Archive for November, 2014

Quality Assurance and the shift from teaching to learning

November 30, 2014

From EUA Newsletter 20 – 2014.

The 9th European Quality Assurance Forum (EQAF) took place from 13 to 15 November 2014 at the University of Barcelona, with over 450 participants in attendance.

Under the theme of ‘Changing education – QA and the shift from teaching to learning’, a range of trends and challenges were discussed, including the move towards

-student-centered learning;
-the importance of pedagogical training;
-opportunities and challenges created by technological advances,
-the recognition of non-formal learning.

Check:

http://www.eua.be/events/past/2014/EQAF-2014/Presentations.aspx

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCyDeF1BQckVs6ryLdJvoHOg

Povl Tiedemann
November 2014

Chinese – American university initiatives

November 29, 2014

Is America’s 100,000 Strong China Initiative anaemic?

By Joseph Stetar and Modi Li – in University World News.

If the United States really wants to prepare the next generation of American experts on China then its universities need to do more to encourage US students to tackle more than short-term courses in China.

Check:
http://www.universityworldnews.com/article.php?story=20141120163722477

Grassroots approaches by US universities, deeper bonds

By Jan Roberts-Breslin – in University World News.

Short-term visits by high-level administrators are the main way of starting initiatives between Chinese and American universities, but more grassroots encounters may create deeper bonds and more effective cooperation.

Check:
http://www.universityworldnews.com/article.php?story=20141120071744617

Povl Tiedemann
November 2014

When Responsibility Meets Profitability – INSEAD Knowledge

November 28, 2014

The Moral Responsibility of Firms: For or Against?

By N. Graig Smith, Professor – in INSEAD Knowledge.

When business behaves badly, who is held morally responsible? The firm or the individual?

The post-financial crisis world is becoming a more business-critical one. There are unprecedented levels of scrutiny of large corporations and their actions and those who fall foul of the law face a more severe backlash than before.

http://knowledge.insead.edu/ethics/the-moral-responsibility-of-firms-for-or-against-3243

Povl Tiedemann
November 2014

Entrepreneur Training at Universities

November 27, 2014

Strong role for universities in training entrepreneurs

By Rebecca Warden – in University World News.

When a small-time builder did a short course on entrepreneurship at the Naryn campus of the University of Central Asia, he became very enthusiastic about what he learned and went on to become a small-time contractor.

For young people in countries where job opportunities are scarce, self-employment or setting up a business may be the best chance of making a living. Universities can help.

Check:

http://www.universityworldnews.com/article.php?story=20141119094708224

Povl Tiedemann
November 2014

Universities contribute to innovation and economic development

November 25, 2014

Engaged universities contribute to economic development.

By Rebecca Warden – in University World News.

Engaged universities – those that see engaging with the wider community as part and parcel of their mission – can use these activities to contribute to economic development too. Around the globe, universities are doing this in various ways, some in ways you might expect, others in ways that might surprise you.

Check:
http://www.universityworldnews.com/article.php?story=20141119095107901

Frugal innovation means a bigger role for engagement.

By Rebecca Warden – in University World News.

Economic development is all about competitive businesses that create jobs for people and efficient public institutions that can support this. Universities can contribute to both and the changing nature of the process of innovation means their role is becoming increasingly important.

Check:
http://www.universityworldnews.com/article.php?story=20141119094352965

Povl Tiedemann
November 2014

Role of universities in the fight against corruption

November 23, 2014

By Marcus Tannenberg – in University World News.

Universities can play a vital role in combating corruption and instilling trust and promoting positive collective action worldwide. But first they need to put their own house in order.

“…The Poznan Declaration is a first important step for higher education in joining governments, businesses and civil society in the global fight against corruption. And it is high time to do so…”

Check:

http://www.universityworldnews.com/article.php?story=20141113110707222

http://revistas.usc.es/gcompostela/en/activities/PoznanDeclaration.html

Povl Tiedemann
November 2014

Key Attractiveness Indicators – IMD Criterion of the Month

November 22, 2014

By Dr José Caballero, Research Fellow, IMD World Competitiveness Center.

As part of the Executive Opinion Survey, we ask respondents to select (from a list of 15) the five indicators they perceived as the key attractiveness factors of their economy. We then calculate the percentage of responses that individual indicators receive and include these results in the country profiles of the World Competitiveness Yearbook.

The criterion of this month summarises the attractiveness indicators for Brazil (ranked 54th in the 2014 overall competitiveness ranking), Singapore (third) and Sweden (fifth).

Check:

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

Povl Tiedemann
November 2014

We need to change the language of internationalisation

November 21, 2014

By Hans de Wit and Elspeth Jones – in University World News.

Employers are missing the wider benefits of internationalisation – at home and abroad – because we are not using the right language to describe them.

Academics may also be reluctant to promote internationalisation due to the perception that it will increase their workload.

This must be tackled.

Check:

http://www.universityworldnews.com/article.php?story=20141112125546605

Povl Tiedemann
November 2014

Embrace digital age or face irrelevance – Martin Bean

November 20, 2014

By Brendan O’Malley – in University World News.

Universities risk becoming irrelevant and irresponsible if they don’t equip staff to deal with the digital age, said Martin Bean, vice-chancellor of the Open University, in the 2014 Sir John Cass’s Foundation Lecture at the Cass Business School in London.

Check:

http://www.universityworldnews.com/article.php?story=20141112095616864

Povl Tiedemann
November 2014

Online library launched by UNESCO

November 19, 2014

New online library aims to ‘equalise’ science education

By Alecia D McKenzie – in University World News.

The World Library of Science, launched by UNESCO and two partners on 10 November, will give students and teachers around the world access to the latest science information and the opportunity to create a “global community for science education”, the developers say.

Check:

http://www.universityworldnews.com/article.php?story=2014111215011186

http://www.nature.com/wls

Povl Tiedemann
November 2014