15 octobre 2018

Chinese students fear backlash after inflammatory speech

Chinese students in the United States have dismissed claims made by US Vice-President Mike Pence that their official groups representing them are part of a Communist Party effort to “foster a culture of censorship”, though they did express concerns of a backlash from the inflammatory remarks, write Simone McCarthy and Kristin Huang for South China Morning Post. More...

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Women conduct more useful research than men, study says

A research study has suggested that female-authored research has more educational impact than male-authored research. The study in the Journal of Altmetrics – a newly launched peer-reviewed open-access journal – compared how many people read articles by male or female first authors in the same field using data from users of reference manager Mendeley, writes Lindsay McKenzie for Inside Higher Ed. More...

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WHO voices alarm as academics denied visas to visit UK

The World Health Organization (WHO) has expressed alarm about the impact of the United Kingdom government’s immigration policy on international academic cooperation after several foreign scholars were denied visas to attend a conference, writes Matthew Weaver for The Guardian. More...

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Research into maggots helps more than 5,000 diabetics

Research into the use of larva to treat diabetic wounds has saved more than 5,000 patients from limb amputations, said Malaysian Deputy Health Minister Dr Lee Boon Chye. He said that 90% of the 6,000 patients who were treated with maggot debridement therapy were saved from having their limbs amputated, writes Loh Foon Fong for The Star. More...

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Universities gain access to genocide survivor testimonies

Universities have been given access to more than 55,000 interviews with survivors of and witnesses to genocide via streaming video, providing researchers with an evocative, deeply personal view of the impact of the Holocaust and other genocides and massacres, including Rwanda, Armenia and Nanjing. More...

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How will universities prepare students for Industry 4.0?

By Paul Rigg. How will people be motivated to study when in Mexico alone, for example, nine million jobs are expected to be lost over the next 10 years. “What will the role of universities be?” More...

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In the AI era, universities must make us ‘robot proof’

By Paul Rigg. With up to half of white and blue collar jobs expected to vanish due to artificial intelligence (AI), the priority for universities is to make people ‘robot proof’ by teaching ‘humanics’ – technical, data and human literacy – and providing experiential and lifelong learning. More...

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Universities ‘are declining’ due to digital disruptors

By Paul Rigg. Technology is transforming the way students learn and while world-class universities such as Harvard University may be less vulnerable than other institutions, digital disruption is inevitable and is already happening, sending universities into decline, according to a keynote speaker at the ‘EnlightED: Reinventing education in a digital world’ conference in Spain. More...

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Universities should address demand for blockchain skills

By Wagdy Sawahel. Calls are mounting for African universities to keep pace with the world’s top 50 higher education institutions in offering more courses to harness the power of blockchain-based innovation, which could also support university administration. More...

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Boost to university-industry AI research collaboration

By Yojana Sharma. As the global race in artificial intelligence (AI) research intensified over the past year, South Korea’s ministry of science and ICT recently announced a KRW2.2 trillion (US$2 billion) budget for AI research and development to build up talent and use its universities’ strong links with industry to become a global AI powerhouse by 2022. More...

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