11 juin 2011

The TULIP Network, l'accès à la FTLV de tous les syndicalistes

http://www.tulipnetwork.org.uk/images/header.gifThe TULIP Network represents a new and unique European partnership which brings together the University and Trades Union sectors through a shared vision for better access to lifelong learning for trades union members. The Network is a starting point on the journey towards collaborative working arrangements which stimulate change in working lives through updated skills and knowledge and the associated benefit of more secure and sustainable employment.
Le réseau TULIP représente un partenariat européen nouveau et unique rassemblant les secteurs universitaire et syndical par leur volonté commune d’améliorer l’accès à la formation tout au long de la vie de tous les syndicalistes. Ce réseau est en effet un premier pas sur la route vers des arrangements communs de travail  visant à changer la vie professionnelle des syndicalistes à l’aide d’une mise à jour des compétences et savoir-faire en apportant ainsi le bénéfice d’un emploi plus sûr et plus durable.
http://www.tulipnetwork.org.uk/html/france_clip_image002_0001.jpgPourquoi les syndicats devraient-ils s’intéresser pour TULIP?

Les syndicats ont reconnu que la promotion et la mobilité sociales peuvent directement être renforcées par la participation à la formation tout au long de la vie.  L’exploration par TULIP de différents modèles de collaboration entre universités et syndicats a montré différentes manières d’ouvrir les portes vers l’apprentissage des syndicalistes. Cette étude donne aussi des ressources qui peuvent promouvoir le développement de la coopération et l’opportunité d’entrer en contact avec des collègues expérimentés. Si vous souhaitez contacter un partenaire de TULIP du secteur des syndicats – veuillez cliquer ici.

Tulip Trade Union and University Lifelong Learning in Partnership Versailles LogoPourquoi les universités devraient-elles s’intéresser à TULIP?
Le secteur universitaire a une mission très claire d’équité et de diversité ainsi qu’une longue tradition dans l’éducation des adultes. Les changements démographiques et la culture de la formation tout au long de la vie renforcent cette mission. Les universités offrent de plus en plus de cours innovateurs et flexibles en liaison avec la vie professionnelle et le secteur syndical représente un partenaire naturel pour la formation continue universitaire dans ce contexte. Si vous souhaitez contacter un partenaire de TULIP du secteur des universités - veuillez cliquer ici.
L’importance de TULIP pour d’autres groupes de pression

TULIP reconnaît l’importance d’autres groupes de pression, tel que les employeurs ou les décideurs politiques, dans le développement de ce sujet. Le réseau a pour objectif de rajouter de la valeur au travail déjà accompli et de présenter le rôle des deux secteurs dans la promotion et le développement de processus innovateurs de la formation tout au long de la vie. TULIP est ouvert au dialogue avec d’autres. Si vous souhaitez discuter le travail de TULIP - veuillez cliquer ici.
Voir sur le blog TULIP Project Conference, 1-3 July 2009, Gh. Asachi Technical University of Iasi, Romania.

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Construction Higher Apprenticeship Framework

https://intranet.yorksj.ac.uk/llnnpc/images/llnlogo.pngLifelong Learning Networks are working with UVAC and Construction Skills to facilitate and support the development of a Construction Higher Level Apprenticeship Framework (to include Foundation Degrees) as part or all of the Technical/Competence Qualification required by the Specification of Apprenticeship Standards for England (SASE).
The project was initiated by the LLN National Forum following the publication of their paper ‘Developing Higher Apprenticeships in England’, published in May 2010. The Project Summary and Terms of Reference are available here. The project is chaired by Jill Ward, former Director of Staffordshire, Shropshire, Stoke on Trent, Telford and Wrekin LLN.
We are proposing that the Foundation degree(s) would be delivered on a part-time basis. Assessment and validation of work-based learning and effective use of AP(E)L will be core to delivery. We are also aiming for coverage throughout England, with appropriate FE delivery partnerships and opportunities that cater for and respond to the geographical mobility of the workforce in the construction sector. We are aiming for the Higher Apprenticeship (incorporating appropriate Foundation degrees) to be available for delivery from September 2011. Foundation degrees will therefore need to be validated by the end of July 2011.
Two groups, an Advisory Group and and HE/FE Working Group have now been formed to progress the project. Click here to see the agendas, papers and meetings notes of the Working Group meetings held so far. The last meeting of the Working Group was held on 30th March in London - notes from this meeting are not yet available.
Below are some additional relevant papers: The construction Higher Apprenticeship, The Foundation degree Framework Specification for Construction Operations Management, Developing Higher Apprenticeships in England, Construction HA, Foundation Degree Framework Spec, Construction Project Summary and ToR.

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Student Diversity in Higher Education: Conflicting Realities

http://www.ean-edu.org/templates/beez/images/logo.gifThe EAN 20th Anniversary Conference, VU University Amsterdam, The Netherlands, “Student Diversity in Higher Education: Conflicting Realities”, (Tensions affecting policy and action to widen access and participation), Mon 20th - Wed 22nd June 2011
The European Access Network (EAN) celebrates its 20th anniversary this year with a conference on student diversity in higher education and the tensions affecting policy and action to widen access and participation for disadvantaged and underrepresented groups. In the current political and economic climate, what’s the future for them, and for the institutions committed to access, equity, diversity and inclusion?
For higher education institutions the pathway toward greater student diversity can be hazardous and difficult.  Those seeking and driving change in institutional policies and practices face pressures from both within and outside the institution that can hinder or stifle progress. Even in the best of times, fulfilling expectations can be difficult. Where achieving greater student diversity is seen as difficult and costly, or of lesser importance than other institutional goals, progress will falter.  Both within and outside institutions, there remains an unresolved tension between issues of diversity and quality, and there are also funding tensions, especially when finances are tight.
What can be done to ease such tensions and ensure that progress continues toward the achievement of diversity goals?

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Culture in/and Crisis

http://profile.ak.fbcdn.net/hprofile-ak-snc4/27529_116787261680672_1521_n.jpgThe University Network of the European Capitals of Culture will hold its Ve UNeECC Annual Conference ‘Culture in/and Crisis’  on 27-28 October, 2011 in Antwerp, Belgium.
The University Network of the European Capitals of Culture (UNeECC) will hold its annual conferences in Antwerp, Belgium, European Capital of Culture of 1993. Submission of papers are expected from universities and other institutions of higher education located in cities which are, have been, or will be designated European Capitals of Culture, or from individual scholars who take a particular interest in European Capitals of Culture.
The conference will focus on two major themes that are of interest to the network and the European Capitals of Culture movement and are welcome a variety of scholarly papers that address either one or both of these themes: Culture in/and Crisis; European Capitals of Culture in/and Crisis.
The conference will be hosted by Lessius University College.

The conference focuses on the following two major themes:
1.    Culture in/and Crisis?
2.    European Capitals of Culture in/and Crisis?
Should you like to receive further information please do not hesitate to contact Ms. Gyöngyi Pozsgai, Secretary General of UNeECC at pozsgai.gyongyi@pte.hu.
See also on the blog Inclusion through Education and Culture.

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International Higher Education Collaboration: Empowering Societies in an Era of Transformation

Join leaders and practitioners of higher education, business, government and students in one of Mexico’s safest and most picturesque cities for CONAHEC’s 14th North American Higher Education Conference! CONAHEC's conference "International Higher Education Collaboration: Empowering Societies in an Era of Transformation" will take place from October 12-14, 2011 at the Cultural Complex of the Benemérita Universidad Autónoma de Puebla in Puebla, Mexico.
This exciting event will focus on how higher education institutions can better pool their strengths and resources and improve our international collaboration in order to empower our societies to be prepared for future challenges. While higher education institutions have been at the cutting edge of many technological developments, and have served as spaces for our communities to grow and develop, the road ahead is full of challenges if we are to create fairer, more equitable and more prosperous communities which together are prepared for anything the future holds.
CONAHEC extends a special invitation to representatives of higher education institutions and organizations from Central America and the Caribbean to participate in this conference due to the dynamic growth and improvement of the higher education sector in the region which at many similar events has gone unnoticed. This conference will incorporate among its themes one which focuses on how to collaborate with higher education institutions and organizations in the region.
As an additional special feature of this conference, CONAHEC is taking advantage of this opportunity to convene a meeting of representatives from the community college sectors in Canada, the U.S. and Mexico and those interested in developing international collaboration projects with them. This conference will include a special section focused on international collaboration among community colleges and their equivalents.
The historic center of the city of Puebla has long been recognized by UNESCO as cultural patrimony of humanity for its stunning architecture, much of which originates in the 16th century shortly after European arrival.  In addition to this unparalleled context, we are proud to announce that the conference itself will be held at the Complejo Cultural Universitario of the Benemérita Universidad Autónoma de Puebla. This collection of architecturally astonishing and interactive spaces represents the university’s deep commitment to society and ranks among the best community and meeting spaces in the country.
The 14th North American Higher Education Conference is organized by the Consortium for North American Higher Education Collaboration. CONAHEC links higher education institutions from Canada, the U.S. and Mexico, and from the rest of the world.

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1st International Worldviews Conference on Media and Higher Education

http://www.fedcan.ca/images/Image/Media/worldviews3.jpgFrom 16-06-11 to 18-06-11. PLACE: Toronto, Canada. ORGANIZED BY: OISE/University of Toronto
Higher education affects every aspect of our lives – from the economy and the environment, to culture and communications. While the media play a critical role in shaping public understanding of this institution, little discussion has taken place about how that influence is manifested – or about how, in turn, higher education uses the media to mould how the public perceives it. But that’s about to change.
Introducing Worldviews: Media Coverage of Higher Education in the 21st Century. This innovative conference, scheduled for June 2011 in Toronto, Canada, will not only examine these issues, but explore why it’s important to do so.
The 2011 inaugural conference will consider a range of important issues, including:

-How media coverage of higher education has changed over the past two decades and where it is headed
-The impact of social media and how it is changing what is covered and how higher education is understood
-The role the media play in influencing public policy debates on public education
-How higher education engages with the media to inform public opinion
-The different realities of the developing and developed worlds
These issues will be examined in a format designed to maximize participation and discussion that will feature:
-Café discussions and salons, interviews with leading thinkers, readings and workshops, in addition to keynote addresses and panel debates
-The opportunity for audience members to become speakers and debaters
-Open programming reserved for sessions to respond to specific ideas that emerge from the conference itself
We look forward to welcoming you to Toronto in 2011.
2011 Conference Themes
Worldviews: Media Coverage of Higher Education in the 21st Century will be organized around five broad themes, each with a range of topics to be discussed and debated:
Media depictions of higher education

    Current media portrayals of higher education and possibilities for the future
    Creating dialogue and understanding between journalists and academia
    Understanding the media world and its impact on higher education coverage
    The globalization of higher education coverage: impact and trends
    Muted voices in higher education coverage
    “Hollywood goes to college”: Images of higher education in film and television
Wagging the dog: The media as the driver of higher education policy

    Responsibilities of media and higher education in creating an informed public policy debate
    Do rankings in the media drive higher education priorities? Are they helping or hurting higher education?
    The competition among international and national rankings: Which methodology is best?
    Public opinion surveys, public perceptions of higher education, and the media: Who is shaping whom?
Seizing the initiative: the role of higher education in shaping media and public perceptions

    Do public and media relations take up a disproportionate amount of attention and resources in the modern university and college? Or should even greater efforts be devoted to these activities?
    Reaching out to community and minority group media
    Science journalism: The battle between the uncertainty of science and the certainty of “news”
    Current, emerging and future media models for media coverage of research
    The research “arms war” and the battle for researchers
    Flashpoints in media coverage of research
The dawning of a new age? New media technology and new types of publications

    The impact and implications of social media for higher education
    New innovations in social media for colleges and universities and their communities
    Higher education’s contribution to new media and citizen journalism
Cross-dressing media and academy

    When the media and academia take on roles in each other’s worlds, does it lead to better understandings, or do they essentially remain two solitudes?
    Practitioners v. Academics: What’s really valued in the academy?
    Embedded journalists – the student media.

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Building the Engaged University, Moving beyond the Ivory Tower

http://web.guni2005.upc.es/media/0000000000/0000000432.jpgBuilding the Engaged University, Moving beyond the Ivory Tower, 2011 Talloires Network Leaders Conference, The Autonomous University of Madrid, Madrid, Spain – June 14-16, 2011.
The 2011 Talloires Network Leaders Conference – “Building the Engaged University, Moving beyond the Ivory Tower” – is organized in partnership with the Autonomous University of Madrid, Innovations in Civic Participation, TakingITGlobal, and Tufts University. The conference is sponsored by Carnegie Corporation, the Pearson Foundation, and Santander Bank. The official media sponsor is University World News.
Over three days, the conference will explore how to deepen the impact of community engagement in the higher education sector. Higher education leaders from every corner of the world will gather to shape the future of civic engagement, community outreach, and social responsibility in higher education.
The conference themes include technology and social change, government policy to support engagement, access and widening participation, environmental sustainability and climate change, the role of higher education in political transition, and crisis and disaster response.
The 2011 Talloires Network Leaders Conference has the following goals:

- Explore in a frank and open manner the lessons learned by universities implementing community engagement programs, with a focus on challenges and opportunities
- Examine community engagement as a distinct area of work in higher education, requiring professional development, policy support and financing
- Discuss high-impact higher education policies and practices for supporting community engagement
- Network with higher education leaders from around the world, as well as funders, government officials and members of the press
- A conference resolution will be developed by a diverse global team to focus action around the conference themes
Plenary and Concurrent sessions will explore a variety of topics:

- A special panel of government officials to discuss policy in support of community engagement
- Tracks during the Concurrent sessions will explore technology and social change, access and widening participation, environmental sustainability and climate change, the role of higher education in political transition, peace and conflict resolution, and crisis and disaster response.

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EUCEN 42nd European Conference - Bridging the gaps between learning pathways: the role of universities

http://www.eucen.eu/sites/default/files/u23/Banner_V1.pngEUCEN 42nd European Conference. Lifelong Learning: a new mission for University? 16-18 November 2011, Genoa, Italy.

Conference Theme
Nowadays, universities are increasingly called upon to address various issues relating to adult education. Be they people wanting to get academic recognition, to resume previously interrupted university studies, or to see their skills recognized, these adults lead universities to face new challenges.
In partnership with other educational agencies and with methods and paths other than traditional ones, higher education institutions are indeed expected to contribute to the development of a new learning paradigm. This model should promote an active process of orientation and personalization of the courses, as well as recognition of competences that the adult may have already acquired non-formally or informally through the workplace, through vocational training courses conducted independently or, again, cultivating a hobby.
Universities are therefore demanded to expand their mission by increasing, even with innovative approaches, the dissemination of knowledge, by enhancing the learning spaces for a variety of new kind of learners, so that citizens can be offered real training opportunities, and finally by fostering the recognition and validation of acquired experience.
Conference topics

- Tools and methodologies to recognize, assess and validate prior experiential learning outcomes
- Proper technologies as support for developing best practices
- Ways to spread out and share common regulations
- Enhancing free movement of people with their competences.

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New International Ranking System Has a DIY Twist

http://chronicle.com/img/global-header-logo.gifBy Aisha Labi. The highly competitive field of international university rankings gained a new entrant on Thursday, with the unveiling of a benchmarking system that its designers say could provide a revolutionary method for influencing the development of higher-education systems throughout the world.
The new tool, known as U-Multirank, focuses on some of the same areas that the best-known international rankings do, but allows users themselves to determine how much they want to weight each factor. Frans van Vught, one of the leaders of the project, which is being supported by the European Commission, described it as "a new instrument to create personalized rankings." U-Multirank was built around the idea that there is no such thing as an objective ranking.
Continental European universities have long complained that they are disadvantaged by the dominant international rankings, such as the tables produced by China's Shanghai Jiao Tong University and Times Higher Education, in which American and British institutions tend to occupy the majority of the top slots. Some critics believe that ranking systems, in measuring universities' comparative research productivity, they put too much weight on the publication of articles in journals, most of which are in English.
U-Multirank relies on indicators in five subject areas: teaching and learning, research, knowledge transfer, international orientation, and regional engagement. On Thursday, developers unveiled the results of a two-year feasibility study involving 159 universities from around the world, two thirds of which are in Europe. The project generated interest from most countries, with two notable exceptions. Few universities in the United States or China were willing to take part.
"American universities are largely focused on the American system and their own performance in the American system, and do not care so much about the rest of the world," Mr. van Vught conjectured. Just five American institutions ended up completing the institutional questionnaires. Chinese universities, which require permission from the national ministry of education to take part in such a project, were also unwilling to participate, and only one Hong Kong institution completed the questionnaire.
The system's Web-based interface was demonstrated at a conference in Brussels by users representing a student, a university administrator, and a business official. Each showed how they would select indicators that mattered to them, such as the student's focus on student-staff ratios or the business representative's interest in dropout rates or business-studies programs. After the conference, Mr. van Vught described complaints from at least one audience member that the system seemed far too complicated as "surprising" and said that efforts would be made to make the interface more user friendly.
U-Multirank was developed by a consortium of European organizations led by the Center for Higher Education Policy Studies at the University of Twente, in the Netherlands, and the Center for Higher Education Development, in Germany. The consortium hopes to unveil the complete system in the fall and will incorporate feedback from Thursday's conference as it continues its work.
Developers emphasized that the results that were presented on Thursday are not yet final and that there remain areas that need fine-tuning. For example, they noted that it has been challenging to find indicators to effectively measure regional engagement. Ellen Hazelkorn, a leading expert on rankings from the Dublin Institute of Technology, who attended the conference, described the system in an e-mail message as "a good start," although she emphasized that the chosen indicators of quality "remain problematic and controversial."
Ms. Hazelkorn has been critical of the increasing influence of rankings in shaping higher education policy in many countries. "I suspect the real challenge remains the fact that in the absence of a fully credible model—which is probably many years away," she said, "governments will continue to make profound decisions about their higher education systems based on the existing hyperbole about global rankings."

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Colloque des Universités Nouvelles

www.20ans.u-cergy.frNos universités de Cergy-Pontoise, d’Evry-Val d’Essonne, de Paris-Est Marne-la-Vallée et de Versailles Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines, créées en 1991, issues du plan de modernisation de l’enseignement supérieur « Université 2000 », fêtent leurs vingt ans, le mardi 14 juin 2011 de 14h à 18h au Grand Auditorium de la Bibliothèque Nationale de France. Télécharger l'invitation.
L’âge de tous les possibles, l’âge où l’on a la vie devant soi, mais également celui des choix stratégiques pour son avenir. C’est pourquoi il nous apparaissait utile d’organiser, dans l’unité et la diversité, ce colloque en nous entourant de ceux qui ont fait et font nos universités, de ceux qui collaborent et contribuent à leur développement, pour revenir sur la création de celles-ci, dresser le bilan de vingt années passées au service de la formation, de la recherche, de la diffusion de la connaissance et, ce faisant, au développement socio-économique de nos territoires, pour nous projeter enfin dans les vingt années à venir.
www.20ans.univ-evry.frCet avenir, qu’on le bâtisse ensemble ou séparément, se construit sur des fondations solides, ancrées dans la réalité de nos territoires, et façonnées autour de principes clairs : la professionnalisation de nos formations et son corollaire, l’insertion de nos étudiants, l’excellence de la recherche et sa conséquence logique, la reconnaissance internationale de nos enseignants-chercheurs. Enfin, il repose sur le travail et le dévouement des personnels qui veillent à la bonne marche de nos universités.
www.20ans.uvsq.frOn n’a pas tous les jours vingt ans ! Que ce colloque soit ainsi l’occasion d’échanges, de rencontres et surtout de projets féconds ! Si nous y parvenons nous aurons rendu un vibrant hommage à tous ceux qui ont apporté leur pierre à l’édifice de nos universités et qui en ont fait des lieux propices à la création des savoirs, de la connaissance et de l’innovation !
www.20ans.univ-mlv.frSylvie Faucheux
Présidente de l’université de Versailles-Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines (UVSQ).
Francis Godard
Président de l’université de Paris-Est Marne-La-Vallée (UPEMLV).
Richard Messina
Président de l’université d'Evry-Val-d’Essonne (UEVE).
Françoise Moulin Civil
Présidente de l’université de Cergy-Pontoise (UCP).

www.20ans.u-cergy.fr Our universities of Cergy-Pontoise, Evry-Val d'Essonne, Paris-Est Marne-la-Vallée de Versailles Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines, created in 1991 from the Plan for Modernization of Higher Education "University 2000", celebrating their twenty years, Tuesday, June 14, 2011 from 14h to 18h in the Grand Auditorium of the Bibliothèque Nationale de France. Download the invitation.
The age of all possibilities, the age when life was ahead, but also the strategic choices for its future. That's why we felt it useful to organize, in the unity and diversity, this conference in surrounding us with people who have been and are our universities, those who collaborate and contribute to their development, going back to the creation of these, take stock of twenty years in the service of training, research, dissemination of knowledge and thereby to the socio-economic development of our territories, we finally throw in the twenty years to come. More...

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