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[Europe] Say ‘No’ to commodification of universities – Kennedy

Higher education professionals should highlight and oppose the commodification of their education institutions and universities, Britain’s Baroness Helena Kennedy told delegates at the European Association for International Education, or EAIE conference in Glasgow, Scotland last week. She argued that ensuring higher education is accessible for all, rather than just those who can afford it, brings all nations collective wealth. (...) - University World News, by Karin Goodwin, 19 September 2015 Issue No:382

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EU hiring rules could catch out universities

Universities could lose up to a quarter of European Union research funding if they fail to comply with new rules designed to promote fair recruitment, a Brussels official has warned. Under the six-year €80 billion (US$90 billion) Horizon 2020 settlement agreed in May, UK universities are expected to receive roughly £2 billion (US$3 billion) in EU funding over the next two years, writes Jack Grove for Times Higher Education. (...) - University World News, by Times Higher Education, 19 September 2015 Issue No:382

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[Canada] Grèves étudiantes à l’UQAM

Le mouvement en faveur de meilleures conditions en éducation publique gagne l’UQAM. Dès mercredi, les étudiants de l’Association facultaire étudiante des sciences humaines (AFESH) tiendront une journée de grève. Les membres de l’Association facultaire des étudiants et étudiantes en arts (AFEA), eux, ont voté lundi pour une grève le 30 septembre, afin de se joindre à la campagne de « négociation nationale » lancée par la Fédération autonome de l’enseignement. De manière plus globale, l’AFEA suivra le mot d’ordre du mouvement syndical et prendra part en octobre aux journées de grève subséquentes appliquées de « manière rotative ». - Le Devoir, 15/09/2015

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[UK] Minister blasts patchy quality of university teaching

Teaching has been neglected in the pursuit of brand reputation via international rankings in parts of the United Kingdom’s higher education system, and the patchiness of teaching quality is damaging the reputation of UK universities, the minister for universities and science told university leaders last Wednesday.(...) - University World News, by Brendan O'Malley, 09 September 2015 Issue No:381

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[Belgium] A l’université, le prix de la réussite est parfois élevé

[Belgium] A l’université, le prix de la réussite est parfois élevé | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Pour la seconde session, de nombreux étudiants recourent à des cours particuliers. Le marché est en plein boom. Trois entreprises se partagent l’essentiel du secteur en Belgique francophone. (...) - La Libre, 20/08/2015

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World’s university ‘oligopoly’ accused of blocking OECD bid to judge learning quality

World’s university ‘oligopoly’ accused of blocking OECD bid to judge learning quality | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Ahelo academic and funder blame research elite for thwarting international graduate tests, but criticisms also levelled at multimillion-dollar ‘failure’ (...) - THE, by John Morgan, August 6 2015

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[Algeria] Pas de remise en cause du LMD

[Algeria] Pas de remise en cause du LMD | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Au cours d’une visite qu’il a effectuée, dimanche, à Oran, pour s’enquérir des conditions d’inscription des nouveaux bacheliers dans les différentes universités de la wilaya, le ministre de l’Enseignement supérieur et de la Recherche scientifique, Tahar Hadjar, a indiqué que son département avait pris toutes les mesures pour que la prochaine rentrée universitaire se déroule dans de bonnes conditions.(...) - liberte-algerie.com, par Samir Ould Ali, 04/08/2015

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Tuition fees: UK universities set to charge £10,000 by end of the decade, says major report

Tuition fees: UK universities set to charge £10,000 by end of the decade, says major report | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

UK universities are set to charge £10,000 a year for student fees by the end of the decade, according to a newly-published major report. (...) - The Independent, by Richard Garner, 30 July 2015

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[Madagascar] Enseignement supérieur – La grève illimitée continue

[Madagascar] Enseignement supérieur – La grève illimitée continue | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

L’année universitaire demeure incertaine. Malgré la baisse de ton du syndicat des enseignants-chercheurs, la grève est maintenue. Echec de négociation. (...) - L'Express, 30/07/2015

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[US] How Our Universities Are Failing Us

[US] How Our Universities Are Failing Us | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

The Closing of the American Mind dealt with the way academic relativism has failed our democracy, but it did not spark the kind of fruitful conversation that Allan Bloom hoped for; much less did it inspire a systematic effort to rectify the errors of modern academia. Today’s college students say they believe in democracy but cannot explain why, and neither can they explain what they are actually getting with their college education. In the past half century, higher education has gone through a democratizing revolution, with the result that more and more students are being sold an increasingly expensive product that neither their professors nor the deans and presidents of their colleges can even begin to define. (...) - Minding the Campus, by James Piereson, July 27, 2015

 

 

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[US] Visa restrictions limit academic freedom

A few months ago, New York University Professor Andrew Ross was denied entry to the United Arab Emirates, or UAE, on ideological grounds. The incident put academic freedom in the Arab World under a microscope, but the coverage failed to recognise that the US has similarly unethical restrictions for non-citizen scholars.

Each year many students, faculty and independent scholars are denied entrance to the US based on economic, national, age and other forms of discrimination. These US visa policies discriminate exclusively against citizens of Latin America, Asia, Africa and nations of Muslim majority. The US visa controls are comparable to UAE’s in their effect on academic freedom. (...) - University World News, by Jeffrey Herlihy-Mera, 17 July 2015 Issue No:376

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Let UK universities do what they do best – teaching and research

Let UK universities do what they do best – teaching and research | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Letter: In British universities, innovation, creativity, originality and critical thought, as well as notions of social justice, are being threatened by marketisation (...) - The Guardian, Letter from 121 professors, 6 July 2015

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[Australia] Universities warned to brace for 20% funding cut

Universities have been warned their funding will be cut by 20% almost immediately, an average of A$32 million (US$24 million) a university, if the federal government can get its higher education reform package through the senate by the end of the year, reports The Australian.

Despite no clear signs of support for the legislation, which has been delayed until at least the spring session of parliament, universities have been issued with a new funding formula for the 2016 academic year. (...)  - University World News, by The Australian, 03 July 2015 Issue No:374

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[Europe] Erasmus+ annual spending will grow

The European Union’s Erasmus+ international staff and student exchange programme will respond to high levels of over-subscription by a modest increase in funding, the European Association for International Education, or EAIE conference heard last week. (...) - University World News, by Karin Goodwin, 19 September 2015 Issue No:382

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British universities slip down in global rankings

British universities slip down in global rankings | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Change in methodology used to rate institutions means only Cambridge University makes it into top five (...) - The Guardian, by Sally Weale, 15 September 2015

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Top 200 universities in the world: the compiler's view

Top 200 universities in the world: the compiler's view | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Ben Sowter, compiler of the rankings, on what they’ve done differently for the 2015 table (...) - The Guardian, by Ben Sowter, 15 September 2015

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[Denmark] Ministers impose four years of cuts on universities

Universities face a 2% cut in their budget every year over the next four years, following an announcement by Minister of Children, Education and Gender Equality Ellen Trane Nørby and Minister of Education and Science Esben Lunde Larsen that the Danish education sector will no longer be ring-fenced in government budgets.(...) - University World News, by Jan Petter Myklebust, 04 September 2015 Issue No:380

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[Canada] Les universités refusent d’être évaluées

[Canada] Les universités refusent d’être évaluées | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Nos universités refusent que l’OCDE évalue la qualité des apprentissages de leurs diplômés. De quoi ont-elles peur?
L’Organisation de coopération et de développement économiques (OCDE) annonçait la semaine dernière qu’elle pourrait abandonner son projet d’évaluer les compétences des nouveaux diplômés universitaires. (...) - Metro, par Mario Charette, 19/08/2015

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African higher education must 'prioritise public mission over private gain'

African higher education must 'prioritise public mission over private gain' | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Senior figure at UN-established agency questions role of for-profits and says universities should be at centre of debates on continent's future (...) - THE, by Chris Havergal, Ausgust 5 2015

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Japan's universities open up to the world

A devastating natural disaster, a dire need to internationalize its universities, and lucrative funding programs have ushered in a renaissance of science communication in a country better known for its corporate R&D. Leading the pack is a small, young university on a resort island 400 miles south of Japan's mainland, the Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology (OIST) Graduate University.(...) - Science, by Brian Lin, 31 July 2015

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Dépenses en recherche dans les universités: le Québec évite la baisse

Dépenses en recherche dans les universités: le Québec évite la baisse | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Les dépenses en recherche et développement sont en baisse dans les universités canadiennes, et ce sont les sciences et le génie qui écopent le plus.L'exception: le Québec, où les budgets sont en hausse. (...) - La Presse, par Philippe Mercure, 30/07/2015

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[UK] A guide to the government's new rules for international students

[UK] A guide to the government's new rules for international students | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Home secretary Theresa May has just announced new immigration rules that will make life harder for many international students in the UK (...) - The Guardian, by Natalie Gil, 29 July 2015

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[UK] Funding reforms mean 'substantially higher debt for poorest students'

[UK] Funding reforms mean 'substantially higher debt for poorest students' | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

ardian)Institute for Fiscal Studies says chancellor’s changes to maintenance grants will ‘increase cost of higher education’ (...) - The Guardian, by Phillip Inman, 21 July, 2015

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[UK] 'The poorest students will leave university with the biggest debts'

[UK] 'The poorest students will leave university with the biggest debts' | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Converting maintenance grants to loans is unlikely to reduce government spending and may deter less well-off people from going to university (...) - The Guardian, by Nick Hillman, 8 July 2015

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Grèce : d'abord, payer les éditeurs, ensuite accéder aux parutions scientifiques

Grèce : d'abord, payer les éditeurs, ensuite accéder aux parutions scientifiques | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Quelques jours avant que ne soit déclenché le referendum qui a vu le Non l’emporter à plus de 61 %, une autre nouvelle venait mettre le feu dans les universités et instituts de recherche de Grèce. En effet, suite aux différents rebondissements de la dette grecque, le système universitaire hellénique a résilié les abonnements aux publications scientifiques dont bénéficiaient les universitaires. (...) - actualitte, par Clément Solym, 06/07/2015

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