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New perspectives on ‘Reinventing Higher Education’

For the first time, the annual international conference on “Reinventing Higher Education” gave prominence to the rapidly transforming Arab world. Changes in the higher education landscape – driven by new technologies, shifting global forces and funding cuts – were other trends debated.

The event took place from 22-23 October at Madrid-based IE University, which is a private non-profit business owned by the Instituto de Empresa SL. (...) - University World News, Paul Rigg, 18 November 2012, Issue No:248

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[Canada] Tribune libre: La censure dans les universités

[Canada] Tribune libre: La censure dans les universités | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it
OPINION. Même si la propension à brimer la liberté d’expression dans les universités fait boule de neige depuis dix ans particulièrement dans les universités américaines, nous entrons dans une ère « de déclin de l’argumentation, de la rationalité et du politique » dans les universités québécoises, affirme l’historien des sciences de l’UQAM Yves Gingras. « Et on n’a encore rien vu ! ». (...) - Québec Hebdo, par Henri Marineau, 03/04/2017
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Free tuition for EU students in Scottish universities

Scotland’s Education Secretary John Swinney has announced that students from the European Union enrolling in Scotland next year will have free tuition throughout their courses, writes Andrew Denholm for The Herald.  (...) - University World News, by The Herald, 31 March 2017 Issue No:453
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Tool for detecting publication bias goes under spotlight

Tool for detecting publication bias goes under spotlight | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Funnel plots are a popular tool in spotting when scientists in a field leave out negative study results, but one researcher says the method is flawed. (...) - Nature, by Daniel Cressey, 31 March 2017

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Why I will not be marching for science

Why I will not be marching for science | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it
Virginia Schutte says the March for Science won’t meet her goals or those set out by the organizers. Here, she shares some alternatives. (...) - Naturejobs Blog, by Virginia Schutte, 27 March 2017
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Le gouvernement hongrois s’en prend à l’« université Soros »

Le gouvernement hongrois s’en prend à l’« université Soros » | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Depuis plusieurs mois, Viktor Orban a intensifié son offensive contre l’Université d’Europe centrale. Il accuse notamment son fondateur, le philanthrope américain d’origine hongroise George Soros, de financer l’opposition. (...) - Le Monde, par Blaise Gauquelin (Vienne, correspondant) et Jean-Baptiste Chastand

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[UK] How Brexit is changing the lives of eight researchers

[UK] How Brexit is changing the lives of eight researchers | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

The months between the Brexit vote and this week's triggering of Article 50 have been a turbulent time for scientists — and things show no sign of calming. (...) - Nature, by Alison Abbott, Ewen Callaway, Daniel Cressey, Elizabeth Gibney & Inga Vesper, 29 March 2017

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Predatory journals recruit fake editor

Predatory journals recruit fake editor | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

An investigation finds that dozens of academic titles offered 'Dr Fraud' — a sham, unqualified scientist — a place on their editorial board. (...) - Nature, by Piotr Sorokowski, Emanuel Kulczycki, Agnieszka Sorokowska & Katarzyna Pisanski, 22 March 2017

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Academics shouldn't focus only on prestigious journals (essay)

Academics shouldn't focus only on prestigious journals (essay) | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Academic publishing is becoming more about establishing a pecking order and less about pursuing knowledge, argues Andrew J. Hoffman. (...) - Inside Higher Ed, by Andrew J. Hoffman, March 28 2017

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[Canada] McGill et Potter: le symptôme du déclin des universités

[Canada] McGill et Potter: le symptôme  du déclin des universités | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Les universités cherchent à accroître leur «visibilité médiatique» en imitant les médias.


Au cours des derniers jours, chroniqueurs et autres commentateurs de l’air du temps se sont dépêchés de commenter la dernière actualité : le scandale provoqué par le texte d’Andrew Potter paru dans Maclean’s. La plupart ont pontifié sur la notion de « liberté universitaire » et de « liberté de parole », mais peu semblent avoir perçu que cette affaire est peut-être le symptôme d’une maladie plus grave qui commence à envahir les universités. Il faut rappeler en effet que ces institutions sont censées être des lieux de haut savoir et de recherche, et non pas des officines pour commentateurs inspirés par l’actualité fluctuante. On s’attend donc à ce que les têtes dirigeantes d’instituts de recherche soient bien des chercheurs et non des commentateurs.(...) - Le Devoir, par Yves Gingras, 28 mars 2107

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[Germany] University tuition fees back on the election agenda

With elections ahead in Germany, the issue of tuition fees in higher education has resurfaced. While the Social Democrats reject fees, views are split among, and even within, some of the other parties. (...) - University World News, by Michael Gardner, 24 March 2017
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[Canada] Vers un Conseil des universités doté de réels pouvoirs

[Canada] Vers un Conseil des universités doté de réels pouvoirs | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Un groupe de travail recommande la création d’un Conseil des universités doté d’une série de pouvoirs, dont celui de forcer les universités et le ministère de l’Enseignement supérieur à ouvrir leurs livres pour rendre des comptes sur leur efficacité. (...) - Le Devoir, par Dave Noël, 24/03/2017

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Why Trump’s N.I.H. Cuts Should Worry Us

Why Trump’s N.I.H. Cuts Should Worry Us | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

The president’s stance on science funding could have serious consequences. (..) - New York Times, by Harold Varmus, March 22 2017

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[US] Science advocates dismayed by size of cuts proposed for NIH and other agencies

[US] Science advocates dismayed by size of cuts proposed for NIH and other agencies | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Advocates for science hope Congress will block proposals.


The White House budget proposal released last week would have devastating effects on science and technology in the United States as well as the education of the next generation of researchers, say organizations representing scientists and research institutions.(...) - Inside Higher Ed, by Andrew Kreighbaum, March 20, 2017

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Hongrie : importante manif de soutien à l'université Soros | Europe

Hongrie : importante manif de soutien à l'université Soros | Europe | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Plusieurs dizaines de milliers de personnes ont manifesté à Budapest en soutien à l'Université d'Europe centrale (CEU) financée par le milliardaire américain d'origine hongroise George Soros, contre laquelle le gouvernement de Viktor Orban a lancé une offensive. (...) - La Presse, par AFP, 02/04/2017

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[Norway] An action plan to address the crisis facing humanities

When Education and Research Minister Torbjørn Røe Isaksen addressed a symposium at the University of Oslo recently, expectations were high. He was presenting the main conclusions in a government white paper outlining an action plan to address critical issues confronting the humanities at Norwegian universities. (...) - University World News, by Jan Petter Myklebust,31 March 2017 Issue No:453
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Anarchy and exploitation in scientific communication

Anarchy and exploitation in scientific communication | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it
Technology, greed, a lack of clear rules and norms, hyper-competitiveness and a certain amount of corruption have resulted in confusion and anarchy in the world of scientific communication. Not too long ago, scientific publication was largely in the hands of university publishers and non-profit scientific societies, most of which were controlled by the academic community.  (...) - University World News, by Philip G Altbach, 31 March 2017 Issue No:453
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STEM Workforce is aging, leaving few positions for new scientists

STEM Workforce is aging, leaving few positions for new scientists | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Scientists are getting their PhDs later, retiring at lower rates. (...) - Ars Technica, by Roheeni Saxena, 3/30/2017

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Trump wants 2018 NIH cut to come from overhead payments

Trump wants 2018 NIH cut to come from overhead payments | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

HHS Secretary Price tells Congress the goal is a “bigger bang for our buck”


The Trump administration could slash $5.8 billion from the 2018 budget of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), yet still fund as least as much research by eliminating overhead payments to universities and research institutions, Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS) Tom Price told lawmakers today.(...) - Science, by Jocelyn Kaiser, March 29 2017

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[Suisse] Crédibilité académique en péril

La mode du partenariat public-privé a atteint les sphères académiques depuis des années. La plupart de nos hautes écoles comptent sur l’apport financier des entreprises pour une partie de leurs chaires. Un phénomène qui comporte des risques pour l’indépendance de la recherche (notre édition du 28 décembre 2016).(...) - L e Courrier, par Laura Drompt, 29/03/2017

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University tuition fees in England 'now the highest in the world'

University tuition fees in England 'now the highest in the world' | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

University tuition fees in England are now the highest in the world, new analysis has found.


The average annual cost of £9,188, makes it significantly more than higher education in the US, where the average student pays $9,410 (£7,518) per annum, according to the Student Loan Calculator website. (...) - The Independent, by Ben Kentish, 28 March 2017

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Study suggests scientific work force is aging -- as younger scientists struggle to find good jobs

Study suggests scientific work force is aging -- as younger scientists struggle to find good jobs | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Study suggests scientific work force is aging -- and will get even older, even as younger scientists hang on the sidelines in hopes of jobs and face longer odds of landing grants. (...) - Inside Higher Ed, by Colleen Flaherty, March 28 2017

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[Japan] What price will science pay for austerity?

Across Japan, early-career researchers face an uncertain future, as universities reduce the number of permanent staff positions and shunt more faculty into short-term contracts, writes Ichiko Fuyuno for NatureIndex (...) - University World News, by NatureIndex, 24 March 2017 Issue No:452
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Good science relies on the democratisation of data

Good science relies on the democratisation of data | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it
Prof Alan Smeaton discusses why good data science – and good science overall – requires open sharing of information.
Via Marc Picornell, Julien Hering, PhD
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Canada budget falls flat with scientists

Canada budget falls flat with scientists | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Emphasis on innovation overshadowed by funding freeze for key research councils.


The budget that Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s government released on 22 March lives up to his promises to emphasize innovation, and to encourage links between industry and academia. But it also presents scientists with a depressing, and unexpected, freeze on the main funding streams for basic research. (...) - Nature, by Nicola Jones, 23 March 2017

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Europe can build on scientific intuition

Europe can build on scientific intuition | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Carlos Moedas sees a bold future for the European Research Council and more projects that copy its approach. (...) - Nature, by Carlos Moedas, 21 March 2017

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