By Brendan O’Malley. English universities have become over-reliant on growth in recruitment of full-time postgraduate students from China and have developed a risky dependence on scholars funded by their own governments, according to new analysis by the Higher Education Funding Council for England, or HEFCE. Read more...
Loans agency tightens noose on graduates seeking jobs
By Gilbert Nganga. University graduates in Kenya may be required to seek clearance from the government’s student loan agency before they can secure a job. The Higher Education Loans Board, or HELB, has drafted new guidelines that will make it mandatory for companies to demand clearance certificates from graduates, as part of efforts to curb student loan defaulting. Read more...
Parliament joins university calls for more student aid
By Munyaradzi Makoni. South Africa’s parliamentary committee on higher education has joined vice-chancellors in calling for more money for student bursaries and loans, in the interests of equity and access and against a backdrop of patchy student unrest and fundraising campaigns by universities. Read more...
Amartya Sen row with government over ‘dream’ university
By Suchitra Behal. Nalanda University, set up on the initiative of India with international support, is at the centre of a political storm over the resignation of its Chancellor, Nobel Laureate Professor Amartya Sen, who blames Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his BJP or Bharatiya Janata Party-led government for delaying confirmation of his continuance in the post. Read more...
Universities divided on value of new rankings: EUA
By Brendan O’Malley. Universities remain divided on the value of U-Multirank, the new multidimensional ranking of universities, although most will continue to contribute data to it, a consultation of European University Association members has found.
The survey showed that U-Multirank, or UMR – launched last year with seed funding from the European Commission – is still struggling with many of the same challenges as other rankings with regard to comparability and reliability of data. Read more...
Ministry uses rankings to cull eight UK law courses
By Yojana Sharma. Law degrees from eight universities in England will no longer be recognised for admission to the Singapore bar, according to an announcement by the Singapore Ministry of Law last week, in a move seen by some as protecting graduates from Singapore’s own universities in an over-supplied market. Read more...
Cheaper fees, good job prospects are keeping Koreans closer to home
By Brendan O’Malley – Managing Editor. In our World Blog William Patrick Leonard says increasing price sensitivity among parents and the rising economic importance of – and cheaper fees in – China may be why students are deciding not to study abroad or choosing courses closer to home, in Asia.
In our Commentary section Nicholas Wyman says Obama’s pledge of free community college degrees offers an alternative for US students who are put off university by high fees and lack of jobs. Ashish Jaiswal says business schools need to be reformed to reflect global complexities and MBAs should cover ethics.
Pushkar questions why the Indian government is bringing US scholars to the sub-contiinent in the GIAN initiative, instead of using resources readily at hand at home.
In Features, Mandy Garner examines an innovative approach to parental leave that may help researchers extend their careers. Wagdy Sawahel says despite a poor showing in U-Multirank’s new rankings, Middle East universities have a good record on internationalisation. Read more...
The Friedberg Project for Talmud Bavli Variants
We are pleased to announce to Talmud Bavli learners and researchers the launch of the first version of
The site is freely accessible through the Friedberg Portal: http://jewishmanuscripts.org/
The site is currently being developed, and upon completion it will contain all variant-readings of the entire Talmud Bavli, from all text-witnesses (the Cairo Genizah, manuscripts, early printings, etc.) that are available in public libraries and private collections all over the world. It will contain high-quality digital images of all original text-witnesses, accompanied by precise transcriptions of the text in the image.
The site is intended to serve the wide spectrum of all Bavli learners and researchers, from rabbis, through Yeshivah communities and Torah and Daf Yomi learners, as well as academic scholars.
The site will be developed and presented to the public in stages. In its first version announced today, are all the Cairo Genizah text-witnesses for the entire Talmud, accompanied by their images (about 9,000) and transcriptions, in the framework of a software that allows the display of all text-witnesses of a specific Talmudic text in parallel columns in small units. The identical excerpts in a specific text-witness and in the Vilna edition are marked, in order to spare the user the effort of comparing the texts. There are also other helpful functions such as Save and Print, as specified in the website.
The site is being developed and maintained by "Genazim" (currently "Genazim Digital"), as a joint venture of the "Friedberg Genizah Project" (FGP) and the "Friedberg Jewish Manuscript Society"(FJMS).
The transcriptions (including the visual ones) were edited by the "Genuzos" group.
The project is headed by Prof. Yaacov Choueka; Dr. Menachem Katz is the advisor for Talmudic research. More...
Juifs et musulmans : retissons les liens ! - Journée de débats à Paris, le 12 mars 2015
Juifs et musulmans : retissons les liens ! Palais du Luxembourg, Salle Gaston-Monnerville - 12 mars 2015
14h30 – 16h : Pourquoi cette rupture ?
- Kenza Aloui, Co-fondatrice du festival Pèlerinage en décalage
- Sihame Assbague, Collectif Stop le contrôle au faciès
- Mehdy Belabbas, Adjoint au maire d’Ivry
- Esther Benbassa, Directrice d’études à l’EPHE, Sénatrice du Val-de-Marne
- Philippe Cassuto, Professeur à l’Université d’Aix-Marseille
- Eric Geoffroy, islamologue à l’Université de Strasbourg et dans d’autres universités européennes
- Kamal Hachkar, cinéaste
- Didier Lapeyronnie, Professeur à l’Université Paris-Sorbonne
- Omero Marongiu-Perria, sociologue, spécialiste de l’islam en France, Directeur pédagogique de l’European Center For Leadership & Entrepreneurship Education (France)
- Inès Weill-Rochant, Co-fondatrice du festival Pèlerinage en décalage
16h30 – 18h : Le dialogue interreligieux, une solution suffisante ?
Président : Luc Carvounas, sénateur du Val-de-Marne
- Mohamed Bajrafil, Imam d’Ivry-sur-Seine
- Karim Benaissa, Président de l’Union des Associations Musulmanes de Créteil, Directeur du Centre Culturel et Cultuel de Créteil
- Shana Cohen, Deputy Director, Woolf Institute, Cambridge
- Yeshaya Dalsace, Rabbin
- Samuel Everett, Chercheur postdoctoral
- Philippe Haddad, Rabbin (à confirmer)
- Abdelali Mamoun, Imam et théologien (Val-de-Marne)
- Tarek Oubrou, Imam de Bordeaux
- Ivan Segré, Philosophe et talmudiste
18h30 – 20h : Juifs, Musulmans, croyants ou non, tous citoyens
- Mehdi Thomas Allal, responsable du pôle anti-discriminations de la fondation Terra Nova
- Jean-Christophe Attias, Directeur d’études à l’EPHE
- Fehti Benslama, Psychanalyste, professeur de psychopathologie clinique, Université Paris 7
- Martine Cohen, Sociologue au CNRS (Groupe Sociétés, Religions, Laïcités, GSRL)
- Samy Debah, Collectif contre l’islamophobie en France
- Rokhaya Diallo, auteure et journaliste
- Samia Hathroubi, Professeure d’histoire et Directrice européenne de la Foundation For Ethnic Understanding
- Bernard Kanovitch, président d’honneur de la commission du CRIF pour les relations avec l’islam
- Karim Miské, écrivain et réalisateur
- Mabrouk Rachedi, écrivain
Lieu de la manifestation : Palais du Luxembourg, Salle Gaston-Monnerville, 26 rue de Vaugirard 75006 Paris.
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