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Half of recent UK graduates stuck in non-graduate jobs, says ONS

Half of recent UK graduates stuck in non-graduate jobs, says ONS | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Percentage of recent graduates working in jobs which do not require degree up to 47% from 39% before financial crisis. 

Almost half of recent graduates in the UK are in non-graduate jobs, according to official data that has underscored the challenges facing young people entering the labour market.

The proportion of recent graduates working in jobs for which a higher educational background is not usually required was 47% this year, up sharply from 39% before the financial crisis struck. Most of the increase has come since the 2008/9 recession, the Office for National Statistics said. (...) - By Katie Allen, The guardian, 19 Novembre 2018

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ALLEMAGNE • L'enseignement supérieur, champion de la précarité

ALLEMAGNE • L'enseignement supérieur, champion de la précarité | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Berlin adopte enfin le salaire minimum à 8,50 euros. Mais il serait temps, s'insurge un universitaire, de penser à d'autres catégories, qui n'ont pas le statut de salarié, tels les enseignants chargés de cours qui travaillent pour 2 ou 3 euros de l'heure. (...) - courrier International in Süddeutsche Zeitung, by Peter Grottian, 17/10/2014

   

   
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Europe: Stakeholders discuss university funding futures

More than 200 representatives from universities, national ministries, funding agencies, EU institutions and student bodies from more than 30 countries across Europe met earlier this month to consider university funding issues.

Held at the University of Bergamo in Italy, this was the second funding forum for the European University Association, or EUA, the organisation representing universities and national rectors’ conferences in 47 European countries. (...) - University World News, 15 October 2014

  

  
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Academia and industry: Companies on campus

Academia and industry: Companies on campus | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Housing industry labs in academic settings benefits all parties, say Jana J. Watson-Capps and Thomas R. Cech.

 Pete Mariner works up the hall from his PhD adviser and one floor down from his postdoc adviser, but he does not work in academia. He is a senior scientist at Mosaic Biosciences, a start-up developing synthetic materials to help wounds heal faster, yet his labs are in the University of Colorado Boulder. They are part of the university's BioFrontiers Institute, an interdisciplinary effort to tackle complex biology and forge connections with companies. (..) - Jana J. Watson-Capps & Thomas R. Cech, Nature, 15 October 2014

  
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Global postgraduate student mobility trends to 2024

India will have by far the most tertiary students in the world in 2024 – 48 million against 37 million in China – but China will still be the largest source of mobile postgraduate students, sending 338,000 abroad, according to a just-published study by the British Council. Nigeria will have the world’s strongest growth in outbound postgraduate mobility, at 8.3% a year. (...) - University World News, by Karen MacGregor, 10 October 2014 Issue No:338

  

  
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L'Université du Québec s'oppose à un gel des effectifs

L'Université du Québec s'oppose à un gel des effectifs | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

L'Université du Québec (UQ) et ses établissements demandent à ne pas être assujettis au projet de loi 15 qui impose un gel des effectifs jusqu'à la fin mars 2016. (...) - par Tommy Chouinard, La Presse, 10/10/2014

  

  
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Australian cuts rile researchers

Australian cuts rile researchers | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Political scorn on top of shrinking funds creates hostility between scientists and Tony Abbott’s government. (...) - by Daniel Cressey, Nature, 08 October 2014

  

  
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Japan: Government selects 37 ‘global universities’

Japan’s Education Ministry has said it will help finance the globalisation and personnel training programmes of 37 universities in the country, including the University of Tokyo, to strengthen their international competitiveness, reports Jiji Press.

The selection of the 37 schools as ‘global universities’ comes after the Education Rebuilding Implementation Council set the goal of having at least 10 Japanese universities in the list of the world’s top 100. Applications were submitted by 104 universities. (...) - University World News, by Jiji Press, 03 October 2014 Issue No:337

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How do we assess the impact of internationalisation?

In a world of increasing fiscal constraints, discourses that emphasise measuring impact continue to gain traction.

Most recently, the Scaling Social Impact series by Harvard Business Review and The Bridgespan Group focuses on how organisations can have a greater social impact. In the same vein, the Stanford Social Innovation Reviewalso has a special section on innovative ways to measure an organisation’s impact on various populations. (...) - University World News, by Rahul Choudaha and Bernhard Streitwieser, 03 October 2014 Issue No:337

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Denmark: Minister cuts 4,000 study places with low job prospects

Late last month Danish Minister of Higher Education and Science, Sofie Carsten Nielsen, announced that the number of students admitted to degrees with poor job prospects would be slashed by 4,000 within three years – prompting heated public debate.

On 24 September, in a long opinion article in Politiken, Nielsen wrote that no student should end up “unusable. Higher education has to relate more to the needs of the workforce.” (...) - University World News, by Jan Petter Myklebust, 03 October 2014 Issue No:337

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Germany increases size of student grants

Germany increases size of student grants | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Students in Germany will be eligible for significantly improved benefits and subsidies from the start of the 2016-17 academic year.

The changes, announced in August and described by the federal Education Ministry as "substantial,” will raise the monthly ceiling on the Bafög(a support package that is 50 percent grant, 50 percent means-tested loan) from €670 ($884) to €735 ($926). Rent subsidies and child benefits will also go up. (...) - @insidehighered, by Frances Mechan-Schmidt for Times Higher Education, October 2, 2014

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Battle between NSF and House science committee escalates: How did it get this bad?

Battle between NSF and House science committee escalates: How did it get this bad? | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Staffers get an unprecedented look at confidential material; ranking Democrat lobs new criticism at panel chair.

 

Four times this past summer, in a spare room on the top floor of the headquarters of the National Science Foundation (NSF) outside of Washington, D.C., two congressional staffers spent hours poring over material relating to 20 research projects that NSF has funded over the past decade. Each folder contained confidential information that included the initial application, reviewer comments on its merit, correspondence between program officers and principal investigators, and any other information that had helped NSF decide to fund the project. (...) - by Jeffrey Mervis, Science, 02/10/2014

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Pétition: 5000 chercheurs belges s'inquiètent de la 6ème réforme

Pétition: 5000 chercheurs belges s'inquiètent de la 6ème réforme | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Une pétition de 5000 personnes a été signée, notamment, par le Prix Nobel de physique, François Englert. Elle a été remise hier -mardi- au formateur et premier Ministre pressenti, Charles Michel. Ces scientifiques se disent inquiets par le transfert aux communautés des pôles d'attraction inter-universitaires (PAI). En clair, les travaux gérés et organisés conjointement par des universités francophones et flamandes. (...) - - RTBF Belgique, 01/10/2014

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UK: Top universities battling for students

UK: Top universities battling for students | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Anna Fazackerley: Members of the Russell Group have offered free flights, film passes and even bedding to woo high-achievers. (...) - By Anna Fazackerley, The Guardian, 30 September 2014

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The university experiment: Campus as laboratory

The university experiment: Campus as laboratory | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Innovative ways of teaching, learning and doing research are helping universities around the globe to adapt to the modern world. (...) - Nature, 15 Octobre 2014

   

   
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Compressions budgétaires et gel des effectifs dans les universités: un désastre annoncé !

MONTRÉAL, le 15 oct. 2014 /CNW Telbec/ - La Fédération québécoise des professeures et professeurs d'université (FQPPU) réclame la levée des compressions et du gel des effectifs pour éviter un désastre assuré. Ces mesures d'austérité accrue mettent en péril la viabilité et la qualité des programmes universitaires. Elles entraîneront inévitablement des abolitions de cours et de services aux étudiants ainsi qu'une réduction de l'encadrement pédagogique. Dans ce contexte, il faut craindre une atteinte à la réputation des établissements et une dévalorisation des diplômes. (...) - Fédération québécoise des professeures et professeurs d'université, newswire.ca, 15/10/2014

  
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Europe: Scientists protest cuts, study shows HE funding divide

As scientists across Europe campaign against “vicious” budget cuts, the European University Association published a report last Friday highlighting long-term funding cuts in a majority of countries – some as high as 40% – and an “evolving geographical divide” in terms of higher education investment that it warns is harming Europe’s global competitiveness. (...) - University World News, by Karen MacGregor, 11 October 2014 Issue No:338

  

  
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Russia: Scientists accuse journals of ‘political’ rejections

Leading scientific journals from Europe and the United States have started to groundlessly reject papers written by Russian scientists and postgraduates, according to some well-known researchers of the Russian Academy of Sciences and publishers of physics and chemistry magazines.

Scientists have said that in recent months, many Western journals have started to send back papers written by Russian scientists and graduates without conducting any review – and have speculated that this could be related to sanctions imposed against Russia. (...) -  University World News, by Eugene Vorotnikov, 10 October 2014 Issue No:338

  
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Australia’s universities face ‘inevitable decline’

The peak body representing Australian public universities has called on a Senate committee to back the government’s plans to lift restrictions on vice-chancellors setting their own tuition fees, warning that unless this was done “the performance, competitiveness and reputation of higher education would be condemned to a path of inevitable decline”. (...) - University World News, by Geoff Maslen, 09 October 2014 Issue No:338

  
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[Open letter - Petition for European Researchers] They have chosen ignorance

[Open letter - Petition for European Researchers] They have chosen ignorance | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Scientists from different European countries describe in this letter that, despite marked heterogeneity in the situation of scientific research in their respective countries, there are strong similarities in the destructive policies being followed. This critical analysis, highlighted in Nature and simultaneously published in a number of newspapers across Europe, is a wake-up call to policy makers to correct their course, and to researchers and citizens to defend the essential role of science in society. (...) - Euroscience, 2014

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Toutes les universités allemandes sont désormais gratuites

Toutes les universités allemandes sont désormais gratuites | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Le monde se partage entre deux concepts de l’université : l’un qui impose un minerval astronomique (essentiellement les pays anglo-saxons) et l’autre qui se contente de sommes symboliques par rapport au coût réel d’un étudiant universitaire pour la collectivité. (...) - RTBF, 03/10/2014

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Visualizing World Article Production

Visualizing World Article Production | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

The world production of scientific literature continues to grow, at an annual rate of 2.8% per year, according to the 2014 edition of the National Science Foundation’s Science and Engineering Indicators. The growth rate for each country varies considerably, however.

Between 2001 and 2011, China’s global share of articles rose from 3% to 11%. Brazil and India’s global share also grew by about 1%. In contrast, the United States’ share dropped from 30% to 26%, and Japan’s share fell from 9% to 6%. (...) - by Phil Davies, Scholarly Kitchen, October 3, 2014

 

 

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[US] Fountain of youth: A congressman's plan to make NIH grantees younger

[US] Fountain of youth: A congressman's plan to make NIH grantees younger | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Representative Andy Harris (R–MD) wants to require agency to find ways to lower age of first grant.

 

A member of Congress has waded into the thorny issue of the graying of U.S. biomedical researchers with a radical solution: He wants to order the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to bring down the average age at which new investigators receive their first grant by 4 years within a decade. Not surprisingly, the idea is getting a rocky reception from biomedical research advocates. (...) - by Jocelyn Kaiser, Science, 6 October 2014

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New rankings system from LinkedIn based on employment outcomes of a huge sample

New rankings system from LinkedIn based on employment outcomes of a huge sample | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

LinkedIn has officially joined the jam-packed college rankings party. And with 313 million users, the job networking site has a big data sample both for creating the rankings and for marketing them.

The new ranking system tracks the success of college graduates in eight broad career paths, adding weight for jobs deemed “desirable.” It lists the top 25 institutions in each career category. (...) - by Paul Fain, @insidehighered, October 2, 214

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Why does Switzerland do so well in university rankings?

Why does Switzerland do so well in university rankings? | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Investing heavily in research and science has helped Switzerland move up the rankings. But as Kim Thomas explains, rankings don’t tell the whole story. (...) - by Kim Thomas, The Guardian, 1 October 2014

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One big problem with open access and why the best way to fix it isn't going to work - Curt Rice

One big problem with open access and why the best way to fix it isn't going to work - Curt Rice | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

A recent Wall Street report declares the death of open access. What can we learn from their analysis?

 

There’s a conflict, a tension, an inherent contradiction in the open access movement, and while it could be resolved, that seems increasingly unlikely.

The inconsistency goes like this: the shift to open access publishing started idealistically, with enthusiasm and pressure from the grassroots. The business model for disseminating scientific results would be changed. Instead of putting research into journals that were expensive and exclusive, we would make articles available for free. No charge at all. Ready to be downloaded by anyone with an internet connection. (...) - by Curt Rice, 30/09/2014

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