Archive for June, 2013

Modernizing HE – Let professors be teachers too

June 26, 2013

By Alan Osborn, University World News

Not enough emphasis is placed on teaching as opposed to research in many of Europe’s top universities, concludes the European Union’s (EU) High Level Group on the Modernisation of Higher Education. Its central recommendation is that by 2020 “all staff teaching in higher education institutions should have received certified pedagogical training”.

The group, headed by the former president of Ireland Mary McAleese and composed of a number of distinguished European academics plus the chair of Microsoft Corporation in Europe Jan Muehlfeit, makes 16 recommendations in support of its basic pitch that “teaching matters as much as research matters – we must put the quality of teaching and learning centre-stage”.

Check:
http://www.universityworldnews.com/article.php?story=2013062121081920

Povl Tiedemann
June 2013

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Minister acts to raise number of Danes studying abroad

June 24, 2013

By Jan Petter Myklebust, University World News

Denmark’s Minister of Higher Education Morten Østergaard is on a drive to boost the number of Danes studying abroad. Increased Insight through a Greater Global View is the title of a newly published plan that includes 31 measures to swell from 17% to at least 50% the proportion of Danish students taking a study period or work-practice abroad.

The first part of the strategy, released on 14 June, targets a significant increase in numbers of Danish students studying in other countries, a further strengthening of the international dimension at Danish higher education institutions, and measures to improve local students’ competence in foreign languages.

The report said the proportion of the country’s students taking a full degree abroad was 3.2%; while Finland’s was 3%, Sweden’s 4.3% and Norway’s 6.7%.

Check:
http://www.universityworldnews.com/article.php?story=20130622123037938

Povl Tiedemann
June 2013

INSEAD Knowledge: Social Media in B2B Marketing – Publish or Perish!

June 21, 2013

By David Dubois, INSEAD Assistant Professor of Marketing

Social Media can be an important part of B2B strategy. But to make an impact within the content ecosystem, you have to have a message and move fast.

Check:
http://knowledge.insead.edu/leadership-management/strategy/social-media-in-b2b-marketing-publish-or-perish-2508?utm_source=INSEAD+Knowledge&utm_campaign=8dc80bdb70-Social+Media+in+B2B+Marketing+News+Alert&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_e079141ebb-8dc80bdb70-249976169

Povl Tiedemann
June 2013

Does Management Education Create Impact?

June 18, 2013

Statement in GlobalEd by Eric Cornuel, Director General & CEO of EFMD.

At the opening address for the European Foundation for Management Development (EFMD) 2013 Annual Conference, Eric Cornuel gave an inspiring introduction on the positive influence that management education has worldwide.

“Yes, we do make a difference and yes we do make a positive contribution and yes we should be proud of what we have achieved.”

As Cornuel reiterated, higher education should be proud of its contribution, particularly towards reducing poverty. In fact, in the past 20 years, poverty has been reduced by 50%, due to the ongoing evolution of higher education.

At the conference itself, there was a record 401 delegates from 53 countries, all interested in openly sharing their perspectives on the future of management education and their own roles in its development in their respective countries.

Check:
http://globaleduc.wordpress.com/2013/06/10/efmd-annual-conference-2013-does-management-education-create-impact-by-eric-cornuel/

Povl Tiedemann
June 2013

MOOCs a threat to intellectual property Professors

June 16, 2013

By Peter Schmidt, University World News

Colleges broadly threaten faculty members’ copyrights and academic freedom in claiming ownership of the massive open online courses – MOOCs – their instructors have developed, Cary Nelson, a former president of the American Association of University Professors (AAUP), argued at the group’s annual conference last week.

Check:
http://www.universityworldnews.com/article.php?story=20130614162601619

Povl Tiedemann
June 2013

IMD – Criterion of the Month – Attitudes towards Globalization

June 11, 2013

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

One of the collateral damages of any economic slowdown is a tendency for countries and people to fear the impact of a globalized world. Indeed, protectionist tensions and measures proliferates today – governments push “buy national” policies; enterprises investigate the repatriation of business closer to their home base; and people question the role of supra-national entities, such as the European Union.

Is globalization dead?

Probably not; but the fantasy of a uniform world is. Globalization is here to stay but the world will be increasingly fragmented and diverse in its economic performances and national strategies.

The criterion of the month on “attitudes toward globalization” underlines this diversity: Ireland is first and only a short distance from there, France is almost last. Companies will thus have to water down the concept of one global strategy that fits all. Adaptation and localisation will also be a competitive advantage.

Check:
http://www.imd.org/uupload/dm/files/WCC/scoreboardJune.pdf

Povl Tiedemann
June 2013

U-Multirank passes university recruitment goal of 500

June 9, 2013

Extracts from University World News release

The new, European Commission-supported international university ranking U-Multirank announced last week that 540 higher education institutions had registered to participate, exceeding its goal of 500. Registration was “still open, but space is limited”.

The multi-dimensional ranking said in a statement last week that higher education institutions from more than 60 countries would be in the initial listing to be published for the first time in early 2014.

“The currently registered institutions represent a balanced sample in different ways. In line with recruitment targets, about 75% are in the European Union (EU) and 25% in non-EU countries,” said the release.

“Different profiles of higher education institutions will take part in the first round of U-Multirank, for instance, universities of applied sciences and universities with a technical profile (around 12% each), comprehensive (around 50%) and specialised universities etcetera.

“A large number of research-intensive universities are also represented.” U-Multirank has bumped up against some resistance from research institutions, with criticism led by Britain, home to the companies producing two of the top global rankings, and by Europe’s League of Research Universities.

A milestone

“This is a major milestone for the project,” said Professor Frank Ziegele, director of the Centre for Higher Education in Germany, which is leading the U-Multirank consortium with the Centre for Higher Education Policy Studies at the University of Twente in The Netherlands.

Check:

http://www.u-multirank.eu/
http://www.universityworldnews.com/article.php?story=20130608085237818

Povl Tiedemann
June 2013

New China-Nordic centre to boost Arctic research

June 9, 2013

By Yojana Sharma, University World News

In a major push to up its research prowess, China has announced that it will set up a new China-Nordic Arctic Research Centre in Shanghai in partnership with Nordic countries. The centre will include scientific and social science research on the Arctic and climate change.

But some countries fear that China is extending its research interests into new geopolitical areas.

The China-Nordic Arctic Research Centre has been endorsed by the State Oceanic Administration, and will be funded by the Polar Research Institute of China, according to China Daily newspaper.

It will provide opportunities for Chinese and Nordic scholars to conduct Arctic research through fellowships and scholarships.

The joint project was announced in Shanghai on 5 June during a symposium of Chinese and Nordic Arctic experts, and comes hot on the heels of China’s admittance, in mid-May, to the Arctic Council as a permanent observer, along with India, Japan, South Korea, Singapore and Italy – although none of them have Arctic territory.

Observer status gives China the right to attend Arctic Council meetings with Arctic territories Canada, Russia, the United States and the Nordic countries. But it cannot vote.

Some of the partners in the new research venture announced in Shanghai include the Iceland Centre for Research, the Norwegian Polar Institute, and the Nordic Institute of Asian Studies at the University of Copenhagen in Denmark.

Check:

http://www.universityworldnews.com/article.php?story=20130607104457114
http://www.rannis.is/rannisenglish/
http://www.npolar.no/en/
http://nias.ku.dk/

Povl Tiedemann
June 2013