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An emerging consensus for open evaluation: 18 visions for the future of scientific publishing

An emerging consensus for open evaluation: 18 visions for the future of scientific publishing | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

An emerging consensus for open evaluation: 18 visions for the future of scientific publishing | Frontiers in Computational Neuroscience publishes articles on the most outstanding discoveries across the research spectrum of Frontiers (...) - Frontiers in Computational Neuroscience, by Kriegeskorte N et al., 15 November 2012

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[Côte d'Ivpoire] Le système Lmd bientôt appliqué à l’Infas

Le système Licence, master, doctorat (Lmd), bientôt appliqué à l’Institut national de formation des agents de la santé, (Infas). Une opération qui a été possible grâce au soutien du ministère de la Santé, et à l’appui financier des Nations unies. Pour réussir cette intégration du système Lmd au sein de l’Infas, agents de santé, apprenants, enseignants, chercheurs du système Lmd et professeurs d’Université se sont rencontrés pour confronter leurs idées, afin de tirer le meilleur, pour l’encadrement des étudiants de l’Infas. Une Institution qui se veut une référence dans la sous-région. Les points de vue ont été harmonisés au cours d’un atelier organisé, le lundi 1er avril dernier, à Dabou. Le directeur dudit établissement, M. Sesse Daniel, s’est dit heureux que ce système s’applique à l’Infas, car désormais l’institution dont il a la charge, compte parmi les plus grandes écoles en Côte d’Ivoire. Selon lui, cet atelier est une aubaine en ce sens qu’il va permettre à l’enseignant de donner des orientations aux étudiants pour les aider à canaliser ce nouveau système qui fait son entrée dans leur apprentissage. «L’enseigné reste au centre du système, l’enseignant vient pour aiguillonner l’apprentissage de l’enseigné», a indiqué le directeur de l’Infas. En plus de cette rencontre qui vient d’avoir lieu, la formation en interne est toujours de mise. Et l’appropriation des maquettes pédagogiques va être effectuée. A en croire la direction de l’Infas, il sera bientôt mis en place un groupe de travail pour harmoniser la codification des unités d’enseignement. - abidjan.net, par F.S, 03/04/2013

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Canada : Les étudiants ontariens veulent l'aide des Québécois

Canada : Les étudiants ontariens veulent l'aide des Québécois | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Les étudiants ontariens subiront d'importantes hausses des frais de scolarité et espèrent obtenir l'appui de leurs collègues du Québec pour contrer de nouvelles vagues d'indexation. (...) La Presse, 30/03/2013

 

 

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Coursera commits to admitting only elite universities

Coursera commits to admitting only elite universities | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

If you wonder why your university hasn’t linked up with Coursera, the massively popular provider of free online classes, it may help to know the company is contractually obliged to turn away the vast majority of American universities.

The Silicon Valley-based company said to be revolutionizing higher education says in a contract obtained by Inside Higher Ed that it will “only” offer classes from elite institutions – the members of the Association of American Universities or “top five” universities in countries outside of North America – unless Coursera’s advisory board agrees to waive the requirement. (...) - Inside Higher Ed, by Ry Rivard, March 22, 2013

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Russia: University mergers need to confront identity issues

Russia: University mergers need to confront identity issues | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Recently the Russian government announced far-reaching plans to support 15 leading research universities in their efforts to achieve international competitiveness and have an impact on global university rankings.

Selected universities will receive special state grants for development after rigorous analysis of their current positions and in exchange for a number of institutional transformations in governance and academic systems. (...) - University World News, by Igor Chirikov, 30 March 2013, Issue No:265

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Europe: New rules to attract non-EU students, researchers

The European Commission has proposed ways to make it “easier and more attractive” for non-European Union (EU) students and researchers to study and work in Europe. New laws should be in place in 2016 and enable states to compete more successfully in the global talent pool. (...) - University World News, by Karen MacGregor, 30 March 2013, Issue No:265

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Scholarship: Beyond the paper

Scholarship: Beyond the paper | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

The journal and article are being superseded by algorithms that filter, rate and disseminate scholarship as it happens, argues Jason Priem. (...) - by Jason Priem, Nature 495, 437–440 (28 March 2013)

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USA: Private research ship makes waves

USA: Private research ship makes waves | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Falkor plots a fresh course for ocean studies with Google cash.

 

Life onboard the R/VFalkor is a far cry from the spartan existence endured by most academic oceanographers on research trips. The privately run research vessel features a sauna, a glassed-in lounge and a helicopter pad to be kept clear at all times for VIP guests. (...) - by Alexandra Witze, Nature, 27 March 2013

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Publishing frontiers: The library reboot

Publishing frontiers: The library reboot | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

As scientific publishing moves to embrace open data, libraries and researchers are trying to keep up.

A few passing students do a double take as Sayeed Choudhury waves his outstretched right arm. In his crisply pressed dress shirt and trousers, the engineer looks as if he is practising dance moves in slow motion. But he is really playing with astronomical data.(...) - by Richard Monastersky, Nature, 27 March 2013

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Are edutech startups plugging an innovation gap in our universities?

Are edutech startups plugging an innovation gap in our universities? | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it
Does technological innovation have to come from within the sector? Claire Shaw hears from the current wave of edutech players with their roots firmly in higher education

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USA: Senate vote on political science research a ‘blow’

The US Senate has delivered a “devastating blow to the integrity of the scientific process at the National Science Foundation” by voting in an amendment that restricts the use of its funding for political science research to matters of national security or economic interests, the American Political Science Associationsaid in a statement last week. (....) - University World News, by American Political Science Association, 23 March 2013, Issue No:264

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Why You Should Care About The Increasing Amount Of Fraud In Scientific Research

Why You Should Care About The Increasing Amount Of Fraud In Scientific Research | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

The Washington Post reported on the equivalent of an ongoing academic thriller unfurling at Johns Hopkins earlier this week, involving a researcher who alleges he was fired in retaliation for his criticism of flawed methodology — later used in an article published in Nature, one of most prestigious research journals — and the suicide of the primary author of the research while drafting a response to that criticism. (...) - by Andrea Peterson, March 15th, 2013

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Universités : "L'objectif est d'arriver à 50% de bac + 3" (Geneviève Fioraso) - France Info

Universités : "L'objectif est d'arriver à 50% de bac + 3" (Geneviève Fioraso) - France Info | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

[Vidéo] Sur France Info, la ministre de l'Enseignement supérieur explique que son projet de loi présenté ce mercredi en Conseil des ministres vise à "améliorer les conditions d'une recherche plus attractive". Il s'agit également de favoriser la réussite des étudiants avec un objectif : 50% de bac + 3.(...) - France Info, 20/03/2013, par Julien Moch

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[USA] A new university funding model: Not bums in seats, but students who graduate

[USA] A new university funding model: Not bums in seats, but students who graduate | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it
A funding initiative in Tennessee has changed the way governments fund postsecondary institutions to focus on student outcomes

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Poland: Europe's new university destination?

Poland: Europe's new university destination? | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Studying in Poland is far cheaper than going to a UK institution – but this isn't the only reason to travel east.

From its gingerbread treats to restaurants and pubs, Polish culture has become a part of British life. Around 579,000 Polish-born people have moved to live in the UK – all during the lifetime of today's 18-year-old university applicants. (...) - The Guardian, by Anthony Ash, Tuesday 2 April 2013

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UK: Minister attacks top universities’ ‘dishonesty’

Top UK universities were accused last week by Education Secretary Michael Gove of failing to be honest with pupils over what they should study at A-level to stand the best chance of securing a place, writes Richard Garner for The Independent.

He was responding to new research from Durham University, which showed that state school pupils and those from ethnic minority groups were finding it more difficult to get into universities in the Russell Group – which represents 24 of the country’s top higher education research institutions including Oxford and Cambridge. (...) - University World News, by The Independent, 30 March 2013, Issue No:265

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USA: Can for-profits produce quality education?

Much of the criticism of for-profit higher education relies on the assumption of an unavoidable tension between quality and profit. This tension typically is framed in a way in which the pursuit of profit is directly connected to reduction in quality, requiring countervailing external regulations and explicitly enforced internal safeguards.

An educational institution will make greater profit, in other words, if it provides lower quality. The regulatory environment is therefore a necessary bulwark against this possibility, setting a quality floor, beneath which private higher education loses legitimacy and government authority to operate. (...) - University World News, by Kevin Kinser, 30 March 2013, Issue No:265

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Young scientists debate sustainability research

An interdisciplinary symposium on sustainability research involving young academics from South Africa, Germany and several other countries was held in Berlin in late March. It was the latest event of the Global Young Academy of up-and-coming researchers (...) - University World News, by Michael Gardner, 30 March 2013, Issue No:265

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USA: Chair of House Spending Panel Says NIH Grants Violate Rules Against Lobbying

USA: Chair of House Spending Panel Says NIH Grants Violate Rules Against Lobbying | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

It's a tradition for some Republicans in Congress to take aim at research grants that they think are irrelevant and not worthy of taxpayer funding. Now, the chair of the House of Representatives spending panel that funds the National Institutes of Health (NIH) is claiming that some federally funded biomedical research violates government restrictions on lobbying state lawmakers or Congress. (...) - ScienceInsider, by Jocelyn Kaiser on 28 March 2013

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[Maroc] La Bourse de Casablanca s’allie aux universités | Le Soir-echos

[Maroc] La Bourse de Casablanca s’allie aux universités | Le Soir-echos | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Pour mieux préparer les futurs investisseurs à travailler sur le marché boursier, la Bourse de Casablanca a conclu neuf partenariats avec des universités et des grandes écoles. D’autres établissements d’enseignement supérieur devront suivre. (...) - Le Soir-échos, Sara BAR-RHOUT, 28 mars 2013

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French scholars say ‘oui’ to open access

French scholars say ‘oui’ to open access | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Senior humanities and social science academics come out in support of move to ‘take knowledge out of silos’

 

Sixty senior figures from the humanities and social sciences in France have published a statement in national newspaper Le Monde in support of open access.

The signatories, who include university presidents, librarians and journal editors, warn that if the humanities and social sciences were to opt out of wider moves towards open access they “would become isolated and ultimately extinct”. (...) - By Paul Jump, Times higher Education, 28 March 2013

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Congress Completes Work on 2013 Spending Bill

Congress Completes Work on 2013 Spending Bill | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

U.S. research agencies finally know what they have to spend for the rest of the 2013 fiscal year after Congress completed work on 20 March on a bill to fund the government through 30 September.  (...) - ScienceInsider, by Jeffrey Mervis on 25 March 2013

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USA: De la misère en milieu étudiant

USA: De la misère en milieu étudiant | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Le chômage structurel des jeunes, quasi inconnu avant la crise, fait l'objet d'une préoccupation croissante aux Etats-Unis.

 

Lettre de Wall Street. Les parents de Margot sont suffisamment aisés pour lui avoir payé quatre années de college (premier cycle) à l'université huppée de Columbia, à New York. Licenciée en économie et mathématiques en mai 2010, la jeune femme raconte un parcours où la désillusion a crû au fil d'une recherche d'emploi éprouvante. Elle visait un travail dans le business development, un métier supposé porteur pour les jeunes diplômés, à la croisée du commercial et de l'innovation. (...) - Le Monde, par Sylvain Cypel, 26/03/2013

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Research universities to establish global network

Four of the world’s major research university groups are to form an international network as a parallel organisation to the Global Research Council of Science and Engineering Funding Agencies, established last year by agency representatives from nearly 50 countries. (...)  - University World News, by Geoff Maslen, 21 March 2013, Issue No:264

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USA universities: Pay rise for presidents

US universities' top administrative posts got median increase above inflation for 2012.

US university presidents and academic officers, including deans, provosts and chancellors, saw their pay increase by a median of 2.3% in 2012, more than one-third above the inflation rate of 1.7%, according to a survey. The College and University Professional Association for Human Resources in Knoxville, Tennessee, polled 1,251 institutions for its 2012–13 Administrators in Higher Education Salary Survey, published on 25 February. (...) - Naturejobs, Nature 495, 273, 13 March 2013

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