Archive for May, 2018

Minister tells universities to stop academic inbreeding – in Sweden

May 31, 2018

By Jan Petter Myklebust – in University World News.

The investigation by the Swedish Association of University Teachers and Researchers into academic inbreeding has intensified public debate, with numerous allegations surfacing of job announcements so specific in their requirements that all but the name of the preferred candidate is effectively given.

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http://www.universityworldnews.com/article.php?story=20180525105607509

Povl Tiedemann
May 2018

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Dangerous questions: Why academic freedom matters

May 30, 2018

From Scholars at Risk – in University World News.

Scholars at Risk, the New-York based international network of institutions for protecting scholars and promoting academic freedom, and the University of Oslo, Norway, have jointly developed a free online course on how to use academic freedom to ask critical questions and contribute to a democratic society.

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http://www.universityworldnews.com/article.php?story=20180526061403734

Povl Tiedemann
May 2018

Balancing theory with practice

May 29, 2018

By Kriengsak Chareonwongsak – in University World News.

Universities in Asia continue to place too much emphasis on theoretical knowledge and their students miss out on the kind of practical hands-on experience that could increase their employability. However, there are some signs that attitudes are changing.

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http://www.universityworldnews.com/article.php?story=20180523132915572

Povl Tiedemann
May 2018

The university grade inflation debate is going global

May 28, 2018

By Andrew Gunn and Priya Kapade – in University World News.

Grades are rising across the world amid concerns over grade inflation, but it is not in the interests of any single university to act alone to reduce its grade profile while its competitors’ profiles are rising, so a sector-wide approach may be the only solution.

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http://www.universityworldnews.com/article.php?story=20180523095429859

Povl Tiedemann
May 2018

Teacher development is neglected in internationalization

May 27, 2018

By Ly Tran and Truc Le – in University World News.

It is often left to individual teachers to negotiate the professional demands placed on them by international students. That means they usually learn the skills they need in an ad hoc manner and get little recognition for them. This needs to change.

“…Current professional development programmes focused on cultural diversity have not gone far and deep enough to provide teachers with essential knowledge and skills when dealing with the complex culture-related issues facing them in their work with international students …”

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http://www.universityworldnews.com/article.php?story=20180515144632119

Povl Tiedemann
May 2016

IMD World Competitivenes Ranking 2018

May 25, 2018

By Arturo Bris – IMD World Competitiveness Center.

“… The top five most competitive economies in the world remain the same as in the previous year, but their order changes. The United States returns to the first spot, followed by Hong Kong, Singapore, the Netherlands and Switzerland. The Netherlands moves one place to 4th, swapping with Switzerland which moves down to 5th.

The remaining places in the top 10 are occupied largely by Nordic countries: Denmark, Norway and Sweden rank 6th, 8th and 9th respectively …”

Check:

https://www.imd.org/wcc/world-competitiveness-center/

Povl Tiedemann
May 2018

What Can Be Done About Bullies at Work?

May 24, 2018

By Manfred Kets de Vries – in INSEAD Knowledge.

Stamping out bullying is an uphill battle for everyone involved.

“… When we think of bullies, we tend to remember the ones we knew as kids. Unfortunately, bullying doesn’t end in high school. Some of these bullies-in-training turn into full-fledged ones in adulthood. Although there can be a fine line between a tough boss and an abusive one, …”

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https://knowledge.insead.edu/blog/insead-blog/what-can-be-done-about-bullies-at-work-9121?utm_source=Content+Partners&utm_campaign=542ff5815f-RSS_EMAIL_CAMPAIGN&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_602b84e75f-542ff5815f-250174109

Povl Tiedemann
May 2018

Why accommodation is a key barrier to studying abroad

May 21, 2018

By Rosie Birchard – in University World News.

Internationalisation has often far outpaced the infrastructural developments that it needs to work, with accommodation being a major problem. Universities and others need to work together to overcome this barrier, which prevents many students, particularly poorer ones, from accessing international study opportunities.

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http://www.universityworldnews.com/article.php?story=20180502102158756

Povl Tiedemann
May 2018

Global ambition behind Beijing’s bid to boost AI talent

May 20, 2018

By Yojana Sharma – in University World News.

China has initiated a multi-pronged effort to swiftly boost the training of artificial intelligence (AI) talent and AI research within its universities in order to prop up its ambitious plans for ‘global dominance’ in AI, backed by a huge injection of central government funding.

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http://www.universityworldnews.com/article.php?story=201805111330192

Povl Tiedemann
May 2018

Internationalisation of HE through distance learning

May 17, 2018

By Hakan Ergin and Bruno Morche – in University World News.

Distance learning presents a key pathway for internationalisation at home and could be particularly useful for emerging countries prepared to go beyond physical mobility to get the input of international students into their education programmes.

Check:

http://www.universityworldnews.com/article.php?story=20180509084648106

Povl Tiedemann
May 2018