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Universities should sink their resources into publishing partnerships with scholarly societies

Universities should sink their resources into publishing partnerships with scholarly societies | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it
Christopher Land writes that a hybrid partnership between the university press and scholarly society would put publishing back under academic control and would produce a more open, and impactful, f...
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[Belgium] Budget de l’enseignement supérieur: comment faire contribuer les étudiants européens

[Belgium] Budget de l’enseignement supérieur: comment faire contribuer les étudiants européens | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

On compte environ 25.000 étudiants européens non résidents dans les universités francophones. Considérant qu’ils bénéficient de notre système d’enseignement sans guère y contribuer, deux professeurs ont imaginé un modèle où ils participeraient davantage au coût de leur formation. (...) - Le Soir, by Eric Burgraff, 2018/12/10

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[Australia] Leading academic disputes claims of threat to free speech

Leading academic Professor Glyn Davis has disputed claims that free speech and academic inquiry are under threat on university campuses, labelling the issue a “confected calamity” that is ideologically driven, imported from the United States and not backed by Australian examples, writes Fergus Hunter for The Sydney Morning Herald. (...) - University World News, by The Sydney Morning Herald, 07 December 2018


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Researchers sign petition backing plans to end paywalls

More than 1,400 researchers have signed an online letter backing the principles of Plan S, the bold open-access initiative led by research agencies in Europe who say that, by 2020, papers resulting from their funding should be immediately free to read on publication, writes Richard Van Noorden for Nature.  (...) - University World News, by Nature, 07 December 2018


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Research funding is short-changing humanities subjects

Research funding is short-changing humanities subjects | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

The humanities subjects do not benefit from the research excellence framework. They need a better system (...) - The Guardian, by John Marenbon, 2018/12/05

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[Belgium] Les universités réclament 150 millions d’euros

[Belgium] Les universités réclament 150 millions d’euros | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Les universités sont, depuis 20 ans, le parent pauvre de l’enseignement. Cette fois, les recteurs se fâchent : ils exigent un refinancement de 150 millions sous la prochaine législature. (...) - Le Soir, par Eric Burgraff, 04/12/2018

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[Swizerland] Etudiants contre la hausse des frais universitaires

[Swizerland] Etudiants contre la hausse des frais universitaires | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Plusieurs centaines d'étudiants ont manifesté contre la hausse des taxes d'écolage pour les non-Européens. (...) - 20 minutes, 2018/12/01

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How science supports São Paulo

How science supports São Paulo | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Brazil’s richest state has a long history of applied research. (...) - Nature, by Gustavo Faleiiros, 2018/11/28

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Why you should move country

Why you should move country | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Researchers who are mobile get more citations and build broader teams of collaborators than those who aren’t, study finds. (...) - Nature, by Virginia Gewin, 2018/11/26

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Chinese researchers angry over US backtrack on visas

The United States embassy in Beijing has revoked 10-year multiple-entry visas issued to some researchers specialising in China-US relations, a further tightening of entry controls as ties between the two countries worsen, writes Wendy Wu for the South China Morning Post. (...) - University World News, South China Morning Post, 23 November 2018


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Non-EU international students to pay much higher fees

The French government is proposing to charge higher fees to foreign students from outside the European Union from the next university year, Prime Minister Edouard Philippe has announced. At present these students pay the same fees as French and EU students. (...) - University World News, by Jane Marshall, 21 November 2018


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Downloads of pirated research papers rampant in Japan

Academic papers were freely downloaded more than 1.27 million times in Japan last year from a ‘pirate’ website, highlighting the growing reluctance to pay subscription fees for such publications, a study team said. But Japanese scientists are not the only ones doing this, writes Ryosuke Nonaka for The Asahi Shimbun. (...) - University World News, by The Asahi Shimbun,  16 November 2018


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[Africa] Developmental universities need strong leadership

Leaders at every level of the developmental university should constantly engage in conversation, discussion and dialogue with individuals or groups of university stakeholders. The purpose of this is to encourage innovative, critical and creative thinking about the university's roles and functions. This would disrupt the traditional idea of the university as merely a teaching institution and replace it with the idea of a university that is a development partner of the government. (...) - University World News, by Eric Fredua-Kwarteng, 16 November 2018


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How Latin American universities can be drivers of change

Latin America, a mosaic of history, culture and natural wonders comprising 19 countries, is also a region facing important challenges – slow-growing economies, poverty, inequality, the need for quality education, institutions that must be strengthened and rising crime rates are just a few of them.  (...) - University World News, by Alicia Cantón, 16 November 2018


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[China] Research misconduct penalties extended into other areas

[China] Research misconduct penalties extended into other areas | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it
A raft of new punishments for research misconduct by institutions and individual researchers in China extends the penalties for those blacklisted for serious misconduct breaches outside the higher education and research area, as scientific research becomes linked to the country’s Social Credit System. (...) - University World News, by Yojana Sharma, 08 December 2018


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Netherlands considers creating faculty positions based on teaching, not research metrics

Netherlands considers creating faculty positions based on teaching, not research metrics | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Country plans shift away from evaluating faculty members only on research metrics. Move would also make it possible to be hired on the basis of teaching. (...) - Times Higher Education, by 2108/12/07

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[Sénég Les syndicalistes alertent : «L’enseignement supérieur se débat dans un chaos total»

[Sénég Les syndicalistes alertent : «L’enseignement supérieur se débat dans un chaos total» | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it
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[Belgium] Le définancement des universités s’aggrave

[Belgium] Le définancement des universités s’aggrave | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it
Les recteurs demandent un refinancement des universités à hauteur de 150 millions d’ici 2024. "Sans doute vous dites-vous que l’on rêve… Pourtant, le refinancement que nous demandons est raisonnable et cohérent par rapport à ce qui se passe autour de nous et à la place centrale que tiennent les universités dans notre société." (...) - La Libre, by Bosco D'Otreppe, 2018/12/05
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Salary and job satisfaction in science: voices from the front line | Working Scientist on

Salary and job satisfaction in science: voices from the front line | Working Scientist on | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Chris Woolston and Julie Gould discuss the findings of Nature's 2018 salary and job satisfaction survey, which found that despite some common concerns about pay, promotion prospects, bullying and discrimination, 75% are happy with their career choice and would recommend it to others.Also, ahead of the 2019 Nature Careers Events Guide publication later this month, Julie talks to Jamie Krueger about her drive to make conferences more accessible for mothers and other researchers who juggle caring responsibilities alongside work.Krueger, a neuroscience graduate student at the University of California Davis, had her daughter three years ago and the 2019 Guide includes an interview with her.Earlier this year she chaired a panel discussion at the Society for Neuroscience conference in San Diego, California. Its focus was female scientists who began their careers and family in parallel.See also: Satisfaction in science (...) - Nature, 2018/12/03

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Does science have a bullying problem?

Does science have a bullying problem? | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

A spate of bullying allegations have rocked several high-profile science institutions. Here’s how researchers, universities, funders and others are dealing with the issue. (...) - Nature, by Holly Else, 2018/11/28

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Juggling research and family life: honest reflections from scientist dads

Juggling research and family life: honest reflections from scientist dads | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Five fathers describe how they and their partners combine parenting and careers. (...) - Nature, by David Payne, 2018/11/27

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[Canada] Chargés de cours: plaidoyer pour la reconnaissance des travaux de recherche

[Canada] Chargés de cours: plaidoyer pour la reconnaissance des travaux de recherche | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Ils sont aujourd’hui plus de 11 000 à enseigner. La formation des étudiants du 2e et du 3e cycle est de plus en plus donnée par des chargés de cours, ce qui les amène progressivement à devoir réaliser des travaux de recherche. Le problème, c’est que, n’ayant pas accès aux fonds des organismes subventionnaires, ils le font le plus souvent sans rémunération. Une situation que dénonce la Fédération nationale des enseignantes et des enseignants du Québec (FNEEQ-CSN). (...) - Le Devoir, par Hélène Roulot-Ganzmann, 2018/11/23

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UK student sentenced to life for ‘spying’ is ‘terrified’

United Kingdom Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt has indicated that he has had constructive discussions with United Arab Emirates officials about the case of Durham University PhD researcher Matthew Hedges, who was sentenced to life imprisonment by the Federal Appeal Court of Abu Dhabi in the UAE. (...) - University World News, by Brendan O'Malley, 21 November 2018


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Networks eye bid for ‘European University’ status

The EuroTech Universities Alliance will launch on 1 January with six members, following the addition of the Technion, Israel Institute of Technology, announced at the EuroTech high-level event in Brussels on 6 November.  (...) - University World News, by Jan Petter Myklebust, 17 November 2018


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British universities drop down employability rankings

British universities are struggling to keep pace with global institutions in preparing students for the modern workplace, a new report on world rankings suggests. The United Kingdom has experienced a sharp drop in performance for graduate employability at its universities over this decade following intensified global competition, writes Eleanor Busby for the Independent.  (...) - University World News, by Independent, 16 November 2018


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[Asia] Social sciences and humanities vital for change-makers

In 2016, Surin Pitsuwan, former secretary general of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), argued that “Asian leadership needs to be transformative, transgenerational and transnational”. (...) - University World News, by Roger Chao Jr, 16 November 2018


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