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Mali: Enseignement supérieur : FLSL, le spectre nouvelle année blanche plane sur les étudiants en langues

Mali: Enseignement supérieur : FLSL, le spectre nouvelle année blanche plane sur les étudiants en langues | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

En classe depuis quelques mois, les étudiants de la faculté des Lettres et des Sciences du langage, filière Anglaise, risquent  de perdre une année de plus. Le vendredi  05 septembre dernier, au lendemain de l’accueil solennel des 9 nouveaux docteurs en Anglais soutenus  à l’Université d’Education de Winneba à Accra (GHANA), par le ministre de l’enseignement supérieur et de la recherche scientifique, l’administration de la dite faculté et le comité AEEM ont eu un entretien. A la suite duquel, la possibilité d’une année blanche est à prévoir. Selon le Doyen, Bougoutié Coulibaly, le nerf du problème c’est les heures supplémentaires des professeurs. (...) - maliactu.net, par Diabate Kadidia, 14/09/2014

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[Belgique] Marcourt: "Il faut réformer le système de financement des universités"

[Belgique] Marcourt: "Il faut réformer le système de financement des universités" | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

La réforme de l’enseignement supérieur francophone entre en partie en vigueur en cette rentrée académique et le chantier est immense. Jean-Claude Marcourt (PS), qui l’a initiée, répond aux critiques qu’elle suscite. (...) - La Libre, entretien: Isabelle Lemaire, 12/09/2014

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To Tenure or Not to Tenure?

To Tenure or Not to Tenure? | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it
What to expect when you’re asked to write an external letter of recommendation, or when you’re the subject of one.
. Every summer and fall, along with the many other rituals of faculty life, comes this task: evaluating academics who are up for tenure or promotion at other campuses. (...) - The Chronicle of Higher Education, September 10, 2014
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When Scientists Give Up

When Scientists Give Up | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

They were talented, idealistic risk-takers on the road to what they thought would be important medical discoveries. But when the funding for risk-takers dried up, these two academics called it quits. (...) - by Richard Harris, NPR, September 09, 2014

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Should older academics be forced to retire?

Should older academics be forced to retire? | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

The post articulates the inter-generational resentment brewing inside our universities. It expresses sentiments I have heard often from my peers in their 30’s and 40’s in the tea rooms of academia. Rarely however, does this resentment find its way into the public sphere where it can be discussed and debated. (...) - The Thesis Whisperer, September 10, 2014

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[Australia] ‘Traditional’ academics are an endangered species

Profound changes have transformed the role of the ‘traditional’ academic in Australian universities, so much so that this once typical academic might soon be numbered among the nation’s endangered species.

A ‘policy note’ released by the Group of Eight, or Go8, research-intensive universities this week says that whereas academics were once employed full-time to undertake teaching and research, these fortunates are fast disappearing. (...) - University World News, by Geoff Maslen, 09 September 2014 Issue No:334

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Scotland's independence vote rocks science

Scotland's independence vote rocks science | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Vying camps make bold claims about sovereignty as a blessing—or a curse—for science.

On 18 September, the people of Scotland will vote on whether their nation should separate from the United Kingdom and become independent. With the margin of victory now expected to be razor-thin, the debate among researchers is growing more strident over whether independence will ring in a golden era for Scottish science—or cripple it for years to come. Researchers opposed to independence say a split will harm science, depriving it of funds and talent. "Yes" campaigners counter that the Scottish government has vowed to protect science during the transition and to maintain funding at least at current levels. A strong science record is at stake. (...) - by Daniel Clery, Science, 9 September 2014

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Berkeley chancellor angers faculty members with remarks on civility and free speech

Berkeley chancellor angers faculty members with remarks on civility and free speech | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

The Problem With Civility
Will 2014 be the year of civility in faculty conduct? It seems to be shaping up that way, with administrators and even courts recently weighing in on the concept – to the dismay of many faculty members who see expectations of civility as incompatible with academic freedom. It's not that critics want everyone to be rude, but they say that civility can be used as grounds to squelch unpopular ideas that deserve a home in academe. (...) - by Colleen Flaherty, Inside Higher Ed, September 9, 2014

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L'impressionnant magot de l'université Harvard

L'impressionnant magot de l'université Harvard | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Alors qu'elle fête son 378ème anniversaire, Harvard University vient d'annoncer qu'elle avait reçu un don record de 350 millions de dollars. Un joli cadeau qui vient alimenter sa gigantesque cagnotte... (...) - Capital, par Sandrine Chauvin, 08/09/2014

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Japan's researchers face increased ethics oversight

Funding approval will hinge on bolstering research integrity.

 

TOKYO—Scientists in Japan applying for government grants will soon be getting new mandatory reading material: a manual for promoting research integrity.

The manual, to be released by the end of the year, is being developed by the country’s three major funding agencies and the Science Council of Japan, the nation’s largest organization of researchers. (...) - by Dennis Normile, Science, 5 September 2014

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Writers' Lab: Writing practices of a postdoc in the sciences

Writers' Lab: Writing practices of a postdoc in the sciences | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Today in the Writers' Lab I have the pleasure of inviting William Alexander, who shares with us his writing habits. William Alexander was born and educated in Missouri. Currently a Postdoctoral Research Associate at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, his interests center on synthetic biology, homebrewing, and child rearing. (...) - PhD Talk, by William Alexander, September 2, 2014

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Belgique : Et la recherche… bordel ?

Belgique : Et la recherche… bordel ? | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Le décret Marcourt va réorganiser le paysage de l’enseignement supérieur francophone. La recherche pourrait en souffrir si le marché du travail n’accueille pas les profils précédemment absorbés par les universités.
Une opinion de Jacques Wels, sociologue à l’ULB. (...) - La Libre, 01/09/2014

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Scottish independence: Academics fear a university brain drain of country's best scientists

Scottish independence: Academics fear a university brain drain of country's best scientists | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Scottish universities could face a brain drain of some of their finest scientists if the country votes for independence, a number of leading academics fear.

They voiced concerns that the institutions could lose billions of pounds of funding for research.

Several senior scientists have already been contacted by English universities because of the prospect of a yes vote in the referendum on 18 September, sources told The Guardian. (...) - by Ian Jihnston, The Independent, 31/08/2014

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U-Multirank – A university ranking evaluation

The number of international university rankings continues to increase. They fulfil several roles. Students and their parents, potential employers and sponsors need to have some idea of the quality of the places where they spend time and money.

Government agencies and university administrators want to assess the results of expenditure of public funds. Rankings have also become an arena for competition among universities and states for prestige and resources. (...) - University World News, by Richard Holmes, 12 September 2014 Issue No:334

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1 million $ en droits de scolarité impayés à l'Université Laval

1 million $ en droits de scolarité impayés à l'Université Laval | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

(Québec) Des étudiants de l'Université Laval ont de plus en plus de difficulté à payer leurs droits de scolarité. En un an seulement, les mauvaises créances liées aux études ont plus que quadruplé, atteignant presque un million de dollars. (...) - par Daphnée Dion-Viens, La Presse, 11/09/2014

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UK: Universities minister Greg Clark rules out increasing tuition fees

UK: Universities minister Greg Clark rules out increasing tuition fees | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Universities minister says he is ‘not persuaded’ by the argument for raising fees to take into account increased costs.

 

Universities minister Greg Clark has ruled out increasing tuition fees and making further cuts to higher education.

Speaking to vice-chancellors at Universities UK’s annual conference in Leeds, Clark said the current £9,000 fee “broadly covers the cost of education for most courses in most institutions and there are arrangements to support high-cost courses.” He said he’s “not persuaded” by the argument for raising fees to take into account increased costs. (...) - by Claire Shaw, The Guardian, 10 September 2014

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Britain has one of highest rates of university participation - yet literacy remains low

Britain has one of highest rates of university participation - yet literacy remains low | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

The drive to send more British people to university has failed to produce a rise in literacy and numeracy skills, a major international study has revealed.

Britain now has one of the highest rates of university participation in the world – yet only one in four of those students reach the highest levels of literacy, according to the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD). Many students fail to improve their key skills at all during their degrees. (...) - by Richard Garner, The Independent, 10 September 2014

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A push to sell research

A push to sell research | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Initiatives to move research out of University labs and onto shelves are growing thanks in part to a new federal grant.

 

The University of Minnesota is taking its “Driven to Discover” mantra outside of classrooms and labs by arming faculty and student researchers with new initiatives to turn their breakthroughs into businesses.

Last year, faculty research helped create 15 start-up companies — a figure the institution’s officials are looking to expand. (...) - Minnesota Daily, by Blair Emerson & Parker Lemke, September 09, 2014

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[Maroc] Enseignement supérieur La rupture attendue de la réforme de la réforme

[Maroc] Enseignement supérieur La rupture attendue de la réforme de la réforme | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

- Rendre effective l’autonomie des universités

- Une refonte de la politique de la recherche scientifique.

 

Les facs, fabriques à chômage? Cette image qui colle à la peau de l’université est certes entretenue par les difficultés croissantes des diplômés à trouver du travail, mais elle ne doit pas occulter l’émergence des îlots de performance. Les facultés des sciences et techniques -les FST- comme on les appelle dans la profession, ont démontré que l’on peut faire bouger les montagnes et qu’il n’y avait pas de fatalité à la détérioration de la qualité de l’enseignement. (...) - Leconomiste.com, 09/09/2014

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U.S. Science Suffering From Booms And Busts In Funding

U.S. Science Suffering From Booms And Busts In Funding | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

The federal budget for bioscience has undergone big swings since 2000. Some scientists are now out of work and others are abandoning the ambitious, creative ideas that fuel discovery. (...) - by Richard Harris and Robert Benincasa, NPR, September 09, 2014

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Professor fired for Israel criticism urges University of Illinois to reinstate him

Steven Salaita says he is being denied his academic freedom after emails suggest donors threatened to withdraw funding. (....) - by Mark Guarino, The Guardian, 9 September 2014

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Online learning: the UK’s scepticism is holding it back

Online learning: the UK’s scepticism is holding it back | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

The UK has a long tradition of online learning, but regulation and a shift in attitudes are needed to stay top on the international stage. (...) - by Nancy Coleman, The Guardian, 7 September 2014

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Facts on tenure track in Europe’s research universities

Universities in three out of 10 European countries do not have an academic tenure track – France, Spain and the United Kingdom – while in seven countries three basic tenure models have been implemented since the turn of the century, according to a survey by the League of European Research Universities, LERU.

The models – in Belgium, Finland, Germany, Italy, The Netherlands, Sweden and Switzerland – are outlined in a paper on “Tenure and Tenure Track at LERU Universities: Models for attractive research careers in Europe” launched on Tuesday 2 September. (...) - University World News, by Jan Petter Myklebust, 03 September 2014 Issue No:333

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UK: Is it time to restructure our universities?

UK: Is it time to restructure our universities? | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

A federal approach could help tackle the divisive brand wars and class-bound hierarchies that dog our current system, says Peter Scott. ...) - by Peter Scott, The Guardian, 2 September 2014

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Chine : contrôle idéologique à l'université

Trois universités parmi les plus prestigieuses de Chine se sont engagées à renforcer le contrôle idéologique sur leurs enseignants et étudiants, pour défendre la pensée marxiste et consolider le système socialiste. (...) - Le Figaro, 01092014

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