16 décembre 2012

University leaders launch governance reform network

http://enews.ksu.edu.sa/wp-content/uploads/2011/10/UWN.jpgMore than 100 university presidents from across the Middle East and North Africa have pledged to launch a network for higher education to support governance reform, benchmarking and knowledge sharing.
The university leaders had gathered in Rabat, Morocco, for a regional workshop aimed at developing a common strategy for higher education reform and the use of the University Governance Screening Card, or UGSC – a tool for measuring the quality of university management – the World Bank said in a statement.
The network will link experts from participating countries and international practitioners “to support ongoing research for the regular updating and refining of benchmarking tools and the promotion of knowledge sharing”, the media release said.
Use of the UGSC had risen rapidly in the two years since its launch, expanding from 41 universities in four countries in 2010 to more than 100 institutions in seven countries. Read More...

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Industry worldwide plans to hire more business graduates

http://enews.ksu.edu.sa/wp-content/uploads/2011/10/UWN.jpgBy Erin Millar. Recent graduates can look forward to an improved job market in 2013 despite sustained economic uncertainty, according to a just-released employer survey published by the Graduate Management Admission Council, or GMAC.
While masters-level and business graduates were poised to see the biggest gains in hiring, the labour market for bachelor degree holders remained steady.
The projections are based on a year-end survey of 201 employers from 182 companies globally, including 45 Fortune 500 companies.
Seventy-six percent of employers planned to hire new MBAs in 2013, up seven points from the number of 2012 MBA graduates they hired. Other business-related postgraduate level candidates are also expected to be in demand.
Surveyed employers planned to hire masters of management, accounting and finance graduates in significantly greater numbers than last year.
Seventy-eight percent of employers planned to higher new bachelor degree graduates. Read More...

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Ten-year higher education strategy launched

http://enews.ksu.edu.sa/wp-content/uploads/2011/10/UWN.jpgBy Wagdy Sawahel. Iraq has launched its first-ever national education strategy, for the period 2012-22, aimed at helping to improve education quality for the country's 33 million citizens, especially the most deprived youth.
Launched on 9 December, the strategy plans to enhance social reintegration and cohesion and to prevent social exclusion within Iraqi society. It also emphasises the importance of quality curriculum, institutions and resources in higher education, according to a report from the United Nations News Centre.
The strategy was developed by a committee of education experts and advisors within the ministries of education and higher education in Baghdad and Erbil, with international technical expertise and guidance provided by UN agencies and the World Bank
Among the elements of the strategy are providing free and accessible education to children and youth from pre-school to higher education, as well as ensuring high quality education based on global best practices.
Key educational targets include increasing Iraq's pre-school enrolment rate from 7% to 22% by 2020, and the primary school enrolment rate from 93% to 98% by the end of 2015. More...

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Draft reforms usher in ‘two-track’ masters system

http://enews.ksu.edu.sa/wp-content/uploads/2011/10/UWN.jpgBy Hiep Pham. New draft regulations for postgraduate degree programmes – including introducing a two-track system of masters degrees to tackle Vietnam’s need for higher qualified university lecturers – have been released by the Ministry of Education and Training.
The draft, published for consultation on the ministry’s website, proposes overarching changes, even though wide-ranging regulations on postgraduate education were issued just a year ago.
In particular, masters-level courses will be divided into ‘professional’ and ‘research-oriented’ tracks.
Most masters students are expected to enrol in the ‘professional’ category, while research masters students would spend more time on high-level research, preparing them for future academic careers, according to Deputy Minister for Education Bui Van Ga.
Speaking to local media last week, Ga admitted that postgraduate education in Vietnam did “not meet the demands of society or even the educators themselves”, and said it was time for “comprehensive reform”. Read more...

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Universities may take minister to court over autonomy

http://enews.ksu.edu.sa/wp-content/uploads/2011/10/UWN.jpgBy Cornia Pretorius. South African universities could tackle Higher Education and Training Minister Blade Nzimande in the Constitutional Court next year following radical changes to the Higher Education Act that were steamrolled through parliament.
The Higher Education and Training Laws Amendment Bill has been described as "apartheid-like" and "draconian" for the wide-ranging powers it will give Nzimande to intervene in the running of universities – the one part of the South African education system that is still functioning well.
If enacted it will give Nzimande the power to issue ‘directives’ to universities if he believed they were acting in a discriminatory manner.
This means he could tell a world-class institution such as the University of Cape Town to change its entry requirements and dissolve its council if it does not convince him of the merits of its requirements, according to experts. Read more...

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Erasmus funds for students cleared at last minute

http://enews.ksu.edu.sa/wp-content/uploads/2011/10/UWN.jpgByAlan Osborn. It was a tight call but the money came through in the end and students signed up for the European Union’s (EU) Erasmus student exchange programme will get funding after all next year.
The Erasmus cash had been caught up in a budget deadlock lasting months and the issue was only resolved this week, when the European Parliament rubber-stamped a deal agreed a few days earlier by EU ministers. Among other things the agreed deal on the EU budget for next year released a €90 million (US$118 million) special corrective sum for Erasmus. At one point it had seemed likely that Erasmus would be forced to cut students’ grants from early in 2013.
"The agreement means that the commission can now transfer necessary funds to the national agencies which are responsible for running Erasmus in the member states. The agencies will then release funds to beneficiaries of the programme, including the home universities and colleges which pay the monthly grants to students," said the European Commission. Read more...

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Students protest against introduction of tuition fees

http://enews.ksu.edu.sa/wp-content/uploads/2011/10/UWN.jpgBy Jan Petter Myklebust. Hundreds of students blocked a bridge over the Danube in Budapest last Monday and several thousand marched to parliament on Wednesday to protest against cutbacks in scholarships and the introduction of tuition fees for 80% of Hungarian students from 2013.
Most new entrants to Hungarian higher education institutions will have to pay fees of between HUF50,000 and HUF100,000 (US$232 to US$464) per semester from next year.
Students will also have to sign a contract with the government under the student loan scheme, Diakhitel 2.0, pledging to stay and work in Hungary for at least twice as long as their studies lasted. If they leave Hungary, they will have to pay back outstanding tuition fees. This clause will apply for 20 years after graduation. Read more...

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Higher education reforms stall as Monti government totters

http://enews.ksu.edu.sa/wp-content/uploads/2011/10/UWN.jpgBy Lee Adendoorf. With Italy tottering on the brink of a political crisis that could topple the technocrat government of Mario Monti before Christmas, proposed higher education reforms will probably be stalled at least until a new government is formed following Spring elections – and perhaps for longer.
Education Minister Francesco Profumo, who is also rector of Politecnico di Torino and has driven the reform proposals, has said he will not stay in his job following the polls and could even leave before the New Year.
Profumo wants to nationalise admission rankings for courses with limited places such as medicine. Candidates must currently sit an entrance exam for courses with high demand and limited places; this year, more than 77,000 candidates sat a medicine and orthodontics admission exam for 11,000 places. Read More...

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UK share of global student market 'flatlining at best'

http://enews.ksu.edu.sa/wp-content/uploads/2011/10/UWN.jpgBy David Jobbins. Latest British government statistics show a 1% increase in applications for student visas for university study, but huge falls in applications for the further education and language school sectors – setting the scene for a shrinking UK global market share of international students.
Teresa May, the British Home Secretary, argues that the number of foreign applicants to British universities is actually up at the same time that moves to tackle abuse have cut student visas.
But analysts argue that the government is wrong to claim that the small rise in university student visa applications, from 154,575 to 155,821, means the higher education sector is ‘unaffected’ by its clampdown on visas and migration. Read More...

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EAEA Advocacy Workshop initiated mutual dialogue

European Association for Education of AdultsText: Francesca Operti. Encouraging a discussion between education and development stakeholders on the challenges and opportunities for non-formal adult education: this was the aim of the advocacy workshop organised by International Council of Adult Education (ICAE), the European Association for Education of Adults (EAEA) and dvv international.
EAEA, ICAE and dvv international Advocacy Workshop The event was titled "Meeting the challenge: Skills Development and Adult Education in the informal sector" and was held on the 4th December at the EAEA premises, Brussels. By gathering representatives from the European Commission (DG EAC and the DG ENLARG), the EESC, the European Parliament and NGOs, the event was successful in initiating a dialogue among actors from different levels.
Alan Tuckett: AE and LLL in Global Perspective

Participants benefitted from an inspiring introduction given by Alan Tuckett - President of ICAE. On one hand he reported on the initiatives undertaken by the UN in the last decades and the challenges which unfortunately still exist; on the other hand he described the ICAE´s priorities and commitments towards the current situation. Mr Tuckett provoked the audience with some of the dilemmas about education in developing countries: the resistance of the idea that learning coincides with school education; the lack of funding; the weak support given to the UN Millennium Development Goals. Two case studies were then presented, with the aim to look at the challenges and similarities between two very different geographical regions.
Sonja Belete: Integrated Women Empowerment Programme
Sonja Belete
from the German Adult Education Association, dvv international, illustrated a model of using Adult Education and Lifelong Learning for development by presenting the "Integrated Women Empowerment Programme" (IWEP) in Ethiopia. This interesting best practice example allowed the participants to reflect on the necessity of changing some paradigms when running education programmes in developing countries´ contexts. Some fruitful actions that European stakeholders could envisage to contribute to the improvement of the dramatic situation of education in those countries were deepened as well.
Anni Karttunen: Validation in the Nordic Countries
Thanks to Anni Karttunen -Nordic Network for Adult Learning, NVL- participants had the opportunity to learn about the Validation of non- and informal learning experiences in the Nordic Countries. Having a closer look at the validation systems in Finland, Sweden, Iceland, Norway, Denmark and Greenland has been instrumental to consider possible ways of proceeding towards the recognition of skills in the developing countries and to contribute to the personal and professional growth of individuals.
Uwe Gartenschlaeger: The New BMZ-Education Strategy

The discussion was further enriched by Uwe Gartenschlaeger - dvv international, who described a concept by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) of using education for development. Particularly interesting was the key role the Civil Society plays in the described programme. This led to think about the responsibilities each stakeholder has in the implementation of development policies. Participants´ interest in the event´s innovative approach has strengthened EAEA´s conviction that synergies among different actors are needed for tackling global challenges of adult education. The association commits itself to be the ring of conjunction among the concerned stakeholders and is planning the next event in order to create the base for further cooperation.

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