20 octobre 2013

Oldest university network turns 100, launches campaign

http://enews.ksu.edu.sa/wp-content/uploads/2011/10/UWN.jpgBy Peta Lee. The Association of Commonwealth Universities celebrated its 100th anniversary with a three-day conference at the University of London last week – and looked to the future with a campaign called “The World Beyond 2015: Is higher education ready?”
The 18-month campaign aims to explore higher education’s contribution to global development challenges in the context of the United Nations Millennium Development Goals, or MDGs, which expire in 2015. New goals are to be set from 2016. More...

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Shift to strategic international research collaboration

http://enews.ksu.edu.sa/wp-content/uploads/2011/10/UWN.jpgBy Yojana Sharma. A shift is underway in China from making a mark globally as a research power, towards an increasingly strategic ‘innovation diplomacy’ that is shaping “the spread and intensity of its global research and innovation relationships”, according to a new study.
The report by NESTA, formerly the non-profit National Endowment for Science, Technology and the Arts in the United Kingdom, notes that “an ever-intensifying web of international connections has spread across every aspect of China’s innovation system – from joint academic research to technology transfer and licensing, foreign direct investment, mergers and acquisitions. More...

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Brussels in brief: EU developments in education and research

http://www.eua.be/images/logo.jpgThe OECD and European Commission have published on 8 October an international Survey of Adult Skills which aims to assess the literacy, numeracy and problem-solving ICT skills of adults. Meanwhile, the “Horizons for Social Sciences and Humanities” conference, one of the Lithuanian Presidency of the Council of the EU events, took place in Vilnius (23-24 September) concluding with a declaration highlighting the value and benefits of integrating Social Sciences and Humanities in innovation processes and Horizon 2020.

EC/OECD Survey of adult skills (Programme for the International Assessment of Adult Competencies (PIAAC)

The OECD and European Commission have on 8 October published an international Survey of Adult Skills which aims to assess the literacy, numeracy and problem-solving ICT skills of adults aged 16 to 65 in 17 EU member states as well as in Australia, Canada, Japan, Republic of Korea, Norway and the United States. According to the EC the key findings of the survey include:

  • “20% of the EU working-age population has low literacy and numeracy skills”;
  • “25% of adults lack the digital skills needed to effectively use ICT”;
  • there are “striking differences between countries in skills provided through formal education”;
  • “Lifelong learning policies must aim at sustaining skills over time given the gaps between generations revealed by the survey and the significant economic and social benefits of higher skills”.

More information is available here

Lithuanian Presidency’s Conference on “Horizons for Social Sciences and Humanities”

The Lithuanian Presidency of the Council of EU Conference entitled “Horizons for Social Sciences and Humanities” (SSH) took place last month at Mykolas Romeris University in Vilnius. The Conference aimed to promote “better visibility, integration, and implementation of social sciences and humanities into science and research policies” and act as a “forum for scholarly exchange of ideas, examination of the common grounds and bridges of social sciences and humanities with technological, natural and other fields of science”. The conference also addressed the opportunities offered by the Horizon 2020 research framework programme within the societal challenges.

Professor Torbjørn Digernes (Former Rector, NTNU, and Chairman of EUA’s European Platform of Universities Engaged in Energy Research, Education and Training) was invited to present in one of the parallel sessions on SSH and societal challenges focusing on “Secure, clean and efficient energy”. As an outcome of the event a declaration has been published on the conference theme,  which focuses on the value and benefits of integrating social sciences and humanities in innovation processes and Horizon 2020. More information on the event and declaration is available here.

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EUA Council for Doctoral Education Workshop

http://www.eua.be/images/logo.jpgThe EUA Council for Doctoral Education’s (EUA-CDE) 7th Thematic Workshop will take place from 23 to 24 January 2014 at Dokuz Eylül University, Izmir, Turkey. The theme of the event is “Outcomes of Doctoral Education – Mindset, Research, Innovation”.
The EUA-CDE has published a Call for Papers for the workshop. Contributions which relate to how institutions support doctoral candidates in the PhD process and ensure they attain the main outcomes, including a research mindset and an original thesis, are invited from EUA-CDE members*.
Papers describing how doctoral theses are evaluated are also welcome, as are papers that present systematic approaches to using doctoral education for innovation, for example in collaborative doctoral programmes. The deadline for submissions is 15 November 2013.
Further information on the call and the 7th EUA-CDE Thematic Workshop can be found on the event website.
*Please note the workshop is open only to EUA-CDE members and registration for the event will commence in the coming weeks. More information on the EUA-CDE is available here: www.eua.be/cde

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RWTH Aachen University symposium on staff development in academia

http://www.eua.be/images/logo.jpgEUA’s Secretary General Lesley Wilson earlier this month took part in a symposium on staff development in academia organised by RWTH Aachen University in Germany. The event brought together different stakeholders from across Germany to discuss different elements and challenges of human resources (HR) management in universities.
Lesley Wilson was asked to provide a European perspective on the topic – and in her presentation stressed that human resource development at all levels was a crucial issue not only for universities in Germany but also across Europe and worldwide, as institutions seek to attract talented staff and students. She underlined that one of the important aspects for universities to compete in a global higher education environment, was that they should have the autonomy to decide freely on issues related to human resources management, including recruitment, salaries, dismissals and promotions. EUA’s autonomy scorecard study had shown that there are still wide divergences across Europe in terms of staffing autonomy, she added, and that this does not always make it easy, for example, to promote mobility or recruit staff from other countries. More...

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Workshop focuses on role of higher education institutions in ‘Smart Specialisation’

http://www.eua.be/images/logo.jpgEUA together with the Smart Specialisation (S3) Platform, and the EC Directorate General for Education and Culture, last week hosted a workshop on the role of higher education institutions in Smart Specialisation at this year’s EU Open Days in Brussels (European week of Regions and Cities).
The event was part of the follow-up to a recent EUA workshop on this topic organised in partnership with the EC Joint Research Centre (IPTS) in Seville, Spain, which gathered experts to debate existing good practices and how universities could enhance their contribution in developing national and regional “Smart Specialisation Strategies” for future maximisation of the use of the EU regional funds for research and innovation activities. The report from the Seville Workshop in February this year identified a set of core issues and recommendations that could valuably inform the development of new guidelines for the design and assessment of Smart Specialisation Strategies. A video of the workshop can also be viewed on the EU Open Days website. More...

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DEFINE project: call for expressions of interest to participate in focus groups

http://www.eua.be/images/logo.jpgEUA will organise three focus groups with university practitioners during the first half of 2014 as part of the DEFINE project (“Designing strategies for efficient funding of higher education in Europe”). This EUA-led project analyses the impact of funding efficiency measures such as performance-based funding, mergers and concentration measures, as well as excellence schemes, on higher education institutions in Europe.
The call for expressions of interest, published this week, invites experts from higher education institutions across Europe who are experienced in these topics to participate in the three focus groups (maximum 20 people in a group) each tackling one of these funding efficiency measures. More...

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IEP launches new round of evaluations for 2013-2014

http://www.eua.be/images/logo.jpgThe Institutional Evaluation Programme (IEP) is preparing to evaluate eight universities in the coming academic year. Six universities will have full evaluations while two will have follow-up evaluations to assess changes implemented since their last evaluation.
Each evaluation will follow the IEP philosophy and methodology, which offer an improvement-orientated approach, focusing on the context of the institution’s own mission and profile. Each institution will be visited by an evaluation team composed of higher education leaders, a student and one senior academic professional acting as team coordinator. Further details about IEP can be found here. More...

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‘Making sense of the MOOCs’ - report from ACA-EUA Seminar in Brussels (10 October)

Around 150 participants, incluhttp://www.eua.be/images/logo.jpgding representatives from higher education institutions and associations, public authorities, quality assurance agencies and the media, gathered last week for the Academic Cooperation Association (ACA)-EUA Seminar “Making Sense of the MOOCs”. The event was designed to enable participants to discuss and find out more about the development and potential impact of Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs), which have been developing rapidly and are creating much discussion and debate in Europe and further afield. Speakers at the event included representatives from HE institutions in Europe and the US, MOOC platforms and representatives from ACA and EUA.
While the initial development of MOOCs was largely concentrated in the US, there has recently been a sharp increase in the number of European HE institutions offering them. According to the European MOOC scorecard on the EC’s Open Education Europa website there were more than 250 MOOCs across Europe at the end of August.
Some institutions in Europe have preferred to offer courses through platforms/activities initiated in the US such as Coursera, edX and Udacity. Others have joined the growing number of initiatives launched in Europe (such as FutureLearn and Iversity), some of which have received public funding or government support (such as France Université Numérique), or have launched their own MOOCs. In April, with the support of the European Commission, the European Association of Distance Teaching Universities also launched OpenupEd, described as the first pan-European MOOC initiative. More...

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Digital Humanities: Half Machine, Half Human

http://www.hastac.org/files/imagecache/homepage_50/pictures/picture-113833-e0a499e02385d695cccad5701ae757af.pngBy Shawn Warren. HASTAC champions digital solutions to the crisis in higher education.  In past posts I have presented an alternative model for the provision of this valued service that champions a more human solution to the crisis.  This alternative does not rely on traditional instituions (universities and colleges) or the tsunami of digital responses now being floated (from MOOCs to digital badges).  In these posts I have also tried to show how digital solutions such as badges are suited to the professional model. The use of digital technology in higher education is being determined by the institutions that possess acceditiation, since under the current model they are the only recognized source of employ for academics and education for students. More...

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