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Political meddling in quality assurance spells chaos - University World News

Political meddling in quality assurance spells chaos - University World News | Higher Education in Africa | Scoop.it

Swedish politicians and administrators recently attempted to hijack the peer review concept, and their proposals would make peer review more synonymous with an open and casual discussion between reviewers and reviews, with poorly defined criteria for what is good and bad. They propose site visits and personal meetings that will affect evaluators’ judgements.

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Why higher education will not benefit from market forces

Why higher education will not benefit from market forces | Higher Education in Africa | Scoop.it

If we have more of a market in higher education, brands will become more important, says Peter Scott – to the detriment of diversity.

The trouble with "markets" in higher educationis that most of the people designing them haven't a clue about real markets. With few exceptions, ministers, civil servants, quangocrats and senior university managers have all spent their careers in the very public sector they seem determined to subvert. (...) - by Peter Scott, The Guardian, Monday 3 June 2013


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New research on where to find the most research citations

New research on where to find the most research citations | Higher Education in Africa | Scoop.it

Countries outside the world's elite university systems are better at transforming research capacity into citations, a report suggests.

While the U.S. and the U.K. are good at converting research inputs into outputs and are improving, the likes of Denmark, Switzerland, France and Ireland are making the most of their resources and improving efficiency at a greater rate, the study by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development has found. (...) - by Elizabeth Gibney for Times Higher Education, Inside Higher Ed, May 24, 2013


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Kenya's top university opens up its research - SciDev.Net

Kenya's top university opens up its research - SciDev.Net | Higher Education in Africa | Scoop.it
The University of Nairobi launches free online research repository designed to make its academic output more visible and to boost collaboration.
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Openness is certainly a step in the right direction. But is a repository the right way to go?

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How college students find and use information [Infographic]

How college students find and use information [Infographic] | Higher Education in Africa | Scoop.it

Project Information Literacy infographic on how college students find and use information.


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Political meddling in quality assurance spells chaos - University World News

Political meddling in quality assurance spells chaos - University World News | Higher Education in Africa | Scoop.it

Swedish politicians and administrators recently attempted to hijack the peer review concept, and their proposals would make peer review more synonymous with an open and casual discussion between reviewers and reviews, with poorly defined criteria for what is good and bad. They propose site visits and personal meetings that will affect evaluators’ judgements.

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Open Data - Where Do We Stand from a Researcher's Perspective?

Philip Bourne, University of California San Diego. Presented at Kansas State University as Part of Open Access Week, October 23, 2012.

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The role of research universities - University World News

The role of research universities - University World News | Higher Education in Africa | Scoop.it

Boston College’s Center for International Higher Education and the OECD recently hosted an international working conference under the aegis of its new Innovation, Higher Education and Research for Development (IHERD) programme. The conference examined the role of research universities in global knowledge networks

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Promoting sustainable development - How are universities faring?

Promoting sustainable development - How are universities faring? | Higher Education in Africa | Scoop.it
In May and June 2010 the Global University Network for Innovation (GUNi), the International Association of Universities and the Association of African Universities jointly carried out a survey of ...

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How to ... be transparent

How to ...  be transparent | Higher Education in Africa | Scoop.it
What is the best way for organisations to build capacity for transparency? Avoid the one-off workshop and build sustainable practices, says Claire Schouten
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For the CHET work in building data capacity in African HEIs:

Strengthen records management and data collectionPromote usability of dataWork on the incentives
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Research Funders Propose Steps to Promote Open Access

Research Funders Propose Steps to Promote Open Access | Higher Education in Africa | Scoop.it

A group of research funding organizations from around the world today put its weight behind open access to scientific literature but stopped short of making concrete policy recommendations for its members. The landscape for research and publishing is too varied to come up with general solutions, leaders of the Global Research Council (GRC) said today at the end of the group's second annual meeting in Berlin.


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A new paradigm of scholarly communications is emerging: A report from the Future of Impact conference

A new paradigm of scholarly communications is emerging: A report from the Future of Impact conference | Higher Education in Africa | Scoop.it
Policymakers and academics agree that the economic or public impact of research can’t be demonstrated through just citations and bibliometrics yet open access publishing, altmetrics and online meth...
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Crowd sourcing vs. peer review as mechanisms for knowledge arbitration hotly contested. Everyone sees the differences; why is no one seeing the similarities?

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University Engagement With Socially Excluded Communities - Springer

University Engagement With Socially Excluded Communities - Springer | Higher Education in Africa | Scoop.it
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African Higher Education – What Should Be On Everyone's Radar ...

African Higher Education – What Should Be On Everyone's Radar ... | Higher Education in Africa | Scoop.it

Here are the basic things you need to know about Africa as a higher education market... Conclusion: "Small investments in Africa now could pay off very big in the future..." Question: Pay off for whom? For Canadian HE or for African citizens? Article reads like a strategy for colonising Africa HE.


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Open access: everyone has the right to knowledge

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Intro-level overview of open access publishing. Pro-OA.

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Construct, Re-Construct or Self-Destruct: Strategies for Africa | Inside Higher Ed

Construct, Re-Construct or Self-Destruct: Strategies for Africa | Inside Higher Ed | Higher Education in Africa | Scoop.it
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