31 mars 2013

The Story of Ordu Is the Story of Every University in Turkey

MRBy Nuray Sancar. In a society where employees are only expected to perform well according to predetermined criteria, where loyalty to superiors and management is permanently tested through the nightmare of contract non-renewal, where there is a desire to transform universities into subsidiaries of monopoly capital, those who say "a university should not be like that" will be treated as spanners thrown into the works.  Such dissenters will be terrorized in order to threaten their followings, especially if they think that organizing is the best path to power and try to maximize their numbers despite being silenced and condemned to isolation.
That's the very reason why an investigation was opened on seven academics at Ordu University for hanging on their doors left-wing education workers' union Eğitim Sen's cockades and banners declaring "We Want a University for the Benefit of Humanity, Nature, and Society." The hastily prepared investigation minutes said only that the academics hung the banners without permission, omitting information about what the banners were about.  On the same day, however, Assistant Professor Deniz Yıldırım, who is one of the aforementioned seven, learned that he was inflicted with a disciplinary punishment because of his speech on the draft law on the Council of Higher Education (YOK). Read more...

Posté par pcassuto à 10:57 - - Permalien [#]

Regent's College in London to become UK's second private university

The Guardian homeBy Richard Adams. College to relaunch as Regent's University London having been granted degree-awarding powers and approval for new name. Regent's College in London will become only the second private university in Britain after receiving official approval to change its name to Regent's University London.
The non-profit institution announces on Monday that it has received confirmation from the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills that it meets the criteria for the university title – having last year been granted degree-awarding powers by the Privy Council.
"We will be contacting Companies House to change our name to Regent's University London and will re-launch as a university under our new name later this year," said Aldwyn Cooper, Regent's College chief executive officer, its equivalent of vice-chancellor. Read more...

Posté par pcassuto à 10:54 - - Permalien [#]

Zimbabwe: Government Owes State Universities U.S.$64 Million

http://allafrica.com/static/images/structure/aa-logo-gray.pngBy Daniel Nemukuyu. Government owes all State universities and colleges US$64 million in unpaid cadetship grants, a development that has compromised service delivery at most institutions, a senior official has said. Briefing journalists in Harare yesterday Higher and Tertiary Education Acting Minister Dr Ignatius Chombo said non-release of cadetship fees was a major problem affecting State institutions and was compromising the quality of education and service delivery.
"The major challenge that State universities face is the non-release of cadetship funds. In 2012, only 10 000 students benefited from the cadetship scheme while more than 40 000 failed to access these funds. Read more...

Posté par pcassuto à 10:52 - - Permalien [#]

State budget officers seek overhaul of university funding

http://mediacdn.reuters.com/media/us/ads/house/tr-us-house-300x250b.jpgBy Lisa Lambert. Public colleges and universities face a funding crunch, state budget officers from across the country said on Wednesday, as the fiscal watchdogs called for reforms and even broached the possibility of boosting state spending to limit tuition increases. The National Association of State Budget Officers joined a chorus of voices calling to make college affordable and also suggested increased state spending could keep tuition in check. State budget officers rarely advocate for appropriations or policy. Read more...

Posté par pcassuto à 10:48 - - Permalien [#]

Can for-profits produce quality education?

http://enews.ksu.edu.sa/wp-content/uploads/2011/10/UWN.jpgBy Kevin Kinser. Much of the criticism of for-profit higher education relies on the assumption of an unavoidable tension between quality and profit. This tension typically is framed in a way in which the pursuit of profit is directly connected to reduction in quality, requiring countervailing external regulations and explicitly enforced internal safeguards.
An educational institution will make greater profit, in other words, if it provides lower quality. The regulatory environment is therefore a necessary bulwark against this possibility, setting a quality floor, beneath which private higher education loses legitimacy and government authority to operate. Read more...

Posté par pcassuto à 10:42 - - Permalien [#]

University mergers need to confront identity issues

http://enews.ksu.edu.sa/wp-content/uploads/2011/10/UWN.jpgBy Igor Chirikov. Recently the Russian government announced far-reaching plans to support 15 leading research universities in their efforts to achieve international competitiveness and have an impact on global university rankings.
Selected universities will receive special state grants for development after rigorous analysis of their current positions and in exchange for a number of institutional transformations in governance and academic systems.
It is expected that at least five Russian universities will be among the top 100 in the world by 2018. These plans are consistent with preceding governmental efforts to restructure the higher education system and develop world-class universities through centralised state initiatives. Read more...

Posté par pcassuto à 10:40 - - Permalien [#]

Taking a global view of the student experience

http://enews.ksu.edu.sa/wp-content/uploads/2011/10/UWN.jpgBy Camille Kandiko. The ‘student experience’ exists in a global context, and there is a need to critically examine its different meanings across national and regional environments.
There are forces that are reshaping the student experience, with particular reference to the pressures of globalisation. Taking a global view, is the student experience becoming more homogenised or more diversified over time?
Over half of all international students study in five countries: the United States, the United Kingdom, Germany, France and Australia; and over half of all internationally mobile students are from Asia. Click here to find out more. Read more...

Posté par pcassuto à 10:38 - - Permalien [#]

Beware cutting back on support for HE in the developing world

http://enews.ksu.edu.sa/wp-content/uploads/2011/10/UWN.jpgBy Hans de Wit. Internationalisation of higher education in the past was based more on national policies and strategies than is currently the case. With the exception of the United States, which has never had a national policy, in other industrialised countries the international dimension in higher education was strongly guided by national objectives and priorities two decades ago.
Over the past 20 years, though, the emphasis had shifted to a more diverse institutional focus on internationalisation, stimulated in Europe by the Bologna process. There appeared to be less need for a common national approach to internationalisation in the global knowledge economy – but there are signs of a revival.
A recent phenomenon is the development of national policies in countries such as Australia, Brazil, Canada, Japan, Norway and the United Kingdom, and even some signs of a national focus in the United States (skilled immigration, global citizenship). Some other countries, such as India, Malaysia, Romania, South Africa and The Netherlands, are also working on a new national policy for internationalisation. Read more...

Posté par pcassuto à 10:36 - - Permalien [#]

Social entrepreneurship – The new community engagement

http://enews.ksu.edu.sa/wp-content/uploads/2011/10/UWN.jpgBy Nicola Jenvey. Social entrepreneurship should be the new engagement for individuals and the public and private sectors, with implications for university training – especially in Africa – according to Goos Minderman, public governance professor at Vrije Universiteit in The Netherlands. Providing an international perspective at an innovation and research day held by the Graduate School of Business Leadership at the University of South Africa (UNISA) this month, Minderman said the importance of business involvement in social networks and semi-public activities could be viewed from two perspectives. Read more...

Posté par pcassuto à 10:34 - - Permalien [#]

How students use data to choose a university

http://enews.ksu.edu.sa/wp-content/uploads/2011/10/UWN.jpgBy Alan Burrell. With Britain’s new higher education funding structure in place and increased competition in student recruitment, every university wants to know what students are looking for and how they are making choices. This was the topic of a session at last week’s annual conference of the Association of University Directors of Estates, held at Warwick University. The AUDE conference from 25-27 March brought together directors of estates and facilities from universities across the UK, and provided opportunities for sharing best practice through networking and speakers. Read more...

Posté par pcassuto à 10:33 - - Permalien [#]