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Not Another Brick in the Wall: Capitalism and Student Protests in Chile

A few days ago, I visited a high school in a poor urban area in Western Santiago and met with the junior and senior classes to discuss the student movement of 2011 in Chile. “What were the mobilized youth demanding?” I asked the students in the San Alberto Hurtado School. “Did they succeed?” The questions were relevant enough to keep the students engaged. They voiced their opinions and argued for a while, beating the somnolence induced by the heat and the preceding lunch. As I left, my thoughts went to Pink Floyd: these kids, many of whom had joined the protest the previous year, did not want to become just another brick in the edifice of a market economy. (...) Academic Matters, By Andrés Bernasconi | From the November 2012 Issue

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Higher education needs creative thinking, idea sharing

With higher education “the object of high hopes, the site of rapid change and the focus of intense scrutiny”, it was imperative to think creatively and share ideas about how to tackle the evolving issues faced today, Princeton University President Christopher L Eisgruber told a high-level global forum of university leaders and policy-makers held in Paris last week. – University World News, by Jan Petter Myklebust, 11 April 2014 Issue No:315

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Le service d’admission des universités britanniques vend les données des étudiants

Le service d’admission des universités britanniques vend les données des étudiants | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Ucas, le service d’admission des étudiants britanniques vend les données des étudiants inscrits aux entreprises. (..) - Europe1, par Barthélémy Gaillard, 13/03/2014

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Boston, là où s'invente l'éducation de demain

Boston, là où s'invente l'éducation de demain | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it
Des laboratoires à la pointe de la recherche, une vie étudiante dynamique et un foisonnement de start-up dédiées, notamment, à l'éducation, font de Boston un véritable écosystème de l'innovation. EducPros vous propose de découvrir quelques-uns des lieux et des acteurs de cette ville étonnante, tournée vers l'avenir. (...) - EducPros, par Sophie Blitman, 12.03.2014
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Skewed rankings

Female researchers avoid collaborating with lower-ranked female colleagues.

Female full professors are less likely than men to co-author papers with assistant professors of the same sex, finds a study (J. F. Benenson et al. Curr. Biol. 24, R190–R191; 2014). Study authors calculated the expected co-author combinations for papers published from 2008 to 2011 by psychologists at 50 US and Canadian universities. They found 14 pairings of senior and junior women, compared with the expected 29, and 76 pairings of senior and junior men, compared with the expected 61. Women's tendency to pair with another woman of the same rank impedes their academic mobility, says co-author Joyce Benenson of Emmanuel College in Boston, Massachusetts. (...) - Nature 507, 265 (2014), 12 March 2014

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Le déclin de l'université américaine

Le déclin de l'université américaine | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Economie de la connaissance. Si on en croit les « Projections of Education Statistics to 2022 », le 41e rapport d'une série commencée en 1964, l'Amérique de 2022 sera moins diplômée qu'aujourd'hui.

Ah, les universités américaines… leur prestige, leur rayonnement ! Ah, ces temples à médailles Fields et à Nobel pour lesquels la jeunesse était traditionnellement prête à s'endetter à vie… Vous seriez surpris si on vous disait que les Américains nés en l'an 2000 et après vont tenter d'éviter le passage par cette case qu'on croyait obligatoire ? C'est pourtant ce qui est en train de se tramer de l'autre côté de l'Atlantique. (...) - Le Monde, par Maryline Baumard, 12/03/2014

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Technology in education: if students aren't worried, why are teachers?

Technology in education: if students aren't worried, why are teachers? | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

As a new episode of My Teacher is an App airs on BBC Radio 4, Edward Lawless urges teachers to embrace digital technology in the classroom – however frightening it seems (..) - by Edwards Lawless, The Guardian,  10 March 2014

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Obama's budget proposes incentives for student success

The maximum Pell Grant for students in the United States would increase by US$100, and states and colleges would get billions of dollars in incentive grants, under President Barack Obama's 2015 budget proposal, released last Tuesday. (...) - University World News, by Kelly Field in The Chronicle of Higher Education, 09 March 2014,  Issue No:310

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Berkeley ou l'angoisse des universités américaines

Berkeley ou l'angoisse des universités américaines | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Dans "At Berkeley", le réalisateur Frederick Wiseman explore les inquiétants défis posés aux universités qui voient fondre l'aide publique. Une leçon pour la France ? (...) - Nouvel Obs, par Patrick Fauconnier, 08/03/2014

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[Côte d'Ivoire] Violence à l’Université Félix Houphouët-Boigny: Qui veut réveiller le monstre Fesci ?

Depuis quelques semaines, l’université Félix Houphouët-Boigny, la plus grande en Côte d’Ivoire, est secouée par une crise, dont la conséquence directe est l’arrêt des cours puis leur suspension officielle – dans toutes les universités publiques d’Abidjan (au nombre de deux) –, le 25 février dernier. La décision fait suite à des heurts survenus entre les étudiants et la Police universitaire, une structure mise en place le 5 mars 2013, par décision du conseil des ministres du même jour, qui a ainsi concédé à la Société d’Infrastructure Moderne pour le développement de la Côte d’Ivoire (SIMDCI), les prestations de service d’entretien et de sécurité de toutes les universités publiques et les centres régionaux des œuvres universitaires (CROU) du pays.(...) - Abidjan.net, 07/03/2014

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Seulement 30% des chercheurs dans le monde sont des femmes. Quelle est la situation dans votre pays?

Seulement 30% des chercheurs dans le monde sont des femmes. Quelle est la situation dans votre pays? | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Dans le monde, seulement 30 % des chercheurs sont des femmes. Bien que les femmes soient de plus en plus nombreuses à s’inscrire à l’université, un grand nombre d’entre elles sont exclues des plus hauts niveaux qui leur permettraient de faire carrière dans la recherche. Cependant, une analyse des données plus approfondie révèle quelques exceptions surprenantes. Par exemple, en Bolivie, les femmes représentent 63 % des chercheurs, contre 26 % en France et 8 % en Éthiopie. (...) - CDEACF, par Mélissa Lessard, 05/03/2014

 

 

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"Not without Switzerland" : appel pour un espace européen de l’enseignement supérieur ouvert

"Not without Switzerland" : appel pour un espace européen de l’enseignement supérieur ouvert | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Le 26 février, l'UE a communiqué que la Suisse sera traitée jusqu'à nouvel ordre comme un État tiers, et qu'elle sera à ce titre exclue des programmes Erasmus+ et Horizon 2020. L’Union des étudiant-e-s de Suisse (UNES) vient de lancer un appel pour un espace européen de l’enseignement supérieur ouvert; le FNS le soutient également. (...) - SNF, 04/03/2014

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[Luxembourg] Le nouveau visage de l'Université est connu

[Luxembourg] Le nouveau visage de l'Université est connu | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

L’économiste allemand Rainer Klump va probablement devenir le prochain recteur de l’Université du Luxembourg. Le conseil de gouvernance de l’Université a en effet décidé, lors de sa séance du 1er mars, de soumettre son nom au gouvernement. (...) - Le Quotidien, 04/03/2014

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Le Système d'Enseignent Supérieur tunisien: vers l'autonomie des Universités

Le Système d'Enseignent Supérieur tunisien: vers l'autonomie des Universités | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Le système d'enseignement supérieur public tunisien compte aujourd’hui, selon le site officiel du Ministère, plus de 316 000 étudiants et 22 000 enseignants. (...) - Leaders, par Lassaad El Asmi, 03/03/2014

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Cornell University Libraries Face Escalating Journal Costs

The University Library’s budget is being “stretched thin” due to the “dramatically increasing” prices of scientific journals, according to Prof. Nerissa Russell, anthropology, chair of the University Faculty Library Board. (...) - by AIMEE CHO, The Cornell Daily, March 13, 2014

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What makes universities attractive to international students?

What makes universities attractive to international students? | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Demand for university education is on the decrease, mainly due to demographic factors. This trend, combined with a rise in the breadth of diversity of the educational offer, has caused an increase in competition within the higher education sector of Western European countries. Competition is happening, both nationally and internationally, to attract new students. Moreover, these universities must deal with a drastic reduction in public funds available to finance their activity. This, in turn, further increases the competitiveness between them. Meanwhile, the European Higher Education Area (EHEA) agency is contributing to enhance the attractiveness of European universities to non-European students. (...) - Euroscientist, March 12th, 2014

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UK science workforce

Ueport seeks to quantify diversity in the country's scientific workforce.

 

Ethnic-minority workers are most highly represented in the most senior and junior positions of the UK scientific workforce, says a 7 March report. A Picture of the UK Scientific Workforce, from the Royal Society in London, examines gender, ethnicity and other factors, and is the most comprehensive analysis of its type, says Julia Higgins, chair of the report's steering group. The report finds that black researchers are slightly under-represented in the most senior roles, whereas scientists from China are statistically over-represented in those positions. It also finds that although women comprise just over half of the scientific workforce, they account for less than one-quarter of those in the highest-level positions. - Nature 507, 265 (2014), 12 March 2014

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Reasons to NOT be an Adjunct [INFOGRAPHIC]

Reasons to NOT be an Adjunct [INFOGRAPHIC] | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

The growing adjunct crisis

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15 M£ pour renforcer la contribution des universités à la croissance

15 M£ pour renforcer la contribution des universités à la croissance | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Un nouveau programme à hauteur de 15 M£ a été lancé par le gouvernement britannique dans le but de permettre une participation plus active des universités dans les plans de croissance des collectivités locales par le biais de l'entrepreneuriat et de l'innovation. Dans le cadre de la politique gouvernementale "Plan for Growth" et dans le but d'assurer une distribution territoriale homogène de la croissance, un investissement supplémentaire de la part du Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) sera fait afin d'établir des University Enterprises Zones (UEZ) à travers tout le pays. (...) - BE Royaume-Uni 128, Les Bulletins Electroniques des Ambassades de France, 2014/03/11

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UK: UCU threatens marking boycott over pay

UK: UCU threatens marking boycott over pay | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Hundreds of thousands of students may not be able to graduate this summer if the University and College Union carries out a possible marking boycott. (...) - by Jack Grove, Times higher Education, 17 February, 2014

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[South Korea] Plan for dramatic university cutbacks causes disquiet

South Korea has unveiled plans to drastically cut the number of university places over the next decade because of a declining population. But the policy is causing disquiet, with higher education already facing major restructuring including university closures and mergers.

Minister of Education Seo Nam-soo said last month that the government planned to cut 160,000 university places by 2023. The ministry calculates that there are 772,000 undergraduates in South Korea at present. (...) - University World News, by Crystal Tai, 09 March 2014, Issue No:310

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[Canada] University Governance: Reflections from the Future U Conference

Last week, I spoke on a panel on university governance at a conference titled Future U:  Creating the Universities We Want, organized by the Ontario Confederation of University Faculty Associations.  Also presenting on the panel were Professor Glen Jones and Professor Claire Polster. (...) - by Nick Falvo, Academic Matters, March 7th, 2014

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UK: Universities and colleges risk losing right to sponsor foreign students

UK: Universities and colleges risk losing right to sponsor foreign students | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Home Office minister James Brokenshire signals fresh drive to arrest latest unexpected rise in net migration.

More than 100 universities, further and higher education colleges, and independent schools face losing their right to sponsor overseas students under a fresh drive by Tory ministers to arrest the latest unexpected rise in net migration to Britain. (...) - by Alan Travis, The Guardian, 6 March 2014

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[Canada] Que deviennent les lois et les réformes pressantes pour l'université?

[Canada] Que deviennent les lois et les réformes pressantes pour l'université? | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

CanadaLa Fédération québécoise des professeures et professeurs d'université (FQPPU) redoute que tout le travail abattu au cours des derniers mois par les acteurs du milieu universitaire ne fasse les frais d'une élection imminente, mais elle entend rester vigilante et active pour que les chantiers consacrés à l'université produisent les résultats attendus. (...) - L'Avantage, 05/03/2014

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UK: Are university degrees an expensive mistake?

UK: Are university degrees an expensive mistake? | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Katie Morley: The money spent on repaying student loans could produce a pension pot or house deposit, rather than enriching the Treasury. (...) - The Guardian, by Katie Morley, 4 March 2014

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How to Level the Playing Field for Women in Science

How to Level the Playing Field for Women in Science | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

The "baby penalty" in academe could be eased with four key reforms.

 

The good news: Many more women than ever before are completing Ph.D.’s in the sciences. Back in 2000, when I was appointed the first female dean of the graduate division at the University of California at Berkeley, I was delighted to learn that about half of the incoming doctoral students in the biological sciences—and more than 30 percent in heavily male fields like chemistry and engineering—were women. However, I also noticed that in most of the science departments where young women were eagerly enrolling, very few of the faculty members were female. (...) - The Chronicle of Higher Education, by Mary Ann Mason, March 3, 2014

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