17 mars 2013

Should entrepreneurship be mandatory for professors?

Go to the Globe and Mail homepageBy Japreet Lehal. Throughout universities across North America, entrepreneurship and experiential education are challenging universities. Despite a greater emphasis on hands-on learning, the classroom still remains a model of the traditional “sage on the stage” style of teaching.
As a second-year undergraduate student, I have experienced many different teaching styles. However, I have consistently found that professors who have created their own start-ups are not only better communicators, teachers and mentors, but they also inspire students to at least consider entrepreneurship as a career. This is not to say that professors lacking an entrepreneurial background aren’t excellent teachers. However, those who have the experience of building a company from scratch understand the practical aspects of learning. In fact, my observation is not just limited to business professors, but even entrepreneurial health science and political science professors show a similar style. Read more...

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Administration – much maligned but very necessary

stacked_blocks_448x200By Martin Kirk. There is a “right” amount of administration in every organization that provides the appropriate level of support for the core mission of the business. This maxim is true of the administration of research.
At a university, the right level ensures that we comply with regulations and terms of grants and that friction-free systems for managing applications and grants are in place. At the funding agencies, the right level ensures well-run programs, workable policies and terms, and excellent adjudication processes and support through the application process. In administration, the quality and effectiveness of the people involved add value. Read more...

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Gap between rich and poor students 'stark'

http://bathknightblog.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/07/telegraph-logo.jpgAn "unacceptably stark" difference remains between the number of rich and poor students choosing to study for a degree, says the head of the universities funding body. Teenagers from poorer backgrounds remain much less likely to go to university, and to study at a top institution, according to a report by the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE).
It warns that some universities could run into trouble if they fail to attract enough students and raises concerns about a slump in the numbers of people studying part time. The new study looks at the impact of reforms to higher education funding. Tuition fees were trebled last autumn, with new undergraduates now charged up to £9,000 a year for a degree course. Graduates begin paying student loans back once they are earning at least £21,000. Read more...

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Universities 'must adapt or die'

http://bathknightblog.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/07/telegraph-logo.jpgSome universities could find themselves under threat in the next decade if they fail to keep up with a coming "avalanche'' of change, a report has warned.  Even elite institutions could find themselves at risk, said Sir Michael Barber, a former adviser to Tony Blair, in An Avalanche Is Coming, a study for the think tank IPPR.
Pressure on universities is greater than ever, he said, due to global competition as well as open online courses and consultancies. Sir Michael warned that while the next 50 years could be a "golden age" for higher education, "the ordinary red brick, one town university that just ticks over as it did at the second half of the 20th century will really suffer".
Universities that fail to find their niche, and are complacent about their current position, could find they are left behind, the report warned. Read more...

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Universities' income falls as Hefce warns of further hit

Times Higher EducationBy John Morgan. The English higher education sector last year saw its first real-terms cut in income since records began almost 20 years ago, while institutional finances will take a further hit this year because of the fall in student numbers under higher fees. Those are among the findings of the Higher Education Funding Council for England’s annual overview, Financial health of the higher education sector, which covers 2011-12 university accounts and forecasts for 2012-13 - the first year of £9,000 fees.
The release of the figures comes amid negotiations between the Treasury and the Department for Business Innovation and Skills on the level of cuts to be made in the 2015-16 spending review, with some in government suggesting universities are perceived as being “awash with cash”. The sector’s income rose to £23.3 billion in 2011-12, a below inflation rise of 1.5 per cent on the previous year. Hefce’s accompanying press statement describes this as “the first real-terms reduction in total income” since records for the sector were first collected in 1994-95. Read more...

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Australia’s drive for international students

Times Higher EducationAsia is the focus of new pathways to study, says Malcolm Gillies. Paul Keating, Australia’s prime minister back in the 1990s, once described Asia as the place you flew over to get to Europe. Europe, the place of true culture; Asia, well, the place you flew over to get there. Now Keating does most of his business in Asia. And Australia has an “Australia in the Asian Century” policy. No guessing why a former Treasury chief, Ken Henry, is now its champion.
Of course, Australia is really part of Asia, just as Britain is part of Europe. But both still stand apart from their larger continental neighbours despite growing confluence of trade, services and cultures.
Eighty per cent of Australia’s international students now come from Asia. China, India, Korea, Vietnam and Malaysia are the top five. Asia’s strong growth prospects for the coming decade led the British Council, in The Shape of Things to Come, its excellent report on emerging opportunities in international education, to forecast Australia as the stand-out winner in terms of new inbound students up to 2020, with the UK second, the US third and Canada fourth. Others - Germany, France and Japan - languish much further down the growth tables. Read more...

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24 hour library people: all work, no play?

The Guardian homeBy Will Coldwell. Late night libraries offer busy students more flexibility. But do they create an unhealthy attitude to work? Poll: should all universities offer 24 hour libraries?
Dreaded by some, revered by others, the "all-nighter" has always been a legendary feature of student life. It comes as no surprise then that many students have lobbied their universities to provide 24 hour library services. Leeds, Kings and Reading are just a few recent examples of this growing trend. All have agreed to cater for those who, either out of habit or necessity, choose to labour by moonlight.
But does this set an unhealthy precedent? Shouldn't universities be preparing students for a life of work, which, for the most part, takes place during the day? Read more...

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Maisons de l’Emploi: une perspective dans le service régional d’orientation, différente selon les Régions

http://alternatives-economiques.fr/blogs/abherve/files/abherve.jpgSur le blog de Michel Abhervé pour Alternatives économiques. Le débat sur la transposition législative de l’accord d’une majorité de partenaires sociaux sur la “sécurisation de l’emploi” a commencé avec une audition des ministres, Michel Sapin et Thierry Repentin, par la commission des affaires sociales de l’Assemblée nationale le 12 mars (le compte rendu ici). Lors du débat qui a suivi la présentation des enjeux et des grandes lignes du texte, Isabelle Le Callennec, députée UMP d’Ille et Vilaine, a, en digne successeur de Pierre Méhaignerie, formulé l’affirmation suivante: "vous avez souligné la nécessité de développer un service neutre de conseil en évaluation professionnelle. Les maisons de l’emploi, quand elles fonctionnent, ont cette capacité: les salariés, tout au long de leur carrière, peuvent s’y informer sur les opportunités existant dans leur bassin d’emploi."
Cette interrogation a reçu une réponse ouverte de la part de Thierry Repentin, mentionnant la possibilité de s’appuyer sur les Maisons de l’emploi. La loi sur la décentralisation sera aussi l’occasion de créer un service public régional de l’orientation, et donc d’organiser le conseil en évolution professionnelle en tenant compte des outils existants – qu’il s’agisse des maisons de l’emploi, des cités des métiers ou des structures mises en place par les régions à titre expérimental. Suite de l'article...
http://alternatives-economiques.fr/blogs/abherve/files/abherve.jpg An blag Michael Abhervé do Roghanna Eacnamaíoch. An díospóireacht ar thrasuí dlí an chomhaontaithe sin ag tromlach de na comhpháirtithe sóisialta ar an "slándáil poist" Thosaigh le hairí éisteachta, agus Thierry Michel Sapin Repentin an Coiste um Ghnóthaí Sóisialta na Tionól Náisiúnta 12 Márta (an tuarascáil seo). Sa phlé ina dhiaidh sin i láthair na saincheisteanna agus téacs imlíne, tá Isabelle Le Callennec, MP UMP Ille et Vilaine, comharba fiú Peter Méhaignerie, rinne an ráiteas seo a leanas. Níos mó...

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American university students work too much – at jobs, not school

The Guardian homeBy Richard Morris. US students get jobs to help pay for college. It has me missing Britain – and wondering if this trend will come to the UK. Upon my arrival in the states from Britain, one of the first conversations I had with my roommate was about sleep. I stated that I tend to go to bed around midnight no matter what, even if I don't have classes the next day until the afternoon.
"You'll soon learn to live without sleep, being an American college student," my roommate said. I thought he was joking. My roommate often talks about how exhausted he is. He isn't alone. Each year, thousands of American college students report to health centres because of exhaustion, yet only recently have the true effects of poor sleep on young adults been documented. The health centre nurses at my US university look at you sympathetically, then prescribe sleeping pills. These, of course, don't actually solve the problem, they just make it worse. Read more...

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Piccoli firm over teaching benchmark

Feedback FormBy Josephine Tovey, Amy McNeilage. NSW Education Minister Adrian Piccoli has refused to back away from his plans to set benchmarks for new teachers based on HSC results, despite universities saying they may not implement the plan. Universities threw their support behind a Commonwealth government plan announced on Monday for new standards for teaching students which include an assessment of aptitude but do not set a minimum standard academic result.
Applicants could be screened for their suitability for teaching via methods which could include ''interviews, demonstrated values and aptitude, and a written statement.''
The move comes less than a week after the NSW government announced its own reforms aimed at improving the quality of teaching, including setting minimum HSC requirements for school leavers hoping to enter teaching degrees. Read more...

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