16 décembre 2012

Universities and Regional Innovation

EU-DRIVERS: Universities and Regional Innovation, A Toolkit to Assist with Building Collaborative PartnershipsEU-DRIVERS: Universities and Regional Innovation, A Toolkit to Assist with Building Collaborative Partnerships. 2012. Brussels: European Centre for Strategic Management of Universities.
EU-DRIVERS, a structural network project funded by the European Commission and managed by the European Centre for Strategic Management of Universities, has published Universities and Regional Innovation: A toolkit to assist with building collaborative partnerships.
This report cites case studies suggesting that key to building the capacity of regional partnerships are key individuals in universities, business and public authorities who have the knowledge (know what) and skills (know how) to work across the boundaries of their organisations, to be effective boundary spanners.
Chapters of the report include: The pilot innovation partnership projects; Building a community of practice; Overcoming barriers to the development of strong regional partnerships; and Creating and sustaining spaces.

The key task for the EU-Drivers for a Regional Innovation Platform has been to establish and pilot a methodology to support capacity building for collaborative working in current regional projects involving universities, business and public authorities.
For more information, follow this link.

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New agency to take up varsity admissions

http://www.nation.co.ke/image/view/-/465228/medRes/33884/-/maxh/85/-/12e8pptz/-/Sunday_Logo.gifBy Benjamin Muindi. The Joint Admissions Board has been disbanded in a new law awaiting presidential assent. (Editorial: Plan to do away with JAB appears unwise).
It will be replaced by the Kenya Universities and Colleges Central Placement Service, according to the Universities Bill (2012) that was passed by Parliament last week.
But unlike Jab, which was mainly charged with the admission of government-sponsored students to the seven public universities and their constituents, the new body has been given an extended mandate and will admit students in private universities and colleges.
It will also admit students to public universities through the self-sponsored programme, usually referred to as the parallel degree programme. More...

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Kibaki passes law to regulate higher education sector

http://www.businessdailyafrica.com/image/view/-/539346/medRes/76413/-/maxh/100/-/g4kqs4z/-/logo.pngBy Edwin Mutai. Foreign universities offering degrees in Kenya without accreditation will be fined at least Sh10 million and their promoters sent to jail for three years under a new law meant to safeguard education standards.
President Mwai Kibaki Thursday assented to the Universities Bill 2012, which provides for regulation of universities and centralised admission of students to tertiary institutions. It also establishes the Commission on University Education (CUE) to replace the Commission of Higher Education in overseeing university standards.
The new law also establishes the Kenya Universities and Colleges Central Placement Service to replace the Joint Admissions Board, which has been recruiting students for regular courses in public universities. Read more...

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Students warned of unregistered courses

iol_news5By Leanne Jansen. Durban - The Department of Higher Education has warned students to be wary of “registered” private colleges which offer certificates, diplomas and degrees but do not have its stamp of approval.
Department spokesman Vuyelwa Qinga said there was worry over the current trend which saw institutions secure registration for one or two programmes, and then “hide behind” this status to offer other unregistered courses.
The Mercury recently reported on how a private design college in Durban was shut down for offering unaccredited programmes in contravention of the Higher Education Act of 1997.
In a letter to parents and students, the management of Westville-based Style Design College said it had found itself without full accreditation for certain programmes because of how “complex” the system was, and the inordinate delays in processing applications. Read more...

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Researchers Question Degree Payoff

HomeBy John Ross for The Australian. The proportion of employed graduates has risen since Australian universities embarked on their latest phase of expansion. But the proportion of graduates in professional and managerial positions has declined, data from the Australian Bureau of Statistics reveal.
The figures lend weight to speculation that degrees are becoming entry tickets into the work force rather than marks of distinction.
Andrew Norton, a higher education specialist at the Grattan Institute, an independent think tank, said there was anecdotal evidence that postgraduate qualifications were replacing bachelor's degrees as essential criteria for many jobs. "It's a chicken and egg problem -- are people getting postgraduate qualifications because employers are demanding them or because they think it [result in] a higher salary?
"I would rate a few years' industry experience way above a postgraduate degree for a lot of jobs." Read more...

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Need for a new higher education focus on innovation and creativity

http://enews.ksu.edu.sa/wp-content/uploads/2011/10/UWN.jpgBy Mohamed Eljarh. Scientific research is one of the key driving factors for a diversified, strong economy in any country. Under the former regime in Libya, research and higher education suffered from negligence, corruption and lack of political commitment and reform.
Higher education in the country faces major challenges. These include increasing demands for improvements, and raising the quality of graduates and their career prospects.
There are also problems with accreditation and the quality of education institutions and programmes, not to mention the financing and governance of institutions. Another major challenge to Libya’s education sector is the lack of effective IT infrastructure, and the lack of scholarly activities and research throughout the sector.
Libya’s ability to build a strong and diversified economy will depend on its commitment to innovation, creativity and commercialisation within the higher education and research sector. Read more...

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Branch campuses produce business leaders, not research

http://enews.ksu.edu.sa/wp-content/uploads/2011/10/UWN.jpgBy Grace Karram. Canada’s University of Waterloo announced this autumn that it will close its Dubai campus after only three years of operation. The withdrawal is due to financial uncertainty as a result of low student enrolment.
But the university does not plan to withdraw entirely from the region; it will stay in the United Arab Emirates, but with a redefined role. According to one report, this revamped agenda may focus on “research linkages and graduate studies”.
Research and graduate education are anything but a new role for Western institutions like Waterloo. For decades, a large portion of university internationalisation has happened in these sectors. Returning to these mainstays may not be a viable fallback option for globally aspiring universities that want to compete in the world’s high-paced education hubs.
Waterloo’s dilemma has been shared by about a dozen Western universities that have established campuses in emerging economies only to pull out later when the programmes were not as lucrative as anticipated. The majority of these are long-established Western universities with rich traditions of research and scholarship. Read more...

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Higher education messages from UNESCO not mixed

http://enews.ksu.edu.sa/wp-content/uploads/2011/10/UWN.jpgDear Editor
This letter is in response to the article by Erin Millar, published in University World News on 18 November 2012.
I would like to draw your attention to the following:
I have no recollection of having been formally approached by Millar for an interview for University World News at the WISE 2012 conference in Doha. Millar says that she captured my words immediately after my official presentation at the summit on Thursday 15 November when many other participants were trying to speak with me.
If this is the case, which is as a matter of fact possible but sincerely forgotten by me due to my fatigue after my presentation and the debate which followed, my words should be considered as merely spontaneous and certainly with no connection with what the Director General of UNESC0 might have said to Millar and about which I was not informed at all.
As a UNESC0 official I have always tried to pay attention not to comment or to publicly criticise any statements made by UNESCO’s Director General at the conference or in any other circumstances.
Therefore, I would appreciate that University World News publish my response as a sign of respect for its readers and for the sake of deontology.
Yours sincerely
Georges Haddad, Director, Education Research and Prospective, Education Sector, UNESCO. Read more...

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Agency fights to maintain standards during HE expansion

http://enews.ksu.edu.sa/wp-content/uploads/2011/10/UWN.jpgBy Jonathan Dyson. The Ethiopian government’s Higher Education Relevance and Quality Agency, HERQA, is to implement new measures designed to raise standards in universities. The initiative comes amid major concerns about the state of the country’s fast-growing tertiary education sector.
The number of public universities in the country has grown from two to 34 over the past 12 years, and there are now seven private universities and 52 polytechnic colleges. Each of Ethiopia's nine regions, apart from Gambela, now has at least one university.
Such rapid expansion has brought with it growing doubts about the quality of teaching and other resources, as well as the employability of graduates.
Dr Tesfaye Teshome, director general of HERQA, told University World News that a new quality assurance programme is set to be introduced, focused heavily on measuring the specific skills and other attributes being attained by graduates. Read more...

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Report calls for exit from a ‘research hotel’ model

http://enews.ksu.edu.sa/wp-content/uploads/2011/10/UWN.jpgBy Jan Petter Myklebust. In 2010 the Swedish Research Council published a report showing that the country’s production of cutting-edge research had fallen below that of Denmark, The Netherlands and Switzerland. This month a new report has called for funding changes, stronger academic leadership, and clear career paths and good conditions for young researchers.
Following the 2010 study, the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences commissioned two professors, Gunnar Öquist and Mats Benner, to find out why the country’s breakthrough research was in comparative decline.
Their report, Fostering Breakthrough Research: A comparative study, published on 9 December, offers an extensive analysis. Read more...

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