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[Italy) A pioneer in the development of education technology

If you want to discover how technology will change higher education provision in future, Rome-based International Telematic University Uninettuno, a wholly online institution, which claims to be a pioneer of educational technology, may be a good place to start.  (...) - University World News, by Brenda Dionisi, 20 October 2018 Issue No:525
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Funding for Europe’s universities rising, but not enough

Governments have increased funding for European higher education over the past decade but this recovery is not happening fast enough to produce a catch-up effect, according to the European University Association (EUA). This was one of the main trends in university funding presented at the EUA’s Fourth Funding Forum, held in Barcelona, Spain on 18-19 October. (...) - University World News, by Rebecca Warden, 20 October 2018 Issue No:525 Share
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[Africa] A unique opportunity to promote scientific collaboration

Science diplomacy has three different faces: science in diplomacy (using science as a diplomatic instrument in foreign policy); diplomacy for science (diplomacy seen as a way to establish scientific collaboration in the international realm); and science for diplomacy (where scientific cooperation can help improve international affairs). (...) - University World News, by Rami M Ayoubi and Engin Akcay19 October 2018 Issue No:525
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China narrows U.S. lead in R&D spending

China narrows U.S. lead in R&D spending | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it
Already the world's second biggest R&D spender behind the United States, China is steadily narrowing the gap, according to a government report released last week. It shows that the total R&D outlay by government and industry rose 12.3% last year to a record 1.76 trillion yuan ($254 billion). Whereas China spent about 34% as much as the United States in 2012, the proportion is now closer to 45%, figures from the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) and U.S. agencies show. In purchasing power, China's 2016 spending was equivalent to 88% of U.S. spending, according to OECD. (...) - Science, by Dennis Normile, 2018/10/19
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[Canada] Échec à l’évaluation des professeurs universitaires

[Canada] Échec à l’évaluation des professeurs universitaires | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Les évaluations que les étudiants remplissent à la fin de chaque cours sont des outils partiaux et discriminatoires qui ne devraient plus être utilisés pour juger du travail des enseignants, a tranché un arbitre ontarien dans une décision qui fera jurisprudence dans les universités canadiennes et québécoises. (...) - Le Devoir, par Jessica Nadeau, 18/10/2018

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Paths to success for African scientists

Paths to success for African scientists | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Pursuing a career in science in Africa involves challenges not faced by researchers who remain in the high-income countries in which they studied. (...) - Nature, by Linda Nordling, 2018/10/17

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Encourage early-career scientists to shape policy

Encourage early-career scientists to shape policy | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

 Early-career researchers can be promising candidates for informing and shaping science policy (Nature 560, 671–673; 2018). Given the necessary support, they could learn to engage with policymakers and to create sustainable interactions with them for the future. (...) - Nature.com, by Norma Bethke, Paul Gellert & Joachim Seybold, 2018/10/17

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US dominates global innovative universities ranking

Stanford University has topped Reuters’ ranking of the World’s Most Innovative Universities for the fourth year in a row, followed by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Harvard University, in the same order for the fourth year running. The biggest mover was the United Kingdom’s University of Manchester, which leapt 27 places to 53rd in the global ranking. (...) - University World News, by Brendan O’Malley, 13 October 2018 Issue No:524 Share
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[Russia] A catalyst for institutional transformation

The strategic transformation of universities is among the most daunting leadership challenges for presidents, rectors or deans. Short of existential threats, far-reaching transformations are rarely even attempted.  (...) - University World News, by Lukas Bischof, 12 October 2018 Issue No:524
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[India] How can we fix what is wrong with Indian universities?

The higher education sector in India has been largely a failure story, according to most analysts. Except for a few institutions, such as the Indian Institutes of Technology, All India Institutes of Medical Sciences and the Indian Institute of Science, most of the publicly funded universities have shown an inability to face contemporary challenges with respect to the quality of research and the relevance of curricular content and teaching methods. (...) - University World News, by Kishor Patwardhan, 12 October 2018 Issue No:524
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[South Korea] Foreign student numbers grow a record 19% in a year

South Korea has seen record numbers of foreign students enrolling in its universities despite recent tensions on the Korean peninsula, but this has been accompanied by a doubling in the number staying on illegally after their student visas expire. (...) - University World News, by Aimee Chung, 11 October 2018 Issue No:524 Share
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Scientists struggle with confusing journal guidelines

Scientists struggle with confusing journal guidelines | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Unclear and incomplete journal guidelines are placing an additional burden on many scientists who don't speak English as a first language. (...) - Nature, by Dalmeet Singh Chawla, 2018/11/08

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[US] Decline of international graduate enrolment quadruples

Graduate enrolment of international students at United States universities has declined for the second year in a row, according to the Council of Graduate Schools (CGS). While first-time graduate enrolment for US citizens and permanent residents increased 1.1% between fall 2016 and fall 2017, first-time graduate enrolment of international students decreased by 3.7%.  (...) - University World News, by Brendan O'Malley05 October 2018 Issue No:523
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[Denmark] Government takes steps to lure and retain foreign talent

(...) - University World News, by Jan Petter Myklebust, 20 October 2018 Issue No:525 Share
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The rise and rise of predatory journals

There has been a precipitous rise in predatory academic journals in recent years. Most researchers are probably familiar with the recruitment tactic from these scammers. If you haven’t noticed, check your spam folder. It will be littered with invitations to submit to journals tangentially related to your field.  (...) - University World News, by Ryan Allen, 19 October 2018 Issue No:525
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[Australia] Federal review of standards of HE courses announced

Organisations that offer higher education courses in Australia are to face a federal review of their standards. The review was called by federal Education Minister Dan Tehan who has asked Emeritus Professor Peter Coaldrake to conduct the examination.  (...) - University World News, 19 October 2018 Issue No:525 Share
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[UK] Brexit, cutting ourselves off from our past, and from science funding

[UK] Brexit, cutting ourselves off from our past, and from science funding | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Letters from Prehistoric Society president Clive Gamble, British Academy Europe liaison chair Helen Wallace, Steve Peers and Louise Rowntree and Kelvin Appleton (...) - The Guadian, 2018/10/18

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[Mauritania] Students arrested in protests over university age limit

Two students were arrested after student unions and associations protested outside Mauritania’s Ministry for Higher Education and Scientific Research in Nouakchott after its recent decision to bar more than 1,000 high school graduates aged over 25 from studying at higher education institutions. (...) - University World News, by Wagdy Sawahel, 17 October 2018 Issue No:525
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[Australia] One in seven students go without food or necessities

Nearly one million Australians are now studying at university, but life is hard for most of them, with one in seven going without food or other necessities because they cannot afford the costs. To survive, more than 80% of the students have to find paid work and full-time undergraduates spend an average of 12 hours every week away from class, working to earn the money to live. (...) - University World News, by Geoff Maslen, 17 October 2018 Issue No:525
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Real-life stories of online harassment — and how scientists got through it

Real-life stories of online harassment — and how scientists got through it | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Certain fields draw frequent attacks on social media and other digital platforms. Three scientists explain how they navigate the minefields. (...) -  Nature, by Virginia Gewin, 2018/10/16

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[Denmark] World-class research position retained – and challenged

Denmark is maintaining its world-class position in research and development, according to the 10th edition of the Research Barometer, a collection of indicators comparing Denmark to 35 other OECD countries, which the Ministry of Higher Education and Science published on 5 October. (...) - University World News, by Jan Petter Myklebust, 13 October 2018 Issue No:524
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EU budget chief: some east Europeans don’t want bigger research pot

EU budget chief: some east Europeans don’t want bigger research pot | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it
Oettinger says newer EU members ‘don’t see how they can benefit’ from Horizon Europe plan (...) - Science|Business, by Eanna Kelly, 2018/10/12
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Six factors influencing academic writing productivity and satisfaction

Six factors influencing academic writing productivity and satisfaction | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Writing satisfaction is strongly linked to publishing productivity and, potentially, career success. Chris Smith reports on research investigating the tools and systems academics from all career stages use to keep writing and publishing. Age, experience, and having a sense of certainty about what sort of writing system suits you and your life are all important to productivity and overall satisfaction. Early-career researchers may struggle with external pressures and barriers such as procrastination or feeling overwhelmed which cause most dissatisfaction, but these feelings do slowly ebb away. The more experience you gain, the more likely you’ll have found a writing system that works, and the more productive, satisfied – and hopefully successful – you’ll be.(...) - Blog LSE 'Impact of Social Science', by Chris Smith, 2018/10/18

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Scientific Illustrations Part I: Schematics and Cartoons

Scientific Illustrations Part I: Schematics and Cartoons | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Learn how to use cartoons and schematics to communicate research, plus some software tools to get you started with scientific illustrations! (...) - BiteSizeBio, by Daphne Ng, 2018/10/19

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How to design a winning fellowship proposal

How to design a winning fellowship proposal | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Be clear about your training plan and goals to boost your chances of a favourable outcome, say Crystal M. Botham and Tanya M. Evans. (...) - Nature, by CM. Botham and TM. Evans, 2018/11/06

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