07 avril 2012

Conference on the Role of Private Universities in Higher Education in Africa

http://www.aau.org/sites/default/files/arthemia_logo.jpgCall for Papers - Conference on the Role of Private Universities in Higher Education in Africa - Deadline is Thursday, 31st May 2012.
The Conference on the Role of Private Universities in Higher Education in Africa is jointly organized by the Association of African Universities and St. Mary’s University College at Addis Ababa, July 2012.

Background

The Association of African Universities (AAU) is an international non-governmental not-for-profit organization set up by the universities in Africa to promote cooperation among themselves and between them and the international academic community. The mission of the Association is to enhance the quality and relevance of higher education in Africa and strengthen its contribution to African development by supporting the core functions of higher education institutions (HEIs); facilitating and fostering collaboration of African HEIs; and providing a platform for discussion of emerging issues in African higher education.
In fulfilling its mandate to its membership and other stakeholders in higher education, the AAU is collaborating with the St. Mary’s University College (SMUC) of Ethiopia to organize a conference on the Role of Private Universities in Higher Education in Africa. This Conference is being organized as the 10th in a series of consecutive annual conferences on private higher education provision and is expected to provide African and international scholars with an opportunity to present their research findings, scholarship and informed opinions on aspects that bridge the link between private higher education in Africa and their roles in society.
Objective of the Conference

The conference seeks to assess the impact of private higher education provision on the revitalization of higher education in Africa, as well as determine the pedagogical reforms that would contribute to the core functions of teaching, learning and research in private universities, and explore areas for effective collaboration in research between public and private universities in Africa.
Conference Theme:
The Role of Private Universities in Higher Education in Africa.
Conference Subthemes:
  •  Privatizing Higher Education Provision in Africa: Strategies for Success and Quality;
  •  Private Higher Education at the Crossroads: Strategic Planning and the Pursuit of the Public Good;
  •  Public-Private Partnership and the Sustainable Funding of Higher Education in Africa;
  •  The Role of Private Higher Education Institutions in Community Service in Africa;
  •  Quality Assurance and Accreditation of Private Higher Education Institutions in Africa: Challenges and Opportunities.

Conference Participants and Presentations
Participants expected at the conference include vice-chancellors, rectors, presidents, and principals of public and private higher education institutions, as well as researchers, scholars, policy makers, development partners, and other higher education stakeholders. A total of thirty-five (35) papers are expected to be presented, consisting of one major conference keynote presentation, five papers at plenary sessions and the remaining 29 papers at parallel sessions.
Venue and Date

The Conference is expected to hold during 13 – 15 July 2012 at the newly built African Union Commission facility in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. The venue has been chosen because of its conference facilities, proximity to city center and hotels, and access to transportation.
Call for Papers

Papers both empirical and theoretical on any of the topics mentioned above or any related areas of the Role of Private Universities in Higher Education in Africa are welcome. The deadline for abstracts or full paper submission is Thursday, 31st May 2012. Abstracts/papers should be submitted electronically to the AAU Conference Secretariat specified hereunder.
Further Information

For further information and abstract/paper submission, please contact: Conference Secretariat
Association of African Universities (AAU)
Aviation Road Extension,
Airport Residential Area
P. O. Box AN 5744
Accra-North, Ghana
Tel.: 233-21-774495, 761588
Email: jcmba@aau.org / secgen@aau.org
Website: http://www.aau.org.

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Research at CSHE

http://cshe.berkeley.edu/images/cshe_logo_home.gifResearch at CSHE
Higher Education in the Digital Age
– Policy implications of emerging information and communication technologies for higher education teaching, research, and administration. Current Projects: Open and Affordable Textbooks Project; Digital Resource Study; The Future of Scholarly Communication; Regulation of E-Learning
Science and Technology Policy and Higher Education
– Institutional and governmental policies for higher education, innovation, the development of the science and technology workforce, and technology transfer and regional development. Current Projects: Access of Ethnic Minorities to Higher Education; Approaches to Engineering Education; The Convergence of Science And Economic Policies in the US and EU
The Research University
– Various aspects of public research universities, including the student experience, the nature of general education, and a comparative international study. Current Projects: Student Experience in the Research University (SERU); General Education Commission; Mission & Financial Sustainability of Public Research Universities; Research Universities Going Global
Policy Issues in California Higher Education
– Policy matters unique to California, its three-tiered public higher education system, and the California Master Plan for Higher Education. Current Projects: Community College Transfers and Science Bachelor’s Degrees
University of California History
– The history of the ten-campus University of California system and how it relates to California's society and economy. Current Projects & Publications: UC History Digital Archives; History of the UC Presidency; Chronicle of the University of California
See also: CSHE Visiting Scholars Program; CSHE Library.

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Skills mismatch a threat to competitiveness of Europe

http://profile.ak.fbcdn.net/hprofile-ak-snc4/174887_161806250531786_2075947517_q.jpgBy Marielk. The most recent skills forecast provided by CEDEFOP is highlighting that European competitiveness might in the long run be threatened by a skills mismatch. The article indicates that while currently facing large rates of unemployment in many parts of Europe,  the EU can expect 8 million new jobs between 2010 and 2020, in addition to the ca 75 million that will be made vacant through retirement.
This means also that the matching of demand and the available workforce becomes increasingly important. Christian Lettmayr, the director of CEDEFOP commented on this as: “Concerns over possible mismatches should not discourage people from seeking higher qualifications. A highly-qualified workforce is one of – if not the – most important factor for Europe’s competitiveness.”
While this is difficult to disagree with, this might be meager consolation for the students entering higher education who in Europe increasingly cover the costs of their studies. Obtaining a high level of student loan, accompanied with a labour market that cannot accommodate graduates from certain fields, it becomes important for students to make the right choices.
As the sectoral forecast indicates – studying science, technology, maths and engineering would be a safe bet, provided that these sectors face shortages even in the current climate of high unemployment rates. And as Alena Zukersteinova from Cedefop’s skills team suggests: avoid jobs that would imply routine and low-skilled labour. However, while shortages in science and technology are not a new issue in many European countries – one could also argue that trying to deal with this issue on the higher education level might not be sufficient and this calls for a more comprehensive thinking of education as a whole.
The forecast indicates that
between 2010 and 2020 Europe would face a 27% increase in the demand for high-skilled qualifications and a similar decrease in the low-skilled qualifications – putting further pressure on higher education institutions in Europe. This comes at a difficult time, provided that available public funding and general affordability of higher education amongst students has been decreasing in a number of European countries, as indicated by the recent HESA report.
However – this report again highlights the potentially central role of higher education seems to take in these debates of societal and economic challenges Europe is facing. Does this also mean we are facing more sectoral coordination and in general more European involvement in higher education? Provided that higher education has traditionally been seen as a national responsibility (even in the context of building the European higher education area), this calls also for an in-depth discussion of what in essence is a national responsibility and what can and should be done on European level, and consequently: what kind of instruments are possible, effective and appropriate.
See also on the blog: The Skills Dilemma, Data and results from the skills forecast, Multiplier les compétences transférables, Employability: university education isn't just about developing skills, Skills: the global currency of the 21st century, Europe’s skill challenge, Skills Monitoring in European Regions and Localties.

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Rethinking internationalization and university collaboration

http://profile.ak.fbcdn.net/hprofile-ak-snc4/174887_161806250531786_2075947517_q.jpgBy Marielk. The GEEP project, hosted by Oslo and Akershus University College, is having their closing conference in Oslo on 11-13th of September 2012 with a title “Rethinking internationalization and university collaboration: Academics, actors and analysis“.
The conference features a number of keynote speakers, amongst else Linda Chisholm who works as a policymaker in South Africa, Nazir Carrim from University of Western Cape in South Africa, and Brian Denman from University of New England in Australia.
The call for abstracts has been announced and the deadline for sending in 250 word abstracts is 1st of June. Please find more information about the application procedures by downloading the announcement here.
The conference has a focus on North-South dynamics and the need to redefine and critically analyze internationalisation, and the organisers have put these key questions as guidance:
  •  How do actors and academics understand internationalization?
  • How can North-South-South university collaboration best lead to internationalization?
  • What are some of the challenges experienced in doing university collaboration?
  • What are the challenges in working across cultures and academic traditions in North-South-South collaborative projects?
  • What are the benefits or best practices in North-South-South collaborative projects?
  • What theoretical frameworks can facilitate our understanding of internationalization?
  • Who are the other actors in internationalization of higher education institutions?

Please note that there is no conference fee.
The GEEP project is funded by the Norwegian Programme for Development, Research and Education (NUFU). The NUFU program is administered by the Norwegian Centre for International Cooperation in Education (SIU). You can find more information about the project on the project website.

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European Centre for Strategic Management of Universities (ESMU)

By marielk. In our next edition of the “In Focus” series we would like to highlight a centre that is active in European policy debates concerning higher education. This introduction was written by Hedda graduate Inês Proença, who at the moment works at ESMU as a project officer.   ESMU – European Centre for Strategic Management of Universities was created in 1986 as  an international think tank non profit association to promote the strategic management of European universities. By offering management development programmes, benchmarking exercises and a learning environment on good management practices, ESMU brings valuable support to European universities striving to further their strategic developments.
Activities
HUMANE
(a network for heads of administration) and DEAN (a platform for deans and academic leaders) were launched to promote the professional development of senior university leaders. ESMU has a long experience with benchmarking in higher education with transnational benchmarking groups and two recent EU-funded projects under the framework of the Lifelong Learning Programme.
MODERN (European Platform Higher Education Modernisation)
, EU-DRIVERS (European Drivers for a Regional Innovation Platform) and EU-STEP (European Higher Education Study Tours) are other examples of networks, platforms  and projects which we have designed to support strategy formulation and implementation in European universities as well as the professionalization of higher education management.
ESMU is currently one of the partners in three consortia with a large Foundation and a number of large consultancy companies to provide services to DG Education and Culture of the European Commission all fields of European cooperation in education and training.  Under the scope of these large framework contracts, ESMU is currently involved in several studies / projects:

  • A comparative study between the EU and Mexico on the challenges brought about by the internationalisation of higher education and the transparency tools developed on both sides to facilitate mobility and academic cooperation (leading partner) (click to read more)
  • An analysis of existing co-operation in terms of academic mobility between the EU and Brazil and identification of the main obstacles to mobility  (leading partner) (click to read more)
  • Support services related to the Quality Assessment of Erasmus Mundus Masters Courses and doctorates – Fourth Phase of the Erasmus Mundus Quality Assessment Project (EMQA) (click to read more)

Other activities (past and present) include the yearly ESMU-HUMANE Winter School for senior Administrators, TEMPUS projects, projects on University-Enterprise cooperation and ESMU-EAIE Benchmarking Workshops and groups on Benchmarking Internationalisation. In addition, ESMU is involved in a number of other tailor made programmes.
Organisational Structure
ESMU has a Board and a Secretariat. The Board is the executive body of the association. It meets three times a year to discuss the policies of the Centre, to give orientations on future activities and monitor projects. The Chairman of the Board is currently prof. Frans van  Vught, Advisor EC President Barroso and former rector of Universiteit Twente (NL). The Secretariat executes the policy of the Board and co-ordinates all activities and projects in addition to liaising with project partners mainly but not exclusively in the European Union. For more information, visit ESMU website at www.esmu.be.

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IIEP and partners renew commitments for a changing world

http://cdn.cloudfiles.mosso.com/c25231/4029.jpgMeeting at the Institute’s Headquarters in Paris, IIEP and its partners reviewed successes, analysed lessons learned, and explored future orientations
On 9 March 2012, IIEP met with its main financial partners and other bilateral agencies in Paris to stock take on the different institutional changes and adaptations, which the institute introduced over the past two years, as well as and to discuss recent successes in delivery at country level, as well as future collaboration with development partners in educational planning and management.
The meeting was the occasion to highlight IIEP’s varied contributions to policy-formulation and planning processes in various contexts and domains around the world. IIEP staff presented examples of results from its work on:
- the implementation of fee-abolition in the Republic of Congo;
- mainstreaming conflict and disaster risk reduction strategies in planning procedures and processes of the ministries of Burkina Faso and Chad,
- developing nationally-owned planning processes and plans in Afghanistan and South Sudan,
- setting up new school mapping tools and supporting their implementation in Madagascar.
Other aspects of IIEP’s work were also discussed, particularly those related to the Institute’s capacity to guide decision-making and policy formulation in such areas as ethics and corruption, decentralization of education, and management reforms in higher education in Asia.
In their brief interventions, Raymond E. Wanner, Chairman of IIEP Governing Board, and Qian Tang, Assistant Director-General for Education at UNESCO, stressed the value of IIEP as a strong technical and results-oriented institute, further commenting that support and financial contributions to the Institute were a good investment to help countries improve education service delivery.
As the Institute has recently begun deliberations on its new Medium-Term Strategy (which begins in 2014), the meeting also provided an opportunity to consult with IIEP’s partners on preliminary ideas for broad, future orientations in the context of the post-2015 discussions. The fruitful and lively discussion focused on the quality of learning and the overall good functioning of education systems and their relationship to employability and social transformation, transparent governance, and integration of risk analysis in plan preparation, as well as persistent gender inequalities in education.
At a time of policy shifts in development cooperation, IIEP did not miss the opportunity to make the case for a continued focus on education, with investments commensurate with the aspirations of youth and the challenges of a world in deep transformation.
Eleven countries* were represented at the meeting, including representatives of bilateral agencies, UNESCO Headquarters, and Ministries of Education and Foreign Affairs. Discussions on IIEP’s services and future programmes will be ongoing with the Institute’s beneficiaries and core funders, including those partners who could not attend the meeting such as Australia, and Finland.
* Belgium, Canada, Denmark, Netherlands, Norway, Republic of Korea, Saudi Arabia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, United Kingdom
Links: IIEP in action (2010-2011).

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Universities as employers

http://www.vsnu.nl/static/project/vsnupresentation/images/logo-vsnu.gifEmployers' association
The VSNU represents the interests of the universities in their role as employers vis-à-vis employees, political and community organisations. It negotiates on behalf of the universities with regard to working conditions and labour relations within the university sector and establishes the collective labour agreement.
In its role as an employers' association the VSNU sees to the signing of a collective employment agreement that will contribute optimally to the function of the university as a working organisation.
Collective Labour Agreement (CAO)
The current CAO of the Dutch Universities is valid from 1 March 2010 to 1 January 2011.

Click here to download the Collective Labour Agreement.
Social security documents
- In case of unemployment, university employees are eligible for unemployment benefit and possibly additional unemployment benefit. See BWNU regulations (only available in Dutch).
- In case of a university employee's illness or incapacity the ZANU regulation (only available in Dutch) applies; it covers the continuation of pay during illness, amongst other things.
Other activities

- promoting maximum personal development of employees
- contributing to the improvement of working conditions
- being a centre of knowledge and expertise for universities as employers
- promoting professional human resources management
- providing instruments for the control and management of salary costs.

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Rewarding innovation in internationalisation

http://dasta.uoi.gr/fedora/images/stories/logo_eaie.gifCheck our brand new blog. As part of our spectacular website facelift, we are launching an education blog aimed at providing you with useful resources, commentaries and the latest trends in higher education. Want to share your ideas and expertise? Our blog is the way for you to get your message across! Read more.
Rewarding innovation in internationalisation
As a growing number of higher education institutions around Europe are putting together innovative internationalisation strategies, the EAIE is committed to highlighting their good work and to this end we have recently launched a brand new institutional award. The main aim of the award is to showcase outstanding practices that further the internationalisation of higher education.

We recognise institutions which distinguish themselves through innovative internationalisation programmes and strategies and have integrated these initiatives institution-wide. Fostering international partnerships with a positive impact on European higher education, integrating internationalisation in strategic planning, curriculum or infrastructure development, or enhancing the international student experience are among the elements we will consider in our assessment. Is your institution pursuing any of these? Then let us know!
Put your organisation in the spotlight by:
- Promoting it and telling its success story to more than 4000 professionals at the EAIE Annual Conference
- Growing its visibility via EAIE Forum magazine and all EAIE online channels
- Wining two fee waivers to the EAIE Annual Conference and building new partnerships at our global meeting
To be considered for the EAIE Institutional Award for Innovation in Internationalisation, the institution must be an accredited, degree-granting university, university consortium, or other higher education institution in Europe and the nominator must be an EAIE member. The applications will be assessed by prominent EAIE Board members.
Learn more about how to submit your application by the 1 May 2012 deadline.

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Vacancy: Head of Publications and Executive Editor of IRE

http://uil.unesco.org/typo3temp/pics/feb953bc9f.jpgThe UNESCO Institute for Lifelong Learning (UIL) is currently seeking a Head of Publications and Executive Editor of the journal International Review of Education (IRE). The description of this vacancy can be found here.
The UNESCO Institute for Lifelong Learning (UIL) is an international research, capacity-building and documentation centre based in Hamburg (Germany), and is currently seeking a Head of Publications and Executive Editor of the journal International Review of Education.
Duties for this post include:

- Editing the Institute’s journal International Review of Education.;
- Reporting to the Editorial Board of the Journal;
- Overseeing UIL’s book publishing programme;
- English language-editing of strategic material; and Managing the peer review process for the journal and other publications.
The incumbent will have three assistants and will work in close collaboration with other colleagues.
Your profile:
- University degree at Ph.D. level or equivalent in Education, Social Sciences or Public Relations;
- Competence in the field of commercial and academic publishing;
- Expert writing and editing skills;
- Native English as well as good knowledge in French;
- Flexibility to adjust work schedules and priorities;
- Good leadership and interpersonal skills; Good command of webEdition and MS-Office 2010.
Terms & conditions:
Salary to be negotiated.
The salaries of the staff of UIL are exempt from direct taxation. More information about UIL can be found at www.uil.unesco.org.
Applications, accompanied by full curriculum vitae, references and copies of relevant certificates, must be submitted - stating the required salary - by 1 May 2012 to the following address:
UNESCO Institute for Lifelong Learning, uil-apps@unesco.org.
Ms Claudia Brandt
Feldbrunnenstrasse 58
20148 Hamburg
Germany

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Eureda/UIL- Glossary of adult learning in Europe

http://lllearning.free-h.net/wp-content/themes/atahualpa353/atahualpa353/images/header1.pngEureda/UIL – A Glossary for adult learning in Europe – Edited by Paolo Federighi, Hamburg, 1999. Eureda collects central concepts in adult learning and explains what they mean.
Whether in the area of research or politics, adult education is the subject of rapid evolution the dynamics of which are difficult to keep up with. This glossary has been compiled because the creation of a common Europe requires it.
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Excerpt
LIFELONG LEARNING (United Kingdom)

« The term “lifelong learning” has entered the British educational vocabulary only very recently and is used rather loosely to cover all forms of post-compulsory education including family education, community education, traditional adult education, further and higher education and continuing professional development. It is not a technical or legal term with precisely defined meaning but rather a cultural term denoting a new paradigm. It represents a shift away from the notion of provider-driven “education” towards individualised learning. It is part of the wider late twentieth century process of individualisation. It lays greater emphasis on the individual’s learning experience with a correspondingly reduced responsibility for the education provider. This is reflected in the introduction of “individual learning accounts” with financial contributions from the individual learner, the State and, when appropriate, an employer. These accounts will be available for individuals to develop their lifelong learning in ways which best suit them.
Lifelong learning also undermines the previous progressive nature of the education system whereby one progressed up an educational ladder from stage to stage. Lifelong learning recognises more clearly that someone who has a doctorate in one field (say engineering) may be studying ab initio in another field (for example learning a foreign language from the basics). It therefore requires a coherent and comprehensive national framework of credits and qualifications which can be accumulated throughout life, in almost random order, to replace the older progressive structure of staged awards. »

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