30 septembre 2013

Wish Lists in Germany

http://www.insidehighered.com/sites/all/themes/ihecustom/logo.jpgBy Frances Mechan-Schmidt. Germany, one of the major powers in world higher education, went to the polls on Sunday. Angela Merkel’s conservative party won the election, leaving her set for a historic third term as chancellor. However, her party fell short of an absolute majority, so it looked likely to seek a coalition with the Social Democrats. Under the energetic leadership of Horst Hippler, chairman of the German Rectors’ Conference (HRK), the country's universities are gearing up to present the new government with a raft of proposals aimed at improving the standing of the nation’s academy. Read more...

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Duncan Apologizes on PLUS Loans

http://www.insidehighered.com/sites/all/themes/ihecustom/logo.jpgBy Michael Stratford. U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan apologized Thursday for how his agency managed changes to the PLUS loan programthat resulted in thousands of families being denied those loans. 
“I am not satisfied with the way we handled the updating and changes to the PLUS loan program,” he told a group of historically black college leaders gathered here for the Education Department's annual HBCU Week conference. Read more...

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US universities 'seeking to recruit more British students'

http://t0.gstatic.com/images?q=tbn:ANd9GcQPxnNUZkzq1IINmqwJMRe0Mx9jmcJPvZ89WaflkoXFnHo0R2jfVuceEAwwBy . American universities are embarking on a major recruitment drive in Britain amid a surge in demand for degree courses on the other side of the Atlantic. The number of US institutions marketing themselves to British students has almost doubled in just four years in a bid to capitalise on mounting interest in overseas study combined with a backlash over rising tuition fees in the UK. Read more...

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Students paid £10,000 more after leaving top universities

http://t0.gstatic.com/images?q=tbn:ANd9GcQPxnNUZkzq1IINmqwJMRe0Mx9jmcJPvZ89WaflkoXFnHo0R2jfVuceEAwwBy . The earnings power of Britain’s top universities was laid bare today in new figures showing that starting salaries differ by as much as £10,000 depending where students take their degree. Research shows that graduates earn an average of more than £27,000 just six months after leaving the London School of Economics but get paid as little as £17,000 at some less prestigious institutions. Read more...

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Back to school on apprenticeships

http://static.guim.co.uk/static/c55907932af8ee96c21b7d89a9ebeedb4602fbbf/common/images/logos/the-guardian/news.gifAditya Chakrabortty (G2, 24 September) has reopened the season for "more means worse" critics of university expansion. This really betrays the naive elitism and conservative thinking of some labour economists. Just because occupations like policing and nursing used apprenticeship models of training 50 years ago does not mean that such models are still appropriate. Both occupations now need sophisticated skills in dealing with high technology in a diverse society.
In the UK, we no longer accept policing as a form of licensed thuggery or nursing as a version of domestic service. Medicine and law abandoned apprenticeships because they were no longer fit for purpose. In a modern economy, this is true of a growing range of occupations. Adam Smith recognised that the division of labour was a dynamic and evolutionary process: some of his successors might do well to remember this.
Professor Robert Dingwall
Nottingham. More...

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University enrolment: latest figures show fall in number of part-time students

http://static.guim.co.uk/static/c55907932af8ee96c21b7d89a9ebeedb4602fbbf/common/images/logos/the-guardian/news.gifBy . Despite a rise in the number of new full-time students, the drop in part-time enrolments continues to gather pace. The number of new students studying part time in 2011/12 dropped by 7.6 percent from the previous year, according to the latest data from the Higher education statistics agency (HESA). There were 278,545 first year part time students enroling in 2011/2012, a drop of 23,000 from the year previous and a fall of 65,900 from 2008/9. More...

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Can the UK master apprenticeships?

http://static.guim.co.uk/static/c55907932af8ee96c21b7d89a9ebeedb4602fbbf/common/images/logos/the-guardian/news.gifBy Hamish Macdonell. For many school-leavers, apprenticeships remain an unexplored option. So how can the government, education and business sectors improve the take-up of workplace training schemes? Why is it that it is harder to get on an apprenticeship with Rolls Royce or BAE Systems than it is to get ion an apprenticeship with Rolls Royce or BAE Systems than it is to get into Oxford or Cambridge? And why is it then, that many school leavers see apprenticeships as a poor alternative to university, even though they could end up in better jobs with less debt than their graduate counterparts? More...

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Greek universities' future under threat

http://static.guim.co.uk/static/c55907932af8ee96c21b7d89a9ebeedb4602fbbf/common/images/logos/the-guardian/news.gifBy . The University of Athens, the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki and the Athens Polytechnic have been forced to halt all activities as a result of Greek ministry of education proposals to suspend unilaterally 1,655 university administrative workers. The impact on teaching, research, clinical work and international collaboration is unparalleled and the threat to higher education in Greece as a result of stringently imposed EU austerity measures is a cause of great concern far beyond Greece's shores. More...

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Number of students starting university back to levels before tuition fees raised

http://static.guim.co.uk/static/c55907932af8ee96c21b7d89a9ebeedb4602fbbf/common/images/logos/the-guardian/news.gifBy . Recovery in UK student numbers suggests increase in fees to £9,000 has not reduced appetite for full-time higher education. As freshers' week gets under way across the country, new figures show that the number of students accepted to study at UK universities has returned to the levels before tuition fees were raised to £9,000. More...

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Science safeguarded in French budget

https://p4.storage.canalblog.com/45/38/1154600/90218737.pngBy Barbara Casassus. Small drop in national research funding but other programmes untouched. Research and higher-education funding have been left largely unchanged in France's new draft budget, despite the country continuing to grapple with its stubbornly high public deficit.
The outline spending plans for 2014, announced yesterday, include a 0.5% increase in the Higher Education and Research Ministry’s spending, to €23.4 billion, or just over €26 billion if contributions from other ministries are included. Although the increase is smaller than the 2.2% Minister Geneviève Fioraso won last year, she stressed that her budget is still the third largest after lower education and defence. More...

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