08 mai 2017

SciChallenge: More weeks for submitting your project!

ESU OnlineThe #Scichallenge2017 contest is open for submission until 15 May 2017, 23:59 CET.

Students aged 10-20 are encouraged to submit their STEM application, be it a poster, video or presentation and share it among their friends and colleagues. For more details on how to apply, please check the contest guidelines and toolkits. Furthermore, to maximise your chances to win, see the tips & tricks section. More...

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6 Student Auditors of KTU Trained To Audit University Social Responsibility

ESU OnlineWhile the majority of students are looking forward to the weekends, 6 students, recruited by the members of Kaunas University of Technology Students’ Union, spent their Fridays and Saturdays in the Design Thinking Lab of the Faculty of Social Sciences, Arts and Humanities in KTU. During the 6 day intensive training throughout the 24th of March and 15th of April, the students were trained as auditors and studied how to audit university‘s social responsibility (USR). 6 students, representing social sciences and humanities, were trained for the first audit of USR in the University of Edinburgh. More...

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Special issue of IRE explores how youths and adults learn through experiences gained in informal settings

A special issue of the International Review of Education – Journal of Lifelong Learning (IRE) explores how youths and adults learn through experiences gained in informal educational settings.
Experiential learning is a process through which a learner constructs knowledge, skills, and value from direct experiences. It transforms the learning experience from passive to active, and is recognized by modern educationists as a crucial aspect of learning. The editors argue that educators must not only be aware of the general principle of how experience shapes the way we learn, but also recognize that experience leads to growth and can foster a strong learning identity. More...

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Featuring the Caribbean

Lifelong learning should be made ‘a necessity and not an option’ – that was the verdict of participants at the CONFINTEA VI Sub-Regional Follow-up Meeting for the Caribbean. In response, and to support Caribbean states’ efforts to promote youth and adult learning policies and practices, the UNESCO Institute for Lifelong Learning (UIL) is presenting a series of ‘Caribbean Features’. These texts, which will draw on data from the meeting presentations, as well as the national reports of the third Global Report on Adult Learning and Education (GRALE III), complemented by UIL research, will review and analyse adult learning and education in the Caribbean. The aim is to highlight progress and challenges, while offering inspiration and examples of best practice.

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NTEU stands with striking Fairfax journalists

By Jen T. Kwok. The National Tertiary Education Union stands with Fairfax Media journalists and MEAA members who are on a week-long strike in response to their employer’s announcement that one in four jobs will be slashed. 
In solidarity with the striking journalists, NTEU will not be buying, reading, clicking on, sharing or re-tweeting Fairfax news during the industrial action. More...

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UK and Australian universities ‘more stressful than Uganda’

By Jen T. Kwok. Academics working in the UK and Australia experience more stress in their job than their counterparts in Iran and Uganda, according to a study. 
The first global comparison of stress levels in different higher education sectors suggests that the world’s happiest researchers are to be found in Germany, while scholars working in China feel the greatest strain. More...

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Turnbull Government's Higher Education Reform Package 1 May 2017

By Paul Kniest. The Minister for Education and Training, Senator Simon Birmingham, released the government’s new Higher Education Reform Package on Monday 1 May 2017.  This much anticipated announcement has arrived after two years of uncertainty following the calamitous attempts by Christopher Pyne to deregulate the higher education sector.  In announcing the government’s new reform package, the Minister also said that the government was abandoning all of its previous higher education policies, including:

  • the 20% cut to funding per student,
  • deregulation of university fees,
  • the expansion of the demand driven system and public subsidies to non-university (including for-profit) providers, and
  • the 10% cut to research training scheme funding and the imposition of tuition fees on domestic higher degree research students.

While these are important back downs, it must be understood the new package of policies still involves a substantial cut to the level of public investment in higher education. More...

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Higher Education and the 2017 Budget. What to expect!

By Paul Kniest. While Albert Einstein is reported to have said that "compound interest was the greatest mathematical discovery of all time", policy advisers in Canberra no doubt consider (budget) relativity as the greatest political tool ever devised to confound and confuse the public. More...

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University budget cuts mean 10% less in real public investment per student and more job uncertainty for staff

By Andrew MacDonaldIn the week that the Turnbull government has been promoting increased public investment to encourage productivity and growth, the National Tertiary Education Union (NTEU) is very disappointed that the higher education budget package announced last night will slash $2.8 billion from the sector. More...

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