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[China] Anti-corruption watchdog targets top university

Some of China’s top universities are coming under scrutiny as part of the country’s anti-corruption drive, with Shanghai’s prestigious Fudan University last week named and shamed by anti-graft watchdog the Central Commission for Discipline Inspection.

In an unusual move, the commission published its report on Fudan and some other unlinked organisations, saying it was publicising its findings in the hope of spurring “public supervision” of organisations. (....) - University World News, by Yojana Sharma, 09 July 2014 Issue No:328

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[Cote d'Ivoire] Project to modernise universities after years of closure

With the need for Côte d’Ivoire to rebuild its higher education and research system following violent crises that closed public universities for two years, the Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research has asked the Agence Universitaire de la Francophonie, or AUF, to lead a project to modernise and reform the system.

The partnership between the AUF, the ministry and higher education institutions was signed in October 2013, and AUF’s participation was officially launched in May this year. (...) - University World News, by

Jane Marshall, 04 July 2014 Issue No:327
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Academy 'reform' is stifling Russian science

Academy 'reform' is stifling Russian science | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Insufficient funding, more bureaucracy and an inefficient government funding system are sapping the life from Russian research, says Alexey Yablokov. (...) -- Nature, by Alexey Yblokov, 2 July 2014

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Universities: China's rankings rising

China's research spending is helping the nation to catch up with Japan in terms of elite universities.

China's higher-education star is rising, while Japan's is waning, according to the Times Higher Education's Asia University Rankings 2014. Japan dropped two institutions from the top 100, whereas mainland China added four. But Japan still leads the Asian nations with 20 top-100 universities; China is second with 18, and South Korea third with 14. Thomson Reuters, which collates the data, bases the rankings on 13 indicators, including research and technology transfer. China has advanced mostly as a result of increasing its research expenditure, says a Thomas Reuters spokesperson, whereas Japan's research budget has remained flat. (...) - Nature 511, 115, 02 July 2014

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Don't be seduced by the US – UK universities offer a richer education

Don't be seduced by the US – UK universities offer a richer education | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

US universities offer a world-class research environment – but teaching is broad and superficial compared with the UK.

US universities offer the seductive promise of a world-class research environment combined with unparalleled facilities. For many in UK higher education, this is the model our own universities should be imitating.(...) - by Sascha Auerbach, 30 June 2014

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[Australia] Helping postgraduate students adapt to study abroad

I am leading an international collaborative research project, funded by the Australian government’s Office for Teaching and Learning, which involves universities in Australia and China.

We are interested in exploring how Chinese students might make the transition more successfully into postgraduate coursework studies in communication and media in Australia – and possibly in other fields and other Western countries as well. (...)  - University World News, by Christine Daymon, 27 June 2014 Issue No:326

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Why is no value placed on teaching experience in UK universities?

Why is no value placed on teaching experience in UK universities? | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

It's time universities recognised the value of teaching experience instead of hiring based only on number of publications.

After having slogged for three or four years (or seven if, like me, you were part-time and juggling childcare) with sleepless nights and too much caffeine, you stumble towards PhD completion and apply for a temporary teaching contract. Perhaps you think this is a natural first step to a permanent post in academia, the proverbial "foot in the door"? Well, you'd be wrong. (...) - The Guardian, June 20, 2014

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The View From Both Sides of the Track

The View From Both Sides of the Track | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

How tenure-track faculty members can do more to help in the contingent-labor crisis.

 

While in the middle of my Ph.D. studies, I was on my way back to La Guardia airport after a conference when I had a long discussion with a cab driver. It turned out that he had been a medical doctor in his home country but his qualifications were not recognized in the United States. He had no choice but to find any job he could to make ends meet, even though he had worked as a specialist in pediatric care for years. I remember feeling immense frustration for the waste of his gifts and knowledge. (...) - by Andrea Witzke Slot, The Chronicle of Higher Education, June 18, 2014

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Senate Republicans block student loan reform legislation @insidehighered

Senate Republicans block student loan reform legislation @insidehighered | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

WASHINGTON -- Senate Republicans on Wednesday blocked legislation that would allow existing student loan borrowers to lower the interest rate on their debt.

The loan refinancing bill, championed by Sen. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts and backed by President Obama, failed to clear the 60-vote threshold needed to advance. It was defeated on a 56-38 vote. (...) - by Michael Stratford, Inside Inhigher Ed, June 12, 2014

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Is flexible study the future for universities?

Is flexible study the future for universities? | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Students increasingly want their courses to move in step with the demands of the modern economy, so how can universities introduce more flexible structures while maintaining standards? (...) - by Kim Thomas, The Guardian, 10 June 2014

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Universities are 'not just for getting a job,' says one of Britain's leading academics

Universities are 'not just for getting a job,' says one of Britain's leading academics | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Britain's leading university official has dismissed the idea that going to university is all about getting a well-paid job.

Professor Sir Christopher Snowden, president of Universities UK, defended the idea of education for its own sake and criticised those trying to promote higher education for placing too much emphasis on vocational skills to make money. (...) by Richard Garner, The Independent, 08/06/2014

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More research needed on research management

Rather than mimicking ‘best practice’ of top-performing institutions, universities aspiring to the status of research institutions in low- and middle-income countries need to invest more heavily in understanding their own institutional profiles and develop a vision of what it means to be a research university in their national context.

Professor Nico Cloete, director of the Cape Town-based Centre for Higher Education Transformation, said this at an expert roundtable held at the launch of the Research, Higher Education, Development and Innovation – RHEDI – project in Durban in May. (...) - University World News, by Sharon Dell, 06 June 2014 Issue No:323

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Political deal to replace student grants with loans

After months of planning and negotiating, Jet Bussemaker, minister for education, culture and science in The Netherlands, has struck an agreement with two opposition parties on a bill that will convert student grants into loans from 1 January 2015. The move will free up €1 billion (US$1.4 billion) from the state higher education budget. (...) - University World News, by Jan Petter Myklebust, 05 June 2014 Issue No:323

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Universities need to open up to lifelong learning

The demand for education and professional education is rising in today’s knowledge-based societies, and the need to adapt and respond to changing skills needed for economic success requires an education system that goes beyond traditional educational paths from kindergarten up to graduation.

But not all countries give such a priority to permeability within the educational system, second chances or adult education as Northern European countries do. Here, lifelong learning is much more institutionalised and is supported by national legislation and initiatives to provide education for all at all times. (...) - University World News, by

Romina Müller, 04 July 2014 Issue No:327
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[Europe] More university-business collaboration needed – Study

The business sector should be more involved in designing higher education curricula and universities should work more closely with industry partners to promote entrepreneurship, mobility between business and academia and lifelong learning. There should also be more assessment and better monitoring of university-business collaborations and programmes.

These were some of the conclusions reached by the authors of a recently released report prepared for the European Union by Cardiff University, in association with Newcastle University and Imperial Consultants.(...) - University World News, by Peta Lee, 03 July 2014 Issue No:327

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How much does university really cost students – and their parents?

How much does university really cost students – and their parents? | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Tuition fees, accommodation, food: we break down the costs of university and let you know where you can find help.

If your child is going to university in the autumn be prepared to dig deep into your own pockets. What are the different costs associated with university – and is there help available? Here's what you need to know about the costs of university. (...) - by Debbie Andalo, The Guardian, 2 July 2014

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David Blunkett attacks 'nonsense' oversight system for academies

David Blunkett attacks 'nonsense' oversight system for academies | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Former education secretary says parents confused about role of chain schools and to whom they are accountable.

 

The former education secretary David Blunkett has labelled Michael Gove's network of commissioners to oversee academies and free schools "a nonsense", and told MPs that academy chains were likely to replicate the worst features of local authorities. (...) - by Richard Adams and Tom Belger, The Guardian, 2 July 2014

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Data check: U.S. producing more STEM graduates even without proposed initiatives

Data check: U.S. producing more STEM graduates even without proposed initiatives | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Nation on path to awarding 1 million additional technical degrees by 2020.

The United States appears to be on pace to meet the Obama administration’s goal of churning out more college graduates in the so-called STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) fields. (...) - by Jeffrey Mervis, Science, 30 June 2014

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Scottish universities 'feel threatened'

Scottish ministers have been accused of interfering in the running of universities in a survey of key sector officials, writes Andrew Denholm for The Herald. The study found senior university staff believe the Scottish government has "centralising tendencies" with recent legislation "threatening their autonomy" and "likely to impede their effectiveness". (...) - The Herald via University World News, 

27 June 2014 Issue No:326
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[Senegal] University crisis was ‘necessary’ and ‘predictable’

Following violent confrontations between police and students at the University Cheikh Anta Diop, or UCAD – Senegal’s leading university – the Minister of Higher Education and Research Mary Teuw Niane told the media the crisis was “necessary” and “even predictable”. (...) - University World News, 20 June 2014 Issue No:325

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Essay says colleges and universities should be judged by employability

Essay says colleges and universities should be judged by employability | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Employability Is Our Job - Universities, as seats of learning and powerhouses of research, are stepping up to assume a new role. In the wake of a global financial meltdown and consequent challenges to the fabric of many societies, universities are emerging as powerful catalysts and indeed drivers of socioeconomic growth – not only through research or technology transfer, but by assuming responsibility for preparing students for jobs in delivering today’s highly skilled workers and tomorrow’s innovators and leaders of industry. (...) - by Wendy Purcell, Inside Higher Ed, June 13, 2014

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Why UK universities should adopt US-style degrees

Why UK universities should adopt US-style degrees | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

The universities minister has called for degree courses to have a major and minor option. But the UK could benefit from adopting other aspects of the US system, says Robert Segal. 

I am finishing my 20th year of teaching in the UK. I came to Lancaster University from my native US in 1994, and in 2006 I left Lancaster for the University of Aberdeen. I was born, raised, and educated in the US. But by now I think I fathom the very different UK conventions. (...) - by Robert Segal, The Guardian, 11 June 2014

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U-MultiRank ambitious, but lacking critical mass to face up to other university rankings

U-MultiRank ambitious, but lacking critical mass to face up to other university rankings | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Dear Editor,

I would like to share my perspective on U-MultiRank, following your publication of Janna Degener’s article, last week.  Back in 2012, the UK’s universities minister David Willets warned that the European Commission’s project to develop a new approach to global university rankings, U-MultiRank, risked being dismissed as a self-serving exercise. (...) - EuroScientist, by Sabine Louët, June 9th, 2014

 

 

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Universities respond to a changing landscape

New forces such as economic globalisation and information and communication technologies are shaping universities and research institutions and corresponding operational governance is required, says Professor Leo Goedegebuure, director of the LH Martin Institute at the University of Melbourne in Australia.

He was speaking at the first executive training residential of the Research, Higher Education, Development and Innovation – RHEDI – project held in Durban, South Africa, in late May. There are 48 senior managers, policy-makers and experts from six African and three Southeast Asian countries in the first intake of the capacity-building training. (...) - University World News, by Munyaradzi Makoni, 06 June 2014 Issue No:323

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Greece: Rector election sparks council vs academic conflict

The ‘election’ – or more appropriately the appointment – of a new rector at Aristotle University of Thessaloniki is once again creating tension between the institution’s management council and its academic community.

Current rector Giannis Mylopoulos, whose term of office is rapidly coming to an end, recently wrote that “according to the new legal system the university authorities will no longer be elected by a direct and democratic vote but indirectly through a system of pre-selection which will be carried out – without specific criteria – by the institution’s management council”. (...) - University World News, by Makki Marseilles, 06 June 2014 Issue No:323

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