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U-MultiRank ambitious, but lacking critical mass to face up to other university rankings

U-MultiRank ambitious, but lacking critical mass to face up to other university rankings | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

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I would like to share my perspective on U-MultiRank, following your publication of Janna Degener’s article, last week.  Back in 2012, the UK’s universities minister David Willets warned that the European Commission’s project to develop a new approach to global university rankings, U-MultiRank, risked being dismissed as a self-serving exercise. (...) - EuroScientist, by Sabine Louët, June 9th, 2014

 

 

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Universities respond to a changing landscape

New forces such as economic globalisation and information and communication technologies are shaping universities and research institutions and corresponding operational governance is required, says Professor Leo Goedegebuure, director of the LH Martin Institute at the University of Melbourne in Australia.

He was speaking at the first executive training residential of the Research, Higher Education, Development and Innovation – RHEDI – project held in Durban, South Africa, in late May. There are 48 senior managers, policy-makers and experts from six African and three Southeast Asian countries in the first intake of the capacity-building training. (...) - University World News, by Munyaradzi Makoni, 06 June 2014 Issue No:323

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Greece: Rector election sparks council vs academic conflict

The ‘election’ – or more appropriately the appointment – of a new rector at Aristotle University of Thessaloniki is once again creating tension between the institution’s management council and its academic community.

Current rector Giannis Mylopoulos, whose term of office is rapidly coming to an end, recently wrote that “according to the new legal system the university authorities will no longer be elected by a direct and democratic vote but indirectly through a system of pre-selection which will be carried out – without specific criteria – by the institution’s management council”. (...) - University World News, by Makki Marseilles, 06 June 2014 Issue No:323

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Fees have not freed universities from state control

Fees have not freed universities from state control | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Increased regulation and changes to funding are on the cards, but, writes Peter Scott, state intervention should instead drive the recreation of the 'public' university. (...) - by Peter Scott, The Guardian, 3 June 2014

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George Peterson (Georgia Tech) : "Les universités européennes vont vers un système à l’américaine"

"Les universités européennes vont vers un système à l’américaine : jusqu’ici, elles étaient financées par les États, et elles vont maintenant vers un dispositif de responsabilité partagée", estime George Peterson, président de Georgia Tech (USA), le 23 mai 2014, de passage en France pour inaugurer l’Institut Lafayette, un bâtiment de Georgia Tech Lorraine dédié à l’innovation technologique. "Aujourd’hui, 15 % du budget de Georgia Tech vient de l’État. Nous sommes passés d’une université 'financée' par l’État à une université 'soutenue' par l’État, avant peut-être de n’être plus qu’une université 'localisée' dans l’État !", dit-il. "Le coût de l’éducation augmente, aux États-Unis comme en Europe. Et les dépenses sociales et de santé amoindrissent les ressources des États pour l’éducation. Il faut en chercher de nouvelles : la philanthropie, les familles, peut-être la formation en ligne." (...) - AEF, par Sarah Piovezan - Le mercredi 28 mai 2014 - dépêche n°481395

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Russia: Plan to increase research at national universities

The government is aiming to improve the position of Russian science in the global arena by accelerating research activities at national universities.

According to a recent report by Thomson Reuters, Russian science lags significantly behind most countries in the G20. Statistics show that over the past decade, the share of Russian papers in the Web of Science international database has dropped from 3% to 2.1% – and the papers go largely unnoticed by foreign scientists. (...) - University World News, by Eugene Vorotnikov, 23 May 2014 Issue No:321

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University of London plan to close Institute of English Studies condemned

University of London plan to close Institute of English Studies condemned | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

IES supporters launch petition against 'sudden, arbitrary and ill thought out' proposal to split some of its work between other bodies.

Academics from across the UK have condemned University of London's proposals to close its Institute of English Studies (IES) as a "direct assault" on national and international collaboration which threatens to "rip the heart out" of the biggest arts and humanities subject. (...) - by James Meikle, The Guardian, 22 May 2014

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[Australia] Outraged students protest against budget impacts

[Australia] Outraged students protest against budget impacts | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Tens of thousands of university students held protests across Australia last Wednesday as outrage spread at the impact the federal budget would have in sharply increasing the cost of higher education. Dozens of students were arrested in Melbourne, Sydney and other cities when they held street marches, blocked traffic and tried to enter state parliaments. (...) - University World News, by Geoff Maslen, 20 May 2014 Issue No:321

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LERU universities want an ERA of change after the EU elections

LERU universities want an ERA of change after the EU elections | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

The League of European Research Universities (LERU) urges the EU’s political leaders to set ambitious and concrete goals for the next legislature: use smart investment in research and innovation (R&I) as a winning investment for Europe’s future, help Europe power up economically, and build a better society for its citizens. To succeed, we need new mechanisms, incentives and rewards to harness the strengths of the EU’s R&I policies and programmes and forge smarter links with those of the member states. (...) - Press release LERU (League of European Research Universities), 19 May 2014

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UK: Universities receive record number of donations

UK: Universities receive record number of donations | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

The number of donors giving to universities and of alumni giving back to higher education institutions has risen in the last year.

UK universities received a record number of donations in 2012-13, according to a survey of 136 higher education institutions.

The report, carried out every year by the Ross Group and the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (Case), reveals a 23% increase in cash income for universities in 2012-13. (...) - by Abby Young-Powell and Michael Allen, The guardian,, 16 May 2014

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National University of Singapore tops Asian university league table

National University of Singapore tops Asian university league table | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Singapore and Korea stride up the QS rankings, while Hong Kong and Japan see their institutions take a tumble.

The National University of Singapore (NUS) has topped the QS Asian university rankings for the first time, rising from second place in last year's table.

Singapore's other large public university, the Nanyang Technologucal University, joins the NUS in the top ten, rising three places to be ranked seventh. (...) - by Lawrence Wakefield, The Guardian, 13 May 2014

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[Canada] Alex Usher is Wrong on Tuition Fees

One of Canada’s best-known post-secondary education pundits, Alex Usher, recently wrote a blog post suggesting that Canada’s status quo system of high tuition fees (and means-tested financial aid for students) is in fact progressive.  Specifically, he argued that lowering tuition fees would reward higher-income earners rather than lower-income earners.  Ergo:  no government that wants to help lower-income households should seriously consider trying to reduce tuition fees. (...) - by nick Falvo, Academic Matters, May 12th, 2014

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Vaste manifestation pour une réforme de l'éducation au Chili

Vaste manifestation pour une réforme de l'éducation au Chili | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Entre 40 000 et 100 000 personnes, selon les sources, se sont rassemblées jeudi dans les rues de la capitale, Santiago.

 

Des dizaines de milliers d’étudiants ont défilé jeudi à Santiago pour manifester en faveur d’une réforme de l’éducation et rappeler à la présidente socialiste Michelle Bachelet, investie il y a deux mois, une de ses principales promesses de campagne.

La manifestation, organisée par les syndicats étudiants, mais aussi des organisations de lycéens a rassemblé quelque 40 000 personnes, selon la police et 100 000, selon les organisateurs, dans le centre de la capitale chilienne. (...) - AFP via Libération, 09/05/2014

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Universities are 'not just for getting a job,' says one of Britain's leading academics

Universities are 'not just for getting a job,' says one of Britain's leading academics | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Britain's leading university official has dismissed the idea that going to university is all about getting a well-paid job.

Professor Sir Christopher Snowden, president of Universities UK, defended the idea of education for its own sake and criticised those trying to promote higher education for placing too much emphasis on vocational skills to make money. (...) by Richard Garner, The Independent, 08/06/2014

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More research needed on research management

Rather than mimicking ‘best practice’ of top-performing institutions, universities aspiring to the status of research institutions in low- and middle-income countries need to invest more heavily in understanding their own institutional profiles and develop a vision of what it means to be a research university in their national context.

Professor Nico Cloete, director of the Cape Town-based Centre for Higher Education Transformation, said this at an expert roundtable held at the launch of the Research, Higher Education, Development and Innovation – RHEDI – project in Durban in May. (...) - University World News, by Sharon Dell, 06 June 2014 Issue No:323

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Political deal to replace student grants with loans

After months of planning and negotiating, Jet Bussemaker, minister for education, culture and science in The Netherlands, has struck an agreement with two opposition parties on a bill that will convert student grants into loans from 1 January 2015. The move will free up €1 billion (US$1.4 billion) from the state higher education budget. (...) - University World News, by Jan Petter Myklebust, 05 June 2014 Issue No:323

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Australia: Botched budget forces implementation backdown

Australia: Botched budget forces implementation backdown | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

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Budget launches in Australia generally attract praise and condemnation, depending on which side of politics the commentators are from. Only rarely is a budget almost universally condemned by the public – but this has happened with the first budget of Prime Minister Tony Abbott’s right-wing government. (...) - University World News, by

Geoff Maslen, 28 May 2014 Issue No:322

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Chile students' debts go up in smoke

Chile students' debts go up in smoke | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Artist named Fried Potatoes removed tuition contracts he says were worth up to $500m from private university and burned them.

 

For a whole year, a Chilean artist using the name Fried Potatoes (Papas Fritas) planned his revenge. Saying he was collecting material for an art project, the 31-year-old visual artist sneaked into a vault at a notorious private, run-for-profit university and quietly removed tuition contracts. (...) - by Jonathan Franklin, The Guardian, 23 May 2014

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Universities must produce graduates who are ready for any workplace

Universities must produce graduates who are ready for any workplace | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Graduates shouldn't be pigeonholed by their degree subject, but should be able to walk confidently into a number of careers.

There should be nothing alien in the idea of a maths graduate running a hospital department, or a classics student going into engineering. The evidence suggests that employers are recruiting graduates for jobs outside their specialisms. (...) - by David Doherty, The Guardian, 22 May 2014

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More students see university courses as poor value, study reveals

More students see university courses  as poor value, study reveals | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Major survey reveals students only get 10 minutes extra with lecturers than in 2012, despite soaring tuition fees.

Students are getting only 10 minutes extra with their university lecturers despite paying thousands of pounds more for their degrees, according to research.

The study reveals that two years after tuition fees were trebled to a maximum of £9,000 a year, many students do not believe their university education is value for money. In England, nearly twice as many students say their course is poorer value than in 2012. (....) - The Guardian, 21 May 2014

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HHMI Hopes to Replicate Program to Produce More Minority Science Ph.D.s

HHMI Hopes to Replicate Program to Produce More Minority Science Ph.D.s | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Penn State and the University of North Carolina get money to copy successful Meyerhoff Scholars Program in Maryland.

Can a hugely successful program to increase the number of U.S. minority students earning advanced science and engineering degrees be exported from its home institution? The Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) hopes to find out. (...) - by Jeffrey Mervis, Science, May 20, 2014

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Press release: Alain Beretz new Chair of LERU

Press release: Alain Beretz new Chair of LERU | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

As of 17 May 2014, Prof. Alain Beretz (President of the University of Strasbourg) is the new Chair of the League of European Research Universities (LERU). Elected by the LERU Rectors in November last year, Beretz takes over from Prof. Bernd Huber (President of the Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München), who has been LERU’s Chair since 2008. (...) - LERU : League of European Research Universities, 17 May 2014

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Career development loans: are they a good way to fund your master's?

Career development loans: are they a good way to fund your master's? | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

With no interest to pay while you study, CDLs are an attractive option for cash-strapped postgrads – but there are financial risks.

Funding is the biggest headache faced by students wanting to continue their studies after their undergrad degree. Taught master's degrees no longer qualify for research council funding, and while some students manage to put together a funding package through scholarships and sponsorships, others are drawn to taking out a bank loan. But is this a good move? (...) - by Maya Oppenheim, The Guardian, 13 May 2014

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University staff frustrated by lack of jobs

University staff frustrated by lack of jobs | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Guardian survey shows that university staff feel burdened by a heavy workload and lack of job opportunities.

 

University staff are frustrated by a lack of job opportunities, a Guardian survey has found.

Of more than 2,000 academics and administrative staff who responded to the survey about their working life, nearly two-thirds cite a lack of job opportunities as the biggest challenge to progressing in their careers.

More than half say that this single issue might make them leave their current institution. (...) - by Kim Thomas and Claire Shaw, The Guardian, 12 May 2014

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Student Loans Rising An Overview of Causes, Consequences, and Policy Options

Rising student debt burdens can affect a variety of economic outcomes. For those enrolled in school, student loan debt may affect completion rates, choice of major, and student performance. Once students graduate, student debt can impact career choice and willingness to seek a graduate education. Lastly, student loan burdens can also affect financial decisions later in life, influencing decisions about home purchase and marriage. (...) - Economic studies at Brookings, mai 2014 via Sauvons l'Université !

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