Archive for December, 2011

EU sets 20% student mobility target

December 24, 2011

By Jan Petter Myklebust, University World News

At least one in five higher education students should spend three months studying or training abroad by 2020, European Union member governments have agreed. Education ministers from the 27 member states last month adopted conclusions on the modernisation of higher education with a special emphasis on mobility.

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Povl Tiedemann

December 2011



Rapid growth in joint and dual degrees – IIE

December 21, 2011

By Alison Moodie, University World News

Universities and colleges are increasingly looking beyond their own campuses to keep pace with a rapidly globalizing world, according to a new study from the Institute for International Education. More and more institutions are launching joint and dual degree programmes in an effort to internationalize their campuses, increase global visibility and foster greater collaboration with partner institutions.

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Povl Tiedemann

December 2011

EUA response to European Research Area (ERA) Framework consultation

December 18, 2011

Extracts from the EUA position on the EC consultation document on the European Research Area (ERA) Framework – Summary:

Europe’s universities are increasingly European and international in their character and activities and the European and national policy frameworks and research funding schemes and instruments need to both reflect and support this reality.

Coupled with this, societal demand for new knowledge (through education, research and innovation) to tackle “grand challenges” whose nature, causes and effects do not respect national boundaries require clearly new approaches on the part of all actors.

In this position statement EUA argues that to realise the full potential of Europe’s universities within the European Research Area, the “ERA Framework” conditions need to be based upon the following commitments and requirements:

  • Increased investment in higher education and research coupled with the granting of greater autonomy to universities in the strategic management and development of their affairs.
  • “European added value” as the core characteristic of ERA funding instruments ‐ in recognition of the increasing profile and needs of universities as European institutions with global outreach in all or part of their missions.
  • Medium to long‐term commitment to open competitive funding instruments governed by excellence criteria based upon assessments and indicators of best practice in the domains of both basic research and collaborative research with external partners.
  • European, national and regional policy frameworks that seek to attain both a certain necessary concentration of research capacity and a flexibility to ensure a “level playing field” of opportunities for new research and innovation capacity building (in terms of both human resource development and infrastructure) ‐ with the European Regional Development Funds playing a major role in this respect.
  • External funding schemes to continue to move towards full costs support of university‐based research – to underpin the sustainability of university research and innovation activities as an essential element of the modernisation agenda for Europe’s universities.
  • Promotion of best practices in doctoral education, career development and mobility mechanisms that link both research and teaching capacity building all levels in the university including intersectoral exchange and cooperation.
  • Europe’s universities must have their “place at the table” in the ERA Framework mechanisms preparing new ERA instruments, such “joint programming” and related HORIZON 2020 “Tackling Societal Challenges” programmes, through a transparent procedure of European stakeholder involvement.

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Povl Tiedemann

December 2011

Business Education 2025: what’s in store? – From the EFMD Annual Conference 2011

December 14, 2011

Extracts from Thomas Sattelberger’s address to the EFMD Annual Conference, Brussels, 2011, outlining the changes that he believes will dominate business education in 2025:

In 2025 diversity will have reached a level we can only imagine today. But we know that the trends are irreversible and that it will influence all aspects of our society, companies and individual lives.

Key derailments need to be corrected:

Management education has to regain diversity in thinking and acting; today it too often produces lemming-like role-holders instead of individual personalities. And business schools are institutes of pure socialisation, homogenised by the same ideology. Instead of forming strategic field marshals and ego-boosted autocrats – “humble servant” leadership needs to be revitalised. Having lost sight of the “why and where are we going” interdisciplinary and interscholastic values of the old continental European model, education has turned into profit-and-loss and shareholder-value silos in schools as in businesses. The holistic approach to business management needs to be recovered. Since it is all about people: whole-person learning lies at the heart of management and business education. Character evolution and (self) reflective capabilities, not starting salary and bonuses, are key means to measure success in education and business life.

Embracing diversity:

How best to manage economic, institutional, cultural and individual differences in a world in which migration, demographics, changing value systems, globalisation and digitisation enforce and accelerate diversity?

-Diverse staff and cross-cultural teams.

-Diverse and diversity-demanding investors.

-Multinational markets and diverse customers.

-Many of different life/work- styles and life conceptions: from net-citizenship to homogeneity-seeking followers.

Embracing diversity does not mean – as in the old-fashioned view – just being tolerant and open towards diversity and inclusion. It means utilising differences and variety to gain new perspectives on old problems, as a breeding ground for innovation and creativity In 2025 diversity will have reached a level we can only imagine today. But we know that the trends are irreversible and that it will influence all aspects of our society, companies and individual lives.

Check full text on Global Focus Vol. 5 Issue 3 2011 via:

Povl Tiedemann

December 2011

Private sector capitalizes on complacency

December 12, 2011

By William Patrick Leonard

The for-profit higher education sector is benefiting from complacent public and non-profit private sectors, argues WILLIAM PATRICK LEONARD. Its universities tend to be better-managed and more targeted at meeting market demand because they operate in a more risky environment.

Full report on the University World News site

Povl Tiedemann

December 2011



IMD Criterion of the month: A Credit Chrunch in 2012?

December 10, 2011

By Stephane Garelli, Professor

Director, IMD’s World Competitiveness Center

Banks have been under increasing regulatory pressure to increase their transparency and manage their risk. Now, they are also confronted with a funding problem. To date, European banks have only been able to refinance 2/3 of their at-term debt. Next year they will have to raise some $720bn, mostly in bonds, to repay their maturing debt. Most lenders are now weary of buying bonds from indebted financial institutions. To close the gap, some banks will sell assets. Others will reduce lending in an attempt to increase their capital to debt ratio.

Such a situation will lead to a credit crunch for enterprises in early 2012. Companies have already anticipated the situation and cost cutting measures are proliferating. National austerity plans add to the uncertainty. A last consumer spending spree will happen for the Holidays season, and then the first quarter of Q1 will really be freezing…


Povl Tiedemann

December 2012

Russian Duma simplifies foreign degree recognition

December 7, 2011

Eugene Vorotnikov, University World News

The Russian parliament, the State Duma, has adopted a bill which will make it easier for foreign scientists and other academics to work or study in the country by recognising the diplomas of leading foreign universities.

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Povl Tiedemann

December 2011

EU plans historic rise in research funding

December 4, 2011

By Peter da Costa, University World News.
The European Commission has proposed a historic adjustment to its research and innovation policies with a view to stimulating economic growth and shoring up the competitiveness of the European Union. The plans include a EUR30 billion (US$40 billion) increase in funding and a 16-fold rise in the number of higher education students being supported in their training.

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Povl Tiedemann

December 2011

Erasmus for All: 5 million in line for EU funding

December 1, 2011

Up to 5 million people, almost twice as many as now, could get the chance to study or train abroad with a grant from Erasmus for All, the new EU programme for education, training, youth and sport proposed by the European Commission.

Among them would be more than 2 million higher education students, more than 700 000 vocational students and nearly one million teachers. More than 300 000 full-time Masters’ students would also benefit from a new loan guarantee scheme set up with the European Investment Bank Group. The seven-year Erasmus for All programme, which would have a total budget of €19 billion, is due to start in 2014.

“Investing in education and training is the best investment we can make for Europe’s future. Studying abroad boosts people’s skills, personal development and adaptability, and makes them more employable. We want to ensure that many more people benefit from EU support for these opportunities. We also need to invest more to improve the quality of education and training at all levels so we are a match for the best in the world and so that we can deliver more jobs and higher growth,” said Androulla Vassiliou, Commissioner for Education, Culture, Multilingualism and Youth.

For the latest updates on this programme check out our Erasmus for All page.

Povl Tiedemann

December 2011