31 août 2014

Eurobarometer survey on European Area of Skills and Competencies

By Hedda. Eurobarometer is a Europe wide public opinion survey that has been conducted since 1973 to monitor views on issues such as: social situation, health, culture, defence and so forth. Occasionally, special surveys are also launched for more detailed analysis on a specific subject or topic. See more...

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Flow of Chinese grad students to U.S. slows

By . Is it finally happening?
For years, U.S. university administrators have worried that China’s massive investment in higher education would eventually mean fewer Chinese students seeking to earn advanced science and engineering degrees at their institutions. A new survey from the Council of Graduate Schools (CGS) hints that the time may be approaching: For the second straight year, graduate applications from Chinese students are essentially flat. So is the number of acceptances, the first time that has happened in nearly a decade. More...

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Got skills? Retooling vocational education

FOR decades vocational education has suffered from the twin curses of low status and limited innovation. Politicians have equated higher education with traditional universities of the sort that they themselves attended. Parents have steered children away from “shop class”. And vocational studies have been left to languish: the detritus of an industrial era rather than the handmaiden of a new economy. More...

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EU plans to get tough on IP infringement raise concern

SciDevA new European Union plan to tackle “unprecedented levels” of intellectual property infringement by withholding funding from developing countries has been criticised by experts who say it may do more harm than good.
Released last month (1 July), the strategy updates a 2004 action plan which aimed to promote intellectual property rights (IPR) and combat piracy and counterfeiting. Such activities cost the EU an estimated €8 billion (almost US$10.6 billion) a year. More...

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Green light for Vietnam-Japan partnership

By  Beckie Smith. Vietnam’s second planned partner university with Japan has been given the green light by Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung. The nonprofit Tokyo Vietnam Medical University, part-funded by Japan’s Waseda Health Sciences Education Corporation, will be located in the northern Vietnamese province of Hung Yen. More...

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Spanish, Portuguese MOOC platform rolled out in Latin America

By Sara Custer. The leading MOOC provider for the Spanish speaking world, Miríada X, has been rolled-out globally expanding the platform’s reach beyond Europe into the wider Latin American market where increasing broadband availability is driving demand for online education. More...

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Spinning Door for Professors May Hurt UAE Higher Ed, Researchers Find

By . The United Arab Emirates (UAE) champions itself as a hub of higher learning in the Arab world, drawing brand names such as New York University and hosting the world’s largest collection of branch campuses. More...

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Arab Students Grow Community Roots with “Service Learning”

By . More than a decade ago, students at the American University in Cairo marched a camel around campus to raise awareness about water waste and conservation. They put stickers in bathrooms reading: “Every drop counts.” They hung posters in prayer rooms. And they passed around flyers from an information booth—all as part of a writing course that embraced a teaching methodology known as service learning. More...

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The latest innovations in university-businesses partnerships

eCampus NewsBy Maria Wood. As the debate over the “skills gap” accelerates, however, collaborations between universities and businesses are becoming more sophisticated and intertwined, evolving to meet shifting economic, marketplace and educational needs. For example, now IBM University Programs (IBM UP) partners with 28 business schools and universities to craft curricula in the emerging field of big data analysis. More...

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Why higher ed is still a smart investment

eCampus NewsBy Brian Lukoff. But from 2000 to 2013, the cost of attendance after accounting for financial aid and tax breaks—not the “sticker price” that few students pay—increased by 55 percent for public four-year universities, at a time when the median household income in the U.S. actually declined. At the same time, by 2012 the average student debt at graduation was nearly $30,000, with over 70 percent of students graduating with debt. More...

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