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A degree is not just for Christmas …

Posted in Fees and access on March 11th, 2012 by steve

“The news media in Ireland has covered extensively the recent data about first preferences for higher education places in Ireland as revealed by the CAO (Central Applications Office). For non-Irish readers, almost all applications to third level are made centrally to the CAO which manages the rationing in the system …” (more)

[Kevin Denny: Economics more-or-less, 11 March]

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Chinese Universities Send Big Signals to Foreigners

Posted in Governance and administration on March 11th, 2012 by steve

“In the 1990s, Jeffrey S Lehman, then the dean of the University of Michigan Law School, began visiting Beijing to help open a program for members of his faculty to teach at Peking University’s law school during the summer …” (more)

[Liz Gooch, New York Times, 11 March]

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The Evolution of Science: Open publishing

Posted in Research on March 11th, 2012 by steve

“A distinguished group comes together in Oxford’s Rhodes House to publicly debate ‘The Scientific Evolution: Open Science and the Future of Publishing’. Panelists include Fields Medal winning mathematician Tim Gowers, molecular biologist and TV personality Lord Robert Winston, and representatives from publishers Nature and Elsevier …” (video)

[University of Oxford Podcasts, 9 March]

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College Costs Are Rising Amid a Prestige Chase

Posted in Fees and access on March 11th, 2012 by steve

“With ample reason, President Obama has grown impatient with my industry. In a recent speech at the University of Michigan, he said that while most new jobs in coming decades would require college training, access to higher education is increasingly threatened by runaway tuition growth …” (more)

[Robert H Frank, New York Times, 10 March]

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March of the managers at Scots universities

Posted in Governance and administration on March 11th, 2012 by steve

“Who runs Scotland’s universities? Most people probably assume that academics take most of the key decisions. You might also suppose that academics make up most of the workforce. Figures released last week suggest that both assumptions are wrong …” (more)

[John Field, Scotsman, 7 March]

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US tops list of international patent-filing universities

Posted in Legal issues on March 11th, 2012 by steve

“US universities remain the most prolific international patent filers among higher education institutions worldwide, accounting for 30 of the top 50 institutions. The US is followed by Japan and South Korea with seven institutions each, the UN World Intellectual Property Organisation, WIPO, reported on Monday …” (more)

[Wagdy Sawahel, University World News, 11 March]

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45,000 caught cheating at Britain’s universities

Posted in Legal issues on March 11th, 2012 by steve

“Tens of thousands of students in universities across Britain have been caught cheating in exams and coursework – and the trend is on the rise …” (more)

[Brian Brady and Kunal Dutta, Independent, 11 March]

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