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USA: Current NSF Grantees Are Protected From Sequester

USA: Current NSF Grantees Are Protected From Sequester | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Existing National Science Foundation (NSF) grantees won't be affected by the government-wide funding cut, known as the sequester, scheduled to go into effect on Friday.(...) - ScienceInsider, by Jeffrey Mervis on 27 February 2013

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UK: Funding councils begin open-access consultation

They say 'lessons have been learned' after Research Councils UK is condemned for lack of dialogue

 

The funding councils' consultative approach to forming their open-access policy indicates that they have learned from the mistakes of Research Councils UK, university figures have said. (...) - Times Higher Education, By Paul Jump, 28 February, 2013

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[Suisse] Des professeurs s'élèvent contre le financement privé des universités

[Suisse] Des professeurs s'élèvent contre le financement privé des universités | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

[Audio] Dans leur "Appel de Zurich", 27 professeurs suisses mettent en garde contre le financement des universités par des entreprises privées, a indiqué le Tages Anzeiger jeudi. (...) - RTS info, 28/02/2013

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In Shift, Australia Would End R&D Tax Breaks for Big Firms to Fund New Innovation Networks

In Shift, Australia Would End R&D Tax Breaks for Big Firms to Fund New Innovation Networks | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

The Australian government is proposing to spend AUD $500 million over 4 years to establish and support up to 10 "Industry Innovation Precincts" that will create collaborations between academic, government, and industry researchers to commercialize promising discoveries. At the same time, however, the government wants to cut AUD $1billion from research and development tax breaks for large firms, a move that could hit up to 20 of the nation's biggest companies. (...)  - ScienceInsider, by Leigh Dayton, 25 February 2013

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Why are many academics on short-term contracts for years?

Why are many academics on short-term contracts for years? | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

More than a third of academics are on temporary contracts as universities casualise their workforces (...) - The Guardian via Collectif PAPERA | Monday 4 February 2013 | by Anna Fazackerley

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Irish science gets historic €300-million boost

Irish science gets historic <span>€300-million</span> boost | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Research centres will foster public–private partnernships in seven areas of excellence. (...) - by Claire O’Connell, Nature, 25 February 2013

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Obama's higher education views

As a back-up to President Obama's State of the Union speech, the White House has released The President's Plan for a Strong Middle Class and a Strong America. A much commented-on sentence in a section with the challenging title Holding colleges accountable for cost, value and quality reads: (...)  - blog Changing Higher Education, by Lloyd Armstrong, February 15, 2013

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Denmark: Controversial student loan reform plans published

Danish Prime Minister Helle Thorning-Schmidt has announced eight reforms to the student financial support system. In her weekly press report on Tuesday she said the reforms would save the government DKK2 billion (US$360 million) a year – but that Denmark would still have the world’s most generous student loan scheme. (...) - University World News, by Jan Petter Myklebust, 20 February 2013 Issue No:260


 

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$1 billion plan to unleash research and innovation drivers

$1 billion plan to unleash research and innovation drivers | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Australian universities have welcomed an announcement by Prime Minister Julia Gillard of a US$1 billion plan to boost jobs through industry and innovation, saying it had the potential to unleash research and innovation as the key drivers of national productivity. (...) - University World News, by Geoff Maslen, 19 February 2013, Issue No:260

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Patterns and trends in UK higher education 2012

Patterns and trends in UK higher education 2012 | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

DescriptionThis year’s Patterns report, which continues the series on changing trends in higher education and brings us up to 2011, records a period of outstanding success and growth for UK universities. It tells the story of how institutions are demonstrating resilience in the face of uncertainty, and a capacity to adapt to the challenges of rapid change. 

In addition to this brief summary publication, detailed data on patterns of institutional diversity (published as section B of this report in previous years) are available on the Higher education in focus page of the website (see link below). This data tracks the rise of student numbers and the extent to which the profile of the student population has changed, and considers the changing popularity of different subject areas over the period, as well as looking at the financial position of the sector.(more here http://www.universitiesuk.ac.uk/Publications/Pages/PatternsandtrendsinUKhighereducation2012.aspx ;)


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As always, Universities UK publications are a great source of current data and policy analysis. Highly suggested to those interested/researching UK's highered sector.

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Patterns and trends in UK higher education 2012 - Universities UK

Patterns and trends in UK higher education 2012  - Universities UK | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it
DescriptionThis year’s Patterns report, which continues the series on changing trends in higher education and brings us up to 2011, records a period of outstanding success and growth for UK universities. It tells the story of how institutions are demonstrating resilience in the face of uncertainty, and a capacity to adapt to the challenges of rapid change. 

In addition to this brief summary publication, detailed data on patterns of institutional diversity (published as section B of this report in previous years) are available on the Higher education in focus page of the website (see link below). This data tracks the rise of student numbers and the extent to which the profile of the student population has changed, and considers the changing popularity of different subject areas over the period, as well as looking at the financial position of the sector.(more here http://www.universitiesuk.ac.uk/Publications/Pages/PatternsandtrendsinUKhighereducation2012.aspx ;)
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As always, Universities UK publications are a great source of current data and policy analysis. Highly suggested to those interested/researching UK's highered sector.

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Université tunisienne : heurts et malheurs

Université tunisienne : heurts et malheurs | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Le gouvernement en place a commandé une étude sur une éventuelle réforme de l’enseignement supérieur. En tant qu’acteur dans ce secteur, nous pensons qu’il est de notre devoir d’avancer notre vision et le rôle prépondérant qu’il est censé jouer dans notre société. Nous énumérons en premier lieu les problèmes qui l’ont miné durant toutes ces années de dictatures. Nous expliquons que l’enseignement supérieur était utilisé comme étant un instrument de propagande politique.(...) - Par Mazigh Mourad, nawaat.org, 16/02/2013

 

 

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Obama's accreditation proposals surprise higher education

President Barack Obama didn't mention accreditation in his State of the Union address last Tuesday. But in a supplemental document released after the speech, the president made it clear that he is seeking major changes in the accountability system for higher education, writes Eric Kelderman for The Chronicle of Higher Education. (...) - University World News, The Chronicle of Higher Education, 16 February 2013, Issue No:259

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Universités - Québec réduit les coupes des trois quarts

Universités - Québec réduit les coupes des trois quarts | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

En vertu d’une entente intervenue entre les recteurs et le gouvernement Marois, ce n’est que le quart de la coupe de 249 millions en deux ans qui se traduira par des compressions réelles dans les universités. «... [abonnés] (...) - Le Devoir, par Marie-Andrée Chouinard et Robert Dutrisac, 01/03/2013

 

 

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Does the UK need to spend more on basic research?

Does the UK need to spend more on basic research? | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Recent interventions by high-profile scientists have reignited the debate about whether we spend enough on fundamental research in the UK. Such debates frequently generate more heat than light and may be obscuring the bigger picture (...) - The Guardian, by Kieron Flanagan, 27/02/2013

 

 

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New Science Body to Advise European Commission President

New Science Body to Advise European Commission President | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

The European Commission has set up a science advisory body that will report directly to its president, José Manuel Barroso.

 

The Science and Technology Advisory Council will identify areas where research and innovation can contribute to Europe's growth—with a particular focus on benefits and risks of science and technology advances and how to communicate these. The group, similar to one advising President Barack Obama in the United States, held its first meeting in Brussels today. It is made up of 15 members drawn mostly from academia, including Hans-Joachim Schellnhuber, an influential climate scientist from Germany; French mathematician Cédric Villani, who was a Fields medalist in 2010; and Israeli crystallographer Ada Yonath, who received the Nobel Prize in chemistry in 2009. (...) - ScienceInsider, by Tania Rabesandratana, With Reporting by Kai Kupferschmidt on 27 February 2013

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UK: Postgraduate guide 2013

UK: Postgraduate guide 2013 | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it
The Education Guardian has published it's annual postgraduate guide to master's. Get the full downloadable guide here
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Un millier de personnes manifestent en marge du Sommet

Un millier de personnes manifestent en marge du Sommet | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

(Montréal) Près de 1000 personnes ont marché dans les rues du centre-ville de Montréal pour la gratuité scolaire et surtout pour dénoncer le Sommet sur l'enseignement supérieur qui se tient lundi et mardi. (...) - par Émilie Bilodeau, La Presse, 25 février 2013

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Universities consider loans to help postgraduate students

Universities consider loans to help postgraduate students | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Funding for postgraduate study is so hard to find that universities are considering offering private loans to help students (...) - by Anna Fazackerley, The Guardian, Monday 25 February 2013

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[Québec] La recherche : une tâche qui incombe à toutes les universités

D’aucuns proposaient récemment d’intensifier, voire de concentrer, l’activité scientifique dans les «grandes» universités. Pour certains, il importe de confier à quelques institutions le gros de notre effort de recherche pour que le Québec, en matière de production et de diffusion du savoir, atteigne le rang des meilleurs et rayonne à l’international. (...) - Nouvelle union, 21/02/2013

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Hundreds of business, engineering institutions closes

Hundreds of business, engineering institutions closes | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Lack of quality teaching, absence of industry collaborations, a slowing economic growth rate and excess supply have forced the closure of hundreds of management and engineering institutions in India over the past few years, an industry study has revealed. (...) - University World New, by Alya Mishra, 23 February 2013 Issue No:260

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Patterns and trends in UK higher education 2012 - Universities UK

Patterns and trends in UK higher education 2012  - Universities UK | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

DescriptionThis year’s Patterns report, which continues the series on changing trends in higher education and brings us up to 2011, records a period of outstanding success and growth for UK universities. It tells the story of how institutions are demonstrating resilience in the face of uncertainty, and a capacity to adapt to the challenges of rapid change. 

In addition to this brief summary publication, detailed data on patterns of institutional diversity (published as section B of this report in previous years) are available on the Higher education in focus page of the website (see link below). This data tracks the rise of student numbers and the extent to which the profile of the student population has changed, and considers the changing popularity of different subject areas over the period, as well as looking at the financial position of the sector.(more here http://www.universitiesuk.ac.uk/Publications/Pages/PatternsandtrendsinUKhighereducation2012.aspx ;)


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Dr Vangelis Tsiligiris's curator insight, February 18, 2013 3:12 AM

As always, Universities UK publications are a great source of current data and policy analysis. Highly suggested to those interested/researching UK's highered sector.

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Project Seeks to Build Map of Human Brain

Project Seeks to Build Map of Human Brain | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

The Obama administration is planning a decade-long scientific effort to examine the workings of the human brain and build a comprehensive map of its activity, seeking to do for the brain what the Human Genome Project did for genetics.(...) - The New York Times, by JOHN MARKOFF, February 17, 2013

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[India] ‘Higher education sector faces leadership crunch’

The higher education sector is facing shortage of capable leaders, says a survey on ‘The Leadership Challenges Faced by the Indian Higher Education System’. According to 92 per cent of respondents, this trend is expected to continue till 2020. (...) - Deccan Herald, Feb 14, 2013

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[USA] Graduate glut: Why college graduates are underemployed and overeducated

[USA] Graduate glut: Why college graduates are underemployed and overeducated | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

When Barack Obama first became president four years ago, he set a goal to increase the nation's college graduation rate to 60 percent by 2020. The idea of working towards becoming a nation of college graduates, however, has a major problem according to a new report by the Center for College Affordability & Productivity. (...) - By Michael De Groote, Deseret News, Thursday, Feb. 14 2013

 

 

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