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Austria: New government scraps science and research ministry

The new Austrian government is integrating the country’s Ministry of Science and Research into a Ministry of Economics and Family Affairs. The move has met with a storm of protest among academics and students.

Like Germany, Austria went to the polls last September, and it has taken politicians in both countries two-and-a-half months to form new governments. (...)  - University World News, by Michael Gardner, 18 December 2013 Issue No:301

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Exclusive interview: Jean-Pierre Bourguignon — the new no-nonsense ERC President

Exclusive interview: Jean-Pierre Bourguignon — the new no-nonsense ERC President | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Jean-Pierre Bourguignon has just been nominated President of the ERC for four years, renewable once. He is a French mathematician specialised in differential geometry, a field now often referred to as global analysis, and its connection to theoretical physics. He was trained at the prestigious elite school École Polytechnique. His appointment has been announced as he just retired following a long career at the French National Centre for Scientific Research (CNRS). Since 1994, he has been the director of the Institut des Hautes Études Scientifiques (IHÉS), an atypical multidisciplinary research institute, which is a private foundation, specialised in the theoretical aspects of sciences such as mathematics, physics and biology, staffed by two field medallists and regularly visited by two more. He shares his vision for his new role with the Euroscientist, in his first official interview after being nominated. (...) Euroscientist, 17th December, 2013

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Universities UK seeks legal backing over gender segregation guidance

Universities UK seeks legal backing over gender segregation guidance | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Organisation requests advice from Equality and Human Rights Commission after controversy over its advice.

Universities UK has asked the Equality and Human Rights Commission to seek a legal ruling on the education body's published guidance permitting the voluntarily segregation of men and women at campus events. (...) - by Peter Walker, The Guardian, 12 December 2013

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EU opens the €80 billion Horizon 2020 to researchers

The European Commission this week opened the way for universities, research organisations and businesses to apply for a share of its massive €80 billion (US$110 billion) Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme. But questions have already been raised over whether the proposed selection procedures will be good enough to reduce complaints about awards. (...) - University World News, by

Alan Osborn, 12 December 2013, Issue No:300

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Canada: Financement des universités: des versions contradictoires

Canada: Financement des universités: des versions contradictoires | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

(Québec) Le recteur de l'Université Laval, Denis Brière, persiste et signe : selon lui, Québec sabrera encore une fois l'an prochain les subventions accordées aux universités. Une information aussitôt démentie par le ministère de l'Enseignement supérieur, qui répète que les établissements auront plutôt droit à un réinvestissement. (...) - par Annie Mathieu, La Presse, 11/12/2013

 

 

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Une nouvelle géographie mondiale des villes de science se dessine

Une nouvelle géographie mondiale des villes de science se dessine | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it
Beijing (Pékin), Tokyo, Paris, New York, Séoul, Londres… les grands foyers de la science pèsent moins que par le passé du fait d'une déconcentration géographique au niveau mondial. Tel est le résultat de l'analyse statistique systématique menée par des scientifiques du Laboratoire interdisciplinaire solidarités, sociétés, territoires (CNRS/Université de Toulouse II-Le Mirail/EHESS) sur des millions d'articles de publications scientifiques, édités entre 1987 et 2007 dans des milliers de revues scientifiques. Ces travaux récemment publiés sur le site de la revue Urban studies sont les premiers à s'intéresser à la géographie de la science au niveau de l'ensemble des villes mondiales. (...) CNRS, 10/12/2013
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US: NSF Launches Internal Review to Mend Relations With Congress

US: NSF Launches Internal Review to Mend Relations With Congress | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Panel will address concerns that NSF does a poor job of giving reasons for funding decisions.

The National Science Foundation (NSF) is taking another shot at explaining itself to Congress and the public. And it has a lot riding on the outcome.

In recent years, several Republican legislators have criticized the $7 billion agency for funding research that they consider to be frivolous or undeserving of federal support. Last month, the science committee in the House of Representatives held a hearing on draft legislation that would impose new requirements on NSF before it makes any award. (...) by Jeffrey Mervis, Science, 10 December 2013

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[Begique] Variations du paysage - Le nouveau décret sur l’enseignement supérieur est paru

[Begique] Variations du paysage - Le nouveau décret sur l’enseignement supérieur est paru | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Après des mois de négociations et de discussions parfois enflammées, le décret “Paysage” (définissant le paysage de l’enseignement supérieur et l’organisation académique des études) a été voté le 6 novembre par le parlement de la Fédération Wallonie-Bruxelles. De nombreux changements sont en perspective, tant pour le pilotage global du système d’enseignement supérieur – que l’on veut plus concerté et harmonisé – que pour le parcours de l’étudiant, lequel sera davantage individualisé. Les nouvelles mesures s’appliqueront dès la prochaine rentrée pour les étudiants qui s’inscriront en 1er bachelier. (...) - 15e jour, par Didier Moreau, décembre 2013

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Québec investira massivement en enseignement supérieur et recherche

Québec investira massivement en enseignement supérieur et recherche | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

À l'occasion d'une conférence prononcée devant la Chambre de commerce du Montréal métropolitain, le ministre de l'Enseignement supérieur, de la Recherche, de la Science et de la Technologie, Pierre Duchesne, a assuré ce midi que le gouvernement s'engage à long terme avec un financement stable et durable en enseignement supérieur et en recherche.  (...) - par Réal-Jean Couture, L'Avantage, 09/12/2013

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Britain's economic recovery failing to boost graduate job prospects

Britain's economic recovery failing to boost graduate job prospects | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Despite what Osborne says, many people with degrees are being forced to take low-skilled roles away from their expertise (...) - by Katie Allen, The Guardian, 5 December 2013

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Peter Higgs: I wouldn't be productive enough for today's academic system

Peter Higgs: I wouldn't be productive enough for today's academic system | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Physicist doubts work like Higgs boson identification achievable now as academics are expected to 'keep churning out papers'

Peter Higgs, the British physicist who gave his name to the Higgs boson, believes no university would employ him in today's academic system because he would not be considered "productive" enough. (...) - by Decca Aitkenhead, The Guardian, 6 December 2013

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[Québec] Subventions aux universités: des programmes «en péril», selon Brière

[Québec] Subventions aux universités: des programmes «en péril», selon Brière | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

(Québec) Le recteur de l'Université Laval, Denis Brière, dénonce le flou dans lequel le gouvernement maintient les universités au sujet de l'argent qui sera disponible dans leurs coffres l'an prochain. Il exhorte Québec à mettre cartes sur table rapidement puisque, avance-t-il, trois de ses facultés pourraient être en péril s'il y a de nouvelles compressions. (...) Par Annie Mathieu, Le Soleil via La Presse, 06/12/2013

 

 

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Nigeria: le gouvernement repousse l'ultimatum aux universitaires grévistes

LAGOS, 04 déc 2013 (AFP) - Le gouvernement nigérian qui avait demandé aux enseignants universitaires grévistes de reprendre le travail le 4 décembre faute de quoi ils seraient renvoyés, a repoussé cet ultimatum jusqu'à lundi, a indiqué mercredi le ministère de l'Education. (...) - Nouvel Obs - AFP, 04/12/2013

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What is the Lifespan of a Research Article?

What is the Lifespan of a Research Article? | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

An analysis of article downloads from 2,812 academic and professional journals published by 13 presses in the sciences, social sciences, and humanities reveals extensive usage of articles years after publication.

Measuring usage half-life–the median age of articles downloaded from a publisher’s website–just 3% of journals had half-lives shorter than 12 months. Nearly 17% of all journals had usage half-lives exceeding six years. (...) - Blog 'the scholarly kitchen', Dec 18, 2013

 

 

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Africa: New EU partnership, and initiatives to boost research

The European Union and Africa have agreed to set up a long-term, jointly funded research and innovation partnership to promote food and nutrition security. Meanwhile, a new innovation centre in Ethiopia and a plant breeding academy in Kenya have been announced.

The new partnership was approved at a meeting in Brussels of the EU-Africa High Level Policy Dialogue on science, technology and innovation held on 29 November, according to a European Commission alert. (...) - University World News, by Wagdy Sawahel, 13 December 2013 Issue No:300

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La crise d’identité des universités européennes

La crise d’identité des universités européennes | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it
Víctor Pérez-Díaz - Le monde de l’enseignement supérieur en Europe se trouve aujourd’hui dans un état de profonde indécision. Former des étudiants à des métiers ou développer la recherche est un choix fondamental sur lequel il faut trancher. Mais cela doit se faire en respectant la mémoire universitaire et dans l'intérêt des étudiants. (...) - par Víctor Pérez-Díaz, Les Echos, 13/12/2013
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US budget deal would ease science agencies' pain

US budget deal would ease science agencies' pain | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Congress readies plan to end mandatory cuts until 2016.

The US Congress has announced that it is close to a deal on government spending that would, for the next two years, eliminate the across-the-board cuts known as sequestration. The deal offers a respite from the partisan battles over government spending that culminated in October with a 16-day government shutdown, and it would give a budgetary boost to science agencies in 2014, rather than another set of cuts. (...) - by Lauren Morello, Nature, 11 December 2013

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Horizon 2020 Fires €7.8 Billion Funding Gun

European Research Council tightens rules to prevent flood of applications.

BRUSSELS—The European Commission has launched its first funding competitions as part of Horizon 2020, Europe's flagship research and innovation program. About €15 billion will be available in the next 2 years, with yearly budgets rising gradually until the program ends in 2020. (...) Science, by Tania Rabesandratana, 11 December 2013

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Who’s missing in modern academia: solitary geniuses or something much more significant?

Who’s missing in modern academia: solitary geniuses or something much more significant? | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Rebekah Higgitt: Peter Higgs’s negative comments on modern academia have received much interest, in part because they idealise the idea of the scientific researcher as solitary genius. But there are other, more significant, voices missing. (...) - by Rebekah Higgit, 10 December 2013

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UK: How small businesses can collaborate with universities

UK: How small businesses can collaborate with universities | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

There are many ways for SME owners to get involved with university researchers, entrepreneurs and young talent.

Last year small- and medium-sized enterprises spent £193m working with higher education institutions in the UK, but that pales in comparison to the public sector, charities and social enterprises who invested £1,288m to access the latest in research, innovation and graduate talent. (...) by Dr David Docherty, 9 December 2013

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Nobel winner declares boycott of top science journals

Nobel winner declares boycott of top science journals | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Randy Schekman says his lab will no longer send papers to Nature, Cell and Science as they distort scientific process. (...) - by Ian Sample, The Guardian, 9 December 2013

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University places restriction lifted and funded by student loans sell-off

University places restriction lifted and funded by student loans sell-off | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Chancellor says end of 'cap on aspiration' funded by selling loan book, but critics question sustainability of annual £700m needed (...) - by Randeep Ramesh, The Guardian, 5 December 2013

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Should British universities grade students using an American-style system?

Should British universities grade students using an American-style system? | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

It has taken almost a decade of discussion, but it appears that the time has come for reform of degree classifications.
If a pilot being run by the Higher Education Academy produces a workable solution, it will be goodbye Firsts, 2.1s and 2.2s, and hello to the US-style grade point average (GPA). (...)  by Nucy Hodges, The Independent, 04 December 2013

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Updated: Over Scientists' Objections, Japan Adopts State Secrets Law

Updated: Over Scientists' Objections, Japan Adopts State Secrets Law | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Academics fear secrecy will hinder research into the science behind policy decisions.

Japanese scientists and academics are warning that legislation threatening prison terms for those who divulge and publish what the government deems a state secret threatens academic freedom and the public’s right to know. (...) - by Dennis Normile, ScienceInsider, 6 December 2013

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Thousands of Italian Scientists Protest Strict Limits on Animal Research

Thousands of Italian Scientists Protest Strict Limits on Animal Research | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Petition against new law attracts 13,000 signatures.

Scientists in Italy have petitioned lawmakers to revise a measure that sharply restricts the use of animals in scientific research. The controversial law, approved by the Italian Parliament in July, will soon go to the nation’s president for signature. It implements an E.U. directive on animal research, but critics say that Italian lawmakers added additional, damaging restrictions. (...) - by Marta Paterlini, ScienceInsider, 5 December 2013

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