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Need to better prepare students for a future world

Universities need to do a better job of equipping young people to succeed in the 21st century, Andreas Schleicher, deputy director for education at the OECD, argued at the recent World Innovation Summit for Education, or WISE, in Doha, Qatar.

“More than ever before, skills drive our economies and they transform people’s lives,” he said. “But more education doesn’t automatically translate into better skills and better lives.” (...) - University World News, by Erin Millar25 November 2012 Issue No:249

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[Denmark] Tenfold rise in grants and loans to EU students

The number of citizens from EU member countries receiving funding from the Danish Students’ Grants and Loans Scheme, or SU, grew more than tenfold from 2012 to 2014 – from 441 to 4,647 – following a ruling in the European Court of Justice that the Danish authorities should be paying grants to European students who earn an income in Denmark, as reported by University World News.  (...) - University World News, by Jan Petter Myklebust, 11 February 2015 Issue No:354

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[USA] University Spending on Research Was Up Slightly in 2013

New data released by the National Science Foundation show that research and development spending by universities -- from all sources -- edged up slightly, to $67.2 billion in 2013. When adjusted for inflation, that reflects an increase of less than half of a percent. The largest source of funds was the federal government, at $39.5 billion. The NSF also released data on which universities spend the most, a ranking led for many years by Johns Hopkins University, where a majority of the R&D funds are spent by the Applied Physics Laboratory.

(...) -  @insidehighered, February 9, 2015

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[Québec] Conditions d'après-mandat: Yves Bolduc somme l'Université Laval de reculer

[Québec] Conditions d'après-mandat: Yves Bolduc somme l'Université Laval de reculer | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Le ministre Yves Bolduc somme le conseil d'administration de l'Université Laval d'annuler la bonification des conditions d'après-mandat consentie à ses hauts dirigeants, sous peine d'amputer la subvention à l'institution (...) - La Presse, par Simon Boivin, 07/02/2015

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European University Association raises concerns about possible trade deals

European University Association raises concerns about possible trade deals | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it
Trade Anxiety

 

European higher education leaders are concerned that two trade agreements currently being negotiated could cast doubt on the ability of national and regional governments to determine the character of their higher education systems.

At issue are the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP), for which negotiators from the European Union and the United States entered their eighth round of talks this week, and the Trade in Services Agreement (TiSA), which is being negotiated between 23 World Trade Organization members, including the E.U. and the U.S. (...) - @insidehighered, by Elizabeth Redden,

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Opening up recruitment for researchers in Europe

Anybody trying to make a career in research will be only too aware of the long-term obstacles that lie ahead of them. Continual assessment and subjection to scrutiny have become prerequisites for sustaining any research career, be it through mandatory research assessment exercises or necessary applications for new grants and sources of funding.  (...) - University World News, by Diana Jane Beech, 06 February 2015 Issue No:353

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[Suisse] Franc fort: les universités craignent des pertes financières

La baisse de l'euro par rapport au franc suisse inquiète les milieux académiques. L'Université de Neuchâtel engagée dans des projets européens de recherche budgétisés sur la base de l'ancien taux plancher pourrait subir une perte de 450'000 francs. L'Université de Genève et l'EPFL craignent aussi des pertes financières.

Les projets sur le point d'être soumis aux instances de sélection devront être redimensionnés, a annoncé vendredi l'Université de Neuchâtel (UniNE). Quant aux projets à venir, ils devront tenir compte de cette nouvelle donnée financière. (...) - Romandie, 06/02/2015

 

 

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Manifestation nationale des étudiants le 2 avril à Montréal

Manifestation nationale des étudiants le 2 avril à Montréal | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

L'Association pour une solidarité syndicale étudiante (ASSÉ) annonce la tenue d'une manifestation nationale le 2 avril prochain, à 14h00 au Square Victoria, au centre-ville de Montréal.

Camille Godbout, porte-parole de l'ASSÉ, explique par voie de communiqué qu'il s'agit d'une réplique à l'arrogance du gouvernement du Québec et à son obsession à atteindre à tout prix le déficit zéro. (...) - La Presse Canadienne, 05/02/2015

 

 

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Université Laval: des programmes peu fréquentés en danger

Université Laval: des programmes peu fréquentés en danger | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Les programmes d'études peu fréquentés de l'Université Laval sont en danger. Surtout dans les sciences sociales, les lettres. En cette ère de compressions budgétaires, des sacrifices sur l'autel de la rentabilité économique sont annoncés. (...) - La Presse, par Baptiste Ricard-Châtelain, 04/02/2015

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Budget de recherche: Laval vise plus de 1,5 milliard $ sur cinq ans

L'Université Laval compte recevoir et dépenser plus de 1,5 milliard $ au cours des cinq années à venir, seulement pour ses activités de recherche. Un bond de 20 % par rapport au quinquennat précédent... Cette envolée pourrait cependant être freinée brusquement. (...) - Le Soleil, par Baptiste Ricard-Châtelain, 04/02/2015

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[UK] The Guardian view on tuition fees: Labour may pay the price

[UK] The Guardian view on tuition fees: Labour may pay the price | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Editorial: Labour wants to do the right thing on university finance, but its failure to develop and promote its policy over the past three years is a serious error (...) - The Guardian, 2 February 2015

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Savoir et austérité

Savoir et austérité | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Moins de sous, donc moins de profs, moins de livres, moins de diplômés. Et moins de recherche et de qualité de l’enseignement universitaire, très certainement. L’équation liant un financement adéquat et le succès de l’entreprise universitaire semble facile à faire, nul besoin d’un doctorat en mathématiques, semblent croire les recteurs et la communauté de l’enseignement supérieur. (...) - Le Devoir, par Lisa-Marie Gervais, 31/01/2015

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[UK] Universities alarmed by Labour plan to cut tuition fees

Leading UK universities have warned Labour about the financial risks of cutting tuition fees a third to £6,000 (US$9,044) a year. The party is deciding whether to go ahead with a costly pre-election pledge intended to woo the middle class, write Helen Warrell and Elizabeth Rigby for the Financial Times. (...) - University World News, in Financial Times30 January 2015 Issue No:352

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[Québec] Le recteur de l'UdeM plaide pour un rapprochement avec le privé

[Québec] Le recteur de l'UdeM plaide pour un rapprochement avec le privé | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

En manque criant de subventions, le recteur de l'Université de Montréal, Guy Breton, plaide pour un rapprochement beaucoup plus grand avec les employeurs des secteurs privé et public (...) - La Presse, par Louise Leduc, 30/01/2015

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[Canada] "Désinvestissement" à McGill : une centaine de professeurs offrent leur appui aux étudiants

[Canada] "Désinvestissement" à McGill : une centaine de professeurs offrent leur appui aux étudiants | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Les étudiants de McGill tentent une nouvelle fois de convaincre leur université de retirer ses investissements dans des entreprises polluantes, mais peuvent cette fois compter sur un appui de taille : plus d’une centaine de professeurs ont officiellement soutenu leur cause dans une lettre déposée lundi. (...) - Le Devoir, par Karl Rettino-Parazelli, 10 février 2015

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[Suisse] Les universités, entre frustration et inquiétude

[Suisse] Les universités, entre frustration et inquiétude | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Les Hautes Ecoles ont été directement touchées par le vote du 9 février 2014. Coup de sonde un an plus tard.

 

En cette période de vacances, les couloirs d’Uni Mail, à Genève, sont calmes. Le choc provoqué par les conséquences du vote du 9 février 2014 semble un lointain souvenir. Les Hautes Ecoles helvétiques ont en effet été parmi les premières victimes du oui à l’initiative «Contre l’immigration de masse»: dans les jours qui ont suivi, Bruxelles a écarté la Suisse du programme de recherche Horizon 2020, tandis que l’accord Erasmus +, en cours de renégociation, a été gelé. «Je n’ai pas compris pourquoi nous avions été pénalisés de la sorte», commente William. Cet étudiant en physique lève les yeux de ses formules mathématiques et glisse en souriant: «L’Europe aurait mieux fait de décréter un embargo sur le gruyère, elle aurait davantage touché ceux qui ont soutenu l’initiative UDC.» (...) - La Tribune de Genève, par Caroline Zuercher, 09/02/2015

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Six myths about how universities spend their tuition fee income

Six myths about how universities spend their tuition fee income | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Public debate about higher education has obsessed over fees, but some facts are rarely mentioned. It’s time to set the record straight (...) - The Guardian, by Nigel Carringtin, 6 February 2015

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US: NIH proposal to create grant for aging scientists hits a nerve

US: NIH proposal to create grant for aging scientists hits a nerve | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Scores of researchers give thumbs-down to award to help emeritus scientists wind down their labs.

 

A seemingly innocuous idea from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) for nudging aging scientists to retire is being blasted in the blogosphere. NIH’s proposal—an “emeritus” award that senior scientists would use to pass their work on to younger colleagues and wind down their labs—is unnecessary and could take funding away from younger and midcareer scientists, many commenters argued. A few, however, see it as a reasonable idea. (...) - Science, by Jocelyn Kaiser, 6 February 2015

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Berkeley tries to track and address salary gaps among professors

Berkeley tries to track and address salary gaps among professors | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Lots of colleges and universities acknowledge troublesome -- if relatively small -- gaps in pay among men and women professors, and among white and minority professors. But it’s a hard thing to study and address, given the many variables and competing theories involved. So a new, comprehensive study of tenure-line faculty salaries at the University of California at Berkeley -- along with an administrative pledge to close revealed gaps -- is getting a lot of attention. (...) - @insidehighered, by Colleen Flahert, Februar 6, 2015

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Boston prête à fermer des écoles pour économiser

Boston, la capitale du Massachusetts, connue pour ses universités comme Harvard ou le MIT, envisage d'adopter la voie la plus dure pour faire (...) - Les Echos, par Jacques hubert-Rodier, 06/02/2015
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Report says British universities have been too quick to limit free speech

Report says British universities have been too quick to limit free speech | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Robin Thicke, Nietzsche and Page 3 do not, at first glance, appear to have a great deal to do with terrorism.

But there is a thread that links all three, suggests a new ranking -- freedom of speech. Thicke’s song "Blurred Lines" (accused by some campaigners of glorifying rape), a society dedicated to the German philosopher and The Sunhave all been banned from British universities. (...) - @insidehighered, by Chris Havergal for Times Higher Education, February 5, 2015

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[UK] Higher education plans face a tougher Senate as crossbenchers harden resolve

[UK] Higher education plans face a tougher Senate as crossbenchers harden resolve | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Independent senators John Madigan and Ricky Muir come out more strongly against deregulation after attending regional universities forum (..) - The guardian, by Gabrielle Chan, 3 February 2015

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[USA] Budget proposal includes increase in research funding

[USA] Budget proposal includes increase in research funding | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it
Replenishing Research

 

WASHINGTON -- Science and research advocates welcomed President Obama's 2016 budget proposal Monday, which would give the National Science Foundation a "vigorous, healthy budget," according to its director.

Overall, the president’s budget would increase federal spending on research and development by 5.5 percent across a series of agencies.

(...) - @insidehighered, by Kaithlin Mulhere, February 3, 2015

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[UK] Labour must clarify its position on tuition fees

[UK] Labour must clarify its position on tuition fees | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Ed Miliband can win the support of students by the getting the policy right – but there is clearly an impasse on the issue within the party (...) - The Guardian, by Patrick Wintour, 2 February 2015

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Saudi university backs slow road to modernization

Saudi university backs slow road to modernization | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it
Researchers at top science institute say education will have more

effect than vocal opposition.

Following the high-profile flogging of Saudi Arabian activist Raif Badawi last month, the King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST) — a multicultural, world-class university in what seems an unlikely setting — is in the spotlight. (...) Nature, by Declan Butler, 03 February, 2015

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Bologna Process is ‘making an impact worldwide’ – CIQG

The Bologna Process has made a difference not only within its 47 member countries but also far beyond Europe’s borders, international higher education consultants said on 29 January at a conference on quality assurance in higher education in Washington. (...) - University World News, by Mary Beth Marklein, 30 January 2015 Issue No:352

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