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[Luxembourg] L'Uni cherche généreux donateurs

[Luxembourg] L'Uni cherche généreux donateurs | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

L'université du Luxembourg s'associe avec la Fondation de Luxembourg et espère collecter des fonds pour soutenir les projets de l'université.

Les universités financées en grande partie par les fonds publics deviennent de moins en moins une réalité. Si cela n'est pas encore le cas aujourd'hui au Luxembourg, l'université veut anticiper le phénomène en attirant plus de fonds privés afin de financer des projets de plus en plus coûteux. (...) Le Quotidien, par, Andrey Somnard, 18/09/2013

 

 

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[USA] Selon une étude, l'emploi à vie rend les profs moins bons

[USA] Selon une étude, l'emploi à vie rend les profs moins bons | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Selon une étude publiée par le National Bureau of Economic Research par une équipe de la Northwestern University (Chicago), les professeurs d’université non titulaires seraient de meilleurs enseignants que les professeurs titulaires qui ont le statut de «tenure», c’est-à-dire un droit contractuel à garder leur emploi à vie, comme l’explique le Wall Street Journal. (...) - Slate, par Jean-Laurent Cassely, 13/09/2013

 

 

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Confronting global knowledge production inequities

The research environment in the global South faces many pressing challenges, given resource inequality. Technical and financial issues aside, the values and practices shaped by the Northern research agenda contribute just as much to the imbalance.

In order to confront these inequities, perceptions of ‘science’ and research outputs must be broadened, and the open access movement also needs to widen its focus – from access to knowledge to full participation in knowledge creation and in scholarly communication. (...) - University World News, by

Laura Czerniewicz, 14 September 2013, Issue No:287

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Agents and the ethics of international higher education

Agents and the ethics of international higher education | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Global student mobility creates big business. Approximately three million students are studying abroad, contributing more than US$75 billion to the global economy.

There are multiple reasons for choosing to study abroad, among them a desire to increase employability in the home labour market, the inability to find relevant study opportunities at home, and the desire for migration. The motivations of countries and universities recruiting international students are equally complex and increasingly commercial. (...) - University World News, by

Philip G Altbach and Liz Reisberg, 14 September 2013 Issue No:287
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[9th to 20th of August] Open Science in Montréal and Boston : A world of bubbles

[9th to 20th of August] Open Science in Montréal and Boston : A world of bubbles | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

After California and Oregon, Montreal and Boston were my first steps on the East coast. I didn’t stay long in Montreal but it was worth it and I left enriched with many interesting comments about the Open Science Movement. Once settled in Boston, I mostly explored Cambridge, a neighboring city hosting Harvard university and the MIT. I went there twice and got the impression that people live in very different bubbles. Some of them, though highly innovative were quite far from Open Science perspectives. Others give rise to refreshing initiatives both regarding form and content. (...) -  HackYourPhD, September 7, 2013

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[Québec] Quel avenir pour les universités?

[Québec] Quel avenir pour les universités? | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Les composants du réseau de l’Université du Québec, comme l’UQTR, devraient être indépendants et avoir le même statut que les autres universités de la province, recommande ce rapport sur l’avenir des universités. (...) - La Presse, 12/09/2013

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More cuts loom for US science

Stalemate in Congress puts spending plans on hold.

 

Laura Niedernhofer is counting her pennies. The mid-career molecular biologist moved last year to the Scripps Research Institute’s campus in Jupiter, Florida — a risky decision that saw her building a new laboratory group at a time when the US government was cutting its support for science. In June, Niedernhofer abandoned one of her main lines of research — reducing the toxicity of cancer drugs — after the National Institutes of Health (NIH) rejected her grant application. In July, the agency approved a second grant, allowing her to keep another research thrust alive — on the molecular mechanisms of ageing. But the NIH cut the award by 18%, preventing her from hiring an additional postdoctoral researcher. (...) Nature, by Lauren Morello, 11 Septembre 2013

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L’existence du réseau de l’Université du Québec remis en question

L’existence du réseau de l’Université du Québec remis en question | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Le réseau de l’Université du Québec (UQ) devrait être décentralisé et ses universités composantes devraient agir à titre d’institutions autonomes, du moins selon le rapport du chantier sur une loi-cadre des universités, déposé mercredi. (...) - Journa Métro, par Jeff Yates, 11/09/2013

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Université de Montréal: explosion des coûts pour l'implantation d'un logiciel de gestion

Université de Montréal: explosion des coûts pour l'implantation d'un logiciel de gestion | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

EXCLUSIF - Alors que plusieurs universités du Québec crient au sous-financement, l’Université de Montréal a déboursé 61% de plus que le budget initial alloué pour l’acquisition d’un logiciel de gestion qui connaît des ratés. (...) - Le Huffington Post Québec, par Caroline d’Astous, 09/09/2013

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[Maroc] Université Mohammed V: 12.000 nouveaux étudiants de plus pour la rentrée universitaire

L'université Mohammed V-Souissi accueille 12.000 nouveaux étudiants au titre de la nouvelle rentrée universitaire, soit une hausse de 20% par rapport à l'année précédente, a affirmé le président de cette université, Radouane Mrabet. (...) - medias24.com, 09/09/2013

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Japan Gets Serious About Creating Its Own NIH

Science is a big winner in Japan's 2014 budget, with the education ministry requesting $12 billion for S&T, a 20% increase over the current year's funding. Biomedical research is about to take off thanks to plans to create a Japanese version of the U.S. National Institutes of Health—though some researchers complain that during the planning process, so far, they've been left largely in the dark. (...) - by Dennis Normile, Science 6 September 2013: Vol. 341 no. 6150 p. 1053

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Put your money where your citations are: a proposal for a new funding system

Put your money where your citations are: a proposal for a new funding system | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

What would happen if researchers were given more control over their own funding and the funding of others? Hadas Shema looks at the results from an article that makes the case for a collective approach to the allocation of science funding. By funding people directly rather than projects, money and time would be saved and researchers would be given more freedom than the current system. (...) - LSE blog 'Impact of Social Sciences', by Hadas Shema, September 4, 2013

 

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L'Open Access aux Pays-Bas

L'Open Access aux Pays-Bas | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Les Pays-Bas ont une forte conscience du libre accès ou Open Access (OA) et en font la promotion active à travers plusieurs institutions. Depuis 2005, toutes les universités néerlandaises, l'association néerlandaise des universités de sciences appliquées (HBO-raad), l'Académie Royale Néerlandaise des Sciences (KNAW), l'organisation néerlandaise pour la recherche scientifique (NWO), la Librairie Royale et la fondation SURF ont toutes signé la "déclaration de Berlin sur le libre accès à la connaissance en sciences exactes, sciences de la vie, sciences humaines et sociales" pour la mise à disposition en OA de la littérature scientifique mondiale et de l'ensemble des données et logiciels ayant permis de produire cette connaissance. (...) - BE Pays-Bas 47, Les Bulletins Electroniques des Ambassades de France, 2013/09/04

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Deux des trois meilleurs centres mondiaux de recherche en physique et astronomie sont espagnols

Deux des trois meilleurs centres mondiaux de recherche en physique et astronomie sont espagnols | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Alors que la dernière livraison du classement de Shangaï est très semblable à celle 2012 pour ce qui est des universités espagnoles, un nouveau classement des centres de recherche par discipline place deux instituts espagnols, et plus précisément barcelonais, dans les trois meilleurs centres mondiaux dans le domaine de la physique et de l'astronomie. Il s'agit de l'Institut des Sciences Photoniques de Barcelone, et de l'Institut Catalan de Recherche et d'Etudes Avancées (ICREA). (...) - BE Espagne 129, Les Bulletins Electroniques des Ambassades de France, 2013/09/17

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Researchers’ ‘unrealistic’ hopes of academic careers

Researchers’ ‘unrealistic’ hopes of academic careers | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Fewer than half of those new to research can expect long-term academic careers. 

There is a “significant credibility gap” between researchers’ expectations and the likelihood of their forging long-term careers in higher education, a survey has found. (...) - Times Higher Education, by Elizabeth Gibney, 12 September, 2013

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[Maroc] Entretien avec Wael Benjelloun, président de l’Université Mohammed V Agdal : «Cette année, le nombre des étudiants a connu une hausse de 8%»

[Maroc] Entretien avec Wael Benjelloun, président de l’Université Mohammed V Agdal : «Cette année, le nombre des étudiants a connu une hausse de 8%» | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Le président de l’Université Mohammed V Agdal, Wael Benjelloun, fait le point sur la situation de son établissement à la veille de la rentrée universitaire 2013-2014. (...) - Le Matin, propos recueillis par Soumaya Bencherki, 16/09/2013

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[Japan] Reform of university entrance exam sparks debate

Japan could soon see a new university entrance system to replace the current, highly competitive exam, which is regarded as rigid and inflexible. There has been intense debate over how the new testing system – which is likely to be more rigorous and based on academic performance and thinking skills – should develop. (...) - University World News, by Suvendrini Kakuchi, 14 September 2013 Issue No:287

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Using algorithms to link-up researchers

Using algorithms to link-up researchers | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Scientists are developing algorithms that can connect researchers across the world who have similar interests by scanning the content of academic papers. 

Researchers at TEAM, an EU-funded project, are using algorithms to quantify the extent to which scientific papers cover similar ground, and are looking at ways to profile scientists by the documents they have searched for. They are also developing technology that can facilitate searches of research papers. (...) - by Peter O'Donnell, in Horizon, 05 August 2013


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Marco Pozzi's curator insight, September 14, 2013 10:59 AM

Nonostante l'idiosincrasia verso la condivisione di conoscenza in ambito scientifico forse un giorno non troppo lontano ciò sarà superato almeno in parte .... 

Enrico De Angelis's comment, September 16, 2013 7:03 AM
L'idiosincrasia verso la condivisione è un retaggio del passato. Non è facilmente rimovibile ma il modo SOCIAL di lavorare attraverso i MEDIA, ovvero i vantaggi che questo offre, lo rende sempre meno strategia praticata. Vedremo ...!!!
Enrico De Angelis's curator insight, September 16, 2013 7:05 AM

I really think that social media and other tools to research and dig out data from the network will change the Academia and Research world.

We wait for this change (and push).

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U.S. Science Laureate Bill Hits Roadblock

U.S. Science Laureate Bill Hits Roadblock | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Climate science skeptics have derailed a congressional proposal to create the honorary position of U.S. science laureate. But proponents haven’t abandoned the idea of giving someone a national platform to foster public understanding of science and serve as a role model. (...) - by Jeffrey Mervis, 2013/09/12, ScienceInsider

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De l’Open Science au cœur de New York avec l’université Columbia

De l’Open Science au cœur de New York avec l’université Columbia | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it
Lors d'un séjour itinérant de deux mois aux États-Unis, HackYourPhD vous invite à découvrir, sous forme de cartes postales numériques les initiatives et les lieux innovants qui réinventent le monde de la recherche d'aujourd'hui. Cofondatrice du projet, Célya Gruson-Daniel a rencontré à New York l’équipe du Center for digital Research and Scholarship (CDRS) de l'université Columbia. Un bel aperçu d’une université qui aborde les questions de l’Open Science dans sa globalité. (...) - EducPros, par Célya Gruson-Daniel, 11.09.2013

 

 

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U-Map : european classification of higher education institutions

U-Map : european classification of higher education institutions | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

U-Map is an ongoing project in which the European classification of higher education institutions is further developed and implemented.

U-Map offers you two tools to enhance transparency. ProfileFinder produces a list of higher education institutions (HEIs) that are comparable on the characteristics you selected. ProfileViewer gives you an institutional activity profile you can use to compare three HEIs.

U-Map is presented in demo-mode. It will be fully operational when the underlying database comprises a sufficient number of higher education institutions.

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Why are research universities going global?

Despite the significant increase in the number and type of international activities – from branch campuses to MOOCs and aggressive international student recruitment – many institutional efforts appear to be launched without a clear idea of best practices or how specific activities might be productive and meaningful for a particular institution. (...) - University World News, by

Richard J Edelstein and John Aubrey Douglass, 07 September 2013 Issue No:286
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Rankings and a system of endless competition

Universities around the world increasingly compete with one another for resources. Within countries this competition occurs through funding mechanisms. Especially prominent is the international trend away from block grant funding to the competitive allocation of research funds.

Competition also occurs internationally as universities vie for the best research staff and students on what is approaching a worldwide basis. Such wide-scale competition can produce large gaps between winners and losers. (...) - University World News, by Brendan Cantwell and Barrett J Taylor, 07 September 2013 Issue No:286

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Don Westerheijden's curator insight, September 14, 2013 11:39 AM

I agree with the conclusion: 'Global league tables seem to reward input inequality with high status for a few universities. We suggest that the ultimate end of such status is not necessarily an improved national higher education system, however, but a global system in which competition is endless.' Nice to see one's own previous conclusions cofirmed by independent research.

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Reproducibility Initiative member reports critical finding about scientific reproducibility

Reproducibility Initiative member reports critical finding about scientific reproducibility | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Our Reproducibility Initiative advisory board member Melissa Haendel is part of a critical paper published today that identifies insufficient information in scientific literature as a major barrier to reproducibility. (...) - The Science Exchange Blog, 05/09/2013

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En Angleterre, les entreprises aiment les littéraires

En Angleterre, les entreprises aiment les littéraires | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

En Angleterre, les recruteurs s'intéressent nettement plus aux diplômes d'études littéraires qu'en France. Une enquête inédite de l'université d'Oxford vient d'en apporter la preuve. (...) - Nouvel Obs, par Patrick Fauconnier, 05/09/2013

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