20 avril 2018

Campus free speech – Minority rights, democratic values

By Daniel Sekulich. Are students and academics free to speak their minds on university and college campuses in North America? And how should higher education institutions respond when one person’s free speech silences or harms another? These issues were highlighted during the fourth annual Worldviews Lecture, held on 5 April at the University of Toronto, Canada. More...

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Tax agreement could deter academics from going abroad

By Jan Petter Myklebust. The Danish government and the Danish People’s Party struck a tax agreement in February that will introduce a residence requirement for the right to receive unemployment benefits. But the proposal has sparked outrage among academics, who say it will deter Danish researchers from gaining international experience and will damage Danish science. More...

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New anti-plagiarism laws not tough enough – Academics

By Ranjit Devraj. India’s tough new anti-plagiarism law drawn up by the higher education regulatory body, the University Grants Commission or UGC, which sets out graded punishments depending on the seriousness of the misdemeanour, has been widely welcomed by academics – but many said there needs to be even stronger deterrence to curb copycat tendencies among students and lecturers. More...

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Predatory conferences – A case of academic cannibalism

By James McCrostie. To be classified as predatory, the conference organiser needs to meet three criteria: the organiser holds low quality academic meetings for the primary aim of making money – not supporting scholarship; there is no effective peer review, allowing anyone to purchase a speaking slot; and the organiser employs deceit, the most common forms being false claims of peer review, hiding the company headquarters’ true location and concealing the for-profit nature of the company. More...

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Rise in vocational graduates enrolled at universities

By Michael Gardner. A recent survey by the Centre for Higher Education or CHE demonstrates that more and more holders of vocational education and training qualifications are enrolling at German universities. In 2016 there were 56,900 students enrolled at universities solely via vocational experience and qualifications – twice as many as in 2010. More...

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Get serious about tackling sexual assault on campus

By Miriam E David. In the wake of horrendous cases of sexual abuse and harassment, the #MeToo and Time’s Up movements have shone a spotlight on how activism can work in the public arena. Clearly social media have been incredibly helpful to this international agenda of publicly recognising sexual assaults. More...

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Turning talk on higher education diversity into action

By Colin Scott. In an era of mass higher education and globalised competition for students, resources and reputation, if universities are to be successful they need to draw on all parts of society when recruiting and supporting the development of both students and staff. More...

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The role of universities in an era of authoritarianism

By Michael Ignatieff. Globalisation of higher education is an extraordinary social achievement and has turned universities into the most diverse, multicultural and plural of all global communities. However, it has involved a certain kind of pact with authoritarian governments. More...

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Equity both about getting in – and on – at university

By Karen MacGregor. Higher education in the United Kingdom is riddled with inequalities, says Ben Whittaker, National Union of Students (NUS) director of student voice and influence. For many students, opportunities slam shut every step of the way. Improving equality is not only about students getting in – but also on – at university. More...

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Higher education and equality – Action urgently needed

By Karen MacGregor. Significant gains in widening participation and promoting equality in universities could be made by shifting from an admissions system based on ‘formal’ meritocracy to one of ‘fair’ meritocracy, says Vikki Boliver, professor of sociology at Durham University in the United Kingdom. More...

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