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[Japan] What price will science pay for austerity?

Across Japan, early-career researchers face an uncertain future, as universities reduce the number of permanent staff positions and shunt more faculty into short-term contracts, writes Ichiko Fuyuno for NatureIndex (...) - University World News, by NatureIndex, 24 March 2017 Issue No:452
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Push for foreign students to stay on to work in Japan

Push for foreign students to stay on to work in Japan | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it
Japan is hiring foreign talent and it is now a top priority that international students attending Japanese universities stay on in the country, with the government offering new incentives such as subsidised company internships, help with finding jobs on graduation, stepped-up Japanese language courses and more streamlined processes for work visas after graduation.  (...) - University World News, by Suvendrini Kakuchi, 17 March 2017 Issue No:451
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What Trump’s Budget Outline Would Mean for Higher Ed

What Trump’s Budget Outline Would Mean for Higher Ed | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

President Trump’s "skinny budget," which is just an opening offer in the budget-writing process, proposes cuts in several agencies and programs. (...) - Chronicle, March 16, 2017

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[Canada] Universities adapt to student flight from humanities

Over the last decade, students have fled the humanities. In response, universities have cancelled individual courses, or entire specialised humanities programmes. Instead of hiring tenure-track professors to replace retiring faculty, they make do with less, or turn to sessional instructors who teach when and if there is demand, writes Simona Chiose for The Globe and Mail. (...) - University World News, by The Globe and Mail, 11 March 2017 Issue No:450
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[Norway] In search of a new form of university governance

In Norway there is a growing resistance to university reforms and the present approach to governance is being dubbed 'New Public Management'. The term is not used consistently by everybody discussing it, but it is increasingly becoming synonymous with almost everything that critics do not like in universities.  (...) - University World News, by Jan Petter Myklebust, 10 March 2017 Issue No:450
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[Brazil] Affirmative action students equal or outperform peers

Brazilian university students who are awarded quotas for race and low income or receive specific scholarships or loans have similar or better academic results than their classmates, according to a recent study, thus disproving the argument in Brazil that quota receivers displace better-qualified students and become worse professionals. (...) - University World News, by María Elena Hurtado, 10 March 2017 Issue No:450
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[Canada] L’Université de Sherbrooke s’entend avec ses professeurs

[Canada] L’Université de Sherbrooke s’entend avec ses professeurs | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Deux ans de conflit et 11 journées de grève plus tard, les professeurs ont entériné mardi soir à 82% l’entente de principe qui leur a été présentée par l’employeur. (...) - Le Devoir, par Philippe Orfali, 08/03/2017

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Are universities finally waking up to the value of copyright?

Are universities finally waking up to the value of copyright? | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Whereas a large majority of universities have been proactive about claiming ownership of intellectual property such as patents or teaching materials, only a small percentage have been similarly assertive about copyright. However, amidst continued debate over the affordability of and access to scholarly communication, what practical attempts have been made to retain copyright within the academy rather than assign it to publishers? Elizabeth Gadd has examined copyright policies at 81 UK universities and found that, while a majority still relinquish copyright in scholarly works, an encouraging 20% of university policies sought to share rights with academic staff through licensing. Moreover, the development of a UK equivalent to ‘Harvard-style’ open access policies should help further coordinate efforts to retain copyright within the academy. (...) - Blog LSE 'Impact of Social Sciences', by Elizabeth Gadd, 2017/03/06

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Some academics worry that new tools enable plagiarism to bypass detection

Some academics worry that new tools enable plagiarism to bypass detection | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Programs that promote themselves as helping students paraphrase may be helping them plagiarize, researcher warns. (...) - Inside Higher Ed, by John Elmes, 2017/03/03

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[Canada] Redefining the role of the university in the Trump era

The last few weeks have been tremulous for Canada. The new leadership in the United States is changing all rules and no one knows for certain how far the changes will go. In the world of higher education, universities are trying to determine what the impact will be.  (...) - University World News, by Bruno Vompean and Grace Karram, 24 February 2017 Issue No:448
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Why British universities are unlikely to accept invitation to set up campuses in France

Why British universities are unlikely to accept invitation to set up campuses in France | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Paris consortium hopes to lure UK institutions with promise of access to European research funds after Brexit. (...) - Nature, by Barbara Casassus & Daniel Cressey, 22 Feb 2017

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[UK] More than nine in 10 universities restrict free speech

More than nine in 10 universities in the United Kingdom are restrictive of free speech, according to a new report that raises concerns over the issue of censorship on campuses, writes Rachael Pells for the Independent. (...) - University World News, by Independent, 17 February 2017 Issue No:447
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Top U.S. universities host 10,000 students and researchers from nations covered by Trump travel ban

Top U.S. universities host 10,000 students and researchers from nations covered by Trump travel ban | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

AAU backs suit against executive order


Sixty top U.S. research universities have roughly 10,000 students and researchers on campus from the seven countries covered in the travel ban announced last month by President Donald Trump. (...) - Science, by Jeffrey Mervis, Feb. 17, 2017

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[Canada] Vers un Conseil des universités doté de réels pouvoirs

[Canada] Vers un Conseil des universités doté de réels pouvoirs | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Un groupe de travail recommande la création d’un Conseil des universités doté d’une série de pouvoirs, dont celui de forcer les universités et le ministère de l’Enseignement supérieur à ouvrir leurs livres pour rendre des comptes sur leur efficacité. (...) - Le Devoir, par Dave Noël, 24/03/2017

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[US] Trump’s NIH budget may include reducing overhead payments to universities

[US] Trump’s NIH budget may include reducing overhead payments to universities | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Academia says payments essential to high-quality research (...) - Science, by Jocelyn Kaiser, March 17 2016

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L’omertà des universités suisses

L’omertà des universités suisses | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Quel est l’avenir des universités suisses ? La Confédération a ratifié les accords de Bologne, issus des négociations des ministres européens de l’éducation menées en 1999, et dont le but était l’harmonisation de l’enseignement supérieur tout en renforçant la mobilité des étudiants et en facilitant la reconnaissance des diplômes. Ces objectifs ont été atteints en partie avec, pour conséquence, une explosion des tâches administratives pour les corps enseignants. [...] - Blog Le Temps, 16/03/2017

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[Japan] Debate heats up over free higher education plan

Discussions are heating up within the ruling Liberal Democratic Party over how the government should procure funds to make universities and junior colleges tuition-free after Prime Minister Shinzo Abe expressed his willingness in his January policy speech to make it happen, reports The Yomiuri Shimbun. (...) - University World News, by The Yomiuri Shimbun, 11 March 2017 Issue No:450
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Americans don’t understand the point of universities, according to 90% of university heads

Americans don’t understand the point of universities, according to 90% of university heads | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

“Disconnect” and “misunderstanding” are two words increasingly being bandied about by political scientists and news commentators to describe the state of social affairs in the US. In the era of president Donald Trump, college campuses are one of the clearest examples of the level of division around. (...) - Quartz, Amy X Wang, March 10 2017

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International students worth £25 billion to UK economy

International students studying in the United Kingdom now generate more than £25 billion (US$30 billion) for the economy and provide a significant boost to regional jobs and local businesses, according to new figures. (...) - University World News, by 08 March 2017 Issue No:450
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[Taiwan] New guidance on university tie-ups with mainland China

New guidelines are to be drafted by Taiwan’s Ministry of Education for university agreements with institutions in mainland China after a controversy erupted recently over universities signing agreements not to teach 'sensitive' subjects that criticise Beijing policies as a condition of taking in mainland exchange students. (...) - University World News, by Mimi Leung and Yojana Sharma, 07 March 2017 Issue No:450
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The Emergence (and Perils) of Income-Targeted Free Tuition

The Emergence (and Perils) of Income-Targeted Free Tuition | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Targeted free tuition makes lots of sense, but it really does need to be targeted. (...) - Inside Higher Ed, by Alex Usher, March 5, 2017

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Quand les universités américaines creusent les inégalités

Quand les universités américaines creusent les inégalités | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

En 2014, la dette étudiante a dépassé les mille milliards de dollars aux Etats-Unis. Elle n’a cessé d’augmenter depuis. Alors que les frais de scolarité des universités américaines atteignent des s… (...) - franceinfo, 03/03/2017

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Undergraduate research would benefit from better comparative data, says Academies panel

Undergraduate research would benefit from better comparative data, says Academies panel | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Opportunities for students abound, but researchers don’t know what works best.


More data about what works are needed to sustain the growing popularity of having undergraduates take part in research. That’s the conclusion of a report released yesterday by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine, which notes that the lack of understanding of what makes these experiences effective makes it difficult to know how to improve these programs.(...) - Science, by Maggie Kuo, Feb 24 2017

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[Canada] L'UdeS adopte la ligne dure envers ses professeurs

[Canada] L'UdeS adopte la ligne dure envers ses professeurs | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

L'Université de Sherbrooke adopte la ligue dure dans ses négociations avec son corps professoral en mettant en demeure le Syndicat des professeurs et professeure (...) - La Presse, par Charles Beaudoin, 21/02/2017

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[UK) Against a managerialist approach to higher education

Universities worldwide are increasingly under pressure to demonstrate their educational quality through performance-oriented evaluation procedures. But how do academics and students understand the concept of quality and what is their experience of quality evaluation?  (...) - University World News, by Ming Cheng, 17 February 2017 Issue No:447
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