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Croatia bucks the EU trend of increased science funding

Croatia bucks the EU trend of increased science funding | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Croatia's investment in science from 2005-2011 as a percentage of GDP has dropped, singling it out in the EU, according to the 'Science, technology and innovation in Europe - 2013 edition' report published by the European Commission this month (12 April).

Croatia's average annual growth rate in science investment was around minus two per cent compared with an EU average growth rate of around three per cent. (...) - Blog SciLogs "Balkan Science Beat", by Mićo Tatalović, 23 April 2013

 

 

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Could the ‘brain drain’ be good for the Western Balkans?

The dreaded brain drain from the Western Balkans may actually be good for development, according to a report which finds that most students emigrate only to return more educated within five years, bringing back newly acquired skills.

"Skill migration should be viewed [...] as the export of intermediate goods to be processed in advanced countries and re-exported to the countries of origin," says the report published earlier this month. (...) - by Mićo Tatalović, Blo SciLogs "Balkan Science Beat", 29 April 2013

 

 

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Face à la crise, les universités américaines cassent les prix

Face à la crise, les universités américaines cassent les prix | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Confrontés à une chute des inscriptions, les établissements privés d’enseignement supérieur proposent une scolarité presque à moitié prix aux étudiants désargentés. (..) - Le Figrao étudiant, par Quentin Blanc, 14/05/2013

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Scholarly publishing should be set free – but not a free-for-all

Scholarly publishing should be set free – but not a free-for-all | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Of course we need evidence-based published science, says Peter Scott, but we also need to make room for creative thinking, which does not always lead to publication (...) - by Peter Scott, The Guardian, Monday 6 May 2013

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Canadian University Slashes Tuition for Americans

Canadian University Slashes Tuition for Americans | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

The University of Windsor sits just across the Canadian border from Detroit, yet Americans make up just 82 of its nearly 2,000 international students. So the Canadian institution is trying to woo those south of the border, by cutting its tuition in half for Americans, the CBC reported. Under the policy change late last month, American students will pay $5,000 a semester, down from the current $10,000 and significantly less than the $15,000 some international students pay. "The international relationship we have with folks right across the river is much different than the relationship we have with [other] countries around the world," Windsor's president, Alan Wildeman, told the CBC.

The university's billboards around Detroit encourage locals to "put the 'u' in neighbour." - Inside Higher Ed, May 3, 2013

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Italian politicians unable to resolve the country’s problems, let alone scientists’ issues

Italian politicians unable to resolve the country’s problems, let alone scientists’ issues | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Dear Editor,

I carefully read your announcement regarding your Special Issue related to austerity in Southern Europe that keeps the young and older scientists here in Italy in a discouragingly sad position.

The mind of young researchers in Italy emigration is the only way out. This kind of brain drain is harmful to this beautiful country. Many young researchers after many years of dedicated life as scientists had to stop working due to lack of funds or cut in their project financing. Government cut more than 60% of the research budget. It is ridiculous that, even under this difficult situation, there is also a further request to remove 10% from project funds. (...) - Euroscientist Blog, May 2nd, 2013

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Tunisie. Le ministre de l'enseignement supérieur défend le voile intégral à la fac

Tunisie. Le ministre de l'enseignement supérieur défend le voile intégral à la fac | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it
Moncef Ben Salem, ministre tunisien de l'enseignement supérieur, part en guerre contre le refus des enseignants d'admettre en cours des étudiantes sans visage. A deux jours du verdict qui doit être prononcé dans le procès du doyen de la Manouba, Habib Kazdaghli, symbole de la résistance de l'université contre l'obscurantisme, le pouvoir islamiste persiste à jouer la carte salafiste. (...) - par Martine Gozlan, Blog Télégrammes d'Orient, 29/04/2013

 

 

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[Espagne] Le chiffre du jour: les étudiants catalans insolvables

[Espagne] Le chiffre du jour: les étudiants catalans insolvables | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

C’est le nombre d’étudiants catalans qui doivent de l’argent à leur université.

 

La crise n’épargne décidément rien aux jeunes. En Catalogne, ce sont les frais universitaires que 3.000 étudiants ne peuvent désormais plus payer. (...) - myeurop.info, par Benjamin Leclercq (Paris), 02/05/2013

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South Africa: Three universities pilot doctoral supervision course

An innovative course that aims to produce a new generation of doctoral supervisors kicked off this year at three South African universities. The plan is to roll out the free course to other universities to raise the country’s PhD output.

The seven-week course was piloted at Rhodes University, the University of Fort Hare and Durban University of Technology. (...) - University World News, by Ishmael Tongai, 04 May 2013, Issue No:270

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Big changes in student mobility needed, says LERU

Big changes in student mobility needed, says LERU | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Europe’s top research universities are pushing for more structured forms of student mobility, to build on the achievements of the Erasmus exchange programme, which they say is reaching its limits. Newer forms of ‘networked’ and ‘embedded’ student mobility are needed.

These forms of student mobility will be costly and will possibly require difficult decisions and commitments from institutions, governments and the European Commission, says the League of European Research Universities, or LERU, which represents the top 21 research-intensive universities in Europe. (...)  - University World News, by Alan Osborn,02 May 2013, Issue No:270

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La nouvelle stratégie canadienne de financement de la recherche et de la technologie

La nouvelle stratégie canadienne de financement de la recherche et de la technologie | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Le Canada a connu ces derniers mois une restructuration profonde de son financement de la science et de la technologie. Le plan d'action économique du Canada a été publié à la fin du mois de mars dévoilant la nouvelle stratégie du gouvernement focalisée sur la science au service de l'économie et de l'industrie.

La réforme du gouvernement s'appuie largement sur le rapport "Innovation Canada : Le Pouvoir d'Agir - Examen du soutien fédéral de la recherche-développement" conduit par Mr Tom Jenkins, président de Open Text Incorporation, et publié en octobre 2011. (...) - Les Bulletins Electroniques des Ambassades de France, BE Canada 420, 2013/04/30

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US: Chinese applications fall

Applications from China to US graduate schools decline for first time in years, says report.

The number of applications to US graduate schools from students in China fell this year for the first time since 2006, when the US Council of Graduate Schools (CGS) in Washington DC first had sufficient sample sizes to keep track. An 8 April CGS report finds that total international applications to the United States grew by 1%, the smallest rise in 8 years. Chinese applications fell by 5%, after growth of 19% in 2012 and 21% in 2011. Services that help students to narrow down their choices may be a factor, says Rajika Bhandari, deputy vice-president for research and evaluation at the Institute of International Education in New York, as may the cost of US applications. (...) - Nature, 496, 539 (2013), 24 April 2013

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Diederik Stapel’s Audacious Academic Fraud

Diederik Stapel’s Audacious Academic Fraud | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Diederik Stapel, a Dutch social psychologist, perpetrated an audacious academic fraud by making up studies that told the world what it wanted to hear about human nature. (...) -By YUDHIJIT BHATTACHARJEE, The New York Times, April 26, 2013

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Le synchrotron du Moyen-Orient : la coopération scientifique en faveur de la paix

Le synchrotron du Moyen-Orient : la coopération scientifique en faveur de la paix | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Un centre de recherche de Jordanie sSest fixé comme objectif de développer la science et promouvoir la paix à travers la coopération internationale. Un reportage de Rehab Abd Almohsen. (...) - SciDev.Net, par

Rehab Abd Almohsen, 25 April 2013

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Aux Etats-Unis, les Républicains veulent tenir la science en laisse

Aux Etats-Unis, les Républicains veulent tenir la science en laisse | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

L'homme sur la photo ci-dessus s'appelle Lamar Smith. Et depuis quelques semaines, ce Républicain, qui préside depuis 2012 le Comité sur la science, l'espace et la technologie de la Chambre des représentants (où les Républicains sont majoritaires) inquiète le monde de la recherche américaine. Pourquoi ? Via un projet de loi, Lamar Smith a décidé d'encadrer la National Science Foundation (NSF) et en particulier la manière dont cette agence fédérale indépendante créée en 1950 attribue ses bourses de recherche. (...) - Le Monde, par Pierre Barthélémy, 01/05/2013

 

 

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Hausse des droits de scolarité: Québec tranche à la baisse

Hausse des droits de scolarité: Québec tranche à la baisse | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Les droits de scolarité augmenteront très précisément de 2,67 % à la rentrée universitaire de l'automne. Un plafond d'un niveau identique limitera les frais afférents que décrètent les universités. (...) La Presse, Michel Corbeil, 06/05/2013

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[Québec] Quatre petites universités, dont Bishop's, ont formé une alliance stratégique

[Québec] Quatre petites universités, dont Bishop's, ont formé une alliance stratégique | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Quatre établissements d'enseignement postsecondaire de l'Est du Canada ont annoncé la formation d'une alliance stratégique. Il s'agit des universités Bishop's, située au Québec; Mount Allison, au Nouveau-Brunswick; de même qu'Acadia et St. Francis Xavier, en Nouvelle-Écosse. (...) - La Presse Canadienne, 03/05/2013

 

 

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L'innovation en Europe souffre d'un financement de la R&D « dominé par les fonds publics » (Ernst & Young)

« Il est hors de doute que le financement public de la recherche et du développement est resté le mode dominant de financement dans l'UE, et ceci - sur la foi des données disponibles - semble être une partie du problème de l'innovation de l'Europe. » C'est le constat que dresse le cabinet de conseil Ernst & Young dans un sondage intitulé « Faire avancer l'Europe, innover pour un avenir prospère », rendu public le 23 avril 2013. Pour le réaliser, « 680 chefs d'entreprises européens » ont été interrogés, précise le cabinet sans donner plus de détails. « Les données confirment que les pays où les dépenses de R&D du secteur privé sont significatives comparées à celles du secteur public ont les meilleurs résultats en innovation », indique Ernst & Young qui cite notamment l'exemple des pays scandinaves. Par ailleurs, 74 % des chefs d'entreprises interrogés pour cette étude estiment que « les dépenses du secteur privé apportent une contribution significative à l'innovation scientifique et technologique de leur pays » - contre 66 % dans la précédente édition de l'étude. (..) - AEF, par Anne Roy, 07/05/2013
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Allemagne : entreprises et universités face à la pénurie de main d’oeuvre qualifiée - Educpros

Face à la pénurie de diplômés, l'Allemagne manquera d'un million de personnels qualifiés à l'horizon 2030. Face à cette pénurie, les entreprises allemandes envisagent de multiplier les liens avec les universités. (...) - EducPros, par Marie Luginsland, 03.05.2013

 

 

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Le secret du succès de Harvard

Le secret du succès de Harvard | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Aucun pays au monde ne domine autant un secteur que les Etats-Unis dominent celui de l’enseignement supérieur. Selon le classement de l’université Jiao-Tong de Shanghai, 17 des 20 meilleures universités de la planète sont, par exemple, des universités américaines, Harvard occupant la première place, avec une avance substantielle. (...) - lalibre.be, 05/05/2013, par Shailendra Raj Mehta

 

 

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Survey finds presidents are skeptical on MOOCs

Survey finds presidents are skeptical on MOOCs | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

It would be easy to think that the leaders of American higher education are all in when it comes to MOOCs. Dozens of colleges and universities -- many of them among the elites -- have rushed to offer massive open online courses. Top foundations back the effort. The American Council on Education has moved quickly to certify some of the courses as credit-worthy. Many other colleges are considering plans to award credit for MOOCs or to use them in instruction.

But it turns out that -- when asked privately -- most presidents don't seem sure at all that MOOCs are going to transform student learning, or reduce costs to students -- two of the claims made by MOOC enthusiasts and an increasing number of politicians and pundits. (...) Inside Higher Education, by Scott Jaschik, May 2, 2013

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Germany: More funding for university places, teacher training

Federal and state governments in Germany have agreed on an additional funding package for higher education. There will also be more money for teacher training.
In late April the Joint Higher Education Conference – Gemeinsame Wissenschaftskonferenz, or GWK – comprising representatives of the federal and state governments, pledged to provide an additional €2.2 billion (US$2.9 billion) a year up to 2015 for more study places. (...) - University World News, by Michael Gardner, 04 May 2013 Issue No:270

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James Watson: Postdocs should travel, talk, and think big

James Watson: Postdocs should travel, talk, and think big | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

You could say Jim Watson had an ideal postdoc experience. Sixty years ago, when he was still in his 20s, he was a postdoc in the Cavendish Lab at the University of Cambridge when he played a central role in one of the biggest discoveries of the 20th century. Along with Francis Crick, he co-authored the Nature papers in 1953 that proposed the double-helical structure of DNA and outlined a potential mechanism for how that structure could allow DNA to self-replicate. The work earned him a Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine in 1962 and a place in the history books. (...) - Posted by Catherine de Lange, Claire O’Connell, contributor Nature Jobs Blog, 03 May 2013

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Why (And How) Students Can Get Excited About STEM

Why (And How) Students Can Get Excited About STEM | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

There’s a lot of buzz out there about Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM, for short) – not only in the realm of teaching and learning, but in terms of job growth and potential, too. According to the Smithsonian Science Education Center (the makers of the handy infographic below), People who understand science and technology are smarter, more competitive, more productive, and more engaged global citizens. (...) - edudemic, by Katie Lepi on 2013-04-22

 

 

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[Vidéo] Relations universités-entreprises : le pragmatisme à l’américaine

Fleuron de l’activité économique en matière de nouvelles technologies, la Silicon Valley regorge d’entreprises high-tech étroitement liées aux universités. La recherche, le transfert de technologie, l’innovation et l’entrepreneuriat fondent l’éco-système californien. Décryptage dans le cadre de notre série "A la découverte de la Silicon Valley". (...) - EducPros, 26/04/2013

 

 

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