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New Higher Education Solutions Network to support development

Makerere University in Uganda and six American universities have been selected by the US Agency for International Development , USAID, to join a US$130 million five-year project called the Higher Education Solutions Network, or HESN, which will use research to support development.

HESN was launched on 9 November, according to a USAID press statement. (...) - University World News, Wagdy Sawahel, 18 November 2012, Issue No:248

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[UK] Minister demands action to protect campus free speech

The universities minister, Sam Gyimah, has demanded action to further protect free speech at universities and has offered to work with the sector to create new guidance. (...) - University World News, by Brendan O'Malley, 04 May 2018 Issue No:504 Share
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[Europe] Towards a Bologna Digital strategy for higher education

Twenty years after the Sorbonne Declaration, the key challenges of opening up higher education, improving the quality of teaching and learning, reforming assessment and recognition and promoting internationalisation and mobility remain the same for all countries in the European Higher Education Area (EHEA). We believe that digitalisation can significantly contribute to overcoming them. (...) - University World News, by Dominic Orr, Peter van der Hijden, Florian Rampelt, Ronny Röwert and Renata Suter, 04 May 2018 Issue No:504
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Report harassment or risk losing funding, says top UK science funder

Report harassment or risk losing funding, says top UK science funder | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

The Wellcome Trust vows to pull grants if researchers or institutions do not abide by its new misconduct policy. (...) - Nature by Holly Else, 2018/05/03

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[China] International student numbers near half a million

[China] International student numbers near half a million | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it
The number of foreign students studying at universities on the Chinese mainland is closing in on the half a million mark, with 489,200 students in 2017, according to the latest figures from the ministry of education in Beijing released last week.  (...) - University World News, by Yojana Sharma, 03 May 2018 Issue No:504 Share
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European Commission proposes €100 billion research spending plan

European Commission proposes €100 billion research spending plan | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Horizon Europe program will run from 2021 to 2027


The European Commission today proposed spending €100 billion on research from 2021 to 2027 under its next continent-wide science funding program. That is less than some research groups had hoped for. Still, they say it is a good—but not great—opening bid in what are expected to be lengthy negotiations with the European Parliament and the European Union’s member states on a final spending plan. (...) - Science, by Tania Rabesandratana, 2018/05/02

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I thought US universities were driven by profit – until I moved to the UK

I thought US universities were driven by profit – until I moved to the UK | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

I expected a culture shock when I crossed the Atlantic, but I didn’t anticipate how corporatised British universities would be (...) - The Guardian, by Anonymous academic, 2018/04/27

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Economic crisis crippling progress at Venezuelan universities

Economic crisis crippling progress at Venezuelan universities | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

University leaders introduce three-day timetables as teachers struggle to pay bus fares to get to class (...) - Times Higher Education, 2018/04/25

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La sélection est très attractive !

La sélection est très attractive ! | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Attention. Actualisation ce jour même à 19 heures car un dossier de presse ministériel est désormais en ligne (24 pages)... En attente d'analyse ! Histogramme du nombre de vœux par type de formation Cliquer sur l'image pour l'agrandir Chronique ci-dessous publiée à 15 heures 4. Choisir une filière sélective à l'entrée de l'enseignement supérieur est… (...) - Blog "Histoires d'Universités", 23/04/2018

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[UK] For academics on insecure contracts, it's hard to not feel undervalued

[UK] For academics on insecure contracts, it's hard to not feel undervalued | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

In my first lecturing job, I ignored the low pay and focused on my students. But I never even got a word of thanks. (...) - The Guardian, by Anonymous academic, 2018/04/20

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Economic crisis forces slowdown at universities

Teachers unable to pay the bus fare to get to class; students stuck in long supermarket lines in the quest for affordable food: Venezuela’s academics say the deep economic crisis is paralysing the country's universities, writes Alex Vasquez for AFP. (...) - University World News, AFP, 20 April 2018 Issue No:502
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9 things to avoid in research comms

9 things to avoid in research comms | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

ODI's Caroline Cassidy and Louise Ball with their list of things to be avoided (but we do them anyway) when trying to communicate research findings (...) - ofamblogs.org, by Caroline Cassidy and Louise Ball, 2018/02/09

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A final dash across the United States: updates from the 2018 March for Science

A final dash across the United States: updates from the 2018 March for Science | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

The crowds were much smaller for the second March for Science, but the concerns may have been even more intense (...) - Science, 2018/04/14

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[Russia] Putin to boost science research funding by 150%

Russian President Vladimir Putin has promised to increase funding of national science by 150% over current levels by the end of the year, according to the press service of the Presidential Administration of Russia. The increase will be applied to unallocated funding under Russia’s existing science and technology programme 2014-20, and will increase the amount available from RUB40 billion to RUB60 billion (US$644 million to nearly US$1 billion).  (...) - University World News, by Eugene Vorotnikov, 14 April 2018 Issue No:501
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[Canada] The challenge of harmonising research ethics standards

At universities in Canada, as in many other countries, professors must have their research plan approved by the research ethics board or REB at their institution before they can launch their study. This process ensures that participants are not exposed to physical or psychological harm.  (...) - University World News, by Grace Karram Stephenson and Emmanuelle Fick, 04 May 2018 Issue No:504
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How do you draw the line between volunteer work and unpaid labour?

How do you draw the line between volunteer work and unpaid labour? | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it
A US university’s plan to recruit volunteer PhD-holders who are alumni to lecture classes, write grant proposals and serve on graduate thesis committees has raised concerns of possible exploitation of early-career researchers. (...) - Naturejobs Blog, by Karen Kaplan, 2018/05/03
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Blocking an increase in the research budget would put Europe on a ‘loser’s path’

Blocking an increase in the research budget would put Europe on a ‘loser’s path’ | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it
As Dutch prime minister Mark Rutte calls the spending proposal ‘unacceptable’, the EU’s budget chief warns MEPs, ‘If the member states cut funding again, they are closing down our common future’ (...) - Science|Business, by Eanna Kelly, 2018/05/03
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If ResearchGate is Where Authors Connect and Collaborate …

If ResearchGate is Where Authors Connect and Collaborate … | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Taking a user-centered approach to the “problem” of ResearchGate rather than a copyright ownership-centric approach brings a different lens to the decision-making around negotiations with ResearchGate. (...) - The Scholarly Kitchen, by Lisa Janicke Hinchliffe, 2018/05/02

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Feeling overwhelmed by academia? You are not alone

Feeling overwhelmed by academia? You are not alone | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Five researchers share their stories and advice on how to maintain good mental health in the hyper-competitive environment of science. (...) - Nature, by Chris Woolston, 2018/05/02

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[US] When college and university tuition goes up, campus diversity goes down

[US] When college and university tuition goes up, campus diversity goes down | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

As college tuition continues to rise at a staggering rate, people tend to worry about how much harder it becomes for students and families to pay for college. As researchers who focus on higher education, we found a different reason to worry. We examined tuition hikes at public four-year colleges and universities over a 14-year … (....) - Academics, by Drew Allen and Gregory Wolnak, 2018/ 04/26

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Accueil des étudiants étrangers : la France veut remonter sur le podium

Accueil des étudiants étrangers : la France veut remonter sur le podium | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Quatrième destination pour les étudiants internationaux, le pays a vu leurs effectifs augmenter de 4,6 % en 2016-2017. (...) - Le Monde, par Adrien de Tricornot, 24/04/2018

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Assessment of potential bias in research grant peer review in Canada

Assessment of potential bias in research grant peer review in Canada | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

BACKGROUND: Peer review is used to determine what research is funded and published, yet little is known about its effectiveness, and it is suspected that there may be biases. We investigated the variability of peer review and factors influencing ratings of grant applications. (...) - CMAJ April 23, 2018 190 (16) E489-E499, by Tamblyn R et al


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[Netherlands] Universities, publishers agree on open-access deals

Despite some difficult negotiations, academic institutions in the Netherlands have been securing subscriptions that combine publishing and reading into one fee, with many universities pushing for scholarly journals to become open access, writes Diana Kwon for The Scientist. (...) - University World News, by The Scientist, 20 April 2018 Issue No:502
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How much research goes completely uncited?

How much research goes completely uncited? | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Analysis from THE’s data team suggests big differences among disciplines in the amount of scholarship that fails to garner a citation (...) - Times Higher Education, by Simon Baker, 2018/04/18

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[US] Reshaping the research landscape

[US] Reshaping the research landscape | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it
A 12 April report from the US National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine offers ideas for reshaping the landscape of life-science research across all career levels in the US biomedical research pipeline. (...) - Naturejobs Blog, by Karen Kaplan, 2018/04/17
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170 academics sign open letter expressing concern about academic freedom in Singapore, Politics News & Top Stories

170 academics sign open letter expressing concern about academic freedom in Singapore, Politics News & Top Stories | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

SINGAPORE - At least 170 academics have voiced concern about academic freedom in Singapore, with several saying that diverse views should be encouraged and not quashed.. (...) - straitstimes.com, by Joanna Seow, 2018/04/13

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