28 septembre 2015

Calls for urgent action on student accommodation crisis

Ireland’s seven universities have called for “urgent remedial action” to address the student accommodation crisis. According to the Irish Universities Association, the availability of campus accommodation is also a prerequisite for attracting new overseas students, writes Joe Humphreys for The Irish Times. Read more...

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Oxbridge tops list of best UK universities

Oxford and Cambridge have maintained their lead as the UK's two best universities but Surrey was named ‘University of the Year’, according to the Sunday Times’ Higher Education guide, writes Caroline Mortimer for The Independent. Read more...

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US universities lead in innovation, Asia a rising power

US universities lead the world in scientific innovation but face strong competition from Asian rivals with close ties to industry, according to a detailed analysis of academic papers and patent filings, writes Ben Hirschler for Reuters. Read more...

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The constant battle for Horizon 2020

By Thomas Estermann and Enora Bennetot Pruvot. The first European research framework programme was launched in 1984, with just over €3 billion (US$3.3 billion). Over 30 years, Europe has pooled more and more resources into a tool that has proven its worth many times, helping to structure and reinforce European collaborative research in an increasingly competitive environment. Read more...

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Is there a ‘special sauce’ for university innovation?

By Philip G Altbach and Jamil Salmi. Cornell University is partnering with the Technion – Israel Institute of Technology on its new technology-oriented Cornell Tech campus in New York City. According to a recent article in The Chronicle of Higher Education, the reason is largely because Cornell wants to take advantage of Technion’s innovative and entrepreneurial ethos and not any particular organisational innovation at the Technion, which is similar to many top-ranked research and innovation focused universities worldwide. Read more...

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Confronting global challenges

By Hans de Wit. Internationalisation has become a strategic agenda point both at (inter)national and institutional levels in higher education all around the world. We seem to forget, though, that it is a relatively new phenomenon and, as a concept, it is one that is both broad and varied. Read more...

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Commercialisation is top problem facing universities

By Brendan O'Malley. The top problem facing Russian higher education is commercialisation in the form of growing paid-for educational services that are filling the gap where pubic funding fails to meet increasing demand for education, according to new research among education experts. Read more...

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Helsinki to slash staff as austerity hits universities

By Jan Petter Myklebust and Ian R Dobson. The board of the University of Helsinki, the oldest and largest university in the country, is to cut 1,200 out of 8,200 staff posts, a measure of how Finnish universities are being hit by the effects of the government’s austerity programme. Read more...

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Refugee crisis could deepen student housing problem

By Michael Gardner. Germany’s Student Welfare Service, or DSW, has warned that the refugee crisis could worsen prospects for students on the housing market. With enrolment numbers set to peak once again, the DSW insists that the government provide funding for additional student accommodation. Read more...

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Bill for institutes of management sent for redrafting

By Suchitra Behal. A landmark bill that would allow the famed Indian Institutes of Management, or IIMs, to award MBAs and PhDs – making qualifications internationally recognisable – has been sent back to the drafting table, following widespread criticism of its clauses. Read more...

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