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[Australia] Reform vote leaves universities uncertain of funding

An inept government and its even more inept education minister have left the nation’s vice-chancellors uncertain where their future funding will come from after the senate rejected a higher education reform bill for the second time. (...) - University World News, by Geoff Maslen, 18 March 2015 Issue No:359

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Ukraine’s science minister aims to mend Soviet-era rift

Ukraine’s science minister aims to mend Soviet-era rift | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Showdown looms over future of science academy, universities.

 

In recent months, Serhiy Kvit, Ukraine’s education and science minister, has had the stressful task of overseeing the hurried relocation of 25 science-related institutions, including 11 universities, from separatist-controlled enclaves in eastern Ukraine’s Donetsk and Luhansk regions, or Donbas. The crisis, which began after Russia annexed the Crimean Peninsula last March, has overshadowed ambitious attempts that Kvit is helping orchestrate to reform Ukraine’s higher education and science. The latest move on this front is a draft science law promising sweeping changes, including a new competitive grants body similar to the U.S. National Science Foundation, that’s expected to be introduced into parliament in March or April. (...) - Science, by Richard Stone, 17 February 2015

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German University Will Switch Master's Degrees to English

German University Will Switch Master's Degrees to English | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Technical University, in Munich, is planning to switch most master's degrees to English by 2020, The Local reported. Currently about one-third of such programs are in English. The university's president, Wolfgang Herrmann, said, "English is the lingua franca in academia and of the economy." But student leaders are skeptical of switching so many programs to English. (...) - @insidehighered, July 25, 2014

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How not to be a university president

How not to be a university president | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Why are you doing what you're doing? What can you do that no one else can do? What gives you the greatest satisfaction? How can you have impact where you think it's important? All these questions telescope into one: What's next? (...) - by Curt Rice, Blog "Thought on university leadership", january 16, 2013

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[USA] Academia: Off the tenured track

[USA] Academia: Off the tenured track | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

The desires to pursue personal goals, escape university pressures or get off the grant-writing treadmill convince some US professors to leave the security of a tenured post.

 

At the beach in Mantoloking, New Jersey, in summer 2011, the possibilities of Colin Purrington's sabbatical year stretched out before him. Purrington, then an evolutionary biologist at Swarthmore College in Pennsylvania, intended to stay on campus and was almost giddy thinking of all the undergraduate research projects he had planned, with no teaching or service duties to interrupt them. And then it hit him like a 600-page textbook. When the year was over, he did not want to return to those duties — duties that had led to miserable all-nighters and family strain. (...) - Naturejobs, by Kendall Powell, in Nature 491,627-629, 21 November 2012

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Final Observations of Canadian University Rankings: A Misadventure Now Over Two Decades Long

In November, 2012, Maclean’s published its 21st annual rankings of Canadian universities. Indeed, the ranking of universities has become a popular exercise with which to assess and promote higher education in North America. The ranking approach is similar to that used by publications such as Consumer Reports, in which goods or services are assigned scores based on rational parameters, and then assigned relative rank standings. Rankings of universities continue to be advertised annually as required reading for prospective students (and parents)—for example, to locate “top profs.” (...) - Academic Matters, November 20th, 2012 | By Stewart Page, Ph.D

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UK, Londres : Milliers d'étudiants dans la rue contre les frais universitaires

UK, Londres : Milliers d'étudiants dans la rue contre les frais universitaires | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Des milliers d'étudiants britanniques ont défilé mercredi à Londres sous étroite surveillance policière. Ils protestaient contre la hausse des frais d'inscription et le chômage des jeunes. (...) - lematin.ch, 21/11/2012

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[USA] Entrepreneurial boost

QB3 held up as example of how to capitalize on research.

 

Universities should provide scientists with mentorship, business-support services and private-sector connections to help them exploit the commercial potential of their research discoveries, says a study published on 24 October (K. D. Harrison et al. Sci. Transl. Med. 4, 157fs37; 2012). The study cites the 'Garage Network' at the California Institute for Quantitative Biosciences (QB3) as an example of success. The QB3 network is a business incubator that supports entrepreneurs at the University of California's San Francisco, Berkeley and Santa Cruz campuses.  (...) Naturejobs -

Nature 491,291(2012), 07 November 2012

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Plagiarism exposed in Romanian grant applications

Plagiarism exposed in Romanian grant applications | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it
More than a dozen applications suspected of plagiarism.

 

Earlier this year, Nature exposed a series of plagiarism scandals in Romania that implicated the country's prime minister Victor Ponta, a former research minister and university leaders. Now evidence is emerging of plagiarism in applications for public grant money. (...) - by Alison Abbott, Nature, 7 November 2012

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Canada: Country could do more to attract Indian students

The past decade has seen Canada’s intake of international students increase by 75%. Perhaps even more impressively, the number of students from India – one of the world’s largest sources of international students – has jumped 220% since 2008.

All of these ‘good news’ items appeared in A World of Learning: Canada’s performance and potential in international education 2012, released by the Canadian Bureau for International Education (CBIE) on 5 November, in conjunction with its 46th annual conference.(...) - University World News, by Patrick McDonagh, 08 November 2012, Issue No:247

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USA: The Student Debt Crisis

USA: The Student Debt Crisis | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

[Report] Higher education is an integral part of the American Dream. But in order for it to be affordable for all, we must address the student debt crisis before it spirals further out of control.

 

With $864 billion in federal loans and $150 billion in private loans, student debt in America now exceeds $1 trillion. (...) - Center for American Progress

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I am not surprised about the debt students have in America. As a college student myself, I know very well how pricey college can be and where not talking about the extra materials you need for college. From college books, materials, room and board, America is asking for students to be in debt. College books run from 200-400$ depending on your class and that's on top of the loans you already owe for school. With these facts, America should take notice and try to find a plan to fix this. It is not ok for students to finally graduate college and be in debt. Since college and universities are so expensive some people cant afford to go to college. Many have a dream like all of us but there dream must be on hold because they need to work hours and hours to afford to pay for school. Yes, America wants there students to succeed but, being in debt in process of it is dissatisfying.

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Jo Boaler reveals attacks by Milgram and Bishop

When Academic Disagreement Becomes Harassment and Persecution.

Honest academic debate lies at the core of good scholarship. But what happens when, under the guise of academic freedom, people distort the truth in order to promote their position and discredit someone’s evidence? I have suffered serious intellectual persecution for a number of years and decided it is now time to reveal the details. (...) - Dr Jo Boaler, October, Standford university, 2012

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UK : Les marchés décernent un bon point à l'université de Cambridge

UK : Les marchés décernent un bon point à l'université de Cambridge | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it
Cambridge, notée triple A par l'agence Moody's, a lancé avec succès mercredi un emprunt de 350 millions de livres pour financer ses investissements.

Si les fondateurs de Peterhouse, le plus ancien des trente-deux collèges de Cambridge (1284), avaient pu imaginer cela ! La prestigieuse université britannique avait déjà l'habitude des levées de fonds et des dons de riches philanthropes, mais elle vient de franchir une nouvelle étape : une entrée sur les marchés financiers. (...) - Le Monde, Par Jean-Michel Bezat , 12/10/2012

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[Germany] Controversy over higher education links with industry

A warning by German anti-corruption organisation Transparency International that links between higher education and business are becoming increasingly obscure has sparked an open debate. (...) - University World News, by Michael Gardner, 20 February 2015, Issue No:355

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[Report] University funding system in England is not sustainable

The funding system for higher education in England is not sustainable and a better funding model must be developed, according to a critical report by the Higher Education Commission.

The Coalition government’s decision to allow fees to triple in 2012-13, and the system of student loans and grants developed alongside the hike, was supposed to lead to a more marketised system of higher education, raising standards while pushing prices down, resulting in better qualified graduates for less money. (...) - University World News, by Brendan O'Malley, 18 November 2014 Issue No:344

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Russia: University mergers need to confront identity issues

Russia: University mergers need to confront identity issues | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Recently the Russian government announced far-reaching plans to support 15 leading research universities in their efforts to achieve international competitiveness and have an impact on global university rankings.

Selected universities will receive special state grants for development after rigorous analysis of their current positions and in exchange for a number of institutional transformations in governance and academic systems. (...) - University World News, by Igor Chirikov, 30 March 2013, Issue No:265

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Cost of a university degree far higher than expected

he true cost of a university degree will rocket to up to £100,000 (US$161,000), writes Paul Gallagher for The Independent. Thousands of current students will end up paying that amount in the course of their careers because of interest charges and other fees – several times the £27,000 or £36,000 in fees that most three- and four-year courses charge. (...) - University World News, The Independent16 December 2012 Issue No:252
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Not Another Brick in the Wall: Capitalism and Student Protests in Chile

A few days ago, I visited a high school in a poor urban area in Western Santiago and met with the junior and senior classes to discuss the student movement of 2011 in Chile. “What were the mobilized youth demanding?” I asked the students in the San Alberto Hurtado School. “Did they succeed?” The questions were relevant enough to keep the students engaged. They voiced their opinions and argued for a while, beating the somnolence induced by the heat and the preceding lunch. As I left, my thoughts went to Pink Floyd: these kids, many of whom had joined the protest the previous year, did not want to become just another brick in the edifice of a market economy. (...) Academic Matters, By Andrés Bernasconi | From the November 2012 Issue

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[Quebec] Behind the Green Square: Why Many Students Opposed the Strike

[Quebec] Behind the Green Square: Why Many Students Opposed the Strike | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

On March 30, 2011, Quebec Minister of Finance, Raymond Bachand, announced that students would have to pay more for their university education, and that the funding of universities would require a greater contribution from students. Following this announcement, Quebec student associations decided to speak for all students, as if magically all students were of the same opinion. (...) - Academic Matters, By Arielle Grenier | From the November 2012 Issue

 

Read the French version here: http://www.academicmatters.ca/?p=1308

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UK: Largely peaceful NUS protest ends in ugly scenes

UK: Largely peaceful NUS protest ends in ugly scenes | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

A National Union of Students protest against tuition fees and youth unemployment ended in ugly scenes today when a splinter group forced the union's president from the stage during the closing rally. (...) - Times Higher Education

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UK recruitment drive

Government investment yields academic-research hires.

Recruitment of academic researchers is under way at Queen's University Belfast (QUB), the University of Manchester and University College London (UCL) in connection with around £1 billion (US$1.6 billion) in awards from the UK government's Research Partnership Investment Fund and associated philanthropic donations. QUB will use its £32-million share to help hire 500 researchers and clinicians for its health-sciences institute, which includes a new research centre for eye disease and diabetes slated for completion in 2016. Manchester will hire about 20 senior academics in 2013 for cancer research, and UCL expects to create more posts at a new centre for rare paediatric diseases scheduled to open in 2018. - Naturejobs, 14 November 2012

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Dossier SLU - Prêts étudiants : Vous ne pourrez pas dire qu'on ne vous avait pas prévenus ! (in english, mais pas seulement)

Dossier SLU - Prêts étudiants : Vous ne pourrez pas dire qu'on ne vous avait pas prévenus ! (in english, mais pas seulement) | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Pour tous ceux qui pensent qu’on peut augmenter les frais d’inscription en créant des emprunts étudiants "à la française"… et qui vont le dire bien fort lors des Assises fin novembre… - Sauvons L'Université! 5/11/2012

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UKRAINE: Home university rankings are a response to international isolation

Ukrainian universities do not take part in global rankings. The reason is quite simple – the paradoxical structure of universities, implemented by the Soviet government in the early 1920s, still holds sway: academic research takes place outside universities.

Research is formally conducted within the institutes of the National Academy of Sciences, while the university is reserved for teaching. (...) - University World News, by Serhiy Kvit, 11 November 2012, Issue No:247

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A new academic underclass: the adjunct committee member (essay) | Inside Higher Ed

A new academic underclass: the adjunct committee member (essay) | Inside Higher Ed | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

I’ve recently come full circle to where I started my academic life: I am once again working as an adjunct professor. Last December, I left my full-time, tenured position at a small liberal arts/ professional college. I was ready for an early retirement from my institution (even if it didn’t come with an enticement package) -- but I wasn’t ready to stop teaching. Just lately, I’ve been contemplating putting together a proposal offering my services for a new position, which I will unveil here. But first I need to explain how I reached this point. (...) - By Carolyn Foster Segal, Inside Higher Ed, October 18, 2012

 

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L'université de Cambridge fait son entrée en Bourse

La prestigieuse université est désormais cotée à la Bourse de Londres, après avoir effectué sa première émission d'obligations de son histoire avec succès. L'établissement britannique diversifie ainsi ses sources de financement, et compte notamment investir dans des logements étudiants et la recherche. - e-orientations, Vendredi 12 Octobre 2012

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