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SADC leadership wants to resolve the Lesotho political crisis: Zuma - CNBCAfrica.com

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President Zuma hosted SADC Double Troika Summit last night where in attendance were heads of state from Botswana, Zimbabwe and Lesotho.
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Voice of America: US leading peacekeeping drill in western Ukraine - Kyiv Post

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Trouble in paradise for Botswana's democratic credentials - The Guardian

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The state department said Mokone's arrest is “inconsistent with... fundamental freedoms and at odds with Botswana's strong tradition of democratic governance”.
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Special Issue on Dynamic Viewpoints on Implicit Leadership and Followership Theories - The Leadership Quarterly - Elsevier

Special Issue on Dynamic Viewpoints on Implicit Leadership and Followership Theories - The Leadership Quarterly - Elsevier | NGOs in Human Rights, Peace and Development | Scoop.it
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Roseanne Foti, Virginia Tech, USA (rfoti@vt.edu)
Tiffany Keller Hansbrough, Fairleigh Dickinson University, USA...
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MDGs progress and post-MDGs priorities in the Commonwealth | Humanitarian News

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The Commonwealth Secretariat commissioned a review of the status of MDGs achievement in Commonwealth member countries.
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Future of Research Libraries in the 21st Century (Innovation and Digital Scholarship Lecture Series)

Dame Lynne Brindley is the former CEO of the British Library and recently elected Master of Pembroke College, Oxford, to succeed Giles Henderson CBE in Augus...
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Dealing with Data: Science Librarians’ Participation in Data Management at Association of Research Libraries Institutions

As long as empirical research has existed, researchers have been doing “data management” in one form or another. However, funding agency mandates for doing formal data management are relatively recent, and academic libraries’ involvement has been concentrated mainly in the last few years. The National Science Foundation implemented a new mandate in January, 2011, requiring researchers to include a data management plan with their proposals for funding. This has prompted many academic libraries to work more actively than before in data management, and science librarians in particular are uniquely poised to step into new roles to meet researchers’ data management needs. This study, a survey of science librarians at institutions affiliated with the Association of Research Libraries, investigates science librarians’ awareness of and involvement in institutional repositories, data repositories, and data management support services at their institutions. The study also explores the roles and responsibilities, both new and traditional, that science librarians have assumed related to data management, and the skills that science librarians believe are necessary to meet the demands of data management work. The results reveal themes of both uncertainty and optimism – uncertainty about the roles of librarians, libraries, and other campus entities; uncertainty about the skills that will be required; but also optimism about applying “traditional” librarian skills to this emerging field of academic librarianship.


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Report: public research universities in peril

Report: public research universities in peril | NGOs in Human Rights, Peace and Development | Scoop.it
The study is the latest in a series of alarm bells warning that public research universities — which perform the majority of academic science and engineering research funded by the federal government, and educate a disproportionate share of scientists in training — have been weakened by years of eroding state support. Many are losing their best faculty to private institutions, and tuition increases in response to the budget cuts threaten the historically affordable access students have enjoyed.
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Endowment Management Based on a Positive Model of the University

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I propose a positive model of the university that generates many apparently peculiar features of universities such as endowments and tuition subsidies. The model proposes a specific objective function: a university maximizes its contribution to the intellectual capital of society, valued at social returns. The objective function is enforced within the model–that is, it leads to actions that reinforce the initial selection of the objective function. Endowments also arise naturally within the model: they are a necessary feature of certain universities, not an accident. The model has important implications for the decisions that universities should make on many fronts, but I focus on the implications for financial decisions, especially universities' endowment spending rules and portfolio allocations. The model is designed to explain America's great private research universities and very selective liberal arts colleges and–with modest adaptations–institutions like America's and Britain's great public research universities. Indeed, a ancillary benefit of the model is that it provides a justification for existence of the aforementioned institutions by assigning them a unique role in the creation of the world's intellectual capital.

 

The description of the model by the author:

"Each university maximizes its contribution to society's intellectual capital by making two types of investments:
(i) investments in advanced human capital embodied in people and (ii) investments in new knowledge embodied in research. These investments have peculiar properties that make them unlikely to be financed by conventional means. In making these investments, universities play a role that closely parallels that of a venture capitalist. They invest not only money, but also expertise and infrastructure. The university gets what is essentially an equity stake in its intellectual capital investments. Collecting these (equity-type) returns is a key difficulty for universities, and it is in overcoming this difficulty that universities (i) generate an endowment, not merely gifts and grants for current use and (ii) reinforce the initial choice of their objective
function so that the model is, as a logical matter, closed"

 

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NBER WORKING PAPER SERIES
ENDOWMENT MANAGEMENT BASED ON A POSITIVE MODEL OF THE UNIVERSITY
Caroline M. Hoxby
Working Paper 18626
http://www.nber.org/papers/w18626
NATIONAL BUREAU OF ECONOMIC RESEARCH

Fulltext: http://m.nber.org/papers/w18626.pdf

 


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Where are university websites hiding all their research?

Where are university websites hiding all their research? | NGOs in Human Rights, Peace and Development | Scoop.it

Are UK universities doing enough to make research accessible to students, funders and the public? Claire Shaw reports.

Glossy bulletins and public lecture leaflets still land on our desk, but where is this research information to be found online? University webpages that do publicise their institution's latest research are often uninviting or unimaginative in format, listing titles of research papers that have not been updated for months, or even years in some instances. Some universities fail to provide access to online information about their research at all.

Are universities investing the necessary time, money and energy in effective communication of their research? Is this information accessible through the university's internal systems, if not published in the public domain? And for research that is publicly funded, do universities have a moral obligation to promote this work through accessible means to show its worth and benefit to society?


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From Science to Business; How Firms Create Value by Partnering with Universities

From Science to Business; How Firms Create Value by Partnering with Universities | NGOs in Human Rights, Peace and Development | Scoop.it

In what is often called the 'knowledge economy', two actors, universities and firms, play a leading role in creating new knowledge, products, services and jobs. Through efficient and smart partnering models, firms can now leverage their innovative capacity and access valuable knowledge and insights from Universities. Engaging in Knowledge and Technology Transfer activities has become a must for companies relying on innovation to develop and defend their market share.

Following on from Resolving the Innovation paradox, this book documents the good practices world-wide for managing the three main channels for knowledge and technology transfer from universities and public laboratories to firms: collaborative research, licensing and spinning out start up companies.

Beyond traditional partnerships models built around patents and technology, firms must source Universities' non technical knowledge, such as societal trends, business models, anthropological or geopolitical issues. Two additional transformational themes run across the book. First, massive innovation is required to move the world towards a more sustainable state. Second, China and India are fast emerging sources of innovations for the word.

 

contents:

Firms Engage with Universities in Many Different Ways
Collaborative Research between Firms and Universities
Firms Accessing University Technology through Licensing
Firms Accessing University Technology via Spin Outs
SMEs Must Engage with Universities
Best Practice for Firm-university Partnerships
The Way Forward
Selected Bibliography

 

DR GEORGES HAOUR is Professor of Technology& Innovation Management. He also acts as an adviser to firms and organizations in his area of value-creation through effective management of the innovation process, as well as commercialization of technology.

LAURENT MIEVILLE is Director of Unitec, the Technology Transfer Office at the Univeristy of Geneva, Switzerland.

 

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From Science to Business

How Firms Create Value by Partnering with Universities

Georges Haour and Laurent Mieville

Palgrave Macmillan, 2010

 

 


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2015 Best Colleges Preview: Top 10 Public Universities - U.S. News & World Report

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2015 Best Colleges Preview: Top 10 Public Universities
U.S. News & World Report
National Universities emphasize faculty research and offer a full range of undergraduate majors, plus master's and Ph.D.
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The Power and Relevance of Libraries | Pew Research Center's Internet & American Life Project

At the American Library Association's National Library Legislative Day, Pew Internet Director Lee Rainie will discuss 11 key takeaways from the Project's libraries research.

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I love it when the web starts to predict the future. Take a look at the slideshare - to be presented tomorrow. Now that is fast - access before the event occurs. Enjoy!

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Mugabe seals $3bln Russian mining deal - New Zimbabwe.com

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Mugabe seals $3bln Russian mining deal New Zimbabwe.com GDI is chaired by Hesphina Rukato, a former deputy chief executive at the secretariat of the New Partnership for Africa's Development (NEPAD), an economic development programme of the African...
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UN takes over peacekeeping operations in Central African Republic - Sowetan

UN takes over peacekeeping operations in Central African Republic Sowetan The UN Security Council welcomed the "seamless transition of authority" to the UN peacekeeping mission and stressed that the deployment of UN forces should happen alongside...
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10 steps to tackle climate change and boost economic growth - Responding to Climate Change

10 steps to tackle climate change and boost economic growth - Responding to Climate Change | NGOs in Human Rights, Peace and Development | Scoop.it
Responding to Climate Change
10 steps to tackle climate change and boost economic growth
Responding to Climate Change
... removing barriers to entrepreneurship and creativity. 7.
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Rethink needed on humanitarian funding for national NGOs

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With humanitarian aid effectiveness high on the agenda of the 2016 World Humanitarian Summit, there is much talk of how to reform humanitarian financing to make it more inclusive of national NGOs, but risk aversion will slow progress, say analysts.
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Universities and Libraries Envision a 'Federated System' for Public Access to Research

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"This week, the Association of American Universities, the Association of Public and Land-Grant Universities, and the Association of Research Libraries are offering a plan they call the Shared Access Research Ecosystem, or Share. Share would expand on systems that universities and libraries have long been building to support the sharing and preservation of research. The groups behind Share have been circulating a document, dated June 7, that lays out the basics behind the idea."


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New Roles for Research Libraries: Digital Curation for Preservation

New: Video of ARL Archived Webcast: "New Roles for Research Libraries: Digital Curation for Preservation".

Authored by Tyler Walters and Katherine Skinner, New Roles for New Times: Digital Curation for Preservation looks at how libraries are developing new roles and services in the arena of digital curation for preservation.

The authors consider a “promising set of new roles that libraries are currently carving out in the digital arena,” describing emerging strategies for libraries and librarians and highlighting collaborative approaches through a series of case studies of key programs and projects.
They also provide helpful definitions and offer recommendations for libraries considering how best to make or expand their investments in digital curation. Issues and developments within and across the sciences and humanities are considered..
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Knowledge Matters: the public mission of research universities

Speaker(s): Professor Craig Calhoun Chair: Professor Nicholas Barr Recorded on 13 November 2012 in Sheikh Zayed Theatre, New Academic Building. The universit...
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First (Education) Responders: How a group of universities is tackling higher ed's biggest problems | In The Tank | NAF

First (Education) Responders: How a group of universities is tackling higher ed's biggest problems | In The Tank | NAF | NGOs in Human Rights, Peace and Development | Scoop.it

With the economy stuck in neutral, tuition prices and student loan debt skyrocketing, and parents and students increasingly questioning the value of a college degree, our public institutions urgently need a different approach to the challenge or educating an increasingly diverse mix of students at a reasonable cost.

 

Today, New America's Education Policy Program released The Next Generation University, a policy report about the future of public higher education. The report comes at a time when too many public universities are failing to respond to the nation's higher education crisis. Rather than expanding enrollment and focusing limited dollars on the neediest of students, many institutions are instead restricting enrollments and encouraging the use of student-aid dollars on merit awards. But, according to the report, some schools are breaking the mold by boldly restructuring operating costs and creating clear, accelerated pathways for students.

 

The report focuses on six public research universities: Arizona State University, University at Buffalo, University of California at Riverside, University of Central Florida, Georgia State University, and the University of Texas at Arlington. These universities are continuing their commitment to world class research while increasing enrollment and graduation rates, even as the investments from their states have declined.

 

The report includes case studies on each of the six universities, which were selected after an analysis of federal education data, site visits, and interviews. Based on similarities in their approaches to reform, the report's recommendations include:

 

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Public No More: A New Path to Excellence for America’s Public Universities; how research universities can survive with reduced subsidies and increased competition from both non-profit and for-profi...

Public No More: A New Path to Excellence for America’s Public Universities; how research universities can survive with reduced subsidies and increased competition from both non-profit and for-profi... | NGOs in Human Rights, Peace and Development | Scoop.it

Public No More examines the quickly changing environment within higher education, including the permanent decline in state support for public universities. This book raises the question of how research universities can survive with reduced subsidies and increased competition from both non-profit and growing for-profit institutions. Authors Gary C. Fethke and Andrew J. Policano, both longtime university administrators, offer a strategic framework for determining how tuition and access should be set and how universities should decide on quality and program scope. Throughout the text, real-world examples illustrate successful and unsuccessful adoptions of the authors' proposals. 

Leadership within public higher education, policymakers, and researchers alike will find Public No More to be a sober and well-grounded guide to what lies ahead for universities across the nation.

 

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Public No More; A New Path to Excellence for America’s Public Universities

Gary C. Fethke and Andrew J. Policano


Stanford University Press, 2012

 

Review: "Fethke and Policano do an excellent job of pinpointing the key issues in public higher education, and presenting strategic management solutions using lucid examples. Rigorous, but not overly technical, this book has a timely message, not just for higher education, but for the analysis of any situation in which strategic choices must be made and change is eminent."—John Kraft, Dean and Professor, University of Florida


Gary C. Fethke served as a university administrator for over twenty-five years, as Dean of the Business School and Interim President at the University of Iowa. He is the Leonard A. Hadley Professor of Leadership in the Tippie College of Business. 
Andrew J. Policano is the Dean's Leadership Circle Professor and Dean of the Paul Merage School of Business at the University of California at Irvine. He is widely recognized for his innovative leadership, which spans twenty-two years in three deanships.


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States reduce funding for research universities | Social and Behavioral Science Research

States reduce funding for research universities | Social and Behavioral Science Research | NGOs in Human Rights, Peace and Development | Scoop.it

State funding for the top 101 public research universities declined by 10 percent between 2002 and 2010, in inflation-adjusted dollars. Nearly three-quarters of the universities (72 of 101) experienced reductions in state funding. As a percentage of the universities' total revenue, state funding declined from 28 percent in 2001 to 19 percent in 2009. State funding for these institutions fluctuated between 2002 and 2010, "dipping in the early years and then rising until 2008 when it began to fall sharply."


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Essay on the impact an independent Scotland would have on its universities @insidehighered

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Scottish independence would likely undermine its public research universities: @VUPeabody student in @insidehighered http://t.co/V399OH49oF
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Spending by University Research Libraries, 2012-13 - Chronicle of Higher Education (subscription)

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Spending by University Research Libraries, 2012-13 Chronicle of Higher Education (subscription) Six universities on the Association of Research Libraries' Library Investment Index had more than 500 professional and support staff members in 2012-13,...
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