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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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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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Many students paying higher tuition fees consider courses poor value

Many students paying higher tuition fees consider courses poor value | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

A third of first- and second-year students in England, paying up to £9,000 fees, consider their course poor or very poor value for money, according to findings from a student experience survey.

 

A third of first-year and second-year students in England, who pay up to £9,000 in tuition fees consider their course to be poor or very poor value for money, according to the latest findings from a student experience survey.

The findings from the Higher Education Policy Institute Student Academic Experience Survey show that poor value for money was felt most by students in England, who have experienced a dramatic rise in fees to £9,000 per year. (...) - by Caitlin Robinson, The Guardian, 22 May 2014

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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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Venezuela : les principales universités en grève contre les arrestations d'étudiants

Venezuela : les principales universités en grève contre les arrestations d'étudiants | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Caracas, 22 mai 2014 (AFP) - Au moins 18 universités publiques et privées du Venezuela ont lancé jeudi une grève de 24 heures pour exiger la libération d'étudiants arrêtés au cours des manifestations anti-gouvernementales qui agitent le pays et ont fait 42 morts depuis début février. (...) - Nouvel Obs, 22/05/2014

 

 

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Special issue on alternative research funding

Special issue on alternative research funding | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Like the wavy lines of the painting illustrating this issue, reinventing research funding may not follow a straight path. It may not happen overnight either. In this special issue of the EuroScientist, we explore the two facets of funding mechanisms that need to be revisited: at the macro level, where R&D policy shapes the way research funding is allocated, and at micro level, where peer review shapes the way research funding is distributed. (...) - EuroScientist Webzine, 21/05/2014

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This innovation is rocking higher-ed IT

This innovation is rocking higher-ed IT | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Cloud computing is nothing new, but how higher education institutions and IT are using the technology has certainly become innovative. (e-campus news)


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Le Japon veut devenir "le pays au monde où le contexte est le plus propice à l'innovation" (Yuko Harayama)

"Le Premier ministre japonais Shinzo Abe a fixé comme objectif que le Japon devienne le pays au monde où le contexte est le plus propice à l’innovation." C’est ce que déclare Yuko Harayama, membre exécutive permanente du Conseil japonais pour la science, la technologie et l’innovation, lors d’une conférence à Paris mercredi 7 mai 2014. Ce conseil, "créé dans les années 1990", est placé sous la responsabilité du Premier ministre. Il a intégré, "par modification de la loi, en avril dernier", la dimension d’innovation, "ce qui va au-delà du symbole et l’oblige à travailler avec les industriels", précise Yuko Harayama qui détaille au cours de sa conférence les enjeux, atout s et difficultés de la politique scientifique japonaise à cet égard. (...) AEF, par Anne Roy - Le mardi 20 mai 2014 - dépêche n°480875

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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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[Irlande] Les visas scientifiques ou "fast-track visas" : un plus pour la collaboration scientifique

[Irlande] Les visas scientifiques ou "fast-track visas" : un plus pour la collaboration scientifique | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Une étude conduite par Horizon EU, le magazine de recherche et d'innovation européenne, permet de dresser un constat sur l'impact des "fast-track visas" en Irlande, mis en place depuis 2007. Ce programme vise à faciliter la venue des scientifiques étrangers dans les pays de l'Union Européenne. Plus de 300 chercheurs, ayant bénéficié ou encore bénéficiaires de ces visas, ont répondu aux questions de cette étude. (...) - BE Irlande 51, Les Bulletins Electroniques des Ambassades de France, 2014/05/19

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UK prize lets public decide on world's biggest science problem

UK prize lets public decide on world's biggest science problem | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Winning challenge will be focus of £10-million Longitude Prize fund.

 

What should be the next grand innovation challenge in science? That is the question being put to the British public today to help in awarding the £10-million (US$17-million) Longitude Prize, designed to help overcome one of the world’s most pressing scientific problems. (...) - by Katia Moskvitch, Nature, 19 May 2014

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Chinese agencies announce open-access policies

Chinese agencies announce open-access policies | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Researchers will now be required to make papers free to read within one year of publication.

China has officially joined the international push to make research papers free to read. On 15 May, the National Natural Science Foundation of China (NSFC), one of the country’s major basic-science funding agencies, and the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS), which funds and conducts research at more than 100 institutions, announced that researchers they support should deposit their papers into online repositories and make them publicly accessible within 12 months of publication.(...) - by Richard Van Noorden, Nature, 19 May 2014

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How to Make College Affordable

How to Make College Affordable | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

As a successful and highly popular two-term governor of Indiana, Mitch Daniels taught the Republican party valuable lessons in management, and he is now doing the same for academia as president of Purdue University. For the third year in a row, Purdue has frozen tuition rates. 


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Research funders announce open access policies

China’s top science funding agencies – the Chinese Academy of Sciences and the National Natural Science Foundation of China – have issued new open access policies on research in a move to make research widely available. The academy said open access would “facilitate knowledge dissemination and accelerate the globalisation of science”.(...) - University World News, by Yojana Sharma, 23 May 2014 Issue No:321

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US: For-Profits' Fundamental Difference

US: For-Profits' Fundamental Difference | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Paper argues that for-profit colleges operate and should be treated differently.

WASHINGTON -- Let's stipulate up front that Bob Shireman is anything but an objective observer of for-profit higher education. For much of President Obama's first term, he made life a living hell for colleges in the sector through his aggressive pursuit of new regulations designed to ensure they were preparing their graduates for "gainful employment." (...) - by Doug Lederman, Inside Higher Ed, May 22 2014

 

 

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Short-term thinking is the main problem for for-profit colleges (essay)

Short-term thinking is the main problem for for-profit colleges (essay) | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

The debate on the Department of Education’s proposed “Gainful Employment” rule has fixed attention on the failure by both sides to resolve one of the nation’s most important problems: How to effectively serve the education needs of America’s new traditional students. (...) - by Jorge Klor de Alva, Inside Higher Ed, May 22, 2014

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US physics strategy collides with budget

US physics strategy collides with budget | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Particle physicists seek international collaboration as domestic funding faces uncertain future.

Faced with tightening budgets, US high-energy physicists have set out a research agenda for the coming decade that relies more heavily than ever on international collaboration. (...) - by Mark Peplow, Nature, 22 May 2014

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Alternative modes of research funding: exceptions or growing trend?

Alternative modes of research funding: exceptions or growing trend? | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Peer-review of projects dominates when it comes to decision on how to allocate funding for science. But is it really the best way? Funders certainly think so. Over 95% of biomedical funding in the UK, for example, relied on peer-review grant allocations, a 2012 report found. In the absence of tried and tested alternative, peer review has become the default solution. But there is a clear demand for new and less onerous ways of funding research. (...) - EuroScientist Webzine, by Sabine Louët, May 21st, 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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Evaluating Evaluations

Evaluating Evaluations | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it
Study suggests research plays bigger role in faculty evaluations, student evaluations could matter less.To the many professors who say that student course evaluation data play too big a role in promotion and tenure decisions, a new studymight come as both good news and bad. On the one hand, faculty evaluations seem to be getting more holistic, with deans gathering data from an increasing number of sources to assess professor performance. On the other hand, student evaluation results are playing a role in promotion and tenure decisions at more and more colleges. (...) - Inside Higher Ed, by Colleen Flaherty, May 20, 2014
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What makes a university career a success or a failure?

What makes a university career a success or a failure? | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

A quiet revolution has been going on in the corridors of academia: nowadays, being a success may include having a life outside, says Jonathan Wolff.

A retiring US university president in the 1960s was asked how he had managed to remain so universally popular. He is said to have replied, "I make a point of never discussing sports with alumni, sex with students, or parking with faculty." (...) - by Jonathan Wolf, The Guadian, 20/05/2014

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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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Publication d’un nouveau classement des capacités d’innovation des pays européens

A l’occasion de l’édition 2014 de la foire de Hanovre, l’Institut pour l’innovation et la technique (iit) de Berlin a présenté sa nouvelle publication, l’Indicateur des capacités d’innovation (iit-Innovationsfahigkeitsindikator). Cette étude évalue les potentialités en matière d’innovation de 25 pays européens, en se basant sur la comparaison de 42 indicateurs répartis dans 4 catégories. Il s’intéresse donc à la capacité des Etats à initier, développer et réaliser des processus et des produits innovants. (...) - Portail pour la Science de l'Ambassade de France en Allemagne, 22/04/2014

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Chinese agencies announce open-access policies

Chinese agencies announce open-access policies | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Researchers will now be required to make papers free to read within one year of publication.

China has officially joined the international push to make research papers free to read. On 15 May, the National Natural Science Foundation of China (NSFC), one of the country’s major basic-science funding agencies, and the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS), which funds and conducts research at more than 100 institutions, announced that researchers they support should deposit their papers into online repositories and make them publicly accessible within 12 months of publication. (...) - by Richard Van Noorden, Nature, 19 May 2014

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Citizen science draws amateurs into scientific research

Citizen science draws amateurs into scientific research | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

In the Internet era, research moves from professionals’ labs to amateurs’ homes.

 

FOR THOUSANDS of ordinary people around the world, one of biology’s hardest problems is just a game. Both scientists and supercomputers have long struggled to predict the three-dimensional structures of the biological molecules called proteins. These structures are crucial to understanding proteins’ roles in fundamental cellular processes and disease, but predicting them is no easy task—which is why some researchers have turned to laypeople for help.  (...) - by Katherine Xue, Harvard Magazine Jan-Feb 2014


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Citizen have been involved in science for a long time by their hobbies in astronomy, zoology, botanic... Hovewer at the fall of the 1990s, researchers asked citizen to help them in the first digital citizen-science project called SETI. Later, in 2004 Rosetta@home also required people to share their home computer to solve protein structure. Now lots of citizen science projects are provided helped by the power of social media, collaborative platforms and online gaming. A new relationship is growing between scientist and citizen.