25 décembre 2014

The BFUG Endorsed the Final Report of the Structural Reforms Working Group and Pathfinder Group on Automatic Recognition

At its meeting in Rome on 27-28 November 2014 the BFUG endorsed the final report of Structural Reforms working group as well as the Pathfinder group on automatic recognition.
Structural Reforms working group (SRWG)
The main reason why the BFUG decided to appoint only four working groups in the 2012 – 2015 program, and to give each one a broad mandate, was a desire to provide a more coherent context and framework for the further development of the EHEA. This was not least the case for structural reforms and it gave rise to a broad mandate and a broad membership of the group, with four co-chairs (Council of Europe (coordinator), Belgium (Flemish Community), Holy See and Poland), and a membership of some 40 EHEA members and consultative members.
Pathfinder group on automatic recognition (PfG)
Aware of the importance of improving recognition processes, the EHEA Ministers committed themselves to the long-term goal of automatic recognition of comparable academic degrees in the Bucharest Communiqué, adopted in April 2012.
The Ministers proposed that a Pathfinder Group on Automatic Recognition of 10 countries (Belgium [French Community], Belgium [Flemish Community], Croatia, Denmark, Estonia, Germany, Luxembourg, Portugal, Slovenia, Sweden and The Netherlands), supported by the European Commission, would explore ways to achieve this. The PfG carried out its work over nearly two years from end-2012 to mid-2014, exploring ways on how to achieve automatic recognition through a series of regional initiatives, by consulting a large number of stakeholders, and through the analysis of existing recognition practices across European HEIs with a survey.
For the final report of the PfG, please click here. More...

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Indian University attacked for Poor Ranking Performance

http://www.ireg-observatory.org/templates/sub_business2/images/ireg_top2013.pngIndian universities have generally performed badly in regional and global university rankings. In 2004 there were three institutions in the top five hundred of the Academic Ranking of World Universities produced by Shanghai Jiao Tong University. This year there was only one, the Indian Institute of Science Bangalore, which was in the 301-400 band.
An article in the Hindustan Times by Omkar Gokhale notes that the Vice-Chancellor, Rajan Welukar, has been severely criticised for a series of problems with examinations, administration and appointments. The issue of the validity of his appointment and whether he was qualified has now reached the Bombay High Court.
Hindustan Times, 11 December 2014
Hindustan Times, 12 December 2014. More...

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Skills and wage inequality across labour markets

http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-fKag1zsmmFA/TmhpGfmaPZI/AAAAAAAAADE/l2BFF4kPiY8/s1600/Bandeau904x81.pngBy Dirk Van Damme Head of the Innovation and Measuring Progress division, Directorate for Education and Skills. In a completely open labour market, earnings from employment would compensate individuals for their contribution to the organisation’s economic success. The price put on one’s labour also depends on the abundance or scarcity of the individual’s specific set of skills in the market. But economic price-setting mechanisms do not operate in a vacuum, and are heavily influenced by political and institutional factors that, in themselves, are often the outcome of long histories of social conflict and compromise. Read more...

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The efficiency of Italian schools in an international perspective

http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-fKag1zsmmFA/TmhpGfmaPZI/AAAAAAAAADE/l2BFF4kPiY8/s1600/Bandeau904x81.pngBy Tommaso Agasisti. Budget cuts in public services are today common across countries. For schools, as everywhere else, we constantly hear calls for ways to do more with less. Efficiency, it seems, has crept up to the top of the policy agenda. The question is whether the quality of learning is suffering due budget cuts, and if the quality of learning is compromised by fewer resources. Read more...

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What works best for learning in schools

http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-fKag1zsmmFA/TmhpGfmaPZI/AAAAAAAAADE/l2BFF4kPiY8/s1600/Bandeau904x81.pngBy Cassandra Davis. Professor John Hattie is held in high esteem as an education researcher and was called “possibly the world’s most influential education academic” by the Times Educational Supplement in 2012. He rose to international prominence with the publication of his two books Visible Learning (2008) and Visible Learning for Teachers (2011). Since March 2011, Professor Hattie has been Director of the Melbourne Educational Research Institute at the University of Melbourne, Australia. Professor Hattie is also the Chair of the Australian Institute for Teaching and School Leadership (AITSL). Communications Manager Cassandra Davis asked him about his research of what works best for learning in schools. Read more...

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The 1914 Christmas truce

By Alan Whaites, ‎team leader, Governance for Peace and Development at the OECD. The Christmas truce of 1914 is one of the iconic moments of the First World War, soldiers on the Western Front took the initiative to suspend hostilities in order to meet, share rations and play football. Accounts of the events on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day 1914 often refer to the singing of carols as a point of connection between the two sides. More...

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The education revolution

By Eric Charbonnier of the OECD Education Directorate. If there’s one thing that’s changed rapidly over the past 100 years, it’s education. University for example used to be reserved for a small elite, whereas now around 40% of 25-34 year olds in OECD countries graduate from the education system with a higher diploma. Qualifications still play a major role in career development. The higher the diploma, the more its holder is likely to contribute to economic growth and, especially in the recent economic downturn, be protected from the worst impacts of the crisis. This is particularly true in France and other European countries where those with no qualifications find themselves in an extremely precarious position in the job market. More...

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What is a taxi? Regulation and the sharing economy

By Darcy Allen. The ‘sharing economy’ has emerged because new technologies such as the internet have drastically reduced transaction costs.
Embracing these developments, budding young entrepreneurs have launched businesses that help individuals exchange resources.
Examples such as the ride-sharing Uber and the accommodation-sharing Airbnb are making exchange more efficient by helping to coordinate information about mutually beneficial transactions. More...

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Leveraging philanthropy to improve financial inclusion

By Emilie Romon of the OECD Global Network of Foundations Working for Development (netFWD) and Sabrina Sidhu, from the Better Than Cash Alliance. What do a family foundation based in Canada, a semi-public foundation established in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and a corporate foundation from one of the world’s leading banks have in common? At first sight, not much beyond the fact that they are all charitable organisations. But a closer look tells us that they all dedicate time and resources to the same cause: financial inclusion. More...

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Can you have your green cake and eat it too? Environmental policies as an ingredient for economic growth

By Maroussia Klep of the OECD Environment Directorate. In today’s hard times, policy-makers can find it difficult to sell their environmental policies. To many, these policies represent a burden on the economy. They might secure the well-being of our grandchildren, sceptics argue, but risk preventing the growth we badly need today.
In this context, recent OECD findings provide renewed optimism. As revealed by thorough economic assessments, well-designed green policies not only secure long-term wellbeing, but can uphold current productivity levels too. In other words, it is possible to increase the economic pie and make it greener at the same time. More...

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