18 novembre 2013

Universities push for ‘flexibility’ in fees

afr.comBy Tim Dodd. Two influential vice-chancellors have renewed their push for “flexibility” in university fees to allow them to rise to boost funding for cash-strapped higher education institutions.

Writing in Monday’s The Australian Financial Review, Glyn Davis, the vice-chancellor of the University of Melbourne, and Greg Craven, the vice-chancellor of the Australian Catholic University (ACU), said the federal government’s review of the demand driven system for university funding should consider this option.

The two represent two different universities with very different interests, but they have found common cause on the fee issue. More...

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17 novembre 2013

The Asia Pivot in Higher Education

http://chronicle.com/img/photos/biz/icons/worldwise-nameplate.gifBy Jason Lane and Kevin Kinser. Asia is fast becoming a key player in global higher education. Asian nations’ growing demand for education and the increased investment they have made in their universities presents opportunities and challenges to the world. And recently, some of the first systematic steps have been taken by Asia-Pacific countries to potentially coordinate their higher-education systems. Read more...

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03 novembre 2013

China encourages MOOCs in HE transformation drive

http://t3.gstatic.com/images?q=tbn:ANd9GcQOQ2e8mceWyPVVFcJDlyvxthNhmSR7fCNS1SUDStQIOlwqvtcjS6qaiABy Katherine Forestier. The Chinese government has responded positively to the arrival of massive open online courses, MOOCs, and is speeding up the development of its own online offerings.
The government is actively encouraging the import of quality courses to China – as long as they do not contain politically sensitive content – as well as the export of its best courses, Professor Huang Ronghuai, associate dean of the faculty of education at Beijing Normal University, told University World News. More...

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Open Universities Australia MOOCs attract 100,000 students

http://t3.gstatic.com/images?q=tbn:ANd9GcQOQ2e8mceWyPVVFcJDlyvxthNhmSR7fCNS1SUDStQIOlwqvtcjS6qaiABy Geoff Maslen. Open Universities Australia* reached a remarkable milestone last Monday when it announced that its free online learning platform Open2Study had lured 100,000 enrolments, with 53,000 students from more than 180 countries undertaking one or more of its massive open online courses, or MOOCs.
Open2Study began by offering 10 free subjects in April, with each taking four weeks to complete. More...

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Appeal Court upholds university verdict on plagiarism

http://t3.gstatic.com/images?q=tbn:ANd9GcQOQ2e8mceWyPVVFcJDlyvxthNhmSR7fCNS1SUDStQIOlwqvtcjS6qaiABy Suluck Lamubol. The Bangkok South Criminal Court on Wednesday upheld the verdict of a lower court that had acquitted the president of Chulalongkorn University in Thailand of conducting an unfair investigation in the first ever case of the university revoking a PhD. 
The university stripped Supachai Lorlowhakarn of his doctorate after finding that large parts of his thesis had been plagiarised. Supachai is the director of Thailand's National Innovation Agency, or NIA, and the case is likely to have major repercussions for the NIA. More...

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30 octobre 2013

Register now for the National General Staff Conference

http://www.nteu.org.au//var/files/thumbs/a780532dd116f8da145bac8c4c7961bc_default_w80_.jpgBy Jeannie Rea (NTEU National Office). If you haven't registered for the NTEU General Staff Conference in Adelaide, you've got until Friday: http://www.nteu.org.au/events/general_staff_conference_2013/registrationWe would particularly like to see more general and professional staff from university libraries, IT, technical, equity and diversity and teaching and learning centres register.
This conference will expand the conversation and research on the contribution that general staff make to higher education.

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14 octobre 2013

RI sees 30 percent increase of students study in Europe

http://www.thejakartapost.com/assets/persia-2012/images/Nx35xlogo40.png.pagespeed.ic.1TIshZecRZ.pngThe Delegation of the European Union (EU) to Indonesia, Brunei Darussalam and ASEAN held a two-day European Higher Education Fair (EHEF) to respond to increases in the number of Indonesian people who are interested to study in Europe.
The delegation’s head of cooperation, Franck Viault, said Europe, with a wide variety of countries and cultures and a large number of universities, had continued to improve its educational institutions. More...

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10 octobre 2013

Expansion of massive open online courses in Asia

http://www.futuregov.asia/media/images/futuregov-logo.gifBy Kelly Ng. More organisations in Asia are joining the Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) platform to provide web-based education aimed at large-scale interactive participation and open access via the internet.
Last month, Nanyang Technological University (NTU), one of the biggest universities in Singapore with 33,500 students, repackaged ‘Introduction to Forensic Science’ as a free online course for anyone in the world. More...

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Coursera pushes online education in China

http://cdn-static.zdnet.com/images/base/sprites-catfish.pngBy .The massive open online course site forms partnership with China's open.163.com, social media site Guokr, and online translator community Yeeyan, to extend its online courses to the Chinese market. Online education services provider Coursera has partnered China's open.163.com to offer massive open online courses (MOOCs) in the Chinese market. Itself a MOOC site established by two computer science professors from Standford University, Coursera hopes the partnership will provide Chinese consumers better access to its content on one of China's most popular MOOC sites, open.163.com, which also hosts videos from TED and Khan Academy, reported Ctocio. More...

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06 octobre 2013

East Asian universities gain ground on US and UK – THE ranking

http://enews.ksu.edu.sa/wp-content/uploads/2011/10/UWN.jpgBy David Jobbins. The erosion of the United States and United Kingdom's domination of global university league tables is continuing, according to analysts reviewing the 2013-14 Times Higher Education World University Rankings, out this week.
While the pace is slower than suggested when last year’s rankings were released, it is apparent that while universities in America and in London are holding their own, institutions in the UK’s regions and in continental Europe are losing out to competitors from Asia – and specifically from China, South Korea, Singapore and Japan. More...

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