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Spotlight on The Netherlands

Spotlight on The Netherlands | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

  The Netherlands is using its expertise in tech and agriculture to punch above its weight in the clean-tech revolution. (..) - Naturejobs,  14 November 2012

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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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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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[Sweden] Government and foundation boosts for research

Sweden’s government is to invest SEK1.6 billion (US$240 million) over the next 10 years in the city of Södertälje, in research and training in medicine and engineering, said Education Minister Jan Björklund last Monday. The next day the Wallenberg Foundation outlined plans to invest a whopping SEK1.7 billion so “Swedish medical research can regain its world leading position”. (...) - University World News, by

Jan Petter Myklebust, 06 June 2014 Issue No:323
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Russie : la réforme de l’Académie des sciences n’a pas eu pour but d’améliorer le système de recherche (note de l’Ifri)

L’objectif principal de la "réforme-révolution" du secteur académique russe menée en 2013 "consistait en la destruction de la RAN (Académie des sciences de Russie), et non pas en la création d’un système de recherche plus efficace", selon une note de la chercheuse Irina Dejina, publiée par l’ Ifri en mai 2014. Ce document "analyse les raisons" de cette "réforme radicale", qui "s’est soldée par la suppression de trois académies sur six existantes" au terme d'un "conflit ouvert" d’une décennie entre le gouvernement russe et la direction de la RAN. L’auteur ne voit pas dans ce processus "de vision claire et cohérente de l’organisation ultérieure du secteur académique en vue d’améliorer la qualité et la productivité de la recherche fondamentale" en Russie, et s’inquiète des conséquences pour cette dernière, notamment en termes de "départ de jeunes chercheurs prometteurs" (...) - AEF, par Anne Roy - Le jeudi 5 juin 2014 - dépêche n°480530

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Un payement de 3.000 dollars US est fixé pour la préparation d’une thèse de doctorat dans les universités de Kinshasa

L’assistant à l’institut IFASIC Didier Mbuyi révèle que la préparation et la soutenance d’une thèse de doctorat dans les établissements d’enseignement supérieur et universitaire de Kinshasa sont conditionnées par le payement d’un montant de 3.000 dollars US. (...) - DigitalCongo, 05/06/2014

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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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Greece: Rector election sparks council vs academic conflict

The ‘election’ – or more appropriately the appointment – of a new rector at Aristotle University of Thessaloniki is once again creating tension between the institution’s management council and its academic community.

Current rector Giannis Mylopoulos, whose term of office is rapidly coming to an end, recently wrote that “according to the new legal system the university authorities will no longer be elected by a direct and democratic vote but indirectly through a system of pre-selection which will be carried out – without specific criteria – by the institution’s management council”. (...) - University World News, by Makki Marseilles, 06 June 2014 Issue No:323

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Political deal to replace student grants with loans

After months of planning and negotiating, Jet Bussemaker, minister for education, culture and science in The Netherlands, has struck an agreement with two opposition parties on a bill that will convert student grants into loans from 1 January 2015. The move will free up €1 billion (US$1.4 billion) from the state higher education budget. (...) - University World News, by Jan Petter Myklebust, 05 June 2014 Issue No:323

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Alain Beretz, nouveau président de la ligue européenne des universités de recherche (LERU)

Alain Beretz, nouveau président de la ligue européenne des universités de recherche (LERU) | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Le 17 mai dernier, Alain Beretz, président de l'Université de Strasbourg a pris la présidence de la Ligue européenne des universités de recherche (LERU). Élu en novembre 2013 par les présidents de la LERU, il succède au professeur Berndt Huber, président de l'Université Ludwig-Maximilians de Munich qui présidait la LERU depuis 2008. (...) - Université de Strasbourg, 05/06/2014

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