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The university experiment: Campus as laboratory

The university experiment: Campus as laboratory | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Innovative ways of teaching, learning and doing research are helping universities around the globe to adapt to the modern world. (...) - Nature, 15 Octobre 2014

   

   
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Academia and industry: Companies on campus

Academia and industry: Companies on campus | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Housing industry labs in academic settings benefits all parties, say Jana J. Watson-Capps and Thomas R. Cech.

 Pete Mariner works up the hall from his PhD adviser and one floor down from his postdoc adviser, but he does not work in academia. He is a senior scientist at Mosaic Biosciences, a start-up developing synthetic materials to help wounds heal faster, yet his labs are in the University of Colorado Boulder. They are part of the university's BioFrontiers Institute, an interdisciplinary effort to tackle complex biology and forge connections with companies. (..) - Jana J. Watson-Capps & Thomas R. Cech, Nature, 15 October 2014

  
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Australia’s universities face ‘inevitable decline’

The peak body representing Australian public universities has called on a Senate committee to back the government’s plans to lift restrictions on vice-chancellors setting their own tuition fees, warning that unless this was done “the performance, competitiveness and reputation of higher education would be condemned to a path of inevitable decline”. (...) - University World News, by Geoff Maslen, 09 October 2014 Issue No:338

  
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Toutes les universités allemandes sont désormais gratuites

Toutes les universités allemandes sont désormais gratuites | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Le monde se partage entre deux concepts de l’université : l’un qui impose un minerval astronomique (essentiellement les pays anglo-saxons) et l’autre qui se contente de sommes symboliques par rapport au coût réel d’un étudiant universitaire pour la collectivité. (...) - RTBF, 03/10/2014

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Denmark: Minister cuts 4,000 study places with low job prospects

Late last month Danish Minister of Higher Education and Science, Sofie Carsten Nielsen, announced that the number of students admitted to degrees with poor job prospects would be slashed by 4,000 within three years – prompting heated public debate.

On 24 September, in a long opinion article in Politiken, Nielsen wrote that no student should end up “unusable. Higher education has to relate more to the needs of the workforce.” (...) - University World News, by Jan Petter Myklebust, 03 October 2014 Issue No:337

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Why does Switzerland do so well in university rankings?

Why does Switzerland do so well in university rankings? | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Investing heavily in research and science has helped Switzerland move up the rankings. But as Kim Thomas explains, rankings don’t tell the whole story. (...) - by Kim Thomas, The Guardian, 1 October 2014

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How to survive going to university in London

How to survive going to university in London | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Are you starting a degree at a London uni? Are friends at other unis already having more fun? Fear not. There are huge advantages to being a student in the capital. (...) - by Tess Reidy, The Guardian, 27/09/2014

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[Austria] University leaders concerned over lack of funding

University leaders in Austria are urging the government to provide higher education and research with extra funding. They are above all concerned that without extra support, the country could fail to keep pace with international developments.

Universities Austria, or uniko, representing the heads of the country’s public higher education institutions, has called on the government to “invest in the country’s intellectual infrastructure”. (...) - University World News, by Michael Gardner,26 September 2014 Issue No:336

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[Norway] Official study slams university rankings as ‘useless’

A government-commissioned study of the placement of Norwegian universities in global rankings – in particular compared to other Nordic institutions – has concluded that even the top rankings are so based on subjective weightings of factors and on dubious data that they are useless as a basis for information if the goal is to improve higher education.

The Norwegian Ministry of Education and Research commissioned the Nordic Institute for Studies in Innovation, Research and Education, or NIFU, to analyse Norwegian universities’ placements on international university rankings. (...)  - University World News, by Jan Petter Myklebust, 19 September 2014 Issue No:335

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U-Multirank – A university ranking evaluation

The number of international university rankings continues to increase. They fulfil several roles. Students and their parents, potential employers and sponsors need to have some idea of the quality of the places where they spend time and money.

Government agencies and university administrators want to assess the results of expenditure of public funds. Rankings have also become an arena for competition among universities and states for prestige and resources. (...) - University World News, by Richard Holmes, 12 September 2014 Issue No:334

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Britain has one of highest rates of university participation - yet literacy remains low

Britain has one of highest rates of university participation - yet literacy remains low | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

The drive to send more British people to university has failed to produce a rise in literacy and numeracy skills, a major international study has revealed.

Britain now has one of the highest rates of university participation in the world – yet only one in four of those students reach the highest levels of literacy, according to the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD). Many students fail to improve their key skills at all during their degrees. (...) - by Richard Garner, The Independent, 10 September 2014

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A push to sell research

A push to sell research | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Initiatives to move research out of University labs and onto shelves are growing thanks in part to a new federal grant.

 

The University of Minnesota is taking its “Driven to Discover” mantra outside of classrooms and labs by arming faculty and student researchers with new initiatives to turn their breakthroughs into businesses.

Last year, faculty research helped create 15 start-up companies — a figure the institution’s officials are looking to expand. (...) - Minnesota Daily, by Blair Emerson & Parker Lemke, September 09, 2014

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Berkeley chancellor angers faculty members with remarks on civility and free speech

Berkeley chancellor angers faculty members with remarks on civility and free speech | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

The Problem With Civility
Will 2014 be the year of civility in faculty conduct? It seems to be shaping up that way, with administrators and even courts recently weighing in on the concept – to the dismay of many faculty members who see expectations of civility as incompatible with academic freedom. It's not that critics want everyone to be rude, but they say that civility can be used as grounds to squelch unpopular ideas that deserve a home in academe. (...) - by Colleen Flaherty, Inside Higher Ed, September 9, 2014

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Europe: Stakeholders discuss university funding futures

More than 200 representatives from universities, national ministries, funding agencies, EU institutions and student bodies from more than 30 countries across Europe met earlier this month to consider university funding issues.

Held at the University of Bergamo in Italy, this was the second funding forum for the European University Association, or EUA, the organisation representing universities and national rectors’ conferences in 47 European countries. (...) - University World News, 15 October 2014

  

  
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L'Université du Québec s'oppose à un gel des effectifs

L'Université du Québec s'oppose à un gel des effectifs | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

L'Université du Québec (UQ) et ses établissements demandent à ne pas être assujettis au projet de loi 15 qui impose un gel des effectifs jusqu'à la fin mars 2016. (...) - par Tommy Chouinard, La Presse, 10/10/2014

  

  
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Japan: Government selects 37 ‘global universities’

Japan’s Education Ministry has said it will help finance the globalisation and personnel training programmes of 37 universities in the country, including the University of Tokyo, to strengthen their international competitiveness, reports Jiji Press.

The selection of the 37 schools as ‘global universities’ comes after the Education Rebuilding Implementation Council set the goal of having at least 10 Japanese universities in the list of the world’s top 100. Applications were submitted by 104 universities. (...) - University World News, by Jiji Press, 03 October 2014 Issue No:337

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How do we assess the impact of internationalisation?

In a world of increasing fiscal constraints, discourses that emphasise measuring impact continue to gain traction.

Most recently, the Scaling Social Impact series by Harvard Business Review and The Bridgespan Group focuses on how organisations can have a greater social impact. In the same vein, the Stanford Social Innovation Reviewalso has a special section on innovative ways to measure an organisation’s impact on various populations. (...) - University World News, by Rahul Choudaha and Bernhard Streitwieser, 03 October 2014 Issue No:337

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Germany increases size of student grants

Germany increases size of student grants | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Students in Germany will be eligible for significantly improved benefits and subsidies from the start of the 2016-17 academic year.

The changes, announced in August and described by the federal Education Ministry as "substantial,” will raise the monthly ceiling on the Bafög(a support package that is 50 percent grant, 50 percent means-tested loan) from €670 ($884) to €735 ($926). Rent subsidies and child benefits will also go up. (...) - @insidehighered, by Frances Mechan-Schmidt for Times Higher Education, October 2, 2014

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UK: Top universities battling for students

UK: Top universities battling for students | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Anna Fazackerley: Members of the Russell Group have offered free flights, film passes and even bedding to woo high-achievers. (...) - By Anna Fazackerley, The Guardian, 30 September 2014

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Germany: All universities now free of charge

All German universities will be free of charge when term starts next week after fees were abandoned in Lower Saxony, the last of seven states to charge, reports The Times.

“Tuition fees are socially unjust,” said Dorothee Stapelfeldt, senator for science in Hamburg, which scrapped charges in 2012. “They particularly discourage young people who do not have a traditional academic family background from taking up studies. It is a core task of politics to ensure that young women and men can study with a high quality standard free of charge in Germany.” (...) - The Times via University World News,26 September 2014 Issue No:336

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[France] Student success a priority, but HE has funding fears

n the wake of criticism from university presidents over lack of resources, Najat Vallaud-Belkacem, the new national education, higher education and research minister, and Geneviève Fioraso, secretary of state for higher education and research, defended their budget and promised priority for ensuring student success during the academic year that is just beginning.

A total of 2,466,500 students are starting the new year, an increase of 1.5% over last year. (...) - University World News, by Jane Marshall, 25/09/2014

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Compressions historiques de 42M$ à l'Université Laval

Compressions historiques de 42M$ à l'Université Laval | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Le Conseil du trésor s'obstine à favoriser le béton au détriment de la formation et de la recherche, selon Éric Bauce, vice-recteur exécutif et au développement.

Depuis 2007, l'Université Laval a réussi à maintenir son équilibre budgétaire. Elle l'a fait malgré un dé-financement gouvernemental chronique qui l'a forcée à compresser, chaque année, ses budgets et à demander aux membres de sa communauté des efforts considérables. 

En juin 2014, le nouveau gouvernement a ajouté, dans le cas de l'Université Laval, un autre manque à gagner récurrent de 42M$ pour l'année 2014-2015.  Il s'agit là de la plus importante compression budgétaire gouvernementale de l'histoire de l'Université Laval. C'est un désengagement gouvernemental dans l'enseignement supérieur équivalant, en moyenne, à 1200$ de moins par étudiant à temps plein par année, ce qui représente environ 42% des revenus provenant des droits de scolarité. (...) -  Le Fil Université Laval, par Eric Bauce, 18/09/2014

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UK: Universities minister Greg Clark rules out increasing tuition fees

UK: Universities minister Greg Clark rules out increasing tuition fees | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Universities minister says he is ‘not persuaded’ by the argument for raising fees to take into account increased costs.

 

Universities minister Greg Clark has ruled out increasing tuition fees and making further cuts to higher education.

Speaking to vice-chancellors at Universities UK’s annual conference in Leeds, Clark said the current £9,000 fee “broadly covers the cost of education for most courses in most institutions and there are arrangements to support high-cost courses.” He said he’s “not persuaded” by the argument for raising fees to take into account increased costs. (...) - by Claire Shaw, The Guardian, 10 September 2014

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Should older academics be forced to retire?

Should older academics be forced to retire? | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

The post articulates the inter-generational resentment brewing inside our universities. It expresses sentiments I have heard often from my peers in their 30’s and 40’s in the tea rooms of academia. Rarely however, does this resentment find its way into the public sphere where it can be discussed and debated. (...) - The Thesis Whisperer, September 10, 2014

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[Australia] ‘Traditional’ academics are an endangered species

Profound changes have transformed the role of the ‘traditional’ academic in Australian universities, so much so that this once typical academic might soon be numbered among the nation’s endangered species.

A ‘policy note’ released by the Group of Eight, or Go8, research-intensive universities this week says that whereas academics were once employed full-time to undertake teaching and research, these fortunates are fast disappearing. (...) - University World News, by Geoff Maslen, 09 September 2014 Issue No:334

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