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Ranking-system doubts

Research institutions opt out of European Union's rankings scheme.

Members of the League of European Research Universities (LERU) do not plan to support the U-Multirank university ranking system launched last month by the European Union (see Nature 494, 273; 2013). LERU, which is based in Leuven, Belgium, and represents 21 universities across the continent, objects to what it calls a lack of reliable and objectively verifiable data in U-Multirank, problems in comparing institutions between countries, the temptation for universities to change policies or practices to improve their rankings and the burden on universities to collect data, says Kurt Deketelaere, secretary-general of the league. He says that such problems plague all existing university ranking systems, and notes that LERU pulled out of a U-Multirank advisory group in 2010 because its concerns were not addressed. “Since then, we have not seen any evidence of a substantive change of course which could lead us to revisit that decision,” says Deketelaere. Individual member universities can still participate in the programme if they choose, he says, but he notes that none has opted to join so far. -

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Don Westerheijden's curator insight, March 8, 2013 5:41 AM

Nature's description of the situation is objective: LERU was part of the advisory group of U-Multirank but recanted. From my (U-Multirank team) perspective, there must have been an commnication problem, because I think my colleagues did try to get the best (reliable, valid and wherever possible verified) data base for it, and tried to communicate that with participants and advisory group. How to get back to better relations between LERU and U-Multirank?

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[Burkina Faso] Regard critique sur le système LMD (leFaso.net)

[Burkina Faso] Regard critique sur le système LMD (leFaso.net) | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Le système d’enseignement supérieur au Burkina Faso s’est engagé dans une réforme en adoptant le système LMD pour l’ensemble des formations universitaires. Ainsi, les autorités engagent notre système d’enseignement dans une diplomation à trois niveaux : Licence-Master-Doctorat (LMD, symposium national, 26-28 mai 2011). (...) - leFaso.net,

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Why the Status of Women in STEM Fields Needs to Change

Why the Status of Women in STEM Fields Needs to Change | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

It’s no secret that women are heavily under-represented in STEM fields – science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. Though the Association for Women in Science reports that 1.3 million women are employed in STEM careers, a 2009 survey by the U.S. Department of Commerce found that those women represent just 24 percent of STEM jobs – and that they earn, on average, 12 percent less than their male counterparts. A 2012 survey of publications on J­STOR, a digital archiving service, discovered that women are also unlikely to be listed as last authors of scholarly articles – especially in the biological sciences, where the rate of female last-authorship is only 16.5 percent.(...) - Soapbox Science, 06 Mar 2013

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Gabon : A quand la fin de la grève dans les universités ?

Gabon : A quand la fin de la grève dans les universités ? | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Libreville, 4 mars 2013 (Infos Gabon) – Cela fait un mois que les cours ont été gelés dans les universités et grandes écoles publiques gabonaises depuis le mot d’ordre de grève illimité lancé par les syndicats de l’enseignement supérieur, qui a pris effet le 4 février 2013 et dont la poursuite a été réitérée samedi dernier par lesdits syndicalistes. (...) - infosgabon, 04/03/2013

 

 

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[République Centrafricaine] Bangui : La grève des enseignants vacataires se poursuit

[République Centrafricaine] Bangui : La grève des enseignants vacataires se poursuit | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Bangui, 4 mars 2013 (RJDH) – Les enseignants vacataires de l’Université de Bangui qui sont entrés en grève depuis deux semaines ont barricadé le portail du rectorat et certaines salles de classe ce lundi 4 février. Ils réclament du gouvernement le payement de leurs frais de vacations. (...) -  RJDH-RCA le 4 mars 2013

 

 

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[Livre] Les universités russes : de la fraude à l’excellence ?

[Livre] Les universités russes : de la fraude à l’excellence ? | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Depuis les campagnes d’alphabétisation de l’époque soviétique, la Russie a toujours semblé avoir une population très éduquée. Au-delà de la crise démographique et la réduction de la population active, il se pose aussi la question de la qualité des formations.

 

Dans son ouvrage, Les universités russes sont-elles compétitives ?, Tatiana Kastouéva-Jean, chercheuse à l’Institut français des relations internationales (IFRI), décortique l’état de l’enseignement supérieur en Russie à travers quelques monographies consacrées à des universités aux profils variés.(...) - La Russie d'Aujourd'hui, 03/03/2013

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Situation des Universités Sénégalaises : Des étudiants de l’UGB mettent leurs idées dans la corbeille

Situation des Universités Sénégalaises : Des étudiants de l’UGB mettent leurs idées dans la corbeille | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it
Les universités posent d’énormes questionnements au Sénégal, si d’aucuns s’inquiètent pour le nombre pléthorique, d’autres se demandent quel sera le devenir de ses pensionnaires une fois sortis. C’est une situation très inquiétante pour la jeunesse du pays. Sachant d’abord que le nombre d’étudiants est devenu illimité dans ces temples du savoir, trouver du travail devient donc difficile. Les concertations sur l’enseignement supérieur vont peut-être apporter des réponses à toutes ces questions, mais déjà le journal Campus de l’UGB, repris par le site d’information PressAfrik.com, a recueilli des avis de quelques étudiants de l’Université de Saint-Louis. (...) - PressAfrik, par Lamba KA, 02/03/2013

 

 

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USA: Current NSF Grantees Are Protected From Sequester

USA: Current NSF Grantees Are Protected From Sequester | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Existing National Science Foundation (NSF) grantees won't be affected by the government-wide funding cut, known as the sequester, scheduled to go into effect on Friday.(...) - ScienceInsider, by Jeffrey Mervis on 27 February 2013

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UK: Funding councils begin open-access consultation

They say 'lessons have been learned' after Research Councils UK is condemned for lack of dialogue

 

The funding councils' consultative approach to forming their open-access policy indicates that they have learned from the mistakes of Research Councils UK, university figures have said. (...) - Times Higher Education, By Paul Jump, 28 February, 2013

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[Suisse] Des professeurs s'élèvent contre le financement privé des universités

[Suisse] Des professeurs s'élèvent contre le financement privé des universités | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

[Audio] Dans leur "Appel de Zurich", 27 professeurs suisses mettent en garde contre le financement des universités par des entreprises privées, a indiqué le Tages Anzeiger jeudi. (...) - RTS info, 28/02/2013

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In Shift, Australia Would End R&D Tax Breaks for Big Firms to Fund New Innovation Networks

In Shift, Australia Would End R&D Tax Breaks for Big Firms to Fund New Innovation Networks | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

The Australian government is proposing to spend AUD $500 million over 4 years to establish and support up to 10 "Industry Innovation Precincts" that will create collaborations between academic, government, and industry researchers to commercialize promising discoveries. At the same time, however, the government wants to cut AUD $1billion from research and development tax breaks for large firms, a move that could hit up to 20 of the nation's biggest companies. (...)  - ScienceInsider, by Leigh Dayton, 25 February 2013

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Why are many academics on short-term contracts for years?

Why are many academics on short-term contracts for years? | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

More than a third of academics are on temporary contracts as universities casualise their workforces (...) - The Guardian via Collectif PAPERA | Monday 4 February 2013 | by Anna Fazackerley

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Irish science gets historic €300-million boost

Irish science gets historic <span>€300-million</span> boost | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Research centres will foster public–private partnernships in seven areas of excellence. (...) - by Claire O’Connell, Nature, 25 February 2013

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Allemagne : universités recherchent professeures femmes

Alors que l’Allemagne connaît une pénurie d’enseignants-chercheurs suite à l’explosion du nombre d’étudiants à l'université, un programme prévoit d’augmenter le nombre de professeurs femmes dans l’enseignement supérieur. (...) - EducPros, par Marie Luginsland, 07.03.2013

 

 

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Grèce: la réforme des universités a du mal à passer

ATHENES - Plusieurs milliers d'étudiants ont manifesté mercredi à Athènes contre le plan du gouvernement, baptisé Athina, de restructurer les universités par fermeture ou fusion de départements universitaires, a constaté une journaliste de l'AFP. (...) - AFP via romandie.com, 06/03/2013

 

 

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Lancement d'un Centre de recherche pour des scientifiques africains

Lancement d'un Centre de recherche pour des scientifiques africains | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Luanda - Les Universités "Agostinho Neto" (Angola), Newcastle (Royaume Uni) et l'ONG Institut Planet Earth (PEI) comptent lancer prochainement un Centre pionnier de Recherche de Doctorat pour la durabilité, à Luanda, en Angola. (...) Angola Press, 05/03/2013

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Universités sénégalaises : Quand l’obscurantisme est leur loi…

Universités sénégalaises :  Quand l’obscurantisme est leur loi… | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it
Au fond, en plus d’être un Timonier à qui l’on demande de tenir solidement la barre du Sénégal afin de le conduire vers des rivages de prospérité, en plus de faire preuve de compétences manageriales, le président de la République, M. Macky Sall, doit aussi posséder des talents d’artificier. (...) - leral.net, 04/03/2013

 

 

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USA: Sequestration Presents Uncertain Outlook for Students, Researchers, and Job-Seekers

USA: Sequestration Presents Uncertain Outlook for Students, Researchers, and Job-Seekers | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

While Congress failed to act in time to head off the federal spending cuts, higher-education and other groups still don't know exactly how they'll be affected.(...) - The Chronicle of Higher Education, By Allie Bidwell, March 1, 2013

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Université de Montréal - Le «marché du savoir» a ses partenaires

Université de Montréal - Le «marché du savoir» a ses partenaires | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Les besoins du milieu orientent souvent la formation

 

Comptant parmi les sources de revenus des universités, les services de formation continue conçoivent, avec leurs partenaires, des formations étroitement calibrées selon les besoins du marché du travail. (...) - Le Devoir, par Assïa Kettani, 02/03/2013

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World-class research on the rise in Brazil, Asia – Report

World-class research on the rise in Brazil, Asia – Report | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Emerging economies such as the BRICs – Brazil, Russia, India and China – and South Korea have been catching up with the West and Japan in research and development spending for some years, and their research ‘portfolios’ are showing significant areas of world-class excellence, according to a new report by Thomson Reuters. (...) - University World News, by Yojana Sharma, 27 February 2013, Issue No:261

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Universités - Québec réduit les coupes des trois quarts

Universités - Québec réduit les coupes des trois quarts | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

En vertu d’une entente intervenue entre les recteurs et le gouvernement Marois, ce n’est que le quart de la coupe de 249 millions en deux ans qui se traduira par des compressions réelles dans les universités. «... [abonnés] (...) - Le Devoir, par Marie-Andrée Chouinard et Robert Dutrisac, 01/03/2013

 

 

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Does the UK need to spend more on basic research?

Does the UK need to spend more on basic research? | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Recent interventions by high-profile scientists have reignited the debate about whether we spend enough on fundamental research in the UK. Such debates frequently generate more heat than light and may be obscuring the bigger picture (...) - The Guardian, by Kieron Flanagan, 27/02/2013

 

 

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New Science Body to Advise European Commission President

New Science Body to Advise European Commission President | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

The European Commission has set up a science advisory body that will report directly to its president, José Manuel Barroso.

 

The Science and Technology Advisory Council will identify areas where research and innovation can contribute to Europe's growth—with a particular focus on benefits and risks of science and technology advances and how to communicate these. The group, similar to one advising President Barack Obama in the United States, held its first meeting in Brussels today. It is made up of 15 members drawn mostly from academia, including Hans-Joachim Schellnhuber, an influential climate scientist from Germany; French mathematician Cédric Villani, who was a Fields medalist in 2010; and Israeli crystallographer Ada Yonath, who received the Nobel Prize in chemistry in 2009. (...) - ScienceInsider, by Tania Rabesandratana, With Reporting by Kai Kupferschmidt on 27 February 2013

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UK: Postgraduate guide 2013

UK: Postgraduate guide 2013 | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it
The Education Guardian has published it's annual postgraduate guide to master's. Get the full downloadable guide here
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Un millier de personnes manifestent en marge du Sommet

Un millier de personnes manifestent en marge du Sommet | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

(Montréal) Près de 1000 personnes ont marché dans les rues du centre-ville de Montréal pour la gratuité scolaire et surtout pour dénoncer le Sommet sur l'enseignement supérieur qui se tient lundi et mardi. (...) - par Émilie Bilodeau, La Presse, 25 février 2013

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