17 août 2014

Heated debate over the value of masters degrees

By Jan Petter Myklebust. In the past year there has been intense debate about masters degrees in Norway. The debate was launched by Professor Linda Lai at the BI Norwegian Business School, who introduced the concept of mastersyke – which in Norwegian means ‘masters degree illness’, with criticism of the degree supported by major surveys by Lai and Norwegian business. Read more...

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New university reform law brews controversy

By María Elena Hurtado. Peru’s new university law, promulgated by President Ollanta Humala on 8 July, has become a political hot potato in this South American country. The president called it a “fundamental step” on the road to quality higher education. Read more...

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African Virtual University to launch 29 e-learning centres

By Wagdy Sawahel. In an effort to provide African learners with greater access to higher education opportunities, the African Virtual University, in partnership with the African Development Bank, is launching 29 new open, distance and e-learning centres in 21 African countries. Read more...

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Open science network calls for Global South case studies

By Karen MacGregor. The just launched Open and Collaborative Science in Development Network is calling for case studies that use “innovative and transformative open processes in generating knowledge and actions” aimed at tackling challenges in the Global South. The broad aim of OCSDNet is to see whether and how open and networked research could support development. Read more...

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Lagos State University’s tuition fee fiasco

By Tunde Fatunde. At a Lagos State University graduation ceremony this month, the state’s Governor Babatunde Fashola – who is also the university visitor – ordered a sharp rise in tuition fees to be reversed. The announcement was unprecedented in the annals of higher education fee regimes in Nigeria and is bound to have far-reaching effects. Read more...

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Trends in students online – Not such digital natives?

By Peta Lee. A study of trends in student digital use has confirmed the need for universities to deploy a range of tools in communicating with prospective students. Laura Bridgestock, author of the report just published by university rankings body QS, warned institutions not to “underestimate the importance of traditional communication methods even in the Web 3.0 era”. Read more...

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Pilot global quality platform for ‘non-traditional’ HE

By Karen MacGregor. A global quality platform to review non-institutional education providers is to be piloted by America’s Council for Higher Education Accreditation and its International Quality Group. The platform is aimed at protecting students and is a response to the explosion of non-traditional provision – including MOOCs – and increasingly international higher education. Read more...

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Thousands of foreign students in visa fraud racket

By Geoff Maslen. Tens of thousands of foreign students have become permanent residents in Australia as a likely result of widespread fraud and corruption within and outside the federal Immigration Department.
Documents provided to Fairfax Media journalists and an investigation by Monash University academics has revealed that thousands of foreigners have avoided federal regulations and been granted illegal permanent residency visas. Read more...

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US tops Shanghai university rankings, China on rise

By Geoff Maslen. American universities have again outranked more than 1,250 other higher education institutions around the world in the annual Shanghai Jiao Tong listing of the global top 500 universities. And for the 12th year running, Harvard was placed number one.
The global Academic Ranking of World Universities, or ARWU, was released on Friday with the usual long list of United States universities taking 16 places in the top 20, 52 in the top 100 and 146 in the top 500. Read more...

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Asta-Finanzaufsicht: Studentenvertreter wehren sich gegen Kontrollettis

SPIEGEL ONLINEVon . Gut 47.000 Studenten hat die Universität Köln, und jeder bezahlt an den Asta, den Allgemeinen Studierendenausschuss, einen sogenannten Studentenschaftsbeitrag von derzeit 8,77 Euro pro Semester. Dazu kommen noch Abgaben für den Hochschulsport (1,75 Euro), die Fachschaft (2,10 Euro) sowie für das Semesterticket (112,70 Euro) und das NRW-Ticket (44,00 Euro). Mehr...

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