14 juin 2013

Horizon 2020: Funding rules are crucial for sustainability of Europe’s universities

http://www.eua.be/images/logo.jpgThe latest edition of EUA’s public funding observatory highlights that in countries where cuts are taking place, funding for infrastructure has been one of the most affected areas and it is likely that this trend continues. Ageing facilities and equipment will necessarily trigger increasing costs for institutions and deteriorate teaching and research environments. It is therefore of crucial importance for the financial sustainability of Europe’s universities that, in addition to national funding schemes, the future European funding programmes, in particular the Horizon 2020 programme currently being negotiated at EU-level in the “trilogue” negotiations, provide funding rules that cover the costs for university research infrastructure in an adequate way. EUA’s Public Funding Observatory can be viewed here.
EUA understands that an important element of the trilogue discussions next week are the proposed “guidelines” circulated by the European Commission on how to cover costs for infrastructure in their proposed flat rate model. Taking account of the costs for infrastructure is indeed an important issue for the financial sustainability and competitiveness of Europe’s universities. Read more...

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09 juin 2013

The Impact of Higher Education: Addressing the challenges of the 21st century

http://www.eair.nl/forum/rotterdam/images/logo.gifThe Impact of Higher Education: Addressing the challenges of the 21st century
EAIR 35th Annual Forum 2013, Rotterdam, the Netherlands, 28-31 August 2013

The Forum will be hosted by the Erasmus University Rotterdam.
As your Forum Chair for the 35the Annual Forum in 2013 it’s my privilege to invite you to the Netherlands and the Erasmus University Rotterdam (EUR) next August. This year’s theme is The Impact of Higher Education with the subtitle Addressing the challenges of the 21st century. We will be honoured with your presence.
Hundred years young: Erasmus University Rotterdam is in 2013 one of the youngest universities in our country. Having started in 1913 with 55 students in a single discipline (Commerce), who were provisionally accommodated in two classrooms in the former stock exchange or Beurs, today, the university has around 25,000 students enrolled in around 20 bachelor and 50 master programmes. A quarter of these students come from abroad. The two classrooms have made way for two campuses, built brick by brick in the last few years. The new Woudestein campus will be festively opened again in our centennial year.
Thinking power combined with acting power; this is embedded in our university’s DNA. Developing and sharing knowledge to solve the issues of today and tomorrow: in Rotterdam, our testing ground and laboratory - and worldwide. Our pillars are health, prosperity, management and culture.
At home in the world is our motto whose essence we have borrowed from our patron Desiderius Erasmus, the famous Renaissance thinker, who was born in Rotterdam. The whole earth is my fatherland. This, too, is embedded in our DNA – no wonder in a world port city like Rotterdam. Where merchants and business men once established a (private) graduate school, for years now we have had a campus that has become an international classroom for students and researchers from all over the globe. Read more...

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08 juin 2013

LWF13: The Future of Learning Conference and Festival

http://www.elearningeuropa.info/sites/default/files/elearning_papers.pngRelaunching its renowned Handheld Learning, Game Based Learning and Digital Safety conferences to be hosted 17th-18th June, followed by the LWF 13 Future of Learning Conference & Festival hosted 19th-21st June.
Since 2004 LWF has consistently presented some of the most challenging, forward-thinking conferences that lead, facilitate and record the dialogue about the transformation of society and how our education systems can respond. As a leader and progressive thinker in this field we very much welcome your participation.

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07 juin 2013

The Next Generation University

http://higheredwatch.newamerica.net/sites/newamerica.net/files/program_pages/attachments/underminingpell.jpgBy Rachel Fishman. With the economy stuck in neutral, tuition prices and student loan debt skyrocketing, and parents and students increasingly questioning the value of a college degree, our public institutions urgently need a different approach to the challenge or educating an increasingly diverse mix of students at a reasonable cost. Today, New America's Education Policy Program released The Next Generation University, a policy report about the future of public higher education. The report comes at a time when too many public universities are failing to respond to the nation's higher education crisis. Rather than expanding enrollment and focusing limited dollars on the neediest of students, many institutions are instead restricting enrollments and encouraging the use of student-aid dollars on merit awards. But, according to the report, some schools are breaking the mold by boldly restructuring operating costs and creating clear, accelerated pathways for students. The report focuses on six public research universities: Arizona State University, University at Buffalo, University of California at Riverside, University of Central Florida, Georgia State University, and the University of Texas at Arlington. These universities are continuing their commitment to world class research while increasing enrollment and graduation rates, even as the investments from their states have declined. Read more...

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Vivre la ville universitaire de demain - 20ème anniversaire de l'AVUF

http://www.colloques-avuf.com/images/logo.gifVivre la ville universitaire de demain - Imaginer et concevoir ensemble la place des étudiants et des chercheurs dans nos villes en 2020. Séminaire national - Nantes les 13 & 14 juin 2013. Inscription.
L'avant-programme est accessible par l'onglet "Programme" de la barre bleue ci-dessus.
Dans le cadre de son 20ème anniversaire, l'AVUF organise avec 3 collectivités une réflexion prospective sur "la ville universitaire de demain".
Trois rendez-vous sont prévus:
* 13 et 14 juin : Vivre la ville universitaire de demain, à Nantes.
* 10 et 11 octobre : Aménager la ville universitaire de demain, à Aix-en-Provence.
* 21 novembre : Penser, décider, et gouverner la ville universitaire de demain, à Paris.
A Nantes, trois angles d’attaque sont retenus pour traiter de la vie étudiante de demain et de la plus-value apportée par les collectivités territoriales (ville et agglomérations):
1. L'accueil des primo-arrivants (jeunes lycéens ou étudiants étrangers), en partant de l'attractivité (marketing territorial) jusqu'à l'accompagnement à la réussite (la collectivité acteur extra-pédagogique du succès académique) en passant par les nouvelles formes d'hébergement des étudiants, mais aussi des chercheurs.
2. Les conditions futures de travail de l’étudiant - et de l'enseignant, le chercheur - dans la ville (focus sur la place du numérique dans et hors espaces universitaires).
3. L'organisation du retour sur investissement pour villes universitaires, qu'il s'agisse de l’impact économique (valorisation de la recherche et du capital humain formé par les néo-diplômés) ou sociétal (implication des étudiants et des chercheurs dans la cité).
Programme
Jeudi 13 juin - Après-midi
14h00     Ouverture officielle du colloque: Johanna ROLLAND - Première Adjointe au Maire de Nantes, Olivier LABOUX - Président de l'Université de Nantes, au titre de la CPU, Hélène MANDROUX - Maire  de Montpellier – Présidente de l'AVUF
14h45     Intervention courte de l'agence d’urbanisme
15h00     1ère thématique : Ce que la ville universitaire de demain pourra apporter aux étudiants et aux chercheurs
Deux ateliers en parallèle:
Atelier 1 - Attractivité : comment faire venir les étudiants et les chercheurs, comment contribuer à leur réussite?
Présidé par Hélène MANDROUX - Maire de Montpellier et Présidente de l'AVUF. Animé par François RIO (délégué général de l'AVUF). Participeront à cet atelier: Hélène LESOURD - Responsable des rel. institutionnelles du Groupe L’Étudiant, Nathalie CLOT - Directrice de la Bibliothèque Universitaire d'Angers.
Atelier 2 - Accueil : quelles nouvelles formes d’habitat des étudiants et des chercheurs en mobilité, quelle vie de campus?
Présidé par Faustin AISSI - Conseiller Lille Métropole et Vice-président de l'AVUF. Animé par Nicolas DELESQUE (Universités & Territoires). Participeront à cet atelier: Vincent LABOURET  - Vice-Président de l'association des directeurs de CROUS, Philippe NICOLET- Président du Groupe Réside Études. La restitution du travail des ateliers fera l'objet d'une publication spéciale de la Lettre Universités & Territoires
Vendredi 14 juin - Matin
9h00     Présentation rapide de la nouvelle loi sur l'enseignement supérieur et la recherche et de son impact pour les collectivités locales, par l'AMGVF
9h15     Deuxième thématique : Comment étudierons-nous et travaillerons-nous demain dans la ville?
Séance plénière : L’impact du numérique : les objets, les lieux et les usages, Exposé de Florence DURAND, Déléguée générale de Villes Internet.
10h15     Troisième thématique : Ce que la ville universitaire de demain pourra attendre des étudiants et des chercheurs.
2 ateliers en parallèles:
Atelier 1 - Citoyenneté, pratiques vertueuses, responsabilité sociétale: Comment faire société?
Présidé par Didier GUILLOT (Adjoint au Maire de Paris). Animé par Erick GUTKNECHT(Directeur Jeunesse à la Ville de Nantes). Participeront à cet atelier: Elise RENAUDIN - Directrice Déléguée de l'AFEV, Abbassia HAKEM, Adjointe au Maire de Nantes
Atelier 2 - Développement économique : Quelles interfaces entre la recherche, le capital humain, et le développement économique local?
Présidé par Christian LOUIT - Vice-président de la Communauté du Pays d'Aix. Animé par Jean-Paul DOMERGUE (consultant Sup'Conseil). Participeront à cet atelier:Olivier LABOUX - Conférence des Présidents d’Université, Philippe QUERE - Président d’Interface Compétences. La synthèse des ateliers sera publiée fin juin par un numéro spécial de la Lettre "Universités et Territoires".
Colloques AVUF
La relation entre l'enseignement supérieur et les collectivités locales connaît une mutation initiée avec les plans Université 2000 et U3M, relancée par la LRU, l'opération Campus et l'Idex, et amplifiée par l'émergence d'une compétition entre les territoires. Les collectivités, et notamment les villes, ont beaucoup investi dans le développement des infrastructures de l'enseignement supérieur; elles éprouvent à présent le besoin d'un retour sur investissement, c'est-à-dire d'un impact visible en terme de développement économique ou de dynamisme social, démographique, culturel. De leur côté, les établissements d'enseignement supérieur de recherche, confrontés à de nouveaux enjeux, prennent conscience que leur vocation universelle ne peut s'affranchir d'une stratégie de développement concertée avec les acteurs économiques et politiques de leur territoire d'implantation.
Pour répondre à ce besoin réciproque de concertation, l'Association des Villes Universitaires de France, Latitude Étudiante Conseil, le cabinet Sup Conseil et la Lettre Universités et Territoires ont décidé d'organiser une série de rencontres entre élus locaux, universitaires, et autres acteurs de l'enseignement supérieur.
Lancé à l'occasion du colloque de Nîmes en mars 2006, ce site a pour vocation de faire connaître le programme de ces rencontres, de faciliter les inscriptions et de rendre compte des échanges les plus fructueux.
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02 juin 2013

Our Discussion of "Higher Ed in 2018"

By Joshua Kim. Last week, Jeb Bush and Randy Best published a Views column titled Higher Ed in 2018. In this piece they made the case for "transformational" change in higher ed, arguing that the next 5 years will see a fundamental shift from a "provider-driven" model to a "consumer-driven" one. Read more...

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01 juin 2013

Why part-time study has a great future

The Guardian homePart-time study that leads to a full university degree is the key to getting round our graduate job problem, says Joan Bakewell. There is an increasing groundswell growing right now in favour of part-time education. Read more...

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26 mai 2013

The $7,000 Computer Science Degree — and the Future of Higher Education

http://s0.2mdn.net/viewad/1447902/3-97x70_cm_hdr_subscribe.pngBy . While a new report puts the average debt load of new college grads at a stomach-churning $35,200, the Georgia Institute of Technology is rolling out an alternative program experts say offers a beacon of hope for both students and employers: A three-year master’s degree in computer science that can be earned entirely online — and that will cost less than $7,000. The school is partnering with Udacity, a for-profit provider of MOOC (massive open online course) education, and AT&T, which is contributing $2 million and will provide connectivity tools and services. “We believe this program can establish corporate acceptance of high-quality and 100 percent online degrees as being on par with degrees received in traditional on-campus settings,” a statement from the school says. Read more...

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25 mai 2013

Higher Ed in 2018

HomeBy Jeb Bush and Randy Best. Rising tuition, declining government subsidies, stagnant endowments, and increased competition are challenging higher education like never before. College and university leaders are struggling to understand where these changes will lead and how they can make higher education more affordable, more accessible, and of greater quality for an increasingly diverse and aspiring student. Based on our interaction with university leaders and policy makers, we believe that the timeline for transformational change has shortened to five years.  During this time, higher education will have moved from a provider-driven model to a consumer-driven one and, in so doing, upend a system that had endured for centuries. Read more...

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11 mai 2013

Tomorrow’s Universities and the Seven Pillars of the Knowledge Revolution

http://www.iau-aiu.net/sites/all/files/Front%20cover%20-%20ENG.jpgIAU Horizons, the Association's news and information magazine is addressed primarily to IAU Member Institutions and Organizations, but is also sent to a selected audience beyond the IAU Membership such as Ministries of Higher Education, international organizations, national and regional associations of universities and others.
Tomorrow’s Universities and the Seven Pillars of the Knowledge Revolution (IAU Horizons Vol. 18, no.3 & Vol.19, no.1)
By Ismail Serageldin, Director, Library of Alexandria, Egypt.
The Seven Pillars of the New Knowledge Revolution The ICT revolution and the globalization we are witnessing are also promoting what I call the “New Knowledge Revolution”. This knowledge revolution can be characterised by seven key “pillars”. These are:
Parsing, Life & Organization – Since the beginning of time, whether we were writing on scrolls or codexes, the accumulation of knowledge was based on parsed structures, with units put next to each other like bricks in a wall of an emerging structure. In addition each piece was “dead”, or fixed, once published. The Internet changed all that. The web page became the unit of parsing, and it is constantly updated. Today, we witness fluid merging of text and image, both still and video, and 3D virtual reality and augmented reality. The structure, organization and presentation of knowledge will become one large interconnected vibrant global living tissue of concepts, ideas and facts that is growing exponentially and which will require new modes of thinking to interact with it.
Image & Text – Throughout history, we transmitted information mostly as text. The human brain can process visual information with incredible rapidity, but images were difficult to produce and to reproduce. Today everybody can record images and we can expect far larger reliance on image – in addition to text – in the future.
Humans & Machines – With the exception of pure mathematics and some aspects of philosophy, it will no longer be possible for any human being to search for, find and retrieve, and then manipulate knowledge in any field, without the intermediation of machines.
Complexity and Chaos – The world we live in is remarkably complex. Ecosystems, biological functions and the socioeconomic transactions of a globalizing world are all exceedingly intricate and chaotic. Many of our models, based on the simple mathematics and analogies drawn from physics, are proving inadequate.
Computation & Research – Computing and information science will no longer be only for assisting in crunching large numbers. Today, Computational Science Concepts, tools and theorems will weave into the very fabric of science and scientific practice.
Convergence & Transformation – In simplest terms, once upon a time we had chemistry and biology as distinct and separate enterprises, now we also have biochemistry. Such moments of convergence, generating new sciences and insights, are extremely productive in the development of our knowledge and our technologies.
Pluri-Disciplinarity & Policy – The old academic “silos” of disciplines when functioning alone are counterproductive. Many of our real life problems, such as poverty, gender or the environment, are all multi-dimensional and complex and require a special way of organizing all the various disciplinary inputs. We need the wisdom of the humanities in addition to the knowledge of the natural sciences... Read more in IAU Horizons Vol. 18, no.3 & Vol.19, no.1.

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