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3 simple distinctions your government should eliminate from its research financing system

3 simple distinctions your government should eliminate from its research financing system | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Governments develop elaborate strategies for documenting, evaluating and re-directing the activities of universities. To satisfy their legitimate need to demonstrate that public funds are being well-spent, those of us who work at universities must accept responsibility for telling about the benefits we offer society. While this should not be difficult, we are at times possibly too abstract for mass communication and that may be why we frequently see politicians pursuing new strategies for quantifying our work — new strategies for counting. (...) - by Curt Rice, November 7, 2013

 

 

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Science gets little attention in Australian budget

Science gets little attention in Australian budget | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Scientists are pleased there are apparently no further cuts.


Blink and you missed it. Science got barely a mention in Australia’s 2016–17 federal budget released yesterday. Total spending won’t be known until someone tallies the line items scattered across government departments. But there is little to suggest any recovery from the $2.2 billion decline in support for science, innovation, and research since 2014. It was “no surprise that there is little new for science in [the] budget,” says Catriona Jackson, CEO of Science and Technology Australia in Canberra, the country’s top scientific society. (...) - Science, by Leigh Dayton, May 4, 2016

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[Algérie] Nombre important de postes budgétaires vacants dans le secteur de l'Enseignement supérieur

Le ministre de l'Enseignement supérieur et de la Recherche scientifique, Tahar Hadjar a indiqué mardi à Alger qu'un "nombre important de postes budgétaires sont vacants" dans son secteur, selon un communiqué de l'Assemblée populaire nationale (APN). M. Hadjar qui a présenté un exposé devant la commission des finances et du budget de l'APN dans le cadre de l'examen du projet de loi portant règlement budgétaire 2013, a précisé que la vacance de ces postes budgétaires était motivée par plusieurs facteurs dont l'"l'absence de candidats qualifiés sur le plan pédagogique dans certaines spécialités". (...) - L'Econews, 3/5/2016

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E.U. urged to free all scientific papers by 2020

E.U. urged to free all scientific papers by 2020 | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Dutch push for a quantum leap in open access .

One of the perks of holding the rotating presidency of the European Union is that it gives a member state a 6-month megaphone to promote its favorite policy ideas. For the Netherlands, which took over the presidency on 1 January, one surprising priority is open access (OA) to the scientific literature. Last week, the Dutch government held a 2-day meeting here in which European policymakers, research funders, librarians, and publishers discussed how to advance OA. The meeting produced an Amsterdam Call to Action that included the ambition to make all new papers published in the European Union freely available by 2020. (...) - Science, by Martin Enserink, Apr. 14, 2016


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European Commission displays at Amsterdam the ambition free all the new scientific articles published in E.U. by 2020 
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Australia’s national labs learn details of staff cuts

Australia’s national labs learn details of staff cuts | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Climate scientists skeptical of plans for new center.


After months of uncertainty, scientists at Australia’s premier research agency today learned their fate. More than 275 jobs will be cut, with climate science taking the biggest hit. Up to 75 jobs will be lopped from the Oceans and Atmosphere division of the Commonwealth Scientific and Technological Organization (CSIRO) as part of a restructuring first announced in February by CSIRO Chief Executive Larry Marshall. (...) - Science Magazine, by Leigh Dayton, Apr 26, 2016

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[SPAIN] Très chères universités publiques

[SPAIN] Très chères universités publiques | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Le pays affiche des frais d’inscription dans l’enseignement supérieur parmi les plus élevés en Europe et de spectaculaires disparités régionales. Etudiants et syndicats réclament la gratuité pour tous. (...) - Courrier International, 22/04/2016

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[Germany] Universities want transparency in links with industry

German university heads have welcomed proposals by the Stifterverband – a network of foundations, businesses and individuals supporting the country’s higher education and research – for improved transparency in collaborations between universities and industry. (...) - University World News, by Michael Gardner, 22 April 2016 Issue No:410
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Québec refuse de s'engager sur les droits de scolarité pour étudiants étrangers

Québec refuse de s'engager sur les droits de scolarité pour étudiants étrangers | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Le gouvernement Couillard refuse de s'engager à ne pas augmenter les droits de scolarité des étudiants étrangers. (...) - La Presse, par Patrice Bergeron, 20/04/2016

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UK government pulls back from rule ‘gagging’ researchers

UK government pulls back from rule ‘gagging’ researchers | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Research-council grants will escape anti-lobbying crackdown, government confirms.


UK university scientists who receive public funds will not be prevented by an ‘anti-lobbying’ rule from speaking about the political implications of their work, the government has confirmed. (...) - Nature, by Daniel Cressey, 19 April 2016

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What is the role of the university in the digital age?

What is the role of the university in the digital age? | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it
Much of the literature on the future of higher education in the digital age has been almost apocalyptic. Predicting the transformation of the sector by "the forces of technology and globalisation", the UK’s Institute for Public Policy Research warned in its 2013 report, An Avalanche is Coming: Higher education and the revolution ahead: "the solid classical buildings of great universities may look permanent but the storms of change now threaten them". (...) - University World News, by President Michael D Higgins, 15 April 2016 Issue No:409
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Recognize the value of social science

Recognize the value of social science | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

A professional body for UK social scientists can help to improve research practice — and not just in public engagement, says Andrew Webster. (...) - Nature, by Andrew Webster, 05 April 2016

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Tenure track lures elite researchers, can hinder women

Tenure track develops elite recruitment but does not provide employment security for post-doctoral candidates in general and reduces the mobility of academic staff, according to a new report on the use of the tenure track system – a job classification indicating that an academic is in the running for a permanent position – in Denmark, China, the Netherlands, Switzerland, Singapore and the United States. (...) - University World News, by Jan Petter Myklebust, 01 April 2016 Issue No:407
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Canadian scientists smile at Liberals' déjà vu budget

The first budget from Prime Minister Justin Trudeau brought smiles to the faces of Canadian scientists last week. The Liberal government's 2015–16 fiscal blueprint pumps up the country's three funding councils after years of static or declining budgets. It also resurrects several initiatives from the last budget of a Liberal government, presented in 2005, before the Conservatives took power under Stephen Harper and launched what many scientists regarded as a "war on science." The new budget includes a host of scientific goodies—and promised more to come—that are part of what Finance Minister Bill Morneau called "a new vision for Canada's economy as a center of global innovation, renowned for its science, technology, resourceful citizens, and globally competitive companies. (...) Science, by Wayne Kondro, 01 Apr, 2016
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[Russia] Science centre to be hybrid of Harvard and Silicon Valley

[Russia] Science centre to be hybrid of Harvard and Silicon Valley | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it
The Russian government has approved a project for the establishment of a large-scale research and technology valley in the centre of Moscow, according to a spokesperson of the Russian Ministry of Education and Science. (...) - University World News, by Eugene Vorotnikov, 31 March 2016 Issue No:407
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[US] Faculty positions: Tenure figures tumble

Academia is moving towards more part-time positions, and fewer tenured ones.

The number of US faculty members who have tenure or are on the tenure track is falling, according to a report by the American Association of University Professors in Washington DC. Over the past 40 years, the proportion of the academic labour force that is in a full-time tenured position has shrunk by one-quarter, and the proportion in tenure-track posts has halved, reports Higher Education at a Crossroads. (...) - Nature 533, 135 (2016)

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Universités américaines : le cauchemar de la dette étudiante

Universités américaines : le cauchemar de la dette étudiante | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Aux États-Unis, des millions d’étudiants sont contraints de s’endetter lourdement pour pouvoir financer leurs études supérieures. Seuls ou avec leur famille, ils empruntent des dizaines de milliers de dollars sur plusieurs années, mais ils ne parviennent pas toujours à rembourser leurs dettes à leur sortie de l’université et sont contraints de démarrer leur vie active […] - Nouvelles de France, par Eric Martin, 30/04/2016

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[Germany] Programme to create ‘Ivy League’ gets extra funds

The programme designed to create a German ‘Ivy League’ will be extended indefinitely, giving a handful of the country’s top universities a yearly bonus of at least €10 million (US$11.3 million) in extra funding, writes Gretchen Vogel for Science. (...) - University World News, by Science29 April 2016 Issue No:411
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Facs: tous les regards se tournent vers l'Asie

Facs: tous les regards se tournent vers l'Asie | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Quatre établissements asiatiques figurent cette année au top 10 des jeunes universités les plus dynamiques du monde. De quoi faire de l’ombre à la traditionnelle domination anglo-saxonne. (...) - Courrier International, 26/4/2016

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[UK] Science could suffer from Brexit – Lords report

A powerful United Kingdom parliamentary committee has warned that Britain could lose high-level strategic influence over not only European but more widely international science policy in the event of a Brexit after the June referendum on continued membership. (...) - University World News, by David Jobbins, 21 April 2016 Issue No:410
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L'indépendance des chercheurs suisses menacée? - SWI swissinfo.ch

L'indépendance des chercheurs suisses menacée? - SWI swissinfo.ch | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it
Presque tous les acteurs de l’industrie pharmaceutique ont passé des contrats avec des universités suisses. Merck Serono s’est notamment offert trois chaires à l’Ecole polytechnique fédérale et bénéficie ainsi d’un droit de regard sur les publications, révèle la télévision suisse alémanique. (...) - SwissInfo, 21/04/2016
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Ministers believe students ‘aren’t getting their money’s worth’ at top universities

Ministers believe students ‘aren’t getting their money’s worth’ at top universities | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Government ministers are questioning whether tuition fee costs of up to £9,000 at some of the UK’s top universities can be justified given the “quality and intensity of teaching.” As reported by The Telegraph, the revelation has come to light after images of a private memo were leaked on Monday as an unnamed official carried meeting notes from Number 10 to the Cabinet Office. (...) The Independent, by Aftab Ali, 19 April, 2016

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Damning report on effectiveness of innovation institute

The European Institute of Innovation and Technology or EIT, set up by the European Union to bring together academic research, science and business, is not as effective as it could be and is beset with management problems, according to a damning new report by the European Court of Auditors.  (...) - University World News, by Yojana Sharma15 April 2016 Issue No:409
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A recipe for change: Creating a more inclusive academy

Although there has been a welcome increase in discussion about gender disparities in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM), broad participation of women from all backgrounds in academic STEM will not be achieved until institutions are transformed. A long-range view is needed to change the rules of the game, such that institutional culture and practices create workplaces where all scientists and engineers want to be. We lay out a six-point plan of what needs to change, who should participate, and how actors outside of the academy should have direct involvement in the process. (...) - Science, by Beth Mitchneck, Jessi L. Smith, Melissa Latimer, 08 April, 2016

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US university dominance challenged by new ranking

The United States’ dominance of the international university rankings is challenged in the latest edition of U-Multirank released on 4 April. Supported by the European Commission, U-Multirank claims to be the largest global university ranking and this year looks in detail at the diversity of strengths of more than 1,300 universities from some 90 countries. (...) - University World News, by Nic Mitchell, 04 April 2016 Issue No:408
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[Sweden] Inquiry proposes ‘non-elitist’ tenure track system

A government inquiry has proposed the introduction of the tenure track position of assistant professor to address the lack of career structure in Swedish universities. However, in the light of research into the impact of tenure track in half a dozen countries around the world – Denmark, China, the Netherlands, Switzerland, Singapore and the USA – as reported in this week’s University World News, the inquiry proposes that employment as an assistant professor should be used “more broadly than as a purely elite track”. (...) - University World News, by Brendan O'Malley and Jan Petter Myklebust, 01 April 2016 Issue No:407
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Le Gouvernement menace les enseignants des universités sénégalaises

Le Gouvernement menace les enseignants des universités sénégalaises | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Le gouvernement, face à la crise universitaire, a enjoint les enseignants de cesser illico presto leur grève et de rejoindre les amphis. Le ministre de l’Enseignement supérieur et de la Recherche, Mary Teuw Niane, et ses collègues ministres, face à la presse, disent ne vouloir plus de grève dans les universités sénégalaises. (...) - senego.com, par Mangoné KA, 31/03/2016

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