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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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Chili : Les universités en faillite !

Chili : Les universités en faillite ! | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Le système éducatif chilien est en crise : corruption, arnaques, détournement de fonds. Les scandales ne cessent d’éclater, au point que certaines universités doivent mettre la clé sous la porte. (...) - meltycampus.fr, par YasmineLqr, 10/06/2013

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Chili : Bachelet propose la gratuité des études universitaires d'ici à six ans

Chili : Bachelet propose la gratuité des études universitaires d'ici à six ans | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it
L'ex-présidente socialiste du Chili, Michelle Bachelet, favorite dans les sondages pour la présidentielle de novembre, propose si elle était élue de lancer une réforme instaurant la gratuité dans les six ans des études universitaires, forte revendication du milieu étudiant. Mme Bachelet s'engage ainsi sur l'un des thèmes majeurs du programme politique chilien ces deux dernières années, pendant lesquelles le pays a connu d'immenses mobilisations pour réclamer une éducation gratuite et de qualité pour tous à la place du système privé actuel, cher et inégalitaire, hérité de la période de la dictature d'Augusto Pinochet (1973-1990). (...) - Le Monde (AFP), 07/06/2013

 

 

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Researchers Upbeat About U.S. Plan to Ease Export Rules on Space Technology

Researchers Upbeat About U.S. Plan to Ease Export Rules on Space Technology | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

U.S. scientists and companies could soon find it easier to collaborate with international partners on projects involving potentially sensitive spacecraft technologies. The Obama administration has opened public comment on new rules designed to ease government controls on exporting space-related technologies, such as satellites, that could have military applications. Existing U.S. export controls have drawn criticism from scientists and space industry executives, who say that they have hampered collaboration with foreign colleagues and customers. (...)  - ScienceInsider, by Laura Dattaro on 6 June 2013

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Why higher education will not benefit from market forces

Why higher education will not benefit from market forces | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

If we have more of a market in higher education, brands will become more important, says Peter Scott – to the detriment of diversity.

The trouble with "markets" in higher educationis that most of the people designing them haven't a clue about real markets. With few exceptions, ministers, civil servants, quangocrats and senior university managers have all spent their careers in the very public sector they seem determined to subvert. (...) - by Peter Scott, The Guardian, Monday 3 June 2013

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France's Message to Science: Help Us Fix the Economy

France's Message to Science: Help Us Fix the Economy | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

France's government hopes that science can help shore up the country's lackluster economy. On Tuesday, the National Assembly approved a new law that aims to simplify the national landscape for research and higher education and make it more efficient, better able to address societal and economic challenges, and more competitive at the European level. The bill, which comes hand in hand with a new strategic plan for France's research priorities, also gives the government a greater role in coordinating research. The bill and the road map have been sharply criticized by various groups of researchers and university professors.(...) - ScienceInsider, by Elisabeth Pain on 30 May 2013

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Valérie Pécresse: « En 2017, il faudra refaire une loi »

Valérie Pécresse: « En 2017, il faudra refaire une loi » | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Valérie Pécresse, députée UMP des Yvelines, ancienne ministre de l'enseignement supérieur (2007-2011), a porté la loi relative aux responsabilités et libertés des universités (LRU), en 2007. Son cercle de réflexion a rendu public, le 22 mai, les grandes lignes de ce qui pourrait devenir une LRU II en 2017. (...) - Le Monde (enseignement), propos recueillis par Benoît Floc'h, 28/05/2013

 

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[Côte d'Ivoire] Chronique : Violence dans les universités publiques rebelote

[Côte d'Ivoire] Chronique  : Violence dans les universités publiques rebelote | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

La violence est de retour en milieu estudiantin, dit-on. Etait-elle réellement partie ? La célérité avec laquelle les machettes, les couteaux et les gourdins ont ressurgi laissent à penser qu’ils n’étaient pas bien loin. (...) - news.abidjan.net, par Yehni Djidji, 5/03/2013

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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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U-Multirank passes university recruitment goal of 500

The new, European Commission-supported international university ranking U-Multirank announced last week that 540 higher education institutions had registered to participate, exceeding its goal of 500. Registration was “still open, but space is limited”.

The multi-dimensional ranking said in a statement last week that higher education institutions from more than 60 countries would be in the initial listing to be published for the first time in early 2014. (...) - University World News, 08 June 2013 Issue No:275

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Auditors Slam Red Tape at E.U. Science Funder

Auditors Slam Red Tape at E.U. Science Funder | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

BRUSSELS—Scientists seeking grants from the European Union's main research funding program—known as Framework Programme 7 (FP7)—face unnecessary bureaucratic hurdles, says the European Union's budget watchdog. In a report presented here today, the European Court of Auditors writes that FP7 procedures remain complex and sometimes inconsistent, despite recent improvements. (...) - ScienceInsider, by Tania Rabesandratana on 7 June 2013

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[Québec] François Legault n'exclut pas de rouvrir le débat sur les droits de scolarité

[Québec] François Legault n'exclut pas de rouvrir le débat sur les droits de scolarité | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

François Legault n'exclut pas la possibilité de rouvrir le débat sur les droits de scolarité qui a déchiré le Québec, le printemps dernier. (...) - Le Soleil, par Michel Corbeil, 06/06/2013

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Most people in the UK do not go to university – and maybe never will

Most people in the UK do not go to university – and maybe never will | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

A recent BIS report on higher education participation was flawed, says Charlie Ball – closer analysis reveals rates well below 50%.

 

Almost everyone goes to university nowadays, everyone knows that.

Except that not everyone does and we rarely see accurate statistics about how many or what proportion of people actually do. It's quite an important question, bound up with thorny issues of workforce skills, educational aspiration and, of course, how (and how much) the UK taxpayer funds our domestic higher education sector. (...) - The Guardian, by by Charlie Ball, Tuesday 4 June 2013

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Allemagne : les propositions des entreprises pour financer l’enseignement supérieur

En Allemagne, à l'approche des élections législatives de septembre, les fédérations professionnelles ont constitué un groupe de travail avec des recteurs d'université et des instituts économiques. Au programme : le financement de l’enseignement supérieur. (...) - EducPros, par Marie Luginsland, 31.05.2013
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House Panel Questions Obama's Plan to Reorganize Science Education

House Panel Questions Obama's Plan to Reorganize Science Education | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Democrats and Republicans on the House of Representatives science committee agreed yesterday that the federal government needs to take a more coordinated approach to improving science education. But that's about the only aspect of the Obama administration's proposed reorganization of 226 programs at a dozen agencies that they liked. (...) - ScienceInsider, by Jeffrey Mervis on 5 June 2013

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Les étudiants américains affluent dans les universités canadiennes

Les étudiants américains affluent dans les universités canadiennes | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

De plus en plus d'étudiants américains traversent la frontière pour parfaire leur éducation. Le nombre de nos voisins du sud qui poursuivent des études postsecondaires au Canada a presque doublé depuis 2000. (...) - Radio-Canada.ca, par Valérie-Micaela Bain, 04/06/2013

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