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[Québec] Des étudiants de l'UdeM réclament la démission du recteur

[Québec] Des étudiants de l'UdeM réclament la démission du recteur | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it
Une centaine d'étudiants de l'Université de Montréal ont manifesté mardi midi devant le pavillon Roger-Gaudry pour exiger la démission du recteur, Guy Breton.
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[Suisse] Sexisme: l’Université veut reconnaître ses failles

[Suisse] Sexisme: l’Université veut reconnaître ses failles | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Lors du Dies academicus placé sous le signe du courage, le recteur a prôné une tolérance zéro envers le harcèlement. (...) - La Tribune de Genève, 13/10/2017

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[USA] NSF drops preproposals, deadlines for biologists seeking funding

[USA] NSF drops preproposals, deadlines for biologists seeking funding | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Pilot program to lighten workload ends after mixed reviews from scientists and staff


The National Science Foundation (NSF) will no longer require biologists applying for grants to submit preproposals and to adhere to an annual deadline for submissions. The changes pull the plug on a 5-year pilot project in two NSF divisions—and mark the agency’s latest attempt to reduce the burden of the grant review system on its staff and outside researchers without lowering its standards.(...) - Science, by Jeffrey Mervis, Oct 11, 2017

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[Belgique] Professeur(e) d’université : un sport de combat !

[Belgique] Professeur(e) d’université : un sport de combat ! | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Concurrence, compétition, rentabilité, urgence... Voici quelques-uns des maîtres-mots qui rythment aujourd’hui la vie des corps académique, scientifique et administratif de l’alma mater. Et, par ricochet, la vie des étudiants. La « managérialisation » de l’université est en marche (...) - Revue Démocratie, par Anne-Emmanuelle Bourgaux, 05/10/2017

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Scientists have most impact when they're free to move

Scientists have most impact when they're free to move | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

An analysis of researchers' global mobility reveals that limiting the circulation of scholars will damage the scientific system, say Cassidy R. (...) - Nature, by Cassidy R. Sugimoto, 2017/10/04

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Social capital: the new frontier in widening participation at universities

Social capital: the new frontier in widening participation at universities | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

If universities are to ensure all their graduates fulfil their potential, they will have to start equipping them with the social capital they need to get there (...) - The Guardian, by Simon Gaskell and Rebecca Lingwood, 2017/10/02

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Hey Academics, Please Stop Calling Me an “Independent Scholar”

Hey Academics, Please Stop Calling Me an “Independent Scholar” | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

I didn’t know how much I hated the term “independent scholar” until people began to use it to describe me. I left academia four years ago to try to make it as a full-time writer; when anyone asks me what I do, I say, “I am a writer.” Academics, however, still seem to struggle with this marker of identity and others like it, and they almost always default to “independent scholar.” (...) - Historista, by Megan Kate Nelson, 2017/09/26

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Turkish academics remain fearful in exile

Turkish academics remain fearful in exile | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

In Germany, they fear online harassment and the watchful eyes of those who support the Turkish government. (...) - Inside Higher Ed, by David Matthews, 2017/09/28

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Facing poverty, academics turn to sex work and sleeping in cars

Facing poverty, academics turn to sex work and sleeping in cars | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Adjunct professors in America face low pay and long hours without the security of full-time faculty. Some, on the brink of homelessness, take desperate measures (...) - The Guardian, by Alastair Gee, 28 Sept 2017

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[Belgique] Le FNRS doit refuser 80% des projets de doctorat faute de moyens

[Belgique] Le FNRS doit refuser 80% des projets de doctorat faute de moyens | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Faute de moyens, le Fonds de la recherche scientifique (FNRS) doit refuser 4 projets de doctorat sur 5, rapportent mercredi La Libre Belgique et La Dernière Heure. Ce fonds finance une grande partie des chercheurs et de la recherche en Belgique francophone or il fait face à un manque de financement structurel. (...) - Le Vif, 27/09/2017

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[Latin America] Universities need to embrace a more global outlook

Latin American universities have dropped several places in the rankings that have been released in the last few weeks. In the latest Times Higher Education World University Rankings, Brazil, for example, has only 21 universities on the list against 27 last year; two of Colombia's five universities dropped down and the same was the case for Chile and Mexico.  (...) - University World News, by Bruno Morche, 22 September 2017 Issue No:475
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[Poland] Experts call for radical changes in higher education

‘Suboptimal’ is the key word used as a panel of European experts of the Horizon 2020 Policy Support Facility describe the present state of higher education in Poland. The Peer Review of Poland's Higher Education and Science System report, prepared by the panel, has been a point of departure in the process of drafting a new law regulating the sector of science and higher education in Poland.  (...) - University World News, by Bianka Siwinska, 22 September 2017 Issue No:475
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Academics ‘could have to pay to quote’ under EU committee’s plan

Academics ‘could have to pay to quote’ under EU committee’s plan | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Europe’s funding councils oppose idea of requiring researchers to obtain a licence if they want to quote their colleagues or news articles (...) - Times Higher Education, by Davd Matthews, Sep 21, 2017

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U.K. science seeks ‘a new and special relationship with the EU’

U.K. science seeks ‘a new and special relationship with the EU’ | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Top science officials in United Kingdom hedge on the future relationship with European research programs


Two of the most influential figures in U.K. science were in Washington, D.C., this week, meeting with the directors of the National Institutes of Health and the National Science Foundation, among others. But their top priority was signing an agreement to support the Deep Underground Neutrino Experiment (DUNE), which will be built in South Dakota and Illinois. It's the kind of international collaboration that the U.K. government is keen to nurture, as its impending exit from the European Union has injected many existing relationships with uncertainty. (...) - Science, by Meredith Wadman, Adrian Cho, Sep. 20, 2017

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Academe’s Prestige Problem

Academe’s Prestige Problem | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Professors and aspiring professors are complicit in perpetuating a rigged system.


As an elementary-school student, I learned never to judge a book by its cover. As a professional academic, I’ve learned the opposite. What’s worse, I’ve learned to judge people by the covers (and colophons) of their books. (...) - The Chronicle of Higher Education, by Maximilien Alvarez, Octo 12 2017

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[Kenya] University shuts down indefinitely over student protests

The University of Nairobi, Kenya’s largest and oldest institution of higher learning, has been shut indefinitely following student unrest over allegations of police brutality. The closure was announced on 3 October by the university’s Director of Corporate Affairs John Orindi, who said the decision was taken by the Senate due to security concerns. He said details on the reopening of the institution would be forthcoming.  (...) - University World News, by Gilbert Nakweya, 06 October 2017 Issue No:477
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Open countries have strong science

Open countries have strong science | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Caroline S. Wagner and Koen Jonkers find a clear correlation between a nation's scientific influence and the links it fosters with foreign researchers. (...) - Nature, by Caroline S. Wagner & Koen Jonkers, 04 October 2017

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Scientists plead with Brazilian government to restore funding

Scientists plead with Brazilian government to restore funding | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

If officials don't act soon, research institutions could start shutting down next year.


Anxiety is growing in Brazil over the country’s collapsing research budgets. President Michel Temer had slashed funding for science by 44% in March and has proposed additional decreases for 2018 — even as some science institutes run out of money for basic needs, such as paying electricity bills. The 2017 science budget, at 3.2 billion reais (US$1 billion), is the lowest the country has seen in at least 12 years.(...) - Nature, by Claudio Angelo, 04 October 2017

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Updated: Why would a university pay a scientist found guilty of misconduct to leave?

Updated: Why would a university pay a scientist found guilty of misconduct to leave? | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

*Update, 2 October, 11:30 a.m.: The U.S. government’s watchdog office on scientific misconduct in biomedical research has concluded that Azza El-Remessy, a former tenured associate professor at the University of Georgia in Athens, inappropriately altered data in five images from three papers. The finding of misconduct was issued by the U.S. Office of Research Integrity (ORI) on 29 September, RetractionWatch reported today. (...) - Science, by Victoria Stern, Retraction Watch, Oct. 2, 2017

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[UK-US] Does higher education contribute to rising inequality?

There has been an enormous increase in economic inequality in most Western countries over the past 30 years or so. In the United Kingdom the share of income taken by the top 1% has more than doubled (to 12%); in the United States it has more than tripled. Inequalities of wealth are even greater.  (...) - University World News, by Roger Brown, 29 September 2017 Issue No:476
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Advice for academics when working with journalists (essay)

Advice for academics when working with journalists (essay) | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Alex Kingsbury and Michael J. Socolow outline six things academics can do to get on the same page with editors.


Just because you can read a newspaper, doesn’t mean you can write for one. Sure, it’s writing at a sixth-grade reading level. But writing well for a newspaper or magazine audience can be a vexing challenge for people who do it every day, let alone those who only dabble with an op-ed once a year.(...) - Inside Higher Ed, by Alex Kingsbury and Michael J. Socolow, 28 Sept 2017

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Chine : tolérance zéro pour la liberté académique

La stratégie visant à contrôler l’université ne s’applique pas qu’aux établissements chinois, mais se diffuse désormais par-delà ses frontières. (...) - The Conversation, Emilie Tran, 28/09/2017

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[Belgique] Albert Corhay: «La concurrence entre universités a assez duré»

[Belgique] Albert Corhay: «La concurrence entre universités a assez duré» | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Devant les recteurs des autres universités francophones du pays, Albert Corhay plaide pour la collaboration. Il prône le partage des connaissances et des programmes. (...) - Le Soir, par Philippe Bodeux, 26/09/20171

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[India] Changing higher education to achieve social inclusion

Higher education can be used for the social and economic mobility of underprivileged sections. This is achieved usually by providing admission to a set of students from these sections in universities and other institutes of higher education through the reservation of a quota of seats. (...) - University World News, by V Santhakumar, 22 September 2017 Issue No:475
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[Algérie] Faillite de l’enseignement supérieur : un simple arrêté pour remonter l'échelle !

[Algérie] Faillite de l’enseignement supérieur : un simple arrêté pour remonter l'échelle ! | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Le ministère de l’Enseignement supérieur et de la recherche scientifique compte rattraper le retard qui subsiste au sein de ses... : Le ministère de l’Enseignement supérieur et de la recherche scientifique compte rattraper (...) - Le Matin, Assouane MK, 22/09/2017

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[Canada] Public backs higher funding for university research

[Canada] Public backs higher funding for university research | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it
The overwhelming majority of Canadians believes in the importance of university research for Canada’s future as an innovation leader, according to a new survey.  (...) - University World News, by Brendan O’Malley, 20 September 2017 Issue No:475
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