09 novembre 2012

Another Rankings Fabrication

HomeBy Scott Jaschik. George Washington University on Thursday became the third private university this year to admit that it has been reporting incorrect information about its new students -- both on the university's website and in information provided to U.S. News & World Report for rankings. In the case of GW, the university -- for at least a decade -- has been submitting incorrect data on the class rank of new students. For the most recent class of new students, George Washington reported that 78 percent of new students were in the top 10 percent of their high school classes. The actual proportion of such students is 58 percent.
According to the university, the problem was identified over the summer when a new provost reorganized admissions functions, and reviewed admissions statistics. The university found that for applicants whose high schools don't calculate ranks (a growing trend among high schools), the university estimated the class rank, based on grades and other factors. That policy is not permitted by U.S. News. After finding out what had been going on with class rank, the university had an outside audit done of all admissions data that is reported (including SAT scores) and found no other problems. George Washington's announcement follows the news this year that Claremont McKenna College and Emory University also reported incorrect data for years. More...

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Coalition of thinkers vow to fight marketisation of universities

The Guardian homeBy . Purpose of university is being 'grossly distorted by the attempt to create a market in higher education', says one CDBU founder. Some of Britain's most high-profile public intellectuals have formed a coalition to defend universities against the erosion of academic freedom and the marketisation of higher education.
Lord Bragg, Alan Bennett, Sir David Attenborough and Richard Dawkins are among 65 writers, broadcasters and thinkers who have jointly founded the Council for the Defence of British Universities (CDBU), to be launched next week. The group's manifesto, also backed by former poet laureate Sir Andrew Motion, Booker prize-winner Dame AS Byatt, playwright Michael Frayn and astronomer royal Lord Rees, claims the basis of a degree is under threat. Writing in the Times Higher Education supplement, historian and former British Academy president Sir Keith Thomas said "the very purpose of the university" was being "grossly distorted by the attempt to create a market in higher education". More...

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Opcalia participe à la semaine des personnes handicapées du 12 au 16 novembre

http://www.opcalia.com/fileadmin/user_upload/Telecharger/publications/COUV-DPL-ThandemV2.JPGA l’occasion de la Semaine du Handicap, Opcalia fait le bilan de ses 12 années d’action de formation professionnelle au service d’une meilleure intégration du handicap en entreprise:
· 5 862 contrats de professionnalisation
· 103 235 heures de formation continue
· 1324 parcours de tutorat spécifique
Des manifestations sont organisées autour de la thématique handicap sur l’ensemble du territoire, ce sera l’occasion pour les entreprises et partenaires de découvrir entre autre le nouveau produit d’Opcalia THANDEM V2: Dépliant, Outil forme ronde, Démonstration Thandem v2, Thandem Start, Thandem Plus et Thandem Pro.
Le programme dans les régions

• le 27/11, présentation de THANDEM lors de la commission HANDICAP du MEDEF Champagne-Ardenne à REIMS
• Matinales de présentation de THANDEM:
-le 4/12 à Chaumont (52)
-le 5/12 à Troyes (10)
-le 6/12 à Châlons en Champagne (51)
-le 11/12 à Charleville-Mezières (08)
-le 14/12 à Saint-Dizier(52)   
Ile de France
Organisation de formation Thandem start: le 13/11  & Thandem Plus les 15/11 + 6/12
Le 27/11: Organisation par OPCALIA Lorraine d’un meeting réunissant les institutionnels du handicap et entreprises locales sur 3 thématiques :
-GPEC, savoirs de base et handicap.
-Intervention sur la thématique handicap en collaboration avec le réseau ALTHER, l’APF
-Présentation de la politique handicap menée chez BELL. Télécharger l'invitation.
• le 12/11 Maison des Personnes Handicapées (MPH) journée Portes ouvertes/13h30 – 16h Table ronde: Rencontres, témoignages Entreprises & Personnes handicapées
• 13/11 présentation d’Opcalia et la convention Agefiph / 9h-12h Matinale: Incitation, communication, sensibilisation à la RQTH
• le 14/11 Pôle Emploi/9h-12h Job dating
• le 15/11 ACE - M’Saidihe/8h-12h Portes ouvertes  et 13h30-16h Mission locale/Atelier formation et orientation
• le 16/11 BGE Mayotte (Boutique de gestion)/8h - 11h Portes ouvertes: création d’entreprise. Télécharger le programme et le communiqué de presse
Midi Pyrénées
• le 7/11dans le Tarn : organisation de la conférence de presse pour la présentation de la semaine pour l’emploi des personnes en situation de handicap, (avec CAP EMPLOI Pôle Emploi, la Chambre des métiers, la CCI….) dans une société que nous avons rencontrée dans le cadre d’ALTHER (VINOVALIE)
• le 9 /11 à Toulouse, Forum pour l’emploi des travailleurs handicapés /8h - 18h organisé par la CCI  et l’AGEFIPH.
• le 13/11à Albi : Atelier de coaching pour des demandeurs d’emploi TH / Rencontres entre employeurs du secteur privé et institutionnels
• le 12/11 à Gap (05) : Animation territoriale. Voir le programme
• le 13/11 à Hyères (83) : Forum de l’Emploi (Espace La Villette)
• le 14/11 à Est Var (83) :  Forum de l’Emploi
• le 14/11 à Marseille (13) : Forum de l’Emploi ; Forum du handicap - Parc Chanot
• le 15/11 à Provence Verte (83) : Forum de l’Emploi
• le 15/11 en Avignon (84) :Forum de l’Emploi
• le 16/11 à Nice (06) : Forum handicap de l’Emploi
Pays de la Loire
• le 15/11 : forum de l’emploi des personnes handicapées organisé à Nantes / Opcalia est partenaire du forum avec un stand pour promouvoir les dispositifs de formation notamment les contrats de professionnalisation. Voir l'affiche
• le 13/11 : Forum de l'emploi organisé sur le département de la Sarthe au Mans
• 14/11 : forum Handploi de l'Oise (Villers St Paul)
En savoir plus

Télécharger le communiqué de presse.
Retrouvez vos référents handicap.

http://www.opcalia.com/fileadmin/user_upload/Telecharger/publications/COUV-DPL-ThandemV2.JPG Για να σηματοδοτήσει την εβδομάδα Αναπηρία, Opcalia προβαίνει σε απολογισμό των 12 χρόνων της επαγγελματικής δράσης στην υπηρεσία του την καλύτερη ενσωμάτωση της αναπηρίας στο χώρο εργασίας:
· 5862 συμβάσεις κατάρτισης
· 103.235 ώρες εκπαίδευσης
· 1324 πορεία συγκεκριμένο μάθημα
Εκδηλώσεις οργανώνονται γύρω από το θέμα της αναπηρίας σε όλη, αυτή είναι μια ευκαιρία για τις επιχειρήσεις και τους εταίρους για να ανακαλύψουν, μεταξύ άλλων, το νέο προϊόν Opcalia THANDEM V2: Φυλλάδιο , στρογγυλό εργαλείο, Tha Ndem Demo v2, Ξεκινήστε Thandem, Thandem Περισσότερα και Thandem Pro.
Το περιφερειακό πρόγραμμα.
• 12/11 Gap (05): Κινούμενα Σχέδια εδαφική. Δείτε το πρόγραμμα
• 13/11 στο Hyères (83) Χώρος Φόρουμ για την Απασχόληση (La Villette)
• 14/11 είναι Var (83) Φόρουμ για την απασχόληση
• 14/11 στη Μασσαλία (13) Φόρουμ Απασχόλησης, Disability Forum - Parc Chanot
• 15/11 Provence Verte (83) Φόρουμ για την απασχόληση
• 15/11 σε Αβινιόν (84) Φόρουμ για την απασχόληση
16/11 Νίκαια (06): Φόρουμ Απασχόλησης Αναπηρίας. Περισσότερα...

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Let’s Build Transformative Knowledge to Drive Social Change

http://www.guninetwork.org/frontpage_utils/images/Guni6thigrficaok3MARGINS.png/image_large6th International Barcelona Conference on Higher Education "Let’s Build Transformative Knowledge to Drive Social Change", May 13-15 2013, Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya (UPC), Campus Nord, Vértex building, Pl. Eusebi Güell, 6 - 08034 Barcelona.
This edition is focused on Knowledge, Engagement & Higher Education. The Conference will provide visibility and will critically examine one of the most significant trends: the growth of the theory and practice of engagement as a key feature in the evolution of higher education.
In the Conference, GUNi aims to approach the challenge of engagements by higher education institutions in the larger society in an integrated manner: it will explore ways in which engagement enhances teaching, learning and research; it will approach engagement in ways that accept the multiple sites and epistemologies of knowledge, as well as the reciprocity and mutuality in learning and education through engagement.
In exploring this contemporary issue, the Conference will attempt to describe how university-community engagement is evolving nowadays and will propose to go beyond by offering new visions and ways for the future. GUNi invites the international academic community to jointly analyze how to build transformative knowledge to drive social change. You are cordially invited to attend Conference or nominate the member(s) of your institution. In this space you can find information regarding the conference, as well as details of its programme and contents.
The 6th International Barcelona Conference on Higher Education and the 5th GUNi Report are focused on Knowledge, Engagement & Higher Education. They will analyze how to build transformative knowledge to drive social change. In exploring this contemporary issue, the Report and the Conference will attempt to describe how it is evolving nowadays, and will propose to go beyond the narrow and compartmentalized approach to engagements of higher education by offering new visions and ways for the future.
In the Conference, GUNi aims to approach the challenge of engagements by higher education institutions in the larger society in an integrated manner: it will explore ways in which engagement enhances teaching, learning and research; it will approach engagement in ways that accept the multiple sites and epistemologies of knowledge,
as well as the reciprocity and mutuality in learning
and education through engagement.
The Conference will look at our changing understanding about who the agents of knowledge creation are, and how the creation, distribution and use of knowledge are linked to our aspirations for a better world.  It will offer us elements of a vision for a renewed and socially responsible relationship between higher education (HE), knowledge, and society. It will also take into account the current conceptualization of the role of higher education in the process of knowledge production.
In this sense, one aim of the Conference is to call upon policy-makers, leaders and practitioners of HEIs around the world to ‘rethink’ social responsibilities of higher education and to become a part of a hub of societal innovation. We aim to move towards a more just, equitable and sustainable planet over the next decades. Thus, the Conference hopes to present experiences and ideas that suggest directions for transformation of higher education (and its diverse institutions) to exercise its social responsibility to citizens and societies locally and globally.
The other aim of the Conference is to provide visibility and to critically examine one of the most significant trends in higher education over the past 10-15 years: the growth of the theory and practice of engagement as a key feature in the evolution of higher education.
Facilitating socially engaged universities is paramount to the necessary creation of knowledge. The practices and structures of engagement are rich and continually evolving. Some scholars speak of a Community-University Engagement movement (Talloires; Holland, 2005), of service learning (Campus Compact; McIlraath and Mac labhrainn, 2007), of community-based research (Strand et al, 2003a/b), of engaged scholarship (Boyer, 1996; Fitzgerald et al, 2012), of community-university research partnerships (Hart et al, 2007; Hall, 2011), and of knowledge mobilization and its variants, such as knowledge translation, impact or utilization (Levesque, 2010, blog).
GUNi invites the international academic community to actively participate in the Conference in an open space to share and learn together, with the conviction that it is by taking action that we can improve real changes in education and enlarge the transformative awareness of our societies.

Boyer, E. L. (1996) The Scholarship of engagement, Bulletin of the American Arts and Sciences, 49(7), pp 18-33.
Campus Compact web site http://www.compact.org/.
Fitzgerald, Hiram, Karen Bruns, Steven T. Sonka, Andrew Furco,  Louis Swanson (2012) “The Centrality of Engagement in Higher Education” in Journal of Higher EducationOutreach and Engagement, 2012, 16(3).
Hall, B. et al (2011) “Towards a Knowledge Democracy Movement: Contemporary Trends in Community University Research Partnerships” in Special Issue of Rizoma Freireano on “Global Developments in Community University Research Partnerships. Vol 9.
Hart, A., Maddisson, E. and Wolff, D. (2007) Community-university partnerships in practice. Leicester, UK: National Institute for Adult and Continuing Education.
Holland, B. (2005) Scholarship and Mission in the 21st Century University: The Role of Engagement Keynote Address to the Australian Universities Quality Agency.
Forum, 5 July, Sydney Australia.
Levesque (2010) knowledge Mobilization (Retrieved from: http://bit.ly/zbPyME).
McIlrath, L. & Mac Labhrainn, I. (Eds.) (2007) Higher Education and Civic Engagement: International Perspectives. Aldershot, UK: Ashgate.
Talloires Network web site - http://www.tufts.edu/talloiresnetwork/.
Side events
COPERNICUS Alliance/United Nations University Institute of Advanced Studies (UNU IAS)

“The People’s Sustainability Treaty on Higher Education:  Engaging communities of learning in social change for sustainability”
A side event which will bring together COPERNICUS Alliance members, signatories of the People’s Sustainability Treaty on Higher Education and Regional Centres of Expertise in exploring innovative practices to engage higher education communities in social change for sustainability. Six months after the official launch of the People’s Sustainability Treaty on Higher Education in Rio+20, COPERNICUS Alliance and UNU IAS are delighted to co-host this side event which will set the track for progress and propose ways forward to facilitate the implementation of the Treaty. COPERNICUS Alliance members, signatories of the Treaty and Regional Centres of Expertise will come together to share their learning, challenges and successes in engaging higher education communities in social change for sustainability. The outcome of the event will be a publication which will provide key insights, frameworks and approaches on community engagement for sustainability in higher education and will showcase innovative experiences in this area.

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EUA launches new projects to support universities in EU neighbouring countries

LogoEUA is pleased to announce that it is launching two new projects which are designed to support the development of higher education institutions (mainly EUA members) in a number of countries/regions neighbouring the EU: one project will involve universities in Armenia, Moldova and Ukraine while the second will involve universities from Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, and Kosovo.
Both projects are co-funded by the Tempus Programme of the European Commission, which supports the modernisation of higher education systems in the EU's surrounding area.
The first, entitled ‘Fostering Sustainable and Autonomous Higher Education Systems in the Eastern Neighbouring Area’ (ATHENA), builds on the findings of EUA’s work on autonomy and funding. Over three years, EUA will organise a series of national workshops in Armenia, Moldova and Ukraine in partnership with local universities, with the aim of increasing awareness of the importance of institutional autonomy for the modernisation of universities’ management structures.
Particular attention will be given to financial management, including the development of sustainable financial strategies for universities. To complement the approach at system level, a series of training seminars will be organised at partner universities in the EU. These will enable participants from the Eastern Neighbouring Countries to deepen their understanding of the changes at institutional level entailed by greater autonomy, and to benefit from best practices regarding strategic financial management.
The second project, entitled ‘Empowering Universities to fulfil their responsibility for Quality Assurance’ (EUREQA), will support universities in Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, and Kosovo in improving their internal quality assurance (QA) processes and in linking them into a comprehensive, all-encompassing system that leads to the enhancement of quality and the creation of a quality culture.
The project will focus on extensive capacity building for universities in quality assurance, through training, mentoring and study visits. It primarily seeks to benefit EUA member universities in the Western Balkans while also involving experts from EUA members in the EU member states.
The Tempus Programme promotes institutional cooperation that involves both EU and Partner Countries and focuses on the reform and modernisation of higher education systems in the Partner Countries of Eastern Europe, Central Asia, the Western Balkans and the Mediterranean region.

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6th EUA Council for Doctoral Education (EUA-CDE)

Logo6th EUA Council for Doctoral Education (EUA-CDE) Workshop 'Interdisciplinary Doctoral Programmes', Politecnico di Torino, Turin, Italy (17-18 January 2013)
This EUA-CDE Thematic Workshop aims to facilitate a discussion on the advantages and challenges of interdisciplinary doctoral programmes. It will include case studies on how to develop and manage interdisciplinarity in doctoral education, and provide opportunities for participants to exchange experiences in this area.
The sixth Thematic Workshop of the EUA-CDE will bring together university leaders, vice-rectors, deans and heads of doctoral schools, researchers, administrators and other actors interested in the development of doctoral education. Through common plenary sessions and presentation of best practices, the workshop will try to obtain answers and recommendations on how to develop and implement interdisciplinary programmes.
The Thematic Workshops of EUA-CDE are accessible exclusively to EUA-CDE members. To learn more about EUA-CDE, please click here.
For more information, please visit the event website. The deadline for registration is 1 January 2013.

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Concordia University students want probe of foreign-student recruiters

http://www.thestar.com/content/images/thestar_logo.gifBy Nicholas Keung. Concordia University students have asked Canada’s international education industry to probe the use of recruitment agents after foreign students there complained of substandard conditions in their home-stay arrangements. Some students from mainland China said they arranged their accommodations in Canada through Peter Low, director of the Concordia China Student Recruitment Partner program, and were promised furnished rooms and meals.
“Some of them don’t get enough food. Their access to hot water and use of kitchen are restricted, and they can’t have visitors,” Nadine Atallah, vice-president of Concordia’s Undergraduate Students’ Association, said at a protest in Montreal this week. More...

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Int’l Grad Students in U.S. Now From China

http://s.wsj.net/blogs/img/rtc_logo.pngChinese citizens continue to pour onto U.S. college campuses, now comprising 37% of all international graduate students here, according to a new report out Thursday from the Council of Graduate Schools.
The report, based on fall 2012 enrollment data from 265 U.S. schools, found that the number of first-time enrollments by Chinese students increased by 22% — the seventh consecutive year of double-digit growth. First-time enrollment tracks students just starting their degree programs; because many master’s and doctoral programs last multiple years, the figure is a reliable indicator of longer-term enrollment trends. Continue reading on At Work.

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The Top 10 Universities in Africa (Part I)

https://si0.twimg.com/profile_images/741580069/africatwitter_bigger.gifBy Christine Lai and Yolaan Begbie. While students from across the continent continue to move abroad to study at leading learning institutions in the U.S. and Europe, Africa boasts its own league of great universities. Presented below is Part I of Africa.com’s Top 10 Universities in Africa. Part II will feature the Top 10 Universities in South Africa, a country that is home to enough academic heavyweights to populate its own list.

Cairo University is a large public university with over 45,000 students and 5,000 faculty. More...

Founded in 1919, the American University in Cairo is an American-style small liberal arts college with a heavy emphasis on quality of teaching. More...

Founded in 1972, Mansoura University is one of Egypt’s largest universities with a total student population of around 100,000 spread over its 17 faculties. A research powerhouse, Mansoura University boasts a world class array of medical centers, including those focused on oncology, urology and nephrology, gastroenterology, ophthalmic, and pediatric medicine. More...

Founded as a technical school in 1922, Makerere University became an independent national university in 1970. The university developed a focused research agenda in line with the national government’s policy objectives, and seeks to support those programs with a multidisciplinary approach ranging from natural sciences to economics and education...

Tracing its roots back to 1956, the University of Nairobi became an independent university in 1970. Today, the university is home to about 50,000 undergraduate students more...

Following the dissolution of the University of East Africa, the University of Dar es Salaam was established as an independent university in 1970. More...

Contributions poured in from all around the country in the form of cash, cattle, grain, eggs, and other crops. Today, the University of Botswana, whose motto is “Education is a Shield,” has an undergraduate population of roughly 16,000. More...

Originally founded as an affiliate college of the University of London, the University of Ghana became an independent institution in 1961. Today, undergraduate students number around 26,000. More...

Established in 1962 with the aim of training professionals for the newly independent Nigeria, the University of Lagos is a comprehensive university that... More...

Established in 2002, Ashesi University’s mission is: to educate a new generation of ethical, entrepreneurial leaders in Africa More...

First, as with any similar list that determines which universities are "best," Africa.com collected both quantitative and qualitative data to determine which universities in Africa would make our Top 10 List. More...

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La Semaine pour l’emploi des personnes handicapées au programme des Chroniques Horizon

Logo de l'Agence Régionale de la Formation tout au long de la vie (ARFTLV Poitou-charentes)La Semaine pour l’emploi des personnes handicapées sera à l'honneur dans les Chroniques Horizon du 12 au 16 novembre 2012.
La Semaine pour l’emploi des personnes handicapées se déroule chaque année en novembre. Cet événement national vise à inciter la société, et notamment les employeurs, à poser sur le handicap un regard différent et à considérer prioritairement les compétences des personnes. Les nombreuses manifestations organisées en région sont destinées à favoriser la rencontre entre recruteurs et travailleurs handicapés, sensibiliser les entreprises à l’accueil de collaborateurs handicapés et aborder le maintien dans l’emploi d’un salarié touché par un handicap. C’est également l’occasion pour les demandeurs d’emploi en situation de handicap de bénéficier de séances de coaching, de simulations d’entretien ou d’aide à la rédaction de cv.
Lundi : poser un regard différent sur le handicap.
Mardi : un réseau engagé.
Mercredi : le programme de la SEPH en Poitou-Charentes.
Jeudi : les structures d’aide aux personnes handicapées.
Vendredi : Le Relais santé handicap bien-être de Niort.
Ecoutez nos Chroniques HORIZON sur les radios locales ou sur notre site horizon-info.org.
Logo de l'Agence Régionale de la Formation tout au long de la vie (ARFTLV Poitou-charentes) Εβδομάδα για την απασχόληση των ατόμων με ειδικές ανάγκες θα πρέπει να εμφανίζεται στο Horizon Chronicles 12 - 16 Νοεμ. 2012.
Εβδομάδα για την Απασχόληση των Ατόμων με Ειδικές Ανάγκες πραγματοποιείται κάθε χρόνο τον Νοέμβριο. Αυτή η εθνική εκδήλωση είναι η ενθάρρυνση της κοινωνίας των πολιτών, συμπεριλαμβανομένων των εργοδοτών, να ρωτήσω κάτι σχετικά με μειονέκτημα μια διαφορετική ματιά και να εξετάσει κυρίως τις δεξιότητες των ανθρώπων. Περισσότερα...

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