Archive for January, 2013

Davos delegates call for university-to-job schemes

January 27, 2013

By Jan Petter Myklebust, University World News.

When 2,500 global leaders met in Davos last week, one open agenda session asked – “Unemployed or Unemployable?”

The discussants called for more flexibility in the transfer from higher education to work.

“Globally, there is a need to create 600 million productive jobs over the next decade, and the number of university graduates is higher than ever before, yet businesses are struggling to find skilled talent to hire,” said the programme.

“How can this gap be bridged? Is the education system at fault, or are the unemployed? Is unemployment high because of economic policy?”


Povl Tiedemann
January 2013


The age of uncertainty – for MBA

January 25, 2013

By Andrew Crisp in EFMD Global Focus | Volume 06 | Issue 03 2012

The latest EFMD/CarringtonCrisp Tomorrow’s MBA survey shows an MBA marketplace that is more diverse, confused and uncertain than ever. Andrew Crisp reveals the details:

Looking at my Twitter feeds one day earlier this year, I got a sense of the current MBA marketplace.

In three tweets there was coverage of the winning entry in the GBSN MBA challenge, coverage of sexism at Harvard and the Dean at Stanford indicating that business schools need to embrace change – and can change.

The MBA marketplace has never been more diverse, confused or uncertain, depending on your point of view. For three years, CarringtonCrisp and EFMD have undertaken a study called Tomorrow’s MBA, looking at the views of more than 2,000 prospective students around the world to help business schools better understand how the market is changing.

So is it possible to pick trends for tomorrow’s MBA? Perhaps.

Excerpts from the survey:

The data suggest a growing interest in lifestyle learning, that is, programmes that fit around a candidate’s present lifestyle and, equally, allow him or her to obtain the lifestyle that they want in the future.

Asked about the most valuable content in an MBA, respondents chose leadership, strategic management, managing people and organisations, business and financial environment, marketing, and entrepreneurship.


Povl Tiedemann
January 2013

Three higher education trends to watch for in 2013

January 20, 2013

Extracts from statements in University World News by Rahul Choudaha, director of research and advisory services at World Education Services:

During 2013, the higher education sector will be under increasing pressure to justify its value and so will face more regulations and greater expectations to become self-sufficient. The sector will need to look at ways to do more with less.

“International higher education by its very nature sits at an intersection of socio-cultural, economic and geopolitical variables. Over the years, we have seen the complex interaction of the factors that influence patterns of student mobility, institutional strategies and national policies.

What key trends can we expect for 2013 that will prove influential in international higher education? Here is my take on three trends to watch for this year related to university funding, regulatory environment and technology.

Funding: More institutional self-sufficiency and competition
Regulations: An increasing focus on managing risk and assuring quality
Technology: Maturation of MOOCs to offer credible academic pathways

Adaptability to do more with less will be the hallmark of success in 2013”.


Povl Tiedemann
January 2013

Top universities tune in to web TV

January 16, 2013

By The Local, Sweden

A new web TV collaboration between Stockholm University and the Royal Institute of Technology (KTH) is the latest innovative idea for reaching a broader pool of future talent, promoting the universities to a wider international audience and providing a new platform for academic discussion, reports The Local.

The programme, Crosstalks, has a chat show-type format, featuring studio guests and live link-ups with people all over the world via Skype. Content is developed by an editorial team in Stockholm with the aim of stimulating academic discussions and attracting interest in both local and global issues. The response seems to suggest they are on the right track.

“So far the reaction has been very positive,” says KTH project leader Annika Engström. “People have participated in discussions via social media with many followers, ‘likes’ and referrals. Many have followed the live broadcasts and taken part in discussions on the website…On the first programme we had people from at least 26 countries all over the world and we have new viewers and followers every day,” she adds.

Full report on The Local site

Povl Tiedemann
January 2013

The race for excellence – A marathon not a sprint

January 13, 2013

By Jamil Salmi – global tertiary education expert and former World Bank tertiary education coordinator – in University World News.

What chance does a university stand to be among the best, if it does not have hundreds of years of experience?

The top 10 universities in the Shanghai Jiao Tong Academic Ranking of World Universities (2011) were all founded before 1900, and two are more than eight centuries old. As is the case with good wines, academic excellence requires a wealth of expertise, care and a long maturity period.

However, this notion has been challenged recently on several counts.

• First, the regular publication of annual global rankings appears to imply that significant progress could be expected from one year to the next.
• Second, the decision of several countries to step up investment in support of their elite universities, under various “Excellence Initiatives”, shows their determination to obtain drastic improvement within a few years.
• Finally, several universities were recently created in emerging economies (such as Kazakhstan and Saudi Arabia) with the declared ambition of rapidly becoming “world-class”.

Based on the publication of the first “Under 50” ranking by Times Higher Education, which lists the most promising emerging universities in the world, is it realistic to believe that a university could reach the top at an accelerated pace?


Povl Tiedemann
January 2013

Humanities and social sciences get own part of Horizon 2020

January 7, 2013

By Jan Petter Myklebust, University World News.

Work is in progress to give the humanities and social sciences a separate section in Horizon 2020, to be called ‘Europe in a Changing World’ and focusing on ‘secure societies’. The programme will have its own budget and be part of the sixth challenge in Horizon 2020.

Many organisations in Europe, notably the League of Research Universities (LERU) and the European Alliance for the Social Sciences and Humanities, have lobbied hard for a separate programme for the humanities and social sciences.

The organisation Net4society even collected 25,855 signatures to an open letter stating that “Europe needs a large social sciences and humanities-centred research programme to tackle its ‘Grand Social Challenges’!”

Research Europe reports that as early as in May 2012, the Council of Ministers had decided to call for such an initiative.

The German Federal Ministry of Education and Research organised a conference in Brussels in September under the title “Europe 2020: Designing research for European societies in a changing world”.

It concluded that “the EU research agenda should address issues such as employment and education, sustainable lifestyles and wellbeing, inclusion and poverty reduction, economics, behavioural sciences and understanding of cultures, involvement of cultural heritage institutions (such as museums, archives, and libraries) as well as evidence-based policy-making in a manner that gives rise to innovative approaches (e.g. through social innovation and behavioural change).”

The news of a separate social science programme has been met with enthusiasm by European higher education specialists.


Povl Tiedemann
January 2013

Chinese regulation on academic fraud hopes to reduce plagiarism

January 6, 2013

By Yojana Sharma, University World News.

A new Ministry of Education regulation to punish academic fraud came into effect on 1 January, to clamp down on plagiarism and fabricating research data, as well as buying, selling or organising trade in academic degree theses, including all forms of ‘ghostwriting’ or buying of materials produced by essay mills.

According to the regulation, institutions can withhold graduate, postgraduate or doctoral degrees if plagiarism or fraud is committed in the writing of dissertations.

Degrees already awarded can be revoked and the students in question will be banned from applying for further degrees within three years, according to the official China Daily newspaper.

In addition the students, tutors and other college officials involved can be suspended, removed from their post or expelled from the university as punishment.

An earlier draft of the regulation, published when it was put out for consultation last July, also stipulated that institutions with “too many” fraud cases may have their licence to grant degrees revoked by the authorities.

The regulation, seen as part of a broader campaign to stamp out academic misconduct, which is harming the country’s reputation internationally, is being described in state-run media as the “first of its kind” in the country.


Povl Tiedemann
January 2013

Industry worldwide plans to hire more business graduates – Survey

January 1, 2013

By Erin Millar, University World News.

Recent graduates can look forward to an improved job market in 2013 despite sustained economic uncertainty, according to a just-released employer survey published by the Graduate Management Admission Council, or GMAC.

While masters-level and business graduates were poised to see the biggest gains in hiring, the labour market for bachelor degree holders remained steady.

The projections are based on a year-end survey of 201 employers from 182 companies globally, including 45 Fortune 500 companies.

Seventy-six percent of employers planned to hire new MBAs in 2013, up seven points from the number of 2012 MBA graduates they hired. Other business-related postgraduate level candidates are also expected to be in demand.

Surveyed employers planned to hire masters of management, accounting and finance graduates in significantly greater numbers than last year.

Seventy-eight percent of employers planned to higher new bachelor degree graduates.

While prospects appear to be improving, United States-based GMAC cautioned that the job market would continue to be competitive and work experience, including co-ops and internships, was a crucial qualification.


Povl Tiedemann
January 2013