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NIH tackles major workforce issues

NIH tackles major workforce issues | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it
US agency aims to expand training options for graduate students and to increase demographic diversity. (...) - Nature, by Meredith Wadman, 12 December 2012
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One U.S. Researcher's Effort to Fight Budget Cuts Leaves Bitter Taste ... And a Sore Arm

One U.S. Researcher's Effort to Fight Budget Cuts Leaves Bitter Taste ... And a Sore Arm | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it
Frightened by the possibility of massive cuts to domestic spending starting next month, U.S. scientific societies have spent months urging their members to help make the case for federally funded research. (...) - ScienceInsider, by Jeffrey Mervis on 10 December 2012
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[Québec] Universités: des diplômes à rabais

[Québec] Universités: des diplômes à rabais | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it
À supposer qu'ils souhaitent que leurs diplômes aient de la valeur, les étudiants se rendent un bien mauvais service en refusant d'admettre que nos universités sont sous-financées. (...) - par Lysiane Gagnon, La Presse, 11/12/2012
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Valaf Lebu's comment, December 11, 2012 10:14 AM
Des diplômes seulement pour les riches, ce serait tellement mieux...
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Parce qu'ils le valent bien... :-/
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Hongrie : manifestations étudiantes contre les frais universitaires

Hongrie : manifestations étudiantes contre les frais universitaires | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it
Les étudiants protestent contre une réforme de l'enseignement supérieur qui prévoit l'introduction de frais de scolarité et une réduction du nombre d'étudiants bénéficiant d'une aide de l'Etat.(...) - AFP via Le Monde, 10/12/2012
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Adjuncts lack support : Naturejobs

Non-tenure-track faculty members don't get enough mentoring or professional development.
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Three-quarters of US academic institutions polled in a survey reported increasing their numbers of full-time non-tenure-track — or adjunct — faculty members in the past decade. More than one-third have “significantly increased” hiring of part-time adjuncts in the same period, finds Values, Practices and Faculty Hiring Decisions of Academic Leaders, a study that will be published in early 2013 in the journal Liberal Education. (...) - NatureJobs, Nature 491,786 (2012)

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Dans quelles universités sont formés les leaders modiaux? | Slate

Dans quelles universités sont formés les leaders modiaux?  | Slate | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it
Slate.fr, 09/12/2012
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Forbes, le magazine américain spécialiste des classements en tous genres, a répertorié la listes des universités dans lesquelles ont été formés les leaders mondiaux des différents domaines, de la politique aux nouvelles technologies. Il se trouve que la moitié des 71 personnes figurant sur le classement Forbes des personnes les plus puissantes du monde ont été formées dans onze universités identiques.

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Italie : Signature d'un accord entre les universités et les centres de recherches publics

Italie : Signature d'un accord entre les universités et les centres de recherches publics | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it
Les Bulletins Electroniques des Ambassades de France - 2012/12/06 > BE Italie 109
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Francesco Profumo ministre de l'éducation, l'université et la recherche, a signé le 27 novembre 2012 le décret qui régule les conventions cadres entre les universités et les centres de recherche publics. Cette convention va permettre aux professeurs et aux chercheurs universitaires, à temps plein, d'effecteur des activités de recherche dans un centre public, et aux chercheurs des centres de recherche publics d'effectuer des activités d'enseignements et de recherche dans les universités.
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[Belgique] Projet de décret "Paysage de l'Enseignement supérieur": Adhésion totale du côté de l'ULg

[Belgique] Projet de décret "Paysage de l'Enseignement supérieur": Adhésion totale du côté de l'ULg | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it
"Il faut travailler en bonne entente avec le ministre", a répété le recteur de l'ULg qui se dit globalement favorable à l'avant-projet de décret porté par Jean-Claude Marcourt (PS) et son équipe.
"Certes, il reste des points à régler dans ce projet, mais globalement, la direction est la bonne, celle que nous attendons depuis longtemps. La réforme vise d'une part à clarifier l'offre de formations supérieures dans notre Communauté et d'autre part à amplifier le rayonnement international de la FWB sur le plan universitaire et l'excellence de la recherche qui doit se faire en synergie entre toutes nos institutions académiques."
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US advisers seek research overhaul

US advisers seek research overhaul | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it
Report calls for stable funding and industry collaborations.

 

Eric Isaacs got some high-level validation last week. The director of Argonne National Laboratory in Chicago, Illinois, Isaacs had enlisted two industrial giants — Dow Chemical and Johnson Controls — to help with the basic research for a lithium–air battery that could one day match the energy density of petrol. “You have to have every­one working together very early on,” he says. (...) - by Eric Hand, Nature News, 04 December 2012

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[Québec] McGill: le protocole visant à encadrer les manifs est sévèrement critiqué

La version « améliorée » du Protocole provisoire visant à encadrer les manifestations à l’Université McGill est toujours inacceptable aux yeux des étudiants et des syndicats d’enseignants qui considèrent qu’il viole la Charte québécoise des droits et libertés. Ceux-ci ont signifié à l’administration leur profond désaccord avec cette nouvelle version qui, à peu de chose près, reprend l’énoncé de la première, publiée en février dernier, et restreint considérablement le droit de manifester. (...) - par Lisa-Marie Gervais, Le Devoir, 4 décembre 2012

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UK universities are wary of getting on board the mooc train

UK universities are wary of getting on board the mooc train | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Moocs – massive online open courses – have taken off in America. Why are UK universities holding back? (...) - The Guardian, by Anna Fazackerley, The Guardian, 3 December 2012

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France: Debate on future of higher education and research

A vast national consultation to determine the future of French higher education and research has culminated in 121 proposals, distilled from nearly 1,300 written contributions and 20,000 participants who attended more than 500 meetings and debates throughout the country.

The three themes of the Assises Nationales de l’Enseignement Supérieur et de la Recherche, held in Paris on 26 and 27 November, were ensuring success for all students, especially those taking first degrees; giving a fresh boost to research, at all stages and in all fields, and ensuring French influence in Europe and internationally; and improving governance of institutions and organisation of the higher education and research system nationally and regionally. - University World News, Jane Marshall, 02 December 2012, Issue No:250

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Gemany: Science Council criticises ‘lenient’ marking

Germany’s chief policy advisory body on higher education issues, the Wissenschaftsrat (WR – Science and Humanities Council), has criticised grading practice at universities. While grade averages between universities or between subjects vary considerably, there is too little spread at institution level within individual subjects, the WR argues.(...) - University World News, by Michael Gardner, 02 December 2012, Issue No:250

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Financement des universités allemandes : l’entreprise perd du terrain

Financement des universités allemandes : l’entreprise perd du terrain | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it
Dans le financement externe des universités allemandes, la contribution apportée par les entreprises se réduit, en proportion. - Educpros, par Marie Luginsland, 12.12.2012
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Universités américaines : d'où viennent les meilleurs entrepreneurs ?

Universités américaines : d'où viennent les meilleurs entrepreneurs ? | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it
L'entrepreneuriat est en plein boom aux Etat-Unis. C'est en tout cas ce qu'affirme une récente étude du Babson College et du Baruch College selon des données issues de leur outils d'analyse de référence : le "Global Entrepreneurship Monitor". Ainsi, en 2011, 12,3% de la population américaine était engagée dans une activité entrepreneuriale, soit une augmentation de 60% par rapport à 2010. (...) - Les Bulletins Electroniques des Ambassades de France, 2012/12/11 > BE Etats-Unis 312 >
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NIH Promises to Improve Biomedical Research Training

NIH Promises to Improve Biomedical Research Training | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it
Reacting to a steep rise in the number of young biomedical scientists seeking scarce academic jobs, the National Institutes of Health (NIH) plans to launch programs to prepare scientists for nonacademic careers, move students through their Ph.D.s faster, and bolster the pay of postdocs. (...) - ScienceInsider, by Jocelyn Kaiser on 7 December 2012
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Column: When lab leaders take too much control

Column: When lab leaders take too much control | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it
Two 'toxic' management models treat trainees poorly and leave labs at risk of misconduct, says Charles Wood. (...) - Naturejobs, Nature 491, 785-786 (2012)
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U.K. Government Injects Nearly $1 Billion Into Research

U.K. Government Injects Nearly $1 Billion Into Research | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it
The United Kingdom's finance minister, the Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne, announced a new lump of money today, some £600 million ($965 million), for scientific research. The new funding—part of the chancellor's autumn budget statement, a sort of half-year report on the U.K. economy—will be spent on big data and energy efficient computing, synthetic biology, energy storage, and advance materials, according to RCUK, the body that represents Britain's seven research councils. (...) - ScienceInsider, by Daniel Clery on 5 December 2012
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Universities should sink their resources into publishing partnerships with scholarly societies

Universities should sink their resources into publishing partnerships with scholarly societies | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it
Christopher Land writes that a hybrid partnership between the university press and scholarly society would put publishing back under academic control and would produce a more open, and impactful, f...
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CDBU | Council for the Defence of British Universities

CDBU | Council for the Defence of British Universities | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it
Universities are amongst Britain’s most successful institutions. They currently occupy four of the top six places in the QS/USNWR World University Rankings, three of the top ten of the Times Higher World University Rankings, and two of the top ten in the Academic Ranking of World Universities, with all the others going to US institutions. (...)
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[Québec] Les universités devront réduire de 5 % leur budget en cours

[Québec] Les universités devront réduire de 5 % leur budget en cours | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it
par Simon Boivin, La Presse, 05/12/2012
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Le ministre de l'Enseignement supérieur, Pierre Duchesne, a prévenu mardi les universités et les cégeps qu'ils devront réduire leur budget de l'année en cours, a appris Le Soleil. Et le monde de l'éducation ne serait pas le seul dans cette situation.

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[Chile] Politics of science: why governance of research must stay independent

[Chile] Politics of science: why governance of research must stay independent | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

As Chilean scientists rally against changes in national science policy, Pablo Astulillo says it's time for global efforts to improve the governance of research. (...) - The Guradian, December 4 2012

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Are we jeopardising the freedom of higher education?

Are we jeopardising the freedom of higher education? | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Good intentions are turning universities into more corporate organisations, and this isn't necessarily a good thing, says Peter Scott. (...) - by Peter Scott, The Guardian, 3 December 2012

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African Higher Education Challenges: Economics and Research

Much of Africa is at the early stage of massification of higher education. Sub-Saharan Africa, with a few exceptions, enrolls under 10 percent of a rapidly growing age cohort. This means that in the coming decades Africa will expand enrollments rapidly. Massification is an “iron law” of 21st-century higher education everywhere, and it cannot be stopped. Countries must cater to increased demand for access. At the same time, the global knowledge economy demands at least some universities in each country that have research capacity and the ability to work with the top universities worldwide. (...) - Inside Higher Ed, By Philip G. Altbach, December 3, 2012

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[Québec] Enseignement supérieur – Vers la création d’un organisme indépendant pour la qualité de la formation universitaire

[Québec] Enseignement supérieur – Vers la création d’un organisme indépendant pour la qualité de la formation universitaire | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Les positions sont apparues difficilement conciliables mais un consensus se dégage tout de même de cet avant-midi de discussions: la nécessité de création d’un organisme indépendant chargé de veiller à la qualité de la formation des universités. Devra-t-il davantage inclure la communauté universitaire? Devra-t-il posséder un pouvoir coercitif ou plutôt jouer le rôle d’un comité-conseil? Le diable est dans les détails. (..) - Le Devoir, par Lisa-Marie Gervais, 30 novembre 2012

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