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Tunisie : La réforme du système universitaire est un grand chantier

Tunisie : La réforme du système universitaire est un grand chantier | PhD | Scoop.it

Pr. Mahmoud Triki, doyen de Mediterranean School of Business (MSB) plaide pour une relation étroite entre l’entreprise et l’université tunisienne. - L'Economiste Maghrébin, 01/05/2014


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Four More Reasons People Quit the Ph.D.

Four More Reasons People Quit the Ph.D. | PhD | Scoop.it
This post is by Hillary Rettig, author The 7 Secrets of the Prolific: The Definitive Guide to Overcoming Procrastination, Perfectionism, and Writer’s Block.
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The postdoc series: The plight of the postdoc ...

The postdoc series: The plight of the postdoc ... | PhD | Scoop.it

... Many institutions are creating training courses, certificated programmes and internships with industry so that postdocs can begin to adapt. A recent Nature Careers article, Boosting business, highlights some of these available to biotech and bioscience students. We’ve also looked at MBAs for scientists and we’ve offered articles with advice on becoming an information officer and working in science policy plus much more.

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New Zealand Man 3D Prints the World’s Smallest Working Drill — Just 7.5mm Wide

3D printing has shown that it is the perfect technology to use when wishing to create something unique, whether it is a piece of jewelry, a keepsake, or even a
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What do uni engineering departments need most? People in overalls

What do uni engineering departments need most? People in overalls | PhD | Scoop.it
Preoccupied with research and snobbish about industrialists in overalls, university departments no longer recognise their responsibility to produce the next generation of engineers
Engineering education has lost contact with its related profession.
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Eight ways to encourage more students to study engineering

Eight ways to encourage more students to study engineering | PhD | Scoop.it
We need curriculum reform, lower tuition fees and better careers advice to increase application rates for engineering degrees, say sector experts
• What do uni engineering departments need most?
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Au-delà des intentions, la revitalisation de l’enseignement supérieur passe par la performance - University World News

Les 10 résolutions finales portaient sur l’Afrique et plus particulièrement sur la qualité, la création d’un espace d’enseignement supérieur, l’accès, les programmes, le financement et la gouvernance. Le communiqué se concluait par un long « appel à l’action » de la part des États membres et de l’UNESCO.

Parmi ces 50 propositions, notons que le communiqué consacrait six points vagues à l’« apprentissage de la recherche et de l’innovation », plutôt qu’à la pratique de ces deux disciplines.

Que la recherche ne soit pas même mentionnée dans les résolutions relatives à l’Afrique est assez « fanonien » : les universitaires, y compris les Africains parmi eux, avaient intériorisé l’idéologie dominante de l’aide au développement selon laquelle la production de nouveaux savoirs ne constituait pas une fonction centrale de l’université en Afrique.

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The politics of knowledge are made visible through simplistic critiques of academic writing.

The politics of knowledge are made visible through simplistic critiques of academic writing. | PhD | Scoop.it
Critics of academic writing such as Steven Pinker and Nicholas Kristof often fail to understand the political aspects of how knowledge is shared. For example, graduate students might actually be mi...

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Don't be seduced by the US – UK universities offer a richer education

Don't be seduced by the US – UK universities offer a richer education | PhD | Scoop.it

In UK universities, the focus is still on small-group teaching, and much of the undergraduate degree is conducted in seminars of 20 students or less. These seminars are taught by full-time staff who are experts in their field and have undergone extensive training in pedagogy.
In US universities, the focus is on lectures until the final year of a four-year degree. These lecture classes range in size from 25 to 425 students. Some, though certainly not all, lectures will have an accompanying discussion group component, but it is unusual for full-time staff to lead them. The small groups are more commonly run by postgraduates with limited knowledge of the material and no specialised training.

Marking is also done by postgraduates. The advantage is that it frees up the more senior staff to conduct research. The drawback is that students' most intense learning experiences, the seminars, are largely a secondary consideration. What is the advantage of having a staff of world-class researchers when the only contact they have with undergraduates is one hour a week in a massive le

US universities offer a world-class research environment – but teaching is broad and superficial compared with the UK • Why UK universities should adopt US-style degreesUS universities offer the seductive promise of a world-class research...
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Dutch Ph.D. students protest proposed shift in their status

Dutch Ph.D. students protest proposed shift in their status | PhD | Scoop.it
Government wants them classified as students, but they see many benefits to being considered employees. Editorial Tags: Graduate students
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Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew Receives Honorary Doctorate in Izmir - Greek Reporter

Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew Receives Honorary Doctorate in Izmir - Greek Reporter | PhD | Scoop.it
Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew received the title of Honorary Doctor of Sociology by the Izmir Economics University.
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Academic blogging: a risk worth taking?

Academic blogging: a risk worth taking? | PhD | Scoop.it
After her blog was republished without credit, PhD student Lucy Williams says we must confront this 'shameless exploitation'I began writing a blog based on my doctoral research, about the lives of female offenders in Victorian England, in April 2012.
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How to organise an academic conference | 10 tips

How to organise an academic conference | 10 tips | PhD | Scoop.it
Be picky about your speakers and location, says Brian Lucey, and make sure you run to budget, time and free, working wifiOrganising a conference is a really super thing to have on the academic CV.
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More research, less fundraising - London Free Press

More research, less fundraising - London Free Press | PhD | Scoop.it

Rather than simply give money to scientists to pursue important work that might lead to medical treatment, a growing number of agencies and charities require scientists to match grants with their own fundraising.

“It diverts us as scientists from what we do best. We become fundraisers,” said Dr. Bill Avison, who chairs the Children’s Health Research Institute in London and the Council for Canadian Child Health Research.

 

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Visions of the future for academic publishing - BMC Blogs Network (blog)

Visions of the future for academic publishing - BMC Blogs Network (blog) | PhD | Scoop.it
This month sees the 350th anniversary of the Royal Society's Philosophical Transactions – the world's first science journal – which is still published today.
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If the original "function" of a research journal is registration, validation, dissemination and archiving and it naturally comes with peer review, «Journal publishing has evolved ... since 1665» and they become the measures of success in research through citations, but also changed their original function.

For example, the authors remember us, journals don't facilitate deep dissemination (and it came openness, accessibility, collaboration and effectiveness).

Digital, then, makes the original structure (Introduction, Methods, Results and Discussion) no more the optimal format: to disseminate and communicate the big volume of publisheable stuff (the most significant data: in the field of breast cancer, 22,712 articles were published in 2014, according to Scopus)

 

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How to write an excellent personal statement - YouTube

Widening participation manager Jane Marshall, talks about the do's and don'ts of personal statements. For more information please visit http://www3.imperial....
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learn, boysandgirl, learn ... to write a personal statement !!

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Schools in Finland will no longer teach 'subjects' | EDUcation CHANGE | Teaching by Topic

Schools in Finland will no longer teach 'subjects' | EDUcation CHANGE | Teaching by Topic | PhD | Scoop.it

For years, Finland has been the by-word for a successful education system, perched at the top of international league tables for literacy and numeracy.

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Pasi Silander, the city’s development manager, explained: “What we need now is a different kind of education to prepare people for working life.

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“Young people use quite advanced computers. In the past the banks had lots of  bank clerks totting up figures but now that has totally changed.

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“We therefore have to make the changes in education that are necessary for industry and modern society.”

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Subject-specific lessons – an hour of history in the morning, an hour of geography in the afternoon – are already being phased out for 16-year-olds in the city’s upper schools. They are being replaced by what the Finns call “phenomenon” teaching – or teaching by topic. For instance, a teenager studying a vocational course might take “cafeteria services” lessons, which would include elements of maths, languages (to help serve foreign customers), writing skills and communication skills.

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More academic pupils would be taught cross-subject topics such as the European Union - which would merge elements of economics, history (of the countries involved), languages and geography.

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This article shares how Finland is changing how they teach children and adults. This is similar to the comments I recently shared from Stanford's president. Thoughts?

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This is what school librarians have been doing forever!

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How to survive a PhD viva: 17 top tips

How to survive a PhD viva: 17 top tips | PhD | Scoop.it
Just handed in your PhD thesis? Now it’s time to plan for the next hurdle: a viva. Academics offer their advice on how to best prepare
Finishing your PhD thesis: tips from those in the knowThe key to a successful PhD thesis?
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International cooperation - Boosting African research

Most African research-intensive universities do not have clear policies and strategies on how to manage international cooperation – in part because of the decentralised nature of research activity and the autonomy of academic staff, but also because of short-termism.

In a rush to embrace and benefit from international engagement, research universities run the risk of focussing too much on quick gains and income generation, rather than emphasising longer term sustainability, quality assurance mechanisms and how internationalisation may fit more effectively within the university’s mission profile.

Research internationalisation, effective resources development and strategic management are indispensable for boosting the scientific power of Africa’s research universities.

Ultimately, many African research universities will become full members of the global knowledge society, and in the process will contribute more and more to socio-economic development in their countries.

 

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Support needed for emerging research universities

Support needed for emerging research universities | PhD | Scoop.it

Does Africa have research universities? In the current context of ‘world-class’ universities and rankings, an inevitable starting point is to consider how Africa is doing in the global rankings.
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Evidence about Africa’s performance on the global research and science stage is not encouraging.

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5 Great iPad Apps for Running Surveys and Polls in Class

5 Great iPad Apps for Running Surveys and Polls in Class | PhD | Scoop.it
March 5, 2015
Surveys and polls can serve a wide variety of educational purposes. As a teacher, you can use them to initiate quick formative assessments, gather informal feedback on your students...
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Contre la « lente asphyxie » de l'université, une mobilisation clairsemée

Contre la « lente asphyxie » de l'université, une mobilisation clairsemée | PhD | Scoop.it
Jeudi 5 mars, étudiants et professeurs se sont rassemblés devant le ministère de l'enseignement supérieur et de la recherche pour afficher leurs revendications.
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What Drives Academic Data Sharing?

...research policies that better incentivise data sharing are needed to improve the quality of research results and foster scientific progress


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Peer review needs to expand so that more scientists are reviewing papers

Peer review needs to expand so that more scientists are reviewing papers | PhD | Scoop.it
A new tool that selects peer reviewers by algorithm could make the peer review process more reliable, says Richard Price Technology has changed some aspects of science tremendously.
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Academic blogging – 10 top tips

Academic blogging – 10 top tips | PhD | Scoop.it
Find your authentic blogging voice, harness the power of social media and, remember, only blog if you want to, say the expertsAcademic blogging is a valuable part of the wider ecology of scholarship, with the potential for engagement, outreach and...
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Ten reasons we should ditch university lectures

Ten reasons we should ditch university lectures | PhD | Scoop.it

The recorded lecture has some straightforward practical advantages. Students can rewind if their attention has lapsed, or if they don't understand what they've heard, or if English is not their first language. They can pause to take better notes or if they need to look something up.

Students can also choose to watch the lecture when they're in an attentive state, rather than when they're feeling tired or distracted. They can watch again for revision or improved retention, or fast-forward through anything they're already familiar with. They don't need to waste time travelling to or from the lecture hall.

There are also deeper pedagogical benefits. Paradoxically, a student watching a lecture online may be able to forge a closer connection with the lecturer than one watching the lecture live.

 

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