07 octobre 2013

City nonprofit struggles with drought of federal funds

http://t1.gstatic.com/images?q=tbn:ANd9GcQ37f1VpxqOGeBOFkoBvzL_ve8pa-jQbAEiiRaUiurrhzkxb7ISF-TLueMBy Jeff Gammage. On the third day of the federal government shutdown, the people who run an important regional science-education center began to get worried.
About paying their rent. Making payroll. About their ability to pay the hotel bills of the expert they dispatched to Egypt to help that troubled land revise its entire education system.
The 21st Century Partnership for STEM Education, a nonprofit research agency whose work influences schools across the Philadelphia region, gets 92 percent of its funding from the federal government. And that money has stopped flowing. More...

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28 septembre 2013

Le financement de l’enseignement supérieur dans l’Union européenne

http://static.eu2013.lt/project/images/logo_fr.pngLe financement de l’enseignement supérieur dans l’Union européenne : comment accroître sa durabilité, son efficacité et son accessibilité
Le financement de l’enseignement supérieur est devenu ces dernières années une des questions les plus importantes de la politique éducative européenne. Y a-t-il suffisamment de fonds pour l’enseignement supérieur et est-on capable de bien les utiliser pour que la société en retire le plus grand bénéfice ? Ces questions seront abordées par les directeurs des départements des ministères de l’Éducation des pays européens en charge de l’enseignement supérieur qui se réuniront les 23 et 24 septembre à Vilnius.
Lors de la réunion, on discutera des systèmes nationaux de financement de l’enseignement supérieur ainsi que des avantages et des inconvénients des différents modèles de financement. On partagera des exemples pratiques et recherchera les modèles de financement les plus efficaces qui permettraient de conserver une qualité des études élevée lorsque le nombre d’étudiants augmente.
Une grande attention sera portée lors des discussions des directeurs responsables de l’enseignement supérieur des pays membres de l’UE à l’accessibilité des études : quels systèmes d’aide permettraient le mieux aux jeunes de ne pas abandonner leurs études après les avoir commencées et de les terminer dans les temps.
Lors de la réunion des directeurs responsables de l’enseignement supérieur, interviendront des experts du Canada, d’Irlande, d’Autriche, du Danemark, des Pays-Bas, de Finlande, du Portugal et de Lituanie.
Les différents pays appliquent différents modèles de financement de l’enseignement supérieur. Selon les données d’Eurostat, en 2010, les revenus des établissements d’enseignement supérieur des pays de l’Union européenne, obtenus de sources privées, représentaient en moyenne 17,3 % de tous leurs revenus. Toutefois, les écarts entre les pays sont grands. Par exemple, la part de l’enseignement supérieur de la Grande-Bretagne financée par des fonds publics représente 25 %, tandis que cet indicateur atteint plus de 95 % au Danemark et en Finlande.
Programme de la réunion.

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27 septembre 2013

L'université de Harvard veut lever 6,5 milliards de dollars

http://www.latribune.fr/img/header/logotribune.gifLa prestigieuse université espère récolter cette somme d'ici 2018, Un record dans l'histoire de l'enseignement supérieur américaine.
6,5 milliards d'euros...pour une université américaine? Le chiffre peut donner le vertige. En effet, Harvard, qui vient tout juste de perdre la 1e place au classement des meilleures écoles du monde, lance la plus grande campagne de financement de l'histoire de l'enseignement supérieur, selon Bloomberg. Suite...

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26 septembre 2013

DEFINE project: Joint EUA-HUMANE Seminar on funding efficiency

http://www.eua.be/images/logo.jpgEUA and HUMANE (the Heads of University Management and Administration Network in Europe) are jointly organising a seminar focusing on the impact that changing higher education funding modalities and merger processes, as funding efficiency measures, have on university management. The event is hosted by the University of Aveiro, Portugal, from 22 to 23 November 2013.
As the latest update of the EUA Public Funding Observatory shows, the current economic and financial crisis has exacerbated pressures on universities. The efficiency of HE funding in terms of the capability to meet certain policy goals in a cost-effective way is becoming an increasingly important topic. To explore and discuss the associated challenges for university management, HUMANE and EUA jointly organise this open seminar within the framework of the ongoing DEFINE project – Designing strategies for efficient funding of higher education in Europe.
The seminar is open to the leadership and senior administrators of all HUMANE and EUA member institutions. It includes three thematic sessions in which speakers will give insights from their experience with performance-based funding, mergers and excellence schemes at institutional level. Case studies will also be complemented by a European overview and latest EUA research and exchanges with the participants. Participants will be asked to provide their input to the topic and thus actively contribute to shape the analysis and outcomes of the DEFINE project.
Registration for this event is available through HUMANE’s website.

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10 septembre 2013

South Korean students face difficulty in financing university education

http://www.radioaustralia.net.au/sites/all/themes/basic_abcra/images/nav_logo.pngSouth Korea's university students face rising student loans and higher housing prices, leaving many debt ridden.
South Korea's university students are facing soaring student loans, leaving many debt ridden. 
Adding to the problem is the rising cost of housing and lack of dormitories, which is putting a financial strain on the country's young. More...

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09 septembre 2013

¿Cómo financiar tu proyecto educativo?

http://api.ning.com/files/lMV7oYxTeI2Y5*4niG5-dVonqktHa4LjC15LoA0AMquICfJs2Jsx8J86GoG3OzD9Ptg11HvieIQl4f0T1icr3cTsvV2MddAX/debatir.PNG?crop=1%3A1&width=171De la mano de los expertos de la Educación Prohibida conocemos dos de las herramientas más utilizadas para conseguir financiación a la hora de desarrollar un proyecto: el Crowdfunding y Crowdsourcing.

ESPACIO DE COLABORACIÓN CON GERMÁN DOIN

"Herramientas de financiación colectiva en propuestas educativas"

En esta actividad, Germán Doin nos presenta dos de las herramientas de financiación colectiva más utilizadas en la actualidad: Crowdfunding y Crowdsourcing. El objetivo de esta actividad es esclarecer los elementos pedagógicos en este tipo de prácticas, de cara a construir colectivamente un proyecto educativo transformador.

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07 septembre 2013

HEFCE’s Accounts Direction to higher education institutions for 2013-14 financial statements

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HEFCE’s Accounts Direction to higher education institutions for 2013-14 financial statements
1. I am writing to inform you of HEFCE’s Accounts Direction to higher education institutions (HEIs) on preparing financial statements for 2013-14.
2. HEFCE’s direction is as follows.
Statement of Recommended Practice: Accounting for Further and Higher Education
3. HEIs are required to follow the ‘Statement of Recommended Practice: Accounting for Further and Higher Education’ (SORP), or any successor to the SORP, in the preparation of their financial statements. The latest version of the SORP (2007) is available from the Universities UK web-site.
4. In the case of an HEI that is also a company limited by guarantee, this direction is subject to the requirements of the Companies Act.
5. The financial statements shall be signed by the accountable officer and by the chair of the governing body or one other member appointed by that body.
Corporate governance and internal control
6. The voluntary Governance Code of Practice contained in the Committee of University Chairs’ ‘Guide for Members of Higher Education Governing Bodies in the UK’ (HEFCE 2009/14) recommends that HEIs report in the corporate governance statement of their annual audited financial statements that they have had regard to the code, and that where an HEI’s practices are not consistent with particular provisions of the code an explanation should be published in that statement.
7. Adopting the Committee of University Chairs’ Governance Code of Practice, with the principles of the code adapted as appropriate to each HEI’s character, is an important factor in enabling HEFCE to rely on self-regulation within HEIs and hence minimise the accountability burden.
8. HEIs are required to maintain a sound system of internal control and to ensure that the following key principles of effective risk management have been applied. Effective risk management:

  • covers all risks – including those of governance, management, quality, reputation and finance – but focuses on the most important risks
  • produces a balanced portfolio of risk exposure
  • is based on a clearly articulated policy and approach
  • requires regular monitoring and review, giving rise to action where appropriate
  • needs to be managed by an identified individual and involve the demonstrable commitment of governors, academics and officers
  • is integrated into normal business processes and aligned to the strategic objectives of the organisation.

9. HEIs are required to review at least annually the effectiveness of their system of internal control.
10. HEIs are required to include in their annual financial statements a statement on internal control (corporate governance). In formulating their statements, HEIs should refer to best practice guidance, including guidance from the British Universities Finance Directors Group. As a minimum these disclosures should include an account of how the following broad principles of corporate governance have been applied.

  1. Identifying and managing risk should be an ongoing process linked to achieving of institutional objectives.
  2. The approach to internal control should be risk-based, including an evaluation of the likelihood and impact of risks becoming a reality.
  3. Review procedures must cover business, operational and compliance as well as financial risk.
  4. Risk assessment and internal control should be embedded in ongoing operations.
  5. The governing body or relevant committee should receive regular reports during the year on internal control and risk.
  6. The principal results of risk identification, risk evaluation and the management review of their effectiveness should be reported to, and reviewed by, the governing body.
  7. The governing body should acknowledge that it is responsible for ensuring that a sound system of control is maintained, and that it has reviewed the effectiveness of the above process.
  8. Where appropriate, details of actions taken or proposed to deal with significant internal control issues should be set out (see Annex C).

11. HEIs are required to make a statement on corporate governance covering the period 1 August 2013 to 31 July 2014 and up to the date of approval of the audited financial statements.
Date of submission to HEFCE of audited financial statements
12. The latest date for submission of HEIs’ 2013-14 audited financial statements is 1 December 2014. Earlier submission is very welcome. Read more...

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06 septembre 2013

Looking for funding for your research project? Turn to the public with crowdfunding!

http://profile.ak.fbcdn.net/hprofile-ak-prn1/174887_161806250531786_2075947517_q.jpgBy Marielk. In this post, Hedda’s own Mari Elken examines the idea of “crowdfunding” and its potential for funding research projects.
Opening up the Ivory Tower and involving the public in research processes is a process that has gained prominence in recent years, a while ago we also wrote about “crowdsourcing” – where communities or groups of people outside traditional research environments provide their skills for research processes. But how about using the general public to finance your research project through “crowdfunding“?
Crowdfunding as a phenomenon has emerged in the business circles as a means to fund start-ups, and. In the business sphere, crowdfunding is considered one of the key developments for funding startups. Recenrtly, Forbes commentary about the development was: “Trust me. It’s going to be big“, as various social network sites have also shown interest in integrating with crowdfunding platforms.
A number of these platforms in more creativity related areas have gained massive support and have been around for some years already. For instance, Kickstarter is a platform for funding filmmakers, musicians, artists and designers – and this platform alone has had 4,7 million people pledge over 768 million dollars for funding over 47 000 projects, with a success rate of 44% of the projects reaching their goals. Read more...

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05 septembre 2013

Yale, université la plus généreuse envers ses étudiants étrangers

http://t3.gstatic.com/images?q=tbn:ANd9GcQZ0ietveYi1B8WEa8lUf-X9e10gQWIOiGCE1ZY1P-BF-gQCwTXTiiCvFcPar Assma Maad.La prestigieuse école accorde les meilleures bourses aux étudiants étrangers désargentés, leur montant s’élève en moyenne à 50.000 euros par an. Étudier aux États-Unis peut s’avérer extrêmement coûteux. Destination favorite des étudiants internationaux, le coût annuel pour une année d’étude peut atteindre près de 27.000 euros. Sans compter les frais annexes, de logement, de transports, de nourriture et d’assurance… ce qui en fait le deuxième pays où les études sont les plus chères au monde, derrière l’Australie.
Selon une étude HSBC sur le coût d’une scolarité universitaire à l’étranger, un étudiant sans aide financière à l’université de Chicago devra débourser près de 46.800 euros. Une somme uniquement destinée aux frais de scolarité. Si l’argent fait largement la sélection, les universités américaines ont aussi, au cours des années, mis en place un système de bourse pour aider les étudiants désargentés les plus talentueux. Suite...

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01 septembre 2013

Report: Canada’s strong R&D in universities contrasts with weak investment in business

http://www.universityaffairs.ca/uploadedImages/News/2013/October/cca_report_rd.jpgBy Rosanna Tamburri. New CCA report confirms Canada underperforms on most measures of business R&D, but it found pockets of success.
An expert panel report examining business investment in research and development acknowledged that a “disconnect” exists between Canada’s strong publicly funded research and development activities at postsecondary institutions and the country’s comparatively weak investment in industrial R&D. But it cautioned against redistributing resources from the former to the latter.
The report was prepared at the request of Industry Canada by a panel of 14 experts assembled by the Council of Canadian Academies, a non-profit group, and released Aug. 28.
The report, The State of Industrial R&D in Canada, noted that compared to other industrialized nations, Canada performs similar amounts of publicly funded research and development but significantly less business R&D. In 2010, Canada ranked seventh among OECD countries when it came to R&D spending in higher education and twice the rate of the U.S. But in terms of business R&D, it ranked 20th, with half the rate of investment as countries such as Finland and Sweden.
“It is not that Canada performs more R&D in the public sector than comparator jurisdictions but that Canada performs less R&D in the business sector,” it said. This implies that Canada needs public policies to encourage investment in business R&D but not a redistribution of resources away from publicly funded research activities. More...

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