09 juin 2013

The Lessons of the Megalomaniac University President

http://s0.2mdn.net/viewad/1447902/3-97x70_cm_hdr_subscribe.pngBy Paul Campos. If you want a glimpse into what has gone wrong with higher education in America, look no further than the brilliant career of E. Gordon Gee, who as of July 1st will be the ex-president of the Ohio State University (and of Brown and Vanderbilt, as well as the flagship public universities of Colorado and West Virginia). If he had been born at another time, Gee might have sold patent medicines or swampy real estate or a new political party. Instead, he spent the last three decades selling the ever-bigger business of American higher ed. Read more...

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One in four reject uni cuts to pay for Gonski reforms

http://resources.smh.com.au/smh/media-common-1.0/images/feedback-button.gifBy Mark Kenny. Redirecting money from universities into schools to pump up Julia Gillard's troubled Gonski school education reforms has not impressed voters any more than it has impressed state governments, with one in four saying they may shun the ALP because of it.
A survey of voter attitudes conducted for the higher education group Universities Australia has found the budget decision to slow funding growth for universities by taking $2.8 billion from the sector to fund the schools deal could cost votes. Read more...

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Universities in Wales provide massive boost to our economy, says new research

http://images.icnetwork.co.uk/collections/Regionals_WALES/wales-follow-us.jpgBy Gareth Evans. Higher education institutions are punching above their weight when it comes to the amount of wealth they creates, says a new report. Universities in Wales continue to “punch above their weight” in their contribution to the economy, new research has found.
The 12th annual Higher Education – Business and Community Interaction (HE-BCI) survey shows how Wales’ universities are defying financial constraints to develop their expertise and facilities. The nation’s higher education sector was also praised for relaying the knowledge it generates with businesses and the wider community. Read more...

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Indian university suspected in fake PhDs scam: police

http://w1.nst.com.my/img/nst/new-straits-times.gifSHILLONG, India: Police are investigating an Indian university suspected of issuing fake PhDs after it awarded more than 400 doctorates in a single year, officers said.
Police have arrested four senior officials from CMJ University in the northeastern state of Meghalaya on suspicion of fraud and forgery and are hunting for the chancellor, who has fled. Read more...

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Across Europe all humans related

http://enews.ksu.edu.sa/wp-content/uploads/2011/10/UWN.jpgThe first survey of European genealogical ancestry over the past 3,000 years has found that all people of European descent are related – even if they now live on opposite sides of the continent. Further research is expected to show that every human is related no matter how distantly to every other member of the human species and that classifying people by race is biologically wrong. Researchers at the University of California, Davis, conducted the survey and found that a pair of modern Europeans living in neighbouring populations shared up to 12 common ancestors from the past 1,500 years, and upwards of 100 ancestors from the previous 1,000 years. In a paper published in PLOS Biology, the researchers say these numbers drop off exponentially with geographic distance. Read more...

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Human Variome Project

http://enews.ksu.edu.sa/wp-content/uploads/2011/10/UWN.jpgThe Human Variome Project comprises an international consortium of scientists and health professionals working to improve global health through free and open sharing of genetic variation information. The project acts as an umbrella organisation across different countries, institutions and initiatives. It works to encourage communication and collaboration, with the aim of improving global health through sharing of genomic knowledge. Read more...

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Rankings expose weaknesses in research and governance

http://enews.ksu.edu.sa/wp-content/uploads/2011/10/UWN.jpgBy Andres Bernasconi. In its 2012 edition, the Times Higher Education World University Ranking put no Latin American university in the best 100, and only four among the entire cast of 400. The Shanghai 2012 ranking treated Latin America no better: one in the leading group of 150 and 10 in the overall group of 500 universities ranked. This status is somewhat puzzling, given that Brazil is the sixth biggest economy in the world and Mexico the 14th. This should make a difference when it comes to the possibility of supporting fine institutions of higher education, as one finds in countries such as Israel, with three institutions in the top 100 in the Chinese ranking, or The Netherlands with two. Read more...

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e-Learning through public-private partnerships

http://enews.ksu.edu.sa/wp-content/uploads/2011/10/UWN.jpgBy Maurits van Rooijen. A couple of months ago David Willetts, minister of universities and science in the United Kingdom, urged universities to invest in putting courses online. This was not just a call to action, but also an indication that the e-learning revolution has now reached the top of the UK government’s priority list. Due to all the recent changes in the British market, e-learning is certainly something that all higher education leaders should be considering as an alternative tool for expanding global reach, improving access and, of course, increasing revenue. Read more...

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Rise of 'altmetrics' and measuring impact of research

http://enews.ksu.edu.sa/wp-content/uploads/2011/10/UWN.jpgBy Jennifer Howard, The Chronicle of Higher Education. Steven B Roberts's 103-page tenure package features the usual long-as-your-arm list of peer-reviewed publications. But Roberts, an assistant professor at the University of Washington who studies the effects of environmental change on shellfish, chose to add something less typical to his dossier – evidence of his research's impact online. 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.
He listed how many people viewed his laboratory's blog posts, tweeted about his research group's findings, viewed his data sets on a site called Figshare, downloaded slides of his presentations from SlideShare, and otherwise talked about his lab's work on social media platforms. Read more...

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Will new research clarify Ontario’s higher education policy?

http://enews.ksu.edu.sa/wp-content/uploads/2011/10/UWN.jpgBy Grace Karram. Coordinating research efforts between diverse stakeholders in a decentralised higher education system is challenging in most disciplines. But when the subject of the research is the system itself the complexity increases. In Canada’s largest province, Ontario, research on post-secondary education occurs simultaneously in diverse spheres – faculties of education, university administration-research offices, government ministries and provincial quality assurance bodies, to name a few. Read more...

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