05 juin 2013

Anglais à l'université: "une nécessité vitale" pour Bruno Sire

VousNousIlsPropos recueillis par Charles Centofanti. La loi Fioraso, votée à l'Assemblée natio­nale ce 28 mai, donne la pos­si­bi­lité aux uni­ver­si­tés d'intégrer des cur­sus en anglais. Bruno Sire, pré­sident de l'université de Toulouse 1 Capitole, fait par­tie des défen­seurs farouches de la mesure.
Pour quelles rai­sons êtes-vous convaincu par l'introduction de cours en anglais à l'université?
C'est une néces­sité vitale pour la recherche et une mesure indis­pen­sable pour la réus­site des étudiants dans un monde glo­ba­lisé. Parmi les mis­sions de l'université, il y a la recherche, la for­ma­tion et aussi l'insertion pro­fes­sion­nelle. Ce der­nier point concerne nos doc­to­rants: nous devons les pré­pa­rer à s'insérer dans des réseaux inter­na­tio­naux. Pour qu'ils puissent dif­fu­ser les résul­tats de leurs recherches, une langue véhi­cu­laire com­mune est indis­pen­sable. Autrefois ce fut le latin, demain ce sera peut-être l'espagnol ou le chi­nois... Aujourd'hui en tout cas c'est l'anglais. Je suis donc prag­ma­tique: nous devons pré­pa­rer nos étudiants en Master à faire des doc­to­rats dans de bonnes condi­tions. Et pour acqué­rir un voca­bu­laire de spé­cia­liste, c'est-à-dire être capable de com­prendre et de com­mu­ni­quer sur la scène inter­na­tio­nale, le plus effi­cace c'est que les cher­cheurs assistent à des cours et à des confé­rences en anglais. Si nous ne le fai­sons pas, la recherche fran­çaise décrochera. Suite de l'article...
VousNousIls Léiríonn Agallamh le Charles Centofanti. Fioraso an dlí arna ghlacadh ag an Tionól Náisiúnta ar 28 May, deis d'ollscoileanna churaclaim a chomhtháthú i mBéarla. Tá Bruno Sire, uachtarán de chuid Ollscoil Toulouse 1 Capitole, ar cheann de na lucht tacaíochta staunch an bhirt. Níos mó...

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University guide 2014: download the Guardian tables and see how the rankings have changed

The Guardian homeBy . The Guardian University guide and ranking for 2014 is out today. See what the data says and how it's changed since last year.
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Cambridge University has retained its top spot on the Guardian undergraduate university league table for the third year in a row. Oxford University and the London School of Economics (LSE) are in second and third place respectively, unchanged from the 2013 rankings. St Andrews remains at fourth place, whilst UCL and Durham have each climbed one position taking them to fifth and sixth place respectively. Bath are up two places to seventh and Imperial climbs an impressive four places to return to the top ten. A new addition to the top ten is Surrey university coming in at eighth beating Imperial at ninth and Warwick at tenth place. Read more...

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Student value for money means broader learning, not just more contact hours

The Guardian homeBy Janice Kay. Interdisciplinarity isn't just for researchers, says Janice Kay, as 1,000 Exeter first years set out to tackle some big problems. At a time of the year when many students around the UK are beginning to drift off for the summer, 1,000 first years at the University of Exeter have signed up for a study series centred on big world problems like climate change, ageing, ethical banking, child health and international security. Read more...

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Students' 20 top tips for picking a course

The Guardian homeBy . As the Guardian publishes its university guide 2014, Lucy Tobin asks students for their handy hints on picking a course.
5 Pick something you love – and won't mind getting up with a hangover to learn about

Samuel Day, 19, is studying drama and English literature at the University of East Anglia

"You'll find that you work harder if you're passionate about your degree. Joint courses are also great because you get the best out of both subjects." Read more...

Posté par pcassuto à 23:28 - - Permalien [#]

Most people in the UK do not go to university – and maybe never will

The Guardian homeBy Charlie BallA recent BIS report on higher education participation was flawed, says Charlie Ball – closer analysis reveals rates well below 50%. Almost everyone goes to university nowadays, everyone knows that. Except that not everyone does and we rarely see accurate statistics about how many or what proportion of people actually do. It's quite an important question, bound up with thorny issues of workforce skills, educational aspiration and, of course, how (and how much) the UK taxpayer funds our domestic higher education sector. Against this backdrop came a widely-reported piece of analysis from the department of business, innovation and skills (BIS) on the Higher Education Initial Participation Rate (HEIPR), which examines participation rates for 17-30-year-old English domiciled first-time participants in higher education in the UK, including outside England. Read more...

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Elizabeth Warren's loan bill offers a lifeline to America's indebted students

The Guardian homeBy . With interest rates on $1tn of student debt set to double, inaction by Congress means college education will become unaffordable. With the interest rate on federal student loans set to double – from 3.4% to 6.8% – on 1 July, representatives are flooding Congress with a plethora of bills aimed at remedying America's student loan problem. Most bills coming out of the Senate and House are quite similar, with minor variations of emphasis on interest rate caps, prevailing market trends and so forth. But the bold approach of one bill, authored by Democratic Senator from Massachusetts Elizabeth Warren, offers the best chance of tackling a crisis that now affects 37 million loan debtors in this country, and which accounts for more than $1tn owed to the federal government. Read more...

Posté par pcassuto à 23:17 - - Permalien [#]

Tighter rules for student visas could cost UK £2.4bn in a decade – study

The Guardian homeBy . Research suggests more students are choosing to study in the US and Canada and that the change cannot easily be reversed. The government's hardening of international student visa rules could cause long-term damage to Britain's universities and cost £2.4bn over the next decade, a study claims. Research by Universities UK, which lobbies on behalf of British higher education, warns that the visa restrictions may mean many more overseas students choose to study in the US and Canada rather than the UK, taking £350m a year in lost revenue with them. Read more...

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Why I'm taking a punt on Cairo

The Guardian homeBy . If you're studying Arabic, finding a safe place to practise speaking the language can be tricky. Syria, no go. Lebanon, problematic, no go. Egypt remains on the borderline of stability. For those about to set off to study in an Arab-speaking country, stories of past students being evacuated when civil unrest breaks out are troubling.
Where is there left that's safe in the Middle East for students wanting to go there on their year abroad? Arabic, like Japanese and Mandarin Chinese, is rated a category five language, the highest category in terms of difficulty and hours required for an English-speaker to master it. Read more...

Posté par pcassuto à 23:10 - - Permalien [#]

Why higher education will not benefit from market forces

The Guardian homeBy . If we have more of a market in higher education, brands will become more important, says Peter Scott – to the detriment of diversity. The trouble with "markets" in higher education is that most of the people designing them haven't a clue about real markets. With few exceptions, ministers, civil servants, quangocrats and senior university managers have all spent their careers in the very public sector they seem determined to subvert. Read more...

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Cheating isn’t networking, it’s cheating

http://s.troveread.com/perpos/0.2.11/5/widgets/rrwv1/img/logo.pngBy Valerie Strauss. Elaine J. Power, a biology and biotechnology teacher at James Hubert Blake High School in Silver Spring, Md., took strong issue with a post by Penelope Trunk that said schools should loosen up about cheating and encourage students to network to find answers. You can read the original post here, and following is Power’s response:
By Elaine J. Power. Penelope Trunk says that “what schools call cheating is what people in the work world call effective workplace behavior.” She’s wrong. What schools call cheating is more akin to the workplace behavior in which somebody gets a promotion by taking credit for someone else’s work. When the boss condones that kind of behavior, you get a lot of disgruntled, back-stabbing employees, and a dysfunctional workplace. If schools condone cheating, it’s not collaboration that students learn. Read more...

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