Archive for April, 2014

The Flagship University: A response to the World Class University paradigm

April 28, 2014

By John Aubrey Douglass, senior research fellow, University of California, Berkeley – in University World News.

The concept of the World Class University is cited across the world, but it represents a paradigm that is not achievable or useful for many countries.

There is a need for another paradigm – the Flagship University – a model that does not ignore international standards of excellence focused largely on research productivity, but is grounded in national and regional service.

It is a familiar if not fully explained paradigm. A World Class University is supposed to have highly ranked research output, a culture of excellence, great facilities, a brand name that transcends national borders. But perhaps most importantly, it needs to sit in the upper echelons of one or more of the world rankings generated each year.

That is ultimate proof for many government ministers and for much of the global higher education community.

Or is it?

Check:

http://www.universityworldnews.com/article.php?story=20140423113704590

http://cshe.berkeley.edu/publications/profiling-flagship-university-model-exploratory-proposal-changing-paradigm-ranking

Povl Tiedemann
April 2014

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Best Practice for and Wider Benefits of PhD

April 27, 2014

Best practice for preparing PhD students

By Meysam Salimi, research fellow, University of Bergamo – in University World News

The League of European Research Universities has put together a good practice guide of what its universities do to prepare PhD students for either an academic career or life outside the university.

Check:
http://www.universityworldnews.com/article.php?story=2014040814503359

The wider benefits of a PhD

By Dr. Charikleia Tzanakou, research fellow at the University of Warwick – in University World News

Research on the value of PhDs has been limited to their financial and economic impact.

But there is evidence of much broader social and personal benefits.

Check:
http://www.universityworldnews.com/article.php?story=20140409095727966

Povl Tiedemann
April 2014

Data Protection Regulation

April 26, 2014

EUA statement on the Proposal for a General Data Protection Regulation

From EUA Newsletter 8 – 2014

EUA has this week (17) published a statement in relation to the proposal for a General Data Protection Regulation on the protection of personal data, and the potential threat to research posed by the suggested amendments by the European Parliament’s Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs (LIBE) Committee which were adopted by the Parliament on 12 March 2014.

Check:

http://www.eua.be/News/14-04-24/EUA_statement_on_the_Proposal_for_a_General_Data_Protection_Regulation.aspx

Povl Tiedemann
April 2014

Big Data Action

April 25, 2014

Your Big Data Action Plan

By Bruno Lanvin, Executive Director of the INSEAD European Competitiveness Initiative – in INSEAD Knowledge.

With the magnitude of data available and our growing capability to process it, big data has become an asset class that has spawned an entire industry. How should you be positioned to take advantage of it?

Today, we are seeing a data explosion rivaling the Texas oil boom of the 20th century and the San Francisco gold rush of the 1800s, according to the authors of the Global Information Technology Report (GITR) 2014.

With the magnitude of information available today and our capability to process it, big data has become an asset class in its own right.

Check:

http://www3.weforum.org/docs/WEF_GlobalInformationTechnology_Report_2014.pdf

http://knowledge.insead.edu/entrepreneurship-innovation/your-big-data-action-plan-3311?utm_source=INSEAD+Knowledge&utm_campaign=7633a76933-23_Apr_mailer4_23_2014&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_e079141ebb-7633a76933-249976169

Povl Tiedemann
April 2014

Most Tech-Ready Countries 2014

April 24, 2014

The World’s Most Tech-Ready Countries 2014

By Bruno Lanvin, Executive Director of the INSEAD European Competitiveness Initiative – in INSEAD Knowledge.

The latest Global Information Technology Report demonstrates that infrastructure is only half of the battle in creating a networked nation.

With 90 percent of its population online, high levels of technological innovation and the concerted efforts of governments business and individuals investing in ICT, Finland once again tops the ranking of the most network-ready countries in the Global Information Technology Report (GITR) 2014, produced by INSEAD, the World Economic Forum and Cornell University.

Check:

http://www3.weforum.org/docs/WEF_GlobalInformationTechnology_Report_2014.pdf

http://knowledge.insead.edu/entrepreneurship-innovation/the-worlds-most-tech-ready-countries-2014-3309?utm_source=INSEAD+Knowledge&utm_campaign=7633a76933-23_Apr_mailer4_23_2014&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_e079141ebb-7633a76933-249976169

Povl Tiedemann
April 2014

New plans to attract and retain talented non-Europeans (Denmark)

April 23, 2014

By Jan Petter Myklebust – in University World News

Three ministers have presented the Danish government’s new plans to attract highly qualified people to the country and retain international students from outside Europe after graduation, including tax perks, a fast-track employment system and simplified immigration.

http://www.universityworldnews.com/article.php?story=20140417141524509

Povl Tiedemann
April 2014

Government does about-turn on HE quality assurance (Sweden)

April 22, 2014

By Jan Petter Myklebust – in University World News.

The Swedish government has done an about-turn on quality assurance in higher education, announcing that the current model is to be reviewed.

Last weekend (12-13 April) 37 rectors – all of the members of the Association of Swedish Higher Education – and Swedish National Union of Students chair Erik Arroy signed an article in Svenska Dagbladet stating: “We are fully capable of undertaking the quality assurance of our degrees and courses ourselves.”

Check:
http://www.universityworldnews.com/article.php?story=20140417180311773

Povl Tiedemann
April 2014

Higher education needs creative thinking, idea sharing

April 21, 2014

By Jan Petter Myklebust – in University World News

With higher education “the object of high hopes, the site of rapid change and the focus of intense scrutiny”, it was imperative to think creatively and share ideas about how to tackle the evolving issues faced today, Princeton University President Christopher L Eisgruber told a high-level global forum of university leaders and policy-makers held in Paris last week. (9-11 April)

Check:

http://www.universityworldnews.com/article.php?story=20140411105114526

http://www.princeton.edu/fungforum/

Povl Tiedemann
April 2014

The ‘People’ Part of Successful Strategy Implementation

April 20, 2014

By Nigel Roberts and Chris Outram – in INSEAD Knowledge

Most strategies fail to be implemented correctly. The companies that succeed are those which concentrate on creating strategy which has people and implementation at its heart rather than having annual planning exercises masquerading as strategy.

Check:
http://knowledge.insead.edu/strategy/the-people-part-of-successful-strategy-implementation-3167

Povl Tiedemann
April 2014

Can China reverse the brain drain?

April 19, 2014

By Qiang Zha, Associate Professor, York University, Toronto – in University World News

China has launched various programmes to retain or attract back its top academic talent from Western countries that are only interested in exploiting their technical know-how.

However, returnees may face social barriers to career progress if they have spent time out of the country where they have not been able to build links with powerful bureaucrats who control the research system.

Check:

http://www.universityworldnews.com/article.php?story=20140326132305490

Povl Tiedemann
April 2014