01 septembre 2013

The Community Knowledge Initiative (CKI)


 The Community Knowledge Initiative (CKI), launched at the National University of Ireland Galway in 2001, promotes community university partnerships that aim to spread the principles and practices of civic engagement and democracy. The CKI becomes a platform to a number of civic engagement pathways that seek to develop an ethos of civic engagement and active participation across NUI Galway. These pathways include: inclusive higher education, community engagement and partnerships, volunteering, service learning, research, and knowledge sharing/exchange. The link address is: http://www.nuigalwaycki.ie/

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Brazil's universities take affirmative action

http://static.bbci.co.uk/frameworks/barlesque/2.48.3/desktop/3.5/img/blq-blocks_grey_alpha.pngBy Julia Carneiro. Twenty-four-year-old Antonio Oliveira was born into a poor, mixed race family in the state of Maranhao in north-east Brazil. As a teenager he had to balance his time between school and helping his parents harvest vegetables to sell at a farmer's market, and doing other small jobs to scrape by. Until recently, he says the only prospects for those growing up in his city, Colinas, were to work with crops or to get a post at the city hall - "a mediocre job that people think is heaven," as he puts it.
But Antonio has just finished his first term studying Economic Sciences at Rio de Janeiro's prestigious Federal University (UFRJ), a dream he had nurtured since his days at a rural public school. His placement represents a radical change in the Brazilian university system. More...

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Less than one per cent students opt for research oriented courses

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/photo/5580817.cmsBy Shashi Tharoor. Less than one per cent of students pursuing higher studies opt for research oriented courses, the Rajya Sabha was informed on Monday.
"Out of the total enrolments in higher education, the percentage of students enrolling in the field of research is about 0.79 per cent," minister of state in human resource development (HRD) Shashi Tharoor told the Rajya Sabha in a written reply to a query. Read more...

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Canadian Alliance for Community Service-Learning (CACSL)


 The Canadian Alliance for Community Service-Learning (CACSL) supports, educates and networks to ensure the effective growth of CSL in Canada. Its vision is students, educators and communities learning and working together to strenghten individuals and society. The link address is: http://www.communityservicelearning.ca

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University campus to close after securing only 17 students

http://cyprusmail.wpengine.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/01/Cyprus-Mail-LogoTop1.jpgTHE University of East London (UEL) has ordered an investigation into its international activities after the closure of its Cyprus campus that recruited just 17 students in its first six months. 
According to the Times’ Higher Education supplement, UEL has asked Sir David Melville, former vice-chancellor of Middlesex and Kent universities and current chairman of Pearson Education, to carry out the investigation. 
News that the UEL was closing its Cyprus campus emerged in April but Cyprus Mail sources said that operations would not cease until March of next year. Read more...

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Greece : Continuing vocational education and training (CVET) for adults

The primary aim of CVET in Greece is the development and improvement of the qualifications and skills of unemployed and working people and the creation of new jobs. The definition of CVET and adult education and their forms and functions are provided mainly by recent laws that have introduced important policy developments.
The most important aim of lifelong education is to constitute a dynamic policy factor for social integration. Accordingly, a series of programmes focusing on socially vulnerable and disadvantaged groups are being implemented and promoted.
Despite the policy statements and the actions that have been taken, Greece, along is among the European Union member countries that rank lowest in the field of citizen participation in Lifelong Learning training and education programs at the age group of 24-64. Greece’s participation percentage is only 3.6%, when at the same time the average European participation is 10.8%.
OAED is the major body responsible for implementing continuing vocational training programmes in order to cover the needs of the unemployed who require specialisation in order to find work. The main focus of OAED is to develop and/or expand upon existing continuing vocational training courses with a view to making a more effective intervention in the labour market and covering the needs of the largest possible number of interested persons in training services.
The Account for Employment and Vocational Training (Logariasmos gia tin Apascholisi kai Epangelmatiki Katartisi, LAEK) is a major mechanism of CVET at the initiative of enterprises in Greece. This account has decisively contributed to the reinforcement of vocational training and employment policies. The financial resources of LAEK come from the joint contributions of both employers and employees, which amount to 0.45% of the total salary of each employee and are collected by the Social Security Institute (Idryma Koinonikon Asfaliseon, IKA).
Διαφήμιση Ο Λογαριασμός για την Απασχόληση και την Επαγγελματική Κατάρτιση (Logariasmos GIA κασσίτερος Apascholisi kai Epangelmatikis Κατάρτισης, ΛΑΕΚ) είναι ένα σημαντικό μηχανισμό Cveta με πρωτοβουλία των επιχειρήσεων στην Ελλάδα. Ο λογαριασμός αυτός έχει συμβάλει αποφασιστικά στην ενίσχυση της επαγγελματικής κατάρτισης και των πολιτικών απασχόλησης. Οι χρηματοδοτικοί πόροι του ΛΑΕΚ προέρχονται από την κοινή συνεισφορά των εργοδοτών και των εργαζομένων, οι οποίες ανέρχονται σε 0,45% του συνολικού μισθού κάθε εργαζόμενου και συλλέγονται από το Ινστιτούτο Κοινωνικής Ασφάλισης (Idryma Koinonikon Asfaliseon, ΙΚΑ).

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The Association of Commonwealth Universities (ACU)


 The ACU is the oldest and one of the largest international inter-university networks in the world. ACU combines the expertise and reputation of nearly a century's experience with new and innovative programmes designed to meet the needs of universities in the 21st century. One such need is the strengthening of community engagement and extension systems. The ACU maintains a Community Engagement and University Extension Network, which brings together several hundred community engagement workers from universities across the Commonwealth, sharing experiences, new ideas, and good practice. The link address is: http://www.acu.ac.uk

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Pan-African University receives US$45 million boost

Addis Ababa, Ethiopia - The Pan African University has received a major boost with a grant support of US$45 million from the African Development Bank (AfDB), according to a statement from the African Union received by PANA on Thursday.
The agreement was signed in Tunis on Tuesday by the AU Commissioner for Human Resources, Science and Technology, Mr Martial de Paul Ikounga, and the Vice President for Agriculture, Human Development and Governance of AfDB, Mr Aly Abou-Sabaa.
The Pan African University is a flagship programme of the African Union, which aims at ensuring that the African University is re-established at the core of Africa’s development, as a veritable instrument for achieving the AU vision of prosperity, peace and integration.
The statement said PAU’s mission was to exemplify excellence and nurture quality in African Higher Education and Research. Read more...

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National Co-ordinating Centre for Public Engagement (NCCPE)


 A partnership between the University of the West of England and the University of Bristol, the NCCPE was established in 2008 as part of the Beacons for Public Engagement Initiative. The NCCPE supports higher education institutions to engage with the public. Its three main aims are to inspire a shift in culture, to increase capacity for public engagement and to build effective partnerships to encourage partners to embed public engagement in their work. They are inviting every university and research institute in the UK to sign up to its Manifesto for Public Engagement. To find out more about the Manifesto and the NCCPE, and to access its resources to support institutional change, please visit its website. The link address is: http://www.publicengagement.ac.uk

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Visa backlog puts Nova Scotia universities in limbo

http://www.cbc.ca/i/regional/v11/img/cbclogo_sprite.pngSome international students' visas trapped in strike action by foreign service officers.
Universities in Nova Scotia say they are scrambling to deal with a possible shortfall of international students because a strike by foreign service officers is delaying some visa applications.
The federal government and the union representing diplomats and immigration officers abroad — the Professional Association of Foreign Service Officers — have been locked in a contract negotiation battle for months. As part of escalating job action measures, diplomats at key visa application centres abroad have scaled back some of their services, including processing visas required for international students studying at Canadian universities and colleges.
Citizenship and Immigration Canada officials said processing times are within a two-month standard, but university administrators say some students have already decided to go elsewhere. More...

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