EU refuses to help claim back unpaid student debt

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on February 5th, 2018 by steve

“The Danish parliament is considering challenging a ruling of the European Court of Justice which states that students that work in Denmark should be eligible to receive Danish student funding. The EU has refused to help the Danish government claim back the unpaid student loans of other EU member states’ citizens …” (more)

[Ekatherina Gillen. University Observer, 4 February]

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Pervasive form of governance is narrowing and impoverishing the university in New Zealand, the UK and Denmark

Posted in Research on June 26th, 2014 by steve

International“Susan Wright, Bruce Curtis, Lisa Lucas and Susan Robertson provide a basic outline of their working paper on how performance-based research assessment frameworks in different countries operate and govern academic life. They find that assessment methods steer academic effort away from wider purposes of the university …” (more)

[Susan Wright and others, Impact of Social Sciences, 26 June]

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Ireland should follow the Danish model of science communication

Posted in Research on May 29th, 2014 by steve

“More than 90% of people believe – if the straw poll conducted on this site recent is accurate – that communication is essential for a scientist to be successful in his career. This result fits all the anecdotal evidence that is available …” (more)

[Seán Duke, Science Spinning, 29 May]

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Could you cope in Copenhagen?

Posted in Life on May 15th, 2012 by steve

“Studying abroad as part of your degree will impress law firms – but a masters at a European university may not …” (more)

[Alex Aldridge, Guardian, 15 May]

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The Danish gambit: online access, even during exams

Posted in Teaching on May 18th, 2011 by steve

“A Danish university has adopted an unusual strategy to tackle cheating: allowing unfettered internet access, even during examinations. Lise Petersen, e-learning project coordinator at the University of Southern Denmark, said that all handwritten exams were being revised and transferred to a digital platform wherever possible, with a completion date of January 2012 …” (more)

[Sarah Cunnane, Times Higher Education, 12 May]

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Autism researcher accused of $1m fraud

Posted in Legal issues, Research on April 14th, 2011 by steve

“American prosecutors are seeking to extradite a Danish research who they allege stole over $1 million of research funding. Poul Thorsen, a 49 year old Danish native, is accused of siphoning off money meant for autism research. US attorney Sally Yates said in a statement that in the 1990s Thorsen worked for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and helped establish a research programme linking up with scientists in Denmark …” (more)

[Daniel Cressey, The Great Beyond, 14 April]

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New twist in Copenhagen misconduct case

Posted in Legal issues, Research on February 4th, 2011 by steve

“The case of Milena Penkowa, the Danish neuroscientist charged with unauthorized use of funding, took another turn on 3 February …” (more)

[Pia Pedersen, Research Blogs, 4 February]

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Fraud investigation rocks Danish university

Posted in Legal issues on January 7th, 2011 by steve

“A high-profile neuroscientist in Denmark has resigned after facing allegations that she committed research misconduct and misspent grant money …” (more)

[Ewen Callaway, Nature, 7 January]

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Beware multi-disciplinarity: ex-lecturer

Posted in Research on June 20th, 2010 by steve

“… When I look critically at my career choices and what I could have done differently, I think the most serious mistake I made was to adopt a multi-disciplinary approach to my research work. And this is strange, since everybody is advocating multi-disciplinarity for the future because that is where innovation often happens …” (more)

[Jan Petter Myklebust, University World News, 20 June]


A Lego University – is this another brick in the wall?

Posted in Teaching on February 2nd, 2010 by steve

“Last month, the Danish toy company Lego took its educational profile to a new level by announcing tentative plans to build a Lego University in its corporate home town of Billund, Denmark. The university (to be built out of regular bricks) would offer degrees and house research on topics such as ‘systematic creativity’ and ‘optimal learning environments’, as part of a community development plan to turn Billund into a ‘capital of children’ …” (more)

[Linda Nordling, Guardian, 2 February]


Tuition fees and private universities loom

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on January 24th, 2010 by steve

“Students and a united political opposition are baffled by new proposals from Science Minister Helge Sander to depart from the Danish tradition of free higher education for all. Both groups seemed taken by surprise at parliamentary debates following publication last week of a discussion paper setting out the options for a partial privatisation of higher education …” (more)

[Ard Jongsma, University World News, 24 January]