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Does the UK need to spend more on basic research?

Does the UK need to spend more on basic research? | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Recent interventions by high-profile scientists have reignited the debate about whether we spend enough on fundamental research in the UK. Such debates frequently generate more heat than light and may be obscuring the bigger picture (...) - The Guardian, by Kieron Flanagan, 27/02/2013

 

 

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[Canada] Universities call for relaxation of foreign worker rules

Canadian universities have used the temporary foreign worker programme to recruit for approximately a quarter of their new permanent jobs over the last five years, federal government statistics show – and schools are urging the government to relax new rules they say are hurting their ability to recruit internationally, writes Simona Chiose for The Globe and Mail. (...)  - University World News, by The Globe and Mail, 13 February 2015 Issue No:354

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Universities urge MEPs to reject hefty research cuts

The European University Association, or EUA, has called on the European Parliament to reject a plan that would make deep cuts in European research.

The EUA, representing 850 universities with 17 million students, has written to Members of the European Parliament, or MEPs, urging them to block European Commission proposals to cut €2.7 billion (US$3 billion) from the European Research Area budget, particularly in research and innovation under Horizon 2020 (...) - University World News, by Brendan O’Malley, 13 February 2015, Issue No:354

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Les Français paieront trois fois plus cher leur inscription dans une université au Québec

Les Français paieront trois fois plus cher leur inscription dans une université au Québec | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Les étudiants français paieront à compter de septembre trois plus cher leurs frais d'inscription dans les universités québécoises. (...) - La Presse, par Michel Corbei, 12/02/2015

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Déficit de près de 3 milliards $ pour les universités québécoises

Déficit de près de 3 milliards $ pour les universités québécoises | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Les déficits accumulés des universités québécoises ont franchi un nouveau record en 2014, atteignant 2,9 milliards de dollars au 30 avril. (...) - Journal de Montréal, par Kathrine Lamontagne, 12 février 2015

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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] Academies demand central role for research after election

[UK] Academies demand central role for research after election | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

The national academies have urged whoever wins power in the May General Election to place research and innovation at the heart of plans for long-term economic growth.  (...)  - University World News, by Brendan O’Malley, 13 February 2015, Issue No:354

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Les universités maghrébines à l'aube d'une rupture pédagogique

Les universités maghrébines à l'aube d'une rupture pédagogique | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Les universités maghrébines, qui sont dans la même situation et souffrent des mêmes problématiques, sont à l'aube d'une rupture pédagogique, a affirmé, mardi à Marrakech, le président de l'Université Cadi Ayyad de Marrakech (UCAM), Abdellatif Miraoui. (...) - Libération (Maroc), 12/02/2015

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[Algérie] Les enseignants de l'université débrayent

Il s'agit des enseignants de l'université Mouloud-Mammeri de Tizi Ouzou, exerçant dans les différents campus, comme Hasnaoua, Bastos, Tamda, Boukhalfa et Oued Aïssi. La grève a été initiée par le comité de wilaya du syndicat Cnes (Conseil national des enseignants du supérieur). Au lendemain de la visite de travail et d'inspection effectuée par Mohamed Mebarki, ministre de l'Enseignement supérieur et de la Recherche scientifique, les enseignants de l'université Mouloud-Mammeri de Tizi Ouzou ont observé hier une grève. (...) - L'Expression, par Aomar Mohellebi, 12/02/2015

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Excellence: EU research plan may widen gaps

The success of the European Union (EU) Research and Innovation programme depends on achieving critical mass among member states and optimizing each state's research contribution (see also M. Żylicz Nature 517, 438; 2015). This could be difficult, given the wide variation in each state's willingness to participate and in their… (...) - Nature 518, 167 (12 February 2015) doi:10.1038/518167c

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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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