26 septembre 2013

Technology institutes gear up for global competition

http://enews.ksu.edu.sa/wp-content/uploads/2011/10/UWN.jpgBy Alya Mishra. The prestigious Indian Institutes of Technology, or IITs, have vowed to no longer sit in the wings but to promote themselves nationally and globally. This follows complaints by the government and academics that the institutions' excellence is not being recognised in international university rankings.
India has 16 IITs – seven established in the past five years – that are regarded as ‘institutions of national importance’. Although each is an autonomous institution, admission is via a ferociously competitive common entrance examination, which ensures that only top brains make it into the IITs. More...

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Research collaboration differs between Europe and US

http://enews.ksu.edu.sa/wp-content/uploads/2011/10/UWN.jpgBy Geoff Maslen. Researchers in America are more likely to collaborate with peers outside the US than European researchers are to work with colleagues outside Europe, according to a new report. But it says the benefits of collaborating outside their region are proportionally greater for European than for US researchers.
“Other studies have shown that research nations benefit from collaborative research, in particular international collaborations, as they typically result in higher citation impacts, a quality measure of research articles,” the report states. More...

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Conservative government of men scraps science ministry

http://enews.ksu.edu.sa/wp-content/uploads/2011/10/UWN.jpgBy Geoff Maslen. Australia’s 28th prime minister, Tony Abbott, has dispensed with a minister of science and a minister for climate change in a new cabinet he announced last Monday. It is the first time since the science portfolio was created in 1931 that Australia has not had a science minister.
But Abbott came under most fire from within and without his party for his cabinet’s ‘female-lite’ composition: only one woman among the 18 men and a total of five women in a ministry of 30, plus one female parliamentary secretary out of 12. More...

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Brussels in brief: Updates on EU developments in education and research

http://www.eua.be/images/logo.jpgLast week the European Commission launched a new “indicator of innovation output” which aims to measure the extent to which “ideas from innovative sectors are able to reach the market” and will complement the Commission's Innovation Union Scoreboard and Summary Innovation Index which assess the innovation performance of member states and the EU more widely. Meanwhile, the Lithuanian Presidency of the Council of the EU held a conference on “European Higher Education in the World” and the European Parliament adopted two resolutions in relation to tackling youth unemployment and the implementation of the EU Youth Strategy.
EC launches new Innovation Indicator
The European Commission last week published the "Indicator of Innovation Output" which aims to measure the extent to which “ideas from innovative sectors are able to reach the market, providing better jobs and making Europe more competitive”. The EC noted that the indicator was developed at the request of EU leaders to benchmark national innovation policies, and showed that “significant differences remain between EU countries”. The indicator is designed to complement the Commission's Innovation Union Scoreboard (IUS) and Summary Innovation Index (SII) which assess the innovation performance of member states and the EU more widely, against a broad set of 24 innovation indicators including inputs, throughputs and outputs. More information and background on the indicator can be viewed here.
EU Presidency conference on European Higher Education in the World
Following the recent EC Communication on the internationalisation of higher education, the Lithuanian Presidency of the Council of EU recently (5-6 September) organised in Vilnius an international conference on “European Higher Education in the World”. The event brought together HE stakeholders from the EU and beyond, for discussions on internationalisation processes, and on the future place of Europe in the global higher education landscape. EUA’s Michael Gaebel was invited to present the perspective of European universities on the topic of internationalisation following EUA’s recent membership survey on this topic and also the discussions at the last EUA Annual Conference in Ghent. More information and presentations from this event can be found on the conference website.
European Parliament resolutions on youth unemployment/EU Youth Strategy
Members of the European Parliament last week adopted two resolutions in relation to tackling youth unemployment and the implementation of the EU Youth Strategy. The European Parliament highlighted that the “youth guarantee schemes” alone would not suffice to reduce youth unemployment. It also stressed the need for further measures to make it easier for young people to move to jobs or training. According to the Parliament, youth guarantee schemes, which aim to ensure that young people under 25 years are offered a job, training, or a traineeship within four months of their becoming unemployed, should be extended to include graduates under 30 years. In the debate, MEPs also called for better recognition of skills and aptitudes acquired outside formal education, e.g. through traineeships, volunteering or social work. The Parliament also underlined the need for EU support for “good-quality traineeships and apprenticeships” and called on member states to remove all barriers to cross-border traineeships for young EU citizens.

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8th European Quality Assurance Forum: early-bird registration still open

http://www.eua.be/images/logo.jpgEUA – together with its partners ENQA, ESU and EURASHE – is pleased to announce that registration is still open for the 8th edition of the European Quality Assurance Forum (EQAF), which will take place at the University of Gothenburg, Sweden, from 21 to 23 November 2013.
Through a mix of plenary and parallel sessions, the 2013 EQAF, entitled “Working together to take quality forward”, will specifically explore how both individuals and organisations can better understand the role that quality assurance can play in their daily lives, get engaged and work together.
Keynote speakers will include Mats Alvesson, a leading European researcher in the field of organisational culture, and Sijbolt Noorda, President of the Academic Cooperation Association. More details on the programme, as well as abstracts of papers and workshops to be presented at the Forum, are now available on the EQAF website
EUA invites you to register as soon as possible. The deadline for the early-bird registration fee is 18 October 2013. After this date, late registration fees will apply.

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Universities from Western Balkans and EU discuss role of central quality assurance units at EUREQA workshop

http://www.eua.be/images/logo.jpgQuality assurance staff from universities in the Western Balkans gathered in Korca, Albania, from 5 to 6 September, to discuss the role of central quality assurance units, as well as the tools they use. The workshop was organised in the framework of the EUA-led “Empowering Universities to fulfil their responsibility for Quality Assurance” (EUREQA) project.
During the second in a series of four workshops, which will bring together quality assurance managers from the Western Balkans and EU countries, 40 participants discussed in detail various models for distributing quality assurance tasks among the central- and faculty-level units. The workshop addressed questions such as: What role should the central QA unit play and how can it co-operate with those working in the faculties? What are the advantages and disadvantages of different divisions of responsibilities? What are the different roles of QA officers?
The EUREQA project will continue promoting capacity building for QA in Western Balkan universities, through study visits, participation in the European Quality Assurance Forum and the translation of EUA’s publications on quality culture into the local languages.
More information on the EUREQA project, including presentations from the second workshop, can be found here.

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FRINDOC project

http://www.eua.be/images/logo.jpgIn the context of the “Framework for the Internationalisation of Doctoral Education” (FRINDOC) project, EUA is launching a call for universities to participate in a pilot group and contribute to the finalisation of an online tool which the project is developing.
The FRINDOC project aims at providing a comprehensive overview of good practices and valuable experiences regarding internationalisation of doctoral education for universities. The online tool will help universities with the planning and implementation of internationalisation strategies for doctoral education and enable universities to attain a united picture of strategic goals, capacity and possibilities to implement the right structures for their particular profile.
The pilot group will be obliged to participate in two working groups where they will engage in discussions about the elements of successful internationalisation of doctoral education and critically evaluate the proposed tool. Based on this consultation process, the tool will be refined and a statement of good practice will accompany the launch of the final version. The first working group is scheduled to take place at the University of Bergen, Norway, from 13 to 14 February 2014. A follow-up evaluation working group is expected to take place in September 2014 at the University of Camerino, Italy.
If you are interested in participating in the FRINDOC pilot group, please consult the full text of the Call for Participation on the project page and return the application form by email to joanne.byrne@eua.be by midday on 11 October.
Further information about the project can be found at www.eua.be/FRINDOC
FRINDOC is coordinated by EUA on behalf of its partners the University of Hong Kong, Stellenbosch University, Imperial College London, the University of Bergen and the University of Camerino. The project is supported by the Erasmus Mundus Programme of the European Commission.

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DEFINE project: Joint EUA-HUMANE Seminar on funding efficiency

http://www.eua.be/images/logo.jpgEUA and HUMANE (the Heads of University Management and Administration Network in Europe) are jointly organising a seminar focusing on the impact that changing higher education funding modalities and merger processes, as funding efficiency measures, have on university management. The event is hosted by the University of Aveiro, Portugal, from 22 to 23 November 2013.
As the latest update of the EUA Public Funding Observatory shows, the current economic and financial crisis has exacerbated pressures on universities. The efficiency of HE funding in terms of the capability to meet certain policy goals in a cost-effective way is becoming an increasingly important topic. To explore and discuss the associated challenges for university management, HUMANE and EUA jointly organise this open seminar within the framework of the ongoing DEFINE project – Designing strategies for efficient funding of higher education in Europe.
The seminar is open to the leadership and senior administrators of all HUMANE and EUA member institutions. It includes three thematic sessions in which speakers will give insights from their experience with performance-based funding, mergers and excellence schemes at institutional level. Case studies will also be complemented by a European overview and latest EUA research and exchanges with the participants. Participants will be asked to provide their input to the topic and thus actively contribute to shape the analysis and outcomes of the DEFINE project.
Registration for this event is available through HUMANE’s website.

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Candidater aux nouveaux concours enseignants 2013

http://cache.media.enseignementsup-recherche.gouv.fr/image/Formation_et_recrutement_des_enseignants/45/8/2013_ambition_enseigner_ban_300x250_266458.124.jpgDevenir enseignant, c'est maintenant
Possibilité de s' inscrire en ligne aux concours de recrutement des enseignants et personnels d'éducation et d'orientation depuis le10 septembre 2013 pour les concours externes, internes et les troisièmes concours. Pour les concours et examens professionnalisés réservés les inscriptions commencent le mardi 1er octobre 2013. Date de clôture des inscriptions, le 22 octobre 2013.
S'inscrire en ligne
Les étudiants inscrits en master 1, master 2, mais aussi les titulaires d'un diplôme de master ou équivalent, peuvent se porter candidat en se connectant à la page dédiée du site du ministère de l'éducation nationale.
Début des épreuves en avril 2014
L'ensemble des épreuves se déroulera d'avril à juin 2014. La formation des lauréats se poursuivra dans les Écoles supérieures du professorat et de l'Education (ESPE) à partir de septembre 2014.
Les futurs enseignants et conseillers principaux d'éducation seront accueillis dans les universités au sein des ESPE. Ils y recevront une formation articulant des enseignements théoriques et pratiques, prenant appui sur des périodes d'alternance, permettant une entrée progressive dans le métier. Tel est l'objectif poursuivi avec la création du master Métiers de l'enseignement, de l'éducation et de la formation (MEEF).
Recrutement et de promotion sociale des emplois d'avenir professeur (EAP)
Autre pilier important de la réforme de la formation initiale des enseignants, le dispositif d'accès au recrutement et de promotion sociale des emplois d'avenir professeur (EAP) se poursuit. Après une première vague de 3500 contrats signés en début d'année, 6000 nouveaux contrats sont proposés aux étudiants issus de milieux modestes. Ils pourront ainsi accéder aux métiers de l'enseignement avec un parcours professionnalisant et une aide financière pour leurs études.

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Budget 2014 : "L'université et la recherche en mouvement"

http://cache.media.enseignementsup-recherche.gouv.fr/image/Ministre/28/2/fioraso-2013_252282.79.jpg"En proposant deux budgets consécutifs marqués par une progression des moyens et des emplois alloués aux universités, aux étudiants, aux équipes de recherche, le gouvernement réaffirme avec constance sa stratégie de redressement par la qualification et l'innovation" a déclaré Geneviève Fioraso à propos du budget 2014 du ministère de l'Enseignement supérieur et de la Recherche.

Le projet de budget 2014 présenté par le Gouvernement confirme l'investissement pour la jeunesse et la croissance fondée sur la recherche et l'innovation.
Le budget de l'enseignement supérieur et de la recherche, troisième budget de l'État après l'enseignement scolaire et la Défense, progresse de 120 M€ , soit +0,5 % par rapport à 2013 : il dépasse pour la première fois les 26 Md€.
Ce budget conforte et traduit en moyens les objectifs et les réformes de la loi d'orientation sur l'enseignement supérieur et la recherche adoptée le 22 juillet dernier. Suite...

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