11 mars 2014

University education, like love, cannot simply be moved online

Go to the Globe and Mail homepageBy Sky Gilbert. Recently, a former president of the University of Guelph, Alastair Summerlee, delivered a speech in which he urged students and faculty alike to embrace the future: “We’re part of a legacy system that goes back to the days of monks. In the days since books were written one at a time, society embraced the printing press and now the internet. And yet we still teach by standing up and talking to people” The answer, Mr. Summerlee said, is to “create more online courses.”
I disagree.

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Cyberbullying on the rise at Canadian universities, studies show

Go to the Globe and Mail homepageBy Vivian Luk. Cyberbullies have grown up. Research out of Simon Fraser University suggests that the online abuse that has been so prevalent on the teenage battlefield is carrying through to the arena of adults at Canadian universities. Papers to be presented at a symposium in Vancouver on Wednesday say that undergraduate students are harassing their peers on social media, instructors are on the receiving end of student-led online smear campaigns, and faculty members are belittling their colleagues in emails. Read more...

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What motivates grads to give to their alma mater?

Go to the Globe and Mail homepageBy Daina Lawrence. Every year, Canadian business people hand over big cheques to the country’s business schools to go toward scholarships, construction projects and overall program improvement – some schools are even named after big-money donors. Read more...

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Professors are teaching less but not necessarily researching more

Go to the Globe and Mail homepageBy Margaret Wente. What do university professors do? Ask most parents, and they’ll probably say something like, “They teach our kids to think clearly and master a body of knowledge so that they’re prepared for a decent career.” Ask a professor, and you’ll get a different answer. Professors are expected to do a roughly equal measure of teaching and research, plus a bunch of administrative and “service” stuff on the side. Most parents might be surprised to learn that, on average, teaching is expected to take up only two-fifths of a professor’s time. Read more...

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China's education reform drive draws applause, advice worldwide

人民网Premier Li Keqiang has stressed recently that China would strive to balance the distribution of educational resources, properly reform the entrance exam approach and accelerate the building of an employment-oriented modern vocational education system to boost education quality and fairness.
China's educational reforms laid out in the government work report at the ongoing annual session of China's top legislature has drawn wide applause and helpful advice from education experts and professionals worldwide. More...

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Jason Kenney on 6-day study tour to Germany, U.K.

By Susana Mas. Rob Norris, Saskatchewan's minister of advanced learning, will be part of delegation. Employment Minister Jason Kenney is taking a Canadian delegation on a study tour of Germany and the U.K. this week to learn from their respective education and skills training systems, a model he has touted as "enormously successful" and one Canada could learn from. Germany's dual system of vocational education and training, where students learn a trade for a few years and then go on to obtain a university degree, is said to be one of the major factors in the country's economic success. More...

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Globalization and Higher Education Reforms in Japan: The Obstacles to Greater International Competitiveness

nippon.comBy Amano Ikuo. Japan’s universities have experienced a huge number of systemic and organizational reforms over the last 20 years. Amano Ikuo, professor emeritus at the University of Tokyo, looks back on the origins of the reforms as a response to globalization and ahead to the problems that still need to be addressed.
More than half a century after a new system of tertiary education began during the American occupation following World War II, Japan’s universities and colleges are once again in the throes of major reforms. The tempest of change that started in the early 1990s continues to blow through the world of higher education. What are the reasons for this major shakeup of the country’s higher education system? In this article, I want to look at the six factors I believe are most responsible: three international megatrends and three factors specific to conditions in Japan. More...

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Answering the call of Europe

By Louise Holden. With UK universities hiking prices, Irish graduates are opting to study though English in Holland, Scandinavia and Eastern Europe. Irish school leavers are broadening their horizons when it comes to choosing a third level programme. Universities across Europe are offering degree courses through English, and the entry requirements and fee arrangements are, in many cases, very competitive. According to the latest figures from Eurostat on student mobility in Europe, more than 25,000 Irish people were enrolled in further or higher education in other EU member states in 2011. More...

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More South Africans in higher education

Since 1994, the headcount enrolments at the country’s universities have approximately doubled to almost one million students.
“University enrolment has almost doubled in size, increasing from 495 356 in 1994 in universities, including technikons and teacher training colleges- to 938 201 in 2011 in public universities and universities of technology,” says the 20 Year Review, realeased on Tuesday by President Jacob Zuma, which illustrates what has been achieved in the country over the past twenty years.
President Zuma said the Twenty Year Review was packed with facts and figures to support its analysis, and where the facts indicate that the country has made progress, the Review says so, and where they indicate that "we have challenges and have made mistakes, we also say so."
By 2011, women made up 54% of all students enrolled in contact university programmes, according to the Review. More...

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Accord pour l’insertion professionnelle et l’emploi des jeunes dans l’ESS

Logo de l'Agence Régionale de la Formation tout au long de la vie (ARFTLV Poitou-charentes)L’UDES a signé, le 21 février 2014, avec quatre confédérations syndicales de salariés (CFDT, CFE-CGC, CFTC, FO) un accord sur l’insertion professionnelle et l’emploi des jeunes dans l’économie sociale et solidaire (ESS).
Cet accord prévoit notamment, en matière d’insertion :
• de promouvoir l’ESS auprès des jeunes et des prescripteurs d’emploi, sur la base de partenariats avec les ministères certificateurs et le service public de l’emploi. L’objectif est de favoriser une meilleure connaissance du secteur, de ses métiers et des parcours de formation ainsi qu’une meilleure perception des opportunités d’emploi ;
• d'améliorer les condition d’accueil des jeunes nouvellement embauchés, des stagiaires et le déroulement des stages ;
• d’engager une réflexion sur l’alternance dans les branches professionnelles de l’ESS, et prévoir les conditions de développement de l’apprentissage par voie d’accord multi-professionnel qui établiront un cadre pour le financement de l’apprentissage et la mise en œuvre d’une politique de formation adaptée dans l’ESS.
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