12 avril 2017

Confusion and anarchy reign in the realm of knowledge communication

By Brendan O’Malley – Managing Editor. In our World Blog, Philip G Altbach warns that technology, greed, corruption, hyper-competitiveness and a lack of clear rules and norms have resulted in anarchy in the world of scientific communication.
   Academic Freedom comes under the spotlight this week. From Egypt, Ashraf Khaled says a new report concludes that state authorities have crushed a burgeoning democratic movement at universities by committing more than 2,300 human rights violations against students. In the United Arab Emirates, a prominent economist and academic, Nasser Bin Ghaith, has been sentenced to 10 years in prison for tweeting criticism of the human rights record of the UAE and Egypt, despite a coalition of human rights organisations calling for his release. Also, Georgiana Mihut and Daniela Craciun contend that the targeting of the Central European University by the Hungarian government is an alarming action against academic freedom, and is part of an emerging trend of seeing universities as a threat. And Marit Egner describes how Scholars At Risk and other programmes have shown her that academic freedom should not be taken for granted.
   In Commentary, Ranjit Goswami says universities have an uphill task dealing with the post-truth era in an information-overloaded world under pressure to provide quality higher education for all, but deal with it they must. Eric Fredua-Kwarteng defends the Nigerian government’s plan to teach science and mathematics in indigenous languages at primary schools and cautions the academics who are opposed to the plan. Wesley Teter asks if the value of national qualifications frameworks has been overrated and what can be done about this given the importance of strengthening the evidence base for quality assurance mechanisms.
   In Features, Jan Petter Myklebust reports on the Norwegian government’s white paper which calls for a strengthened role for the humanities.
   The 2017 Worldviews Lecture on Media and Higher Education entitled “Populism and the Academy: On the ‘wrong side’ of history” will be presented this Wednesday 5 April by Peter Scott.
   And you are invited to register for the free webinar on the following Wednesday, 12 April, on “International Student Mobility Trends: Shifting recruitment priorities and strategies”, which is being hosted by University World News in partnership with DrEducation and StudyPortals. More...

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China steps up its brain gain drive to attract and retain overseas talent

By Brendan O’Malley – Managing Editor. In Features, Yojana Sharma outlines new measures taken by China to lure overseas talent – including international students and Chinese who left for a foreign education – in its bid to become an innovation economy. And Tunde Fatunde reports on calls for government action in Nigeria after university students emerge as prime targets in a fraudulent Ponzi scheme.
   In Commentary, Anand Kulkarni says the Global Talent Competitiveness Index shows the importance of a broader set of capabilities in attracting and retaining the best talent than are covered in university rankings, such as lifestyle and tolerance for immigrants. Futao Huang outlines the changes that have occurred in doctoral education in China in the past decades – including a considerable shift from Soviet to US influence – and some of the challenges ahead. Robert Coelen describes how proposed changes to Dutch legislation will enhance higher education internationalisation, encouraging recruitment of young international scholars to the Netherlands and of more students at offshore campuses. Ruwayshid Ali wonders if dramatic cuts to student admissions and scholarships in Saudi Arabia amid falling oil prices are the right strategy. And Rahul Choudaha says universities will need to be innovative to overcome the challenges to international student mobility posed by the collision of political changes in leading destination countries with economic changes in major source countries.
   In World Blog, Nita Temmerman cautions university teachers to be aware of the effect their feedback to students has on the motivation and morale of the student.
   In our Q&A section, Ramadhan Rajab interviews Professor Mohamed Ahmed Jimale about the state of higher education in Somalia, which is beginning to recover after a 23-year civil war.
   Last but not least, you are invited to register for the upcoming free webinar on “International Student Mobility Trends: Shifting recruitment priorities and strategies”, to be held on 12 April, hosted by University World News in partnership with DrEducation and StudyPortals. More...

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How do universities balance global and local demands for engagement?

By Brendan O’Malley – Managing Editor. In a Special Report this week, University World News covers the Global University Network for Innovation’s sixth Higher Education in the World report. Brendan O'Malley interviews the lead editor Francesc Xavier Grau about the report’s focus on whether prevailing pressures mitigate against universities being both locally competitive and addressing global challenges. Andrew Petter puts forward a convincing argument for why universities should embark on an ambitious campaign of community engagement rather than concern themselves with rising in university rankings. And Barbara Lethem Ibrahim suggests a global civic engagement project for universities, to serve the goal of raising up all higher education around the world, including in places of repression or conflict.
   A second Special Report covers last week’s International Higher Education Forum organised by Universities UK. Nic Mitchell reports on the Institute of International Education president’s call for universities to continue to have the capacity to make their own foreign policies, which is necessary in these ‘tumultuous times’. Nic Mitchell also reports that the under-secretary in the UK Department for International Trade focused his presentation on the growth of transnational education as a key strategy for Britain post-Brexit, while Yojana Sharma says the British Council’s Matt Durnin called for British universities to be part of a broader research collaboration with China which matches China’s ambitions and economic aims.
   In World Blog, Marion Lloyd says steps taken by the Mexican government to ease the repatriation of migrants – particularly students, for whom university application processes are being streamlined – should be welcomed, in the wake of US President Donald Trump’s threat to deport millions of illegal immigrants.
   In Features, Jan Petter Myklebust tells of some of the interesting predictions of the trends in global higher education in 2040 made by Bert Van der Zwaan in his new book.
   The 2017 Worldviews Lecture on Media and Higher Education, for which University World News is a media partner, will be presented on 5 April by Peter Scott. It is entitled “Populism and the Academy: On the ‘wrong side’ of history”.
   Another event for which you are invited to register is the upcoming free webinar on “International Student Mobility Trends: Shifting recruitment priorities and strategies”, to be held on 12 April, hosted by University World News in partnership with DrEducation and StudyPortals. More...

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Curriculum redesign in the context of growing socio-economic inequality

By Sharon Dell – Africa Editor. As part of our wide coverage on the recent Global University Network for Innovation’s sixth Higher Education in the World report, we feature an article by Ahmed Bawa in which he argues that university curriculum reform needs to tackle global challenges such as deepening socio-economic inequality.
In Africa analysis Kwesi Kwaa Prah discusses the concept of intellectual sovereignty and what it means for African scholarship and transformation.
In Africa features, Gilbert Nganga writes about the financial challenges facing Kenyan higher education, while Maina Waruru discusses an African Academy of Sciences initiative which is helping to make it possible for African scientists to pursue cutting-edge research in Africa rather than abroad.
In Africa news, Kudzai Mashininga provides an update on the challenges facing student activists in Zimbabwe, while Wagdy Sawahel reports on the forging of ties between Turkey and North African universities.
The 2017 Worldviews Lecture on Media and Higher Education, for which University World News is a media partner, will be presented on 5 April by Peter Scott. It is entitled “Populism and the Academy: On the ‘wrong side’ of history”.   
Also coming up is a free webinar on “International Student Mobility Trends: Shifting recruitment priorities and strategies”, to be held on 12 April, hosted by University World News in partnership with DrEducation and StudyPortals. More...

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‘It’s time for African governments to end their inertia towards research’

By Sharon Dell – Africa Editor. In a mini special report, Francis Kokutse reports on the international launch conference of the African Research Universities Alliance, which took place earlier this month in Ghana.
In Africa Features, Stephen Coan examines the role of private tertiary education in South Africa, while Tunde Fatunde reports on calls by university leaders for reform of the higher education sector in Nigeria.
In Africa Analysis, Elísio Macamo writes about the need among African scholars to grapple with conceptual as much as practical problems.
In Africa News, Ashraf Khaled reports on controversial calls for a campus dress code in Egypt; Laeed Zaghlami writes about ministry changes in Algeria intended to speed up the rate at which students complete their PhDs; and Tonderayi Mukeredzi outlines ambitious plans by the University of Zimbabwe to become a top African university.
Covering the 2017 WorldViews Lecture on Media and Higher Education, Daniel Sekulich reports on Sir Peter Scott’s view that the rise of populism has created a wake-up call for academics that they should speak up more loudly for open societies and recover a sense of social purpose.
You are invited to register for the upcoming topical free webinar on “International Student Mobility Trends: Shifting recruitment priorities and strategies”, to be held this Wednesday 12 April, hosted by University World News in partnership with DrEducation and StudyPortals. More...

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Political changes will shake up the international higher education landscape

By Brendan O’Malley – Managing Editor. In World Blog, Philip G Altbach and Hans de Wit maintain that a revolution is taking place in international student and faculty mobility as a result of political changes in the favoured destination countries.
In Commentary, Ross Anthony similarly points to a likely bifurcation in global educational mobility as the Euro-American security state deters foreign students and China’s sustained growth offers former colonial preserves like Africa new centres of cosmopolitan learning. Ararat Osipian calls for a response from the global academic community to the harassment of two international universities by their respective ‘autocratic’ ruling political regimes – Russia’s European University at St Petersburg and Hungary’s Central European University. Emmanuelle Perez Tisserant and Philippe Dagneaux explain why they are supporting the Marche pour les Sciences en France on 22 April where French scientists will mobilise alongside others around the world to stand up for the values of critical thinking and analysis.
In Features, Yojana Sharma reports on increased collaborations in film studies between Chinese and Western institutions as China sets its sights on creating a ‘Hollywood of the East’, while Ranjit Devraj outlines the Indian government’s plans to digitise academic records to tackle the growing problem of fake qualifications.
Covering the 2017 WorldViews Lecture on Media and Higher Education, Daniel Sekulich reports on Sir Peter Scott’s view that the rise of populism has created a wake-up call for academics that they should speak up more loudly for open societies and recover a sense of social purpose.
You are invited to register for the upcoming topical free webinar on “International Student Mobility Trends: Shifting recruitment priorities and strategies”, to be held this Wednesday 12 April, hosted by University World News in partnership with DrEducation and StudyPortals. More...

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Rapport annuel 2016 de l'Inspection générale des bibliothèques

En 2016, dans le cadre de son programme fixé par lettre de mission des ministres de l'éducation nationale, de l'enseignement supérieur et de la recherche et de la culture et de la communication, l'Inspection générale des bibliothèques (IGB) a exercé sa mission d'évaluation et de contrôle auprès de 4 établissements d'enseignement supérieur et de 12 bibliothèques de collectivités territoriales. Elle a également mené deux missions, l'une relative au projet de BUBM de Besançon et l'autre concernant la bibliothèque de l'Hôtel de Ville de Paris. Conformément au programme, l'IGB a également publié des rapports sur les thèmes suivants : les dépenses documentaires des universités, l'adaptation des bâtiments de bibliothèques universitaires aux nouveaux usages, laïcité et fait religieux dans les bibliothèques publiques, premier bilan du dispositif des bibliothèques numériques de référence, ainsi qu'avec l'IGAENR un rapport sur l'impact de la structuration territoriale des établissements d'enseignement supérieur sur la politique documentaire des universités.

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Appel à projets : anglais

Logo de l'Agence Régionale de la Formation tout au long de la vie (ARFTLV Poitou-charentes)L'Inria (Institut national de recherche en informatique et en automatique) a lancé un appel à projets visant l'organisation et le déploiement de formations de langue anglaise à destination des scientifiques et des personnels des métiers supports d'Inria.
Date limite de remise des plis : le 5 mai 2017 à 12 heures.
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Threat to University Research

HomeBy Andrew Kreighbaum. Trump administration says it can cut billions by scaling back reimbursement for overhead costs. University groups say that funding is essential to conducting research. More...

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Pell Eligibility Restored for Some Whose Colleges Shut

HomeBy Andrew Kreighbaum. The Department of Education has begun to notify students who attended closed institutions -- including Corinthian Colleges and ITT Technical Institute -- that their lifetime Pell Grant eligibility will be restored. More...

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