Archive for January, 2011

Reforms to university governance in Scandinavia

January 9, 2011

By Jan Petter Myklebust, University World News
In the year ahead, universities in Norway, Sweden, Denmark and Finland are experiencing extensive reforms, notably in governance which includes changes to their executive boards and their relations with governments.

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Povl Tiedemann

January 2011


Spending cuts hit university budgets in Europe

January 9, 2011

By Alan Osborn, University World News
The familiar challenges of funding and mobility – particularly in research – will dominate the agenda for higher education in Europe in 2011. But this year will probably be much worse as public sector spending cuts bite into higher education budgets across the region.

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Povl Tiedemann

January 2011

Challenges in the year ahead for universities

January 9, 2011

As universities in numerous countries around the world open after the New Year break, many face a year of changes and some, as in parts of Europe and the UK, are likely to find 2011 even more conflict-ridden and challenging than ever.

Government-imposed reductions in grants to universities following the global financial crisis will affect thousands of higher education institutions in the western world while many Asian governments are increasing their allocations to universities in the belief this will help boost their already strong economies.

University World News correspondents report on the prospects for higher education this year in their countries and regions.


Povl Tiedemann

January 2011

Education – Orient versus Occident

January 2, 2011

Thoughtful news on PhD-knowledge competitiveness parameter:

MALAYSIA: 133% increase of PhD holders in universities.
The number of PhD holders among academic staff in Malaysia’s public universities had increased by 133% since 2005, said Higher Education Department Director-general Datuk Dr Radin Umar Radin Sohadi, reports the official agency Bernama. He said now there were 14,000 PhD holders compared to 6,000 in 2005.

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US: PhD pipeline expands slightly.
The number of research doctorates awarded by American universities grew slightly in 2009, with virtually all of the increase accounted for by an upturn in PhDs and other degrees granted to women, according to newly reported data from the Survey of Earned Doctorates, writes Doug Lederman for Inside Higher Ed. The study also documents the first drop in five years in the number of doctorates awarded to non-US citizens. Overall, the number of research doctorates granted by academic institutions in the United States in 2009 rose to 49,562, up 1.6% from 48,763 in 2008.

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On basic level we find reasons for similar thoughtfulness. The recent OECD-PISA analysis reveals following placements on skills in Reading – Mathematics – Science:


1 – Shanghai/China 

2 – Korea

3 – Finland

4 – Hong Kong

5 – Singapore


1 – Shanghai/China

2 – Singapore

3 – Hong Kong

4 – Korea

5 – Taiwan


1 – Shanghai/China

2 – Finland

3 – Hong Kong

4 – Singapore

5 – Japan

Thus with Finland as the only Occidental participant in this Oriental dominated league.

PISA scores are on a scale, with 500 as the average.

In reading, Shanghai students scored 556, ahead of second-place Korea with 539. The US scored 500 and came in 17th.

On the maths test last year, students in Shanghai scored 600, in Singapore 562, in Germany 513, and in the US 487.

In science, Shanghai students scored 575. In second place was Finland, where the average score was 554. The US scored 502, in 23rd place.

(Sourcing The New York Times)

Povl Tiedemann

December 2010

2010 in review

January 2, 2011

The stats helper monkeys at mulled over how this blog did in 2010, and here’s a high level summary of its overall blog health:

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A Boeing 747-400 passenger jet can hold 416 passengers. This blog was viewed about 1,900 times in 2010. That’s about 5 full 747s.

In 2010, there were 50 new posts, growing the total archive of this blog to 115 posts.

The busiest day of the year was November 6th with 66 views. The most popular post that day was Never mind quality, as universities expand.

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Attractions in 2010

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