15 décembre 2013

Opening doors for international students

http://enews.ksu.edu.sa/wp-content/uploads/2011/10/UWN.jpgBy Greg Nance. The university is an institution for critical inquiry and learning that has spearheaded scientific discovery and innovation, amplifying economic growth and societal advancement. The ever-accelerating pace of globalisation and the growing connectedness and interdependence of different cultures and national economies make the university’s role all the more important. Enrolment of international students helps foster this learning revolution. Read more...

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Graduate education in the UK – The postgraduate puzzle

http://enews.ksu.edu.sa/wp-content/uploads/2011/10/UWN.jpgBy Elizabeth Bell. Graduate education in the UK has long been seen as a peripheral issue. Over the past 25 years, successive governments have focused their efforts on reforms to undergraduate education. Postgraduate education has often been an afterthought, or not even a thought at all. Many commentators have levelled criticisms at the recent Browne review, which devoted just a single page to the issue in its 60-page report, and concluded that: “Postgraduate Education is a successful part of the higher education system and there is no evidence that changes to funding or student finance are needed to support student demand or access.” Read more...

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The rise of industrial PhDs

http://enews.ksu.edu.sa/wp-content/uploads/2011/10/UWN.jpgBy Martina Ori. Recent social, economic and cultural changes brought about by the knowledge revolution have called into question the traditional role and function of higher education institutions. The ‘knowledge economy’ increasingly requires the acquisition of specific skills on the part of graduates to compete in knowledge-intensive labour markets. Policy emphasis, exacerbated by the current economic crisis and high unemployment rates in many Western countries, has been placed on the need for closer cooperation between education and the labour market. Read more...

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International agents – Reducing the risks

http://enews.ksu.edu.sa/wp-content/uploads/2011/10/UWN.jpgBy Deian Hopkin. The financial landscape of British universities is changing rapidly as the state retreats from directly funding universities and the contribution of individual students becomes the primary source of tuition fee income. Even in Wales and Scotland, where the government continues to subsidise tuition fees, questions are being asked about long-term sustainability. Read more...

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Living out our differences – Reflections on Mandela

http://enews.ksu.edu.sa/wp-content/uploads/2011/10/UWN.jpgBy John Higgins. In a wide-ranging interview before his death a year ago, Jakes Gerwel – academic, vice-chancellor and chief aide to Nelson Mandela – spoke among other things about working for Mandela, issues of race and class, the role of universities and the rise of technically-inclined forms of education. Read more...

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University entrance reform could fuel corruption

http://enews.ksu.edu.sa/wp-content/uploads/2011/10/UWN.jpgBy Yojana Sharma. China’s education ministry this week announced plans to completely scrap English as a subject in the national university entrance examinations or gaokao, as part of a new university testing and student recruitment system to be in place by 2020. Some provinces will pilot the changes from 2014. The plan to allow English exams to be run by ‘social organisations’ outside the gaokao system goes beyond a recently announced move in Beijing to reduce the weighting of English in the gaokao from 2016. Read more...

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New EU partnership, and initiatives to boost research

http://enews.ksu.edu.sa/wp-content/uploads/2011/10/UWN.jpgBy Wagdy Sawahel. The European Union and Africa have agreed to set up a long-term, jointly funded research and innovation partnership to promote food and nutrition security. Meanwhile, a new innovation centre in Ethiopia and a plant breeding academy in Kenya have been announced. The new partnership was approved at a meeting in Brussels of the EU-Africa High Level Policy Dialogue on science, technology and innovation held on 29 November, according to a European Commission alert. Read more...

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New satellite could deliver MOOCs to Africa

http://enews.ksu.edu.sa/wp-content/uploads/2011/10/UWN.jpgBy Nic Mitchell. Massive open online courses – MOOCs – could soon be delivered from the sky to remote areas in Africa, following the launch of the Inmarsat satellite, the Alphabus, an international higher education conference was told this week. Originally conceived as a means of bringing broadband to parts of Africa and elsewhere that do not have mobile coverage, the seven-and-a-half tonne satellite could also help to deliver educational opportunities to thousands, if not millions, of Africans – if UK Universities and Science Minister David Willetts has his way. Read more...

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Protecting higher education from attack – Report

http://enews.ksu.edu.sa/wp-content/uploads/2011/10/UWN.jpgBy Peta Lee. Violent attacks on higher education are a widespread problem affecting institutions and personnel worldwide, and governments should take responsibility for protecting them, says the Global Coalition to Protect Education from Attack in a report released this month.
The organisation said states should ensure that universities were spaces where professors and students were safe to teach, learn and research, and which were free from threats to their physical and psychological well-being.
Universities and their staff and students experienced violence, abuse and intimidation in nearly 40 countries between January 2009 and February 2013, according to the report Institutional Autonomy and the Protection of Higher Education from Attack. Read more...

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UK leads Web potential to boost international students

http://enews.ksu.edu.sa/wp-content/uploads/2011/10/UWN.jpgBy David Jobbins. Leading British universities are well placed to benefit from the continuing increase in international higher education, according to a just-published analysis of internet searches over the past three years. A report, Britain’s Higher Education Empire, launched jointly by Google UK and OC&C Strategy Consultants, says there is a significant opportunity for UK universities to claim their share of the international higher education market – estimated to be worth £12 billion (US$19.7 billion) by 2020. Read more...

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