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Erasmus is key to Europe’s future – Don’t diminish it

The economic situation in Europe has hit young people very hard. A good education that prepares them for a world that is increasingly fast-moving, mobile, interdependent and multicultural is fundamental to ensuring they do not become a 'lost generation'.

Over the past 25 years, the European Union's (EU) Erasmus programme has allowed nearly three million young Europeans to study abroad. More recently, Erasmus has also supported job placements in companies abroad. (...) - University World News, by

Gerard Byrne, 25 November 2012, Issue No:249

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Les universités israéliennes face à un besoin urgent de financements

Les universités israéliennes face à un besoin urgent de financements | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Un chercheur souligne que s’appuyer sur des fonds étrangers ne permet pas le développement de la technologie israélienne (...) - The Times of Israel, par David Shamah, 23/03/2015

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D'autres associations étudiantes de l'Université Laval votent pour la grève

D'autres associations étudiantes de l'Université Laval votent pour la grève | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

D'autres étudiants de l'Université Laval ont voté en faveur de la grève au cours des dernières heures. Ils commenceront à débrayer à compter de demain ou de lundi. (...) - Le Soleil, par Élisabeth Fleury, 20/03/2015

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[Africa] Harmonisation of higher education speeds up

Delegates attending the African Higher Education Summit held in Dakar, Senegal, agreed to promote harmonisation of the continent’s higher education systems through accreditation and mutual recognition of degrees, diplomas and certificates. (...) - University World News, by

Wachira Kigotho, 20 March 2015 Issue No:359
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[Ukraine] Science is at the heart of the reform process

Last summer, a new higher education law was finally passed. It was a true victory for the academic community, civil society and the revolution.

University World Newshas addressed the issues around the passing of the law many times. Work is currently focusing on the implementation of this law, which aims to give Ukrainian universities more academic, financial and organisational autonomy. But the reality is not straightforward (...) - University World News, by Serhiy Kvit,  20 March 2015 Issue No:359

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[Australia] Reform vote leaves universities uncertain of funding

An inept government and its even more inept education minister have left the nation’s vice-chancellors uncertain where their future funding will come from after the senate rejected a higher education reform bill for the second time. (...) - University World News, by Geoff Maslen, 18 March 2015 Issue No:359

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Cancer institute plans new award for staff scientists

Cancer institute plans new award for staff scientists | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Move aimed at stabilizing biomedical research labs during tight budget times.

 

The U.S. National Cancer Institute (NCI) plans to test an idea aimed at bringing stability to biomedical research labs: an award to support scientists who want to spend their careers doing research but don’t want to be the harried principal investigator (PI) who runs the lab and chases research grants. (...) - by Jocelyn Kaiser, Science, 16 March 2015

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Valérie Pécresse Docteur Honoris Causa de l’UCAD : une provocation puérile, ridicule et inutile ( Saes)

Valérie Pécresse Docteur Honoris Causa de l’UCAD : une provocation puérile, ridicule et inutile ( Saes) | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Grâce à la mobilisation des étudiants et profs sénégalais, Pécresse n'a pu pavoiser à l'université Cheikh Anta Diop de Dakar, à l'endroit même où Sarkozy avait déclaré en 2007 que "L'Homme africain n'est pas assez rentré dans l'Histoire". Elle a dû se réfugier à l'hôtel sous bonne escorte ! (...)  - Collectif PAPERA, 15/03/2015

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The 2015 Salary Survey Is Here

The 2015 Salary Survey Is Here | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Answer some brief questions and help us determine the most current salary data for life scientists. (...) - The Scientist, March 13, 2015

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L'Université Laval sommée de verser les droits d'auteur impayés

L'Université Laval sommée de verser les droits d'auteur impayés | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

De nombreux écrivains québécois réputés s'allient pour sommer l'Université Laval de revoir sa décision de ne pas renouveler l'entente qui la lie à Copibec pour le...(...) - La Presse, par Hugo Pilon-Larose, 10/03/2015

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Les bibliothèques universitaires forcées de couper dans l'achat de livres

Les bibliothèques universitaires forcées de couper dans l'achat de livres | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

En plus de subir des compressions budgétaires, les bibliothèques universitaires québécoises sont victimes de la hausse du coût des abonnements aux revues scientifiques électroniques cette année. Cette augmentation oscille entre 7 et 13 %, dépendamment des établissements. Résultat : plusieurs bibliothèques ont dû se désabonner à des journaux, réduire les achats d'ouvrages et même procéder à des mises à pied. (...) - Radio-Canada.ca, par Marie-Eve Cousineau, 5 mars 2015

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For ‘New York Times,’ online education remains a branding opportunity

For ‘New York Times,’ online education remains a branding opportunity | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Last month's announcement that The New York Times Company would launch an education initiatives may have had a familiar ring to it. The company has spent close to a decade trying to turn the newspaper’s vast institutional knowledge into knowledge higher education institutions and students want to buy. (...) - @insidehighered, by Carl Straumsheim, March 4, 2015

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Canadian Funding Agencies Release Open Access Policy

Canadian Funding Agencies Release Open Access Policy | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Canada's three largest funding agencies on Friday released joint guidelinesto ensure open-access publication of the research they support. Called the Tri-Agency Open Access Policy on Publications, the guidelines will require all peer-reviewed publicly funded research be made available for free online within 12 months of publication. The policy encompasses research funded by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research, the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada, and the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, and will go into effect May 1. (...) - @insidehighered, March 2, 2015

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[UK] Universities 'impose illegal contracts on students'

University students can have their fees increased or their degree course altered on a whim as a result of unfair contract terms imposed by British universities, according to a recent investigation, writes Kate Palmer for The Telegraph. (...) - University World News, The Telegraph, 27 February 2015, Issue No:356

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Europe's research commissioner lays out his ambitions

Europe's research commissioner lays out his ambitions | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Carlos Moedas on European funding models, diplomacy and scientific advice.

 

ast November, Portuguese engineer-turned-economist Carlos Moedas was plucked from managing his country’s budget-cutting austerity programme to take charge of the research portfolio at the European Commission in Brussels. (...) - Nature, by Alison Abbott & Philip Campbell, 23 March 2015

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Big legal win for academic free speech in Europe

Big legal win for academic free speech in Europe | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

University staff must be free to criticize senior management and expose wrongdoing without fear of dismissal or disciplinary action, the European Court of Human Rights has ruled. (...) - THE via @insidehighered, by Jack Grove, March 20, 2015

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European research head defends plan to tap Horizon 2020

European research head defends plan to tap Horizon 2020 | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

LONDON—The head of the Horizon 2020 research budget tried today to blunt criticism of a plan to take €2.7 billion from the European Commission’s research budget and put it into an investment fund for economic recovery.

During a visit here, Carlos Moedas assured the Royal Society’s Paul Nurse and other scientific leaders that the idea would spur research as well as innovation. (...) - Science, by Erik Stostad, 23/03/2015

 

 

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NSF unveils plan to make scientific papers free

NSF unveils plan to make scientific papers free | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

As expected, agency will link abstracts to papers on journals’ websites.

 

The National Science Foundation (NSF) today released a long-anticipated policy that will require its grantees to make their peer-reviewed research papers freely available within 12 months of publication in a journal. The agency is not creating its own public archive of full-text papers, but instead will send those searching for papers to publishers’ own websites. (...) -Science, by Jocely Kaiser, 18 March 2015

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Dutch student protests ignite movement against management of universities

Dutch student protests ignite movement against management of universities | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Students and staff call for a ‘new university’ movement with greater democratisation of higher education and transparency of finances (...) - The Guardian, by Jonathan Gray, 17 March 2015

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[Canada] Pour une politique de recherche et d’innovation durable

[Canada] Pour une politique de recherche et d’innovation durable | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Il y a quatre conditions essentielles à remplir pour une activité de recherche universitaire de calibre mondial

 

Depuis quelque temps, certaines décisions de nos gouvernements en matière de recherche suscitent mon inquiétude, que ce soit celles portant sur le financement des universités, sur le caractère plus orienté de la recherche universitaire ou encore sur le soutien aux organismes de culture scientifique. On se doit de rappeler à nos gouvernements qu’il existe certains grands principes essentiels à une activité de recherche universitaire de calibre mondial dans nos pays développés. (...) - Le Devoir, 16/03/2015

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Enseignement supérieur en Afrique: des experts soulignent l’importance de l’autonomie et de l’innovation

Enseignement supérieur en Afrique: des experts soulignent l’importance de l’autonomie et de l’innovation | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

L'importance de l'autonomie et de l'innovation dans les universités a été soulignée par des experts en marge du Sommet sur l'enseignement supérieur en Afrique qui s'est tenu du 10 au 12 mars à Dakar.
Pour le professeur Albert Ondo Ossa, ancien ministre gabonais de l'Education, "l'université est un bien sous tutelle où il n'y a pas d'administration directe du gouvernement parce que l'ordre académique prime sur l'ordre administratif". (...) - Abidjan.net, 14 mars 2015

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Université Laval : le mandat de grève inquiète

Des étudiants contre la grève à l’Université Laval ont l’impression de revivre des dénis de démocratie dignes du printemps érable. (...) - Journal de Montréal, par Geneviève Lajoie, 13/03/2015

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[Algérie] Le ministre de l'Enseignement supérieur annonce la "révision" du système LMD

[Algérie] Le ministre de l'Enseignement supérieur annonce la "révision" du système LMD | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

LMD, c'est fini? Pas si sûr, mais l'annonce du ministre de l'Enseignement supérieur laisse penser que le système d'enseignement va s'améliorer. Le LMD sera "adapté aux réalités algériennes", a déclaré Mohamed Mebarki samedi à l'ouverture de la conférence sur les universités.(...) - HuffPost Algérie, 08/03/2015

 

 

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Physical scientists offer outside-the-box idea for funding U.S. basic research

Physical scientists offer outside-the-box idea for funding U.S. basic research | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Researchers float idea of National Research Bank, a $100 billion endowment.

 

SAN ANTONIO, TEXAS—Researchers across the United States are well aware that times are tight. Despite a recent budget proposal from the Obama administration to increase spending on federal R&D by 7% next year, dollars flowing to research have largely been flat in recent years, and declining when inflation is taken into account. The long-term outlook is even worse. Growing federal commitments to Medicare, Medicaid, social security, and interest on the federal debt continue to chew up a greater proportion of the federal budget. The money for “discretionary” items that’s left over—including R&D—is expected to drop to 23% of the federal budget by 2040, down from 67% in 1970 and 36% in 2012. So it’s perhaps no surprise that basic researchers are beginning to look for new sources of support. (...) - Science, by Robert F. Service, 4 March 2015

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Does the European Researchers Charter deserve its birthday cake?

Does the European Researchers Charter deserve its birthday cake? | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

On the 3rd of March 2015, university heads from around Europe will gather in Brussels to celebrate the 10th birthdayof the European Charter for Researchers and the Code of Conduct for the Recruitment of Researchers . A decade after the charter’s launch, it boasts over 600 signatories. EuroScientist examines if anything has really changed for scientists since its introduction; and whether the charter has fulfilled its mission. The verdict is somewhat disappointing. This is especially true at a time where scientists need protection from precarious research positions and need better structured career paths. (...) - EuroScientist Webzine, by Fiona Dunlevy, 03/03/2015

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[UK] Labour pledge to cut tuition fees is stupid, Lib Dem Ed Davey claims

[UK] Labour pledge to cut tuition fees is stupid, Lib Dem Ed Davey claims | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Energy secretary says he would block policy if party is in coalition after election, in sharp contrast to Lib Dem 2010 pledge to abolish fees altogether (...) - The Guardian, Patrick Wintour, 1 March 2015

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