By Nick Martin. First Nations that contract with public education to operate their schools should continue to do so — if that’s what they think is best for them, native leader Shawn Atleo said Tuesday.
"Existing agreements, if they’re working, there’s no need to change them," said Atleo, national chief of the Assembly of First Nations. More...
By Bernard Lane. Jim Barber, having left the University of New England, has come back to small-town central Victoria, where destructive bushfires are still fresh in memory.
Ahead he sees a different kind of threat, a global challenge reaching into every region, and that’s largely why he quit early as vice-chancellor. More...
By . The hunt for statistics in the Arab world can be as daunting as snooping for classified intelligence during a time of war. Any journalist or researcher will tell you statistics in the region are often hard to get access to, reports are often secretive and getting any information can involve lots of negotiation. So a service allowing researchers access to 20 years of annual country reports about the region divided by industries will be considered useful by many academics in the Arab world.
Oxford Business Group has started a service that allows participating universities’ students access to archives of 220 reports and 22,000 articles about 38 emerging markets in the Middle East, Asia, Africa and Latin America. The reports are published annually and cover 20 sectors, including agriculture, education, financial services, tourism, media, health, energy and tourism. These include trends in the industry, statistics about the economy as well as financial data and censuses. “It is all primary research conducted on the ground by our team of analysts,” says Stephanie Parker, the group’s director of circulation and communications. “Each team spends six to 10 months on the ground in each country compiling the research.” The research is based on hundreds of interviews in each country. The website’s database is also conveniently searchable by keywords.
The academic service was first started in the United Kingdom in 2010 but has recently expanded to include universities in countries across the region, says Parker.
Any university enrolled in the academic program can give its students access to the entire online library. The group has a list of more than 70 universities and business schools globally with 10,000 registered students. Students in partner universities can access the database through registration cards made available in classes, booths, libraries or cafeterias on campuses. Once registered, the student can access the entire library of research, including premium content, free of charge. If the university opted to purchase a subscription, anyone logged into the university’s network can download the PDFs of the reports, otherwise, the students get read-only access. (A complete list of the enrolled universities is at the bottom of this article.)
Students in universities that aren’t enrolled in the program and independent researchers, however, can still access reports. “On the occasions when students do contact us from a university that has yet to enter the program, we naturally give them access but then hope to engage with the university directly,” says Parker. “If a student who is studying independently contacts us, we are likely to make an exception and give them access to the free, read-only academic subscription.”
She said the students who appear to be most interested in the online library are studying economics, business or international studies. The group has recently published its first report on Myanmar this year and covers various countries in the Arab region, including Algeria, Egypt, Jordan, Kuwait, Tunisia, the Emirates and Saudi Arabia.
For more information or to request access to Oxford Business Group’s reports by e-mail write to firstname.lastname@example.org
Other Sources for Country Reports and Statistics:
Arab Advisors Group: The group publishes different reports on the region, including market research, analysis and forecast in communication, media, technology and finance. Some of their reports are freely available on their website and others require payment.
Arab Social Media Report: Produced by the Dubai School of Government’s Governance and Innovation, the report is produced periodically and analyzes online trends across the Arab world and Iran, Israel and Turkey.
Arab Media and Society: This is an academic journal that covers articles and reports on the Arab world’s advertising, journalism, publishing, media and blogging. It is divided by topics as well as countries.
The Dubai Press Club: The club publishes periodical reports on the region’s media industry, which include the Arab Media Outlook and Media and Technology.
Deloitte: The financial consultants publish industry reports for countries in the Middle East and Africa in cooperation with local researchers and academia.
Arab Network for Human Rights Information: An NGO defending human rights, the network publishes various reports on issues concerning freedom and human rights in the region.
PriceWaterHouseCoopers: The financial consultants publish international industry reports that include regional reports on various issues.
The World Bank Data: A complete database for economic and social indicators searchable by country or by sector.
The International Monetary Fund: The fund publishes reports on economic and financial trends around the world that include The World Economic Outlook Reports (WEO), Global Financial Stability Reports (GFSR), Regional Economic Outlooks and Fiscal Monitor Reports.
Doing Business: Series of global, regional and national reports on regulations and legislation concerning investment and businesses put together by the International Finance Cooperation and the World Bank.
The Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development: The organization publishes reports divided by sectors with global and regional statistics on progress and development of different sectors. There is also a report on Africa and several other specialized reports that are searchable by keyword or through their online database.
Human Rights Watch World Report: An annual report covering 90 countries and divided into country chapters covering human rights practices around the world.
McKinsey and Company: The company publishes regional articles and reports on various issues concerning the Middle Eastern and African market. The reports normally focus on a specific issue. Read more...
By . Tawfik Jelassi was named to be Tunisia’s minister of higher education, scientific research, information and communication technologies, at the end of January as part of a caretaker government of self-proclaimed apolitical technocrats chosen to end the country’s political crisis and pave the way for general elections planned for the end of the year. Mr. Jelassi earned his Ph.D. in information systems from New York University’s business school. He has had a 35-year career as an information technology professor specializing in e-business, mainly at the University of Indiana and at INSEAD—a leading business school in Paris. More...
By Garry Kranz. Use of massive open online courses has been confined mostly to academia, although momentum is slowly building among corporations.
Robert Hall doesn’t consider himself an expert on massive open online courses, otherwise known as MOOCs. But after creating learning content through MOOC vendor Udemy, Hall is the go-to guy at Marek Bros., a Houston-based construction company. More...
By Saikat Basu. In December last year, Coursera promised that an official Android version would follow the then-launched iOS app. The native app for Android now makes its debut. Coursera on your mobile expands the reach for the worldwide MOOC platform, and gives you another option to learn on the go. Download it from the Google Play Store. It is still not available worldwide, but should roll out soon.
The Coursera Android app – just like its iOS counterpart – helps you learn, search, pick, and enroll for any of the 600-odd courses available on the platform in 20 subject areas, from mathematics to music to medicine. Just to remind you, Coursera brings top-class lectures from institutes like Yale and Stanford within the touching distance of a click for free. More...
By Christa Avampato. MOOCs (Massive Open Online Courses) have revolutionized and democratized continuing education. Dozens of top universities from all over the world offer them in hundreds of subjects on a variety of platforms. For entrepreneurs and would-be entrepreneurs, these courses are a way to gain new skills and knowledge, polish existing skills, and meet others with similar interests.
Cousera is one of the largest platforms for MOOCs. They’re all free and many of them have the option of providing a certificate of completion. While they are not yet degree-bearing and don’t carry class credits the way that traditional classes do, they’re perfect for those of use who are life-long learners with endless amounts of curiosity. Below is a selection of Coursera MOOCs for entrepreneurs that are starting soon:
An Introduction to Marketing (UPenn)
Marketing is one of the most important aspects of any startup. More...
« En 2011, dans le secteur privé et les entreprises publiques, la rémunération brute mensuelle moyenne des salariés en équivalent-temps plein (EQTP) s’est élevée à 2 829 euros (+2,4 % par rapport à 2010) et le salaire moyen net de tous prélèvements sociaux à 2 128 euros (+2,3 %).
Les salaires nets ont crû plus rapidement en 2011 (+2,3 %) qu’en 2010 (+2,0 %) dans la plupart des secteurs, à l’exception des activités immobilières, de l’information et communication, de l’hébergement et restauration, de la fabrication des denrées alimentaires, de boissons et de produits à base de tabac, et de la construction, où le salaire net moyen a ralenti…. »
Dares Analyses - 2014-028 - Les salaires par secteur et par branche professionnelle en 2011
Les premiers résultats de l'enquête 2013 auprès de la Génération 2010 sont disponibles.
En 2013, trois ans après leur sortie du système éducatif, 22 % des jeunes actifs sont en recherche d’emploi.
Il s’agit du niveau le plus haut jamais observé dans les enquêtes d’insertion du Céreq.
La hausse, par rapport à la Génération 2004, est de 16 points pour les non-diplômés et de 3 points pour les diplômés du supérieur long. Toutefois, les premiers emplois ne sont ni plus précaires, ni moins rémunérateurs.
Bref CEREQ, n° 319, 2014 : Face à la crise, le fossé se creuse entre niveaux de diplôme
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