Archive for October, 2016

Funding world-class universities

October 31, 2016

By Alex Usher – in University World News.

Ways in which universities can push for world class status in cash-constrained times

Have countries increased their spending on their world-class universities? In cash-constrained times, it might be worth looking at alternatives to increased funding to boost elite universities.

Check:

http://www.universityworldnews.com/article.php?story=20161028114932634

Povl Tiedemann
October 2016

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The next US President needs to build a grand pact for Higher Education

October 30, 2016

By Santiago Iniguez – President IE University, Chair AACSB.

What should the next president do about the student debt crisis?

“… the Achilles heel of American higher education is student debt, now close to a shocking $1.3 trillion. Given the size of this amount, it would be unwise for the next administration to try to play down the problem or postpone dealing with it …”

Check:

https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/next-us-president-needs-build-grand-pact-higher-santiago-iniguez?trk=hb_ntf_MEGAPHONE_ARTICLE_POST

Povl Tiedemann
October 2016

Rethinking university career services

October 29, 2016

By Dean Hristov – in University World News.

University career services need to be reformed so they are relevant to a world where jobs are changing fast as a result of digital disruption.

Check:

http://www.universityworldnews.com/article.php?story=20161018131230469

Povl Tiedemann
October 2016

Unlocking the power of equal partnerships

October 28, 2016

By Sharon Dell – in University World News.

The internationalisation of higher education is a key driver of innovation and is seen as indispensable for the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals spearheaded by the United Nations. However, forging successful, equal and sustainable partnerships to realise these goals in the context of historical injustices and global structural inequality calls for a careful approach.

Check:

http://www.universityworldnews.com/article.php?story=20161019115031403

Povl Tiedemann
October 2016

Do free trade deals pose a threat to higher education?

October 27, 2016

By Tino Brömme and Barnaby Britten – in University World News.

Agreements such as the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership between the economies of the European Union and the United States pose “significant risks to public education… and could have the effect of locking in and intensifying the pressures of privatisation and commercialisation”, European trade unionists warn.

Check:

http://www.universityworldnews.com/article.php?story=20161019123611475

Povl Tiedemann
October 2016

University Autonomy under pressure in Denmark and Sweden

October 26, 2016

Outcry as ministry plans control of university boards – in Denmark

By Jan Petter Myklebust – in University World News.

Opposition is mounting to the government’s attempts to take greater political control of universities, reportedly by allowing the minister of higher education and science to decide who should be chair of each university’s board.

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http://www.universityworldnews.com/article.php?story=20161013131728566

Minister in storm after overriding university autonomy – in Sweden

By Jan Petter Myklebust – in University World News.

Thirty-five university rectors, including the rectors of the major universities – Lund, Stockholm, Gothenburg, Uppsala, Chalmers University of Technology and the Karolinska Institute – as well as the Swedish National Union of Students have criticised the government for a decision which sets aside the principle of autonomy for universities.

Check:

http://www.universityworldnews.com/article.php?story=20161021131916723

Povl Tiedemann
October 2016

Turkey’s trampling of freedoms is Europe’s problem too

October 25, 2016

By Johanna Vuorelma – in University World News.

The threats to academics in Turkey are part of a wider European problem of a growing illiberalism that we must all confront. Academic freedom is an ongoing process that must be constantly fought for.

Check:

http://www.universityworldnews.com/article.php?story=20161011122155766

Povl Tiedemann
October 2016

US universities in China have academic freedom – Report

October 24, 2016

By Yojana Sharma – in University World News.

A dozen United States universities operating in China in partnership with Chinese institutions say they enjoy academic freedom, but the majority face internet censorship and other restrictions, a just-released report by the US Government Accountability Office has found.

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http://www.universityworldnews.com/article.php?story=20160929113740968

Povl Tiedemann
October 2016

Rights fears over spread of cameras in lecture halls

October 23, 2016

By Mimi Leung – in university World News.

The use of surveillance cameras in university classrooms is spreading in China, and although some university officials say they are only being used to monitor teaching quality, students are expressing concerns over lack of privacy, and lawyers say they could violate the constitutional rights of university teachers and fear their purpose is to enforce compliance with official ideology.

Check:

http://www.universityworldnews.com/article.php?story=20161013205513755

Povl Tiedemann
October 2016

Changes to academic contracts threaten free speech

October 22, 2016

By Katharine Gelber – in University World News.

Some universities are attempting to insert new clauses into their employment contracts that aim to limit academics’ ability to speak freely in public debate.

Check:

http://www.universityworldnews.com/article.php?story=20161014120402810

Povl Tiedemann
October 2016