31 août 2013

South African Council on Higher Education (CHE)


 The South African Council on Higher Education (CHE) is an independent statutory body responsible for advising the Minister of Higher Education and Training on all higher education policy issues, and for quality assurance in higher education and training. The CHE was established in May 1998, the responsibilities assigned to the CHE can be grouped into four main areas of work: advising the Minister of Education; assuming executive responsibility for quality assurance and quality promotion within higher education and training; monitoring and evaluating whether, how, to what extent and with what consequences the vision, policy goals and objectives for higher education are being realised; and contributing to the development of higher education by taking initiatives to provide guidance on key national and systemic issues. The link address is: http://www.che.ac.za/

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Better Plays for Better Lives: The Tempest

http://www.oecd.org/media/oecdorg/styleassets/images/header/logooecd_en.pngToday we publish the last article of a summer series in which Kimberley Botwright of the OECD Public Affairs and Communications Directorate looks at OECD work through a Shakespearean lens.
Twelve years before the start of The Tempest, Prospero the Duke of Milan, was usurped by his brother Antonio, with the help of Alonso, King of Naples. Prospero was exiled to an island, with his three-year old daughter Miranda, where he reigns over the spirit Ariel and native resident Caliban, using his magic powers and books. The play opens with a storm conjured by Prospero; designed to shipwreck Antonio and Alonso on his island. After conjuring the storm, Prospero reminds his daughter; “I have done nothing but in care of thee, / Of thee, my dear one, thee, my daughter.” Over the years, the play has taken on post-colonial readings; but it’s also a story about a father trying to secure a better future for his daughter.
Securing a better life for our children, family, friends and friends is something some of us might also worry about. The OECD certainly does, judging by its slogan – Better policies for better lives. But what do we mean by better? It’s probably got a lot to do with wellbeing, but how do we measure that? Surely that touches on something too difficult to define, or as Miranda says; “’Tis far off / And rather like a dream than an assurance.”
Fortunately, as part of the OECD Better Life Initiative, (you’ve probably heard about this one), the OECD How’s Life? Measuring Well-Being report presents the first international set of comparable well-being indicators. Better still, the OECD offers an interactive tool called Your Better Life Index where you can rank the 11 different dimensions of wellbeing discussed in the report according  your own personal priorities, allowing you to contribute your voice to the wellbeing debate, not only in English, but also in Spanish, French and Russian. Read more...

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Association of Caribbean Tertiary Institutions (ACTI)


 The Association of Caribbean Tertiary Institutions (ACTI) is an Association of Tertiary Educational Institutions in the Caribbean region. The member institutions are Universities, Colleges, Community Colleges, Teacher Training Colleges, National Colleges, State Colleges, and Technical Colleges. ACTI aims to create within the Caribbean region of a learning Society which offers opportunity, and strives for quality and harmony in the divers tertiary education environment.

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Who are the all-round top students?

http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-fKag1zsmmFA/TmhpGfmaPZI/AAAAAAAAADE/l2BFF4kPiY8/s1600/Bandeau904x81.pngBy Marilyn Achiron Editor, Directorate for Education and Skills. Summer in the northern hemisphere is barely over and we’re already talking about doing well in school? Not only are we talking about doing well in school, we’re talking about doing verywell in school – and in all of the three subjects that PISA assesses: reading, mathematics and science.
As this month’s PISA in Focus explains, all-rounders – students who attain proficiency Level 5 or 6 in all three assessment subjects – are rare:only 4.1% of15-year-old students meet this high standard. Why do – or should – countries care about the number of all-rounders they produce? Knowing the proportion of students who excel in these three subjects helps countries to determine the depth of their future talent pool, which has significant implications for a country’s ability to compete and grow in an increasingly information-based global economy.

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Association of Arab Universities (AARU)


 The Association of Arab Universities (AARU), founded in 1964 is an Arab organization with an independent legal entity. AARU's objectives are mainly to enhance cooperation amongst Arab universities and to coordinate their efforts with a view to raising the quality of university and higher education. The link address is: http://www.aaru.edu.jo/

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How do gender norms relate to migration?

http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-MATgzAianGc/Uh9S93yVPPI/AAAAAAAAA5Y/PWN32NMhUeg/s400/OnlineDiscussion.JPGWikigender, the International Organization for Migration (IOM), the Scalabrini Migration Center (SMC), Wikiprogress and Wikichild would like to hear your views on the linkages between the social norms that discriminate against women (such as harmful practices, restricted access to resources, limited decision-making power, or violence against women) and migration processes.
In September, the OECD Development Centre will publish an issues paper looking at migration from a gender perspective, based on new findings from the Social Institutions and Gender Index (SIGI). Wikigender, IOM, SMC, Wikiprogress and Wikichild would like to invite you to participate in an online discussion on the topic from 2 September at 9am until 15 September at 6pm (GMT+1). The main findings of the discussion will be featured in the issues paper and the outcomes of the discussion will be synthesised in a final report and available on Wikigender. The debate will focus on the following topic:
This online discussion will be a unique opportunity to discuss, exchange views and best practices on this issue. Participants are invited to share findings from their research or their own experiences of migration with other members of the discussion. Read more...

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European Network for Quality Assurance in Higher Education (ENQA)


 The European Network for Quality Assurance in Higher Education was established in 2000 to promote European co-operation in the field of quality assurance. In November 2004 the General Assembly transformed the Network into the European Association for Quality Assurance in Higher Education. ENQA disseminates information, experiences and good practices in the field of quality assurance (QA) in higher education to European QA agencies, public authorities and higher education institutions. The link address is: http://www.enqa.eu/index.lasso

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VET Governance

http://www.etf.europa.eu/web.nsf/Images/etf-logo.gifGovernance modes and models have a high correlation with the overall performance of education and training policies, influencing their strategic formulation and implementation.
The experience of the ETF shows that, when looking at the governance dimension of education and training, there is need to map and discuss:

  • the effectiveness of VET functional settings,
  • develop relevant mechanisms to ensure high-quality VET provision,
  • find smart, innovative and efficient financing solutions to support VET policies within a lifelong learning perspective.

In this context, what is needed are actions and debates that target the development and enhancement of good governance, and an increased role for sub-national regions and local actors, social partners and civil society organisations in shaping education and training policies. This brings ETF partner countries closer to European efforts to increase the role of regions and ensure multi-level participation in the policymaking cycle. Such vertical and horizontal interaction can help to ensure greater effectiveness, efficiency, coherence, transparency and accountability of education and training policy in the overall strategic development of a country.

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Conference of European Schools for Advanced Engineering Education and Research (CESAER)


 The Conference of European Schools for Advanced Engineering Education and Research (CESAER) is a non-profit-making international association of 60 leading European Engineering Universities, Colleges and Schools. The main objectives of CESAER are to provide "High Quality" Engineering Education in Europe and to improve links between its members in Research as well as in Postgraduate and Continuing Education. The link address is: http://www.cesaer.org/en/home/

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U.S. once again king of the ranking jungle

http://www.aca-secretariat.be/fileadmin/templates/2009/images/logosmall.jpgThe time of the year has come. Shanghai Jiao Tong University has published its much awaited Academic Ranking of World Universities 2013 (ARWU), presenting this year’s top 500 universities worldwide. 
To nobody’s surprise, the lion’s share goes to the United States, with 17 universities in the top 20 and 149 in the top 500 (one fewer than last year). Harvard University continues to take the first position, followed by Stanford University (2nd) and the University of California, Berkeley (3rd), which jumped ahead of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (4th).
Besides the United States, Great Britain and Switzerland also make it into the top 20, with Cambridge coming in 5th, Oxford 10th and ETH Zurich 20th, the latter being the first university in Continental Europe to ever enter the top 20 in the history of ARWU. With 75 institutions among the top 200, Europe scores well overall, although the distribution between countries remains quite unbalanced. In the Asia-Pacific region, which counts 30 institutions among the first-ranked 200, the University of Tokyo takes the crown (21st), followed by Kyoto University (26th) and the University of Melbourne (56th). Africa, with only four universities in the top 500 and none of them in the top 200, makes a sad ‘bottom of the barrel’.
Although the rise of Asia in the ‘official top 200’ is not solely driven by China as many a man has feared, China does have the second largest number of universities in the overall top 500 (42, with seven of them in the top 200) ranking higher than Germany (38) and, surprisingly, the United Kingdom (37), which lost a place compared to 2012.
Overall, the 2013 Shanghai ranking of universities holds only few surprises. Like many other rankings, ARWU links university scores to academic and research performances. This heavy reliance on research has earned it some serious criticism over the past, contributing to the present proliferation of global rankings wishing to ‘do things differently’ (e.g. U-Multirank, see ACA Newsletter – Education Europe, February 2013). But despite the on-going debate on the usefulness and accuracy of big international rankings, countries like Russia, China and Japan, to name only a few, are investing great amounts of money to increase their number of universities in the top 100.

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