De gratuites, les études à l'université chinoise coûteront désormais entre 1000 et 1200 euros par an. En échange, l'Etat a pris des mesures pour faciliter l'octroi de bourses. (...) - Les Echos, 12/02/2013
Just one in five professors at UK higher education institutions (HEIs) is female, although women comprise nearly half of other academic staff, according to a report. Black and minority ethnic (BME) researchers account for only 7% of professors, but 13% of other academics. Four times more men than women applied for professorial posts between 2008 and 2011, says The Position of Women and BME Staff in Professorial Roles in UK HEIs, released on 29 January by the University and College Union (UCU) in London and based on data from the UK Higher Education Statistics Agency. In its report, the UCU calls for universities to track recruitment and retention, create and monitor equality targets and investigate why so few women apply to be professors. - Nature 494, 139 (2013), 06 February 2013
Contingent faculty members should have a say in setting university policy.
US universities should let adjunct and contingent faculty members participate in setting policy, argues the American Association of University Professors (AAUP) in a report published on 21 January. The Inclusion in Governance of Faculty Members Holding Contingent Appointments says that excluding full- and part-time non-tenure-track teachers, as well as graduate students, postdocs and librarians who teach or do research, leaves them unrepresented and undermines equity among colleagues. It recommends paying contingent staff for time devoted to governance. Gwendolyn Bradley, senior programme officer for the AAUP in Washington DC, says that faculty senates and AAUP union representatives will work with universities to adopt the recommendations. - Naturejobs, Nature 494, 139 (2013)
Six British Columbia (BC) universities have ramped up their push for an increase in government funding, releasing a report that shows the province’s economy will soon be facing a shortage of thousands of university and college graduates, writes Jonathan Fowlie for The Vancouver Sun. (...) - University World News, The Vancouver Sun, 02 February 2013 Issue No:257
India’s University Grants Commission (UGC) has done away with a mandatory requirement for universities to select and promote academics based solely on a performance index that includes scores for research publications and attracting research grants. The decision will affect more than a million university and college lecturers.(...) - University World News, by Alya Mishra, 02 February 2013 Issue No:257
“The world’s entire scientific and cultural heritage, published over centuries in books and journals, is increasingly being digitized and locked up by a handful of private corporations.” These were the words of Aaron Swartz, founder of Demand Progress, a grassroots organization concerned with civil liberties and government reform, and a relentless activist for the Open Access movement.(...) - The McGill Daily, January 28th, 2013
Dream jobs, 6 reasons science needs you and Profiles of women in science are three of the areas on a website launched last year by the European Commission to encourage teenage girls to consider science as a career—a website called Science: It's a girl thing! (...) - Inside Higher Ed, by Curt Rice, January 29, 2013
The UK government has set up a new agency to support the expansion of education exports – including international student recruitment.
Skills Minister Matthew Hancock announced on 23 January that Education UK will specifically target fast-growing markets such as India and the Middle East. He claimed that the UK has an excellent reputation for education internationally, but is not currently exploiting it to the full. (...) - University World News, by David Jobbins, 25 January 2013, Issue No:256
The Europa-Universität Viadrina, founded in 1991 – just a year after German reunification and long before neighbouring Poland became part of the European Union – has one of the highest proportions of foreign students in Germany, writes Christopher F Schuetze for The New York Times. (...) - University World News, The New York Times, 19 January 2013, Issue No:255
I used to think that being in an academic discipline was like standing in the corner of a room. When you are in it you know you are and so does everyone else. But once you start to drift… it’s not so clear whether you are in or out. These days, in many areas of academic study, the important discussions are happening in the middle of the room, not the corners. (...) - University World News, by Iain Woodhouse, 19 January 2013, Issue No:255
Scientists already feeling the bite of US budget sequester.
Daniel Kiehart, a biophysicist at Duke University in Durham, North Carolina, has put off the US$8,000 recharge of the gas laser he uses to probe a key motor protein in Drosophila embryos. In December, he bought his own airline ticket to a meeting in San Francisco, California. And two weeks ago, when his senior postdoc handed in her notice, he did not move to replace her. “I just can’t do that right now,” says Kiehart. (...) - by Meredith Wadman, Nature, 12 February 2013
When the Heads of State and Government meet later this week to discuss the global EU budget 2014-2020 (MFF), the Rectors of the League of European Research Universities (LERU) urge them to take the hard decisions needed to secure Europe’s future economic prosperity and competitiveness against an extremely challenging internal and external environment. (...) Press release, LERU, 03 February, 2013
African leaders have supported higher education and research by adopting the statute for the Pan-African University, approving plans for a Tunisia-based African Union Institute for Statistics, and endorsing the creation of an African Observatory on Science, Technology and Innovation and a Pan-African Intellectual Property Organisation. (...) - University World News, by Wagdy Sawahel, 02 February 2013 Issue No:257
A new university ranking system, U-Multirank, was officially launched by the European Union (EU) in Dublin on Wednesday, bringing a new and broader approach to the assessment of universities throughout the world.(...) - University World News, by Alan Osborn, 01 February 2013, Issue No:257
Danish government officials have pledged to make it easier for their universities to recruit foreign talent. But The Copenhagen Post (http://cphpost.dk/news/making-cut-immigration-dk/universities-complain-difficulty-employing-foreigners) reported that various regulations are actually making it more difficult for them to hire researchers from outside Denmark. Handling the rules and paperwork is so complex that the University of Copenhagen has created an office just to advise foreign scholars on the process.
Student takes St Hugh's to court after after being rejected for not having access to £21,000 for tuition fees and living costs (...) - by Daniel Boffey, The Observer via The Guardian, Saturday 19 January 2013
The majority of students currently enrolled at Korea’s prestigious universities such as Ewha Women’s University, Pohang University of Science and Technology and Korea University come from affluent families within the top 20% income bracket, statistics show, writes Park Soo-jin for The Hankyoreh. (...) - University World News, The Hankyoreh, 26 January 2013, Issue No:256
Australia’s university students and their predecessors now owe taxpayers A$28 billion (US$29.4 billion) – a direct result of taking out government loans over the past 23 years to cover much of the cost of their tuition. A report released last Monday says that more than $6 billion of the money owed is unlikely ever to be repaid and is increasing each year. - University World News, byGeoff Maslen, 22 January 2013, Issue No:256
Figures show that 64 out of 122 universities in England plan to increase average fees for undergraduate degree courses starting in the autumn, writes Graeme Paton for The Telegraph. Data published by the Office for Fair Access show that institutions are preparing to push up charges by as much as £900 (US$1,439) per student. - The Telegraph via University World News, 19 January 2013 Issue No:255