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[UK] What we learned from occupying our university

[UK] What we learned from occupying our university | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Our occupation at the London School of Economics ended successfully, but the global free education movement will continue. (...) - The Guardian, 13 May 2015

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India: The fight to become a science superpower

India: The fight to become a science superpower | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it
Despite great strides in some areas of research and development, the nation still has a long way to go.

 

With her jeans, T-shirt and spirited attitude, Tapasya Srivastava could pass for a student as she works in her brightly lit cancer-biology lab on the University of Delhi South Campus. Srivastava, who oversees a team of eight researchers, is thrilled that she earned “a small research space of my own” in 2010, while still in her thirties. “With a decent list of publications under my belt, I am one of the few who have studied and undergone training entirely in India,” she says. (...) - Nature, by T. V. Padma, 13 May 2015

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European Commission unveils long-awaited science advice plans

European Commission unveils long-awaited science advice plans | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it
Team of expert researchers will bridge between politicians and wider science community. 

 

European Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker has announced plans to establish a new independent scientific advice system, based on a high-level group of seven researchers who will draw on expertise from around Europe. (...) - Nature, by Alison Abbot, 13 May 2015

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Will traditional science journals disappear?

Will traditional science journals disappear? | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Has the traditional format of the science journal had its day? Dorothy Bishop outlines an alternative model, based on consensual communication (...) - The Guardian, by Dorothy Bishop, 12 May 2015

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La formation continue, un nouvel horizon pour edX

La formation continue, un nouvel horizon pour edX | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it
À l'occasion de sa Learning Expedition à New York et Boston, fin avril, EducPros est retourné rendre visite à edX. En l'espace d'un an, la plateforme open source de Mooc a multiplié par deux le nombre de ses universités partenaires. Et affiche plus de 4 millions d'utilisateurs. Pour financer son développement, edX mise désormais sur la certification et la formation continue. (...) - EducPros, par Cécile Peltier, 12/05/2015

 

 

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Nobel laureates defend E.U. animal research rules against citizens' proposal

Nobel laureates defend E.U. animal research rules against citizens' proposal | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

European lawmakers will hear citizens' initiative to "Stop Vivisection" on Monday.

 

Sixteen Nobel laureates have added their voices to a chorus of 149 science organizationsdefending existing E.U.-wide rules for animal research. In an open letter published on Friday, the group warns that repealing the current rules, as a citizens' initiative has proposed, would harm biomedical research in Europe. (...) - Science, by Tania Rabesandratana, 8 May 2015

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Sexism in Peer Review

Sexism in Peer Review | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

When sexist comments make it into a technical review of a research article, journal editors and publishers are wise to take a moment and think about processes for finding, responding to, and eradicating

 

If you are a fan of academic banter and hang out on Twitter, there are several irreverent Twitter handles you can follow to get a glimpse into the world of academics. A few of these center around peer review. Handles such as @yourpapersucks or @academicssay deliver fictional and sometimes real and frustrating examples of less than helpful feedback given to authors. Many of these are comedy gold. (...) - The Scholarly kitchen, by Angela Cochran, May 7, 2015

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[Maroc] Le Conseil supérieur fustige la réforme

[Maroc] Le Conseil supérieur fustige la réforme | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Enseignement Le Conseil supérieur fustige la réforme.

Le projet de loi ne répond pas à la volonté de refonte globaleIl ne consacre pas l’indépendance des universités et ne favorise pas l’implication du privéDes recommandations pour corriger les dysfonctionnements- See more at: http://www.leconomiste.com/article/970879-enseignementle-conseil-superieur-fustige-la-reforme#sthash.Mz9jTdei.dpuf

Le projet de loi ne répond pas à la volonté de refonte globale. Il ne consacre pas l’indépendance des universités et ne favorise pas l’implication du privé. Des recommandations pour corriger les dysfonctionnements  (...) - Leconomiste.com, 2015/0504

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[Maroc] Le projet de loi relatif à l'enseignement supérieur rate son examen de passage

[Maroc] Le projet de loi relatif à l'enseignement supérieur rate son examen de passage | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Le CSEFRS souhaite l’élaboration d’un nouveau texte plus cohérent.

 

Le Conseil supérieur de l'éducation, de la formation et de la recherche scientifique (CSEFRS) a émis son avis sur le projet de loi modifiant et complétant la loi 01-00 relative à l'enseignement supérieur, soulignant que le recours à la méthodologie de modifier et compléter ce texte en vigueur n'est pas compatible avec l'ambition de réaliser une révision globale, de lever la confusion et de rendre explicite son contenu.
Le nouvel avis du conseil souligne que la qualité de formulation de ce projet de loi et le manque de conformité à la terminologie juridique font que plusieurs dispositions du texte perdent leur dimension normative et donnent l'impression que le projet se trouve encore au stade de la préparation, indique un communiqué du CSEFRS transmis à la MAP. (...) - Libération, 02/05/2015

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New report says cluster hiring can lead to increased faculty diversity

New report says cluster hiring can lead to increased faculty diversity | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Cluster hiring -- or hiring multiple scholars into one or more departments based on shared, interdisciplinary research interests -- is growing in popularity. Increasingly it’s also seen as a way to advance faculty diversity or other aspects of the college or university mission, such as teaching or community engagement. But how effective is cluster hiring generally, and specifically in promoting diversity and creating a positive institutional climate? And what are some established best practices to those ends? (...) -  InsideHigherEd, by Colleen Flaherty, May 1, 2015

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Judith Shapiro calls for thinking about faculty roles and departments in new ways

Judith Shapiro calls for thinking about faculty roles and departments in new ways | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Faculty members should also consider how undergraduate departmental majors can connect more organically with one another and with the wider curriculum of the institution. This interest is not served simply by creating new interdisciplinary programs, since too often these have simply resulted in a proliferation of departmentlike entities and have failed to create greater intellectual coherence in the undergraduate experience as a whole. 

 


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Tenure-track: Women have the advantage

Tenure-track: Women have the advantage | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Women have a 2:1 advantage over men when applying for tenure-track roles in mathematically intensive subjects in academia. (...) - Naturejobs Blog, by Julie Gould, 29 April 2015

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[Maroc]Employabilité: Un pari écoles/universités

[Maroc]Employabilité: Un pari écoles/universités | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Mundiapolis organise son forum Job Fair avec 40 entreprises Un concours de l’entrepreneuriat également lancé Une manière de maximiser les opportunités pour les lauréats.

 

Avec un taux de chômage des jeunes qui ne cesse de grimper (20,1% parmi les 15-24 ans), l’employabilité est plus que jamais d’actualité. Grandes écoles et universités en ont fait leur priorité. (...) L'Economiste, 28/04/2015

 

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[Canada] Fin de la grève étudiante à l’UQAM

[Canada] Fin de la grève étudiante à l’UQAM | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

La dernière association étudiante en grève à l’UQAM capitule. L’assemblée générale de l’Association facultaire des étudiants en sciences humaines, qui représente quelque 5200 membres, a mis fin à la grève lundi soir. (...) - Le Devoir, par Philippe Orfali, 13 mai 2015

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Australia takes university cash to pay for research facilities

Australia takes university cash to pay for research facilities | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

But overall flat science funding in latest budget is seen as a reprieve after last year’s heavy cuts.

Australia’s government is removing funding from university grants to keep key national research facilities running, its latest budget reveals. (...) - Nature, by David Cyranoski, 13 May 2015

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Research management: Priorities for science in India

Research management: Priorities for science in India | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Ten Indian research leaders give their prescriptions, from better funding, facilities, mentoring and education to greater respect, fairness, autonomy and confidence. (...) - Nature, 13 May 2015

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[Canada] Crise interne à l'Université Laval

[Canada] Crise interne à l'Université Laval | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

(Québec) À couteaux tirés avec la haute direction de l'Université Laval, la doyenne de la Faculté des sciences sociales et ses deux vice-doyens ont démissionné en bloc, a appris Le Soleil. Une situation qui sème une «vive inquiétude» et beaucoup d'incertitude au sein de la faculté. (...) - La Presse, par Simon Boivin, 12/05/2015

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UK researchers fret about downgrading of science minister role

UK researchers fret about downgrading of science minister role | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Jo Johnson is smart and well-connected, but will not attend highest-level policy meetings. (...) - Nature, by Elizabeth Gibney & Richard Van Noorden, 12 May 2015

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Some public universities are charging differentiated tuition rates or raising fees for international students

Public universities have traditionally had two tiers of pricing for undergraduates: rates for state residents and for nonresidents, respectively. At most public universities, international students pay out-of-state tuition rates. But some public institutions have introduced a third, higher tier specifically for students coming from abroad. (...) - InsideHigherEd, by Elizabeth Redden, May 8, 2015

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Il faut soutenir la création d’universités d’excellence en Afrique

Il faut soutenir la création d’universités d’excellence en Afrique | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Pour Alain Patchong, enseignant à l’Ecole centrale Paris et fondateur de Touchdown Africa (projet de création d’une université d’excellence en Afrique centrale), il est urgent de créer des universités d’excellence sur le continent. (...) - Le Monde, par Alain Patchong, 07/05/2015

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[UK] Coalition plans to increase tuition fees to £11,500 a year, says Labour

[UK] Coalition plans to increase tuition fees to £11,500 a year, says Labour | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Nick Clegg, leader of the Liberal Democrats, refuses to rule out higher charges for undergraduates in response to questions from shadow home secretary. (...) - The Guardian, Patrick Wintour, 3 May 2015

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Higher tuition fees are distorting the choices poorer students make

Higher tuition fees are distorting the choices poorer students make | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Research shows a decrease in tuition fees could see students from poorer backgrounds choosing different courses and working less during term time. (...) - The Guardian, by Graeme Atherton, 1 May 2015

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Burkina : Des étudiants marchent pour exiger la suspension du LMD

Burkina : Des étudiants marchent pour exiger la suspension du LMD | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Ce jeudi 30 avril 2015, des étudiants issus des corporations que sont L’UGEB et l’ANEB ont damé le pavé pour exiger la suspension du système Licence, Master, Doctorat (LMD) introduit courant 2011 (sous l’ère Blaise Compaoré). (...) - Burkina24.com, par Adbou Zoure, 30/04/2015

 

 

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Reviewer anonymity: a hindrance to self-correction in science?

Reviewer anonymity: a hindrance to self-correction in science? | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Reproducibility and replicability: two means to reach a better oppennes of scientific data.

 

Pre-publication registration, post-publication peer-review, greater data openness; all these factors form a long list of potential solutions heralded as capable of improving study reproducibility and replicability in science. Though not everyone agrees, the world of scholarly publishing is in full debate mode. For example, intense discussions took place at the recent Royal Society meeting in the UK on the future of scientific scholarly publishing. A second meeting scheduled in Mayon the same theme will tackle reproducibility as one of its key focus points. (...) - EuroScientist Webzine, par Sabine Louët, 29 April 2015

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China’s scientific progress hinges on access to data

It is getting harder for scientists in China to obtain the high-quality public data that they need for important research studies, says Zheng Wan. (...) - Nature, par Zheng Wan, 28 April 2015

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