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Les silences de la Sorbonne Abou Dhabi

Les silences de la Sorbonne Abou Dhabi | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

S’il est un Emirati qui a été déçu par la visite de François Hollande à Abou Dhabi, à la mi-janvier, c’est Nasser Bin Ghaith. Emprisonné pendant huit mois en 2011 pour ses écrits prodémocratie, interdit d’enseignement et de publication, ce professeur de droit international n’est pas naïf au point d’imaginer que le président français sermonnerait en public les sourcilleux cheikhs des Emirats arabes unis (EAU). D’autant que l’homme de l’Elysée, escorté par le gratin du CAC 40, venait expressément courtiser la richissime famille Al-Nahyan, aux manettes de cette fédération de micromonarchies, après une série de camouflets commerciaux, comme la perte d’un méga-contrat de sept centrales nucléaires, finalement attribué à des Sud-Coréens. (...) - par Benjamin Barthe, Le Monde, 10 février 2013 via  Sauvons l'Université !

 

 

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Bias in UK recruitment

White men dominate UK professoriate.

 

Just one in five professors at UK higher education institutions (HEIs) is female, although women comprise nearly half of other academic staff, according to a report. Black and minority ethnic (BME) researchers account for only 7% of professors, but 13% of other academics. Four times more men than women applied for professorial posts between 2008 and 2011, says The Position of Women and BME Staff in Professorial Roles in UK HEIs, released on 29 January by the University and College Union (UCU) in London and based on data from the UK Higher Education Statistics Agency. In its report, the UCU calls for universities to track recruitment and retention, create and monitor equality targets and investigate why so few women apply to be professors. - Nature 494, 139 (2013), 06 February 2013

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USA: A voice for adjunct staff

Contingent faculty members should have a say in setting university policy.

 

US universities should let adjunct and contingent faculty members participate in setting policy, argues the American Association of University Professors (AAUP) in a report published on 21 January. The Inclusion in Governance of Faculty Members Holding Contingent Appointments says that excluding full- and part-time non-tenure-track teachers, as well as graduate students, postdocs and librarians who teach or do research, leaves them unrepresented and undermines equity among colleagues. It recommends paying contingent staff for time devoted to governance. Gwendolyn Bradley, senior programme officer for the AAUP in Washington DC, says that faculty senates and AAUP union representatives will work with universities to adopt the recommendations. - Naturejobs, Nature 494, 139 (2013)

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Lofty Goals in Spanish Research Plan. But Very Little Money

Lofty Goals in Spanish Research Plan. But Very Little Money | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

BARCELONA, SPAIN—The Spanish government has issued a new road map for science that sets high goals for the national research system, but researchers are disappointed that it has little new money to offer. Instead, the government hopes corporate funding will increase dramatically—which the scientific community says is not likely to happen.(...) - ScienceInsider, by Elisabeth Pain on 5 February 2013

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Tunisie – Arrêt des cours dans les universités tunisiennes les 8 et 9 février

Tunisie – Arrêt des cours dans les universités tunisiennes les 8 et 9 février | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Le ministère de l’enseignement supérieur vient de rendre public un communiqué dans lequel il annonce l’arrêt des cours dans toutes les universités tunisiennes les vendredi 8 et samedi 9 février - (Businessnews.com.tn), 07/02/2013

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[Québec] Financement des universités - Les entreprises rejettent l’idée d’une taxe

[Québec] Financement des universités - Les entreprises rejettent l’idée d’une taxe | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

La communauté d’affaires est bien disposée à se rapprocher des universités pour que Montréal redore son statut de métropole universitaire, mais son soutien ne passera pas par le prélèvement d’une taxe sur la masse salariale destinée à nourrir un Fonds de l’enseignement supérieur, à la manière ontarienne.(...) - Le Devoir, par Marie-Andrée Chouinard, 5/02/2013

 

 

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[Québec] Les universités seraient affaiblies

[Québec] Les universités seraient affaiblies | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Augmenter le nombre d’étudiants étrangers et intensifier le travail multidisciplinaire sont quelques-unes des suggestions ayant été formulées lors du forum «Montréal, métropole universitaire». (...) - Journal de Montréal, par Agnès Chapsal (Agence QMI), 04/02/2013

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La faillite des universités italiennes

Près de 60.000 étudiants en moins depuis 2003, des moyens financiers en chute libre, un taux de diplomés très en dessous de la moyenne européenne : les universités italiennes tirent la sonnette d’alarme. (...) - Le Figaro, par Quentin Blanc, le 04/02/2013

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Canada: Universities warn of graduate shortages

Six British Columbia (BC) universities have ramped up their push for an increase in government funding, releasing a report that shows the province’s economy will soon be facing a shortage of thousands of university and college graduates, writes Jonathan Fowlie for The Vancouver Sun. (...) - University World News, The Vancouver Sun, 02 February 2013 Issue No:257

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India: Research-linked appraisal for appointments is scrapped

India’s University Grants Commission (UGC) has done away with a mandatory requirement for universities to select and promote academics based solely on a performance index that includes scores for research publications and attracting research grants. The decision will affect more than a million university and college lecturers.(...) - University World News, by Alya Mishra, 02 February 2013 Issue No:257

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Australia: Government rejects its own committee’s recommendations

 More than a year ago, Australia’s federal government released the recommendations of a report it had commissioned on base funding of higher education. Among other findings, the report (http://www.innovation.gov.au/HigherEducation/Policy/BaseFundingReview/Documents/HigherEd_FundingReviewReport.pdf) called for a boost in government spending on university teaching and learning. (...) - University World News, by Geoff Maslen, 30 January 2013 Issue No:257

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Fully Fund Research, European Industrial Leaders Say

Fully Fund Research, European Industrial Leaders Say | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Researchers have a new set of allies in the campaign to stave off possible cuts to the European Union's research budget. On 30 January, the European Research Council (ERC), which funds top basic research, issued a joint letter with the European Round Table of Industrialists (ERT), a group that includes several dozen chief executives of Europe's largest companies. The letter calls for European leaders to approve the proposed €80 billion budget for Horizon 2020, the research funding program slated to run from 2014 through 2020.(...) - ScienceInsider, by Gretchen Vogel on 1 February 2013

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Funding agencies urged to check for duplicate grants

Funding agencies urged to check for duplicate grants | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Nature probe reveals lack of oversight of researchers who win two grants for similar projects. (...) - by Eugenie Samuel Reich & Conor L Myhrvold, Nature, 30 January 2013

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Europe's leaders slash proposed research budget

Europe's leaders slash proposed research budget | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it
Heads of the 27 European Union governments want €8 billion in savings over 7 years.

 

It's bad news for the massive research programme of the European Union (EU). In an acrimonious meeting of the European Council to decide the EU’s general budget for 2014–20, leaders of the union’s 27 member states slashed the €77.6 billion research budget proposed by the European Commission in November 2011 back to €69.24 billion. (...) - by Alison Abbott, Nature, 08 February 2013

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LERU: Broaden the (financial) horizon !

When the Heads of State and Government meet later this week to discuss the global EU budget 2014-2020 (MFF), the Rectors of the League of European Research Universities (LERU) urge them to take the hard decisions needed to secure Europe’s future economic prosperity and competitiveness against an extremely challenging internal and external environment. (...) Press release, LERU, 03 February, 2013

 

 

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University Revokes German Research Minister's Doctorate

University Revokes German Research Minister's Doctorate | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

The German minister for education and research finds herself this evening with no university degree. After a long-running investigation into accusations of plagiarism in Annette Schavan's 1980 Ph.D. dissertation, the University of Duesseldorf today revoked the German minister's doctoral degree (link in German). Because Schavan completed her Ph.D. on an accelerated program, she did not earn any other university degree.  (...) - ScienceInsider, by Gretchen Vogel on 5 February 2013

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L’IRD-CNRS-CPU, signent un partenariat avec les Universités ivoiriennes

L’IRD-CNRS-CPU, signent un partenariat avec les Universités ivoiriennes | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Le cabinet du Ministre de l’Enseignement supérieur et de la Recherche scientifique, Cissé Ibrahim Bacongo, a servi de cadre, le jeudi 7 février 2013, à la double signature de la lettre d’intention et d’un accord de siège, entre le ministère sus-indiqué et l’IRD-CNRS-CPU, pour un départ nouveau de la Recherche scientifique en Côte d’Ivoire. (...) - Abidjan.net, 8 février 2013

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Québec: Des suggestions révolutionnaires au financement des universités

Québec: Des suggestions révolutionnaires au financement des universités | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it
Le leader de la Coalition Avenir Québec, François Legault, a fait figure de révolutionnaire la semaine dernière en proposant deux modifications majeures au financement des universités.

La première de ses suggestions est celle qui a fait couler le plus d’encre. M. Legault propose en effet de créer deux catégories d’universités. La première serait formée d’universités élitistes, dont la recherche est déjà de niveau international, et qui ont besoin des moyens nécessaires pour conserver leur position, voire l’améliorer face aux universités de calibre semblable. (...) - Métro, 05/02/2013

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UK: University experiment likely to shrink higher education permanently

UK: University experiment likely to shrink higher education permanently | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Student numbers are heading for a triple dip – and could keep going down, writes Peter Scott (...) - by Peter Scott, The Guardian, Monday 4 February 2013

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Le classement U-Multirank fait débat

En marge de son lancement les 30 et 31 janvier dernier à Dublin, le futur classement européen des universités a essuyé quelques critiques de la part des acteurs européens de l'enseignement supérieur et de la recherche. (...) -EducPros, Olivier Monod, le 04.02.2013

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[Québec] Recherche: Pierre Duchesne annonce la tenue d'assises nationales

[Québec] Recherche: Pierre Duchesne annonce la tenue d'assises nationales | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Le ministre de l'Enseignement supérieur et de la Recherche, Pierre Duchesne, a tenté de rassurer le milieu de la recherche, vendredi, en annonçant la tenue d'assises nationales sur une future politique du gouvernement. (...) - La Presse, 01/02/2013

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Africa: Political boost for university and research initiatives

African leaders have supported higher education and research by adopting the statute for the Pan-African University, approving plans for a Tunisia-based African Union Institute for Statistics, and endorsing the creation of an African Observatory on Science, Technology and Innovation and a Pan-African Intellectual Property Organisation. (...) - University World News, by Wagdy Sawahel, 02 February 2013 Issue No:257

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figshare announces new partnership with the Public Library of Science - Digital Science

figshare announces new partnership with the Public Library of Science - Digital Science | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

figshare, a community-driven open data project, today announced a new partnership with the Public Library of Science (PLOS) to aid the visualisation of different types of data across the PLOS journals and make the data more widely accessible. figshare will host the supplemental data for all seven PLOS journals, as well as provide a widget that will enable PLOS users to view data in the articles in the browser alongside the content. figshare was founded by Mark Hahnel, and is part of the Digital Science portfolio. (...) - by Kaitlin Thaney, Digital-Science, January 30, 2013


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U-Multirank is launched, 500 universities expected to sign up

U-Multirank is launched, 500 universities expected to sign up | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

A new university ranking system, U-Multirank, was officially launched by the European Union (EU) in Dublin on Wednesday, bringing a new and broader approach to the assessment of universities throughout the world.(...) - University World News, by Alan Osborn, 01 February 2013, Issue No:257

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Global partnership launched to drive Africa’s agricultural research

Global partnership launched to drive Africa’s agricultural research | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

A collaboration between the African Union and CGIAR aims to align research priorities to create a food secure future for Africa.(...) - SciDev.Net, by George Achia, 29 janvier 2013

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