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Crisis drives academics and banks to work together

Academics attending an international conference on how their work can promote financial stability have stressed how universities can play an important role in helping the world recover from the recession. (...) - University World News, Carmen Paun, 18 November 2012, Issue No:248

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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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Off to Silicon Valley (7/10). Sur NovoEd, les MOOC prennent pied dans le monde réel

Off to Silicon Valley (7/10). Sur NovoEd, les MOOC prennent pied dans le monde réel | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it
En amont de la Learning Expedition organisée à l'automne 2014, EducPros vous emmène dans la Silicon Valley pour un voyage au cœur des nouvelles technologies appliquées à l'éducation. Il y a quelques années, des enseignants de Stanford créaient les plates-formes de MOOC (Massive open online courses) Coursera et Udacity. Aujourd'hui, l'université elle-même a lancé sa start-up, NovoEd, une interface d'un nouveau genre, qui cherche un ancrage dans la vie réelle. (...) - EducPros, par Coralie Garandeau, 12.06.2014
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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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Postgraduate students feel overlooked

Postgraduate students feel overlooked | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Many postgraduate students struggle to meet their living costs and do not believe the current funding system works.

Postgraduate students feel marginalised and worried about finances, according to a report by Unite, the student accommodation provider.

Their financial situation is a key contributing factor to their feeling of being overlooked, the survey of 810 postgraduate students finds.

Only 22% feel the current funding system works. Nine out of 10 say they would prefer the sort of tuition-fee loan system that applies to undergraduates. (...) by Libby Page and Abby Young-Powell, The Guardian, 11 June 2014

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may be the topic is yet a bit far to come, here in Italy ... but "meeting living costs" sounds very actual, in crisis time, here too.

The difference? Many still thinks that things may change back ...

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Why UK universities should adopt US-style degrees

Why UK universities should adopt US-style degrees | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

The universities minister has called for degree courses to have a major and minor option. But the UK could benefit from adopting other aspects of the US system, says Robert Segal. 

I am finishing my 20th year of teaching in the UK. I came to Lancaster University from my native US in 1994, and in 2006 I left Lancaster for the University of Aberdeen. I was born, raised, and educated in the US. But by now I think I fathom the very different UK conventions. (...) - by Robert Segal, The Guardian, 11 June 2014

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Male Professors Rarely Train Female Scientists

Male Professors Rarely Train Female Scientists | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it
Where are the women in America’s greatest scientific laboratories?

 

A few years ago, Jason Sheltzer and Joan Smith were at a dinner party, chatting with a physics graduate student. When she offhandedly mentioned that she was the first female student her adviser had graduated in 20 years, they were appalled. “We thought that that was amazing,” Sheltzer told me. “Twenty years without a single woman!” (...) - by Jane Hu, Slate, 11 June , 2014

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Is flexible study the future for universities?

Is flexible study the future for universities? | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Students increasingly want their courses to move in step with the demands of the modern economy, so how can universities introduce more flexible structures while maintaining standards? (...) - by Kim Thomas, The Guardian, 10 June 2014

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Belgique : Nos unifs se valent-elles toutes ?

Belgique : Nos unifs se valent-elles toutes ? | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Plusieurs dizaines de places les séparent dans les classements internationaux – qui sont souvent contestés. Faut-il en conclure que l’UCL est au top, l’ULB dans la moyenne et l’ULg parmi les mauvais élèves, sans parler de Mons et Namur qui ne sont même pas mentionnées ? La réalité est tout autre. Plutôt que de supériorité ou d’infériorité, il faut parler de différences d’orientation. Alimentées par la réputation que chacune essaie de se forger. (...) - par Mélanie Geelkens, Le Soir, 10/06/2014

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U-MultiRank ambitious, but lacking critical mass to face up to other university rankings

U-MultiRank ambitious, but lacking critical mass to face up to other university rankings | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Dear Editor,

I would like to share my perspective on U-MultiRank, following your publication of Janna Degener’s article, last week.  Back in 2012, the UK’s universities minister David Willets warned that the European Commission’s project to develop a new approach to global university rankings, U-MultiRank, risked being dismissed as a self-serving exercise. (...) - EuroScientist, by Sabine Louët, June 9th, 2014

 

 

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Trilogie de sauvetage de l’Enseignement supérieur tunisien

Trilogie de sauvetage de l’Enseignement supérieur tunisien | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Dans l’euphorie des premiers  mois après la victoire de la Révolution de Jasmin et quelques mois avant l’établissement (qui fut heureusement provisoire) du pouvoir islamiste, les universitaires tunisiens ont vu réaliser une de leurs revendications  déjà posées depuis plusieurs décennies, à savoir la généralisation de l’élection de tous les Présidents des universités (appelés communément "Recteurs") et Directeurs des établissements de l’Enseignement supérieur (désignés dans ce qui suit par Directeurs), alors que ce principe n’était appliqué jusqu’alors que dans les Facultés, soit dans moins de 10 % de la carte universitaire globale. (...) - Blog Mediapart de Salah Horchani, 08/06/2014

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Allemagne : les universités soutenues par les entreprises dans la lutte contre le décrochage

Pour endiguer le décrochage des étudiants, les universités allemandes mettent en place des programmes d'initiation au monde universitaire et des dispositifs d'accompagnement dès le premier semestre. Elles sont soutenues dans ces initiatives par les entreprises soucieuses de recruter une main-d'œuvre qualifiée, qui commence à leur faire défaut. (...) - EducPros, par Marie Luginsland, 06.06.2014

 

 

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No shortcuts to development, basic research is key

The notion that the innovation capabilities of developing economies can ‘leap-frog’ and catch up with developed countries without an investment in basic research is an unfortunate but persistent view, which is likely to prolong dependency on external agencies, according to Venni V Krishna, professor of science policy at Jawaharlal Nehru University in New Delhi.

“There is no shortcut to development via science and technology other than strong public policies and state support to oriented or directed basic research,” he told higher education and research policy experts at an expert roundtable meeting in Durban convened to identify topics for the new Research, Higher Education, Development and Innovation – RHEDI – project. (...) - University World News, by Sharon Dell, 06 June 2014 Issue No:323

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Research management – A question of balance?

Is ‘research management’ an oxymoron? – A concept that pits researchers against administrators and threatens to kill the goose that lays the golden egg? Or is it a realistic response to a world in which national wealth is based on knowledge production and the ability to effectively participate in global market networks?

Increasingly, it is the latter: research management throughout the world has become far more professionalised and specialised, with greater emphasis on strategic research planning and research accountability. (...) - University World News, by Sharon Dell, 06 June 2014 Issue No:323

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NIH's translational center scores first drug acquisition by pharma

NIH's translational center scores first drug acquisition by pharma | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Agency says success of new molecule for sickle cell disease shows its drug development model is working.

For the first time, a drug being developed in part by a controversial new National Institutes of Health (NIH) center aimed at speeding drug development has been picked up by a major pharmaceutical company. Baxter International has acquired the biotech company developing Aes-103, a small molecule for treating sickle cell disease. (...) - By Jocelyn Kaiser, Science, 9 July 2014


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Senate Republicans block student loan reform legislation @insidehighered

Senate Republicans block student loan reform legislation @insidehighered | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

WASHINGTON -- Senate Republicans on Wednesday blocked legislation that would allow existing student loan borrowers to lower the interest rate on their debt.

The loan refinancing bill, championed by Sen. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts and backed by President Obama, failed to clear the 60-vote threshold needed to advance. It was defeated on a 56-38 vote. (...) - by Michael Stratford, Inside Inhigher Ed, June 12, 2014

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[Côte d'Ivoire] de Cocody : les enseignants encore en grève illimitée

[Côte d'Ivoire] de Cocody : les enseignants encore  en grève illimitée | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Les enseignants de l’université de Cocody à qui l’Etat doit des primes liées aux heures supplémentaires, aux encadrements et aux participations de jurys, sont à nouveau depuis hier en grève illimitée, après celle de mai dernier. Johnson Kouassi, le secrétaire général de la Coordination nationale des enseignants du supérieur et de la recherche (Cnec), section université de Cocody, joint hier par téléphone, a expliqué les raisons de cette nouvelle fronde de ces enseignants. Selon lui, après la suspension du mot d’ordre de grève la Cnec section université de Cocody, le 15 mai dernier, le gouvernement a promis de payer 1 milliard 30 millions 239 mille 079 Fcfa sur un peu plus de trois milliards Fcfa de dettes dues à ces enseignants. Ce qu’il n’a pas fait. Puisque grave a-t-il poursuivi, le gouvernement a fait du faux en émettant des chèques revenus impayés. « L’Etat a payé au plus 600 millions Fcfa sur le montant attendu. Beaucoup de chèques sont revenus impayés. La grève continuera tant que le dernier enseignant n’est pas payé. Nous ne voulons plus être floués par l’Etat. Trop, c’est trop » a-t-il martelé.

Selon des sources dignes de foi, les sections Cnec des autres universités publiques dont celle de Bouaké s’apprêtent à entrer dans la danse. - Abidjan.net, par Charles Bédé, 12/06/2014

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Digital humanities platforms set to challenge technical barriers to digital research skills development.

Digital humanities platforms set to challenge technical barriers to digital research skills development. | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Digital humanists are becoming increasingly aware of the potential for much wider impact through ‘crowdscribing’ and other innovative approaches to digital research. Emma Goodwin provides further information on a new initiative DHCrowdscribe that allows early career researchers to gain from resources and expertise to support technical project development. This approach will also foster wider collaboration between the humanities and other more scientific or technical disciplines. (...) - LSE Blog "Impact of Social Sciences", by Emma Goodwin, 7 April 2014


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Emma Goodwin is talking about the platform DHCrowdscribe dedicated to promote interdisciplinary engagement in the #digitaldhumanities for doctoral or early career researchers. Projects are also open to #crowdsourcing and #citizenscience. #dhAHRC #openscience

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Partisan battling derails vote on disputed bill to reshape U.S. energy science programs

Partisan battling derails vote on disputed bill to reshape U.S. energy science programs | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Democrats block House science panel debate on bill once known as EINSTEIN.

Comity on the science committee of the U.S. House of Representatives reached a new low today.

Twenty-two minutes after the committee’s energy panel convened to start the process of debating and approving a bill to reauthorize the Department of Energy’s (DOE’s) research and development programs, Representative Cynthia Lummis (R–WY) gaveled the session to a close without taking any votes on the proposed legislation. It was the latest—and most graphic—illustration of how partisan distrust has crippled the committee’s ability to do its job. (...) - by Jeffrey Mervis, Science, 11 June 2014

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Entretien avec Sergey Tunik - Vice-recteur pour la recherche, université d'Etat de Saint-Pétersbourg

Entretien avec Sergey Tunik - Vice-recteur pour la recherche, université d'Etat de Saint-Pétersbourg | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Sergey Tunik est vice-recteur pour la recherche de l'université d'Etat de Saint-Pétersbourg, une des meilleures universités du pays. Chimiste, Sergey Tunik a été professeur invité dans de nombreuses universités dans le monde entier, notamment au Japon, au Canada et en Europe, en Finlande, en Espagne, en Grèce et en Suède. (...) - Les Bulletins Electroniques des Ambassades de France, BE Russie 62, 2014/06/05

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U.S. Senate bill would give NIH 2% raise in 2015

U.S. Senate bill would give NIH 2% raise in 2015 | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Measure would restore sequester cuts, give agency $606 million increase.

A U.S. Senate spending panel today approved a draft bill that would raise the National Institutes of Health’s (NIH’s) budget by $605.7 million, to $30.5 billion, in the 2015 fiscal year that begins 1 October. That modest 2% increase is good news for the agency; President Barack Obama’s budget proposal had requested a smaller $211 million increase. (...) - by Jocelyn Kaiser, Science, 10 June 2014

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MOOCs and the End of Courses? |

MOOCs and the End of Courses? | | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

George Siemens wrapped up the edX Consortium #FutureEDU conference with a rousing keynote address.  

If you are looking for a keynoter for your next conference, meeting, confab, gathering, assembly, conclave, powwow, or rave I highly recommend George.

Most everything that George talked about in his address Where are MOOCs Leading Higher Education? made good sense to me. (...) - Blog "Technology and Learning" @insidehighered, by Joshua Kim, June 9, 2014

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Universities are 'not just for getting a job,' says one of Britain's leading academics

Universities are 'not just for getting a job,' says one of Britain's leading academics | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Britain's leading university official has dismissed the idea that going to university is all about getting a well-paid job.

Professor Sir Christopher Snowden, president of Universities UK, defended the idea of education for its own sake and criticised those trying to promote higher education for placing too much emphasis on vocational skills to make money. (...) by Richard Garner, The Independent, 08/06/2014

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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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Universities respond to a changing landscape

New forces such as economic globalisation and information and communication technologies are shaping universities and research institutions and corresponding operational governance is required, says Professor Leo Goedegebuure, director of the LH Martin Institute at the University of Melbourne in Australia.

He was speaking at the first executive training residential of the Research, Higher Education, Development and Innovation – RHEDI – project held in Durban, South Africa, in late May. There are 48 senior managers, policy-makers and experts from six African and three Southeast Asian countries in the first intake of the capacity-building training. (...) - University World News, by Munyaradzi Makoni, 06 June 2014 Issue No:323

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More research needed on research management

Rather than mimicking ‘best practice’ of top-performing institutions, universities aspiring to the status of research institutions in low- and middle-income countries need to invest more heavily in understanding their own institutional profiles and develop a vision of what it means to be a research university in their national context.

Professor Nico Cloete, director of the Cape Town-based Centre for Higher Education Transformation, said this at an expert roundtable held at the launch of the Research, Higher Education, Development and Innovation – RHEDI – project in Durban in May. (...) - University World News, by Sharon Dell, 06 June 2014 Issue No:323

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