Archive for March, 2012

Danes and Swedes to lead bid for Horizon 2020 food research strand

March 25, 2012

By Jan Petter Myklebust, University World News

Danish and Swedish universities are in the running to become world centres for food innovation when the first round of Horizon 2020 research programmes is announced.

After intense lobbying through the consortium Foodbest, coordinated by Copenhagen and Lund universities together with major food producers and research institutions in Europe, Food4Future (sustainable food supply chain) is set to be among the first three knowledge and innovation communities (KICs) to be announced in the first expansion round of the European Institute of Technology, or EIT, under Horizon 2020.

The European parliament’s committee on industry, research and energy is now discussing the new KICs for 2014, including Food4Future as one of the three proposals put forward by the EIT. And Foodbest is preparing a bid for this KIC, which will have a budget of €50 million to €100 million (US$66 to US$132 million).

Check for further information:

http://www.universityworldnews.com/article.php?story=20120321212938488

Povl Tiedemann

March 2012

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Universities struggle to quell student cheating

March 18, 2012

 

From The Independent on Sunday – release extracts from University World News:

Over the past three years, more than 45,000 students at 80 institutions have been hauled before college authorities and found guilty of ‘academic misconduct’ ranging from bringing crib-sheets or mobile phones into exams to paying private firms to write essays for them, write Brian Brady and Kunal Dutta for The Independent on Sunday.

Some 16,000 cases were recorded in the past year alone, as university chiefs spent millions on software to identify work reproduced from published material or simply cut and pasted from the internet. But officials last week warned that they were fighting a losing battle against hi-tech advances – which means it is becoming increasingly difficult to detect the cheats.

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http://www.universityworldnews.com/article.php?story=20120316164516873

Povl Tiedemann

March 2012

Are recruitment agents an express train without brakes?

March 18, 2012

 

By Dr Rahul Choudaha, director of research and advisory services at World Education Services in New York – release extracts from University World News:

Commission-based agents can increase international student numbers fast, but not without risks and challenges. Should universities use them or consider alternatives such as social media or regional consortia, which might not deliver such high numbers in the short term but won’t run the risk of damaging an institution’s reputation?

The use of commission-based international recruitment agents is the accepted norm in Australia and the UK while it continues to create waves among American higher education institutions, as evident from a recent meeting of National Association for College Admission Counseling.

With commissioned agents we are being promised an express train (quick numbers), which presents challenges in terms of applying brakes (ensuring quality and enforcing standards).

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http://www.universityworldnews.com/article.php?story=20120314140929441

Povl Tiedemann

March 2012

Reputation of UK universities slips as East catches up

March 18, 2012

By David Jobbins, University World News – release extracts:

The United Kingdom’s reputation as a centre of excellence for university education second only to the United States is beginning to slip and could be falling victim to the impact of government policies, the results of Times Higher Education’s 2012 World Reputation Rankings suggest. Meanwhile Asian universities are on the rise.

Published on 15 March, the magazine’s annual reputation rankings, which complement its World University Rankings, are based on the world’s largest survey of academic opinion.

While the UK has 10 universities in the top 100 (second only to the US, with 44) it has two fewer than in 2011.

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http://www.universityworldnews.com/article.php?story=20120313204541137

Povl Tiedemann

March 2012

 

Not all foreign partnerships are good quality – according to Chinese evaluation

March 18, 2012

By Yojana Sharma, University World News – release extracts:

China wants to welcome in foreign universities and branch campuses as part of its drive to grow enrolment in the next decade and in line with plans for increased internationalisation. But it is tightening up the rules on what kinds of universities and programmes it will allow in, the official in charge of auditing overseas university partnerships has said.

“Not all foreign partnerships are of good quality,” Wang Lisheng, deputy director general of the China Academic Degree and Graduate Education Development Centre in the Ministry of Education in Beijing told the British Council’s “Going Global” conference in London this week.

Cooperation agreements are in place with some 158 foreign institutions from 30 countries, the largest number being from the UK, Wang said. Around 31 Chinese institutions are running nearly 1,200 joint programmes with institutions in Europe, North America and Asia.

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http://www.universityworldnews.com/article.php?story=20120315215016166

Povl Tiedemann

March 2012

IMD World Competitiveness Criterion of the Month: Are governments the biggest liability?

March 10, 2012

By Stéphane Garelli, Professor, Director, IMD’s World Competitiveness Center

Governments, once the ultimate shield against economic recession, are -perhaps- turning out to be the biggest liability when it comes to economic recovery.

According to the OECD, advanced economies will face a combined budget deficit of USD 2,700 billion in 2012 and global debt in excess of USD 29,000 billion.

This implies that the public borrowing requirement in OECD countries will reach USD 10,500 billion.

In other words, this is the amount of money that governments will have to find to operate in 2012. How?

Check:

http://www.imd.org/news/wcc/2012/mar.htm?MRK_CMPG_SOURCE=wcc_1512003&utm_source=DM&utm_medium=em&utm_campaign=WCC_12_DME_1512003

Povl Tiedemann

March 2012

The state of European University-Business Cooperation

March 6, 2012

Extracts from part of the DG Education and Culture study on the cooperation between Higher Education Institutions (HEI) and public and private organizations in Europe – performed by Science-to-Business Marketing Research Centre:

University-Business Cooperation (UBC) is important – Successful cooperation of HEIs in synergetic relationships with governments and businesses (the ‘triple helix’) is considered the ideal driver of knowledge-based economies and societies.

This study focuses on two actors in the triple-helix: HEIs and business from the perspective of the HEI. Some of the outcomes attributed to successful UBC include improving the education and future job prospects of students, the research conducted within the HEI and the transfer of knowledge and research to the community.

Additionally, there are indirect outcomes including support in the creation of a knowledge economy, support for local business, creation of jobs, stimulation of economic growth and increased living standards whilst reducing hindrances to good living.

A need exists for a study on European UBC – Though many studies have been directed at understanding certain interactions between HEIs and business, not much is known about UBC within a European context.

This study has been commissioned to fill this knowledge gap. It aims to give a clear picture of the extent of UBC in Europe and to gain a better understanding of how UBC can be fostered, promoted and strengthened.

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http://ec.europa.eu/education/higher-education/doc/studies/munster_en.pdf

Search support by Martin Lauth.

Povl Tiedemann

March 2012

30 good practice case studies in University-Business Cooperation

March 6, 2012

Extracts from part of the DG Education and Culture study on the cooperation between Higher Education institutions and public and private organizations in Europe – performed by Science-to-Business Marketing Research Centre:

The report includes 30 cases of European good practice in University-Business Cooperation (UBC). The cases have been researched and selected to show the broad diversity of examples in UBC in a European context covering the breadth of the European Union (EU) (existing, or candidate members) and economic community and members of the European Economic Area (EEA).

The cases are relevant for university management and knowledge transfer professionals, all levels of government responsible for economic development and for business seeking to increase innovation through UBC.

The primary objective for the creation of 30 UBC case studies was to highlight good practice cases the principles of which could be clearly explained and had a high degree of transferability or usefulness for adaption in other settings.

A further objective was to provide a range of cases with differing nature in order to provide key insights for all practitioners in UBC at all stages of UBC development.

Check: http://www.ub-cooperation.eu/pdf/casestudyreport.pdf

Search support by Martin Lauth.

Povl Tiedemann

March 2012

Research ministers demand key role for social sciences in Horizon 2020

March 1, 2012

By Jan Petter Myklebust, University World News

Europe’s research ministers have voiced concern that social sciences and humanities should be given a more prominent role in Horizon 2020, the next European Union framework programme for 2014-20.

The fears already expressed by academics were reflected in discussions between research ministers from European Union member states in Brussels.

Ministers endorsed the commission proposal, but also addressed two key questions posed by the Danish presidency of the EU: how can social sciences and humanities be strengthened; and how should participation of small and medium enterprises be further enhanced, notably through simplifying of administrative procedures?

Nils Agerhus, spokesperson for the Danish presidency, told University World News: “The concern as to whether the role of social science and humanities will be adequately reflected in the tackling of the grand societal challenges was addressed by several delegations. “The Danish presidency has taken note of this and will take this into account in the negotiations of the proposal in the following months.”

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http://www.universityworldnews.com/article.php?story=20120223201123111

Povl Tiedemann

March 2012