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[UK] ‘No risk from reforms’ – But universities beg to differ

The 2012 reforms of higher education in England – the switch to higher tuition fees and lower direct state funding – pose no immediate risk to the overall financial health of the country’s universities, says an official report published last week.

But the reportfrom the Higher Education Funding Council for England, or HEFCE, says the changes in funding, coupled with recruitment shortfalls in 2012-13, have led to a wide variation in the financial performance and health of different institutions.(...) - University World News, by David Jobbins, 14 March 2013, Issue No:263

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75% of US scientists and engineers are white. We need diversity to lead on Stem

75% of US scientists and engineers are white. We need diversity to lead on Stem | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

As demand grows for workers trained in science, technology, engineering and math, minorities are the untapped resource we must nurture. (...) - The Guardian, 2 June 2015, by Sophia Shaw

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[US] A global education opens doors, but many are shut out

Employers say that international experience matters in hiring decisions. Chief executives fret that today’s graduates lack the skills to succeed in a global economy. Even the US Secretary of Education Arne Duncan, in recorded remarksto the annual conference in Boston last week of NAFSA: Association of International Educators, called global education a must-have. "In the 21st century," Duncan said, "a quality education is an international education." (...) - University World News, by Karin Fischer, The Chronicle of Higher Education, 29 May 2015 Issue No:369

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E.U. trims Horizon 2020 but spares European Research Council

E.U. trims Horizon 2020 but spares European Research Council | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Commission decides to use €2.2 billion in research money for a new European investment fund (...) - Science, by Tania Rabesandratana, 29 May 2015

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España perdió 11.000 científicos desde el inicio de la crisis

España perdió 11.000 científicos desde el inicio de la crisis | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it
El presupuesto para la ciencia en este país se ha reducido 39% desde 2010 y la falta de recursos comienza a alarmar a las instituciones. (...) - Telegrafo, 27 May 2015

 

 

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[Japan] New RIKEN president hopes to hold on to young stars

[Japan] New RIKEN president hopes to hold on to young stars | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Tenure proposal could provide a path to permanent jobs for talented researchers.

Seven weeks into his presidency of RIKEN, Hiroshi Matsumoto at a press conference on Friday outlined his strategy for restoring luster to the scandal-tarnished network of national laboratories. His big new idea: introducing a tenure track system that would retain the best young researchers now on temporary contracts at RIKEN. (...) - Science, by Dennis Normile, 25 May 2015

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Scientist registry unveils plan to recognize efforts of peer-reviewers

Movement to publicly record peer-reviewing activity gains momentum.

 

A service developed to track the work of researchers will soon be extended to include records of peer review.

More than 1.2 million people have signed up to use ORCID (Open Researcher and Contributor ID), a registry or 'science passport' that allocates users a unique 16-digit identifier and webpage that they can use to record their publications and grants. And on 18 May, ORCID announced that users would soon be able to record on their profile the many different types of peer review they do. ORCID's executive director, Laure Haak, hopes that the initiative will give researchers greater incentive to take part in the peer-review process. (...) - Nature, by Dalmeet Singh Chawla, 22 May 2015

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Science still seen as male profession, according to international study of gender bias

Science still seen as male profession, according to international study of gender bias | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

But the more women in the field, the less people feel this way.

 

Close your eyes and imagine a scientist: peering into a telescope, flicking a glass vial in a lab, or sitting at a computer typing out a grant proposal. Did you picture a man or a woman? The answer depends on where you live, according to a new study. Researchers have found that people in some countries are much more likely to view science as a male profession, with the Netherlands coming in at the top of the list. Regardless of location, though, the stereotype persists that science is for men. (...) - Science, by Rachel Bernstein, 22 May 2015

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[Europe] Bologna progress report says ‘much more to be done’

Much more needs to be done to harmonise Europe’s higher education system, according to a new report into the state of implementation of the Bologna Process across the European Higher Education Area, or EHEA.

This reportprovides strong evidence that quality assurance continues to be an area of dynamic evolution that has been spurred on through the Bologna Process and the development of the EHEA. (...) -  University World News, by Brendan O’Malley, 21 May 2015 Issue No:368

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[Algérie] Université: Tahar Hadjar souligne la nécessité d'"évaluer" le système LMD

[Algérie] Université: Tahar Hadjar souligne la nécessité d'"évaluer" le système LMD | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

ALGER- Le ministre de l'Enseignement supérieur et de la Recherche scientifique Tahar Hadjar a souligné mardi à Alger la nécessité d"évaluer" le système LMD (Licence-master-doctorat) . (...) - Algérie Presse Service, 19/05/2015

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[Zimbabwe] Universities brace for 50% government cuts to salaries

State-owned universities in Zimbabwe have started gearing up for commercialisation of their activities after the cash-strapped government warned that it could cut its salary obligations to state higher education institutions by 50% in the near future. (...) - University World News, by Ceaser Mhukahuru, 15 May 2015

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Key House Republican says 70% of NSF’s research dollars should go to "core" science—not geo or social research

Key House Republican says 70% of NSF’s research dollars should go to "core" science—not geo or social research | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Representative John Culberson spells out new metric for research spending.

 

The congressional noose around research in the social sciences and the geosciences at the National Science Foundation (NSF) got pulled a little tighter today as an influential legislator unveiled a new and controversial budget metric as part of his blueprint for the agency. (...) -  by Jeffrey Mervis, Science, 14 May 2015

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[Canada] Fin de la grève étudiante à l’UQAM

[Canada] Fin de la grève étudiante à l’UQAM | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

La dernière association étudiante en grève à l’UQAM capitule. L’assemblée générale de l’Association facultaire des étudiants en sciences humaines, qui représente quelque 5200 membres, a mis fin à la grève lundi soir. (...) - Le Devoir, par Philippe Orfali, 13 mai 2015

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Australia takes university cash to pay for research facilities

Australia takes university cash to pay for research facilities | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

But overall flat science funding in latest budget is seen as a reprieve after last year’s heavy cuts.

Australia’s government is removing funding from university grants to keep key national research facilities running, its latest budget reveals. (...) - Nature, by David Cyranoski, 13 May 2015

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[Africa] Higher education holds keys to prosperity – Report

In the last two decades, African countries have made considerable progress in the face of global economic downturn. But future growth will depend on development of quality tertiary education, which also holds the continent’s hope for reducing population explosion, according to the African Economic Outlook 2015 published last week. (...) - University World News, by Wachira Kigotho, 29 May 2015 Issue No:369

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[UK] Universities demand new system of grading of degrees

A new international-style grade point average, or GPA, scheme should be introduced to give graduates and employers a more detailed and accurate picture of how individuals performed throughout their studies, according to a new report published on 28 May.

But it should be tested for a trial period of five years alongside traditional degree classifications of first class, upper second (2:1), lower second ( 2:2) and third class, rather than simply replace it, says the report published by the Higher Education Academy on behalf of the GPA Advisory Group. (...) - University World News, by Brendan O’Malley, 29 May 2015 Issue No:369

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Open access "lobby" attacks Elsevier

Open access "lobby" attacks Elsevier | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Academic, library and technology organisations are denouncing a new sharing and hosting policy adopted last month by publisher Elsevier, saying it undermines open access policies at universities and prevents authors from sharing their work.


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Alicia WISE may pretend being surprised by the reaction of "the Open Access Lobby", the new Elsevier policy is meant to intimidate researchers and to combat the rise of institutional repositories which are, from now on, unavoidable, mind her.
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Essay on what's next for European higher education

This month was significant for European higher education, with the Bologna Process Ministerial Conference on May 14-15 in Yerevan, Armenia. This was the ninth conference since June 1999, when the European ministers responsible for higher education signed the Bologna Declaration, which paved the way for the most intense intergovernmental cooperation in higher education policy in the world. (...) - InsideHigherEd, by Manja Klemenčič and Paul Ashwin, May 26 2015

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[Finland] Universities support intention to charge tuition fees

Major Finnish universities expressed their support recently for the incoming government's move to charge tuition fees for university students from outside the European Union or European Economic Area, reports Xinhua. (...) - University World News, by Xinhua, 23 May 2015 Issue No:368

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Au Chili, le gouvernement tente d’apaiser la colère étudiante

Au Chili, le gouvernement tente d’apaiser la colère étudiante | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Dès la rentrée 2016, 260 000 des étudiants les plus pauvres du Chili auront accès aux études gratuitement. Une réforme qui vise la gratuité pour tous en 2020. (...) - Le Monde - AFP, 22/05/2015

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[US] House spending panel does its best to hide large cut to NSF social and geosciences research

[US] House spending panel does its best to hide large cut to NSF social and geosciences research | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Those fields would lose 16% after lawmakers protect other scientific disciplines within a nearly flat budget.

 

A congressional spending panel has proposed a 16% cut in funding next year for the social and geosciences at the National Science Foundation (NSF). But you’ll need a magnifying glass and a calculator to come up with that number. (...) - Science, by Jeffrey Mervis, 22 May 2015

[US] House spending panel does its best to hide large cut to NSF social and geosciences research

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Russia turns screw on science foundation

Russia turns screw on science foundation | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Ministry of Justice labels Dynasty Foundation a ‘foreign agent’. 

 

Since this article was published on 20 May, Russia’s Ministry of Justice has officially labelled the Dynasty Foundation, modern Russia’s first private science funding organization, a ‘foreign agent’.  In a brief statement released on 25 May, the ministry said that the foundation would be added to the list of foreign agents after “planned documentary checks”.(...) - Nature, by Quirin Schiermeier, 2015/05/20 updated 28 May 2015

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[Sweden] Inequity persists in top universities, says report

There is a significant correlation between the quality of higher education undertaken and the income of graduates ten years after graduating, a new report says. But access to the top universities is still heavily weighted in favour of students from families with a higher level of education. (...) - University World News, by Jan Petter Myklebust, 15 May 2015 Issue No:367

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UK universities slow to publish reports of misconduct investigations

Few institutions have followed research integrity guidelines to the letter.

 

Just a fraction of universities in the United Kingdom have made public the extent of their investigations into research misconduct, a survey has found — even though all have been told that they should do so. (...) - by Elizabeth Gibney, Nature, 14 May 2015

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[UK] What we learned from occupying our university

[UK] What we learned from occupying our university | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Our occupation at the London School of Economics ended successfully, but the global free education movement will continue. (...) - The Guardian, 13 May 2015

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India: The fight to become a science superpower

India: The fight to become a science superpower | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it
Despite great strides in some areas of research and development, the nation still has a long way to go.

 

With her jeans, T-shirt and spirited attitude, Tapasya Srivastava could pass for a student as she works in her brightly lit cancer-biology lab on the University of Delhi South Campus. Srivastava, who oversees a team of eight researchers, is thrilled that she earned “a small research space of my own” in 2010, while still in her thirties. “With a decent list of publications under my belt, I am one of the few who have studied and undergone training entirely in India,” she says. (...) - Nature, by T. V. Padma, 13 May 2015

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