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LERU on gender equality: We know the facts, it’s time to act!

LERU on gender equality: We know the facts, it’s time to act! | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

It will come as news to no one that fewer women than men hold top positions at universities and research institutions, and that women are more likely to leave a career in research. This has been well documented, but concrete measures to counteract the phenomenon are still lacking. For this reason, the League of European Research Universities recently published recommendations to improve gender balance. Simone Buitendijk, Vice-Rector of the University of Leiden (Netherlands) and joint author of the paper, talks about what we know, what’s still holding us back, and, most importantly, what we can do about it. (...) - by Abby Tabor, MyScienceWork blog, 29 November 2012

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[Québec] Craintes contre un système d’assurance qualité dans les universités

[Québec] Craintes contre un système d’assurance qualité dans les universités | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Introduire un système d’assurance qualité dans les collèges et les universités serait une erreur selon deux chercheurs. C’est ce qui ressort d’une étude de l’Institut de recherche et d’information socio économiques (IRIS), publiée jeudi. (...) - Journal Metro, par MAthis Marchal, 29/11/2102

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UK: Large drop in early university applications

The number of people applying to universities in the UK as part of the main applications cycle has fallen by 14 per cent compared with last year, new figures show.

According to the latest statistics from the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service, there were 8.4 per cent fewer applicants to UK institutions at 19 November this year compared with the same point last year. (...) - by Simon Baker, 28 november 2012, Times Higher Education

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[Québec] Université Laval: Le «Dé-financement» chronique des universités québécoises

[Québec] Université Laval: Le «Dé-financement» chronique des universités québécoises | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Pendant que certains pays investissent massivement dans leurs institutions universitaires, le Québec s’engage dans un débat de société portant, notamment, sur le financement de ses universités.

Ce débat est préoccupant car le bateau de l’enseignement supérieur est en train de couler à une vitesse plus qu’inquiétante. (...) - Université de Laval, par Éric Bauce

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[Québec] Des étudiants de l'UdeM réclament la démission du recteur

[Québec] Des étudiants de l'UdeM réclament la démission du recteur | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it
Une centaine d'étudiants de l'Université de Montréal ont manifesté mardi midi devant le pavillon Roger-Gaudry pour exiger la démission du recteur, Guy Breton.
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[Québec] La gratuité universitaire, ça vous tente?

[Québec] La gratuité universitaire, ça vous tente? | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Suivre le cours d’introduction au marketing de HEC Montréal sans y mettre les pieds, et sans débourser un sou? Quatre mille personnes tentent l’expérience cet automne, une première au Québec. Les deux autres cours à venir ont déjà recueilli plus de 5500 inscriptions. (..) - La Presse, Le blogue de l'édito, 27/11/2012

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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


Via Dr Vangelis Tsiligiris
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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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USA: NIH Has No Plans to Bring Back Third Grant Submission

Quashing hopes raised by a recent news report, the National Institutes of Health (NIH) announced today that it will not reverse a controversial policy that gives researchers only one chance to resubmit a rejected research grant proposal.(...) - ScienceInsider, by Jocelyn Kaiser on 28 November 2012

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Premier doctorat du système LMD soutenu en Algérie

Le premier doctorat du système LMD en Algérie et en biologie, spécialité biochimie et biotechnologies, a été soutenu publiquement le 26 novembre 2012 au département de biochimie microbiologie de la faculté des sciences de la nature et de la vie de l’université
Mentouri de Constantine par Melle Bellil Inès, sous la direction du professeur Khelifi. (...) - El Watan, 29/11/2012

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Les universités Chiao Tung à Taiwan et de Louvain en Belgique renforcent leur coopération

Shieh Han-ping [謝漢萍], le vice-président de l’Université nationale Chiao Tung, a conduit en Europe, du 25 au 30 novembre, une délégation de présidents et vice-présidents de facultés de son université. Au cours de cette visite, il a signé plusieurs accords de coopération avec l’Université de Louvain, en Belgique. (..) - Taiwan Info, 29/11/2012

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Failed Summit Spares Research Bad News ... For Now

Failed Summit Spares Research Bad News ... For Now | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

European researchers can perhaps be thankful for one thing about last week's European Union budget negotiations: The participants were unable to strike a deal. That may only delay bad news, however. The latest proposals for the innovation budget, which includes research and education funding, cut as much as 15% from the €164 billion proposed last year by the European Commission, the E.U. executive branch. And E.U. research leaders aren't optimistic they'll do much better by the time budget negotiations actually end, which may now be next year. (...) - ScienceInsider, by Gretchen Vogel on 26 November 2012

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La Belgique fait face à une fuite de cerveaux -

La Belgique fait face à une fuite de cerveaux - | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Les universités belges voient 22% des chercheurs partir à l'étranger, alors que seuls 18% des professeurs internationaux optent pour la Belgique, rapporte mercredi De Morgen. La Belgique fait face à une fuite de cerveaux et est presque la seule en Europe. (...) - RTBF Societe, 28/11/2012

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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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