Archive for September, 2011

The European Commission’s agenda for growth and jobs through modernisation of Europe’s higher education systems

September 28, 2011

The European Commission has released  “Supporting growth and jobs – an agenda for the modernisation of Europe’s higher education systems” – to boost graduate numbers, improve teaching quality and maximise what higher education can do to help the EU economy emerge stronger from the crisis.

The European Commission’s communication contains core issues such as quality, improved university autonomy and public funding, and the importance of addressing the professionalisation of university management – thereby creating a fundamental basis for universities, and other higher education institutions to pursue their core missions of knowledge development, transmission and dissemination as well as constituting a central role in the innovation chain.

Check the EU communication for further information

Povl Tiedemann

September 2011

EUA report examines Quality Culture in European Universities

September 23, 2011

A new report published last week examines the range of different factors and conditions that help to create a “quality culture” within Europe’s universities.

The report “Examining Quality Culture Part II: Processes and Tools – Participation, Ownership and Bureaucracy” is the result of EUA’s EC-supported project “Examining Quality Culture (EQC)”, which has been carried out in collaboration with the German Rectors’ Conference (HRK) and QAA Scotland.

The term “quality culture” in the title refers to the creation of a shared set of values and commitments to monitoring quality within universities. The report argues that establishing a quality culture is the most effective and meaningful way for universities to ensure that quality assurance (QA) mechanisms improve quality and support change within universities. This culture can be promoted through the creation of a space for debate and discussions about quality mechanisms and thus encourage their broad ownership. The report also stresses the need to clarify lines of responsibility and accountability in order to ensure that internal quality assurance mechanisms improve quality levels.

At a launch event in Brussels on the 16 September, co-organised by the Polish Presidency of the EU, report author, Andrée Sursock, presented the study findings to an audience of European HE stakeholders. Her presentation was followed by a panel discussion with representatives from universities, a student body and a QA agency.

Povl Tiedemann

September 2011

 

 

 

What do international students study?

September 22, 2011

By Yojana Sharma
International students prefer to study social sciences, business and law when they go abroad. But in non-English speaking countries a higher proportion of international students are enrolled in education, humanities and the arts, according to figures just released by the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development – OECD.

Check: Full report on the University World News site

Povl Tiedemann

September 2011

 

Questions raised over PhD expansion – in Denmark

September 18, 2011

By Jan Petter Myklebust, University World News
Denmark’s state auditor is pressing the government to justify its policy of doubling the intake of PhD students at a cost of EUR700 million (US$1 billion), when a shortfall of Danish masters students means a large proportion of places will go to international students who tend to leave the country after completing their doctorates.

Check: Full report on the University World News site

Povl Tiedemann

September 2011

 

 

More Western students should study abroad

September 18, 2011

By Professor Sam Shen, Registrar at the University of Nottingham Ningbo

Western students are reluctant to study abroad for various reasons, but in not doing so they are missing out on the fresh cultural insights and an international outlook that would equip them for the 21st century world of work, writes SAM SHEN.

Check: Full report on the University World News site

Povl Tiedemann

September 2011

 

Credentials Inflation in Business Education

September 16, 2011

Credentials inflation between Bachelor – Master – PhD is imminent. Check article by Laura Pappano, published in The New York Times – via:

http://www.nytimes.com/2011/07/24/education/edlife/edl-24masters-t.html?_r=2&ref=education

Povl Tiedemann

September 2011

IMD Criterion of the month – September 2011: The cost of work

September 12, 2011

From the IMD – info. release 2011-09-12:

By Stephane Garelli, Professor, IMD World Competitiveness Center.

Although competitiveness is more than just labor costs, hourly compensation in manufacturing – the criterion of this month – plays a critical role on how companies analyse the location of their investments. Not surprisingly, Northern Europe is the most expensive region while the large emerging economies, such as India, China and Russia fare
very low.

The real issue is the difference in labor cost, for example $1.96 an hour in China compared to $26.19 in the US, $34.69 in Germany and an incredible $45.50 in Norway. Are such differences compensated by similar advantages in productivity? Probably not… Today, the reindustrialization of advanced economies is a political priority. But this will not happen if such labor cost differences are not offset by quality, efficiency and added value: a tough assignment…

Check: http://www.imd.org/news/wcc/2011/sep.htm

Povl Tiedemann

September 2011

Lifelong Learning in Europe

September 9, 2011

A study of the conditions that enable universities in Europe to develop successful lifelong learning strategies has revealed that the vital supporting legislation is present in only two-thirds of the countries surveyed – By David Jobbin, University World News.

Check: University World News site

The study performed by EUA was released on 31 August / 1 September, at a final conference hosted by the University of Southampton (UK). The project report “Engaging in Lifelong Learning: Shaping Inclusive and Responsive University Strategies (SIRUS)” was presented by the authors, Hanne Smidt and Andrée Sursock.

Check: http://www.eua.be/pubs/Engaging_in_Lifelong_Learning.pdf

EQUAL – European Quality Link – under the auspices of EFMD, Brussels, has developed a set of guidelines for the certification of lifelong learning in management.

Check: http://www.efmd.org/index.php/business-schools/equal/equal-documents

Povl Tiedemann

September 2011

College plagiarism is on the rise in the US – survey

September 8, 2011

A new survey from the Pew Research Center shows plagiarism in American colleges is on the rise, writes Kayla Webley for Time. The survey, called The Digital Revolution and Higher Education, asked 1,055 college presidents from two- to four-year schools, private and public, for their thoughts on how digital technology has impacted on college.

Check: More on the University World News site

Povl Tiedemann

September 2011

China: Joint research as alternative to branch campus?

September 1, 2011

By Yojana Sharma, University World News

Tie-ups between China and Western universities are announced almost every month. But a new collaborative research centre being set up by England’s Birmingham University in Guangzhou in southern China highlights another model of cooperation, with none of the drawbacks of the more popular ‘branch campus’.

Check:Full report on the University World News site

Povl Tiedemann

September 2011