09 décembre 2013

Budget cuts and skills mismatches – doom and gloom in European higher education?

http://profile.ak.fbcdn.net/hprofile-ak-prn1/174887_161806250531786_2075947517_q.jpgBy Marielk. Last week, the latest Education and Training Monitor was published by the European Commission, highlighting the impact of budget cuts on European higher education. The Commission has been calling Member states to focus on “growth friendly expenditure“, including education and training, issuing individual recommendations to 17 countries in July 2013. However, the tendency is that funding available for education and training has been decreasing and budget cuts are a common phenomenon across Europe. Read more...

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UNESCO working towards global recognition of higher education qualifications

http://profile.ak.fbcdn.net/hprofile-ak-prn1/174887_161806250531786_2075947517_q.jpgBy Marielk. In recent years, mobility of students and workforce has created increased attention on instruments that would make cross-border recognition of educational qualifications easier. This has frequently been presented as an issue and can understandably be a quite frustrating process to have your hard earned foreign diploma not recognized in your home country. Read more...

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Higher education: caps off

http://static.guim.co.uk/static/c55907932af8ee96c21b7d89a9ebeedb4602fbbf/common/images/logos/the-guardian/news.gifStudent finance in England has got into a horrible mess. Loans are subsidised, costing the taxpayer a lot of money, and – as a result – the Treasury has rationed them. Some students who have the right qualifications can't get a university place. That is profoundly unsatisfactory for them, as well as for cash-strapped colleges who would like to expand to balance their books. As teaching subsidies in arts and humanities are eliminated, and with even core science, technology and maths subjects underfunded, cash-strapped is exactly what almost all colleges are. More...

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University places restriction lifted and funded by student loans sell-off

http://static.guim.co.uk/static/c55907932af8ee96c21b7d89a9ebeedb4602fbbf/common/images/logos/the-guardian/news.gifBy . Chancellor says end of 'cap on aspiration' funded by selling loan book, but critics question sustainability of annual £700m needed. English universities will be able to take as many students as they want from 2015, after the chancellor said the limit on places would be abolished – leaving critics to question how the expansion would be funded in the long-term, with potentially damaging implications for the arts and humanities. More...

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Fair access to higher education

http://static.guim.co.uk/static/c55907932af8ee96c21b7d89a9ebeedb4602fbbf/common/images/logos/the-guardian/news.gifThe government's decision to scale down its own much heralded student scholarship scheme has surprised many of us (Report, 23 November). Yes, we knew cuts were coming because of the absence of controls over student number growth outside universities and through the determination to preserve the science and research budget. We knew the cuts would focus on reducing student mobility by disinvestment in access measures. We knew it was likely that the poorer in society would probably be hit the hardest. The surprise has been the response of the independent regulator, the Office for Fair Access. More...

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The absence of black students diminishes the greatness of Oxbridge

http://static.guim.co.uk/static/c55907932af8ee96c21b7d89a9ebeedb4602fbbf/common/images/logos/the-guardian/news.gifBy and . This week's news: a player in the civil rights movement criticises Oxbridge and students occupy in protests across the country. Oxford and Cambridge don't have enough black students, American civil rights activist Rev Jesse Jackson has said this week. On Monday, 72-year-old Jackson visited Cambridge University Union, where he expressed disgust at low numbers of black students in Oxbridge colleges. More...

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08 décembre 2013

Britain's economic recovery failing to boost graduate job prospects

http://static.guim.co.uk/static/c55907932af8ee96c21b7d89a9ebeedb4602fbbf/common/images/logos/the-guardian/news.gifBy . Despite what Osborne says, many people with degrees are being forced to take low-skilled roles away from their expertise. One of the many things George Osborne is likely to hail in his autumn statement on Thursday is the long-awaited recovery in Britain's jobs market. More...

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Why have academics been so slow to work with students on sustainability?

http://static.guim.co.uk/static/c55907932af8ee96c21b7d89a9ebeedb4602fbbf/common/images/logos/the-guardian/news.gifSimon Kemp asks what is preventing academics and students going green together given the obvious wins when they do. Earlier this year the National Union of Students (NUS) awarded 25 student unions a share of £5m over two years through the Hefce funded Students' Green Fund to develop high impact sustainability projects for the benefit of local communities and students themselves. More...

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UK ranks above US for research quality in government report

http://static.guim.co.uk/static/c55907932af8ee96c21b7d89a9ebeedb4602fbbf/common/images/logos/the-guardian/news.gifBy Claire Shaw. BIS study finds UK producing less academic research in science, mathematics and engineering than a decade ago. The UK is producing less research in science, mathematics and engineering than a decade ago, but has surpassed the US to be ranked first for its research quality, according to a new report. More...

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L’échec progresse en licence

http://blog.educpros.fr/pierredubois/wp-content/themes/longbeach_pdubois/longbeach/images/img01.jpgBlog Educpros de Pierre Dubois. Note d’information de la DEPP, Réussite et échec en premier cycle (Samuel Fouquet, octobre 2013). En 2010-2011, 41% des bacheliers 2008 entrés en L1 étaient en 3ème année de licence, après deux années réussies sans encombre. Les bacheliers 2002-2004 avaient fait mieux : le taux d’accès à la L3 était de 43%. Le taux a dû encore se dégrader dans les promotions suivantes de bacheliers (bacheliers professionnels plus nombreux à l’université, conséquence de la réforme du bac pro en 3 ans au lieu de 4). Le plan Licence a échoué, mais cela tout le monde le savait déjà. Et maintenant que fait-on pour changer la donne ? On change seulement les intitulés des formations (projet d’arrêté sur le cadre national des formations) ? On rend encore plus illisible et inefficace le dispositif Admission post-bac ? Suite de l'article...

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