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[Québec] Le recteur de l'UdeM plaide pour un rapprochement avec le privé

[Québec] Le recteur de l'UdeM plaide pour un rapprochement avec le privé | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

En manque criant de subventions, le recteur de l'Université de Montréal, Guy Breton, plaide pour un rapprochement beaucoup plus grand avec les employeurs des secteurs privé et public (...) - La Presse, par Louise Leduc, 30/01/2015

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[US] Survey finds US public still supports science

[US] Survey finds US public still supports science | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Researchers question meaning of an apparent opinion gap between scientists and the public.

The US public trusts scientists and supports science. But scientists and non-scientists are concerned about the state of children’s science education, and researchers are dismayed about the state of US science, according to a poll released on 29 January. (...) - Nature, par Erika Check Hayden, 29 January 2015

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Public engagement: hidden costs for research careers?

Public engagement: hidden costs for research careers? | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Some early career scholars feel there is not enough support for academics who reach out, say Richard Watermeyer and Jamie Lewis. (...) - Times Higher Education, by Richard Watermeyer, 22 January 2015

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Working paper suggests online education can lower tuition costs

Working paper suggests online education can lower tuition costs | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Bending the Cost Curve

Online education can “bend the cost curve” of an undergraduate degree, according to a working paper from the National Bureau of Economic Research, but whether the lower tuition is caused by a boost in productivity -- as opposed to more competition -- is still undetermined. (...) - @insidehighered, by Carl Straumsheim, January 27, 2015

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[US] Maine system looks to further centralize its staff, budget and academic programs

[US] Maine system looks to further centralize its staff, budget and academic programs | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Officials at the University of Maine System are tightening the reins on their seven universities to avoid steep budget shortfalls, they announced Monday, calling their vision “One university for all of Maine.”

The consolidation will centralize staff jobs and academic programs. It represents the latest -- some say most realistic -- in a long series of attempts by Maine higher education officials to create a more efficient statewide system. Last year, the system said, six of its seven campuses operated in the red. (...) - @insidehighered, by Ry Rivard, January 27, 2015

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[US] Study finds undocumented colleges students face unique challenges

[US] Study finds undocumented colleges students face unique challenges | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Undocumented college students have a much higher level of anxiety than the population at large, likely caused by a unique set of challenges they face as a result of their legal status.

Concerns related to finances, fear of deportation and a sense of isolation weigh heavily on undocumented students, according to a study released today from the Institute for Immigration, Globalization and Education at the University of California at Los Angeles. (...) - @insidehighered, by Kaitlin Mulhere, January 26, 2015

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How a science master's could help budding inventors become entrepreneurs

How a science master's could help budding inventors become entrepreneurs | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

A science or engineering postgrad could help student’s take their idea from the laboratory to the marketplace.

It looks like the stuff of science fiction. As a snowboarder carves through virgin snow, a small drone buzzes overhead – an attached camera following and filming his every turn. This is Hexo+, an intelligent drone from a company founded by students doing a postgraduate in entrepreneurship at the Grenoble Ecole de Management in France. (...) - The Guardian, by Helena Pozniak, 16 January 2015

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It's time to reinvent what universities can be | Sonia Sodha

It's time to reinvent what universities can be | Sonia Sodha | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it
Sonia Sodha: Our higher learning model requires restructuring to ensure that students are equipped for work
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Nobel laureate Shuji Nakamura is still angry at Japan

Nobel laureate Shuji Nakamura is still angry at Japan | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Blue LED pioneer criticizes country's treatment of inventors, its educational aims, and its legal system.

TOKYO—Age and recognition haven't mellowed Nobel physics laureate Shuji Nakamura. He and fellow Japanese Hiroshi Amano and Isamu Akasaki shared 2014's physics award for developing a blue light-emitting diode (LED), which was at the center at a bitter patent dispute more than a decade ago at about the time Nakamura left Japan. At a press conference here on Friday—the first in his native country since he picked up his medal in Stockholm last month—Nakamura lashed out at the way Japan treats technology pioneers and criticized what he says is a failing education system. (...) - Science, by Dennis Normile, 19 January 2015

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[UK] Sharp drop in part-time student enrolment since tuition fee rises

Part-time student enrolments in higher education fell by 22% in the two years since university tuition fees were allowed to triple, according to new figures released last Thursday by the Higher Education Statistics Agency, or HESA. (...) - University World News, by Brendan O’Malley16 January 2015 Issue No:350

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A one-grant limit: NIH institute puts squeeze on flush investigators

Those with generous no-strings funding will be limited to one grant.

In the latest example of budget stretching at the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the agency’s basic science institute is imposing a strict one-grant limit on scientists who already have plentiful no-strings support. The move could free up at least $6 million, or 25 grants for other scientists. (...) - ScienceInsider, by Jocelyn Kaiser, 14 January 2015

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contre le cumul des mandats des politiques...mais aussi contre le cumul des gros  financements...simple bon sens de nos jours.

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Share of research funding going to young scientists is declining @insidehighered

Ten years ago, a report from a National Academy of Sciences committee sounded an alarm about the barriers that young biomedical scientists face in launching their research careers. If improvements aren’t made, the report warned, there could be dire consequences to the future of biomedical research in the U.S. (..) - Inside Higher Eduction, by Kaitlin Mulhere, January 7, 2015

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Etats-Unis : après les subprimes, une crise de la dette étudiante ?

Selon une récente note de la Banque de France, 40 millions d’Américains ont un prêt étudiant s'élevant en moyenne à 30 000 dollars. Début 2014, l’encours total de ces prêts atteindrait 1 100 milliards de dollars. Pour Eric Berr, maître de conférences en Economie à l'université de Bordeaux et membre des Economistes atterrés, cette situation fait craindre le pire. D'autant que s'ajoutent à cela l’accroissement du chômage et l’augmentation des droits d’inscription dans les universités américaines. (...) - Marianne, par Eric Berr, 19/11/2014

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[Canada] Une trentaine de cours annulés à l'UQTR

[Canada] Une trentaine de cours annulés à l'UQTR | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Les compressions budgétaires imposées par Québec aux universités ont forcé l'Université du Québec à Trois-Rivières (UQTR) à annuler une trentaine de cours à sa présente session d'hiver. Alors que de nouvelles coupes menacent toutes les universités de la province, la direction de l'UQTR avoue être inquiète et espère ne pas être obligée de fermer des programmes d'études. (...) - Le Nouvelliste, par Gabriel Delisle, 29/01/2015

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Inadequate childcare policies affect scientists' careers

Juggling between parenthood and professional ambitions.

 

Being able to perform scientific research while raising children is a balancing act that requires highly flexible work arrangements, and could do, in many countries, with additional policy support. (EuroScientist Webzine)
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[Canada] Des cours abolis par dizaines dans les universités

[Canada] Des cours abolis par dizaines dans les universités | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Les universités sortiront grandement affectées par les compressions, selon une nouvelle compilation d’« effets concrets » réalisée par des syndicats en enseignement. Partout, des abolitions de cours, par centaines dans certains établissements, sont prévues ou sont déjà en train de se faire, d’après des documents obtenus par Le Devoir. (...) - Le Devoir, par Lisa-Marie Gervais, 28/01/2015

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Businesses up their investment in UK university research projects

Businesses up their investment in UK university research projects | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

The CBI urges universities and companies to look at new models for partnerships, pointing to increased business interest in research collaborations (...) - The Guardian, by Rebecca Ratcliffe, 27 January 2015

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[UK] IPCC investigates alleged student assaults during tuition-fee protest

[UK] IPCC investigates alleged student assaults during tuition-fee protest | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

10 Warwick University students lodged complaints against West Midlands police and alleged ‘dangerous’ use of CS spray (...) - The Guardian, by rob Evans, 26 January 2015

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Québec ne doit pas faire de coupes dans la recherche, clame l’INRS

Québec ne doit pas faire de coupes  dans la recherche, clame l’INRS | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Craignant la venue d’une autre vague de compressions dans les universités, le recteur de l’Institut national de recherche scientifique (INRS) exhorte Québec à ne pas sabrer le financement en recherche. Il s’inquiète aussi de l’éventuelle hausse des droits de scolarité des étudiants étrangers, qui ferait beaucoup de tort à des établissements comme le sien.(...) - Le Devoir, par Lisa-Marie Gervais, 24/01/2015

 

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White House plan could change relationship between government and higher education

New Higher Ed Federalism

President Obama’s proposal to make community college free could rearrange the relationship between the federal government, states and colleges. (...) - @insidehighered, by Ry Rivard, January 12, 2015

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Macmillan + Springer: Some Lessons to Learn, Some Twists to Watch

Macmillan + Springer: Some Lessons to Learn, Some Twists to Watch | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

The merger of Macmillan and Springer holds many lessons and some interesting twists. More than anything, it indicates a future in which scale continues to confer advantages.

The recent merger news about Macmillan, owners of the Nature Publishing Group (NPG), and Springer, owners of Biomed Central and other properties, hit the market with plenty of force. It’s a major consolidation, and one that ratchets the Macmillan higher education and journals growth strategy up by an order of magnitude. Now, along with Elsevier, Wiley, and Taylor & Francis, we have another multi-billion-dollar publishing behemoth on the market — the combined entity is valued at $5.8 billion. (...) - The Scholarly Kitchen, by Kent Anderson, January 20, 2015

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Fewer than 50% of lecturers have PhDs

A deputy director at the National Universities Commission, or NUC, Ashafa Ladan, disclosed recently that fewer than 50% of Nigerian university lecturers have doctoral degrees, writes Hammed Shittu for This Day.

Ladan made this disclosure in Ilorin, the Kwara State capital, while delivering a lecture on the "Challenges of Private Universities' Proprietorship in Nigeria" at the founder's day ceremony of Al-Hikmah University, Ilorin. Ladan lamented that inadequate teaching personnel at the universities has a negative effect on accreditation performance of most universities. He added that this shortfall had also affected the smooth running of many private universities in the country. (...) - University World News, by This Day, 16 January 2015 Issue No:350

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Economists offer new arguments for U.S. research tax break

Economists offer new arguments for U.S. research tax break | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Making the tax break permanent could create 38,000 jobs annually, study finds.

 

Add another study to the sagging bookshelf of reports suggesting that the United States would benefit from permanently allowing companies to get a tax break for investing in research and development. (...) Science, by David Malakoff, 15 January 2015

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Dutch universities fight publishers over open access

Dutch universities fight publishers over open access | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Dutch universities have vowed not to soften their groundbreaking demands for publishers to permit all papers published by their academics to be made open access for no extra charge. (...) - @insidehighered, by Paul Jump, January 9, 2015

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Universities have refused to reveal how they are spending tuition fees

Universities have refused to reveal how they are spending tuition fees | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Many of the UK’s leading universities are refusing to spell out just how they are spending their students’ £9,000 a year tuition fees.

The influential think-tank, the Higher Education Policy Institute, invited a range of institutions to explain how they were spending the money - but the majority, including almost all the of the country’s most select universities, declined to reply. (...) - The Independent, by Richard Garner, 05/01/2015

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