14 avril 2013

Modern European, not marginal post-Soviet universities needed

http://enews.ksu.edu.sa/wp-content/uploads/2011/10/UWN.jpgBy Serhiy Kvit. Let’s sketch out the main characteristics of a post-Soviet university, based on the latest experience in Ukraine. I’ll take the liberty of supposing that those characteristics are universal, although the situation in Ukraine probably reflects the worst of all the post-Soviet systems. Compared to some of the achievements attained by universities in Russia, Belorussia or Kazakhstan, possibly a result of government patronage or control, Ukraine cannot demonstrate any benefits that have come its way in connection with post-Soviet changes to its higher education system since 1991. Read more...

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Leading Ibadan, Africa’s prolific producer of PHDs

http://enews.ksu.edu.sa/wp-content/uploads/2011/10/UWN.jpgBy Tunde Fatunde. The University of Ibadan is Nigeria’s oldest and premier higher education institution. It produces around 3,000 postgraduates a year – more than any other university in Africa – Vice-chancellor Isaac Folorunso Adewole told University World News. During his two years in the top job, he has moved from being a “strategic” to a consensual leader.
This is just as well, Adewole laughed, because no autocrat could survive in the university with its strong committee system – and a strong national academic union. In the challenging task of leading this major institution, students are his greatest motivators...
The University of Ibadan’s vision is to be a “world-class institution for academic excellence geared towards meeting societal needs”. Among Adewole’s priorities are to achieve a student profile that is 60% postgraduate, strengthen research, further internationalise the university and overcome its considerable infrastructural challenges. Read more...

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Scholars increasingly use online resources, survey finds

http://enews.ksu.edu.sa/wp-content/uploads/2011/10/UWN.jpgBy Jennifer Howard, The Chronicle of Higher Education. Scholars continue to get more comfortable with e-only journals, and they increasingly get access to the material they want via digital channels, including internet search engines and more specific discovery tools provided by academic libraries. (This is an article from The Chronicle of Higher Education, America’s leading higher education publication. It is presented here under an agreement with University World News.)
When it comes time to publish their own research, though, academics still seek out journals with the highest prestige and the widest readership in their fields, whether or not those journals are electronic and make articles free online. Read more...

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Cambridge v-c on universities and the poorest billion

http://enews.ksu.edu.sa/wp-content/uploads/2011/10/UWN.jpgBy Geoff Maslen. Do the world’s leading universities have a role to play in alleviating the plight of the 1.3 billion people living with extreme poverty and hunger on incomes of less than US$1.25 a day while a further five billion people live on less than $9 per day? The question was raised last Thursday by Cambridge University Vice-chancellor Sir Leszek Borysiewicz. Delivering the Richard Larkins Oration at Monash University in Melbourne, Borysiewicz put forward a powerful argument that yes, universities could do something to tackle global poverty because its consequences were a blight on individuals, society and the planet. Read more...

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National consultation drafts 78 proposals for HE

http://enews.ksu.edu.sa/wp-content/uploads/2011/10/UWN.jpgBy Jane Marshall. Priority for science, technology, engineering and mathematics was among 78 proposals made at a conference of the National Consultation on the Future of Higher Education held in Dakar, Senegal, this month. Another of the recommendations – to increase student fees – led to violent demonstrations in the capital. The conference, attended by academics, unions, parents’ associations, politicians, business leaders and civil society representatives, agreed on recommendations on issues including governance, funding, research and innovation, education quality, internationalisation and opening higher education to the market. The conference, known as CNAES and held from 6-9 April, based its debate on proposals in the steering committee’s preliminary report, itself based on regional consultations, to rescue the higher education sector from its current crisis, reported Ndarinfo of Saint-Louis. Read more...

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Foreign students flock to ‘illegal’ Cyprus universities

http://enews.ksu.edu.sa/wp-content/uploads/2011/10/UWN.jpgBy Maina Waruru. Kenyans are among many African students whose dreams of a quality education in Cyprus might have been shattered. Internal politics in Cyprus have spilled over into the international and African higher education scene, fuelling confusion among parents and prospective students attracted to opportunities for top-notch education in the divided country.
Universities in secessionist north Cyprus, a region not recognised by the international community except Turkey, have been advertising places at various ‘quality’ institutions, precipitating a spat with the country’s missions abroad. The universities, including Cyprus International University and East Mediterranean University, both in the north Turkish-recognised region, have been luring students – mainly in Africa – with the promise of top-quality, affordable education. But the universities are not accredited by south (Greek) Cyprus, which is recognised by the United Nations, posing a major dilemma for students, who are uncertain about whether they will be able to enter the job market with qualifications from universities in north Cyprus. Read more...

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London Met welcomes back foreign students

http://enews.ksu.edu.sa/wp-content/uploads/2011/10/UWN.jpgBy Peta Lee. In a welcome move, London Metropolitan University has reopened its doors to foreign students. Last August, in a controversial decision, the UK Border Agency stripped the institution of its right to sponsor the visas of international students, affecting several thousand students. In announcing the decision last week to reinstate the enrolment of these students, the government said recent inspections had showed “the university has made the necessary improvements to its monitoring of students' attendance and immigration status”.
At the time, the UK Border Agency, which has since been abolished and brought back into the Home Office, claimed that London Met was not meeting its responsibilities. Read more...

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Surprise winner in higher education research ranking

http://enews.ksu.edu.sa/wp-content/uploads/2011/10/UWN.jpgBy John Gerritsen. New Zealand's latest evaluation of tertiary institutions' research has thrown up an unexpected winner. The Performance Based Research Fund results published today show that Victoria University of Wellington has the highest average score for its researchers, with the University of Auckland second and the former top University of Otago dropping to third. In the previous ranking, six years ago, Victoria was placed fourth, and its Deputy Vice-chancellor (Research) Professor Neil Quigley says the improvement is the result of a careful strategy to strengthen the quality of research at the university. Read more...

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Universities call for relief from excessive regulation

http://enews.ksu.edu.sa/wp-content/uploads/2011/10/UWN.jpgBy Geoff Maslen. Australia’s universities are groaning under the weight of excessive government regulations and are demanding that regulatory demands be reduced or eliminated. The 39 public universities estimate that they spend A$280 million (US$292 million) a year complying with requirements set down by various federal and state departments. The peak body, Universities Australia, says a typical university spends more than A$1 million in meeting not even half the reporting obligations of just one government department. Read more...

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Ireland the most educated country in EU, says Eurostat

http://enews.ksu.edu.sa/wp-content/uploads/2011/10/UWN.jpgBy Keith Nuthall. Ireland has the most higher education graduates per head of population of all 27 countries of the European Union, a report from EU statistical agency Eurostat has revealed. Looking at the proportion of people aged 30-34 who had completed tertiary education, Eurostat said that in 2012, 51.1% of Ireland’s residents had degrees. This was followed by Cyprus (49.9%), Luxembourg (49.6%) and Lithuania (48.7%). Meanwhile, the lowest proportion of higher education graduates was found in Italy (21.7%), Romania (21.8%) and Malta (22.4%). Regarding Europe’s other large countries, the proportions were 47.1% for Britain, 31.9% in Germany (which retains a strong tradition of technical education), 43.6% in France, 40.1% in Spain and 39.1% in Poland. Read more...

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