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A new academic underclass: the adjunct committee member (essay) | Inside Higher Ed

A new academic underclass: the adjunct committee member (essay) | Inside Higher Ed | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

I’ve recently come full circle to where I started my academic life: I am once again working as an adjunct professor. Last December, I left my full-time, tenured position at a small liberal arts/ professional college. I was ready for an early retirement from my institution (even if it didn’t come with an enticement package) -- but I wasn’t ready to stop teaching. Just lately, I’ve been contemplating putting together a proposal offering my services for a new position, which I will unveil here. But first I need to explain how I reached this point. (...) - By Carolyn Foster Segal, Inside Higher Ed, October 18, 2012

 

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L'université de Cambridge fait son entrée en Bourse

La prestigieuse université est désormais cotée à la Bourse de Londres, après avoir effectué sa première émission d'obligations de son histoire avec succès. L'établissement britannique diversifie ainsi ses sources de financement, et compte notamment investir dans des logements étudiants et la recherche. - e-orientations, Vendredi 12 Octobre 2012

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How and when social scientists in Government contribute to policy | Impact of Social Sciences

How and when social scientists in Government contribute to policy | Impact of Social Sciences | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Are confidence and real world knowledge the key to impacting on government? Mariell Juhlin, Puay Tang and Jordi Molas Gallart find that academics working with government benefit from an ‘expert’ effect as having an academic background enhances credibility when dealing with policy colleagues.

 

The good news for anyone with a PhD or studying for a PhD is that having a doctoral degree equips social scientists in Government with both greater confidence and ability to apply a whole range of methods and solutions to real world problems. In addition to this “expert” effect, having a PhD did also enhance the credibility of the holder in interactions with policy colleagues as well as with external academics. The fact that social scientists with a Masters or a PhD also had higher positions within the Civil Service (controlling for age, gender and years in service) suggests that higher qualifications, and the skills associated with these, are valued by Government employers. (...) Blog Impact of Social Sciences, Oct 12, 2012

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L’Université libanaise, une institution en déclin, minée par le confessionnalisme politique et le clientélisme

L’Université libanaise, une institution en déclin, minée par le confessionnalisme politique et le clientélisme | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it
Quelques îlots d’excellence sauvent la réputation de la seule université publique du Liban.

Que manque-t-il à l’Université libanaise pour devenir la meilleure université du pays ? « Peu de choses », disent certains. « Tout », disent d’autres. « Rien de plus qu’une volonté politique d’en faire un pôle d’excellence », tranchent les plus avertis. L’Université libanaise est pourtant la seule université publique du pays. Avec ses 74 000 étudiants environ, en 2012, soit 40 % de l’ensemble des étudiants au Liban, elle est l’institution universitaire la plus importante en taille et en potentiel humain. Mais son image ne suit pas, malgré l’excellente réputation de certaines facultés. (...) L'Orient le Jour

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Ivorian researchers and government unite to fortify R&D

Ivorian researchers and government unite to fortify R&D | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Côte d'Ivoire has published a policy document for scientific research that outlines plans for invigorating national research for development. (...) - SciDev.Net

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UK universities face collapse into mediocrity, says rankings compiler

UK universities face collapse into mediocrity, says rankings compiler | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Leading British universities have fallen down Times Higher Education league tables as Asian institutions climb. (...) - The Guardian

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The limits of North American forms of university governance

The limits of North American forms of university governance | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

The latest round of international rankings of universities have been announced and they are now subject to the close scrutiny of academic leaders and national government officials. Much is at stake for both groups since conventional wisdom holds that these rankings speak to the strength and wellbeing of institutions and also reflect similar aspects of the nations themselves.

 

As a result, governments increasingly focus on the quality of their universities, the degree of access they provide, research and the production of new knowledge and its applications, and the extent to which graduates’ knowledge and skills are aligned with workforce needs and aspirations. (...) - University World News

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Want to Change Academic Publishing? Just Say No

Want to Change Academic Publishing? Just Say No | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it
Companies shouldn't make millions from the free labor of professors.

 

When I became a professor, 20 years ago, I received a request from a woman who lived close to the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where I taught: Could she come and talk to me about a set of interests she was developing, in the area of my own specialty in anthropology, and get my advice on applying to graduate school? We spoke for about 45 minutes in my office, at the end of which she asked, "How much do I owe you?" (...) - The Chronicle of Higher Education

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China: Country scores top ranking in overseas student numbers

The number of Chinese students pursuing higher education in overseas universities increased to 339,700 in 2011 and accounted for 14% of all the international students studying overseas, writes Li Aoxue for China Daily.

A recent report prepared by the Center for China and Globalisation and published by the Social Sciences Academic Press on 17 September, gave China the top ranking in terms of overseas students. It is also part of efforts by the government to provide statistical information on Chinese students studying abroad.

- University World News

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Publish or perish in China

Publish or perish in China | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

The pressure to rack up publications in high-impact journals could encourage misconduct, some say. (...) - Nature via Collectif PAPERA

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Figures reveal huge drop in students starting university

The number of mainstream students set to start higher education courses in England this year is down 62,000, or 17 per cent, on last year's figures, analysis by Times Higher Education suggests. (...) - By John Morgan, Times Higher Education

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British universities urged to get more ambitious on fund-raising

Charitable donations to universities could triple to £2 billion ($3.2 billion) a year within a decade if institutions continue to invest in fund-raising, a report says.

The Review of Philanthropy in Higher Education led by Shirley Pearce, former vice-chancellor of Loughborough University, found that just 1.2 percent of British alumni give to their alma maters, compared with 10 percent of U.S. graduates. - By Jack Grove for Times Higher Education, September 13, 2012, Inside Higher Ed

 

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One big mess: When universities meet the UK Border Agency...

My, what a week this has been! And what a big, big mess – not just for the students involved, or the university, but also for the sector. Last week the UK Border Agency (UKBA) officially withdrew London Metropolitan University’s licence enabling it to accept non-EU students. In short, London Met no longer has the kite mark – ‘fully trusted’ – meaning it has failed to meet the rules for compliance. (...) - University World News

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Jo Boaler reveals attacks by Milgram and Bishop

When Academic Disagreement Becomes Harassment and Persecution.

Honest academic debate lies at the core of good scholarship. But what happens when, under the guise of academic freedom, people distort the truth in order to promote their position and discredit someone’s evidence? I have suffered serious intellectual persecution for a number of years and decided it is now time to reveal the details. (...) - Dr Jo Boaler, October, Standford university, 2012

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UK : Les marchés décernent un bon point à l'université de Cambridge

UK : Les marchés décernent un bon point à l'université de Cambridge | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it
Cambridge, notée triple A par l'agence Moody's, a lancé avec succès mercredi un emprunt de 350 millions de livres pour financer ses investissements.

Si les fondateurs de Peterhouse, le plus ancien des trente-deux collèges de Cambridge (1284), avaient pu imaginer cela ! La prestigieuse université britannique avait déjà l'habitude des levées de fonds et des dons de riches philanthropes, mais elle vient de franchir une nouvelle étape : une entrée sur les marchés financiers. (...) - Le Monde, Par Jean-Michel Bezat , 12/10/2012

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Relationship advice

university conflict-of-interest committee should review contracts between academic scientists and industry sponsors that are worth US$5,000 or more, concludes a draft report entitled Recommended Principles & Practices to Guide Academy–Industry Relationships. Researchers should never ghostwrite research papers and should retain oversight of intellectual property and a stake in the proceeds from patents, according to the proposal. The report offers 56 guidelines for maintaining academic freedom and upholding ethical conduct in partnerships and collaborations between academics and industrial sponsors. Issued on 18 September, it was written by the American Association of University Professors in Washington DC in response to the increasing number and complexity of such partnerships, says co-author Cary Nelson, a past president of the association. “The corrupting power of money has become much more clear,” he says, noting that issues such as sponsors suppressing data from studies and persuading eminent researchers to add their names to papers they did not write seem to be on the rise.

Naturejobs - Nature490,133(2012), 3 October 2012

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Belgium concerned about flood of Dutch students

The number of Dutch students attending universities in Flanders in northern Belgium has increased for the 10th year in a row. Universities and politicians in Belgium are concerned about the trend, particularly because of the costs and the poor performance of Dutch students.

Over the past four years growth in the number of Dutch students in Belgium has been especially high. Their number has increased by 50% to more than 6,000. (...) - by Robert Visscher, 7 October 2012, University World News

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Universities are failing at teaching social media

Universities are failing at teaching social media | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Social networking may have been born in a dorm room. But when it comes to equipping students with the social media skills demanded by today's jobs, colleges are failing miserably.

 

-- "Overall, the higher education system is failing to prepare students with the needed digital and social skill set in any meaningful way," says Dr. William Ward of Syracuse University's S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications. "Higher education, like business, needs a culture shift." (...) - Fortune Tech

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Should UK universities take social work education more seriously?

Should UK universities take social work education more seriously? | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it
In Finland, where social care has higher status, students often take two degrees. Can the UK learn from their experience?

Despite teaching students how to protect some of the most vulnerable members of society, social work is still regarded by some universities as less prestigious than other subjects, according to Dr Martin Webber, reader in social work at the University of York. He says this is partly because of its vocational element. (...) - The Guardian, by Claire Burke, 1 October 2012

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Universities in Europe and Asia must collaborate, say rectors

Universities in Europe and Asia must collaborate to make their graduates employable in a globalised world, with joint programmes and dual degrees paving the way for greater student mobility, heads of universities in 37 Asian and European countries heard at a major conference in The Netherlands this week.

Although some joint degrees exist between European and Asian universities, Karsten Warnecke, deputy executive director of the Singapore-based Europe Asia Foundation, said there were eight times more Asian students going to Europe than European students going to Asia. (...) - University World News, Yojana Sharma, 28 September 2012

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The academic birth rate

The academic birth rate | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Production and reproduction of the research work force, and its effect on innovation and research misconduct. - EMBO reports

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Creative arts and research-intensive universities: a crucial partnership

At first sight the creative arts and research-intensive universities may not seem what you would call “a match made in heaven”. Yet, a new briefing paper published by the League of European Research Universities argues that university strategy and cultural policy can form a crucial partnership and that investing in the field of creativity provokes additional benefits for the institutions, their staff and students. (...)  - LERU : League of European Research Universities

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Georgina Binns's curator insight, November 8, 2014 10:48 PM

Some interesting initiatives here to engage creative arts within the university environment

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Oxford et le mythe universitaire

Oxford et le mythe universitaire | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Le 19 juin dernier, en toge et toque universitaires, sourire fier et discours ému, l'opposante birmane Aung San Suu Kyi recevait un doctorat honorifique de l'université d'Oxford.

Un système universitaire unique

Lorsque l'on est une ancienne étudiante française, assise sur l'herbe d'un des collèges d'Oxford, au sud de l'Angleterre, on se prend à rêver qu'on en est. Constat à la fois émerveillé et quelque peu désabusé face à un véritable mythe, quatrième université mondiale selon le classement du "Times Higher Education Supplement's".(...) - huffingtonpost.fr

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OECD – Who studies abroad and where?

In 2010, more than 4.1 million tertiary students were enrolled outside their country of citizenship. Luxembourg, Australia, the United Kingdom, Austria, Switzerland and New Zealand have, in descending order, the highest percentages of international students among their tertiary enrolments. (...) - University World News

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Japan's Political Turmoil Threatens University Funding and Delays New Energy Policy

Japan's Political Turmoil Threatens University Funding and Delays New Energy Policy | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Political squabbles are playing havoc with Japan's scientific efforts. The nation's universities could face a cash flow crisis later this fall if the legislature can't agree on a deficit spending bill, which would force the government to suspend paying operating grants. Infighting over the future of nuclear power in Japan is being blamed for a sudden delay in announcing a new energy policy that was due today. And last Friday, the Ministry of Education requested a 6.7% increase, to $14.7 billion, in science-related funding for the fiscal year beginning next April. But those numbers could change as a result of an election that is expected within the next couple of months. The vote is likely to bring in a different ruling party—and a corresponding change in funding priorities before Japan's budget is finalized at the end of the year.(...) - ScienceInsider

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