17 mai 2014

Tuition fee caps removed in Australian federal budget

By . Australia is to remove all caps on tuition fees, a move billed as allowing its universities to compete with “the best in the world”.
The removal of fee caps, to apply from 2016, was announced alongside a cut in government funding for universities in the budget unveiled on 13 May by Joe Hockey, the Australian treasurer. More...

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Social mobility debate ‘too focused on elite universities’

By . The UK’s social mobility debate is too narrowly focused on a “small number of elite universities” and needs to be “dragged out of the 1970s”.
That is the argument set out by the University Alliance, a mission group of 22 universities, in a report published today under the title “Closing the gap: unlocking opportunity through higher education”. More...

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Nirvana of HE funding is not US and Australia, warns Gunn

By . Too many policy experts look to the US and Australia as “some higher education funding nirvana”, according to the vice-chancellor who chairs Million+. The comments from Michael Gunn, vice-chancellor of Staffordshire University, follow a recent report highlighting lessons England could draw from the Australian higher education system. Nick Hillman, the director of the Higher Education Policy Institute and former special adviser to David Willetts, published last month a Hepi pamphlet on England-Australia comparisons. More...

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Students ‘positive’ about transnational HE despite high cost

By . The impact of transnational higher education on host nations is mainly positive, although more could be done to raise awareness among students.
They are among the findings of research published by the British Council and the German Academic Exchange Service on TNE, the delivery of higher education programmes in a different country from the one where the overseeing institution is based. More...

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Top 100 most influential UK and US universities on Twitter

By . Most universities in the UK and the US now have a presence on Twitter, but which institutions can claim to be using the micro-blogging social network most effectively?
Internet marketing company Coldlime has been crunching the numbers for the 100 top-ranked universities in the UK and the US, and has produced what it believes is a definitive list of the most influential higher education institutions on both sides of the Atlantic. More...

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Really scraping the bottom… can’t we at least get parental leave during a postdoc?

http://www.universityaffairs.ca/images/BlogTheBlackHole.pngBy David Kent. Paid parental leave is absolutely essential if we want to retain the best and brightest minds in academia. Paid parental leave is the bare minimum of what should be provided for highly trained researchers with PhDs and it has instead become one of the hot button issues for early career researchers. One of the most stressful aspects of being a postdoctoral fellow is the lack of security and the financial instability. This can be absolutely crippling once you introduce babies into the mix. Postdocs tend to survive on short term contracts, fellowships or grants and are often frantically trying to figure out where next year’s paycheck will come from. A repeated refrain here at the Black Hole is that postdoctoral status in Canada is notoriously uncertain. More...

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Student-led conference educates the Edmonton medical community on LGBTQ health

http://t2.gstatic.com/images?q=tbn:ANd9GcQWMTBx0CPzMFK637Zb6AgNbjhxfVRtTVkrwKoq4ZPL2p18KKWOEwB3AWIBy Cait Wills. Conference discussed ways that the health-care system can stigmatize people with different sexual orientation.
A group of students in the faculty of medicine and dentistry at the University of Alberta held a conference aimed at breaking down barriers for sexual minorities. The Inclusive Health Conference was proposed by Anthony Lott, a medical student in his final year, and organized by the Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Advocacy Committee in the faculty of medicine. It took place May 3 on campus, attracting some 50 participants. More...

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Niche programs proliferate at business schools

http://t2.gstatic.com/images?q=tbn:ANd9GcQWMTBx0CPzMFK637Zb6AgNbjhxfVRtTVkrwKoq4ZPL2p18KKWOEwB3AWIBy Natalie Samson. Golf, mining, and fine arts are the focus of new graduate programs.
At a conservative estimate, there are about 15,000 students enrolled in MBA programs at 40 business schools in Canada. With total fees for Canadian students reaching $90,000 for some programs, graduate-level business education can be, well, big business for universities and a big investment for students. If the number of people taking the GMAT – a prerequisite for admission to most graduate business programs -- in Canada is any indication, it’s an investment more and more Canadians are willing to make. More...

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Nearly one in every three postgraduates in Australian universities comes from overseas

By Geoff Maslen. Nearly one in every three postgraduates in Australian universities comes from overseas and their contribution to the nation’s higher education system is enormous – most notably by helping many faculties survive via the estimated $3 billion they pay in fees each year. International postgraduates make markedly different choices in courses they enrol in compared with local students. Read more...

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University fee rises end students' gap year plans

By . Gap year is a rite of passage for many school-leavers, but taking a year off to travel the world is an unexpected casualty of the Abbott government's first budget.
The plans of Imogen Smith, 18, from Balmain, are in disarray after Tuesday's budget. She had secured year-long employment at an international school in Guangzhou, the largest city in the Chinese province of Guandong. Read more...

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