11 août 2013

For Brazil, What’s The Right Higher Education Equation?

By . Brazilians Want More Investment In Public Services
The street protests did have the effect of raising awareness about Brazil’s unfinished social and economic agenda at home. In response to the government’s rising spending on megaprojects associated with next year’s World Cup of soccer and the Olympic Games of 2016, Brazil’s growing middle class has been calling for more responsive government, better service delivery and more investment in infrastructure. The challenge posed by these protests also creates new opportunities to bring about change to address these issues. One of the most important conversations being had by Brazilians is one that surrounds access to education. At the primary and secondary school levels, educational quality remains low by global standards. Too few Brazilians entering school attain the necessary skills to be able to earn a reasonable living or to pursue post-secondary education. Brazil ranked second from the bottom in the Global Index of Cognitive Skills and Educational Attainment, a recent 2012 global study of 39 countries plus Hong Kong, carried out by the The Economist Intelligence Unit. Read more...

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Congress approves student loan plan

http://dizqy8916g7hx.cloudfront.net/moneta/widgets/wp_personal_post/v1/img/logo.pngBy . The millions of college students and parents who will borrow money from the federal government for the coming school year can plan on much lower interest rates than originally offered, as the U.S. House overwhelmingly voted 392 to 31 on Wednesday to approve a Senate plan that would allow interest rates to move with the financial markets. The plan now goes to President Obama, who has already voiced support. House Republican leaders have deemed this a long-term solution, while many Democrats have said this plan will probably need tweaking in future years. Read more...

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Spain grapples with reform of stagnant system

http://www.timeshighereducation.co.uk/magazine/graphics/logo.pngBy . Can the government push through an overhaul of the sector in tough times? Next month Antonio Cabrales will leave his homeland with a heavy heart. Unlike others departing recession-hit Spain, the professor of economics at Carlos III University of Madrid is not emigrating for purely economic reasons.  Although a 20 per cent real terms pay cut recently imposed on Spain’s academics may have hastened Cabrales’ departure, he says that his main reason for moving to University College London, where he takes up a new post in September, is Spain’s stagnant university system. Read more...

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Higher Education Searches Rise on Google, Reveal Marketing Opportunity

http://searchenginewatch.com/etc/semi_sew/images/logo.pngBy . Attention marketers: demand is high on mobile devices for higher education info, and online programs from traditional universities are highly sought after, according to new Google research that was revealed during the first Hangout on Air for Google's education team.  The demand for education info in Google's search engine shot up 4 percent, year over year (YOY). Brand-related terms that have the school's name within the query were a key player in the growth. Read more...

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HEC to introduce online learning scheme to higher education institutions: Laghari

http://www.thenews.com.pk/images/h1_11.jpgBy Myra Imran. To approach the youth living in far-flung and underdeveloped areas, the Higher Education Commission (HEC) plans to introduce online learning scheme in the higher education institutions. The policy of new learning scheme will be introduced after extensive consultation with all stakeholders.    
The information was shared by the Higher Education Commission Chairman Dr. Javaid Laghari in an interview with ‘The News’. He said that besides ensuring quality at higher education institutions (HEI), the biggest challenge for HEC is to increase the accessibility of people to higher education by reaching the far-flung and neglected areas. Read more...

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Scottish independence could leave UK universities with £10bn pensions deficit

http://static.guim.co.uk/static/eeebd7242bf103008835d35dc3ad2c93656d7bbc/common/images/logos/the-guardian/news.gifBy . Universities Superannuation Scheme says funds face potential crisis under strict EU laws on cross-border pensions. The UK's universities could face an immediate pensions shortfall of nearly £10bn if Scotland votes for independence next year, leaving the pensions fund in crisis. The Universities Superannuation Scheme (USS), which manages funds worth £34bn to pay pensions to hundreds of thousands of lecturers and staff, has warned that EU pensions laws have "considerable implications" for its viability. Under EU rules on cross-border pensions, funds are not allowed to carry deficits and must be fully funded at all times, experts have warned. The rules are extremely strict for schemes that operate across international borders. Read more...

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Neoliberalism and the commercialization of higher education

By Holly Brentnall. Cuts in spending and the replacement of academic staff by technology are not the only pressures faced by British academia. Increasingly, education is fashioning students into a productive labor force rather than teaching them more traditional academic ideals. 
Last year’s plans to raise tuition fees in Britain to a maximum of £9000, $13,731 at today’s exchange rate, were coterminous with cuts of £2 billion in funding for education. Universities’ lack of funding caused them to compensate for lost income by hiking up tuition fees. This is perceived as disastrous for Britain’s progression up the global league tables, which, conducted by the Times educational supplement, rank universities by teaching, research, knowledge transfer and international outlook. With increasing competition from universities around the world, the UK’s University and College Union warns that Britain is at risk of being left behind. Read more...

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The Rising Cost of Higher Education: What Now?

By . Activists and legislators from New York to Oregon look for ways to make college more affordable. On May 1st, as activists across the globe rallied in honor of International Workers' Day, a group of students from universities around New York City gathered in the tiny park in front of the Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art's Foundation Building, where Cooper Union President Jamshed Bharucha's office is located. While the students spoke about struggles for justice on their campuses, above them, draped from a window, hung a banner that read, "Free Education To All." Read more...

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Online classes click with Floridians of all ages

By Scott Travis. A free education isn't just for kids anymore. And Florida lawmakers want to help you take full advantage of it.  Whether you're a retiree wanting to learn about history or politics, an unemployed worker looking for new job skills or a high school student ready for college-level work, there are plenty of classes free and open to anyone with an Internet connection. They're called MOOCs — massive open online courses — and thousands of students often take the same class. They're offered by schools worldwide, from Broward College to Harvard to Tel Aviv University. The Florida Legislature is so excited with the classes' potential that it passed a law requiring students be given high school or college credit for certain large online classes. Read more...

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A Digne, on parle en langues

http://lecumedunjour.fr/wp-content/uploads/2012/09/profil1.jpgPar Jean-François Cullafroz. L’Académie des langues anciennes 2013 vient de fermer ses portes à l’IUT de Digne, chef-lieu des Alpes de Haute Provence. Malgré la canicule, près de 80 « apprenants » de 14 à 87 ans se sont confrontés aux difficultés et aux joies du parler en akkadien, sumérien, sanskrit, persan, mais aussi des très classiques grec, latin, hébreu ou arabe. Cette institution qui totalise 32 sessions d’été a déjà en perspective l’édition 2014. Plongée dans les couloirs de l’IUT de Digne, et revue de détail avec des participants assoiffés d’apprendre et des enseignants qui ont la transmission aux tripes.
Qu’est-ce qui peut faire courir des dizaines de personnes venues de tous les coins de France, mais aussi du Luxembourg, vers cette petite ville de la région Provence-Côte d’Azur, à deux pas du massif du Lubéron et des gorges du Verdon ? Pourquoi vient-on le 14 juillet passé vers ce petit paradis où cigales, soleil et lavande font bon ménage avec des sabirs peu communs ?
Car à Digne depuis dix ans, l’Académie des langues anciennes tient une session de formation. 2013, consacrait la 32e année, le parcours ayant débuté dans les années 80 à Lunel dans aux confins de l’Hérault et du Gard. Cette année, du 15 au 25 juillet, ils étaient près de 80 « apprenants », jeunes et moins jeunes, qui oscillaient entre 15 et 87 ans réunis pendant douze jours. L’akkadien comme le grec, le sumérien comme le latin, le persan, l’arabe, l’hébreu ou le sanskrit ont fait transpirer les étudiants. mais quelle joie au terme de dix jours de labeur… Ainsi, parmi un bon groupe de jeunes, Félix Fabryczny, étudiant au  lycée Louis-le-Grand à Paris. Il est venu à Digne par amour des langues et il témoigne. Suite...

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