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Le cri de détresse d’universitaires algériens Ils revendiquent la reconnaissance de leurs diplômes - Liberté Algérie , Quotidien national d'information

Le cri de détresse d’universitaires algériens Ils revendiquent la reconnaissance de leurs diplômes - Liberté Algérie , Quotidien national d'information | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Les étudiants algériens diplômés de l'Institut de recherches et d'études de la Ligue arabe au Caire crient à l’ «injustice ». Après avoir fait des études en droit, ces titulaires du magistère se retrouvent avec des diplômes, acquis en 2009, non-reconnus par le ministère de l’enseignement supérieur et de la recherche scientifique(MESRS). Liberté a pris attache avec l’un de ses représentants, en l’occurrence, Salah Benarous, qui revient sur un communiqué signé par les « victimes » et dont Liberté a eu une copie. (...) - Liberté, 27/11/2012

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Erasmus is key to Europe’s future – Don’t diminish it

The economic situation in Europe has hit young people very hard. A good education that prepares them for a world that is increasingly fast-moving, mobile, interdependent and multicultural is fundamental to ensuring they do not become a 'lost generation'.

Over the past 25 years, the European Union's (EU) Erasmus programme has allowed nearly three million young Europeans to study abroad. More recently, Erasmus has also supported job placements in companies abroad. (...) - University World News, by

Gerard Byrne, 25 November 2012, Issue No:249

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[Algérie] École nationale supérieure d’agronomie : Les enseignants suspendent leur débrayage !

Après plus de 50 jours de grève, les enseignants de l’École nationale supérieure d’agronomie ont décidé de mettre fin à leur mouvement et de reprendre les cours à partir d’aujourd’hui. La décision a été prise à l’issue du sit-in tenu jeudi devant le ministère de l’Enseignement supérieur et de la Recherche scientifique. “Les enseignants de l’École nationale supérieure d’agronomie réunis en assemblée générale prennent acte des résultats de l’entrevue de leurs représentants avec la tutelle suite au sit-in au Mesrs”, précise d’emblée le communiqué du collectif enseignant. Et de décider par conséquent de reprendre du service. (...) - Liberté Algérie, par Malika Ben, 24/11/2012

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Québec : 2000 étudiants marchent contre la «marchandisation de l'éducation» | Hugo Pilon-Larose et David Santerre | Conflit étudiant

Québec : 2000 étudiants marchent contre la «marchandisation de l'éducation» | Hugo Pilon-Larose et David Santerre | Conflit étudiant | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Environ 2000 d'étudiants ont répondu à l'appel de l'Association pour une solidarité syndicale étudiante (ASSÉ) et ont manifesté, jeudi après-midi, dans les rues du centre-ville de Montréal. (..) - Hugo Pilon-Larose et David Santerre, La Presse, 22/11/2012

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Donors renew programme for African women researchers

Donors renew programme for African women researchers | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Women agricultural researchers in 11 Sub-Saharan countries will benefit from a second phase of the AWARD programme.

 

NAIROBI] Funders have renewed support for African Women in Agricultural Research and Development (AWARD), a programme that helps women in Sub-Saharan countries to develop leadership and scientific skills. (...) - SciDev.Net, by Gilbert Nakweya, 12 novembre 2012

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Not Another Brick in the Wall: Capitalism and Student Protests in Chile

A few days ago, I visited a high school in a poor urban area in Western Santiago and met with the junior and senior classes to discuss the student movement of 2011 in Chile. “What were the mobilized youth demanding?” I asked the students in the San Alberto Hurtado School. “Did they succeed?” The questions were relevant enough to keep the students engaged. They voiced their opinions and argued for a while, beating the somnolence induced by the heat and the preceding lunch. As I left, my thoughts went to Pink Floyd: these kids, many of whom had joined the protest the previous year, did not want to become just another brick in the edifice of a market economy. (...) Academic Matters, By Andrés Bernasconi | From the November 2012 Issue

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[Quebec] Behind the Green Square: Why Many Students Opposed the Strike

[Quebec] Behind the Green Square: Why Many Students Opposed the Strike | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

On March 30, 2011, Quebec Minister of Finance, Raymond Bachand, announced that students would have to pay more for their university education, and that the funding of universities would require a greater contribution from students. Following this announcement, Quebec student associations decided to speak for all students, as if magically all students were of the same opinion. (...) - Academic Matters, By Arielle Grenier | From the November 2012 Issue

 

Read the French version here: http://www.academicmatters.ca/?p=1308

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UK, Londres : Milliers d'étudiants dans la rue contre les frais universitaires

UK, Londres : Milliers d'étudiants dans la rue contre les frais universitaires | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Des milliers d'étudiants britanniques ont défilé mercredi à Londres sous étroite surveillance policière. Ils protestaient contre la hausse des frais d'inscription et le chômage des jeunes. (...) - lematin.ch, 21/11/2012

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Leaving the theatre of the absurd – is open access publishing a necessity for science to flourish?

Leaving the theatre of the absurd – is open access publishing a necessity for science to flourish? | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

If this summer’s Royal Society report arguing for a more open practice of science in public policy and business wasn’t convincing enough then the satirical science website PhD (Piled Higher and Deeper) comics, by Panamanian cartoonist Jorge Cham, may change your mind, as it illustrates one researcher’s change of heart when faced with a life and death situation. The film is a digestible eight-minute animation of the problematic scientific publishing landscape and how open access, the free and immediate online availability of research articles with full re-use rights, can add value.

 

The animation was made as part of Open Access Week between 22 and 28 October 2012. Jorge Cham interviewed Nick Shockey, director of student advocacy at the Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition (SPARC), and Jonathan Eisen, professor at the University of California Davis, US. (...) - by Adrian Giordani, November 14, 2012, iSGTW


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[USA] Entrepreneurial boost

QB3 held up as example of how to capitalize on research.

 

Universities should provide scientists with mentorship, business-support services and private-sector connections to help them exploit the commercial potential of their research discoveries, says a study published on 24 October (K. D. Harrison et al. Sci. Transl. Med. 4, 157fs37; 2012). The study cites the 'Garage Network' at the California Institute for Quantitative Biosciences (QB3) as an example of success. The QB3 network is a business incubator that supports entrepreneurs at the University of California's San Francisco, Berkeley and Santa Cruz campuses.  (...) Naturejobs -

Nature 491,291(2012), 07 November 2012

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Spotlight on The Netherlands

Spotlight on The Netherlands | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

  The Netherlands is using its expertise in tech and agriculture to punch above its weight in the clean-tech revolution. (..) - Naturejobs,  14 November 2012

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[Algérie] Université : faible engouement pour la mobilité

[Algérie] Université : faible engouement pour la mobilité | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Depuis 2004, les universités du Maghreb et de l’UE développent des programmes d’échanges d’étudiants. Toutefois, on enregistre un faible engouement des universitaires algériens pour ces bourses. (...) - El Watan, 20/11/2012

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Les universités prestigieuses

Les universités prestigieuses | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Plus qu'une simple affaire éducative.

 

Dans notre monde rempli d'incertitudes, on ressent de plus en plus le besoin d'évaluer, de hiérarchiser, de classer... Bref, de savoir. Alors on fait des rankings. C'est notamment le cas des universités. Mais à toujours chercher mieux, attention à ne pas perdre de vue son véritable but personnel. Après tout, plus cher et plus prestigieux ne rime pas toujours avec mieux. Au contraire, les conséquences peuvent être plus lourdes qu'on le pense. Aperçu. (...) - etudiants.ch, 21/11/2012

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UNIVERSITE DE COTE D'IVOIRE : Système LMD, confusion totale !

UNIVERSITE DE COTE D'IVOIRE : Système LMD, confusion totale ! | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

On a remplacé l’inefficacité par la complexité.
En voulant remettre les pendules à l'heure, on s'est transporté dans un autre orbite. Là où les trajectoires ont un sens mais, un sens plutôt contraire à l'horloge mondial. Et pourtant jusqu'ici les premières autorités se félicitent sans cesse d'avoir adhéré à un système universitaire mondial : le LMD. (...) - Koaci.com, 24/11/2012

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Need to better prepare students for a future world

Universities need to do a better job of equipping young people to succeed in the 21st century, Andreas Schleicher, deputy director for education at the OECD, argued at the recent World Innovation Summit for Education, or WISE, in Doha, Qatar.

“More than ever before, skills drive our economies and they transform people’s lives,” he said. “But more education doesn’t automatically translate into better skills and better lives.” (...) - University World News, by Erin Millar25 November 2012 Issue No:249

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An empirical study on the determinants of international student mobility: a global perspective

An empirical study on the determinants of international student mobility: a global perspective | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

This paper, based on the data of 48 countries and regions from 1999 to 2008, studies the economic and educational determinants of how countries of different types attract international students. The study finds that: the volume of merchandise trade between countries facilitates international student mobility across borders; international students from developing countries put the same weights on educational and economic factors for peer developing countries as potential destinations, while only economic factors are taken into consideration for developed countries as potential destinations. On the other hand, international students from developed countries often value educational factors more for developed countries as possible destinations, while equally weigh educational and economic factors for developing countries as possible destinations. Therefore, countries aiming to attract talents from other countries should pay more attention to attract international students and encourage them to seek working opportunities in local employment markets after finishing study. - Springer


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Why universities and grant bodies shouldn’t try to over-manage research impact

Why universities and grant bodies shouldn’t try to over-manage research impact | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Academics should be engaged with the wider world, but impact, if it is routinised, loses its potential to change the dynamic of a system. Chris Hackley writes that the research that influences policy should be celebrated but we must be wary of the risk that the impact measurement will begin to define what is to be measured.

 

On the face of it, it doesn’t seem much of an imposition for universities to demonstrate that a small proportion of their research is noticed by the world at large. We are publicly subsidized institutions after all, and accountable to the taxpayer. In fact we really ought to play a bigger part in public policy debate than we do. But does the way this engagement is framed by HEFCE as ‘impact’ risk the intellectual neutrality of universities? (...) - by Chris Hackley, LSE blog "UImpact of social Sciences", Nov 22, 2012

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[USA] Academia: Off the tenured track

[USA] Academia: Off the tenured track | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

The desires to pursue personal goals, escape university pressures or get off the grant-writing treadmill convince some US professors to leave the security of a tenured post.

 

At the beach in Mantoloking, New Jersey, in summer 2011, the possibilities of Colin Purrington's sabbatical year stretched out before him. Purrington, then an evolutionary biologist at Swarthmore College in Pennsylvania, intended to stay on campus and was almost giddy thinking of all the undergraduate research projects he had planned, with no teaching or service duties to interrupt them. And then it hit him like a 600-page textbook. When the year was over, he did not want to return to those duties — duties that had led to miserable all-nighters and family strain. (...) - Naturejobs, by Kendall Powell, in Nature 491,627-629, 21 November 2012

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Final Observations of Canadian University Rankings: A Misadventure Now Over Two Decades Long

In November, 2012, Maclean’s published its 21st annual rankings of Canadian universities. Indeed, the ranking of universities has become a popular exercise with which to assess and promote higher education in North America. The ranking approach is similar to that used by publications such as Consumer Reports, in which goods or services are assigned scores based on rational parameters, and then assigned relative rank standings. Rankings of universities continue to be advertised annually as required reading for prospective students (and parents)—for example, to locate “top profs.” (...) - Academic Matters, November 20th, 2012 | By Stewart Page, Ph.D

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Chargées de cours des universités - Une contribution essentielle à la qualité de l'enseignement

Chargées de cours des universités - Une contribution essentielle à la qualité de l'enseignement | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Pour une douzième année consécutive, les syndicats de chargés de cours des universités affiliés à la Fédération nationale des enseignantes et des enseignants du Québec (FNEEQ-CSN) soulignent en ce 22 novembre leur contribution essentielle à la qualité de la formation des étudiantes et des étudiants du Québec. (...) - Journal L'Avantage, 22/11/2012

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UK: Largely peaceful NUS protest ends in ugly scenes

UK: Largely peaceful NUS protest ends in ugly scenes | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

A National Union of Students protest against tuition fees and youth unemployment ended in ugly scenes today when a splinter group forced the union's president from the stage during the closing rally. (...) - Times Higher Education

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Higher education reforms have put teaching and research infrastructure at serious risk

Higher education reforms have put teaching and research infrastructure at serious risk | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

As part of a British Politics and Policy special feature John Holmwood reflects on the broader changes which higher unviersity fees will brought about, arguing that higher education has a enduring public value which is obscured within the contemporary debate but that the public university faces an existential threat.

 

The academic year has started with the entry of the first cohort of students under the new fee regime. Direct public funding of arts, humanities and social sciences degrees has ceased, with students charged fees of up to £9000, underpinned by a new student loans system. (...) - by John Holwood, LSE blog "impact of social Sciences", Nov 18 2012

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UK recruitment drive

Government investment yields academic-research hires.

Recruitment of academic researchers is under way at Queen's University Belfast (QUB), the University of Manchester and University College London (UCL) in connection with around £1 billion (US$1.6 billion) in awards from the UK government's Research Partnership Investment Fund and associated philanthropic donations. QUB will use its £32-million share to help hire 500 researchers and clinicians for its health-sciences institute, which includes a new research centre for eye disease and diabetes slated for completion in 2016. Manchester will hire about 20 senior academics in 2013 for cancer research, and UCL expects to create more posts at a new centre for rare paediatric diseases scheduled to open in 2018. - Naturejobs, 14 November 2012

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[Maroc] Surpeuplement dans les universités: La création des nouveaux amphithéâtres peut-elle y remédier ?

[Maroc] Surpeuplement dans les universités: La création des nouveaux amphithéâtres peut-elle y remédier ? | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Plusieurs points noirs marquent l’Enseignement supérieur au Maroc, et les étudiants ne savent plus où donner de la tête. Après une orientation pédagogique défaillante, des seuils d’entrées trop élevés, ils se retrouvent confrontés à un problème plus délicat: le surpeuplement dans les facultés. Le point. (...) - aufaitmaroc.com, 20/11/2012

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Recherche et développement : Vers la mise en place d’une plate-forme de technologie agro-alimentaire au Sénégal

Recherche et développement : Vers la mise en place d’une plate-forme de technologie agro-alimentaire au Sénégal | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Dans l’optique d’accélérer la professionnalisation des formations dans l’enseignement supérieur afin de promouvoir l’insertion professionnelle des jeunes diplômés et favoriser le rapprochement des mondes de l’entreprise et de l’université, l’Ucad et le Centre de coopération internationale en recherche agronomique pour le développement (Cirad) travaillent sur la mise en place d’une plate-forme de technologie agroalimentaire. (...) - Le Soleil, 20/11/2012

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