Archive for December, 2013

2013 – IN REVIEW

December 31, 2013

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2013 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

The concert hall at the Sydney Opera House holds 2,700 people. This blog was viewed about 11,000 times in 2013. If it were a concert at Sydney Opera House, it would take about 4 sold-out performances for that many people to see it.

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INSEAD Knowledge – The Best of 2013

December 26, 2013

INSEAD Knowledge’s most popular content of the year.

These trends reflect a business world grappling with ever more complexity and seeking answers in heartfelt leadership, diversity, responsibility, innovation and mindfulness.

-Meditate for More Profitable Decisions
-Busting Innovation Myths
-Increase Revenues with CSR
-The Rise of Multicultural Managers
-Forgiveness as a Business Tool

Check:

http://knowledge.insead.edu/leadership-management/the-best-of-2013-3072?utm_source=INSEAD+Knowledge&utm_campaign=9fe3a4bdc2-26_Dec_mailer12_20_2013&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_e079141ebb-9fe3a4bdc2-249976169&nopaging=1#sOexCx8HlIT1a8yC.99

Povl Tiedemann
December 2013

IMD – Criterion of the Month – is better good enough?

December 20, 2013

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

There is a modest sense of optimism for the world economy, which is indeed slightly growing.

GDP growth (Q3 on Q2) is a bit better for the US (2.8%) and the UK (3.2%) and a lot better in Brazil (6.0%) and China (9.1%). However, disappointment continues to prevail in the Euro area (0.4%) – although Spain just emerges from recession (0.4%) – and in India (4.4%) and Russia (1.2%).

Resilience is indeed the name of the game as shown in our criterion of the month. But will a few additional percent points of growth be enough?

Check:
http://www.imd.org/wcc/criterion-of-the-month/

Povl Tiedemann
December 2013

Putin puts higher education at the centre of economic development

December 20, 2013

By Nick Holdsworth in University World News

President Vladimir Putin last Thursday put a better, more vigorous performance by Russian universities at the centre of a new drive for economic development.

In a state of the union address delivered to more than 1,000 top Kremlin and government officials and timed to coincide with the 20th anniversary of the adoption of the country’s first post-Soviet Constitution in 1993, he detailed the need for higher education to play a much stronger part in developing the economy.

Check:
http://www.universityworldnews.com/article.php?story=20131213072819440

Povl Tiedemann
December 2013

EUA publishes first findings from DEFINE project on ‘funding efficiency’ measures

December 19, 2013

From EUA Newsletter 22

As part of the “Designing strategies for efficient funding of higher education in Europe (DEFINE)” project, EUA has been collecting information and data from national rectors’ conferences/university associations on the different public funding modalities and efficiency measures (including performance-based funding, concentration measures and excellence schemes) in place in Europe and their impact on universities.

The preliminary results of this analysis, which are based on input from 24 European countries, have now been published in an interim report.

Check:

http://www.eua.be/News/13-12-17/EUA_publishes_first_findings_from_DEFINE_project_on_funding_efficiency_measures.aspx

http://www.eua.be/Libraries/Publication/DEFINE_final.sflb.ashx

Povl Tiedemann
December 2013

Future challenges facing Business Schools

December 18, 2013

From EFMD’s Global Focus – See the Future

The future is out there

Andrew Crisp, co-founder of Carrington-Crisp, reports on a major new study that explores the future challenges facing business schools – with the initial statement: Turmoil is probably too strong a word but “uncertain” may not be strong enough to describe the landscape that business schools are operating in today.

Check:
https://www.efmd.org/images/stories/efmd/Blog/GFOCT/Issue__3_2013_seethefuture.pdf

Povl Tiedemann
December 2013

The unregulated rise in Europe of industrial PhDs

December 17, 2013

By Martina Ori, PhD student at University of California, Berkeley – in University World News

The number of industrial PhDs in Europe is growing as part of the expanding knowledge economy and the crossover between education and the labour market. However, different forms of such PhDs are springing up in different countries and there is no overall regulation of them.

Check:
http://www.universityworldnews.com/article.php?story=20131210130327534

Comments:

Under the auspices of EFMD in Brussels, the EQUAL initial advisory body for EQUIS has produced the following Position Paper on Doctoral Degrees, which could serve as basis for continued work on these issues:

https://www.efmd.org/images/stories/efmd/downloadables/EQUAL/equal_position_paper_on_doctoral_degrees.pdf

https://www.efmd.org/images/stories/efmd/Blog/GFOCT/Issue__3_2013_equal.pdf

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

Povl Tiedemann
December 2013

China’s gaokao, English and international Higher Education

December 15, 2013

By Yojana Sharma in University World News:

University entrance reform could fuel corruption

China’s education ministry last week announced plans to completely scrap English as a subject in the national university entrance examinations or gaokao, as part of a new university testing and student recruitment system to be in place by 2020. Some provinces will pilot the changes from 2014.

Check.
http://www.universityworldnews.com/article.php?story=20131211191117647

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By Shuangmiao Han, masters student at Tsinghua University – in University World News:

Gaokao reform and international Higher Education

Proposed changes to Beijing’s regional gaokao – the national college entrance examination – that de-emphasise the use of the English language, could have important implications for Chinese students’ ability to study abroad and for educational equality.

Check:
http://www.universityworldnews.com/article.php?story=2013120315410165

Povl Tiedemann
December 2013

Intellectual property in China

December 15, 2013

By Steven P. Feldman, Ph.D. Professor Weatherhead School of Management, Case Western Reserve University – in China Business Review

The Ethics of Intellectual Property in China

The American-Chinese disagreements over intellectual property rights (IPR) are clear examples of “trouble in the middle,” though the problems go far beyond cultural incompatibility to include political, economic, and historical conflicts.

Check:
http://www.chinabusinessreview.com/the-ethics-of-intellectual-property-in-china/

Povl Tiedemann
December 2013

MOOCs as neocolonialism – Who controls knowledge?

December 12, 2013

By Philip G. Altbach, professor and director of the Center for International Higher Education at Boston College – in University World News

One aspect of the massive open online courses, or MOOCs, movement has not been fully analysed – who controls the knowledge? Considering where the content and the technology that support MOOCs originate, the answer is clear.

Check:

http://www.universityworldnews.com/article.php?story=2013120517525882

Povl Tiedemann
December 2013