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Will MOOCs help to democratise higher education?

The democratisation of higher education requires widening access to studies that lead to useful qualifications, and giving people more opportunities to select study programmes themselves and easily design their own courses from the rich pool of material freely available, Sir John Daniel told the “Worldviews 2013” conference last week. The question is whether massive open online course, or MOOCs, will help or hinder that process. (...)  - University World News, by Karen MacGregor, 23 June 2013 Issue No:277

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Japan Minister Defends New Growth Strategy Emphasizing Targeted Research - ScienceInsider

Japan Minister Defends New Growth Strategy Emphasizing Targeted Research - ScienceInsider | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

TOKYO—Japanese scientists are proving a bit skeptical about the administration's new strategy for economic growth, which includes an emphasis on applied biomedical research. Even before it was officially released on 12 June, several life science-related academic societies raised questions about plans for a Japanese version of the U.S. National Institutes of Health (NIH) that would "strongly support the commercialization of innovative medical technologies." (...) - by Dennis Normile on 20 June 2013

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[Sénégal] Projet d'appui à la mise en œuvre de la réforme LMD : Le comité de pilotage veut rattraper le temps perdu

[Sénégal] Projet d'appui à la mise en œuvre de la réforme LMD : Le comité de pilotage veut rattraper le temps perdu | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

A 6 mois de la fin du Projet de renforcement des capacités pour la mise en œuvre de la réforme Lmd (Licence-Master-Doctorat) dans l’espace Uemoa, le comité de pilotage veut appuyer sur l’accélérateur pour réussir le pari. Il s’est réuni, hier, à l’Ucad, pour la première fois depuis le lancement du projet en février 2011.Le Comité de pilotage du Projet de renforcement des capacités pour la mise en œuvre de la réforme Lmd dans l’espace Uemoa compte désormais appuyer et maintenir le pied sur l’accélérateur.(...) - Le Soleil, 19/06/2013

 

 

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NIH Announces Nine Projects to Repurpose Old Drugs

NIH Announces Nine Projects to Repurpose Old Drugs | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) today unveiled the winners of an unusual competition in which academic researchers teamed up with pharmaceutical companies to propose new uses for abandoned drugs. The nine projects, funded at a total of $12.7 million a year, show that NIH's 19-month-old National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences (NCATS) is achieving its goal of finding new ways to speed drug development, NCATS officials said. (...) - ScienceInsider, by Jocelyn Kaiser on 18 June 2013

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Canada : Les étudiants souffrent de stress et d'anxiété

Canada : Les étudiants souffrent de stress et d'anxiété | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Les étudiants canadiens sont stressés, se sentent débordés, souffrent de solitude, et ont même envisagé le suicide au cours de la dernière année, laisse croire une... (...) - La Presse Canadienne, par Adam Miller, 17/06/213

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L'observatoire de l'activité de recherche des universités espagnoles met à jour ses données

L'observatoire de l'activité de recherche des universités espagnoles met à jour ses données | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Lancé l'année dernière par des chercheurs des universités espagnoles membres de l'Allianza4U, l'observatoire de l'activité de recherche universitaire espagnole (IUNE) a mis à jour ses données. Il y a un an, les données étaient publiées pour toute la décennie 2002-2010. L'actualisation concerne seulement l'ajout des données pour 2011. Au delà de cette actualisation, la nouvelle version du site internet propose des tableaux et des graphes plus interactifs. (...) - BE Espagne 127Les Bulletins Electroniques des Ambassades de France, 2013/06/17

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Brazil launches African higher education collaboration

Brazil has launched a major higher education cooperation programme with Portuguese-speaking Africa. Under the project, educators and researchers from 20 Brazilian centres of higher education will provide services in five African nations.

The Portuguese-speaking nations include Angola, Cape Verde, Equatorial Guinea, Mozambique and São Tomé and Principe. (...) -  - University World News, by Wagdy Sawahel, 15 June 2013 Issue No:276

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EUA report reveals higher education funding pressures

The latest edition of the European University Association’s Public Funding Observatory has revealed pressures faced by many countries in funding higher education institutions, specifically regarding the impact of inflation and changes in student numbers.

“While no system has been left completely unaffected by the crisis, there is still a risk of a widening gap in terms of university funding between different parts of Europe,” says the EUA, which released the report with a new interactive online toolfor 23 European systems. (...) - University World News, by Peta Lee, 15 June 2013 Issue No:276

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Horizon 2020: Funding rules are crucial for sustainability of Europe’s universities

Horizon 2020: Funding rules are crucial for sustainability of Europe’s universities | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

The latest edition of EUA’s public funding observatory highlights that in countries where cuts are taking place, funding for infrastructure has been one of the most affected areas and it is likely that this trend continues. Ageing facilities and equipment will necessarily trigger increasing costs for institutions and deteriorate teaching and research environments.

 

It is therefore of crucial importance for the financial sustainability of Europe’s universities that, in addition to national funding schemes, the future European funding programmes, in particular the Horizon 2020 programme currently being negotiated at EU-level in the “trilogue” negotiations, provide funding rules that cover the costs for university research infrastructure in an adequate way. (...) - EUA, June 14, 2013

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Global Life Sciences Program Secures Financing Until 2016

BRUSSELS—Members of the Human Frontier Science Program (HFSP), which provides grants for transcontinental life sciences research, have agreed to continue funding the program from 2014 to 2016. Under the agreement, reached at an intergovernmental meeting here on Tuesday, most program funders will increase their annual contribution by 2% to 4% to offset budget cuts by Japan, the country that has been HFSP's largest sponsor since its inception in 1989.

HFSP, the only program of its kind worldwide, provides research grants for intercontinental teams, postdoctoral fellowships, and career development awards to stimulate high-risk research on complex biological systems, with an emphasis on quantitative methods. Scientists from all over the world are eligible for HFSP grants if the main applicant is from one of the member countries. (...) - ScienceInsider, by Tania Rabesandratana on 13 June 2013

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G8 Science Ministers Statement

G8 Science Ministers Statement | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

On 12 June the Royal Society hosted the first ever G8 joint Science Ministers and national science academies meeting in London (...) - Inside Government - GOV.UK, 13/06/2013

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Japan Eyes U.S. National Institutes of Health as Model for a New Agency

Japan Eyes U.S. National Institutes of Health as Model for a New Agency | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

TOKYO—Japan's government may create its own version of the U.S. National Institutes of Health (NIH) to foster medical innovation and bridge the gap between the laboratory and the clinic.

The proposal is included in a draft Growth Strategy approved yesterday by the administration's Industrial Competitiveness Council. The plan notes that a "Japanese NIH" could better meld governmental, academic, and private sector efforts "in order to strongly support the commercialization of innovative medical technologies." The new agency would be expected to "formulate a comprehensive strategy and prioritize goals and research targets for medical R&D." In other health-related recommendations, the plan calls for legal and regulatory action to speed up approval of new drugs and medical devices. (...) - ScienceInsider, by Dennis Normile on 13 June 2013

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[USA] Higher education can be a bad financial investment – Study

For years, a college education has been viewed in the United States as integral to securing a stable, well-paid job. President Barack Obama has emphasised this point time and again, most recently during a speech on 31 May, when he urged Congress to prevent student loan interest rates from doubling this summer.

“The surest path to the middle-class is some form of higher education," Obama said in the Rose Garden of the White House, surrounded by college students. “Higher education cannot be a luxury for a privileged few." (...)  - University World News, by Alison Moodie, 08 June 2013 Issue No:275

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Hundreds of young scholars are being 'held hostage' by the Greek state

Hundreds of young scholars are being 'held hostage' by the Greek state | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Varvara Trachana and Stelios Gialis: The Greek government has left around 750 newly elected university lecturers in unpaid limbo for up to four years.

 

Greece is reeling from six years of recession. Its economy resembles a 1930s-style Great Depression, with GDP having fallen by more than 20% and an official unemployment rate close to 30%. Among young, well-educated Greeks, unemployment hit 56.5% in early 2013. (...) - by

Varvara Trachana and Stelios Gialis, The Guardian, 20 June 2013
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See also The Greek petition .

For the immediate appointment of all the elected 
Faculty Members of Greek Universities

 

http://lecture.jimdo.com/%CE%B1%CF%81%CF%87%CE%B9%CE%BA%CE%AE/%CE%B1%CF%81%CF%87%CE%B9%CE%BA%CE%AE-english/

and

http://www.gopetition.com/petition/42790.html

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[Canada] L'Université McGill est plus riche d'un milliard de dollars!

[Canada] L'Université McGill est plus riche d'un milliard de dollars! | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

La rectrice sortante de l’Université McGill, Heather Munroe-Blum, a annoncé que l’université a récolté rien de moins qu’un milliard de dollars dans le cadre de sa campagne de financement qui a duré 9 ans, soit 250 millions de dollars de plus que prévu.

À titre de comparaison, l’objectif de la campagne de financement de l’UQAM en 2011 était de 6 millions de dollars. (...) - Les News, Gilles Lajoie 19/06/2013

 

 

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Royaume-Uni : l'association entre universités, startups et entreprises porte ses fruits

Royaume-Uni : l'association entre universités, startups et entreprises porte ses fruits | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Grâce à l'aide apportée par des universités comme celle de Kingston, un grand nombre d'étudiants parviennent à créer leur startup et à collaborer avec de grosses entreprises, de plus en plus séduites par la recherche collaborative. (...) - L'Atelier: Disruptive innovation, par Kathleen Comte 18 juin 2013

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Oxford et Cambridge : les étudiants de Londres et du sud-est privilégiés?

Oxford et Cambridge : les étudiants de Londres et du sud-est privilégiés? | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it
Une récente étude menée par le Guardian montre que les étudiants de Londres et du Sud-Est de l’Angleterre sont surreprésentés dans les deux prestigieuses universités que les Britanniques surnomment « Oxbridge ». Pour Dan Hully, ancien étudiant de l’Université de Durham, venir d’une école publique peut aussi constituer un obstacle. (...) - Le Journal International, par Jutisne Cohendet, 18/06/2013

 

 

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[Burkina Faso] Fin des Etats généraux de l’Enseignement supérieur : Vers l’élection des Présidents des universités

Les Etats généraux de l’Enseignement supérieur au Burkina ont clos leurs travaux le samedi 15 juin 2013. Pendant trois jours, les participants ont recherché des solutions aux problèmes que connaissent actuellement les Universités burkinabè. Au sortir des assises, le Ministre des Enseignements secondaire et supérieur, le Pr Moussa Ouattara, ainsi que les représentants des différentes couches socioprofessionnelles se sont dits satisfaits des propositions même si certains points continuent de diviser les uns et les autres. (...) - lefaso.net, 17/05/2013

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In the Ivory Tower, Men Only

In the Ivory Tower, Men Only | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Rule No. 1 for Female Academics: Don’t Have a Baby

 

For men, having children is a career advantage. For women, it’s a career killer.

In 2000, I greeted the first entering graduate-student class at Berkeley where the women outnumbered the men. I was the first female dean of the graduate division. As a ’70s feminist I cautiously thought, “Is the revolution over? (...) - Slate, by Mary Ann Mason|Posted Monday, June 17, 2013

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MOOCs a threat to intellectual property – Professors

Colleges broadly threaten faculty members' copyrights and academic freedom in claiming ownership of the massive open online courses – MOOCs – their instructors have developed, Cary Nelson, a former president of the American Association of University Professors (AAUP), argued at the group's annual conference last week. (...) - University World News, by

Peter Schmidt, 15 June 2013 Issue No:276
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Spanish scientists protest to save research

Spanish scientists protest to save research | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it
Researchers march in 19 cities against steadily waning science budget.

 

Scientists gathered in public meetings in 19 Spanish cities this morning under the slogan ‘Let’s save research’. The gatherings were called by the Letter for Science movement, a coalition that includes the main scientific organizations of the country.

According to the movement, 5,000 scientists in Madrid marched from the central building of the National Council for Scientific Research (CSIC) to the economy ministry — which is responsible for science — to deliver an open letter proposing 'ten commandments', aimed at stopping “the ruin of the Spanish science system”. (...) Nature, by Michele Catanzaro, 14 june 2013

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San Francisco Declaration on Research Assessment: Putting science into the assessment of research

San Francisco Declaration on Research Assessment: Putting science into the assessment of research | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

There is a pressing need to improve the ways in which the output of scientific research is evaluated by funding agencies, academic institutions, and other parties.

To address this issue, a group of editors and publishers of scholarly journals met during the Annual Meeting of The American Society for Cell Biology (ASCB) in San Francisco, CA, on December 16, 2012. The group developed a set of recommendations, referred to as the San Francisco Declaration on Research Assessment. We invite interested parties across all scientific disciplines to indicate their support by adding their names to this Declaration. (...)

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U.S. Supreme Court Strikes Down Human Gene Patents

The U.S Supreme Court ruled today that "naturally occurring" human genes cannot be patented because they are a "product of nature," meaning that they cannot be claimed as a human invention. But it also permitted patents based on laboratory reconstructions of human DNA, known as complementary DNAs, or cDNAs.(...) - ScienceInsider, by Eliot Marshall and Michael Price on 13 June 2013

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UK: Universities face more complaints since rise in tuition fees

UK: Universities face more complaints since rise in tuition fees | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Appeals jumped by 20% between 2011 and 2012 – the first year of the new, higher fee level (...) - by Richard Adams, The Guardian, 13 June 2013

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Around Italy, Researchers Rally to Defend Science

Around Italy, Researchers Rally to Defend Science | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Tourists visiting the famous Spanish Steps in Rome on Saturday were treated to an unusual spectacle: Some 30 researchers suddenly showed up, unfolded banners and placards in different languages, and stood motionless on the steps for several minutes. Their flash mob was part of an unprecedented series of events across Italy to protest what organizers say is an antiscientific attitude in Italy and widespread "misinformation" about science in the media.(...) - ScienceInsider, by Marta Paterlini on 10 June 2013

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