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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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[Philippines] Budget scraps tuition fees for all state universities

The first budget under the administration of Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte, signed into law on 22 December, includes allocations to scrap tuition fees in all state universities and colleges from the 2017 academic year, as part of a significant increase in the country’s education budget. (...) - University World News, by Elvira Ramirez-Cohn14 January 2017 Issue No:442
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[Europe] Cut red tape and raise funding in Erasmus+, says EUA

The European Union’s showpiece Erasmus+ mobility and cooperation programme should be simplified and its “cumbersome” processes streamlined, according to a survey by the European University Association, or EUA. (...) - University World News, by Nic Mitchell, 13 January 2017 Issue No:442
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Towards a fairer and more robust university ranking

In the paper International University Rankings: For good or ill?, published by the United Kingdom’s Higher Education Policy Institute or HEPI, Bahram Bekhradnia conducts a thorough and convincing critique of university rankings and highlights significant concerns. (...) - University World News, by Frank Ziegele and Frans van Vught, 08 January 2017 Issue No:442
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Are global university rankings a badge of shame?

The problems with international university rankings essentially concern data – in particular the lack of it. National rankings don’t raise the same issues. There are no data available on the basis of which to reach any conclusions about comparative quality other than about research: pretty well all the data used in the QS, Times Higher Education or THE, and Academic Ranking of World Universities or ARWU world rankings are research-related. (...) - University World News, by Bahram Bekhradnia, 08 January 2017 Issue No:442
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La Chine vient s’inspirer du modèle suisse | L'Hebdo

La Chine vient s’inspirer du modèle suisse | L'Hebdo | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Décodage. Le président Xi Jinping vient en Suisse pour ouvrir les portes des centres de recherche, des universités, des hautes écoles spécialisées, pour apprendre de la formation duale. Objectif: comprendre comment la Suisse s’impose en championne mondiale de l’innovation. Sa visite d’Etat passera aussi par le World Economic Forum de Davos. (...) - L'Hebdo, 12/01/2017, par Yves Genier

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[Argentina] Where science and nonsense collide

[Argentina] Where science and nonsense collide | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

After a decade of progress, Argentina’s scientists are battling a government bent on twisting public conceptions of their role, writes Alberto Kornblihtt. (...) - Nature, by Alberto Kornblihtt, 10 January 2017

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[US] Making Federal Research Results Available to All

[US] Making Federal Research Results Available to All | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Completion of department and agency public access plans means the public will have greater access to publications and data resulting from Federally-funded research. (...) - The White House, by Jerry Sheeman, January 9, 2017

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Deal impasse severs Elsevier access for some German universities

Deal impasse severs Elsevier access for some German universities | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

As talks with the publisher stall, researchers in the country weigh whether they can cope without a deal (...) - Times Higher Education, by David Matthews, January 6, 2017

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Part-time lecturers on precarious work: 'I don't make enough for rent'

Part-time lecturers on precarious work: 'I don't make enough for rent' | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it


Three university lecturers speak out about the professional and personal impact of casualised academic contracts. (...) - The Guardian via Collectif PAPERA, 2017/01/07


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A plan for U.K. science after the European Union referendum

The 2016 vote to leave the European Union (EU) shocked British scientists. The European Union enjoys strong support from researchers across United Kingdom academia and industry, with 17% of all U.K. university science contracts now funded by the European Union, accounting for 73% of the growth in U.K. university science budgets in recent years. These EU funds support high-value multinational collaborations. Free movement of researchers within the European Union ensures flow of talent to where it is most needed and helps early career researchers acquire scarce skills. U.K. scientists have enjoyed access to EU research infrastructure and strong influence on shared regulatory systems. Facing potential exclusion from a global science powerhouse that it has done so much to shape, how should the United Kingdom disentangle itself from this 40-year old collaboration? We propose an eight-point plan to limit the immediate damage and to put U.K. science on the front foot in the wake of the Brexit vote.(...) - Science, by Mike Galsworthy & Martin McKee, 06 January 2017

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New York's tuition-free plan sparks debate

New York's governor wants to make public higher education free for most students, setting off new debate on the concept. (...) - Inside Higher Ed, by Rick Seltzer, January 4, 2016

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US universities: Cap senior salaries to boost junior posts

In my view, US universities should be refocusing resources on the next generation of academic researchers. For example, they might consider a cap for salaries derived from university funds and repurpose these resources for support of junior faculty positions.(...) - Nature 541, 30, by Christopher J. Evans, 05 January 2017
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Top UK geneticist faces new inquiry over claims of research misconduct

Top UK geneticist faces new inquiry over claims of research misconduct | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Master of Birkbeck, University of London, Prof David Latchman to be investigated despite being cleared by similar inquiry last year (...) - The Guardian, by Ian Sample, 3 January 2017

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Legislation in two states seeks to eliminate tenure in public higher education

Legislation in two states seeks to eliminate tenure in public higher education | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Legislation in two states seeks to end tenure at public colleges and universities.

Lawmakers in two states this week introduced legislation that would eliminate tenure for public college and university professors. A bill in Missouri would end tenure for all new faculty hires starting in 2018 and require more student access to information about the job market for majors. Legislation in Iowa would end tenure even for those who already have it. (...) - Inside higher Ed, by Colleen Flaherty, January 13, 2017

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Developing social science identities in interdisciplinary research and education

Developing social science identities in interdisciplinary research and education | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

While it is no longer uncommon for social scientists to be included in research groups tackling complex problems in the natural sciences, limited understanding of the different disciplinary areas within the social sciences remains a challenge. Eric Toman describes the approach social science faculties at his university have taken to address this and also outlines how graduate training programmes have been reshaped to balance interdisciplinary breadth with disciplinary depth, allowing students to develop a particular area of expertise while also providing first-hand experiences to help them function effectively within interdisciplinary teams. (...) - Impact of Social Sciences, by Eric Toman, 12/01/2017

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University rankings are innovating and improving

We welcome scrutiny of all university rankings and can agree with some of the opinions put forward by Bahram Bekhradnia for discussion in the recent Higher Education Policy Institute or HEPI report, International University Rankings: For good or ill?.  (...) - University World News, by Phil Baty, 08 January 2017 Issue No:442

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Why most universities should quit the rankings game


We have one simple argument: universities around the world, many more than will ever publicly admit it, are currently obsessed with gaining status in one or more national or global ranking of universities. They should quit now. - University World News, by Philip G Altbach and Ellen Hazelkorn, 08 January 2017 Issue No:442
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[UK] Oxford academics warning of Brexit 'disaster'

[UK] Oxford academics warning of Brexit 'disaster' | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

A "hard Brexit" would be the "biggest disaster" to have hit the UK's universities for many years, a university head told MPs. (...) - BBC News, by Sean Coughlan, 11 January 2017

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Brexit vote drives UK academics to think about leaving

Brexit vote drives UK academics to think about leaving | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Many researchers also object to proposed higher-education reforms, says survey. (...) - Nature, by Daniel Cressey, 9 Janary 2017

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Study finds women don't get same credit men do for co-authored papers

Study finds women don't get same credit men do for co-authored papers | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Study of economics faculty members finds that men get credit where women do not. (...) - Inside higher Ed, by Scott Jaschik, January 9, 2017

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Scholars in the humanities and the sciences should value one another (essay)

Scholars in the humanities and the sciences should value one another (essay) | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Crossing the Gulf of the Two Cultures 


As  we in the humanities defend ourselves, we should not engage in the corollary of denouncing the sciences as unimportant. (...) - Inside Higher Ed, by Ed Simon, January 6, 2017

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German researchers start 2017 without Elsevier journals

In Germany, negotiations between scientific publishing company Elsevier and a consortium of hundreds of universities, technical schools, research institutes, and public libraries stalled in December 2016. As a result, more than 60 institutions have lost their online access to Elsevier's journals effective 1 January, although some can still access archived articles published before that date. The price of the journals is only part of the problem. The consortium wants to move toward a new type of agreement that would make all papers by German authors open access, and it wants to make details of the deal public, a move that Elsevier vehemently opposes. A new round of negotiations is scheduled to start in late January. (...) - Science, by Gretchen Vogel, 6 January 2017

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[Maroc] Enseignement supérieur : Des dotations toujours insuffisantes

[Maroc] Enseignement supérieur : Des dotations toujours insuffisantes | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Les fonds étatiques prévus pour le département de l’Enseignement supérieur avoisinent 9,2 MMDH au cours de l’année 2017 en termes de dépenses de fonctionnement. Les dépenses d’investissement pour les années 2017 et 2018 totalisent 1,14 MMDH. (...) - LesEco.am, par Younes Bennajah, 05/01/2017

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Scientists should not resign themselves to Brexit

Scientists should not resign themselves to Brexit | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Leaving the European Union is not yet a done deal, and UK researchers must look past a pay-off and take a stand, says Colin Macilwain. (...) - Nature, by Colin Macilwain, 04 January 2017

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Let’s talk about #SciComm

Let’s talk about #SciComm | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it


Science communication is a young field with many voices and few guidelines. Let’s find a way to combine our voices in order to protect the integrity of research endeavors, says Judith Reichel. (...) - Naturejobs Blog, by Jack Leeming, 04 Jan 2017
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