Archive for June, 2014

Doctoral education – Thinking globally, acting locally

June 29, 2014

From EUA Newsletter 12 – 2014.

How do universities think globally and act locally? And how are they responding to global trends and challenges in the practical management of doctoral education?

These were the underlying questions that more than 200 delegates from Europe and beyond gathered to discuss at the 7th Annual Meeting of the EUA-Council for Doctoral Education (EUA-CDE), hosted by the University of Liverpool from 19 to 20 June 2014.

Check:

http://www.eua.be/News/14-06-26/Doctoral_education_-_Thinking_globally_acting_locally_EUA-CDE_Annual_meeting.aspx

Povl Tiedemann
June 2014

Mobilising Europe’s universities for Smart Specialisation

June 28, 2014

From EUA Newsletter 12 – 2014

Around 300 representatives from universities, national and regional authorities, the EU institutions, and other research and innovation stakeholders gathered last week for a high-level conference in Brussels entitled “Mobilising Europe’s universities for Smart Specialisation”.

Check:

http://www.eua.be/News/14-06-27/Mobilising_Europe_s_universities_for_Smart_Specialisation.aspx

Povl Tiedemann
June 2014

Sino-foreign universities’ group to advise government

June 27, 2014

By Yojana Sharma – in University World News.

Six international universities have come together in a select new grouping to advise the Chinese government on how to absorb the lessons learned from Sino-foreign university collaborations, in order to develop and modernise China’s higher education sector.

Check:

http://www.universityworldnews.com/article.php?story=20140617154911673

Povl Tiedemann
June 2014

European study shows benefits of adult education

June 26, 2014

Adult education study shows gaps in European systems

By Peta Lee – in University World News.

People involved in adult education activities become politically active, vote and are on the whole politically motivated, while adults aged between 50 and 71 will develop a higher level of self-confidence. They are also less at risk of adopting extremist attitudes and tend to develop more tolerant behaviour.

These fascinating findings are from a recent Benefits of Lifelong Learning – BeLL – project funded by the European Commission and carried out in 10 European countries.

Check:

http://www.universityworldnews.com/article.php?story=20140618144935801

http://www.bell-project.eu/cms/

Povl Tiedemann
June 2014

Competitiveness and Political System

June 25, 2014

IMD Criterion of the Month

By Arturo Bris, Professor, Director of the IMD World Competitiveness Center.

Is there a relationship between political systems and competitiveness? Does democracy helps or hinders competitiveness? These are recurrent questions in our discussions with executives and politicians worldwide …

Check:

http://www.imd.org/news/wcc/2014/jun.htm

Comment – as per Chairman Mao:
“Black cat or White cat, if it can catch mice, it’s a good cat”.

Povl Tiedemann
June 2014

Knowledge economy requires lifelong learning

June 24, 2014

Professional HE prepares for knowledge economy demand

By Anne Corbett – in University World News.

A recent gathering of European experts on professional higher education showed how institutions are preparing for greater demand for their courses from industry as the need for lifelong learning becomes more apparent in the knowledge economy.

Check:

http://www.universityworldnews.com/article.php?story=20140617130233163

Povl Tiedemann
June 2014

MOOCs: the (Loch Ness) Monster of Higher Education?

June 23, 2014

By Mark Thomas – in GlobalEd.

“MOOCs are the monster under the bed!” boomed a Dean at an academic conference just over two years ago. “And soon, they are going to come out and get us all!” Two years on and the idea of revolutionary change in higher education seemed to have been mitigated somewhat.

The 2014 EFMD Annual Conference in Vienna brought out a more moderated view suggesting that they would make a contribution to teaching and learning, but they would in no way replace the traditional university. Sense at last. If MOOCs are the monster, perhaps they, or at least their underlying business model, are more of the Loch Ness variety. Talked about by many, but very difficult to find.

Check:

http://globaleduc.wordpress.com/2014/06/23/moocs-the-loch-ness-monster-of-higher-education/

Povl Tiedemann
June 2014

Technology will create higher education’s future

June 22, 2014

By Suvendrini Kakuchi – in University World News.

The development of innovation and technology in higher education to meet the world’s rapidly changing needs emerged as the main focus of higher education leaders who gathered in Japan’s port city of Yokohama for the conference of the International Association of University Presidents, or IAUP.

Check:

http://www.universityworldnews.com/article.php?story=20140613060935382

http://globaleduc.wordpress.com/2014/06/17/efmd-annual-conference-2014-plenary-iv-moocs/

Povl Tiedemann
June 2014

MOOC supplement to traditional universities

June 20, 2014

EFMD Annual Conference 2014: Plenary IV – MOOCs

By Mark Thomas – in GlobalEd.

At the EFMD Annual Conference 2014, Vivek Goel, Chief Academic Strategist, Coursera, kicked off the fourth Plenary by stating that the traditional university has many years to go and will never be replaced by online learning. He then went on to outline exactly what a MOOC is and how they can supplement teaching and learning.

Check:

http://globaleduc.wordpress.com/2014/06/17/efmd-annual-conference-2014-plenary-iv-moocs/

Povl Tiedemann
June 2014

Financial Models for Educational Institutions

June 19, 2014

By Mark Thomas – in GlobalEd.

EFMD Annual Conference 2014: Plenary III – Financial Models for Educational Institutions

Thomas Estermann on financial trends in higher education – According to Mr. Estermann, performance based funding is now widely used but there are different ideas on what exactly the performance should be.

“…Performance contracts are often used in the Scandinavian countries and are taken very seriously. There is a good deal of healthy peer pressure to ensure that they meet the targets…”

Check:

http://globaleduc.wordpress.com/2014/06/16/efmd-annual-conference-2014-plenary-iii-financial-models-for-educational-institutions/

Povl Tiedemann
June 2014