11 septembre 2015

University rankings and sport

By Markus Laitinen. Sports often make interesting metaphors for discussing internationalisation. Being a semi-serious sports fan and a long distance runner, I was intrigued by the recent article by Maria Yudkevich, Philip Altbach and Laura Rumbley in Times Higher Education. The authors saw many parallels between university rankings and the Olympics. More...

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A new generation of Student Experts in Quality Assurance

ESU - European Students' Union The European Students' Union (ESU) hosted a training session for 21 student representatives from different countries, aiming to develop their knowledge and experience in understanding quality assurance policies and practices at European level. The training was organised in Brussels between the 4th and 8th of September.
The participants were members of ESU`s Quality Assurance Student Experts Pool, a structure which gathers committed and well prepared students across Europe who want to contribute to the enhancement of quality assurance in European Higher Education Area. The members promote the participation of students as equal partners in quality assurance processes at all levels and actively represent ESU in external reviews, when requested. More...

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More women needed in science and universities

ESU - European Students' Union The European Parliament votes today upon the report “Women’s careers in science and universities, and glass ceilings encountered” brought forward by the Committee in Women’s Rights and Gender Equality. The report includes an analysis of the current situation of women in science, where they are still underrepresented and face direct or indirect discriminations. The current data indicates the existing of a glass ceiling, which means that existing invisible barriers, which are mainly based on prejudices, that limit women to develop their career paths towards higher positions. More...

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ESU calls on the European Commission to exclude both public and private education from TTIP

ESU - European Students' Union In 2013 the governments of the  European Union (EU) member states mandated the European Commission to negotiate the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP). Since then, already 10 rounds of negotiations have taken place, with the last one in mid-July  when particularly services where tabled for discussion.
Even though the European Commission (EC) and the US have faced heavy criticism from the civil society for the lack of transparency in the negotiation process, there are still among other points, public services, such as education that have been negotiated behind closed doors. It is clear that the levels of secrecy for TTIP surpass the usual practice. More...

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ESU to take part in SciChallenge - New Horizon 2020 Project

ESU - European Students' Union The European Students’ Union is glad to announce that it will take part in SciChallenge - a new project, funded under Horizon 2020 financial instrument.
The project focuses on developing novel concepts to actively integrate young boys and girls in science education using a contest-based approach to self-produced digital education materials from young people for young people. ESU’s role as a partner will be to spread information, raise awareness and achieve cross-sectoral interaction between research education and industry. More...

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America’s Best Colleges

http://www.ireg-observatory.org/templates/sub_business2/images/ireg_top2013.pngThe US News published its first rankings of US colleges and universities in 1983. Since then they have become an indispensable, although often criticised, guide for students, admissions advisors and other stakeholders. They are based on criteria such as acceptance rate, freshman retention rate, class size and standardised test scores. More...

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New Ranking from Russia

http://www.ireg-observatory.org/templates/sub_business2/images/ireg_top2013.pngThe Moscow based Round University Ranking has just issued its latest global rankings based on data supplied by Thomson Reuters. Altogether there are 20 indicators divided into four groups: teaching, research, international diversity and financial sustainability. The first two groups have a weighting of 40 per cent each and the latter two 10 per cent. More...

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Africa Aspires to Rise in the Rankings

http://www.ireg-observatory.org/templates/sub_business2/images/ireg_top2013.pngThe recent African Universities Summit organised by Times Higher Education at the University of Johannesburg showed that many African universities were interested in expanding their international profiles and engaging with the global rankings. So far very few universities from the continent have made an impact on the major international rankings. More...

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Back – and looking ahead – to school

educationtodayBy Andreas Schleicher. It’s that time of year; and as sure as there are new pencil cases on desks, pristine notebooks in backpacks and fresh textbooks with nary a wrinkle up their spines, there’s a new batch of OECD reports ready to inform and challenge your thinking about education. Read more...

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Promoting inclusive business through responsible business. Part 2 – Shared value and community-based development

By Roel Nieuwenkamp. Aside from promoting engagement with suppliers and communities that often include vulnerable populations the OECD Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises also encourage local capacity building through close co-operation with the local community and human capital formation, in particular by creating employment opportunities and facilitating training opportunities for employees. More...

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