11 janvier 2016

Value of foreign-born university leaders is rising

By Mary Beth Marklein. In his inaugural speech as president of Westminster College in Fulton, Missouri, Benjamin Akande spoke of a world that is "rapidly shifting", a world that is "harsh and competitive" and a world that is "empowering and liberating". As he encouraged the campus community he now leads to move toward what he calls a "Yes World", his message was ultimately one of hope and possibility on a global scale. Read more...

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Looking forward to 2016

By Hans de Wit. 2015 was an intense year for higher education. What were some of the key issues that dominated the higher education agenda? How much are they related to other global developments? And will they continue to drive the agenda in 2016. Read more...

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India is facing an HE crisis and Australia can help

By Craig Jeffrey. India is facing a crisis around access to good college and university education.
Although there has been an enormous expansion in higher education in India over the past 30 years – the proportion of those attending college or university has increased from 6% in 1983 to 18% in 2014 – there is still a huge problem around quality. Read more...

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Teaching to the test

By Paul Ashwin. The OECD’s Assessment of Higher Education Learning Outcomes, or AHELO, project seeks to compare the quality of what students learn in different institutions and countries. AHELO is attempting to respond to a genuine problem in the measurement of higher education quality. Read more...

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Brexit is not just about funding

By Anne Corbett. There are a few surprises about the European Union policy scene in higher education and research. Out of the limelight of European Council and leaders’ summits, these are domains where the trend of the past decade has been to closer and almost uncontested European integration – linked to the European Research Area managed by the EU, and to the European Higher Education Area as a platform for best practice and capacity building, which is managed by the intergovernmental Bologna Process and supported by the European Commission. Read more...

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The politics of the drive against corruption

By Tianlong Lawrence Hu. In one week at the end of 2015, five presidents or senior vice-presidents of four of Beijing’s most prestigious universities were punished or penalised for violating laws and Communist Party regulations on embezzlement and corruption. Read more...

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Refugee crisis requires more knowledge, say academics

By Michael Gardner. Research and policy communities need to work together to address the “complex, politically charged and emotive issue” of the refugee crisis, academic experts agreed at a meeting in Amsterdam last month. The sense of urgency has since been underlined by the linking of mass sexual assaults and gang rapes in Cologne on New Year’s Eve to the refugee influx. Read more...

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Government boosts student aid following #FeesMustFall

By Karen MacGregor. The South African government has announced a R4.5 billion (US$282 million) boost to the National Student Financial Aid Scheme, or NSFAS, for short-term debt relief for students. This follows last year’s intense #FeesMustFall protests and is in line with the findings of a presidential task team on funding challenges at universities, which reported back last month. Read more...

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Sharp rise in scientific paper retractions

By Rodrigo de Oliveira Andrade. Cases of scientific malpractice in Brazil increased significantly between 2009 and 2012, according to a study looking at article retraction in scientific journals.
The study, published in Science and Engineering Ethics, says that this could threaten the country’s growing popularity as a research partner. Read more...

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Eight countries to get 23 centres of research excellence

By Maina Waruru. Twenty-three proposals from eight countries have been conditionally selected for the World Bank’s Eastern and Southern Africa Higher Education Centres of Excellence Project – ACE II. Ethiopia, Tanzania and Uganda each bagged four research centres, followed by Kenya and Rwanda with three, Malawi and Zambia with two and Zimbabwe with one. Read more...

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