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[Suisse] Des professeurs s'élèvent contre le financement privé des universités

[Suisse] Des professeurs s'élèvent contre le financement privé des universités | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

[Audio] Dans leur "Appel de Zurich", 27 professeurs suisses mettent en garde contre le financement des universités par des entreprises privées, a indiqué le Tages Anzeiger jeudi. (...) - RTS info, 28/02/2013

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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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Academies calculate how much Brexit will cost U.K. researchers

Academies calculate how much Brexit will cost U.K. researchers | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

British archaeologists and several other fields may bear the brunt of the separation


Some academic fields in the United Kingdom will have major funding holes to fill once the country leaves the European Union, according to new research commissioned by four U.K. academies. The Academy of Medical Sciences, the British Academy, the Royal Academy of Engineering, and the Royal Society commissioned the Technopolis Group, an independent policy research organization, to find out in detail just how reliant U.K. science is on European funding. The €1.1 billion per year that U.K. research now gets from Europe is, the report found, spread across all academic disciplines it analyzed but some fields will have a tougher time than others finding alternative sources. (...) - Science, by Daniel Clery, May 23, 2017

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[UK] Brexit will 'harm science', say top university leaders

[UK] Brexit will 'harm science', say top university leaders | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Post-Brexit restrictions to research collaborations in Europe will harm scientific progress, a group of leading UK universities has warned. Science and research must be a priority during discussions between UK and EU leaders,  The Russell Group of research intensive universities said there would be “no winners” from a Brexit settlement that introduced new barriers for international researchers. (...) - The Independent, by Rachael Pells, 22 May 2017

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UK political parties promise science funding boost

UK political parties promise science funding boost | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Researchers welcome pre-election promises to raise R&D, implying billions more for science.

UK scientists worried about how Brexit will affect their funding received a boost this week, when the country's three main national parties pledged long-term targets to raise research spending. The announcements came in party manifestos unveiled ahead of national elections in June. (...) - Nature, by Daniel Cressey, 19 May 2017

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Pourquoi les femmes talentueuses disparaissent-elles des universités suisses?

Pourquoi les femmes talentueuses disparaissent-elles des universités suisses? | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Si la parité s’impose au niveau du doctorat, les chercheuses restent dissuadées de franchir la dernière étape de leur formation, soit le post-doc. (...) - swissinfo.ch, par Isobel Leybold-Johnson, 19/05/2017

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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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[US] NEH Statement on Proposed FY 2018 Budget

[US] NEH Statement on Proposed FY 2018 Budget | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

National Endowment for the Humanities Deputy Chair Margaret Plympton released the following statement regarding the agency’s budget: Today the Trump administration released its comprehensive budget for the Federal government for FY 2018. The White House has requested that Congress appropriate approximately $42 million to NEH for the orderly closure of the agency. This amount includes funds to meet matching grant offers in effect as of October 1, 2017, as well as funds to cover administrative expenses and salaries associated with the closure. (...) - Washington, D.C. - May 23, 2017

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[US] What’s in Trump’s 2018 budget request for science?

[US] What’s in Trump’s 2018 budget request for science? | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

President Donald Trump unveiled his full 2018 budget request to Congress today. The spending plan, for the fiscal year that begins 1 October, fleshes out the so-called skinny budget that the White House released this past March. That plan called for deep cuts to numerous research agencies. But it did not include numbers for some key research agencies, such as the National Science Foundation (NSF). ScienceInsider will be scouring today’s budget documents for fresh details. Come back to our rolling coverage for analysis and reaction. (...) - Science, 23 May 2017

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[US] Trump proposes massive cuts to Medicaid and biomedical funding

[US] Trump proposes massive cuts to Medicaid and biomedical funding | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Despite criticism of an earlier draft of the budget proposal, the new proposal indicates the White House is determined to stay its course. (...) - statnews.com, by Rebecca Robbins, May 22, 2017

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[US] Details leaked about the White House's upcoming education budget include proposals to cut science programs and student aid

[US] Details leaked about the White House's upcoming education budget include proposals to cut science programs and student aid | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

The White House's 2018 budget for education — expected to be released next week as part of the administration's full spending proposals — appears to double down on the eye-popping cuts to programs included in the Trump administration's "skinny budget" released in March.(...) - Business Insider UK, by Andrew Kreighbaum, May 19 2017

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