Archive for April, 2010

University Ranking – new ways prepared by the European Comission

April 4, 2010

By Jan Petter Myklebust, University World News

An expert group on the assessment of university-based research was established by the European Commission in July 2008. The main objective was to “identify parameters to be observed in research assessment and to analyse major assessment and ranking systems in order to establish a more valid comparative methodological approach”. Now the group has delivered its final report proposing wide-ranging changes in the world ranking of universities and calling for a more fine-tuned assessment methodology.
Check: Full report on the University World News site

Povl Tiedemann

April 2010

Higher Education increases GNP

April 1, 2010

DEA (Danish Business Research Academy) has released research results on the relation between education and productivity, concluding that more and better education is leading to increased productivity.

Thus, an increase in the number of individuals with higher education by one per cent point leads to a one per cent growth of Gross National Product.

The DEA report underlines that education is the driving force for increased growth in Danish society – and societies in general.

The research “Productivity and higher education – Effects on corporate competition” is produced for DEA by the CEBR research unit at CBS Copenhagen Business School, involving 140,000 Danish companies.

 Check: http://www.dea.nu for further information

Povl Tiedemann

April 2010

Autonomy on way for China’s universities

April 1, 2010

China will revamp its higher education system to ease the grip of red tape, granting colleges more autonomy, education authorities said last week. But, Xin Dingding reports for The China Daily, university leaders are worried that once they are stripped of their administrative titles they could face new problems.

The new draft guidelines for education reform, which are out for public comment, plan to “modernise” the higher education system. “Moves will include giving colleges more autonomy in aspects such as teaching, scientific research, enrolment and international exchanges,” said Sun Xiaobing, director of the policy and regulation department in the Ministry of Education.

Professors will also be given an important position in teaching and academic decisions, he said. The reform has been hailed by many who are dissatisfied with the current situation in which many college affairs are in the hands of the government.

Check: Full report on The China Daily site

Povl Tiedemann

April 2010

Reforms continue in Scandinavia despite crisis

April 1, 2010

Jan Petter Myklebust, University World News

The effect of the economic crisis on Scandinavian universities has been limited to problems of high inflation in Iceland and redundancies in universities in Denmark and Finland. Yet all countries continued with extensive university reforms.

Check: Full report on the University World News site

Povl Tiedemann

April 2010