and we should acknowledge that, argues Simine Vazire. (...) - Nature, by Simine Vazire, 04 July 2017

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Le recul de la science fondamentale au Canada

Le recul de la science fondamentale au Canada | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it
David Naylor, médecin, chercheur et ancien président de l‘Université de Toronto déclarait en juin dernier , devant un parterre de 200 scientifiques, que le Canada n’était plus le leader en recherche qu’il était. « Notre compétitivité s’est érodée. Nous ne sommes plus la nation, petite, mais superstar, que nous pensons parfois être. » (...) - Agence Science-Presse, par Isabelle Burgun, 04/07/2017
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[Alérie] Censure politique à l’université

[Alérie] Censure politique à l’université | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Pressions et harcèlement contre l’auteure d’une thèse de doctorat


La maître assistante affirme avoir alerté sa hiérarchie universitaire et la tutelle au sujet de “cette hogra caractérisée, de cette violation de la souveraineté du jury” (...) - liberte-algerie.com, par Hamid Saidani, 03/07/2017

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Academics strike back against bad science

Academics strike back against bad science | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

For one young scientist, the moment of truth came when she was presented with a pre-written template for her study and told to fill the results out in the gaps. (...) - The Times, by July 1 2017

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[US] A Columbia Professor's Critique of Campus Politics

[US] A Columbia Professor's Critique of Campus Politics | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

John McWhorter argues that an influential minority of college students are misusing concepts like safe spaces and white supremacy as performative cudgels––and that administrators and faculty members ought to do more to teach them the errors of their ways. (...) - The Atlantic, by Conor Friedersdorf, June 30, 2017

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US postdocs face steep challenges when starting families

US postdocs face steep challenges when starting families | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Researchers from ethnic minorities are more likely to be discouraged from taking parental leave.(...) - Nature, by Heidi Ledford, 29 June 2017

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Survey reveals basic research in Canada is falling by the wayside

Survey reveals basic research in Canada is falling by the wayside | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

The number of researchers who work on basic-science questions has dropped precipitously. (...) Nature, BY Nicola Jones, 28 June 2017

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[China] A model for teaching innovation in higher education worldwide?

University World News reported in March that China was stepping up its drive to lure overseas talent in its bid to become an innovation economy. An example of drawing on such talent is the Shanghai-based DeTao Masters Academy or DTMA, which was launched in 2010 with the aim of fostering leading-edge developments by having aspiring Chinese innovators work with top experts in the creative industries from all over the world. (...) - University World News, by Stamenka Uvalić-Trumbić and Sir John Daniel, 23 June 2017 Issue No:465
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Can UK universities stay open?

Britain’s relationship with the European Union has been a fruitful one when it comes to higher education. By operating within a larger European network, UK universities have become increasingly competitive in world terms. (...) - University World News, by Simon Marginson, 23 June 2017 Issue No:465
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[Algérie] Sit-in devant le siège du ministère de l’enseignement supérieur pour protester contre la violence dans les universités

[Algérie] Sit-in devant le siège du ministère de l’enseignement supérieur pour protester contre la violence dans les universités | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

DIA-23 juin 2017: Une vingtaine d’enseignants ont observé jeudi devant le siège du ministère de l’Enseignement supérieur à Alger un sit-in pour protester contre la violence dans les universités et l’assassinat de l’enseignant Karaoui Sarhane, de l’université de Khemis Meliana. (....) - dia-alegrie.com, 23/06/2017

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Russia to triple the number of international students

Russia plans to more than triple the number of foreign students studying at its universities over the next eight years, with a 50% increase by 2019, under a new state programme for the export of educational services. A key part of the plan involves introducing new courses to attract more international students. (...) - University World News, by Eugene Vorotnikov, 22 June 2017 Issue No:465
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