17 janvier 2017

Rankings – A useful barometer of universities’ standing

By Ben Sowter. University rankings are not perfect. Indeed, for years I have found myself persistently drawing on a quote from United States statistician George Box: “Essentially, all models are wrong, but some are useful.” Read more...

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Are global university rankings a badge of shame?

By Bahram Bekhradnia. The problems with international university rankings essentially concern data – in particular the lack of it. National rankings don’t raise the same issues. There are no data available on the basis of which to reach any conclusions about comparative quality other than about research: pretty well all the data used in the QS, Times Higher Education or THE, and Academic Ranking of World Universities or ARWU world rankings are research-related. Read more...

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Why most universities should quit the rankings game

By Philip G Altbach and Ellen Hazelkorn. We have one simple argument: universities around the world, many more than will ever publicly admit it, are currently obsessed with gaining status in one or more national or global ranking of universities. They should quit now. Read more...

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Survey reveals high unmet demand for study abroad

By Jan Petter Myklebust. There is a huge mismatch between student aspirations to study abroad and the number of students actually doing so, according to a new survey. Read more...

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Rapid expansion of defence research divides academics

By Suvendrini Kakuchi. Academics in Japan are bitterly divided over defence ministry grants to universities for defence-related research, with such funding receiving a dramatic boost this year amid declining general research budgets for universities over the past decade. Read more...

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Budget scraps tuition fees for all state universities

By Elvira Ramirez-Cohn. The first budget under the administration of Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte, signed into law on 22 December, includes allocations to scrap tuition fees in all state universities and colleges from the 2017 academic year, as part of a significant increase in the country’s education budget. Read more...

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Progress on gender equity in Afghan higher education

By Fred M Hayward. The struggle for gender equity and equal access to higher education for women in Afghanistan has been a difficult one, complicated by war and hindered by conservative traditions, weak support and the banning of women in all levels of education by the Taliban from 1996 to the end of 2001 when the movement was defeated. Read more...

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Research excellence – Beyond the buzzword

By Robert Tijssen and Erika Kraemer-Mbula. Centres of excellence and related initiatives have become a high-profile feature of the African science landscape during the last decade, where the eye-catching ‘excellence’ tag usually reflects either worthy aspirations or challenging levels of ambition. We believe that African science can and should take the concept of excellence more literally, moving from aspirational to ‘outstanding performance’ or ‘highest quality’. Read more...

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No easy way out of the higher education ‘trilemma’

By Jens Jungblut. Student movements such as #FeesMustFall in South Africa must demand both free higher education and matching increases in public spending, or risk incentivising governments to take the easy way out and compromise higher education quality. Read more...

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Universities bring new life to the Seventh Art

By Laeed Zaghlami. The University of Batna, about 400 kilometres east of Algiers, has organised the third National Short Film University Festival, drawing in comedians, artists, producers and the student community. Read more...

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