05 octobre 2014

Survey: Joint Degrees from A to Z

All colleagues working with international joint degrees are invited to complete the JDAZ survey to provide feedback on a manual on joint degrees. To guarantee the practical use of the guide, your voice is very important! Please read one or more chapters of your choice and complete the questionnaire via this link by 24 October 2014.
This  survey is part of the Erasmus Mundus Action 3 Project Joint Degrees from A to Z (JDAZ), coordinated by NUFFIC. The JDAZ project aims to provide clarity for all those involved in developing and managing joint programmes, by developing a reference guide on joint degrees bringing together all practical guidelines and information on joint programmes.
More information: NUFFIC. More...

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Tech tips: Guide on using webinars and live chat for student recruitment

You’ve likely been invited to use live chat when shopping online or seen companies offering training for their own staff or clients using webinars. In the field of higher education, these tools have also become increasingly popular among universities in countries such as the US, Australia, and the UK. Early adopters of webinars and live chat in the higher education sector have been using them for different purposes, such as training library users, providing IT support, tracing alumni, conducting joint study courses, marketing study programmes, and recruiting (international) students, etc. Their systematic use for student recruitment is, nevertheless, a very recent phenomenon and the level of professionalization varies across institutions and even individual academic programmes and departments. Additionally, to celebrate the launch of this new service, StudyPortals is offering 10 free webinars including support, promotion and feedback for ACA members. You can directly contact StudyPortals to make use of this offer at educoach@studyportals.com. The free offers are given out on a first-come-first-served basis.
Learn more about ACA’s role in the EduCoach project: ACA. More...

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43rd ACA European Policy Seminar: Get enlightened on Liberal Arts!

The next ACA European Policy Seminar is getting closer and ACA is looking forward to welcoming you on 9 October in Brussels to discuss Liberal Arts (and Sciences) education in Europe. The seminar will provide an introduction into the philosophy and the main features of Liberal Arts education, amongst them the college system, undergraduate research and (small) size. It will also present and analyse varied examples of successful Liberal Arts programmes in different European countries. If you are interested and you haven’t registered yet, there is still time to do it here.

Are you still in the dark about Liberal Arts and Sciences education? Before joining us at the seminar, you can start to satisfy your curiosity by taking a look at the Bernd Wächter Series.  Throughout three short video episodes, ACA Director Bernd Wächter will enlighten you on Liberal Arts education: watch the Bernd Wächter Series here!

Programme of the seminar: ACA.

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How much does your vice chancellor cost?

http://www.nteu.org.au//var/files/thumbs/a780532dd116f8da145bac8c4c7961bc_e7e2a056b6c5e8722188bac5fbb3550f_w80_.jpgBy Paul Kniest. The NTEU believes that the Australian public has the right to know how much it costs each of Australia’s public universities to remunerate their vice chancellors.   This is especially important in the current environment, because as the academic and administrative leaders of our public universities, vice-chancellors have a powerful voice in the current policy debate in relation to the deregulation of university fees and the costs shifted onto students.
The following briefing note reports the value of the highest level of remuneration paid to a senior officer  at each of Australia’s public universities as reported in their 2013 Annual reports. It does not try to answer questions like:

  • why the average remuneration of vice chancellors (about $770,000) is 50% higher than the Prime Minister’s pay and about twice that paid to Ministers?
  • why the level of remuneration for vice chancellors varies from about $445,000 at ECU to almost $1.1m at ACU?
  • why the increase in remuneration for some vice chancellors between 2012 and 2013 as well above increases in inflation or average earnings? More...

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Have our vice chancellors lost their way?

http://www.nteu.org.au//var/files/thumbs/a780532dd116f8da145bac8c4c7961bc_e7e2a056b6c5e8722188bac5fbb3550f_w80_.jpgBy Paul Kniest. According to an opinion piece entitled Vice-chancellors favour deregulation because they have lost their way published in the Australian of 1 January 2014, Hannah Forsyth argues that as result of market and state-based regulatory pressures over the last three decades we have seen the emergence of "university leaders who think about their responsibilities differently".  She then concludes that "Instead of being conscious of what universities achieve for society, vice-chancellors are now beholden to their institution and its place in the market. This has shifted their focus from the public good to a fiduciary obligation to their ­employer". More...

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Do our vice-chancellors trust themselves or one another?

http://www.nteu.org.au//var/files/thumbs/a780532dd116f8da145bac8c4c7961bc_e7e2a056b6c5e8722188bac5fbb3550f_w80_.jpgBy Paul Kniest. What is clear from an initial scan of different submissions to Senate Inquiry into the Higher Education and Research Reform Amendment Bill 2014 is the lack of coherence amongst our universities in relation to some of the more important of the government’s proposed policy changes.
Not surprisingly, one aspect of the government’s proposed policy changes that all universities seem to be agreed on is that the cuts to funding per Commonwealth supported place of 20% should be abandoned, or at the very least, substantially reduced.  That having been said there seems to be little agreement however on whether other savings are needed to be found to fund this, and if so where those savings might come from.   Universities Australia for example, is in favour of “moderating” the cut. More...

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LEADHER 2015: last days to apply!

The 2015 LEADHER competition was launched in July this year. Only three weeks left to send in your application form!
The deadline for this competition is October 12, 2014. Guidelines and Application form are available from here.
IMPORTANT! - Please note that this year, for reporting reasons imposed by the Donor Agency, 2015 LEADHER projects and all related reporting must be completed by 15 June 2015 at the latest (this means that the 2 learning visits must be completed and the activity and financial reports received at IAU by this deadline). If the deadline is not respected, IAU will not be able to pay the second half of the grant. More...

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HEP gets new Impact Factor rating

Along with Palgrave Macmillan, the publishers of Higher Education Policy (HEP), the Association's quarterly research journal, IAU is pleased to announce that the Thomson-Reuters Journal Citation Report has just been released for 2013, increasing the journal's Impact Factor to 0.415 from 0.185 for 2012. This now places HEP in 159th place out of 219 journals. For more information on the journal, please visit the HEP homepage. More...

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ISAS beneficiary in Japan wins an award

Meiji University, Japan, wins one of the 2014-2023 "Top Global School" Projects Awards, and the Vice President, International and her colleagues are convinced that without the ISAS process, (IAU’s Internationalization Strategies Advisory Service), the institution could not have achieved this success. The ISAS process involved a small panel of international and Japanese experts who worked with the leadership and other stakeholders from the University for nearly 8 months to assess and strengthen the institutional strategy for internationalization.
IAU congratulates Meiji University and is pleased to note that, as with Hokkaido University, the first Japanese institution to call on the IAU’s ISAS in 2010, the University will now have additional resources to carry out its internationalization plans. More...

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Annual procurement survey results

HEFCE logoHEFCE has received the results of the most recent Efficiency Measurement Model survey, through which universities report on the efficiencies achieved through improved procurement methods.
The survey, coordinated by the British Universities Finance Directors Group and the North Western Universities Purchasing Consortium, received 94 responses from English institutions for 2012-13, an increase of over 20 per cent on the previous year. More...

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