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UK: University applications fail to recover from tuition fees rise

UK: University applications fail to recover from tuition fees rise | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Number of students submitting applications this year stands at 2.5% more than in 2012 but lower than in 2010, says Ucas

The number of students applying to start university this autumn has not bounced back to the level seen before the rise in tuition fees, according to Ucas figures, which show a 7% drop in applications from English students when compared with 2010. (...) - by Rebecca Ratcliffe, guardian.co.uk, Tuesday 30 April 2013

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F1000Research drives evolution of open science publishing

F1000Research drives evolution of open science publishing | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

F1000Research, an Open Access lifesciences journal launched in January 2013, has pioneered a uniquely fast and transparent Open Science Publishing model enabling research papers to be published within a week. After analyzing its first few months, F1000Research shares that on average, articles go live within seven days of acceptance, with 35% of those published within four days or less. (...) - by James Douglas, Blog "STM Publishing News", Arpil 23, 2013


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U.S. Lawmaker Proposes New Criteria for Choosing NSF Grants

U.S. Lawmaker Proposes New Criteria for Choosing NSF Grants | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

The new chair of the House of Representatives science committee has drafted a bill that, in effect, would replace peer review at the National Science Foundation (NSF) with a set of funding criteria chosen by Congress. For good measure, it would also set in motion a process to determine whether the same criteria should be adopted by every other federal science agency.(...) - ScienceInsider, by Jeffrey Mervis on 28 April 2013

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[Denmark] Agreement on controversial student loan scheme reform

The major political parties in Denmark have signed a 10-point reform agreement aimed at strengthening the economy, job creation and competitiveness. When the reform is fully operational in 2020, student grants and loans spending will be reduced by DK2.2 billion (US$383 million). Students are angry, but rectors support the move.

Public money saved on the student grants and loans system, called the SU, will be invested in other areas of higher education. The agreement(in Danish) is called “On the Reform of the SU-System and the Student Completion Framework”. (...) - University World News, by Jan Petter Myklebust, 25 April 2013 Issue No:269

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[Québec] Une hausse des droits de scolarité déguisée?

[Québec] Une hausse des droits de scolarité déguisée? | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

On pourrait dire que ça équivaut à une hausse des droits de scolarité déguisée. Et pourtant, peu de médias en ont fait état le lendemain, en ce Vendredi saint. (...) - LaPresse.ca


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Passage au système Lmd : le Mali vient s’inspirer de l’expérience sénégalaise

Passage au système Lmd : le Mali vient s’inspirer de l’expérience sénégalaise | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Les autorités de l’université Cheikh Anta Diop de Dakar, ont réussi un exploit avec l’adoption du système Licence-Master-Doctorat dans le système public. C’est à cause de cette prouesse, qu’elle a suscité beaucoup d’intérêts au niveau de certains pays voisins souhaitant également faire la réforme de leur enseignement supérieur, avec le passage au nouveau système en cours dans le monde. Et le Mali n’a pas cherché loin pour l’acquisition des techniques d’applications de ce système dans ses universités. Le pays vient de bénéficier d’un transfert d’expériences sur le passage au L-M-D, après l’envoi de vingt-cinq enseignants-chercheurs à l’Université Cheikh Anta Diop de Dakar. Ces enseignants maliens ont reçu des formations sur la manière d’installation du système L-M-D dans les universités publiques et surtout à travers le montage financier, l’organisation et le fonctionnement du système. Le Mali a aussi obtenu de la part du Sénégal, les conditions d’installations des Ecoles doctorales au niveau des universités, durant la période de la formation.- leral.net, 25/04/2013

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UK: University to investigate segregated-debate claims

An investigation is under way after reports that seating at a second university debate was segregated between men and women, writes Tom Moseley for The Huffington Post UK.

The Guardianclaims a sign posted on the door of the event, at Leicester University in February, pointed males and females to separate seating areas. It follows a similar event at University College London, where atheists Lawrence Kraus and Richard Dawkins hit out at the organisers over the seating policy. Both events featured Hamza Andreas Tzortzis, of the Islamic Education and Research Academy, or IERA. (...) - University World News, from The Huffington Post UK, 20 April 2013 Issue No:268

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[Australia] Higher education alarmed by A$2.3 billion cut

Alarmed vice-chancellors across Australia face a A$900 million (US$940 million) cut to their universities’ revenues with a further A$1.4 billion to be slashed from higher education over the next four years so that the federal government can generate some of the A$14.5 billion it plans to allocate to schools.

Professor Glyn Davis, chair of the main lobby group Universities Australia, said the cut was on top of A$1billion taken from the sector’s research budget less than six months ago through the mid-year economic and fiscal outlook process. (..) - University World News, by Geoff Maslen, 16 April 2013 Issue No:268

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De la question du financement des universités sénégalaises

J'ai suivi avec beaucoup d'intérêt l'émission à la RTS consacrée au financement des universités sénégalaises. La palette d'acteurs était bien choisie, le débat bien orchestré mais des questions de fonds n'ont pas été abordées ou alors très rapidement telles que l'arrimage des currila des universités avec le marché de l'emploi.

Une question fondamentale, celle de la place de l'éducation dans le projet politique et social de l'actuel Gouvernement, elle, n'a même pas été soulevée. Pourtant cette question, à mon avis, devait servir de fil conducteur au débat. En effet, ma position par rapport à cette question c'est que l'éducation doit rester un droit et non  un privilège. Je pense aussi que l'éducation doit-être au cœur de tout projet d'avancement d'une société. (...) - SudOnLine, 20/04/2013

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[Vidéo] Des universités européennes en manque de fonds

L'enseignement supérieur européen est dans une mauvaise passe : d'un côté, les étudiants s'estiment victimes de l'austérité, de l'autre, les frais de fonctionnement sont toujours plus élevés. L'Union européenne est en dessous de la moyenne de l'OCDE en matière de financements public et privé des universités et leur dotation est au coeur de la bataille budgétaire au Parlement. Autre tendance : le partage des coûts. De plus en plus d'Etats membres augmentent les droits d'inscription. (...) - The network - euronews, 19/04/2013

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[Algérie] Le LMD enflamme les campus universitaires

[Algérie] Le LMD enflamme les campus universitaires | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it
Le ministère de l’Enseignement supérieur prend au sérieux ces tensions et promet d’agir rapidement. Le spectre d’une année blanche plane sur certains instituts, dont celui des langues étrangères de l’université d’Alger. (...) - El Watan, 18/04/2013

 

 

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Southern European scientists become activists as recession bites

Southern European scientists become activists as recession bites | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

A line of people in white coat queuing in front of Valencia’s train station is quite an unusual sight. Yet, this scene was not part of a movie rehearsal. Rather, it was reported in prime time news on Spanish television, on 19th December 2012. This action was part of a scientists’ protest taking place in 20 cities in Spain. This initiative included releasing balloons at Madrid’s Complutense University and using banners to block the traffic in Barcelona’s main streets. These examples reflect how scientists are increasingly deploying activists’ techniques to fight back the effects of the recession on research. This trend is particularly developed in Southern European countries, which are among the hardest hit by austerity. (...) - Euroscientist, April 15th, 2013

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Pervasive meritocracy, a must for Italian research

Pervasive meritocracy, a must for Italian research | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Ilaria Capua, recently elected Member of the Italian Parliament, under the umbrella of the Civic Choice movement, talks to the Euroscientist about the kind of reforms that are needed to ensure a sustainable future to Italian research. Prior to her appointment, she has had a successful career as a prominent virologist involved, in particular, in research in H5N1. She is the Director of the division  of comparative biomedical sciences  at the Experimental Institute for the Prevention of Animal Diseases (Instituto Zooprofilattico Sperimentale delle Venezie), Padua, as well as the Director of the  International  reference laboratory for animal influenza of the OIE Collaborating Centre for Diseases at the Human–Animal Interface. (...) - Euroscientist Blog, April 15th, 2013

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Obama Pledges Support for Science and Peer Review

Obama Pledges Support for Science and Peer Review | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

President Obama used a speech Monday at the 150th anniversary meeting of the National Academy of Sciences to pledge that he would continue to push for research funding. "[A]s long as I’m president, we’re going to continue to be committed to investing in the promising ideas that are generated from you and your institutions, because they lead to innovative products, they help boost our economy, but also because that’s who we are.  I’m committed to it because that’s what makes us special and ultimately what makes life worth living," he said. (...) - Inside Higher Ed, April 30 2013

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L'Algérie et la Croatie veulent relancer leur coopération universitaire

L’Algérie et la Croatie veulent relancer leur coopération universitaire

ALGER - Le ministre de l’Enseignement supérieur et de la Recherche scientifique, Rachid Haraoubia, a examiné avec l’ambassadeur de la Croatie, Marin Andrijavic, les voies et moyens de relancer la coopération universitaire entre les deux pays.

L’entretien entre les deux parties a porté essentiellement sur "les voies et moyens de relancer la coopération universitaire entre les deux pays, notamment par l’échange de visites entre les experts et enseignants particulièrement dans les filières économiques et techniques comme le génie civil, l’hydraulique où les universités croates possèdent de longues et riches expériences", indique samedi un communiqué de ce département ministériel.

Dans ce cadre, les deux parties ont relevé "avec satisfaction" le niveau d’échange de formation entre les universités de Sétif et celle de Rijeka en Croatie liées par une convention de coopération dans plusieurs domaines de formation et de recherches, note la même source, ajoutant que les deux parties "souhaitent étendre cette coopération à d’autres universités des deux pays". (...) - Algérie Soir, 27/04/2013

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[Canada] Universities urged to put focus back on basic research

Saying Canada’s future in science and research is threatened, a national association representing academics has launched a campaign to ‘Get Science Right’, in the hope of shaming the federal government into changing its science policy and funding formulas, writes Karen Seidman for The Montreal Gazette.

The Canadian Association of University Teachers (CAUT) is urging the government to take a new direction in science funding, saying that company-specific research funding has soared more than 1,000% since 2009 – but at the expense of the basic research that academics believe is essential to fostering scientific innovation and progress. (...) - University World News, by The Montreal Gazette, 27 April 2013 Issue No:269

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UK: Number of students going on to higher education almost reaches 50%

UK: Number of students going on to higher education almost reaches 50% | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Highest take-up rate on record for England affected by rush to enrol in 2011-12 before dramatic rise in tuition fees (...) - by Richard Adams, The Guardian, Wednesday 24 April 2013

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Open access: four ways it could enhance academic freedom

Open access: four ways it could enhance academic freedom | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

The power of funding alone should not be enough to override academic freedom, argues Curt Rice, nor does open access automatically skew the world of scholarship (...) - by Curt Rice, The Guardian, Monday 22 April 2013

 

 

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Against the marketization of the university

Against the marketization of the university | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

The crisis in higher education is the result of a privatized culture of management. This is a plea for turning universities back over to the sciences.

 

Over the last 1.5 years, the VU University Amsterdam has been embroiled in a battle against the severe budgetary cuts pursued by the Dutch government. The university board — consisting of three members, one of whom is the former CEO of a port company and another the former CEO of a bank — has launched a reorganization program that includes budget cuts of €33 million. This reorganization will result in 500-600 lay-offs and the elimination of many small educational programs and courses — and it is already underway. (...) - by Jan Abbink, Donya Alinejad, Ellen Bal, Femke Brandt, Lenie Brouwer, Elise Dijkstra, Bertie Kaal, Elly Pauelsen, Dimitris Pavlopoulos, Mark Peters, Marina de Regt... (The authors of this article are lecturers, researchers and administrative employees of the VU Amsterdam.), publihsed by by Donya Alinejad on April 19, 2013, ROAR Magazine

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[UK] Huge university salaries condemned - University World News

Scottish universities employ 88 people who earn the same as the First Minister's £140,000 (US$213,000) salary or more, reports icScotland. Just two principals across the 18 institutions earn less than the leader of the Scottish government, according to figures from the National Union of Students (NUS).

The University of Edinburgh employs 52 people on or above £140,000 a year, with other top salaries being found at the universities of Aberdeen, Glasgow and Strathclyde. Aberdeen Principal Sir Ian Diamond earns the most: £303,000, according to the figures. (...) - University World News, by icScotland, 20 April 2013 Issue No:268

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La Silicon Valley vue par... Jean-Marc Idoux - Educpros

La Silicon Valley vue par... Jean-Marc Idoux - Educpros | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it
Du 9 au 15 mars 2013, EducPros a organisé un voyage d'étude dans la Silicon Valley en Californie, qui a réuni une quinzaine de participants, représentants de grandes écoles d'universités et du ministère de l'Enseignement supérieur. Cette excursion transatlantique a été l'occasion de visiter les universités de Berkeley et Stanford, de découvrir les fondateurs de MOOC (Khan Academy, Coursera) et d'échanger avec des représentants d'entreprises emblématiques du secteur (Mozilla, Linkedin). Que retenir de cette plongée au coeur de l'innovation ? Le point de vue de Jean-Marc Idoux, directeur général du groupe HEI-ISA-ISEN. (...) - EducPros, 18/04/2013

 

 

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Flambée de violence dans les universités en Turquie

Les incidents qui se multiplient ces derniers mois, avec plus de 250 étudiants arrétés , 27 personnes blessées... L’ouverture d’un processus de paix entre le gouvernement turque et les rebelles kurdes embrase les universités.(...) Le Figaro étudiant, par Quentin Blanc, 19/04/2013

 

 

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Austerity-led brain drain is killing Greek science

Austerity-led brain drain is killing Greek science | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Lack of funding and recruitment freezes are driving young researchers out of the country, warns Varvara Trachana.

Science in Greece is going backwards. This month, researchers lost access to the journal Bioinformatics, a top-ranked title in mathematical and computational biology. Many more publications are likely to disappear from Greek libraries. The Ministry of Education has not paid the bills for its subscription bundles. The largest publishers — including Elsevier, Springer and Taylor & Francis — have threatened to suspend access. Others have done so already. (...) - by Varvara Trachana, Nature, 17 April 2013

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Serbia’s scientists rise to defend access to papers

In just three days more than 3,000 of Serbia's scientists have signed a petition aimed at the Serbian Government and Ministry of Science to preserve access to journals thorough a Serbian library service KoBSON, following loss of access to Oxford University Press materials earlier this month (9 April). (...) - by Mićo Tatalović, Balkan Science Beat blog on SciLogs, 16 April 2013

 

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USA: Federal Researchers Welcome Rollback of Financial Disclosure Rule

President Barack Obama signed a law yesterday that eliminates a requirement that many high-level government employees' financial holdings be posted online in a public database. This revision of the so-called STOCK Act brought relief to researchers at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) in Bethesda, Maryland, who called the requirement an invasion of privacy and warned that it would drive researchers to leave the government. (...)  - ScienceInsider, by Jocelyn Kaiser on 16 April 2013

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