15 juin 2014

Fee deregulation will reverse 'dumbing down' of Australia's universities: top physicist Harry Messel

By . Fee deregulation will reverse the "dumbing down" of higher education and the era of "one-size-fits-all" universities, according to one of the icons of Australian science. 
Harry Messel, who was Head of Physics at the University of Sydney for 35 years, was last week awarded the Academy Medal, one of the Australian Academy of Science's highest honours. The author of the Messel "blue book", once ubiquitous in Australian high schools, founded the International Science School and is a former vice-chancellor of Bond University. Read more...

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Turning brain drain into brain circulation

http://p9.storage.canalblog.com/95/66/1154600/96922845.pngBy Torsten Wiesel. Overseas scholarships that encourage scientists to return to their home countries are helping to rebuild science in Latin America, says Torsten Wiesel. It takes a long time for a country to build a strong base in science, but only a short time to destroy it. Germany was a sad example. It was a world leader in the sciences for more than a century, until its science base was demolished during the Nazi era, and the country ceded its position to the United States. It has taken decades for Germany to rise again to its current level of excellence. More...

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Quality in higher education sacrificed for quantity

http://enews.ksu.edu.sa/wp-content/uploads/2011/10/UWN.jpgBy Goolam Mohamedbhai. The recent findings of the Inter-University Council for East Africa regarding the quality of graduates in Burundi, Kenya, Rwanda, Tanzania and Uganda must be considered a wake-up call for African higher education. Between 51% and 63% of graduates from these countries were found to be ‘half-baked’ according to the employers. This is, to put it mildly, alarming.
Although the study covered only five countries and robust data on the quality of graduates in other African countries are not available, there is a general feeling that the findings are equally applicable, in varying degrees, to most Sub-Saharan African countries. Read more...

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Expanding graduate education in Malaysia and Thailand

http://enews.ksu.edu.sa/wp-content/uploads/2011/10/UWN.jpgBy Chiao-Ling Chien and David W Chapman. Across Asia, higher education enrolment has experienced explosive growth over the last few decades, from 20 million students in 1980 to 84 million in 2011. To serve this growing enrolment, graduate programmes needed to expand, both to supply more instructors and to upgrade existing instructors’ qualifications in cases where unqualified lecturers were hired to teach in response to increasing numbers of undergraduates. Read more...

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The gaokao – The test where time stands still

http://enews.ksu.edu.sa/wp-content/uploads/2011/10/UWN.jpgBy John Richard Schrock. Police cars blocked the street, parked front bumper to back bumper, forming a barricade to traffic. Five blocks ahead, a similar barricade prevented any oncoming traffic. I had told my taxi driver "Yangling High School" and we had arrived.
I faced the quietest scene in China since I landed in Beijing one week after the Wenchuan earthquake and the whole country came to a halt in a moment of silence. But this was an annual event and is the most critical time in the life of Chinese youth.
It was the second day of the two-day national high school leaving examination or college entrance exam, the gaokao. Read more...

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Teach students soft skills

http://enews.ksu.edu.sa/wp-content/uploads/2011/10/UWN.jpgBy William Patrick Leonard. The financial relationship between students and their tertiary education institutions partially mirrors a contract. While both sides brings something to the table – tuition in exchange for instructional services with certification upon meeting all requirements – there are important differences. Read more...

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Higher education, the Tea Party’s unlikely farm team

http://enews.ksu.edu.sa/wp-content/uploads/2011/10/UWN.jpgBy Jack Stripling, The Chronicle of Higher Education. College campuses may seem to be unlikely laboratories for producing viable Tea Party candidates, but this election season the record is surprisingly good. Read more...

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Huge growth in UK transnational students in UAE – Review

http://enews.ksu.edu.sa/wp-content/uploads/2011/10/UWN.jpgBy Peta Lee. The number of students studying for a British transnational education award in the United Arab Emirates, or UAE, has seen astonishing growth over the past few years. This includes a 37% increase in students during the past two years – bringing to 15,000 the number studying there for United Kingdom awards.
The UK Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education, or QAA, has just released the findings of a Review of UK Transnational Education in United Arab Emirates: Overview. Read more...

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Government pledge to help boost postgraduate demand

http://enews.ksu.edu.sa/wp-content/uploads/2011/10/UWN.jpgBy Nic Mitchell. As demand for full-time English undergraduate education continues to confound the prophets of doom by going up this year – despite the near three-fold increase in tuition fees – concern is mounting at falling applications for postgraduate courses, especially from British students. Read more...

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Students – Aspiring for a better world

http://enews.ksu.edu.sa/wp-content/uploads/2011/10/UWN.jpgBy Junya Ogasawara. Our society is becoming more connected and complicated every day in this era of globalisation, and every country faces so-called global issues such as poverty, human rights, and educational or environment problems, whether directly or indirectly. Many organisations, including the United Nations and higher education institutions, have been tackling these matters. However, there are still many possible avenues these organisations could explore. This is one of the reasons why the United Nations Academic Impact, or UNAI, was launched four years ago in 2010. UNAI is a global initiative that aims to promote the realisation of the aims of the UN through activities and research. Read more...

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