24 octobre 2018

Universities must reach children earlier to widen access

Traditionally, universities looking to widen access have focused on secondary aged children preparing to take their next step in education. But in many cases it may be too late to shape their decision-making. Universities are looking to solve problems that can become entrenched far earlier in a child’s education, writes Christopher Birchall for The Guardian. More...

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Government to reform higher education

Raja Yasir Humayun Sarfraz, the provincial minister of Punjab for higher education, said the government is preparing for higher education reforms aimed at meeting the needs of the modern knowledge economy. He made the comments at a high-powered committee meeting on higher education reforms deliberating on the first 100 days agenda of the government, reports The News. More...

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Drop in Chinese students concerns US universities

The drop in the number of Chinese going to the United States to study, especially at the undergraduate level, is causing concern in US universities about revenue and academic research, reports China Daily/Asia News Network. More...

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Harvard – Should race count in university admissions?

The admissions policy of the flagship United States university Harvard is facing a legal challenge which began last week in Boston, with accusations of racial bias against Asian-Americans. And it’s a dispute that will be watched carefully by many other over-subscribed universities around the world, writes Sean Coughlan for BBC News. More...

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Hungary’s leader Orbán bans gender studies

Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán is facing a backlash over a government decree effectively prohibiting gender studies courses in all universities across the country. Orbán’s administration believes the courses are rooted in “ideology”, rather than science, writes Chantal Da Silva for Newsweek. More...

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Researchers fear election of far-right candidate

Brazil appears poised to elect a far-right candidate, Jair Bolsonaro, as its next president. His rapid ascent has unnerved local researchers, who are concerned about the future of Brazilian science, the protection of the country’s biodiversity, and its role in the global struggle against climate change, writes Herton Escobar for Science Magazine. More...

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Closing the gap between university presses and libraries

MIT Press and the University of Michigan Press have both announced plans to start selling their e-book collections directly to libraries by creating their own distribution platforms, writes Lindsay McKenzie for Inside Higher Ed. Previously they did not have a mechanism for selling to institutions directly. More...

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Glitzy ‘Science Oscars’ to make stars of researchers

Nine scientists were recognised with a ‘Breakthrough Prize’, a US$3 million Silicon Valley-funded award meant to confer Oscars-style glamour and prestige on the basic sciences.
The prizes in physics, life sciences and mathematics went to six men and three women, reports AFP. More...

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Francophone HE council to debate quality assurance

Bertrand Mbatchi, secretary-general of Le Conseil Africain et Malgache pour l’Enseignement Supérieur (CAMES) – the francophone African 19-country higher education council – visited Brazzaville for talks with Minister of Higher Education Bruno Jean-Richard Itoua ahead of November’s conference on quality assurance and equivalence of degrees, which will be hosted by the Republic of the Congo. More...

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Threat to cancel courses – ‘Government will pay up’

Senegal's Higher Education Minister Mary Teuw Niane has tried to reassure institutions that the government will pay the more than 16 billion francs it owes them, after they threatened to cancel the courses of thousands of students that the state has been contracted to fund. More...

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