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Les universités anglaises se lancent à l’assaut du Net

Pour concurencer les Etats-Unis, à la pointe dans ce domaine, des universités britanniques lancent une plateforme en ligne où leurs cours seront disponibles gratuitement. (...) - Le Figaro, par Quentin BlancPublié le 18/12/2012

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How to avoid the stigma of a retracted paper? Don't call it a retraction

How to avoid the stigma of a retracted paper? Don't call it a retraction | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

New terms would make it easier for researchers to correct the literature after an honest mistake (...) - Science, by Martin Enserink, June 7 2017

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[Asia] The changing shape of global higher education geopolitics

The launch of the Asian Universities Alliance or AUA in Beijing on 29 April 2017 represents a significant milestone in the changing geopolitics of global higher education. The new alliance is comprised of 15 institutions from 14 countries across the region. Six of the institutions rank in the top 10 of the Times Higher Education Asia University Rankings 2017. (...) - University World News, by Andrew Gunn and Michael Mintrom, 02 June 2017 Issue No:462
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The Demolition of American Education

The Demolition of American Education | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Donald Trump and Betsy DeVos’s proposed budget for the US Department of Education is a boon for privatization and a disaster for public schools and low-income college students. They want to cut federal spending on education by 13.6 percent. Some programs would be eliminated completely; others would face deep reductions. They want to cut $10.6 billion from existing programs and divert $1.4 billion to charter schools and to vouchers for private and religious schools. This budget reflects Trump and DeVos’s deep hostility to public education and their desire to shrink the Department of Education, with the ultimate goal of getting rid of it entirely. (...) - nybooks.com, by Diane Ravitch, 2017/06/05

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How to get scientists and politicians talking the same language

How to get scientists and politicians talking the same language | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

It is time we closed the gulf between science and politics in an age when the impact of technology on society is coming thick and fast, says David Willetts (...) - New Scientist, by David Willetts, May 30 2017

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[Belgique] Les passerelles entre hautes écoles et universités vont être facilitées

[Belgique] Les passerelles entre hautes écoles et universités vont être facilitées | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Guillaume Giansante a 28 ans. Il est originaire du Hainaut. Morlanwez. Dans son coin, on ne se bouscule pas pour s’inscrire à l’université. (...) - L'Echo, par Nathalie Bamps, 30/05/2017

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German universities oppose plan to compete on teaching quality

German universities oppose plan to compete on teaching quality | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

But plan could still go forward.


German universities have emphatically rejected a proposal that they fear could mean competing for funding on the basis of their teaching quality, but the plan is not off the table.  (...) - Inside Higher Ed, by David Matthews, May 26 2017

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[US] Are micro-campuses a new model for international HE?

With an estimated 400 million people in developing countries lacking access to a higher education, United States universities seeking to internationalise have only scratched the surface of the opportunity to help meet the world’s need for affordable, globally accessible and high-quality education. (...) - University World News, by Brent White, 26 May 2017 Issue No:461
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[US] NIH scales back plan to curb support for big labs after hearing concerns

[US] NIH scales back plan to curb support for big labs after hearing concerns | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Number of well-funded investigators affected by proposed cap has dropped in half (...) - Science, by Jocelyn Kaiser, May 26, 2017

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[US] Trump’s Budget Forgets That Science Is Insurance for America

[US] Trump’s Budget Forgets That Science Is Insurance for America | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

The President's proposed budget guts scientific research and protection, because it either doesn't know what science is for, or doesn't care. (...) Wired, by Adam Rogers, 05/25/2017

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How NSF cut 11% from its budget

How NSF cut 11% from its budget | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Agency officials say flexibility and protecting the core were the keys


Last fall’s divisive presidential campaign was still underway when Jim Olds, who leads the biology directorate at the National Science Foundation (NSF) in Arlington, Virginia, began worrying that the agency could soon be facing a serious budget crunch. It was already under a government-wide spending freeze, and Olds wanted to be prepared if things got worse. So he asked his staff to begin thinking about how to handle a 20% cut in the directorate’s $724 million budget.(...) - Science, by Jeffrey Mervis, May 25, 2017

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Ongoing Negotiations between Elsevier and German Universities and Scientific Organizations

Ongoing Negotiations between Elsevier and German Universities and Scientific Organizations | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Despite interim measures allowing for limited subscription journal access, a comprehensive agreement between Elsevier and German academic institutions remains elusive. (...) - Blog Open Science, by Pablo Markin, May 25, 2017

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Peering Into Peer Review | Library Babel Fish

Peering Into Peer Review | Library Babel Fish | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

A recent hoax is the latest among many tests of peer review. What should we learn from it? (...) Blog Inside Higher Ed 'Library Babel Fish', by Barbara Fister, May 24, 2à17

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Colombian biologist cleared of criminal charges for posting another scientist’s thesis online

Colombian biologist cleared of criminal charges for posting another scientist’s thesis online | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Diego Gómez had faced up to eight years in jail in closely watched copyright case whose verdict has been appealed.


A Colombian biologist who faced a criminal trial for posting another scientist’s thesis online has been cleared of copyright violation — an offence that, under Colombian law, might have brought him a jail sentence. Diego Gómez Hoyos was handed down his ‘not guilty’ verdict on 24 May by a judge in Bogotá, although the prosecutor in the case has appealed the decision. (...) - Nature, by Michl Catanzaro, 24 May 2017

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Romanian scientists rebel against a power grab by their government

Romanian scientists rebel against a power grab by their government | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Science minister Șerban Valeca has appointed loyalists to four councils and limited foreign influence (...) - Science, by Alexandra Nistoroiu, June 6, 2017

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[US] NIH plan to reduce overhead payments draws fire

[US] NIH plan to reduce overhead payments draws fire | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

White House wants to reduce indirect payments from 28% to 10% (...) - Science, by Jocelyn Kaiser, June 2, 2017

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For women in science, the challenges are personal

For women in science, the challenges are personal | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

When Emily Levesque was 2 years old, her older brother was assigned a school project on Halley’s Comet. It was 1986, and the comet was visible in the night sky when it was clear, so one night, her whole family went to the backyard. But Levesque was scared of the dark. (...) - crosscut.com, by Praphanit Doowa, 31 May 2017

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Crowd-based peer review can be good and fast

Crowd-based peer review can be good and fast | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Confidential feedback from many interacting reviewers can help editors make better, quicker decisions, explains Benjamin List. (...) - Nature, by Benjamin List, 30 May 2017

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[Thailand] 75% of universities in danger of closing – Expert

An education expert has warned that three quarters of Thai universities are at risk of closing over the next decade due to low enrolment and increased competition from foreign rivals, writes Dumrongkiat Mala for Bangkok Post. (...) - University World News, by  Bangkok Post, 26 May 2017 Issue No:461
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[UK] Pledge to abolish university tuition fees needs honing

The UK Labour Party wants to abolish higher education tuition fees for students in England if it wins the general election next month. From as early as this September students would no longer be subject to the highest tuition fees on average of any country in the world.  (...) - University World News, by Graeme Atherton, 26 May 2017 Issue No:461
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[Australia] International student numbers up 15% on last year

Australia has bolstered its popularity as a world class education destination with new data showing international student numbers jumped up by 15% in the first three months of this year compared to 2016. Minister for Education and Training Simon Birmingham said the surging international student numbers came on top of growth of around 10.5% since the Coalition government came to power in 2013. (...) - University World News, 26 May 2017 Issue No:461 Partager
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[Algeria] Ministry to close 25% of its research laboratories

The Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research has announced the dissolution of 25% of the research laboratories in the country following a “thorough and complete” evaluation of the structure of the current national research system.  (...) - University World News, by Laeed Zaghlami, 26 May 2017 Issue No:461
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UK faces biomedical ‘brain drain’, study warns

UK faces biomedical ‘brain drain’, study warns | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

One in three scholars in field ‘deeply concerned’ about future research career prospects (...) - Times Higher Education, 14 May 2017

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Higher Education and Research Bill passed by UK parliament

Higher Education and Research Bill passed by UK parliament | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Bill to further market approach in England backed by MPs and Lords (...) - Times Higher Education, May 25, 2017

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[US] White House budget includes tens of billions in cuts to student aid and research

[US] White House budget includes tens of billions in cuts to student aid and research | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

White House plan confirms drastic cuts to many programs while proposing to substantially alter loan programs.


The Trump administration released a 2018 budget proposal Tuesday that delivered on expectations for drastic cuts to student aid programs and university-based research while substantially reshaping federal student loan programs.(...) - Inside Higher Ed, by Andrew Kreighbaum, May 24, 2017

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Reproducible Research, Just Not Reproducible By You

Reproducible Research, Just Not Reproducible By You | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

What happens when an experiment is correct, but it's really hard to replicate? Are there research results that are accurate but not reproducible? (...) - The Scholarly Kitchen, by David Crotty, May 23 2017

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