22 mars 2016

To change the world, stop talking only to your peers

By Savo Heleta. Research and creative thinking can change the world. This means that academics have enormous power. But, as academics Asit Biswas and Julian Kirchherr have warned, the overwhelming majority are not shaping today’s public debates. Read more...

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Universities grow but skills pool shrinks – World Bank

By Wachira Kigotho. Despite the rapid expansion of Kenyan higher education in the last two decades, universities have failed to produce employable graduates and there is a shrinking supply of skilled labour. In a key report on the country’s economic status, the World Bank faults universities for a focus on revenue generation and weak quality assurance mechanisms. Read more...

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Refugee HE support growing despite far-right gains

By Michael Gardner. Efforts to support refugee students are being stepped up by various higher education institutions and organisations as well as state governments in Germany. World University Service, or WUS, is now providing a constantly updated list of Internet links to guide students and academics and coordinate activities. Read more...

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Industry alarmed by deep cuts to speciality courses

By Eugene Vorotnikov. The Russian government will significantly reduce the number of technical specialties in universities, due to financial issues and as part of the ongoing reform of the national system of higher education. Read more...

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Presidents pledge more science money, less gender bias

By Munyaradzi Makoni. African heads of state attending the Next Einstein Forum’s Global Gathering 2016 in Senegal pledged to improve science funding and promote the enrolment and retention of women in science, technology, engineering and mathematics, or STEM, fields. Read more...

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Science strategies must balance impact and curiosity

By Munyaradzi Makoni. Many developing countries have appointed science ministers and drawn up science policies. But using funding for research that meets immediate and pressing needs is a difficult task, since it is often a bottom-up approach that produces science excellence, according to Jean-Pierre Bourguignon, president of the European Research Council. Read more...

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Student magazine calls for independence from China

By Yojana Sharma. The University of Hong Kong's student magazine has said the city should become a sovereign state recognised by the United Nations, in an article that has sparked a wider political debate – an indication of the influence of university students in Hong Kong politics. Read more...

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Brexit would threaten UK’s global science power status

By Yojana Sharma. It is easy enough to see the European Union as a monster that devours taxpayers’ money, but even hardened Eurosceptics cannot fudge the figures showing the United Kingdom gets more out than it pays in for science and research. The UK is a global science power, thanks in part to the EU. Read more...

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Majority of academics at universities recruited from within

By Jan Petter Myklebust. The Swedish Research Council – Vetenskapsradet or VR – has published a report showing that just over half of academics at universities and university colleges are recruited from the same higher education institution from which they got their doctoral degree. Read more...

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Consortium to show how to scale up HE for refugees

By Brendan O’Malley. In Kakuma refugee camp north-west Kenya, around a dozen students are sitting in a white pre-fab learning hub the size of a lorry container, with their backs to their computers, having a discussion. Read more...

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