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Trop de profs inefficaces en Californie : des étudiants portent plainte contre l'état

Trop de profs inefficaces en Californie : des étudiants portent plainte contre l'état | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Aux Etats-Unis, des étudiants portent plainte contre l'état de Californie, où les lois locales mettent les professeurs peu performants à l'abri d'un licenciement. (...) - par Quentin Duverger, vousnousils, 07/01/2014

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University applications by UK students down 1% on last year

University applications by UK students down 1% on last year | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Ucas interim figures come a month after George Osborne announced cap on the number of undergraduates to be axed.

University applications by UK students have dropped by 1% from 264,860 at this time last year to 263,460, according to latest figures released by Ucas. Overall 303,750 people submitted university applications by 16 December 2013. Updated figures will be announced after the final Ucas deadline on 15 January. (...) - by Abby Young-Powell and Libby Page, The Guardian, 3 January 2014

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Bosnie-Herzégovine : Universités non reconnues, diplômes sans valeur

Bosnie-Herzégovine : pas de programme Erasmus pour les étudiants Record européen en Bosnie-Herzégovine : 60% des jeunes sont au chômage.

La Bosnie-Herzégovine compte 45 Universités, dont 37 sont des institutions privées. La plupart n’ont aucune accréditation officielle, ce qui signifie que leurs diplômes ne sont pas reconnus à l’étranger. En cause ? Cette prolifération d’Universités au personnel sous-qualifié, mais aussi un système administratif trop complexe. L’enjeu est majeur dans un pays où une grande partie de la jeunesse est obligée d’émigrer pour trouver du travail. (...) -  Le Courrier des Balkans, 02/012/2014

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Lecturers need research time off campus to best teach students

Lecturers need research time off campus to best teach students | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Louise Tickle meets four university teachers whose work in the field enriches their students' learning.

"When the film was in development, there was a point when I was really struggling to make the script work," says director John Roberts, a two time Bafta award-winner who also lectures at Royal Holloway, University of London. "Later on, I set it as an exercise for my students. It was about giving them a real problem I'd had to grapple with – how would they find a creative solution that made sense?" (...) - by Louise Tickle, The Guardian, 20 December 2013

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Commission launches pilot to open up publicly funded research data

Valuable information produced by researchers in many EU-funded projects will be shared freely as a result of a Pilot on Open Research Data in Horizon 2020. Researchers in projects participating in the pilot are asked to make the underlying data needed to validate the results presented in scientific publications and other scientific information available for use by other researchers, innovative industries and citizens. This will lead to better and more efficient science and improved transparency for citizens and society. It will also contribute to economic growth through open innovation. For 2014-2015, topic areas participating in the Open Research Data Pilot will receive funding of around €3 billion. (...) - Données de la recherche, par Thérèse Hameau, 20/12/2013

 

 

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How one publisher is stopping academics from sharing their research

One of the world's largest academic publishers has launched a wide-ranging takedown spree, demanding that several different universities take down their own scholars' research.

Elsevier is a commercial firm that publishes some of the leading journals in many academic fields. In recent weeks, it has sent takedown notices to the academic social media network Academia.edu, as well as to the University of Calgary, the University of California-Irvine, and Harvard University. (...) - by Andrea Peterson, The Washington Post, December 19, 2013

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Getting Open Access Embargoes Right: Rational Policy Must Be Evidence-Based

Getting Open Access Embargoes Right: Rational Policy Must Be Evidence-Based | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

A new study, out today, takes a broad look at the usage lives of scholarly journal articles. The information it contains is vital for achieving the balance necessary for Green OA policies to work. (...) - by David Crotty, the scholarly kitchen, Dec 18 , 2013

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Trente millions par an pour huit nouveaux pôles de recherche

Trente millions par an pour huit nouveaux pôles de recherche | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

La Confédération va soutenir huit nouveaux pôles de recherche à hauteur de 30 millions de francs par an jusqu'en 2017. La Suisse romande est bien représentée. (...) - rts info, 18/12/2013

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Algérie : Réflexion sur la formation des enseignants du supérieur à la pédagogie universitaire

Algérie : Réflexion sur la formation des enseignants du supérieur à la pédagogie universitaire | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Les problématiques de l'acte d'enseigner sont multidimensionnelles, politiques, socio-économiques et culturelles comme dans la plupart des universités du monde, mais restons centrés sur ses composantes pédagogiques. En effet, pour faire de nos universités des lieux d'apprentissage crédibles et innovants, un point est souvent oublié : la pédagogie. Or, c'est par la pédagogie que fonctionne l'université en tant qu'instance de transmission et de construction du savoir. En effet, afin de mieux répondre aux besoins actuels des sociétés de savoirs, plusieurs facultés et écoles des différentes disciplines, en Algérie et ailleurs dans le monde, entreprennent actuellement de nécessaires réformes de leurs cursus d'études (LMD) et une valorisation de l'acte d'enseigner. À cet effet, il est essentiel, de suivre une démarche cohérente pour élaborer les programmes disciplinaires selon les normes modernes en sciences de l'éducation et de renfoncer les pratiques enseignantes par des démarches d'apprentissage à la pédagogie universitaire. (...) - Par Lardjane Dahmane - Conseiller et concepteur en pédagogie universitaire ,  Liberté Algérie, 18/12/2013

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What is the Lifespan of a Research Article?

What is the Lifespan of a Research Article? | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

An analysis of article downloads from 2,812 academic and professional journals published by 13 presses in the sciences, social sciences, and humanities reveals extensive usage of articles years after publication.

Measuring usage half-life–the median age of articles downloaded from a publisher’s website–just 3% of journals had half-lives shorter than 12 months. Nearly 17% of all journals had usage half-lives exceeding six years. (...) - Blog 'the scholarly kitchen', Dec 18, 2013

 

 

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Africa: New EU partnership, and initiatives to boost research

The European Union and Africa have agreed to set up a long-term, jointly funded research and innovation partnership to promote food and nutrition security. Meanwhile, a new innovation centre in Ethiopia and a plant breeding academy in Kenya have been announced.

The new partnership was approved at a meeting in Brussels of the EU-Africa High Level Policy Dialogue on science, technology and innovation held on 29 November, according to a European Commission alert. (...) - University World News, by Wagdy Sawahel, 13 December 2013 Issue No:300

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La crise d’identité des universités européennes

La crise d’identité des universités européennes | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it
Víctor Pérez-Díaz - Le monde de l’enseignement supérieur en Europe se trouve aujourd’hui dans un état de profonde indécision. Former des étudiants à des métiers ou développer la recherche est un choix fondamental sur lequel il faut trancher. Mais cela doit se faire en respectant la mémoire universitaire et dans l'intérêt des étudiants. (...) - par Víctor Pérez-Díaz, Les Echos, 13/12/2013
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US budget deal would ease science agencies' pain

US budget deal would ease science agencies' pain | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Congress readies plan to end mandatory cuts until 2016.

The US Congress has announced that it is close to a deal on government spending that would, for the next two years, eliminate the across-the-board cuts known as sequestration. The deal offers a respite from the partisan battles over government spending that culminated in October with a 16-day government shutdown, and it would give a budgetary boost to science agencies in 2014, rather than another set of cuts. (...) - by Lauren Morello, Nature, 11 December 2013

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Royaume-Uni : hausse de salaire de 8% pour les présidents d'universités renommées

Dans une vingtaine d'universités britanniques prestigieuses, les présidents ont bénéficié de 8% d'augmentation de salaire entre 2012 et 2013, contre 1% pour le reste du personnel. (...) - vousnousils, 06/01/2014

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French academy decries slide in research spending

French academy decries slide in research spending | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Cut of €80 million in 2014 budget threatens health of basic research, scientists warn.

The French Academy of Sciences has issued its strongest distress signal in decades to warn against the consequences of recent declines in government research spending. (...) - by Barbara Casassus, Nature, 02 January 2014

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The Snarky, Clever Comments Hidden in the "Acknowledgments" of Academic Papers

The Snarky, Clever Comments Hidden in the "Acknowledgments" of Academic Papers | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

In a modern scientific paper, if you cruise past the “Materials and Methods” section and stop right before you hit the “References,” you’ll find the “Acknowledgments” section, wherein authors are given space to thank others for their contributions to the project. It is generally accepted that this paragraph is ignored by both readers and reviewers alike. Accordingly, it is chock full of inside jokes, snarky comments, and general silliness. Here, for your enjoyment, are a few of our favorite examples. (...) - Slate, by Meredith Carpenter and Lillian Fritz-Laylin, 27/12/2013

 

 

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Higher cost no guarantee of higher education quality

The former education advisor to Tony Blair's Labour administration told an international higher education conference in London that higher prices for a university degree should not be seen as any guarantee that students were getting better quality education.

Sir Michael Barber, co-author of the far-reaching report An Avalanche is Coming: Higher education and the revolution ahead, was speaking at the opening of a conference on “The International Higher Education Revolution: Impacts on mobility, qualifications, networks”, staged in London by The Observatory on Borderless Higher Education, or OBHE, from 11-12 December. (...) - University World News, by Nic Mitchell, 20 December 2013 Issue No:301

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Iran : La contestation étudiante continue | meltycampus.fr

Iran : La contestation étudiante continue | meltycampus.fr | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

En Iran, les étudiants manifestent dans de nombreuses universités depuis plusieurs mois. Ils demandent principalement la démission des doyens et la libération des étudiants emprisonnés. meltyCampus vous en dit plus. (...) - meltycampus, par Romain Herveys, 19/12/2013

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Tuition fees no object: Record numbers of students enrol at UK universities

Tuition fees no object: Record numbers of students enrol at UK universities | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Record numbers of students enrolled at UK universities this autumn - thanks to thousands of A-level students with lower grades than previous years being snapped up for places, it emerged on Thursday. (...) -  by Richard Garner, The Independent, 18/12/2013

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U.S. Budget Deal Reaches Finish Line

U.S. Budget Deal Reaches Finish Line | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Research spending will gain some protection under legislation headed for White House.

The U.S. Senate has approved a bipartisan, 2-year budget agreement that is expected to ease pressure to cut spending on research. Today’s 64 to 36 vote clears the way for President Barack Obama to sign the measure, and for congressional appropriators to finalize spending bills for specific agencies for the 2014 fiscal year, which began on 1 October. Lawmakers need to reach agreement by 15 January, when a current deal giving agencies the authority to spend money expires. (...) -  by David Malakoff, Science, 18 December 2013

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Focus on outcome

Basic research increasingly targets societal outcomes, finds study.

The global recession has led government-funded academic science to focus increasingly on 'targeted outcomes' with a clear societal or economic impact, finds a report. The State of Higher Education 2013, released on 1 December by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development in Paris, polled presidents and rectors at 34 higher-education institutions across 29 nations. Researchers are also spending a lot of time on public outreach, it finds. “If taxpayers understand the value of the research, they're more likely to agree to fund it,” says report co-author Ellen Hazelkorn, vice-president of research and enterprise at the Dublin Institute of Technology. She suggests that early-career researchers polish their communication skills and focus on interdisciplinary work. (...) - Nature 504, 473, 18 December 2013

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Austria: New government scraps science and research ministry

The new Austrian government is integrating the country’s Ministry of Science and Research into a Ministry of Economics and Family Affairs. The move has met with a storm of protest among academics and students.

Like Germany, Austria went to the polls last September, and it has taken politicians in both countries two-and-a-half months to form new governments. (...)  - University World News, by Michael Gardner, 18 December 2013 Issue No:301

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Exclusive interview: Jean-Pierre Bourguignon — the new no-nonsense ERC President

Exclusive interview: Jean-Pierre Bourguignon — the new no-nonsense ERC President | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Jean-Pierre Bourguignon has just been nominated President of the ERC for four years, renewable once. He is a French mathematician specialised in differential geometry, a field now often referred to as global analysis, and its connection to theoretical physics. He was trained at the prestigious elite school École Polytechnique. His appointment has been announced as he just retired following a long career at the French National Centre for Scientific Research (CNRS). Since 1994, he has been the director of the Institut des Hautes Études Scientifiques (IHÉS), an atypical multidisciplinary research institute, which is a private foundation, specialised in the theoretical aspects of sciences such as mathematics, physics and biology, staffed by two field medallists and regularly visited by two more. He shares his vision for his new role with the Euroscientist, in his first official interview after being nominated. (...) Euroscientist, 17th December, 2013

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Universities UK seeks legal backing over gender segregation guidance

Universities UK seeks legal backing over gender segregation guidance | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Organisation requests advice from Equality and Human Rights Commission after controversy over its advice.

Universities UK has asked the Equality and Human Rights Commission to seek a legal ruling on the education body's published guidance permitting the voluntarily segregation of men and women at campus events. (...) - by Peter Walker, The Guardian, 12 December 2013

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EU opens the €80 billion Horizon 2020 to researchers

The European Commission this week opened the way for universities, research organisations and businesses to apply for a share of its massive €80 billion (US$110 billion) Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme. But questions have already been raised over whether the proposed selection procedures will be good enough to reduce complaints about awards. (...) - University World News, by

Alan Osborn, 12 December 2013, Issue No:300

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