Archive for June, 2011

Danish scientists lead Nordic peers

June 19, 2011

By Jan Petter Myklebust, University World News

Danish universities and university hospitals lead their Nordic counterparts in international ranking, publishing patterns, research profiles and citation impact in natural sciences, medical and technological research, according to a new report.

In Denmark, researchers are cited 27% more frequently than the world average, compared with 13% in Sweden, 11% in Iceland, 8% in Norway, and 5% in Finland. Norwegian researchers had the highest relative citation growth for the period 2000-08.

Aarhus University, Copenhagen University and Denmark Technological University all have frequency of citations 40% higher than the world average, and these figures are consistent for each year in the period 2000-2008. In Finland, Helsinki University and University Hospital are significantly more cited than the other institutions and hence contribute to a higher national average.

Check: Full report on the University World News site

Povl Tiedemann

June 2011

 

 

Europe’s new ranking system unveiled

June 18, 2011

By Karen MacGregor, University World News

The Europe-driven global benchmarking system U-Multirank, which allows universities to create personalised rankings using an array of indicators, was unveiled in Brussels last week. It is “a new user-driven, multi-dimensional and multi-level ranking tool in higher education and research,” said its creators.

Because of these characteristics, U-Multirank differs substantially from existing rankings and meets the needs of various higher education stakeholders, said its designers Frans van Vught and Frank Ziegele in a presentation on Thursday.

U-Multirank, a two-year project initiated and funded by the European Commission, has been developed by the Consortium for Higher Education and Research Performance Assessment, CHERPA, led by the Center for Higher Education Policy Studies at the University of Twente in the Netherlands and the Center for Higher Education Development in Germany.

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Full report on the University World News site

Povl Tiedemann

June 2011

 

IMD Criterion of the month – June 2011

June 14, 2011

In search of global managers.

By Stéphane Garelli, Professor, IMD

The globalization of business thrives on trade, investments and people – in that order.

For example China is the largest exporter of goods in the world, $1577bn in 2010, but only ranks in 56th position for the availability of senior managers with international experience, our criterion of the month.

Japan, which has heavily relied on exports for its development (it is the 4th largest exporter in the world) suffers from the same problem: it only ranks in 54th position for internationally experienced managers.

The need for such global managers becomes crucial when emphasizing investment abroad as a new path for competitiveness. Size also matters. Smaller nations build their competitive advantages on the globalization of their enterprises.

Among the 21 best-ranked nations for this criterion, only Germany (10th), the United Kingdom (21st), and Australia (20th) are large economies.

Check:

http://www.imd.org/uupload/dm/files/WCC/criterion_jun11.pdf?MRK_CMPG_SOURCE=WCC_1511006&wt.mc_id=WCY_11_WCC_1511006&utm_source=DM&utm_medium=em&utm_campaign=WCY_11_WCC_1511006

Povl Tiedemann

June 2011

The European Research Council (ERC) plea to double budget

June 14, 2011

By Dave Yin, University World News

The European Research Council made a public appeal last week for its annual budget to be doubled to around €4 billion (US$5.75 billion) from 2013.

Addressing the European Parliament’s committee on industry, research and energy at a 25 May hearing in Brussels, ERC president Professor Helga Nowotny cited “undiminished demand” from researchers for grants from the council, which funds cutting-edge basic research.

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Povl Tiedemann

June 2011

Internships – more and better quality needed

June 12, 2011

Young people need more internships during their higher education courses and better quality ones, argues the EUROPEAN YOUTH FORUM. It outlines what needs to be done to improve young people’s chances of finding jobs at a challenging time.

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Full report on the University World News site

Povl Tiedemann

June 2011

 

Offshore staffing in the university sector

June 8, 2011

Getting staff of the right calibre for offshore operations is a key element in protecting a university’s reputation for quality in the country concerned, writes JOHN FIELDEN.

The issue is no longer one of exporting staff from the home country, but of tapping global networks and markets for the best people. University managers and human resource specialists need to acquire the recruitment skills of multinationals.

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Full report on the University World News site

Povl Tiedemann

June 2011

 

IMD World Competitiveness Yearbook – and Rankings 2011

June 1, 2011

By Stephane Carelli, Professor, IMD

The economic recovery has seldom been so chaotic. The World Competitiveness landscape underlines some formidable differences among the performances of nations, ranging from overheating to recession, from inflation to deflation.

The champions of yesterday – mainly in the Anglo-Saxon nations – seem to have lost their Midas touch while the more “boring” Northern European nations are thriving.

Meanwhile the emergence of a new world economy – mainly in the South – appears to be unstoppable.

Add on the top of that a currency war, extreme volatility on commodities and several political upheavals and you have all the ingredients for a world “upside down”.

But, who shall be the real winners?

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The 2011 ranking list released from the live presentation:

1 – Hong Kong (government power and pull-effect of China)

1 – US (financing and re-focusing on manufacturing and industry)

3 – Singapore (new generation of leaders)

4 – Sweden (government efficiency and infrastructure)

Followed by:

5-Switzerland, 6-Taiwan, 7-Canada, 8-Qatar, 9-Australia, 10-Germany.

IMD also released its first Government Efficiency gap results, which compares a country’s government and business efficiency to determine whether countries have “the government they deserve.”

Check:

Release of IMD World Competitiveness Rankings 2011

http://www.imd.org/news/IMD-announces-the-2011-World-Competitiveness-Rankings-and-the-results-of-the-Government-Efficiency-Gap.cfm

Povl Tiedemann

May 2011